In the range of media personalities, there are two different types of people at each end. On one end is the person who acts outrageous in public, forcing jaws to drop and questions like “did so and so really say that”?. On the other end is the person who in public is calm under pressure and feels more like a friend than someone who appears on your television screen nightly.
The lateAlex Trebek was the latter. He died today from cancer. Hosting the trivia game show Jeopardy since 1984, he has become a familiar face for generations of television viewers. His easy going demeanor and unaffected manner was the reason that Jeopardy has been on the air or nearly forty years.
It also opened the door to parodies, specifically Celebrity Jeopardy on Saturday Night Live.
In the world of Presidential elections, some might argue that the debate between the Vice Presidential nominees is not as consequential as the Presidential debates. But I disagree with that. For some voters, the choice of Vice President can be a make or break decision as to who they will support and/or vote for. It is also important because if the President cannot do his or her job, the Vice President steps into the role.
Last night, Vice Presidential nominees Mike Pence and Kamala Harris had their turn to debate the issues. If there is only one thing to say about the debate, it is that it was at least civil. There was nary a hint of the possibility of a knock down, drag out fight.
That being said, I was reminded once more why Trump and Pence have to go. Though moderator Susan Page did a better job of keeping the nominees under control, she was still interrupted multiple times by the Vice President. Who, by the way, is a hypocrite and a liar. The fly landing on his head and remaining there for several minutes was the best part of the evening.
If there was one thing I was impressed by, it was how Senator Harris kept her cool. She wore what can only be described as a patient smile, firmly stating the facts and reminding the Vice President when he cut in on her time. Her years as a prosecutor showed, she had the restraint of a parent who was waiting for their toddler to stop their tantrum.
The fact is that after nearly four years of chaos and divisiveness, we need a President and an administration who can actually lead this country. You know who and his team have failed multiple times over, that failure has a ripple effect that will go well beyond their time in office. We need Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to bring us back to a state of normalcy, a state of decency, and do what the voters actually hired them to do.
P.S. I can’t wait to see what Saturday Night Live will do this weekend. If the cold open was anything like last weekend, it will be the perfect antidote to political the shit show that we are going through.
The purpose of a Presidential debate is simple. It allows both candidates to present themselves to the public. They are asked a series of questions that allows them to talk about their views and policies. At the end of the night, the voter may or may not be swayed in a specific direction, but they have at least heard the necessary information.
Last night was supposed to be the first Presidential debate. Thought calling it a shit show is an understatement, Jake Tapper put it best.
“That was a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck,”
This was not a debate. It was verbal fisticuffs.
Though Biden was not perfect, I have to hand it to him. Other people might have jumped across the stage and let their fists do the talking. But he remained as calm as he could have been, given the circumstances.
His opponent on the other hand, was another story, The color of his face is either the result of spending hours in a tanning bed or putting on an entire case of bronzer. He proved once more than he has the temperament and maturity of schoolyard bully who refuses to see beyond number one.
If there was one answer that spoke volumes, it was his answer to the question about hate and white nationalist groups. The fact that he would not condemn them publicly is just another reason to vote for the Democratic ticket.
I’m not an undecided voter, anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I made up my mind a long time ago. If one of the goals of last night was to convince the undecided voter, the arrow did not even get close to the target.
I hope and pray that in November, this country comes to its senses and votes this clown (as Biden put it) out of office for good.
P.S. Saturday Night Live is starting their new season this weekend. They more than enough material to work with.
Activism is not always done standing on a soapbox with a microphone in one’s hand. It can be done working quietly behind the scenes.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday. Born and raised in a Jewish family in Brooklyn, she came of age in an era when most women quietly settled in marriage and motherhood. She could have followed the pack, but chose another life. That life led her to become only the second women to join the United States Supreme Court. Serving nearly three decades, she was a feminist and icon in every sense of the word.
I can’t think of any other Supreme Court Justice who has deified on Saturday Night Live. Kate McKinnon is perfection.
Her passing represents more than her physical death. The question comes up of who should replace her. If precedent has anything to say, whomever fills her seat will not be named until after November. But, given the current state of American politics, I would not be surprised if there was already a list of potential replacements waiting in the wings.
In the words of our mutual ancestors, may her memory be a blessing and an inspiration to fight for equality.
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.