Vin Scully, who spent 67 years as the voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, announced his last game yesterday at AT&T Park. I’m not sure what is more astounding about his career: that he set an unbreakable record for longevity or that he did so with undiminished sharpness at 88 years old. . . . → Read More: Vin Scully Drops The Mike, by Chuck Strom
Based on his stellar work as the voice of Bob Belcher on Bob’s Burgers (the only show that matters) and Sterling Archer on Archer, it is clear that H. Jon Benjamin is not only the most gifted actor of all time, he is the greatest human on the planet since the passing of Mother . . . → Read More: Star of Bob’s Burgers and Archer, H. Jon Benjamin Records Experimental Jazz Album
This early Saturday Night Live video (season 3) is astonishing too, and bizarre, and awesome — for a couple reasons.
1. John Belushi’s Samurai character. He did it in a number of contexts, I think some of the cultural context is lost now, or maybe it was never there and that was the point, . . . → Read More: Samurai Night Fever, by Daniel Housman
Born in 1963, celebrated actor John Stamos would have attended this high school prom sometime in the late 70s or early 80s, shortly before his acting career began on General Hospital in 1982. E! Online UK tweeted out this photo today, claiming it to be Stamos’ actual prom photo. Stamos grew up in . . . → Read More: John Stamos High School Prom Pic
in the 1950’s, portland, oregon, had their very own horror movie hostess – Miss Tarantula Ghoul!!! sure, she was a lame ass rip off of Vampira (the woman who actually BEGAN and invented the whole ‘TV horror host’ schtick in the early 50’s). but, TG had a lot of style on her own. she . . . → Read More: Miss Tarantula Ghoul, by Art Chantry
I’ve seen this show (above) a few times – it was a Father’s Day special from 1965 (I think) broadcast from St. Louis. The comedy routines with Sammy were typical of their shows. I think they are mostly indicative of the time, when racial and ethnic stereotypes were still a fixture of public . . . → Read More: Rat Pack, Comedy then Birth of the Blues, by Chuck Strom and Tom Fredrickson
Have you seen the year of FX’s comedy cartoon Archer, season four or so, called Archer Vice? I’ve watched that same season over and over every night for weeks and it’s perfect, a lovely piece of trash. Viewers can count on the usual season’s worth of spot-on chicanery from superstud Archer,
Amber . . . → Read More: Archer – Cherlene – Danger Zone – Jessy Lynn Martens Duet With Kenny Loggins
Are We Falling In Love? A review of The Joy Formidable’s cover of Badalamenti and Lynch’s Falling. By Peter Dysart I’m typically not a huge fan of covers, especially if the original song was a classic already. I will make exceptions, though. . . . → Read More: Are we falling in love?
A review of The Joy Formidable’s cover of Badalamenti and Lynch’s Falling.
By Peter Dysart
Easily the highlight from the mid-70’s “Brian’s Back” promotional campaign, this was done to celebrate the Beach Boys’ 15th anniversary and to promote their album, 15 Big Ones. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd play a pair of California Highway Patrol officers who burst into the bedroom of Wilson’s Bel Air home and force him . . . → Read More: John Belushi & Dan Aykroyd take Brian Wilson Surfing 1976, by Pat Thomas
Bob’s Burgers is my favorite show of all time. Every night except Sunday I forego whatever’s on now in order to re-watch and re-enjoy the utterly perfect first season of Bob’s Burgers. On Sundays I patiently wait for whatever new episode of Bob’s Burgers awaits me. Sleater-Kinney is one of the most stupendous . . . → Read More: Sleater-Kinney – A New Wave – The Bob’s Burgers Video
Fat Tuesday. We jump to observe indulgence for indulgence sake. For some, overdoing is where Mardi Gras begins and ends. It may not cross our minds to detox from a decadence for a period of time, afterwards. Or pick up a habit that has the equivalent result. At the very least, we might not . . . → Read More: The Last Laugh. Mike Bocchetti: A Lenten Profile, by Elizabeth Hoberg
Here’s a good Bill Simmons piece on the SNL 40 special:
I actually managed to catch most of it last night, though I wasn’t even aware it was on until partway through. The one comment I would add is that Paul Simon’s appearance at the end was a little dispiriting. His voice sounded . . . → Read More: Bill Simmons Post – SNL at 40, by Chuck Strom
The documentary “Life Itself” shows film critic Roger Ebert in a less than flattering light. In a society that celebrates youth and vitality, some might find it shocking that we see Ebert’s face ravaged by cancer. We see shots of his final days when he’s unable to walk or talk. Yet he was able . . . → Read More: ‘Life Itself’ shows Roger Ebert ravaged by cancer, but engaged till the end, By RANDY RENDFELD
Portland humanitarian and actress Gretchen Corbett played Jim Rockford’s sexy lawyer, Beth Davenport.
Sad news from the world of entertainment today.
I’ve had a variety of scattered thoughts since I heard the news an hour ago:
I just can’t believe that a man that good-looking would ever die.
He was the John . . . → Read More: Jimmy Garner, RIP
Actually I have no idea where this pitchy March 1964 live take of “It’s My Party” is from. I only say Swedish TV because it has high quality black and white television images and an unresponsive audience, which are two indicators of potential Svensk involvement.
Lesley is lovely here, an ingenue in the . . . → Read More: More from Swedish TV, I think
Jeff Tweedy, of Wilco fame, learns how to write an honest folk song on Portlandia:
This was really before my time, but I vaguely remember seeing it on TV at some point. You’ve got to hear the trumpeters play “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” Also, Goliath’s voice and sardonic dog comments are fantastic.
Davey and Goliath Wikipedia Page
Here’s an article in Slate on Sweden’s love of Donald Duck, or Kalle Anka, which literally translates to Charlie Duck. It’s an interesting take on Swedish culture and the appeal of similar cultural icons, especially during the holidays.
– Chuck Strom