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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2014 Fantasy Baseball Champion!

For the first time since 2012, I have won the championship in my fantasy baseball league (and three other trophies as well)! The Scranton Paper Salesmen sure did fight hard as they boasted a 17-4 record in the regular season and were the second overall seeded team in the playoffs where they steamrolled opponents en route to winning the championship game against the eight-seed, 692-427. I was down by sixty-seven entering Saturday, but then I had an onslaught of amazing pitching, including a no-hitter from Jordan Zimmermann on the last day of the season! What a great year it was for fantasy baseball. I want to thank my championship roster:

Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard, Neil Walker, David Wright, J.J. Hardy, Howie Kendrick, Adrian Gonzalez, Buster Posey, Nick Markakis, Emilio Bonifacio, Charlie Blackmon, Yangervis Solarte, Lucas Duda, Steve Pearce, Adam Dunn, Dustin Pedroia, Allen Craig, Jordan Zimmermann, David Price, Jon Lester, Lance Lynn, Stephen Strasburg, Jeremy Guthrie, Shelby Miller, Wei-Yin Chen, Jason Hammel, Tyson Ross, Alfredo Simon, Wade Miley, Jason Vargas, and Wiley Peralta.

Also a thank you to all players who were a Paper Salesman, but eventually got cut along the way:

Mark Trumbo, Mat Latos, Matt Moore, Pablo Sandoval, Xander Bogaerts, Matt Garza, Nick Swisher, Josh Reddick, Nate Schierholtz, Derek Jeter, Jeremy Hellickson, Jon Jay, Chris Sale, Shane Victorino, Paul Konerko, Seth Smith, David Murphy, and Brandon Crawford.

They were all just wonderful! See you next year, fantasy baseball!

Cranston. Paul. Louis-Dreyfus.

To promote the 2014 Emmy Awards, Emmy winners Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus created a six minute long short comedy video about Julia, playing herself, entering a pawn shop where she tries to sell her Emmy from Seinfeld. The two running the pawn shop are, of course, Walter White and Jesse Pinkman themselves, Bryan and Aaron. You gotta love the fact that they all enjoy hanging out with each other still.

Full Trailer for The Interview

The first, full-length, red-band trailer for The Interview (Seth Rogen and James Franco's new comedy about two journalists who are tapped to assassinate Kim Jong-Un) has been unveiled! The trailer, which was promoted on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, gives a wider scope of the plot, a bit more jokes, and your first, frightening look at Rob Lowe in the movie. Enjoy if you view!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Bad Day

If you ever feel like you're having a bad day, take a look at this guy. If you ever feel like you're down on your luck, take a look at this guy. This gif is so hilarious for so many reasons. Primarily, the humor comes from the fact that just when you think it's over, bad things keep coming.

O-Zell Soda

Interesting news here even if you're not a big fan of soda, like me. A soda company from 1912 has recently been revived to start selling vanilla and root beer flavored soda once again. What is notable about the company, though, is the history. It was a business that Walt Disney's father invested in, but he eventually found out that the whole thing was a scam. Eventually, the law figured this out, too, and the company was rendered defunct. Now, though, the people behind turning Walt Disney's birthplace into a museum have brought back the soda and started selling it in Missouri. Just thought it was a neat thing to share!

This Week's Sports by David

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Nubble Lighthouse Documentary

My favorite lighthouse in the world, the Cape Neddick (or Nubble) Lighthouse in York, Maine is getting a documentary made about it! Lighthouse Productions is currently in post-production on two documentaries about two lighthouses in York titled Nubble Lighthouse - A Beacon of Hope and Boon Island Light - A Lonesome Place in History, respectively. Authors, keepers, historians, and original family descendants will talk about incredible tales regarding the two lighthouses, including the Nottingham Galley shipwreck in 1710. The release of these documentaries will be sometime in 2014, but it's still very cool!

Josh Reddick's Walk Up Music

Always the jokester, Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick has selected a new song to walk up to home plate to. This is definitely the type of thing more athletes should do. Have fun with it! I know I'd pick something fun like this if I was a pro baseball player in the MLB. Reddick's song is Careless Whisper by George Michael and you can watch him walk up to it and see Jonny Gomes groove to it in the dugout in the video above. Fun stuff!

Winnie the Pooh Water Ride?

New concept art has been floating around the online Disney World rumor community. The primary photo has been posted above and it deals with the idea of a Winnie the Pooh water ride that might find its way to Disney's California Adventure, the second theme park at Disneyland Resort. I really like the idea if the concept art is any indication of what the world would be like. What appeals most is how immersive the ride seems like it would be. Time will tell if its true or not.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Blake Griffin Definitely Prefers Comedy to Basketball

As I've often said on this blog, I feel like Blake Griffin is going to become an actor/comedian once he eventually retires from basketball. He just seems like he enjoys it so much more and, to be honest, Blake is kind of a natural with comedy. Back in December, Blake performed with the UCB improv group and just last month he did more improv with Thomas Middleditch, Ben Schwartz, Horatio Sanz, and Jack McBrayer.

Now, take a look at these other two Instagram posts from Blake.

So we're all in agreement that Blake prefers comedy to basketball? Do you see it now?

Dog Mayor

A very small town in Minnesota, Cormorant recently had twelve residents vote in the mayoral election. They almost unanimously voted for Duke, a Great Pyrenees dog, for mayor over human Richard Sherbrook. Duke is now mayor of Cormorant, Minnesota and he was sworn in that Sunday with a salary of a year's worth of kibble. Isn't the news just so much better when these are the focused topics? Awesome!

Fred Armisen for Heineken

In a new social experiment/commercial for Heineken (the beer), Fred Armisen went to one side of a street in Manhattan and called a payphone at the other side. People would pick up and Fred would tell them to stop what they were doing and cross the street. Naturally, very few (only five) people took him up on the offer, but the reward was great. He invited them on stage in a comedy club. Interesting take on an ad for beer.

Friday, September 26, 2014

R.I.P. Don Pardo

The voice of Saturday Night Live passed away recently at the age of ninety-six. I wanted to set aside a post dedicated just to him because he is an icon of so many things. Television, comedy, radio. The list is endless. So, Don Pardo, who announced the opening credits of every season of SNL (except for one) since the very beginning in 1975...farewell. And thank you.

The Ben Affleck Curse

Since Good Will Hunting came out in 1997, the Boston Red Sox have lost every single game they have played on Bostonian Ben Affleck's birthday. The Sox are 0-15. 0-15. That's insane. August 15, 2015, we're coming for you (insert team name here)!

The Weirdest Story You'll Read All Day

Simon Cowell is bringing Betty Boop back in movie form. Yes, you read that right. Simon Cowell is bringing Betty Boop back in movie form. He has partnered up with the team from The LEGO Movie to make a movie all about Betty Boop. About it, he said, "Betty is an icon, and one of the biggest stars in the world - I'm thrilled to be working with her. Betty, I've worked with some serious divas, but I think you could be the biggest of them all!" Interesting.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Schoolhouse Rock Songs Ranked

A recent ABC back-to-school ABC special hosted by Shonda Rhimes talked about the history of Schoolhouse Rock songs, played portions of some, and then ranked the top five! It was very entertaining and I just love the Schoolhouse Rock so much. So much. Imagine my relief when the adverb song was included! (No love for Interplanet Janet, though?) It was an affirming, albeit predictable, ranking of the best. I thought I'd be nice and share with you the five they chose here:

5. Interjections!

4. Electricity, Electricity

3. Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here!

2. I'm Just a Bill

1. Conjunction Junction

Solid top five.

Michael Cera's Surprise Album

On August 8, Michael Cera surprised everyone by suddenly dropping a new music album filled with twenty-one songs for seven dollars on his website. Curiously, this was his first soundtrack and if's to say everyone went, "Huh?" Some have described the tunes as charming and folksy, but I haven't really seen too many bad reviews, which is interesting. You gotta hope for the best for Michael Cera, though! Always root for him.

This Week's Entertainment by David

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mindy Kaling's Birthday Present for B.J. Novak

For B.J. Novak's birthday on July 31, Mindy Kaling got him some pretty hilarious gifts. As B.J. writes, "Thank you, Mindy, for three of my favorite birthday presents: blank notebooks, Girl Scout cookies, and unsolicited editorializing about what you imagine is most important to me. I love you the bestest." Not only should they get married already, but there's so much depth to the humor in this photograph. You have to love and appreciate the dynamic between these two.

Red Sox Hall of Fame: Class of 2014

The Boston Red Sox have an inducted an illustrious, all-star group of baseball legends into the Red Sox Hall of Fame for 2014. WEEI radio announcer Joe Castiglione, iconic shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, stellar pitching ace Pedro Martinez, and controversial inductee Roger Clemens were brought into the exclusive club. Really quite the class when you think about how much talent is right there in that photograph, moreso than any other year.

Chesson Hadley and Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon recently used The Tonight Show Superlatives to poke fun at some PGA golfers. One in particular you can read above as it makes fun of Chesson Hadley. Well, Hadley responded perfectly (and Jimmy loved it, too)!

You gotta love when they take it in stride.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Yes! Yes? Yes.

I finally have gotten the chance to listen to Jason Mraz's new album, Yes! I must say, it exceeded my expectations. I expected to love the album, but surprisingly, some of my favorite songs of Mraz have come from this album. Obviously, Love Someone (this album's single) is terrific and I've provided it below.

But the album also featured many other gems. Long Drive was phenomenal, but You Can Rely on Me might be my favorite. Also, It's So Hard to Say Goodbye was a cover, but it was tremendous as well. Because Jason Mraz is amazing! Of course, this album was always going to be good. I also really enjoyed his collaboration with members of the Raining Jane band, Mai Bloomfield, Becky Gebhardt, Chaska Potter, and Mona Tavakoli. They were great and he really utilized them well.

Nice work, Mraz!

Buzzfeed Movie Studio

Andreessen Horowitz is investing fifty million dollars in the production of a Buzzfeed movie studio. Yes, that's correct. In the coming years, Buzzfeed is going to be releasing films in theaters! Imagine Buzzfeed winning an Oscar? This is just kooky. It will be called Buzzfeed Motion Pictures and here is a sneak preview at some of the recently announced films from the website:

  • 46 Reasons Why Ryan Gosling Is the Star of This Movie (and Your Hearts)
  • Which Kitchen Utensil Are You?: The Movie
  • 17 of the Best Movie Quotes That We'll Rip Off
Sounds like some blockbusters!

Cop v. Kid: Dance-Off

Recently a group of kids and a group of police officers engaged in a dance-off together and while the consensus seems to be that the cop lost, what do you think? I'd say the cop lost, but it wasn't that much of a blowout. The Kansas City Police Department later wrote on Facebook, "Maybe we'll start including dancing as a course in the academy because it sure looks like we could use it." Good fun!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Jimmy Fallon's Tribute to Robin Williams and Joan Rivers

Unfortunately, Jimmy Fallon has had to pay tribute to two too many people during his time on The Tonight Show so far. When Robin Williams passed, he gave a very moving homage to the great talent by talking about how hilarious Robin was, showing a clip from him on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, and standing on top of his desk. It's very moving.

Later, Billy Crystal came on the show and the two swapped stories about their friend, Robin Williams.

Also, Jimmy gave a very shaky, heartfelt, tearful tribute to Joan Rivers, his first Tonight Show guest to die. It's so tough to see Jimmy cry, but that's all I will say. The video is not available as a sole clip, but the episode is on NBC.com and it's quite emotional. Here's this, though.

May the titans of comedy rest in peace.

Don't Play with Me, Michael Bolton!

I'm sure, by now, we've all heard the unbelievably exciting news of Judd Apatow producing a movie starring The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer). Good Morning America, upon hearing the news, tweeted at Michael Bolton (the star of The Lonely Island's Jack Sparrow song and video), asking if he would make a cameo. And it seems like he's definitely for it. How amazing would that be?! I know Andy would love to have him.

This Week's Sports by David

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Yvette Nicole Brown Doing Double Duty

In CBS' reboot of The Odd Couple, the role of Dani, Oscar's (Matthew Perry's) messy assistant was created solely for Sarah Baker. But then Baker left the show, so who would be cast instead? Well, that eventually fell to Helen from Drake and Josh (or, you know, Shirley from Community). She's probably best known as Yvette Nicole Brown! It's very exciting news for her, but don't worry, she will return to Community on Yahoo! as well. Fantastic.

The Concept of Boyhood

Richard Linklater's new film, Boyhood, which stars Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, and Patricia Arquette, has brought a concept to life that I have always thought some director should do. Whenever there's a scene with a young actor playing a kid, I always thought they should film that scene and then do the adult ones with the same actor. Well, now Linklater has done it. Over twelve years, his group of actors filmed the necessary scenes each summer to create this movie which some have called a masterpiece. Very interesting!

The X-Mas Cast Is Stellar

There is a new movie called X-Mas that is slated for a release in December of 2015 that stars Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as three childhood friends who reunite in New York City to fulfill their annual tradition of going out on Christmas Eve! It sounds like my kind of movie, especially with Evan Goldberg also producing the comedy and 50/50 (the other Rogen-Levitt film) director Jonathan Levine helming the film. More than this, though, the cast has continued to expand. Lizzy Caplan from Masters of Sex has joined as Diana, Joe's love interest. Jillian Bell was later added to the film, but then this amazing thing happened:


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Live!

This past Wednesday, the seventeenth, I went with my parents and one friend to see a live taping of Late Night with Seth Meyers and it was an absolute delight. Seeing the hilarious Adam Pally and talented Grouplove was fantastic. Of course, Tina Fey and Seth Meyers, two role models/heroes of mine were just wonderful! It still has not sunk in that I actually CONVERSED WITH SETH MEYERS and Tina Fey and Adam Pally were RIGHT THERE...my life, be still
At first, it was a bunch of chaos in the GE Building at 30 Rock, but we eventually reached Seth's floor. I got a glimpse of SNL’s main stage, but I had no time to gush over it as we took a hard right towards a different stage. There would be plenty of time for gushing in there.
The four of us sat in the audience’s left section and it was so incredible to see a place that had only been on my television screen before. (I went to a monologue rehearsal in February of that same year, but a new set was built since then.)
A comedian warmed up the crowd and The 8G Band sang “We’ve Got the Beat” by The Go-Go’s. That honestly would have been enough for me, but then Seth walked out to introduce us to the show a little bit. As he spoke about the history of his studio, my smile never left my face as I leaned forward at full attention.
The Rosie O’Donnell Show actually taped right here in Studio 8G and some say she never left. So keep your eyes open for Rosie,” Seth said before eventually retreating to behind the stage so the band could play the theme song.
When he walked out again, I gave a standing ovation and felt awkward, but proud to be the only one doing so. I found myself standing once again when Tina Fey was introduced and my heart skipped every beat The 8G Band played. Her interview came after the standard talk show monologue followed by a sketch involving Seth’s “nephew,” Derek.
I could not even fathom that two of my inspirations were less than the length of a football field away from me. Of course laughter ensued because Tina and Seth are some of the funniest people to ever exist. She talked about This Is Where I Leave You and The Nest, detailing what it was like to have her kids playing with Amy Poehler’s, Maya Rudolph’s, and Rachel Dratch’s. With each mention of these comedic titans, I grew more and more delirious. She said Amy’s kids have “Poehler-Arnett faces,” Maya’s are “just so cool,” Rachel’s are “this small,” (as she gesticulated the shape of a very small child), and her’s are “two floating eyebrows.” The tears in my eyes from when Tina walked out had turned to tears of laughter.
Continuing on about her daughter, Tina provided many humorous anecdotes about how her kid thought her birthday surprise party was at a PetCo and she once wore a mask that strongly resembled Tina’s 30 Rock co-star, Alec Baldwin.
Just when I thought the interview was over, Tina was brought back to her chair after Adam Pally spoke to introduce a clip of former SNL writer, Paula Pell dancing with half of her shirt tied up and, yes, it was as hilariously weird as it sounds.
When the episode aired, it was interesting to see how the whole show was edited together, especially with Tina and Seth filming promos during a “commercial break.”
One notable moment from the show that was cut during post-production was a story Adam Pally told about killing an ostrich. Honestly, though, it was good that it was cut because I felt bad for every ostrich involved in the story. Pally finished his interview with three lackluster (on purpose) impressions of Adam Duritz from the Counting Crows, Liam Neeson, and Owen (or Luke) Wilson.
The episode’s taping concluded with a performance by Grouplove, singing “I’m with You.” It was quite loud and they also threw glitter all over the stage, so I bet the custodial staff was thrilled with that.
Before Grouplove’s song, though, Seth Meyers came into the audience for a question and answer period and my mind raced trying to come up with something to ask.
“Where’s Stefon?”
“Are you gonna come back to SNL to do your John Kerry impression?”
“When do you host SNL?”
After all these questions, I wanted to ask something different and perhaps even more stimulating to Seth. I know he is a huge fan of superheroes and I am quite familiar with the Marvel Cinematic Universe so I raised my hand with high hopes.
“Higher,” said Joe and my hand went up some more. Finally, Seth looked at me.
“Are...are you excited for Avengers 2?” I asked. (Yes, I’ll get to it.)
“I thought they were on the third, now,” Seth asked back. It turned to a Q and Q.
“No, the second one’s coming out in May.”
“Really? Cool. Yes, I’m very excited for Avengers 2.”
I immediately knew I blew it.
Seth finished answering the questions of the masses and we were eventually escorted out of the studio and back outside the building where we waited for the valet near Radio City Music Hall. During the fifteen minute waiting period, I cringed many times just thinking about the question I asked. First, I thought it was just lame and Seth did not really care, but now I realize he did because he loves superheroes. I think, to me, it just seems meaningless.
But there is meaning after all. It means I conversed with Seth Meyers. On the ride home, I arrived at this peace and knew what I would write in the inevitable essay about the entire experience.

I would just like to say to Seth Meyers: I’m not sorry about the question. Sure, I thought of better ones, but I’m still not sorry about it. I’m grateful.

Fun with Hunter Pence

New York Mets fans have been trolling Phillies outfielder Hunter Pence whenever he comes to Citi Field with signs like, "Hunter Pence prefers baths" or "Hunter Pence whispers 'Sorry' when he catches a fly ball." They're pretty hilarious actually, very smart. He responded in excellent fashion, tweeting out a picture of himself acting out the caption that came from one of the fans' signs.

Then, his girlfriend, Alexis, did, too.

You gotta love it. You really do.

Life on the Road: The David Brent Story

The Office will never die in some way or another. Ricky Gervais recently declared that a movie about David Brent, Life on the Road, will be released in 2015. It will be a mockumentary follow-up to Brent's quest to make in the music industry. I'm so excited for this. You have to love the fact that The Office, fifteen years later, is still going. Rock on, Brent.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Lookin' Like Woody

Neat-O-Rama recently shared a gallery of forty people who look a lot like celebrities. There are Christian Bale lookalikes, Adam Devine lookalikes, but the best one in the whole bunch was the guy who looks exactly like Woody from Toy Story. Just...enjoy this greatness.

J.K. Rowling's Letter to Cassidy Stay

After a shooting of her family, Cassidy Stay was the lone survivor when she survived a bullet to the head and then delivered a speech to her community three days later, quoting Albus Dumbledore in it. "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one remembers to turn on the light." Following this, J.K. Rowling wrote Cassidy a letter in the form of Dumbledore, a wand, signed copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and an acceptance letter to Hogwarts with a school supply list. Pretty classy.

A Character Actor PSA

Entertainment Weekly recently shared this video of a public service announcement from character actors (including Donald Faison) at Comic-Con talking about the value of their role in pop culture. The statement from writer Alex French has been tackled by these actors. "There are now more indistinguishable, barrel-chested, eight-packed, aspiring stars than ever." Not to these few.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Lonely Island Movie

Judd Apatow has partnered with The Lonely Island, the musical comedy group consisting of Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, and Andy Samberg, for a Universal Pictures movie! How exciting is this news? Taccone and Schaffer will co-direct the film, Apatow will produce, and the three will star in the movie with very little plot details other than it being set in the world of music. With hits like, Lazy Sunday, D**k in a Box, Threw It on the Ground, Jack Sparrow, and I Just Had Sex, we all know we're in for a treat with this surefire cinematic masterpiece.

This Week's Entertainment by David

Padraig Harrington or Happy Gilmore?

At the 2014 PGA Championship Long Drive Contest, golfer Padraig Harrington had some fun with the competition. He channeled his inner Happy Gilmore by doing a quick skip step and then hitting the golf ball on the back swing. It actually worked out pretty well!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Barack Obama Sings Fancily

This is pretty weird. At a recent press conference, our President of the United States, rapped and sang Iggy Azalea's 2014 hit and Song of the Summer, Fancy. It's really cool that he did it and it is, of course, very fun. He's not bad musically. But what I don't get is why he did it in the first place. Oh, well. He's the people's President.

Television's Best Current Character

Entertainment Weekly recently hosted a poll to decide television's best current character and it was later turned into the cover of their next issue, with Selina Meyer from Veep and Frank Underwood from House of Cards headlining. It was so hard to vote, though! They had twenty-five options and while I eventually decided on Stephen Colbert, I went back and forth on a few.

Mindy Lahiri (The Mindy Project)
Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation)
Tina Belcher (Bob's Burgers)
Roger Sterling (Mad Men)
Adam Sackler (Girls)
Raymond Holt (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report)

Always fun stuff! The full list is here.

Detroit Lions: Eco-Friendly Jerseys

On August 6, the Detroit Lions went friendly for the environment by wearing neon green, recycled jerseys! They look pretty good, but they, obviously, do not quite fit into the whole color scheme of the Detroit Lions. So it was just a one time thing, but they aren't bad! And not for the environment either. Wink!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

More Star Wars in Disney Parks

As expected, Disney has announced they will be developing an increased presence of the Star Wars films in Disney parks. The official statement came from CEO Bob Iger when he said, "When we grow Star Wars presence, which we will do significantly, you will see better bets being made that will pay off for us than were made in the past." This was simply a matter of time with the extended Star Wars Weekends in the parks every May, Star Wars characters in the parades, and the Star Tours ride at Hollywood Studios. Now, the answer to expanding Star Wars is probably expanding Hollywood Studios to include a Star Wars themed area built around Star Tours (as this will probably happen for Marvel one day, as well). It'll be interesting to see how it all comes along!

John D. Ryder Joins ESPN Radio

The man, the myth, the beast, the warrior, the legend, John D. Ryder has joined the staff of ESPN Radio. So that's why he left WEEI! He was one of my favorites to listen to at night when he'd talk about anything and everything Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, and Patriots. Then, a little while back he announced he would be departing the station. I was surprised, but curious as to why. And here it is. It's because he made it big time.

Becky Hammon for the Spurs

Former WNBA star, Becky Hammon, has broken new ground in the NBA. She has been hired as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs, the first woman to be a part of an NBA team's coaching staff. It is truly a remarkable moment in the history of the NBA and one that, in my opinion, is much later than it should have been, but good that it happened in the first place!

Monday, September 15, 2014

James Corden on CBS (or: Really?!)

From British sitcom, Gavin & Stacey, Hulu comedy, The Wrong Mans, and Tony-winning production, One Man, Two Guvnors, James Corden has officially been announced as Craig Ferguson's replacement for The Late Late Show on CBS. And might I add: Really?! I'll be the first to admit that, yes, the man I thought would be amazing for the job was a white male. Ricky Gervais. He'd be amazing and I don't like the idea of sacrificing quality just to be diverse. Obviously, late night television is in dire need of someone, well, not white. Sure, we have Chelsea Handler, but even then, the late night landscape still needs more women. Let's take a look at the laundry list of diverse people CBS could have gone with and might I add that most of these people are overqualified.

Ellen DeGeneres
Wayne Brady
Aisha Tyler
Kathy Griffin (who was sickeningly told that CBS was "not looking for any females")
Amy Schumer
Maya Rudolph
Sarah Silverman
Billy Eichner
Neil Patrick Harris
Tina Fey
Dave Chappelle
Arsenio Hall
George Lopez
Ken Jeong
Hannibal Burress

There is some good host material there. This is not to say that any of these people would even want to do it, but rather that they have the potential. It is also not to say that James Corden will do a poor job with the franchise. After all, nobody thought Craig would do well and clearly, he did. It's more of a thing where....there were better choices. So here's your late night landscape for the next thirty or so years.

Jimmy Fallon
Seth Meyers
Jimmy Kimmel
Stephen Colbert
James Corden
Conan O'Brien
Jon Stewart
Chelsea Handler

Love it or hate it.


This image went somewhat viral on Twitter recently and I must say it thoroughly rattled my brain before leading me to the point of enjoying it. Thought I would just take a little bit of time to pass it along, see if you, too, can figure it out. Its fun with grammer! (And yes, that last sentence is grammatically incorrect on purpose.)

This Week's Sports by David

Sunday, September 14, 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

You have probably heard of the latest Internet fad that (unlike planking or leisure diving) is actually for a good cause. A Boston College athlete, Pete Frates, was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gherig's Disease, and started the challenge for people to dump buckets of ice on their heads or donate one hundred dollars for ALS awareness. Now, granted many people did both, but it's just so cool how fast it spread. For example, I challenged Jimmy Fallon. He did it, but claimed it was because of Justin Timberlake's challenge. I think we all know it was because of me, right? Here are some of my favorite ones, starting with my own:

Bill Gates:

Mickey Rourke:

Ricky Gervais:

Amy Adams and Henry Cavill:

Justin Timberlake:

Tina Fey:

Kermit the Frog:

Homer Simpson:

Tracey Wigfield:

David Ortiz:
New England Patriots:

Roger Federer:
Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Steve Higgins, Horatio Sanz, and Rob Riggle:
Zach Braff:
Russell Crowe:
Hugh Jackman:
Chris Pratt:
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner:
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor:
Ashton Kutcher and Wilmer Valmerrama
Will Arnett:
Drew Barrymore and Chris Miller:
Kim Kardashian and Ellen DeGeneres:
Seth Meyers:

Fun and for a good cause!

Baloo Murray

The cast of Disney's live-action version of The Jungle Book continues to grow! And I might I add, it has been exceptional so far. Bill Murray was cast to be the voice of Baloo, joining Christopher Walken as King Louie, Giancarlo Esposito as Akela, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Lupita Nyong'o as Raksha, Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, and Neel Sethi as Mowgli. Each person cast has a voice that definitely fits the character so that is a really exciting aspect! I wonder what it will look like.

Chuck and Sarah Together Again

An entertaining part of Zachary Levi's 2014 Comic-Con influence was the conversation he had with Yvonne Strahovski as a part of The Nerd Machine's Nerd HQ. It's great to see the people of Chuck together again and who knows? Maybe Adam Baldwin was just around the corner.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Brian Scalabrine Is Coming Home

While it may not be Sports Illustrated, Comcast Sports Network New England still had the exclusive story of retired NBA player, Brian Scalabrine's long awaited return to the Boston Celtics. In the piece written by Scal, he talks about what it means to be returning to the city for journalistic purposes. I just love everything about this, it's probably the greatest thing ever, but people are still evaluating Tina Fey on 30 Rock for that honor. Nevertheless, if you want to, the full article can be read by clicking on any part of this sentence.

Mets Bucket Hat Guy at Citi Field!

At a recent New York Mets guy at Citi Field, recurring character on The Tonight Show and Late Night (both with Jimmy Fallon), Mets Bucket Hat Guy made an appearance to rap the lineup for the night's game! How cool is that? Shoutout to Mike DiCenzo!

Bears and Crows

At a zoo in Budapest, a bear practiced a very heartwarming act of kindness. The bear was not really caring about the drowning crow, but eventually, he, or she, went over to the corner of the body of water and scooped the crow out by the paw. The crow is shocked at first and the bear simply returns to its prior activities. A terrific video!

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Fifth Season of Arrested Development Is Coming

Arrested Development's long-awaited season five is coming! And it's been confirmed by both Will Arnett and Netflix chief content officer, Ted Sarandos. Arnett said the fifth season will be in the near future and Sarandos said it's "just a matter of when." Now, this is very exciting news because we just know Mitch Hurwitz is going to right any wrongs there might have been in season four, but still I cannot wait! I wonder if this will lead into the movie which will lead into a sixth season or just a movie that closes the run. Nevertheless, we still get more Arrested Development and that is no doubt a blessing.

The Muppets: Web Series

To promote the release of Muppets Most Wanted on DVD, Disney released six episodes of an online web series starring The Muppets called Disney Drive on with The Muppets! It launched on August first and involves Pepe the King Prawn being put in charge of Muppet Studios! Very cool, but I still vote that The Muppet Show should come back to ABC and have a weekly host like Saturday Night Live.

Charmin Is Bold

I don't know what else to say, so I'm just going to leave this tweet from the official Charmin toilet paper Twitter account right here for you.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

This Week's Entertainment by Davids

The Williams Family

Brian Williams, NBC news anchor, has a daughter, Allison, who stars on the HBO comedy Girls. She was also recently cast in the NBC live production of the Peter Pan musical as the lead, Peter Pan! It was great news. Naturally, Brilly Willy had to report it on the news that night and it was really delightfully sweet how it was done. Ah, the Williams family. Take a gander:

Relegated to TV Land

A new show starring Ashley Williams, Adam Goldberg, and Michael Ian Black has been sent from CBS to TV Land. Oh, wait. It also stars Jim Gaffigan (after all, it's called The Gaffigan Show) as a man who tries to navigate family, comedy, and food all with a single-camera! Well, TV Land picked it up after CBS passed on the long-gestating comedy. I have some interest to check it out, but will temper my hopes for now as only ten episodes have been ordered.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The SpongeBob Movie 2: Sponge Out of Water Trailer

The first trailer for SpongeBob SquarePants' second movie has been released! I must say, though, if the preview is any indication, the movie will be filled with lame humor (which pales in comparison to how it used to be) and unnecessary 3D animation. But maybe it will still be cool! There's always hope for that. Nevertheless, seeing SpongeBob on the big screen is a once twice-in-a-lifetime experience.

Jenny Slate to Appear on Brooklyn Nine-Nine

That was about my reaction to hearing this delightful casting news. From Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, and Married, Jenny Slate will be guest starring in the season premiere of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on September 28. She is going to be Bianca, "a tough, street-smart mob mistress." No doubt, it will be hilarious!

Thirty-Two Books for Laughter

This might be my overall favorite Buzzfeed list. Yes, there are of course other good ones, but this one is different. It's comprehensive and well thought out, but also with a focus on humor in literature, two things I love. Some examples (a.k.a. The ones from the list I've read) include:

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
I Feel Bad About My Neck (And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman) by Nora Ephron
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Bossypants by Tina Fey

Novels from Jenny Lawson, Kurt Vonnegut, Julie Klausner, and Jonathan Tropper are also included, but I am immediately intrigued with all of them! Solid list.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

My 2014 Fantasy Football Team

Last week, I drafted my 2014 fantasy football team and I have to say it seems like a solid team. I've started 1-0 with the highest score of the week, thanks in large part to Calvin Johnson, my top scorer. I made a good call drafting Mega-Tron, but what about the rest of the team? Well, here they are:

QB - Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints
RB - Reggie Bush - Detroit Lions
RB - Le'Veon Bell - Pittsburgh Steelers
WR - Calvin Johnson - Detroit Lions
WR - Vincent Jackson - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
TE - Kyle Rudolph - Minnesota Vikings
FLEX - Shane Vereen - New England Patriots
FLEX - Chris Ivory - New York Jets
FLEX - Mark Ingram - New Orleans Saints
D/ST - 49ers D/ST - San Francisco 49ers
K - Nick Novak - San Diego Chargers
QB - Andrew Luck - Indianapolis Colts
WR - Michael Crabtree - San Francisco 49ers
WR - Reggie Wayne - Indianapolis Colts
TE - Jordan Cameron - Cleveland Browns
WR - Dwayne Bowe - Kansas City Chiefs
WR - Steve Smith - Baltimore Ravens
WR - Tavon Austin - St. Louis Rams
RB - Ahmad Bradshaw - Indianapolis Colts
D/ST - Patriots D/ST - New England Patriots
K - Matt Prater - Denver Broncos

Let's go all the way for the first time in a while!

Welcome Yoenis Cespdes, Allen Craig, and Joe Kelly

Yes, the Red Sox parted with some quality players, but in return, they received a good haul. From the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston got slugger Allen Craig and rotation anchor Joe Kelly. From the Oakland Athletics, they acquired elite outfielder and two-time Home Run Derby champion, Yoenis Cespedes. Welcome to the Red Sox, you three! I think they'll be great additions for the future and the Sox did some solid wheeling and dealing.

Rock the Kasbah?

I apologize, but I searched high and low, but found zero details about this upcoming film's plot. But that's okay. The cast is top-notch. Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Bill Murray, Zooey Deschanel, and Scott Caan are all starring in this movie. Isn't that just a great cast? I think so! Anyway, it's a comedy film from Barry Levinson and Mitch Glazer with a release date of April 24, 2015. Hope to learn more about the plot in some way or another.

UPDATE: I've learned it's about a washed up music producer. (Honestly, that's what I assumed from the title, but still.)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Allison Williams Is Peter Pan!

One of my favorite actresses in the world, Allison Williams (from Girls), has been named as the lead role in this year's live musical on NBC. Last year, Carrie Underwood won the lead in The Sound of Music. This year, Allison Williams will be playing Peter Pan! This is great news. I think I'll actually watch the whole thing this time because there are very few, if any, better choices. And to everyone saying, "Why wouldn't they cast a male in the role?," it's because in theater, Peter Pan is typically played by a woman. So check yourself and your facts. Allison is the best choice.

Stephen A. Smith Is Finally Suspended

Take a look at that ESPN anchor. For years, I've know he was one of the worst they had. Now, it's starting to be affirmed and people are starting to recognize that. He was given a week-long suspension (the first on the road to permanent, I hope) for his comments on the Ray Rice domestic abuse case. He criticized for women for provoking the abuse. It should have been, "Good riddance," but ESPN kept him. Disgusting.

This Week's Sports by David