Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Saturday Night Lip-Sync

Oh my! Tonight’s SNL was so sad that it even made Ashlee Simpson look like Milli Vanilli. Where is MTV to save poor Ashlee? Her mic sounded funny during her first song, Pieces of Me, as if there were a backing track. We found out why during the second song, which was…Pieces of Me. The track began with vocals and music, although Ashlee wasn’t singing. Pause. Track began again. Ashlee’s lips still not moving. Ashlee bounded offstage, while the band strummed on. At show’s end, Ashlee’s excuse: "I’m so sorry. The band played the wrong song." Yes, that must’ve been it. The band thought a live national TV audience wanted an encore. Too funny. Watch the clip...

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The media briefly turns on Jon Stewart

I’ve been away from blogging for a few days — take one road trip, add interviews and save all remaining time to concentrate on watching my beloved Boston Red Sox — but have noted with interest the media’s take on Jon Stewart’s "Crossfire" appearance last Friday. Initial stories played up the on-air "debate." Follow-ups from the TV critics played up either the blog commentaries or pointed out that Stewart might actually have a valid point. Funny, it took a fake news guy to tell the real news people about the failings of another supposedly real news program. For now, it has derailed the usual media cycle, which upon anointing Stewart as the IT guy, then goes about bringing him back down. As they did with Howard Dean, Paris Hilton and everyone else who captures the public’s attention. Pump them up, then blow them up. That’s the media way. Watch the "Crossfire" footage...

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My birthday with Jesus

My birthday yesterday gave me another chance to pause, reflect and try to have fun. Well, two out of three, as they say… I think I’m still young, but comedian Tom Rhodes reminded me that I’m now the same age Jesus Christ was when he died. Thanks for cheering me up, Tom. I have enough fun comparing my life accomplishments with my Princeton classmates, and he gets me thinking of Jesus. Yikes. It did inspire me to write a solid bit about the comparison, though I shan’t repeat it here (kids might be reading this). Fun times this past weekend hosting the shows for Tom, Artie Lange and Mark Cordes at the Tempe Improv. Artie’s fans were rowdy and outrageous. The staff presented me with a cake onstage Sunday. Tom led the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday." That was a little much, but...

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Another look at “Brain Candy”

Maybe it’s time to take a fresh look at the one and only feature film by The Kids in the Hall, Brain Candy. Critics were not especially kind to the movie upon its release in 1996. Eight years later, our country and our world are even more dependent on pills (pat yourselves on the backs, pharmaceutical corporations!). Just read today’s collection of New York Times reports on Prozac, a new study documenting antidepressant use among children and how doctors vow to stop prescribing so many pills here (we’ll see about that) and in Britain. Now that’s what I call team coverage. If only reading this news didn’t depress me so much. Oh, the...

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