R.I.P Harris Wittels

Fancy Pants 2002

  He was a rockstar at Emerson and apparently super nice.  I was in the audience at the Cabaret when Fancy Pants debuted.  I still remember a sketch (from their second show?) about going to work inside a living bear as the funniest fucking thing…     This is 2003 and they are like 19 years old.  This is from before almost everything it reminds you of. They were a million times funnier and more original than the other comedy groups on campus.  They seemed cool. I have no doubt that the three or […]

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Richard Blais is Top Chef *phew*

After what might now be the 2nd best season of Top Chef (Season 6 is the best, sorry ya’ll), former choke artist and current self-depricating genius Richard Blais took the title of best reality TV chef on Bravo.  As he was a favorite son of this writer’s TV-watching household, I am very glad that the forces of redemption, braised meats, and network expectations came together to give Blais his day in the sun.

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We’ll Miss You, Rick Sanchez

I have to send my deep regrets and a fond farewell to CNN’s everyman and resident old-guy-who-knows-the-internet, Rick Sanchez.  Watching Rick misread the news, mangle impromptu interviews, and generally make social media seem at once lame and revolutionary was a staple of my unemployed life.  It was like discussing current events with the guy at the office who, despite knowing absolutely nothing about the subject at hand, will go on and on about some garbage some stranger sent him on the internet.  He’ll eventually pull other people into the conversation awkwardly, and he’ll always draw a strange and contradictory moral from even the most straightforward snippet or event. For two hours a day Rick made you feel like the smartest guy in the room.  That his book is titled Conventional Idiocy is too precious for me to handle.  His way of making weird references to gender, race, and religion got him more than one “Woah, ok Rick.”  His obsession with being recognized as a legitimate anchor led to his eventual dismissal (also it’s not nice to point out that a secret cult of Jews run certain companies/industries and keep the rest of us down, EVEN IF THEY DO jk)  but he was truly on the forefront of guys with real media jobs who took Twitter seriously and saw the promise it has for citizen journalism.  If only he didn’t come off as a total doofus. Where will the big Sanchez […]

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11 Year Old Movie Critic Wins an Emmy

That’s right.  This little guy made his way from radio to TV and won an Emmy for Best On Camera Talent for Commentary. Parentdish has a little interview with him which is funny, especially since he calls out Clash of the Titans as the worst movie of the year. How does this fit into the critical cosmology of amateur vs. professional, blogger vs. print?  I think it’s fairly obvious that if you’re getting your movie-going advice from a 5th grader you’re unlikely to need the experience of an Harold Bloom […]

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Somehow, Miles loses Work of Art.

No disrespect to Abdi, who was one of my faves throughout the entire show.  His charcoal drawing in the last regular challenge was magnificent and a couple of his final pieces were really incredible. But how could Miles Mendenhall possibly lose this competition?  Anyone watching this show from the beginning would have put money on his eventual victory, not because he was so much more talented than the others (although he was among the best in every challenge) but because the show seemed made for him.  All actual artistic considerations […]

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