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Mike

Late Night TV is all the same and so different

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With Kimmel going to 11:35 last week, I think it was Letterman who pointed out (many times) how necessary it was to have 3 shows that were exactly the same all on at 11:35. I find it so interesting how they are all pretty much the same, yet I like a lot of them for different reasons. I wanted to try and describe each show as quickly as I could.

David Letterman
The master of the format. I’m not old enough to have watched Carson (but I’ve seen plenty of specials). I can see why people might be turned off by Dave and all of his quirks, but for some reason every one of them cracks me up. As great as I think he is now, I wish I would have been old enough to watch his NBC show. I probably would have invented the DVR in order to watch it.

Jay Leno
When I watch I can’t grasp how anyone finds the show funny, yet, the ratings. I hear so many people say how great he was when he’d go on Letterman, but I have not seen the proof. I really want someone to make a documentary about it called, ‘I Swear He Was Funny’.

Jimmy Kimmel
Most resembles what I image the show would be if my friends and I put one together. I think he’s the best interviewer and the number of pre-taped bits that have been home runs shouldn’t be possible.

The Daily Show
Jon is so good that sometimes trying to get jokes in actually takes away from the greatness of the show. How’s that for a comedy show? Less jokes! He could do the show by himself but has so many funny corespondents around (and how do they keep finding great new ones when others leave?). I don’t know how everything fits into a half hour every night. (Except for interviews going long and being posted online almost every night these days.)

The Colbert Report
The concept is so genius that they really don’t even have to try and the show would be great. The fact that they work really hard, there is no way anyone else should ever win the Emmy.

Conan
I watch because the bright spots are so much fun. I usually skip the monologue, and the interviews aren’t the best. So what’s left? The sketches are just off the wall sometimes. The show is at its best when it is the most cartoon-y. Bonus: Andy Richter is incredibly underrated. A lot of nights he will just say one thing but he’ll get my biggest laugh of the night.

Jimmy Fallon
When you put it on, it feels like a really hip club that went through initiation and learned all sorts of secret handshakes that you don’t understand. Yet they are really friendly to visitors who want to stop by. You always feel welcome, but also feel like you shouldn’t ask about the handshakes because they won’t tell you.

Craig Ferguson
Sometimes I catch the first few minutes after Letterman. He’s so different than everyone else, even though the format is so similar. Of all the shows, if I had to test someone to see if we had a compatible sense of humor, I think I’d go with Craig.

Mike

SNL: Seth MacFarlane

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A strong opening to the SNL season. Not too surprising. I expected Seth to be excellent. I thought his monologue did a decent job of showing off his many skills.

Not as good:
– Not sure about Jay Pharoah as Obama. Not that Fred Armisen was particularly great at it.
– Weekend Update is always a little flat when the season starts. But I forget every time. There is just too much time to figure out which jokes to tell. I also imagine with changes for the new season, those get more attention than Seth Meyers back for another year at the desk.
– Someone explain Frank Ocean to me. I tried to listen to his new album when it came out, I didn’t get far into in before giving up.

There were a lot of good sketches (including this great one with Amish guys trying to give their web address for their wooden spoon business), but I think this was my favorite …

Now I liked the sketch itself, but I love the concept. You could do this multiple times a season. Starting with the host as the teacher, there is nothing tying it to a single cast member. You can go a million different directions with teachers, students, puppets, and puppet personality. Please SNL, make this recurring.

Next week: Joseph Gordon-Levitt with Mumford & Sons

Mike

First few SNL hosts for this season

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September 15: Seth MacFarlane
September 22: Joseph Gordon Levitt
October 6: Daniel Craig

Saw this on HitFix. Can’t really complain about any of the hosts. Seth MacFarlane surpringly hasn’t hosted before but as all the tools. Joseph Gordon Levitt has all the tools as well and I remember him being good last time. I’m curious to see Daniel Craig because I only know him from being serious in the Bond movies.

I’m surprised SNL isn’t doing Weekend Update Thursdays like they did for the election in 2008. NBC doesn’t have a lot going for it, I’d think a handful of half hour slots being spoken for would be a no brainer.

Oh, the musical guests are Frank Ocean, Mumford & Sons, and Muse. No big deal, I usually skip through the musical acts. Mumford & Sons are the only ones I’ll listen to for a minute.

Mike

Last Week on Kimmel

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A couple of great clips from Kimmel last week.

Skype Scavenger Hunt with girls who just moved back to college. So many shoes!

Kids crying after seeing that Timothy Green movie. This wasn’t one of Kimmel’s challenges, but a similar effect. My mom said people were complaining about this on the radio because the parents are filming and laughing. Who cares. Maybe I’m just used to family that wants things to make fun of you in the future.

Boy goes and gets help when his dad gets stung by a bee. It made it to Kimmel because of the kid’s unique vocabulary.

Mike

Tosh.0: Wheelchair vs. Escalator

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Great things about this clip:

  • “Does she think she’s a shopping cart at a 2-story target?” I was blown away by those in California. Target was like Ikea.
  • A Mitch Hedberg reference. My mom texts me that whenever she comes across an escalator that is temporarily stairs.
  • Tosh says how his luggage never works on those. That’s why I invented the luggage escalator for the airport many years ago.
Mike

Tosh Viewer Video: Screaming at Trucks and Trains

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Tosh.0 is great, yet I only seem to share Viewer Videos. Probably because most of the other ones I see on Kimmel and other shows and the rest are just too gross.

You can’t deliver DiGiorno!

They didn’t show the whole clip on the show so I got to laugh at all new stuff when I saw the full version. Of course, I died at the stuff I’d already seen too.

Found on Tosh.0 Blog

Mike

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee – Long Promo

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Comediants in Cars Getting Coffee

The first promo gave the concept, but there wasn’t much to it. Now, they give some content and it looks amazing.

Comediants in Cars Getting Coffee premieres July 19th on Crackle. Where is that? I’m not sure. I have an app, but I’ve never used it.

Mike

Cans, Sir?

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Cans, Sir?

Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time was very hit or miss. There were some gems but you had to get through a lot of strange stuff to find them.

I saw Season 2 was added to Netflix Instant and that includes my favorite episode of the show. I’m pretty sure it got canceled after Season 2, so if you enjoy that, you can burn through the whole show pretty quick.

It’s Episode 4 of Season 2, it’s called Full Blown Eggs, which is also the name of the best sketch of the show. It starts around the 10 minute mark.

I really enjoyed this episode when I watched it. I had some friends coming up to visit that weekend and we had some time to kill waiting for them all to arrive, so I shared with the early arrivers. They didn’t love the sketch that really got me as much but another one killed them. We showed the episode again when everyone arrived. So I think I watched this episode 3 times in one day.

Mike

Kimmel: Fathers Day

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Another Kimmel YouTube challenge. Possibly not as good as previous ones but I laughed a lot at these. You have to watch all the way through because the last one of each video are the best of the bunch.

Mike

#ArtificialSwedener

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When I saw this tweet

I knew when I watched the episode, there would be greatness. And here it is …

I hope no one in Sweden is even considering turning him down.

Mike

Try and resist being excited

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Breaking Bad Poster
I have to wait until July 15th. And then only 8 episodes. Then probably 10 months of waiting. Then 8 more episodes. Then it’s done. Already sad.

Found on HitFix