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