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Throwback Thursday-Jeopardy (1964-Present)

Most television shows, if they are lucky, will have at least one or two seasons on the air. A small minority of shows are on the air for multiple years. An even smaller minority of shows are on the air for decades.

Jeopardy is one of these shows that has been on the air for decades. Currently hosted by Alex Trebek, this quiz show tests the knowledge of three contestants. The show game is broken down into three rounds: Jeopardy!, Double Jeopardy!, and Final Jeopardy!. The questions vary from topics such as entertainment, history, politics, current events etc. By the end of the game, the contestant who has answered the most questions correctly wins the game and walks away with a nice financial reward.

For those of us under a certain age, Jeopardy is just part of the television schedule. It is almost fun to watch, try to guess the right answers with the contestants and predict who will in.

I recommend it.

P.S. Does anyone else love Saturday Night Live‘s Celebrity Jeopardy as much as I do?

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Adam Sandler’s Tribute to Chris Farley was Perfection

No one knows you like your friends. On the same token, no one misses you when your gone more than your friends.

Last night, Adam Sandler hosted Saturday Night Live. It was the first time he had stepped onto the SNL stage since the mid 90’s.

Towards the end of the episode, Sandler paid tribute to his late friend and colleague, Chris Farley.

The song was as beautiful and sentimental as it was heart-wrenching.

Farley was more than a comedic genius and the comedy heir to the late John Belushi. He had a heart of gold and a honest desire to make people laugh. There was a joy to his performances that radiated from the stage to the audience.

My favorite Chris Farley sketch is Matt Foley: Van Down By The River.

RIP Chris, thanks for the laugh and thank you Adam for the memories.

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Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State Comedy Review

Comedy has a way of allowing the audience to expel their anxieties about the world around them via laughter.

In New York City’s Minetta Lane Theater, SNL alumni Colin Quinn is talking about the state of politics in this country as only he can in his one man comedy show, Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State.

I was excited to see this comedy show because politics has always been rife for comedic satire and Quinn, having been on SNL, is a master of political satire. Unfortunately, my expectations did not meet with reality. While Quinn has his reputation as a comedian for a reason, the show is funny, but uneven at best.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State is playing at the Minetta Lane Theater in NYC until March 3rd, 2019. Check the website for showtimes and tickets. 

 

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Flashback Friday-Long Island Medium (2011-Present)

After a loved one passes away, many of us question if they are truly gone or if they are still around us in some fashion.

Theresa Caputo, the star of the TLC show Long Island Medium answers those questions for her clients in every episode.  In her Long Island home and her community, she is able to communicate a message from a loved one who has passed away to their still living relatives and friends.

There are two perspectives on Long Island Medium. The first perspective is that communicating messages from the other world is a con game and Ms. Caputo knows how to play the game like a professional. The second perspective brings out the emotion in both the viewers and those who she gives readings too, giving them some relief that those who have passed on are at peace and still watching over us.

I recommend it.

P.S.

Saturday Night Live satirized Long Island Medium several years ago. It was hilarious.

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Pete Davidson’s Cry For Help Is A Cry For Help From All Of Us

We have a serious mental health problem in this country.

Earlier this year, we lost both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain to mental illness. Over the weekend, we nearly lost another one to mental illness, Saturday Night Live star, Pete Davidson.

Thankfully, he was reached before he could do anything drastic or permanent.

When one commits or attempts to commit suicide, it is not an act that not done in a bubble. It the culmination of days, weeks, months or even years of emotional and mental anguish.

His struggles with mental illness and addiction have been well documented. As someone who also lives with mental illness, I completely understand the daily struggle that sometimes leads to suicide.

His cry for help is much more than one person’s struggles with mental illness. It is the cry for everyone who struggles with mental illness. I hope that he gets the help that he needs and I hope that every one of us who lives with mental illness gets the same help.

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Thoughts On SNL’s Impression Of The Late President Bush And His Reaction

There was a time in this country when political satire was merely part and parcel of the way that the voting public viewed those who they voted into office.

In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Dana Carvey portrayed then President George H.W. Bush on Saturday Night Live.

It was brilliant, it was funny and most of all, the real President Bush laughed along with the rest of America.

With his passing yesterday, the country is in mourning for not just a President, but a politician who understood and appreciated the value of political satire.

These days, depending on where you stand on the political spectrum, political satire is either a way to let off the stress one feels about those currently in the corridors of power or it is deeply offensive.

As I stated in yesterday’s post about the late President Bush, I was too young back then to have a reaction to the decisions he made while in office. But I look back now and if nothing else, I appreciate that he understood that political satire was an important aspect of the American political scene.

It would be nice if the current White House resident understood that.

 

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Love, Gilda Movie Review

Gilda Radner is one of the great comics/actors of our era. Though she passed away from cancer in 1989, her legacy, especially when opening the doors to future generations of female performers will live on forever.

The new documentary Love, Gilda, tells the story of the Ms. Radner in her own words. Using audio tapes, diaries, handwritten letters, interviews, archival footage and home movies, the documentary is a love letter to a woman who will never be forgotten.

I adored this movie. I’ve been a fan of Gilda since I discovered her in the late 90’s. What I loved about this movie is that the movie told the story of her entire life, not just the years she spent on Saturday Night Live. Like any of us, she had flaws and insecurities, but was still able to live a full life, especially when cancer took over her body.

I recommend it.

Love, Gilda is presently in theaters. 

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No Offense, But Kanye West Is A F**ckin Idiot

It’s not usual for those in the spotlight to make unusual or highly political statements. But sometimes, one of those statements can go just a little too far.

If his actions during this weekend’s season opener of Saturday Night Live were not enough to raise a few eyebrows, Kanye West made a statement on twitter in regards to abolishing the 13th Amendment.

Personally, I am not a fan of his music. But that is another topic for another blog post.

However, his comments about abolishing the 13th amendment make me wonder if he is not all there, or if he is just shooting off his mouth simply to sell more copies of his new album.

If he is not all there, then he should be receiving help. However, if this is just another publicity stunt to sell his album, then it makes me wonder if he is truly aware of the history of African-Americans in the United States. Before I go any further, I must state that I am not African-American and cannot see through the eyes/experiences of someone who is. But I am still offended never the less.

His statement bothers me for two reasons. The first reason is that he has young fans who are impressionable. The second reason is that this statement is utterly ignorant of American history. If slavery of African-Americans still existed, Kanye West, like his brethren, would be a slave. He would not be seen as a human being, but a material possession to be  bought and sold at will. He would be denied all legal rights and would not even be counted as an individual when counted in the census.

There are some who use their fame for good. They want to make the world a better place. Kanye West is not one of these people.

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Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests Book Review

Saturday Night Live has been a political and cultural touchstone for over forty years. When it premiered in 1975, no one could have predicted that this upstart comedy show with a cast of unknowns would become part and parcel of pop culture.

Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests is the story of how SNL came to be SNL. Written by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales, the book contains interviews with members of the cast/writing team/creative team, in additional to interviews with hosts and musical guests who have found their way to the SNL stage.

Originally published in 2002 and then updated in 2014 ahead of the then 40th anniversary of the show, this book is a must read. It is a must read for fans who want to delve into not just the history of the show, but also the behind the scenes effort to make SNL look effortless.

I recommend it.

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Top Ten Book Reviews Of 2017

2017 was a good year for the publishing industry, at least from my perspective. Below are top ten books for 2017.

  1. The Genius Of Jane AustenJane Austen was a genius, this book explains why.
  2. Growing Up Fisher: Joely Fisher’s unconventional autobiography is a look into her very unique Hollywood family.
  3. What HappenedHillary Clinton’s brutally honest reminiscence of the 2016 Presidential Election is one for the ages.
  4. Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman: This must read book examines how female celebrities are questioning what is acceptable for a woman.
  5. The Making Of Jane AustenJane Austen was not born a writer, she made herself into one.
  6. Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Leia, Princess of AlderaanThe book tells the story of Princess Leia two years before the events of A New Hope.
  7. Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening: Saudi Arabia is known the world over for its oppressive laws against its women. Manal Al-Sharif is fighting to change that.
  8. Mr. Rochester: Written from the point of view of Edward Rochester, Charlotte Bronte’s most famous hero, the book is an eye-opening story on the man readers thought they knew.
  9. You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody): Alec Baldwin co wrote this hilarious book from the mind of you know who. Ridiculously funny.
  10. The Great Gasbag: An A-to-Z Study Guide to Surviving Trump World: Written by The View co-host Joy Behar, this novel is for anyone who needs a laugh, especially considering what has come out of D.C. this year.

Honorable Mentions

 

This will be my last blog post for 2017. Wherever you are, have a safe and happy new year. See you in 2018.

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