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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

100 Best People 2014: 25-23

 25. Stefon Meyers

One of two Weekend Update frequenters in this post, but don't scroll down! Let it be a surprise for when you get there. Stefon is amazing. I know he's recent, but he's still my favorite character in the history of Saturday Night Live. It's just really my type of humor. Created by John Mulaney and Bill Hader, also the portrayer, anytime Stefon's name was called out by Seth, his husband, on Weekend Update as City Correspondent, I think America would collectively squeal in excitement. Spicy!

 24. Santa Claus

What better slot on the list for Santa than the day he works? December 24, of course! Santa is the best. He is basically the mascot spirit and face of Christmas. Sorry, baby Jesus, but it's true. If everyone practiced the ideals of goodwill and generosity like Santa does, the world would be a better place. Ho ho ho!

23. Cecily Strong

As I promised, another Weekend "Updater," it's Cecily Strong, of course! Cecily is my favorite cast member on Saturday Night Live, currently. She is so funny and has really come into her own as the co-anchor at the Update desk. At least, more than Colin Jost has (still think Beck Bennett would be a better choice, but that's a different argument). Love Cecily!

Let's Start the All-Time Emmys Campaign!

In the wake of recently announced Emmy nominations, I think it's time this blog celebrates them in a completely unique way that has been a long-time coming. Of course, I have to make sure it's cool with the readers first. If you, the readers, approve this plan, we'll go right on ahead with it starting on Saturday, July 26! The goal is to determine the all-time Emmys and yes that means exactly what you think it means. From the days of I Love Lucy to the days of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, I want to have huge input, huge voting, huge determination to find out what is truly the best in television. If you approve this, I will decide one hundred shows for comedy and drams each for consideration and they will be whittled down over the course of the process until we're left with six, like actual Emmy nominations. The same goes for the actors, both drama and comedy. There will also be the other categories, but with much less than one hundred options. What do you say? Shall we do it? Weigh in if you'd like to see this happen!

New York City's Finer Photographs

Sorry about your stomach, but I had to share these pictures. I learned about them courtesy of Buzzfeed, but photographer Navid Baraty is the one who took them. It is a series of bird's eye view (obviously) pictures in New York City. The above one is the one I adore most, but there's so many good photos. You can see them all here. They're really awesome! Some great shots of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in there.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

100 Best People 2014: 28-26

 28. Ben Stiller

A trio of fantastic actors coming at you today. We start with Ben Stiller who has been in countless great films. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Tower Heist, Dodgeball, Happy Gilmore, Zoolander, and more! Plus, he's been on such television programs as Saturday Night Live and Arrested Development. You just have to appreciate and adore the great work he's done throughout his career.

27. Zooey Deschanel

We all know Zooey for adorkable role of Jess Day on the hilarious comedy, New Girl, but also from films like Elf and Our Idiot Brother. She is one of my personal favorites so I guess that explains why she comes in at number twenty-seven on the list. It's also quite possible she's the only 'Z' name on the list. Maybe! I'll have to check...Yes, she is! Sorry if you're disappointed to learn Zach Woods didn't quite make the cut. Zachary Levi was in the original draft of the list, though! Let's make one thing clear, though. This paragraph honors the great Zooey!

26. Russell Crowe

A bit of a younger picture for this God among actors in Hollywood today. I think my love and appreciation for Crowe comes from school. You see, in eighth grade, my history class watched Cinderella Man, starring Russell Crowe as James J. Braddock. Then, in ninth grade, my history class watched Master and Commander, starring Russell Crowe as Jack Aubrey. In tenth grade, my history class watched Salem Witch Trials, a documentary that did not star Russell, but you know what? I like to think it did. In some strange way.

Class Act: Amy Adams

On a flight from Detroit to Los Angeles on June 27, Amy Adams gave up her seat in first class for one in coach for a soldier after she saw him at the gate. She was born on a military base in Italy (cannot ever be President, shucks) and grew up on one in Colorado. Amy also said she "didn't do it for attention for herself, but for attention for the troops." An ESPN employee, Jemele Hill, was on the flight as well and summed it up best. "I was already a fan of hers, but now I'm a bigger one after today."

Ben Stiller Is Hashtag?!

All this time we thought it was John Whaskell, one of the writers for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, but there's a plot twist! The man in the panda suit has apparently been Ben Stiller this entire time. Hashtag the Panda is the unofficial/official mascot of The Tonight Show and in a recent episode where Ben Stiller was not slated to appear, the panda took the head off after being called over by Jimmy and sure enough, there was Ben! This crazy beans!

Monday, July 21, 2014

100 Best People 2014: 31-29

 31. Jason Ritter

He's still amazing. As the years go on, idols come and go. John McBain is rapidly fading into the abyss. Adam Sandler struggles to remain relevant. But Jace the Ace from Outer Space has remained amazing through the years. He broke out, for me, on The Event, but roles on such shows as Parenthood and Drinking Buddies gave him staying power. Stay classy, Ritter.

 30. Andy Bernard

To kick off the top thirty, we have one of the best characters from The Office, Andrew Baines Bernard! He does, in fact, rank higher than Ed Helms, but that doesn't matter. Andy is hilariously awesome. He dresses sharply, but is such a goof. Such a clueless goof. But he's lovable! And musically inclined!

29. Paul Rudd

One of the only things I ever disagreed with on Community was when Jeff said, "Religion, to me, is like Paul Rudd. I understand the appeal and I'd never take it away from anyone, but I also wouldn't stand in line for it." I'd stand in line for Paul Rudd any day! His recent hosting stint on Saturday Night Live was epic, but so was his performance in the Lip Sync Battle on The Tonight Show. Not to mention his roles on shows like Friends and Parks and Recreation and in movies like This Is the End, They Came Together, Our Idiot Brother, and Anchorman. Can't wait to see him as Ant-Man!