Day: April 12, 2009

Tracey Ullman’s 2009 “State of the Union”

The second season of Tracey Ullman's State of the Union debuts tonight on Showtime. New to her arsenal: Former First Lady Laura Bush, and fashion icon Donna Karan. It's more one-woman show performance art than straight-up sitcom, so you may find yourself impressed without laughing out loud. Would you like to see what Ullman has learned in the break since the first season? We can make that happen, right here in the following box (unless the box doesn't work, in which case, blame Showtime for telling me it would): Related: Ullman will receive a special lifetime achievement award, the first Charlie Chaplin award, from BAFTA's Los Angeles branch next...

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Tommy Tiernan performs world record set

Move over, Dave Chappelle and Dane Cook. Tommy Tiernan has made their lengthy overnight stand-up sets seem downright miniscule, as he completed a solo 36-hour, 15-minute performance called Testamental early this morning in Ireland. A representative from the Guinness Book of World Records was at Nuns Island in Galway to inform Tiernan and his team of their success, allowing him five-minute breaks after every hour onstage (he also performed three-hour sets between midnight and 9 a.m.). He began his effort at 3 p.m. Friday, sitting only briefly and, according to his representatives, "eating a mixture of pasta, fruit and sugary sweets, he sipped at water and high energy drinks until hitting the espressos on Saturday night to help him through the last stretch." Tiernan has intended for profits from his world record show go toward helping homeless children via the Galway Youth Diocesan Services, although over the weekend, the board released a statement saying it would refuse the offer because they felt his timing it on Easter weekend was inappropriate. I'm not sure that's what God meant by resisting temptation, but what do I...

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SNL #34.21 with Zac Efron, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

So Zac Efron hosted this week's edition of Saturday Night Live, and we knew there would be at least one if not more High School Musical references to be satirized, but what else could we look forward to? And yes, I ended my first question with a preposition. What of it? Let's get to the recap. By the way, if you're expecting Efron to distinguish himself or extinguish himself, then please do not place your bets. That's not to say all will be lost. Alrighty then! We opened with Vice President Biden (Jason Sudeikis) acting all too comfy in the oval office. Sure, of course. Biden has been in the news. Why not give Biden an open. President Obama (Fred Armisen) returns from his European trip, but no gifts for Biden. I get what they're going for here, but, well, whatevs. The monologue poked fun at Zac Efron's limited demographic appeal. First, his tween fangirls wouldn't be up this late. Second, a couple of his fans (Abby Elliott, Kristen Wiig) are in the crowd, along with a non-tween (Armisen), and they all want to show how much they lurve him. OK. Well. Yeah. No fake ad. But there is a fake ad. P.J. Bland's is really Ch-ch-ch-chili's. Yes. I noticed. So did many, I believe. (P.J. Blands has set up a fake site and Twitter, really). We get another...

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