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I Wanna Slow Jam This News


I just wanted to take the time to pass this onto those of you who haven’t seen this yet. The clip is a segment from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon where instead of telling you the “news”…they slow jam it. This is of course made even better by the fact that The Roots are his house band, and Brian Williams from NBC’s Nightly News stops in to help out. They have done this a few times before and they’re always great…makes me wish real news channels would slow jam their news. That would make for some great TV.

You’ll find out, if you haven’t already, that I’m a pretty devoted fan of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Say what you want about the guy, but he’s definitely going to be around for a while. It’s refreshing to watch a late night show where the host is thankful to be there and looks like he’s enjoying every second of it. I try to recruit new fans to the show whenever I possibly can, and if you’re not a fan then you’re pretty much dead to me. Yeah that’s right. Okay that may be a bit extreme, but I’ll judge you and hate you for a good 5-10 minutes straight for it.

Enjoy the clip!

Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, and Brian Williams slow jam the news.

Party Down


I’m currently watching (over and over again) a show called “Party Down” on Starz. I should also note that I don’t actually have the Starz channel, and that I watch it via streaming Netflix.

“Party Down” is a show about a catering team in Los Angeles comprised of struggling actors/actresses and a team leader who tries hard, but often fails. I’m not sure why I love this show so much, but I think it has a lot to do with the cast that features Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Lizzy Caplan, Jane Lynch (Season 1), Martin Starr, Ryan Hansen, and Megan Mullally (Season 2).

In lieu of a detailed review, I would like for you to just watch the show and find yourself as wrapped up in it as I did. I wouldn’t want to ruin it for you. Give it three episodes to learn the characters and you’ll be hooked. I expect at least one person to quit their job and go to work for a catering company.

Twitter Tracker


I logged onto twitter tonight to see what was trending (this is how I get my news…sad, I know), and I saw that Bill Cosby was a trending topic. My immediate reaction was that he had passed away. Of course I clicked to see what all the commotion was and apparently he is NOT dead, but rather very alive and on Lopez Tonight. As it turned out, I wasn’t the only person who thought he had died.

Since I started typing this, 96 people have commented about Bill Cosby on twitter and all of them thought he died too. This of course should keep him trending for a while, causing even more panic surrounding the non-death of the great Bill Cosby.

I’m curious to see how long this goes on for. Also, I’m curious to see if Bill Cosby has a twitter account. I would love to see his face when he logs in later and sees that all of America thinks he died.

Long live Bill Cosby! Thanks twitter for trying to kill a legend. I really need to find a more reliable news source.

Jimmy Kimmel…The Show Must Go On!


This is pretty cool. I’m not sure what most Live TV shows would do in this situation, but my best guess is that they would just scrap the whole thing and start fresh the next day. Last night, Jimmy Kimmel was dealing with power outage issues that kept them from being able to broadcast the show as they normally do. Not to be defeated, Kimmel decided he would broadcast the show from his laptop. I’ve read a few articles today saying that this will start a new trend and a few “copycats”…I say, not so much. It worked well for him last night, but I don’t see this as becoming a regular thing.

A few weeks ago, Jimmy Fallon did a thing where you could “Watch Jimmy With Jimmy.” Basically what he did was devise a way for fans to go online and watch Jimmy watch his own show. His show is not taped live, so he has the power to do this. Kind of similar to the Kimmel situation…but mostly not.

The biggest surprise to me is how well his audience and guests reacted to the unorthodox taping. I work with a lot of musicians and I don’t know many that would have agreed to do what his musical guest, Dierks Bentley, did last night. Instead of taking the “diva” route, they stripped the whole thing down and did an acoustic performance in front of the laptop camera.

In all…thumbs up to Kimmel for not letting his fans down. I’m not a regular watcher of the show, but I just might have to become one. I’m loyal to shows that treat their fans well, and he seems to do a great job of that.

Jimmy Kimmel Power Outage

Script Writing Endeavor


So basically I have a dream in the back of my head of being a comedy writer (pro musician as well but that’s a whole new topic) in addition to what I already do. Up until a few days ago I had no clue how to get into that field. I knew it wasn’t like a “Walk-in off the street and fill out an app” kinda gig, but wasn’t sure if it was all based on who you know. Turns out it’s pretty complicated. To write for TV they will typically ask you for two scripts written on spec (speculation). Basically you take an existing show and write an episode for it the whole way through. Don’t add characters or wacky plot lines…just a normal show.

My immediate thought was 30 Rock. I am going to attempt to write my first of two spec scripts for that show. It’s a daunting task to sy the least because it is so well written to begin with. I just felt that it has a steady plot unlike say, The Office, which changes constantly (Jim & Pam, etc).

I’ll let ya know how it goes. Still have to think of a plot for the show though. But after I write the spec scripts I want to work on writing the TV show idea I had a while back based loosely on my own life…only different enough to make people actually hive a crap about it.

Until next post,

M@

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"It’s K Mart Smart"


Well first off, I thought K Mart was gone…history…finished. False. Recently I’ve been getting bombarded by their new TV commercials for the Holidays…Christmas specifically. Anyway, so I see that their new slogan encourages you to shop smart and “K Mart Smart”…or “K Smart”. This is all fine and dandy, or at least was, until I saw a commercial for Halloween costumes. You can apparently get costumes for the whole family at way low prices. Great right? No…it’s DECEMBER! They were so busy trying to make shoppers smart that they forgot to give the advertising department a calendar. Maybe this is why K Mart was having financial trouble (and still is I’d imagine). I’d be broke too if I kept advertising expired holidays. Or maybe this is the new trend. Maybe this year I’m supposed to invite everyone to my birthday last year.

Either way…it’s not very K Smart to waste money (that they clearly don’t have) on advertising a holiday that happened a month ago. How am I supposed to trust a company who can’t even make a basic logical decision. How about taking the money you would spend on outdated holiday advertising and use it to improve your awful product line…there’s a thought. Maybe that would stop bullies from ridiculing little Jimmy Thompson about his off-brand sneakers. I’ve said enough. I’m WalSmart.

Zack Morris: Return of the Zack Attack


Last night, Jimmy Fallon had Mark Paul Gosselaar on his show…only Mark Paul Gosselaar appeared on the show as someone else. He showed up as Zack Morris, the character that made him popular on the early 90s TV series Saved By The Bell. Oh, and of course the earlier series, Good Morning Miss Bliss, which originally aired on the Disney Channel in the late 80s but was later syndicated with the Saved By The Bell reruns.
Anyway, apparently Jimmy Fallon is trying to get the entire cast to do a Saved By The Bell reunion on his show…and this was bringing the dream one step closer.  It’s a long clip, but it’s totally worth it.
Just to make sure you watch the whole thing…near the end, Zack Morris plays the Zack Attack song “Friends Forever” with The Roots backing him up.  If that doesn’t make you wanna watch this, I don’t know what will.  Enjoy yourself.

“The Phone Company”: An Unknown Villain


I have been watching television for years, not constantly, but usually a few hours of each day.  This would imply that I have seen quite a few commercials in my time.  I have noticed a recent trend among telecommunications companies and their bashing of “the phone company”.  Who is this mysterious bandit stealing our hard earned money by charging too much for local and long distance calls?  That’s the problem…the commercials never say.


Start to pay attention to these commercials.  Comcast just had a commercial on saying how their services were cheaper and more reliable than “the phone company”.  Vonage has basically the same commercial, and so do AT&T and BellSouth.  These are all phone companies, and if they are not the culprits, then who is “the phone company” they are all speaking of.  This is now the new reason I am boycotting the use of landline phones in my home, other than the fact that it is pointless now that everyone has cellular phones with plans that are reasonable for everyday use.  So, just start to notice commercials that advertise home phone service.  And for god’s sake…give “the phone company” a break.