Some Mid-Morning Tears

I don’t have much to say about this video, mainly because it speaks for itself.

I have a hard time trashing reality television after it introduces us to a guy like Chris:

Now, that’s what I call a man.


January 27, 2011. Tags: , , , . Live Performances, Reality TV, TV. 1 comment.

‘Parks And Rec’ Is Back With the Funny

In honor of last night’s season 3 premiere of my favorite NBC comedy–sorry Steve, Tina and Alec–‘Parks And Recreation,’ I have decided to list out the TOP 10 reasons as to why this particular single-camera sitcom is the fairest in all the land.

10. A simple premise–local government in middle America–that seems inherently unfunny, but is actually hi-larious

9. A large ensemble cast with fully-realized characters, all of whom are respected series regulars

8. Aubrey Plaza

7. The writers do not rely on humor extremes–being crude, offensive or physical–for a each and every laugh

6. Aziz Ansari

5. Fresh–(and sexy and permanent)–meat is introduced to the cast after an appropriate amount of time (two seasons) in the form of Rob Lowe and Adam Scott

4. Nick Offerman

3. A centralized theme that viewers can rally around–the survival of the Parks Department–is omnipresent (in some form) in each episode

2. The show took its time to find its stride–after a less than promising first season, ‘P&R’ came back with an ever-progressing sophomore year–and didn’t settle for anything less than the best

1. Amy Poehler

If you’re not watching the show, you best get on this laugh train now.

’nuff said

The season 3 promo:

January 21, 2011. Tags: , , , , . TV. 1 comment.

I Have Never Laughed So Hard In My Entire Life.

SO, my co-worker Casey just sent this to me, and in the last 20 minutes I have dropped it like it’s hot all over the interwebz–fbook, twitter, aim–without coming up for air.

In all honesty, I can’t remember a when I’ve laughed so hard.

Prepare yourselves.

December 22, 2010. Tags: , , . Live Performances, Reality TV, TV. Leave a comment.

A Little Midday Music

SO, last night my co-worker/friend/fellow broadway stalker, Flips, sent me a zip file of a concert performed by Idina Menzel and Marvin Hamlisch, accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra, in DC last weekend.

After squealing with delight upon opening the email, I made the difficult decision to wait to listen until this morning’s train ride into work. As hard as it was to ignore the fact that I had 22 new live Idina songs sitting on my iPod with the play count at “0,” I knew that if I could just hold out until 8:35am, my ears would thank me–they are, after all, used to hearing the bells and whistles of metro north/the snores of fellow drowsy passengers.

And, alas, when I put my earphones in, as the train departed the Pleasantville station, I was overcome with an incredible sense of joy!
Not only does Idina perform some of the most well-known songs from her Broadway past, but also she dives into some stage/screen classics that seem to have been written for her.

Of course, my expert Youtube surfing skills were put to good use today as I scanned the interweb (thanks Sarah) to find a video of my favorite performance of the lot.

Even though this is not from her Nov. 30 DC performance, it is from an earlier date in the same concert series. Her rendition of “No Day But Today” from RENT is gorgeous, as well as the cause of my emotional outburst on the train this morning.

Beautiful from head to toe to throat, here’s Idina:


November 3, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Live Performances. Leave a comment.

So You Think You Can Dance, Eh?

SO, we might have to wait until next summer for the deliciousness that is SYTYCD, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still get our fill of insane choreography, brilliant dancers and awe-inspiring performances from its international brothers and sisters.

Over the past couple of seasons, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ here in the states has “borrowed” choreographer Stacey Tookey many times from our sibling up north, SYTYCD: Canada.

Apparently, this exchange program is dual-sided, and it was time for 2-time Emmy Award-winning choreo–and the Simon Cowell of So You Think You Can–Mia Michaels to grab her winter coat and moose and head to Canadia.

Check out her absolutely ba-nanas interpretation of the RENT classic “Will I.”

This vid is almost perfection, save Canada’s version of a poor-man’s Cat Deeley telling Mia that she is proud of her. Um, step back, blondie, Mia don’t need yo praise.


October 22, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Live Performances, TV. Leave a comment.

It Doesn’t Get Much Better Than This Video

SO, this video is over a week old, but I just Gawked across it today.

Over the past couple of weeks celebrities across the country have been uploading their “It Gets Better” videos to Youtube. While most of them are heartfelt and inspiring, none of them even touch the the shoelaces of the one made by Fort Worth, Texas councilman, Joel Burns.

During a city council meeting, Councilman Burns took the time to show pictures/tell stories of the recent teenagers who took their own lives on account of bullying.

Mr. Burns then went on to tell a VERY personal story from his childhood, during which he unearthed details of which he had never before spoken.

Not only is this video incredibly touching and seeping with emotion, but also it is the first one where strength is not just encouraged, but exemplified.

Get the Kleenex ready.

October 21, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Live Performances. Leave a comment.