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Ancestors: John Belushi, by Davin Michael Stedman

Did you know Belushi was an All State linebacker in Illinois? That partly explains why he was a ‘fat man’ doing back flips on stage at 30 like he was on the Chitlin Circuit.

Legend has it that live he was one of the most electrifying frontmen of all time.

Like Prince himself later . . . → Read More: Ancestors: John Belushi, by Davin Michael Stedman

It was not the Whitest Christmas: It was a very fine Christmas, by Davin Michael Stedman

IT FINALLY HIT ME: OK, I am finally in the Christmas spirit thanks to Bing Crosby & Irving Berlin…and a local television producer named Conrad Denke.

Tonight, from our living room I got to watch Stephanie Anne Johnson and I host Band in Seattle’s Christmas Special. The show culminates with my duet of . . . → Read More: It was not the Whitest Christmas: It was a very fine Christmas, by Davin Michael Stedman

Adam West – The Thing

Golly, the late Adam West had some superb comedy cameos in the later years of his life– the mayor on Family Guy, appearances on The Simpsons and King of Queens come to mind– and this song for an upcoming Dr. Demento recording is another humdinger of comic brevity for TV’s classic Batman. Give it . . . → Read More: Adam West – The Thing

Band In Seattle to Air Christmas Special December 23 and 30, by Davin Michael Stedman

This year I got to host Band in Seattle‘s Christmas Special with my friend Stephanie Anne Johnson. Tune in December 23 at 8pm and 11pm on CW11 Seattle – KSTW and again on Dec 30 at 8 & 11. The Christmas Special is one hour long, as apposed to the usual 30 minute . . . → Read More: Band In Seattle to Air Christmas Special December 23 and 30, by Davin Michael Stedman

Archer/Bob’s Burgers – “I Had Something For This Burger”

Behold the latest from Simon Chong. He describes this fanciful romp thusly: “Bob’s Burgers has crossed over to Archer, but I wondered what’d happen if Archer were to take a trip to Bob’s Burgers. 7 months of animating, illustrating and plucking dialogue from both shows later, here’s the result.”

The Prisoner and the Summer of Love, by Robert “B.C.” Carlson

The year 1967 saw some amazing creativity. The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper, and the greatest 45 RPM record of all time, “Strawberry Fields/Penny Lane.” The Moody Blues fused rock and classical music in their influential Days of Future Passed. Jimi Hendrix burst onto the scene with his appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival and . . . → Read More: The Prisoner and the Summer of Love, by Robert “B.C.” Carlson

Hillary Clinton Sings Hallelujah on SNL Cold Open 11/12/16

The best of the best. Doctorate level Pop Culture Recombination studies:

Vin Scully Drops The Mike, by Chuck Strom

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

Star of Bob’s Burgers and Archer, H. Jon Benjamin Records Experimental Jazz Album

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

Samurai Night Fever, by Daniel Housman

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

John Stamos High School Prom Pic

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

Miss Tarantula Ghoul, by Art Chantry

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

Archer on Bob’s Burgers

Rat Pack, Comedy then Birth of the Blues, by Chuck Strom and Tom Fredrickson

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

Archer – Cherlene – Danger Zone – Jessy Lynn Martens Duet With Kenny Loggins

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

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

John Belushi & Dan Aykroyd take Brian Wilson Surfing 1976, by Pat Thomas

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

Sleater-Kinney – A New Wave – The Bob’s Burgers Video

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

The Last Laugh. Mike Bocchetti: A Lenten Profile, by Elizabeth Hoberg

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

Bill Simmons Post – SNL at 40‏, by Chuck Strom

Here’s a good Bill Simmons piece on the SNL 40 special:

http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/ready-for-prime-time-the-giddy-brilliant-and-ok-somewhat-bloated-snl-40/

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