Thursday, July 27, 2006
OK, well why don't you go down to this:
Click it - it gets BIGGER!
You see that "special guest" that's performing with Mark? Hey - that's ME! Sure I'll be doing the same old Seinfeld routine, but I just might unveil something NEW! Something neeewwwww...
Oh, and then there's THIS:
Hey, this one gets bigger when you click it too!
You know you want a piece of THAT on Monday!
Also, I feel very honored to be invited to partake in the Son of Cheese Half Hour Power Hour! We'll be recording on Saturday, so I'll alert you when he posts our sessions, yo!
Have a great weekend and see you soon!
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Monday, July 24, 2006
Stick in the Mud?
OK, so my wife won’t agree with me here, and I’m sure she’ll leave a comment, but I really didn’t care for this latest M. Night Shyamalan film.
I’m not really going to go into the good/bad things about the other Shyamalan films, but you expect certain things from him. You expect characters that you WANT to follow and root for; you expect SOME interesting dialogue; you expect a big, I-never-saw-that-coming twist at the end of the film; you expect clues throughout the film that help you figure out the mystery ending. Well, the lady only delivered on one of the four expectations I wanted.
I simply couldn’t get into the film and the characters. I love Paul Giamatti, but I felt like his talents were wasted here on lame dialogue that was sometimes laughable to me. I didn’t really care about the lady, just wanted her to go away or do something interesting.
Granted, there were a few comedic moments, and some clues that helped you figure out what was coming, but there was no big surprising ending, and the thing just kind of ended. The dark fairy tale eventually got it’s happy ending, and I couldn’t have cared less. The performances were weak, the characters were uninteresting, and M. Night disappointed me with a mediocre film.
2 out of 5.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
For anyone that knows me at all, you know I’m a huge fan of SNL. Yep, I even watch through the crappy years, which many idiots will say were ALL years since the original cast members left the show. However, SNL has given us many talented people throughout the years and every season has had its endearing cast members no matter how unfunny the show got (hello, Brad Hall).
Now, after 9 seasons, Tina Fey is leaving the show. Fey has been head writer since ’99 and even anchored the fake news for many years. She’s leaving to write, executive produce and lead her own sitcom called “30 Rock.” The show, which is also stealing SNL Alum Rachel Dratch, is basically a behind-the-scenes look at a show like, well, SNL. Kinda like Larry Sanders for network TV.
Although Fey and Dratch are brilliant and really HELP with SNL, the show will go on and simply get better. How do I know this? Because I watch it, and the new talent (AKA the “Featured Players” from last season) is ready to roll. In fact, many of them ran the last few episodes! It was as if Lorne Michaels was coaching a football team that was up by 35 in the fourth quarter so he threw in the rookies to see how they handled the big league. They excelled.
Bill Hader is kind of creepy and does an irrelevant impression of Vincent Price that is completely wasted on the audience, but is actually pretty damn funny for people older than 35. Hader also does a great Al Pacino, which some people actually get. He was able to carry a skit as the season wound down.
Jason Sudeikis has been a decent character player throughout the season, and plays one of my favorite characters on the show (see Kristin Wiig bio below). He also killed with a timely impression of American Idol Taylor Hicks.
Andy Samberg has teamed with Chris Parnell to create some brilliant digital shorts every week. You may recall the Chronicles of Narnia rap that was all over the Internet? Anyway, he’s a dopey looking guy who is incredibly goofy, kind of like Adam Sandler, and he’s my wife’s current favorite cast member.
Kristen Wiig (pictured above) is by far the most talented person on the cast! Not only does she do spot-on impressions (Megan Mullally is incredible, as well as Drew Berrymore and Felicity Huffman), but her characters that she has created are brilliant as well. Even though it’s hard for her to top the Target lady character, her other half of 2 A-Holes (along with Sudeikis) makes me laugh out loud every time! She is a star, I tell you! It may only be July, but come November when you start hearing people talk about Kristen Wiig around the water cooler, just remember where you heard about her first.
So, Tina, your writing will be missed. Please keep writing movies, because I really did enjoy your sick twists in Mean Girls. But remember, SNL is moving on, and this season will be solid. Well, as long as Lorne doesn’t invite another retarded Simpson sister on the show!
Oh, and since Feed Blitz missed my last update, y’all better go check out the last video I uploaded HERE!
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
OK, so I'm back among the living! After 3 days in Boston, (almost) 1 day at home, and 2 days in South Fork, I'm kinda beat.
Boston was kind of yucky. It rained most of the time, and always when I had free time from the convention. Basically, all I saw in Boston was their cool convention center and cabs. Thanks to the collapsing ceiling on the main tunnel, a 2 mile cab ride cost me about $20 from the airport to the convention center. Yay! At least I had the hilarity of watching the huge thumb-neck driver trying to stay comfortable in the taxi. The good part about the trip? I walked away from the show with 8 new T-shirts and a whole gaggle of funky pens and other schwag. How many stress balls and nylon brief cases does one really need?
South Fork was pretty fun too! This was a mini family reunion for my mother-in-law's side of the family, some of the same ones we went to Fergus Falls to visit at Easter. We got to do a little light rafting with the young'uns, which wasn't much fun for whomever (me for 2.5 hours of the ride) was sitting in the back of the boat trying to control them. Um, FUN! Then we went into a store a Johnny Cash's version of Hurt came on the radio as we were leaving the store. Our 9-year-old nephew didn't want to leave the store because it's his "favorite song." I thought he was being silly, so we told him we had the song in the car, because we did. As soon as we got into the car, he was asking for it. When we put the song on, he and his 5-year-old brother proceeded to sing every single word! I was kinda shocked! Oh, and we got to go to Logger Fest! If you haven't seen Logger Fest, you haven't lived! Seriously.
OK, not really...
We WOULD have had a great dinner with Derek and the clan in the Springs if the SOB turned on his stinkin' phone on Sunday!
I'm putting in a ton of hours this week, so you'll get some stuff later.
Monday, July 10, 2006
Oh, SNAP! As soon as I get back, I'm turning right around and leaving again! We're going to South Fork, CO for the weekend. Heh, yer not gonna hear from me for a LONG time!
Hmm, so what can I leave you with to get by?
Oh, OH! I know - how about some really cool videos?
YES! One for each day that I'm gone - just click for the date:
7/11: Tool, Sober
7/12: Morningwood, Nth Degree
7/13: Gogol Bordello, Not a Crime (Live)
7/14: Ben Stiller TRIPLE SHOT!
7/15: PJ Harvey, Mansize
7/16: The Hives (2-fer), Die Alright & Abra Cadaver
7/17 (cuz I'm not bloggin on Sunday night): FMTV Flashback!
That outta freak you out for a while!
OK, hope you enjoyed them and have a great week, yo!
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Do you see this adorable wife of mine? It’s her birfday today, 7/10! You can wish her a happy birfday by sending her an email at email@example.com.
She is truly the sweetest, most wonderful woman in the world and the best thing that has ever happened to me. I can't even begin to tell her what she means to me and how much I love her!
This week we hit two big films and they were both actually good! In fact, screw Lisa Schwartzbaum, they were GREAT!
Superman Returns – I really liked this film! Sure the lead actor is a nobody Christopher Reeve look-alike, but he was actually a decent actor. His Clark Kent was spot on, always in the way and dropping things, and his Superman was suave, debonair and confident in his words. There are some fun lines and a decent story, and Kevin Spacey was absolutely fantastic as Lex Luthor! Yep, you will enjoy it! ~O~O~O~O
Pirates of the
Um, it’s just hair – it grows back.
Besides, I kinda like it.
In fact, I may KEEP it this short!
My wife likes it, and she doesn’t keep asking me “why did you do that to your hair?”
I’m still a little freaked out by it, but it’s growing on me – LITERALLY!
Friday, July 07, 2006
9) Hey, buzzcut!
8) Yikes - hair cut! Do you feel more aerodynamic like you can cut through the wind?
7) Whoa – you got the summer cut!
6) You got your hair cut really short last night!
5) Nice haircut!
4) Did you get in a fight with a lawnmower?
3) Wow, you really cut it short. You look much younger. (YES!)
2) Oh my GOD your hair is REALLY short!
1) I like it - I think it’s sexy! (my wife, of course)
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Katy and I got there at 3:30 to stake out our spot and save room.
We had 4 folding tables, 2 grills, and a whole lotta meat to cook up!
Katy helped the kids make water bottle cozies before the rain started.
Ernie and his boys Dillon and Travis were a big help in setting up and cleaning up - ya gotta love these guys!
It was a little cold after the rain, so Katy warmed up by the grill.
Hey, it's Collin from Fizzle and Pop! He came all the way from Colorado Springs to join us!
Here is a picture of Collin's kids Jordyn and Justin, who sounded like they had fun, and his girlfriend Heather from Matted Spam.
It's that Son of Cheese Derek and his sister-in-law Shannon. Somehow I cut out his wife Heather, but she's Shannon's twin so...
A picture of our clan.
Sam looking thrilled with his wife Nichelle behind him. Also in the back is Pam, Dejo (it's his birthday today) and Dejo's brother Jerome in from Canada.
It's my bro! Oh, and his wife Michele, Tom the Train and Sue.
More people, including Darcy, Marcia, Michelle, Matt, Heather (Derek's wife!), Derek, and Shannon (waving).
A slightly better pic of Pam, Dejo and Jerome.
Katy talking with Channel 2 News as they eat our food.
I'll try to post video later, but Katy was interviewed by Channel 2 as they did a little story on the Glendale Fireworks. Now that she's told all of Colorado how good they are, we'll probably need to get there at noon to save room next year!
Katy getting ready for the show now that it's dark.
The Train in action.
***Extra special thanks to Greg for helping on the grill and all of those who helped us clean up and pack up afterwards!
OK, here are some pics of the fireworks. They don't really do the 25 minute show justice, especially if you sit in front of these buildings. It gets really loud and it's a whole lot of fun! Hope you enjoy the holiday!