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TDS 3.0: Season Four Talk

33 minutes ago, Victor the Crab said:

They were better off playing a rerun last night. None of the correspondents showed they could carry a show in Trevor's absence.

It was slightly amusing and I enjoyed Trevor's expressions and miming, but if he has to stay quiet for a week or more, I'm going to tire of it.

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2 hours ago, Victor the Crab said:

They were better off playing a rerun last night. None of the correspondents showed they could carry a show in Trevor's absence.

They weren't trying to. I would argue that if any of them carried the show it would have detracted from the whole premise of them acting as interpreters reading the lines written for Trevor in his voice even though they were such different personalities. It worked better at some points then others, but I liked it - I thought it fit in with the show's history of dealing with unexpected problems in unique ways (i.e. Colbert as Al Sharpton.)

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4 hours ago, Victor the Crab said:

They were better off playing a rerun last night. None of the correspondents showed they could carry a show in Trevor's absence.

But he was right there. Seriously, though, I liked the idea of the others channeling Trevor while he was right there. Points to Roy and Trevor for the double dab.

Trevor seemed okay on Monday night. Could he have lost his voice that quickly? Vocal exhaustion from his trip?

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I loved it! I wouldn't want it every night, but I thought it was really funny, and I liked seeing Trevor acting as his own sidekick.

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Trevor seemed okay on Monday night. Could he have lost his voice that quickly? Vocal exhaustion from his trip?

I've had laryngitis twice, and both times went to bed feeling fine, and woke up completely unable to make any sound come out of my mouth.  Absolutely no warning either time, and although I felt generally crappy the second time, the first time I felt perfectly fine except for my inability to talk.  So, I could totally relate to  him sitting cheerfully in his chair enjoying the show in complete silence.

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46 minutes ago, Lantern7 said:

Trevor seemed okay on Monday night. Could he have lost his voice that quickly? Vocal exhaustion from his trip?

My guess is that Monday night's stuff was pre-taped last week. If he was in South Africa on Saturday, being back at work first thing Monday would have been a stretch. They announced the plan to do this particular episode last week, IIRC, so it would have been easy to tack it on at the end of Thursdays' episode.

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Roy sounded a lot like he could lose his voice any time soon. Whoever next? ;-)

When watching Bill Gates these days it always astonishes me how much he aged in the last 10 years. Too much drinking poop water? :-)

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I liked the addition of Siri to the proceedings. They gave her the best jokes.

Trevor has the perfect round face for sitting silent and smiling. All he needs is to be bright yellow.

Did Ronny's socks have a cartoon image of himself knitted into them? Either way, it made me laugh. Good for Bill Gates ("Computer Man") for taking the time to participate in order to get his message out.

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Bill Gates is actually a pretty chill guy. When I was an intern at Microsoft, he had parties where the college kids could ask him questions and he'd be downright honest. I'll never forget when I totally called his favorite book in high school,  Catcher in the Rye. Kind of makes sense, doesn't it? 

 

That being said, I thought it was hilarious last night when michael started making fun of Roy for losing his voice. That and "that had to be the whitest thing I ever heard. " "no this is..." "thank you, siri."

Edited by rwlevin. Reason: Oops, don't know why I thought his name was Ryan
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15 hours ago, Lantern7 said:

Could he have lost his voice that quickly? Vocal exhaustion from his trip?

He probably can talk a little, but they said the doctor told him to take time off. So I figure after pulling the show on the weekend and then doing nightly talk shows would be too much of a strain. 

1 hour ago, rwlevin said:

That being said, I thought it was hilarious last night when Ryan started making fun of Roy for losing his voice.

"This is how we talk now." It seemed adlibbed to me. 

Ronny's piece was good and really informative. 

I don't know if doing this the second night in a row is straining the joke a little. They did try to make it different with Siri. 

Wow though I wonder what Flynn gave Meuller. 

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50 minutes ago, ganesh said:

Ronny's piece was good and really informative. 

Here's where my HGTV-watching head was at: "Wow, what a boon for all those tiny homes, Alaska outhouse cabins, and off-grid dwellings!"

But there are already non-electric, waterless composting toilets and the like.

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It's the added feature of using the system to produce clean water that's really the innovation though. 

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On 12/6/2018 at 5:32 AM, 2727 said:

Did Ronny's socks have a cartoon image of himself knitted into them? Either way, it made me laugh. 

I was wondering what or who was on his socks. I liked his segment, as I usually do. It helped that Gates fit in so well. It's wonderful when a wealthy person gives back. Oh, I liked the graphic identifying him as Bill Gates, Computer Man.

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So I'm the only one loving this inventive way of involving Trevor in the show? I think it's a beautiful way of making lemonade from lemons, and I love how we're seeing more of the correspondents without losing Trevor's adorable expressions.

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I appreciated that TPTB on the Daily Show seemed to make a real effort to give all the correspondents a slot at the desk while Trevor is voiceless.  In the rare cases that Jon couldn't host TDS, one correspondent got the gig.  And of course, when Jon took a more extended hiatus while he was working on Rosewater, John Oliver got the desk for the duration, and as they say, the rest is history.  But it's nice to see an egalitarian approach to filling in for the boss.  

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I think it was a bit of a stretch to do it the entire week. I do like the whole "the show must go on" effort. If anything, I don't think they ripped on Trevor nearly enough. 

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I suspect the effect of giving Oliver an entire week solo made Trevor highly motivated not to give anyone else a similar launch pad.

But I enjoyed the way they handled it.

They make synthetic voices of all kinds nowadays. If Trevor continues to have laryngitis, I hope they sub in other options instead of Siri. Trevor does voices himself, but it would still be funny to me if they gave him a totally unexpected voice. Lots of joke potential.

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I was okay with everyone covering for Trevor, but I can do without Jaboukie.  I “think” he’s playing up his role as a millennial, but maybe he’s doing it too well for me.  I find him very annoying.

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1 hour ago, possibilities said:

But I enjoyed the way they handled it.

Me, too. I thought it was a clever and funny way to work around the problem and it's way better than a week of repeats, but it was also awkward in spots. The interview segment suffered the most, I think.

Who does everything think did the best? I'm least fond of Kosta in general, but he came off as most comfortable behind the desk. He did it like he was playing the role of an anchor, which worked for me.

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While I'm eager to get back to the usual show, I thought this was an inspired way to deal with the problem.  Trevor was so cute, just sitting there grinning, silently laughing at the correspondents' jokes, doing amusingly over-the-top facial expressions, and looking so pleased with himself about his Siri lines.  I thought the first night had the best jokes about it, with the correspondents doing the show "as" Trevor rather than two separate entities, like Michael promising he'd be fired before using the N-word and Roy trying to do Trevor's accent.  Adding in the Siri jokes on the later nights was fun, too - it makes me laugh that they miked Trevor just so he could hold that speaker up to it.

The interview Desi "voiced" was probably the most awkward, with Trevor pointing at the questions on the cards for her, but I thought the "we're both mixed-race with family in Africa" bit was funny.  In contrast, the one Jaboukie did was a lot smoother, but it felt more like his interview than Trevor's.  The one Trevor did by himself struck the best balance for me - sure, using the Siri voice was a little stilted, but he was able to react a little more and manage the interview.  His occasional gestured "ad-libs" delighted me, like pointing to the title on the Anderson .Paak album and shrugging to ask, "Why Oxnard?" or doing "time's up" with Jeremy Scott.

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11 hours ago, For Cereals said:

I was okay with everyone covering for Trevor, but I can do without Jaboukie.  I “think” he’s playing up his role as a millennial, but maybe he’s doing it too well for me.  I find him very annoying.

I agree. He needs more time to develop as a comedian/actor/faux correspondent. I’m sure they could’ve found someone more ready for the roll than him. 

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12 hours ago, For Cereals said:

 I find him very annoying

He's going to the millenials well too much and needs to just write good jokes. He did fine with the interview because he wasn't making the same joke over and over. 

The joke about he made artisinal money in his bathroom was good because it was more a dbag hipster thing. 

Ronnie started out rough too though. 

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14 hours ago, possibilities said:

I suspect the effect of giving Oliver an entire week solo made Trevor highly motivated not to give anyone else a similar launch pad.

But I enjoyed the way they handled it.

They make synthetic voices of all kinds nowadays. If Trevor continues to have laryngitis, I hope they sub in other options instead of Siri. Trevor does voices himself, but it would still be funny to me if they gave him a totally unexpected voice. Lots of joke potential.

I think it was more that Trevor was otherwise healthy and that there wasn't somebody who was clearly the top correspondent the way that Jon Oliver or Stephen Colbert was at times, and the most likely fill in host, Roy, was having his own voice issues. I  did get a bit tired of the concept as the week went on even though the execution was a bit better with more correspondent pieces and the writing be more in the voice of the person talking for Trevor. I think Dulce in particular really shined. Although Trevor might have been concerned about letting someone do too well on their own - Comedy Central might give them the 11:30 slot and put them through the same cruel psychological torture as Wilmore or Klepper...

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On 12/7/2018 at 11:13 PM, possibilities said:

I suspect the effect of giving Oliver an entire week solo made Trevor highly motivated not to give anyone else a similar launch pad.

I doubt Trevor would be bothered by any correspondent getting his own show. Does Kosta have his own? I can't remember.

 

On 12/8/2018 at 12:32 AM, 2727 said:

Who does everything think did the best? I'm least fond of Kosta in general, but he came off as most comfortable behind the desk. He did it like he was playing the role of an anchor, which worked for me.

I agree. He's my least favorite, but he did best with this whole idea.

 

On 12/8/2018 at 7:42 AM, angora said:

The interview Desi "voiced" was probably the most awkward, with Trevor pointing at the questions on the cards for her, but I thought the "we're both mixed-race with family in Africa" bit was funny. 

I thought all the interviews were awkward. The card bit with Desi seemed very deliberate to me so that it would kind of support the mixed-race joke.

All in all, it was a noble experiment, but I hope Trevor's back to speaking for himself on Monday.

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