Posts categorized “TV”

Friday, 22 March 2019

First Trailer for Open Mike Eagle & Baron Vaughn’s “The New Negroes” on Comedy Central!

Baron Vaughn & Open Mike Eagle's The New Negroes

“I like chuch…”

Very exciting! After a long-ish gestation, the first trailer for Open Mike Eagle & Baron Vaughn’s new comedy/variety show on Comedy Central is here! It’s called The New Negroes (which is a reference to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1910s & 1920s) and you can watch the trailer here.

I’m so excited for Mike! This show looks to be a mix of standup, music, and maybe some bizarre sketch-comedy stuff, judging from a few quick clips like this one where someone emerges from Mike’s mouth:

dat mouf…

dat mouf…

Here are some more interesting screenshots that I pulled from the trailer. Let the speculation begin!

Open Cop Eagle

Open Cop Eagle…

Vid gom…

Vid gom…

Wotta wig…

Wotta wig…

Musical hospital…

Musical hospital…

The New Negroes premieres on Comedy Central on Friday, April 19th. I’ll have to find a way to watch it since we’re a cord-cutted family!

I am here for this. So can you!

I am here for this. So can you!

Categories: My Famous Friends, TV, Videos.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: The Muppets Battle Rap

"I’m really not sure how much weight the stage can support…"

“I’m really not sure how much weight the stage can support…”

So apparently there’s a pre-scripted(!!) rap battle TV show called Drop the Mic. Apparently it’s a spinoff of a segment from The Late Late Show with James Corden(!?). I dunno, I don’t really watch the TV anymore. But I do enjoy the Muppets.

This battle has Kermit and Pepé facing off against Miss Piggy and Beaker. There are some very funny lines, and a great running gag of how Kermit keeps trying to be extra nice instead of insulting. Beaker has a gag that was very predictable but very well done, proving that much of comedy is in the execution and not necessarily the idea. Take a look/listen:

Surprise! You have been pleasured.

Categories: Music, TV, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “We Are the Crystal Gems” by Steven Universe

We'll win the fight and then go out for pizzas…

We’ll win the fight and then go out for pizzas…

Did you watch the big, huge, new, hour-long Steven Universe that premiered on Monday night? If not, stay the heck away from this post! Heck!

Anyhoo, the episode, “Change Your Mind,” sure seemed to be the culmination of 5 years and 100+ episodes of the show. It brought to a close pretty much all of the major storylines, and it ended, as it should, with a song: a reworking of the opening theme song of the show itself. Take a watch/listen for yourself!

Actually, my previous paragraph was not entirely truthful. The show didn’t end with a song; it ended with two songs. After all the problems are solved and everything has calmed down, Steven sits on the beach with the three people (well, sentient lesbian space rocks) with whom he began this journey in Episode 1, and sings a little coda to the whole series. It’s very simple, but it’s exceedingly sell-sung by Zach Callistan. It is, like the episode itself, called “Change Your Mind.” Here you go.

I don’t know what Steven Universe can do from here. I know there’s a movie coming out later this year, and the possibility of another season. But the whole arc of the show has now been wrapped up; the diamonds have been “defeated” and the corrupted gems have been uncorrupted. There are some dangling threads, like will the diamonds be able to successfully dismantle their horrible, oppressive dictatorship? Will gem society be able to adjust smoothly into a free society? Will Pearl ever go out on a date with the Mystery Girl? So we’ll just have to wait (for a long time, per usual with this show) to see what happens.

Categories: Cartoons, Music, TV, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “Varúð” by Sigur Rós

"Oh my God, I get it. I get it…"

“Oh my God, I get it. I get it…”

The 13th(!!) season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia ended last month. For a show that has spent more than a decade reveling in rapid-fire, gross-out, shocking, and perverse humor about the “worst people in the world,” it did something probably more shocking than it ever had before:

It didn’t make any jokes. The character Mac (Rob McElhenney), after being told both by his imprisoned father and the character Frank (Danny DeVito) that “I never really got you,” decides to come out as gay to his father via an interpretive contemporary dance routine set to Sigur Rós’s enchanting and haunting tune “Varúð.” And it is glorious.

It is perhaps one of the most triumphantly moving dance performances I’ve seen since So You Think You Can Dance’s spectacular “statues” routine set to Ingrid Michaelson’s “Turn to Stone.” Here, just watch (and listen to) this.

Oh my God, I get it. I get it.

Categories: Music, TV, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

For Your Wednesday Listening Pleasure: “40 Days” by Conan O’Brien & The Basic Cable Band

The end of an era…

The end of an era…

Last week was the final episode of Conan O’Brien’s late-night show as we know it. Come next year, he’ll be launching a brand-new show with a brand-new format. There are some things about this change that are very exciting! But one thing that’s not so exciting: his new show will not have a house band.

So for their final episode, Conan O’Brien let Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band tear up the place. Here, partake and enjoy for the last time:

I watched the very first episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien back in 1993 when it was the Max Weinberg 7, and I’ve been with these guys ever since. It is sad to see them go.

Categories: Music, TV, Videos, Wednesday Listening Pleasure.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

The Return of DuckTales

Oh, THESE guys...

Oh, THESE guys…

Hey, gang, did y’all know that Disney was re-booting the 80s classic cartoon DuckTales? You didn’t? Well, watch the just-released trailer here:

So I’m kinda pretty excited about this. There were a lot of good jokes in that trailer. I especially liked how everyone agreed which one of the nephews was the evil one.

Yeah, that one.

Yeah, that one.

There are also some great visual gags, like how there are just bags of money lying around the house as seen in the screenshot above. Also this super-quick shot of a map:

But that puffy guy is so cute!

But that puffy guy is so cute!

And the Launchpad gag at the very end is priceless.

Since I grew up with the original DuckTales, the new voices will take some getting used to. The nephews in particular are vast departures from the identical Donald-lite voices that they’ve traditionally had for decades. But it will be kinda nice that you’ll be able to tell them apart just by listening. It also looks like they’ll actually have defined characters instead of being mostly interchangeable. That’s nice.

David Tennant looks to have been a brilliant voice for Scrooge, even if he does sound just a tad too young for my years (like I said, it’ll all take some getting used to).

The new DuckTales does not yet have an official release date, just “mid-2017” (which is kinda vague). But I’m looking forward to it. I wonder if Capcom will make another excellent video game outta this one?

Categories: Cartoons, TV, Videos.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Sometimes Good Things Happen: Shigeru Miyamoto & the Roots

Dun-dun-dun dun-dun DUN, dun...

Dun-dun-dun dun-dun DUN, dun…

President of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aimé appeared in all of his awkward glory on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last week, ostensibly to debut the new IOS-only (for now) Super Mario Game, Super Mario Run. You can watch the whole segment here if you like. It looks like a fun game, even though I’ll have to wait for the Android version before I can play it myself. But there were two great surprises during the segment. The first was Reggie brought out the upcoming Nintendo Switch console and let Jimmy play the new Legend of Zelda game on it. The other (and better) surprise was the creator of Mario & Zelda himself, Shigero Miyamoto, was a surprise guest in the audience:

Miyamoto-san is so happy to be here!

Miyamoto-san is so happy to be here!

But the best surprise was yet to come: Shigeru Miyamoto himself sat in with The Roots and they all played the Super Mario Bros. overworld theme song together! It was something to behold—you can behold it right here!

Sometimes good things happen. Isn’t that right, Miyamoto-san?

miyamoto-thumbsup

“That’s right, Chris!”

Categories: TV, Video Games, Videos.