Day: December 17, 2013

About Schmidt’s Johnson: Two And A Half Objectifications of Ashton Kutcher’s Character

There’s ego stroking. And then there’s whatever the writers and producers of long-running CBS sitcom, Two And A Half Men, are doing to perpetuate their neverending suck-up to Ashton Kutcher. Whatever are they doing, indeed? As my friends at Previously.TV point out in this new superclip reel highlighting all of the times various characters — from Jon Cryer’s to Amber Tamblyn, Ryan Stiles, Patton Oswalt, Hilary Duff and so many others — have resorted to talking about Kutcher’s physical body of work as online billionaire Walden Schmidt.  What’s his looks got to do, got to do, got to do with...

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When The Mindy Project Met When Harry Met Sally: Parallel Plotlines

Mindy Kaling’s The Mindy Project on FOX has made no secret of its love for romantic comedy tropes, and particularly the film When Harry Met Sally, even incorporating scenes from that movie into the sitcom and the world of its characters. A fan last week made the case that the characters of Mindy (Kaling) and Danny (Chris Messina) are even more closely following the script laid down before them by Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan). You put parallel plotlines in my pecan pie! As the fan thedandelionprod who made the video wrote: ” I simply wanted to show similarities...

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Bo Burnham, “what.” (REVIEW)

The best things in life are free. The best things in life are free to those who don’t place monetary value on things, or to those who wait, or to those who just know how to find them at the right place and the right time. Wait. What? what. This. Specifically and emphatically, “what.” by Bo Burnham is one of the best stand-up performances of 2013, and it’s available for viewing in full, for free, on Burnham’s YouTube channel. You also can watch it via Netflix if you’re already feeding that online machine, or feed Burnham’s family and unborn...

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Tom Papa on Conan

Smoking will kill you, but it still looks cool and gives you ready-made excuses. Tom Papa knows this and must convey this to all generations, as he did Monday night on Conan. Papa also reminded us of something Groucho Marx once said to a previous generation, about neither wanting nor needing to be a member of the club. Any club, really. But especially that club you’re trying to get us to join when we really just want to buy our ointment and go home. Roll the clip! Previously: Tom Papa talked to The Comic’s Comic about his 2013 stand-up...

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Joey Diaz’s Fight Stories: “This Is Not Happening”

Look. I don’t know if you’re going to see the movie Grudge Match starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro, or even if you should, but I do know that Joey “Coco” Diaz makes for some comic relief in the film — along with Kevin Hart — and that Diaz has plenty of funny, gritty stories to tell all on his own. Such as this fight story from New York City in the 1970s involving his mom and a cabbie on the way to a Mets game. From Ari Shaffir’s “This Is Not Happening” showcases for Comedy Central. If you...

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