DID YOU KNOW? The late, great Phil Hartman (SNL, News Radio) was also an artist, and created the covers to several classic rock albums?
Prior to becoming reknown for hilarity (and voice-over work, too; he was the voice of several characters on The Simpsons including Troy McClure) Hartman had his own graphic arts business, creating over 40 album covers for bands like Poco, America and the Poco and America, as well as advertising and the logo for Crosby, Stills & Nash
Can’t help but wonder all the great things Hartman would still be doing had he not died so suddenly, so tragically? What an amazing talent, and most who remember him don’t know he was such an accomplished graphic artist.
MY NEW FAVORITE SERIES even though I’ve only seen one episode, the debut, last night. No surprise I’m already overboard without a life raft about it as the show is about two of my favorite things: relationship struggles and stand-up comedy.
Holmes brings an akward and painful humility to his character while remaining, at the core, funny. The struggles are real – and humorous.
THE ACERBIC, AWESOME and very funny comedian Bill Burr has a new Netflix special that just premiered last night, “Walk Your Way Out.” Check out the trailer below. Also worth checking out is this interview with Burr at The Daily Dot.
Burr describes himself as a 25-year overnight success. “I had to do it the way most of my friends had to do it,” he says. “We have to go out on the road for 20 years and just keep killin’ and killin’ and killin’ until hopefully word of mouth will get you there. Then you get a break here, a break there.”
I love that kind of dedication. The hungry and good stand-up comedians are like your developing artists – constantly on the road, building a reputation, word of mouth growing, thanks to great material and killing it on stage.
A new episode of the Weapon of Self-Distraction podcast is up!
Mel returns for her first episode of 2017 and both her and Steve try and discuss the Oscars and quickly realize they’d rather watch TV. Steve finally binges on Breaking Bad, Mel tells about Sneaky Pete, both go overboard about Justified stars’ new shows, more TV and Juggaloes star in Weird News.
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THE BEST NEW YEAR’S SONG, that sums up this entire year is right here.
Another year-end retrospective? Enough already! Yes, 2016 was crazy on so many levels, for so many people, and it certainly was for me. It’s been one of the longest, shortest, happiest, saddest, funnest, loneliest, ridiculous, expensive, sublime, amazing, smartest, stressful, dumbest, enlightening, and exhausting years I’ve ever had. From January 1, 2016 to the very end.
This time of year with all the many retrospectives and looking back, its easy to get sick of all that, and I am, truthfully. So, why not add to that mix! For a person who spends too much time looking back, it can be a challenging time, at times. Ultimately, I end up asking questions.
WELL DESERVED: The HBO series VEEP wins its second Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series and Julia Louis-Dreyfus wins her fifth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Like the best shows, it’s a team effort: all told, the cast and crew got 16 Emmy nominations.
It’s justa fantastic and hysterical show – I rank it as one of my top 5 TV comedies of all time. Wickedly witty and smart, it shines a harsh light on the insanity that is our political system and the massive egos involved, the selfishness and sacrifices of everyone; above all else, this show is funny.