When it comes to late-night television, viewers have a choice of what to watch.
Late Night with Seth Meyers has been on the air since 2014. Hosted by SNL alum Seth Meyers, the show follows the standard format of the genre: a monologue going over the news of the day, interviews with celebrities and a performance by a music group or a comic.
What I like about this program is that Meyers and his producing team have broken out the mold. The show has a political and cultural edge that is both relevant, topical and extremely funny.
For a late-night talk show to succeed, it has to do more than making the audience laugh. It has to give the audience a sense of comfort before they go to bed.
In 2014, comic and SNL alum Jimmy Fallon inherited the mantle of host of The Tonight Show. Renamed The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Fallon is the sixth host in a storied line of legendary late-night TV hosts. Following the standard format of opening with a monologue with perhaps a skit and a series of celebrity interviews, this program continues the legacy that started in 1954.
Though I am rarely awake when this program airs, I find myself enjoying it when I am awake. As a host, Fallon comes off as personable, friendly and entertaining.
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.
The news coming out of Washington D.C. these days is coming out so fast, it feels like one’s head is spinning.
At a rally in Florida earlier this week, you know who made it perfectly clear that he is out of touch with everyday Americans, despite his snake oil salesman shpiel that claims otherwise.
I honestly don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Of course he doesn’t know anything about buying groceries, why would he? First as a “billionaire” and then unfortunately as President, he has no need to buy groceries directly. He has staff who does that for him. While I have to concur that some stores may ask for ID when a customer pays via a credit card, many stores may not ask to see the customer’s ID. When speaking to reporters, Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed that he was referring to the purchase of alcohol. While it is true that customers who buy alcohol are carded, you know who did not say anything about alcohol. He just said groceries.
While this was going on, Ivanka Trump actually admitted that she disagreed with two of her father’s hot button policies: the separation of families at the border and the claim that the media is the enemy of the people.
Nice of her to say so, but her speaking up now is too little, too late. Where has she been all of these months? Not just a mother, but as a human being, how could she have been immune to the children crying for their parents and the parents begging to at least know that their children are safe and healthy?
History is often the greatest judge of character. Generations from now, when our descendants learn about what we are doing in 2018, they will ask why. I hope we can answer them.
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.
Within the world of politics, there is a sliver of absurdity.
For the last 30 odd years, Capitol Steps has had the pleasure of pointing out the absurdity of politics and politicians in particular.
Last night, I had the pleasure of seeing a show at The Symphony Space in New York City. A cross between a political SNL parody and a musical revue, the show uses popular music to satirize the truth about politics.
This show is brilliant, funny and the perfect release for the political agita that has become the norm over the last few years. I absolutely recommend it.
Capitol Steps is playing at various theaters around the country. Check the website for location and showtimes.
Wayne’s World, Wayne’s World, Party Time, Excellent……
In 1988, via Saturday Night Live, we were introduced to Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) and Garth Algar (Dana Carvey), two guys who produced a local late night cable access show from Wayne’s basement.
Four years later, Wayne’s World, the movie premiered. Reprising and stretching their characters, Wayne and Garth are still producing their show in Wayne’s basement via the local access cable network. Wayne has been dating Cassandra (Tia Carrere) the front woman of an emerging rock band. When Cassandra’s band is offered a record contract, by Benjamin Oliver (Rob Lowe), Wayne begins to suspect that he has ulterior motives.
This movie is incredibly funny and quotable. There is a reason why Wayne’s World is one of the best SNL skits in the show’s 30+ years on the air. I recommend this movie