Day: November 23, 2009

Behold, Chris Gethard: Superfan, super ad man

Chris Gethard may be known to Upright Citizens Brigade fans for his ability to improvise, or perhaps for his curious impersonation of Darryl Strawberry. But on the TV, for ESPN, he is the Superfan. Here is Gethard's latest commercial for ESPN. When can we get our own Me + Lo = Melo shirts? But that's not all. You saw how that said "The Return of Superfan," right? In case you missed it last year, here was what happened when Gethard got picked up by an RV carrying the Celtics' Paul Pierce. Of course, neither of those videos are as cruelly funny as the music video Gethard did last year for another NBA star, "I'm Gay (for Gilbert Arenas)." Now that's a superfan. Meanwhile, here are some other ads that have featured Gethard in the past year… Chris Gethard for D-Con: Chris Gethard for H&R...

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Robin Williams brings “Weapons of Self Destruction” to NYC for final run before HBO

Robin Williams began an extended run tonight in New York City, with seven nights at Town Hall (and the weekend in Atlantic City), finishing up his "Weapons of Self Destruction" tour before bringing it to HBO on Dec. 6. Dave Itzkoff at the New York Times recently caught up with Williams during a swing through the Southeast. Here's a money quote from the piece, which ran yesterday: Only now that the hyper-verbal Mr. Williams finds himself in a confessional mood, he isn‚Äôt sure he knows when to stop. ‚ÄúHow much more can you give?‚Äù he asked rhetorically. ‚ÄúOther than, literally, open-heart surgery onstage? Not much. But the only cure you have right now is the honesty of going, this is who you are. I know who I am.‚Äù Although this quote might be even more compelling: ‚ÄúI‚Äôve always felt that Robin‚Äôs blinding speed and flash of wit was an effort at concealment, rather than revealing,‚Äù said Eric Idle, a longtime friend. ‚ÄúHe would be talking about something personal or sexual, but it was always in general, not about him.‚Äù The rest of the article takes stock of where Williams is, at 58, in both his personal life and his career, and where he goes from here. It's a bit like Idle's quote in that way, hinting at something deeper. Will we see a different, bolder Robin Williams onstage? Maybe someday soon....

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Michaela Watkins returns to “The New Adventures of Old Christine” Dec. 9, w/ guest star Amy Sedaris!

If people ask me, "Are women funny?", I shall direct them to the CBS television network, which broadcasts a funny sitcom that features several funny women, called The New Adventures of Old Christine. It stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus, with her character's best friend played by Wanda Sykes. And I can report exclusively that Michaela Watkins, unfairly booted from SNL after less than a full season, returns to her recurring role as Matthew's ex-girlfriend, Lucy, on the Dec. 9 episode in a very memorable scene when she SPOILER ALERT. I don't want to say much more. But suffice it to say, she'll appear in future episodes. In the Dec. 9 show, meanwhile, Amy Sedaris also takes on a large guest-starring role as the SPOILER ALERT who interacts with Christine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Barb (Wanda Sykes) because she was a SPOILER ALERT. Sedaris steals pretty much all of her scenes. It's quite funny. How do I know all of this? Because I was at the...

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Is Deon Cole the first black writer for “The Tonight Show”? Not exactly. But still…

Something about this recent piece in Chicago's RedEye publication sounded a bit off. What could it have been? Oh, that's right. It was the part wherein the writer claims that Deon Cole was the first black writer ever for The Tonight Show, and cites an NBC spokesperson then has Cole talking about getting a congratulations call from the Rev. Jesse Jackson. "This is a big deal," as Cole told RedEye. Except. Well. Cole isn't the first black writer for The Tonight Show, unless we're narrowly defining that as the Conan O'Brien edition, which is 109 episodes long. Fact is, Jay Leno employed Larry Wilmore, Kal Clarke and Suli McCullough as writers on staff at one point or another. Not sure what Johnny Carson's track record was, because I wasn't alive then*. *Not true. One thing I can say, however, is that Conan and company have quickly made Deon Cole a bigger part of the show after his initial appearance as a stand-up, not only hiring him as a writer but putting him front and center to vocalize racially sensitive topics. He did so as recently as Friday's show, which I saw in person (no, you did not see me on camera). Would you like a recapper on this? I can do that for you in 3, 2, 1…Roll the...

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