Archive for June, 2007

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I will be on vacation for the next week. I am hoping to finish editing the video from this week’s show and get it on-line. In the meantime, here are some cool things to check out over the course of my absence. Don’t do them all at once or you’ll have nothing to read later!

Saturday – Here’s a cool interview w/ Michael Moore in the NYTimes by A.O. Scott. Interestingly enough, Mr. Scott was one of the first MySpace friends of DIE ACTOR DIE house band, Rowan & Hastings!

Sunday – Another cool interview with Patton Oswalt in, yes, this weeks’ Sunday NYTimes.

Monday – NPR is reaching out young hip kids like you and me, well me 10 years ago. It’s called Fair Game with Faith Salie and it’s a great way to while away an hour by catching up on current events, listening to comedians crack wise and hearing new music. Plus Ms. Salie is quite the looker! Oh and she’s smart. Really smart; like Harvard magna cum laude smart.

Tuesday – Ok, enough already. Go to iTunes and subscribe to Doug Benson’s I LOVE MOVIES podcast. Download all of the episodes, sit back and laugh you ass off. If you are not a Paul F. Tompkins fan by the time you’re done then I don’t have anything else for you. If you hate Apple and all things Apple for some reason then you can download the podcasts here.

Wednesday – It’s Zach Galifinaki-Wednesday! Here’s the trailer for his new DVD, LIVE AT THE PURPLE ONION

Thursday – Let’s see, what’s going on in the world of pop culture? Hey, I know – go check out Best Week Ever. They get paid to make jokes about the news and things culture-y. And they’re really good at it.

Friday – You know you want it! Just buy it. You’ll be soooooo glad you did.

SaturdayNot the Nine O’Clock News was a BBC sketch show during the 80’s. It was great mix of silly sketches and topical, often biting humor. It featured Rowan Atkinson, Mel Harris, Gryph Rhys Jones and Pamela Stephenson (who eventually ended up at SNL for a season; the excellent Billy Crystal, Martin Short, Chris Guest, Harry Shearer season and proceeded to do nothing while she was there. It’s not her fault, she’s very good, it’s just she was probably overshadowed by the heavyweights in the cast). It’s been released on DVD as a “Best of” compilation (it’s also available on Netflix). Here is a great parody on the whole Monty Python LIFE OF BRIAN controversy. They nail it!

See you in a week!

According to WordPress.com, someone found my blog by using the following Search Term:

actors with funny hair

I guess it’s better than the Search Term:

how to kill an actor more than once

Jesse Thorn is the host of the excellent The Sound of Young America, a radio show/feed/podcast about things that are awesome. What does he consider awesome? How’s this for a sample: Patton Oswalt, Scott Dikkers, Bob Odenkirk, Human Giant, Paul Feig, Anne Beats, Neal Pollack, Zach Galifinakis, Peedi Crack, and Michael Cera just to name a few. For a complete list, check out his archives.

Why do I think he’s awesome? Because his show is awesome (see the above roster of guests)! His show is always Fresh Air Weekend (the version that rarely has to do with politics or, you know, serious stuff). More people should be listening to it, especially people who happen to read this blog.

Well, Public Radio International just picked him up for distribution (ironically PRI also distributes A Prairie Home Companion which Jesse apparently hates with the intensity of a thousand suns – Ed. Note: hyperbole mine).

I think that’s pretty cool and well deserved. And awesome.

(CORRECTION: Public Radio International doesn’t distribute A Prairie Home Companion; American Public Media does. PRI distributes This American Life, The World, and Studio 360. Who told me this? Jesse Thorn! See? Awesome.)

TSOYA is available in free ready to eat podiments on iTunes, at www.maximumfun.org, and thanks to the PRI deal on XM Satellite radio (Saturdays at 3 PM) and soon on a terrestrial radio near you (he has a few other shows, which aren’t as appealing to me as TSOYA, except maybe the Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast – more on them later).

Give his show a listen. He’ll send you an email saying “Thanks.” And that my friends is awesome.

Here is Zach and Maria Bamford from the TV series, The Comedians of Comedy. Special Guest Appearance by Jon Glaser.

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Variety reports that a software company named MumboJumbo has purchased the rights from NBC to make The Office video game.

Money shot:

Peacock net comedy will be the first-ever Hollywood license for the publisher, which makes inexpensive arcade-style games. It plans to turn “The Office” into a humorous game in which players have to handle jobs and play pranks at Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch.

Inexpensive + humorous + “players have to handle jobs” = Trainwreck.

This reminded me of other poorly conceived TV shows cum video games:

  • Punky Brewster: Brandon’s Revenge for the Atari 5200
  • Doogie Howser: The Caves of Maltdar for Sega
  • What’s Happening Now! Where’s Dwanye? for Sega CD
  • Soap Quest for Intellivison
  • Tootie: KillDeathKill, A Facts of Life Game for Collecovision
  • Gilligan’s Island 6: Gilligan’s Hideaway for PC

and

  • Buck Rogers: Hawk’s Love Triangle (never released)

If done well (and if the writers have any involvement it will be) an The Office game could be a fun little distraction. If done poorly (see ET and Raiders for the Atari 2600) it will be another example of “quick buckiness.”