Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Ann Coulter and George Carlin Together At Last

I hate to promote the Tonight Show. Up til now the only things that would get me to watch have been extremely funny comedians (Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld) and Scarlette Johansen.* Alas, I may have to set aside my differences with the criminaly unfunny Leno to enjoy what happens when Ann Coulter and George Carlin share a couch. It's all going down tonight at 11:30 on NBC, and I'm hoping Carlin makes Coulter cry. (fingers crossed)

*Jay Leno can attest to one of the finer musical performances of the past decade. Radiohead elected to play "Electioneering" on his program in 1997 and I distinctly remember having my mind blown.

30 Rock Preview

Fall TV seems so very far away.

To hold us over NBC is providing a preview of the new Tina Fey sitcom about the behind the scene's goings on of a sketch comedy show. Not to be confused with the new Matthew Perry drama about the same thing.

It looks solid. (Though the Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip looks a smidge better.) I think the show may be most valuable for finding a place for the always missused Alec Baldwin. It also features Tracy Morgan, Rachel Dratch, and Judah Friedlander.

SHAC Road Trip

Every few months the world wide web is graced with a new short digital video by the comedy collective known as SHAC. Last week, or maybe this week, or perhaps a worm-hole has opened in time and it was (or will be) next week*, at some time the girls posted a short about going on a Road Trip. It's funny. Like "Ha-ha-funny."

*I'm so blowing your blog reading mind right now.

Today's "Best Song Ever"

The Alan Parsons Project "The Raven"

If Edgar Allan Poe were alive in 1972 he would have been a prog rock superstar. He wasn't. So Alan Parsons had to become his living embodiement composing an album of song interpretations of Poe's poetry. Parson's more than a decade later was given the opportunity to release his Poe album on CD and siezed upon the opportunity to "improve" on the album by adding synths and utilizing the more advanced recording technology of 1988. On "The Raven" this leads to robot-keyboard voices singing never more in a variety of octaves.

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