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    Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    Wow, that’s a lot of sponsors. I wonder how much she was earning at the time that all of this fraud went down. It may be a vapid career that disappears when the next big thing comes along, but at least at the moment of school applications, she had a business, was enjoying it, and was probably earning enough to support herself. Plenty of kids take a gap year even. Aunt Becky and Mossimo could have said, “you can do this for 1 more year but then we have a sit-down to discuss college.” It just makes no sense for her parents to have forced her to go to college under those circumstances and way less sense than that to cheat her way into a top school. If necessary, she could have gone to school 3, 5, 10 years from now. Now her parents have possibly/ probably ruined her business and her reputation. SMH.
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    S44.E15: Idris Elba / Khalid

    I didn’t care all that much for the sketch because it seemed a little mean-spirited towards the WNBA. Like, these women are elite athletes who don’t make much money, and although the joke was that some male hangers on were angling for some sweet Toyota Camry action, it almost ended up feeling like we were laughing at the players for driving Camrys in the first place. Maybe I’m not expressing myself well, but I felt a little icky with the humor in that sketch. Idris Elba is really beautiful. SNL has a steady stream of attractive hosts, but his beauty is really a cut above. I didn’t think that the Impossible Hulk was superlatively funny (it was okay from my perspective), but I was really impressed with the comic graphic overlays that they did, and the comic artwork at the end. The production values were top notch. My favorite sketch was probably “Can I Play That?” The amount of vitriol spewed online at the idea that James Bond could be race bent (by Elba) was crazy, so I liked that they took a shot at that.
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    Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    Poor Alex. I agree that the news is dire. My mom, pretty much the model of health her whole life, was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer in late middle age and died just 6 weeks later. Pancreatic cancer has the lowest survival rate of any of the “major” (most common) cancers. It’s just relentless.
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    S44.E14: John Mulaney / Thomas Rhett

    They showed the goodbyes in my area. Nothing remarkable about them for anyone who didn’t get them.
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    S44.E14: John Mulaney / Thomas Rhett

    I’ve been having a rough couple of months, and that show tonight was exactly what I needed to cheer me up a bit. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. First Diner Lobster, now Bodega Bathroom. The perfect concept to become a miniseries. I wonder if the next one will be something subway-related to continue with the NYC iconography. Speaking of recurring stuff, I love how they keep finding new uses for “Chad”. Every sketch has a new direction. I loved “Beyoncé 1” and “Beyoncé 2” during cha cha slide. John’s monologue was great, too. “Killing a waiter in the state of New York is a class A felony. I’ll get you some bread.” Haha.
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    S44.E13: Don Cheadle / Gary Clark Jr.

    There was a pretty famous episode of South Park (“Douche and Turd”) where Stan was exiled from his town for deciding not to vote given two bad choices, and he takes refuge in the woods with a PETA contingent. One of the PETA members married an animal and had a human-ostrich(?) hybrid that was an abomination that kept saying “kill me” just like the cake. That is what I first thought of. Although that Simpsons clip above did come first. As South Park’s General Disarray would say, “Simpsons did it!” 🙂
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    S44.E13: Don Cheadle / Gary Clark Jr.

    The show’s roach-based humor is consistently on point (a sentence I never thought I would write). This sketch was a good take, as was the Charles Barkley roach sketch from last(?) season (roaches with AK-47s). I guess there is a lot of humor to be mined from those nasty things. I normally hate anything even vomit-humor adjacent, but even so, that cake sketch (despite the Cookie Monster expelling all that blue goo from his mouth) was a real bright spot for me. It was just so funny to see Leslie and Don enthusiastically describing such elaborate cakes and then revealing the finished product. I thought it might go the direction of them getting mad that they only had two hours to complete their vision, but the direction that it did go was great, too. I wasn’t familiar with Gary Clark Jr. That second song was very powerful. I don’t know if I’m tired of Baldwin’s Trump, tired of Trump, tired of Baldwin, or tired of the show being kind of lazy with these political sketches (like just repeating press conference lines). Probably all of the above. They need new political writers. John Mulaney! I’m super excited that he’s back so soon. @Mystery: Pete did say he mistakenly built the slats horizontally (instead of vertically). Building them horizontally would allow someone to use the wall as a ladder and climb right over.
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    S44.E12: Halsey

    I actually didn’t get that vibe, but it was driving me crazy as to whom Halsey did remind me of, but it just hit me when I saw a still of her from the Valentine song performance—she kind of looks like Evangeline Lilly during her “Lost” days.
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    S44.E12: Halsey

    I thought that was really original and creative. I was impressed with Halsey’s charisma and stage presence in sketches—like as the injured mom or the sorority pledge. But the writing wasn’t fantastic. I thought Weekend Update was better than it had been in recent weeks. Mikey really had that “hiding in his hat tunnel” maneuver down. Such a young guy thing to do. I could see the cue cards in the web cam sketch. I wonder if the cue card team got big heads after that “creating SNL” short about cue cards went trending on YouTube. 🙂
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    S44.E11: James McAvoy / Meek Mill

    The ending of that sketch was super-dark, with Heidi giving up and saying to Mikey, “Just aim for water.” I thought it was a good sketch.
  11. It happened to me just tonight! I went out tonight to pick up a late pizza after the Chiefs whiffed it in the playoff game , and there was this (what I assume to be) slightly tipsy customer in the pizza place who remarked that he really liked my leather jacket, then started stroking my arm, while the two male teenagers working and me (an adult woman) just kind of froze uncomfortably before I threw cash at the kids and got out of there as fast as I could. There are plenty of men out there who feel entitled to touch woman/ invade their space, and that “Alurn” sketch really nailed how uncomfortable it can be.
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    College Football

    Wow, that was satisfying! I come from a family of die-hard Clemson fans and alums (I had family and friends at the game), so for me, it wasn’t all just about Alabama getting destroyed (no matter who they were playing), but that was a nice benefit. I can’t remember which announcer said it, but he said something like “Alabama had paw prints all over their backs.” Haha.
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    Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    It’s funny that you posted that link to the WaPo opinion piece. When I first heard this Ellen story earlier today, my first thought was of that South Park episode where Stan is trying to trying to convince his black friend that Stan’s father had been absolved for uttering the n-word on Wheel of Fortune (in mistakenly thinking that he had solved a puzzle with that word) because Stan’s father had gone to see Jesse Jackson to apologize. And Stan’s black friend frustratedly yells out, “Jesse Jackson is not the emperor of black people!” What I am surprised by is that the Academy doesn’t already have a replacement host if there is still discussion of Hart resuming duties!? I would have thought that would have been their top priority. The host has to be a famous comedian or comedic actor (as evidenced by the barrage of criticism directed to the other types of hosts they have tried), and they are going to want time to prepare (including having friends write jokes for them). How do you not lock someone down ASAP?
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    The Simpsons Christmas Episodes Thread

    Interesting question. As much as I have loved this show, I can’t say that any Christmas episodes are like in my top episodes ever, even the series premiere. But, my favorite has to be “Marge be not Proud,” where Bart steals the Bonestorm video game. I mean, there was actually a brief time when seeing the episode in syndication would (this will sound stupid) make me cry—when Luanne is about to throw Bart out of the house after Milhouse screams, “Mom! Bart’s smoking!” (lol), and Bart ends up asking Luanne if he can just stay with her while she does “mom stuff.” (Bart asks this because Marge has frozen him out after the shoplifting incident.) After my mom died, even though I was an adult, I just so related to that feeling of missing your mom! But, aside from that depressing detour, the entire episode is worth it for the stinger over the end credits as Bart plays “Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge.” I’ll probably butcher the exact quote, but: “Might I suggest feather touch? // You have selected Power Swing!” The apathy is brilliant.
  15. I’ve probably belabored the point too much already today, so I’ll definitely stop posting for now, but I think of Sean Penn, who had multiple arrests for attacking paparazzi and also has been investigated by police on suspicion of domestic violence (and unlike Heard, Madonna had police backing up her story, it’s just that she didn’t press charges because Penn was already facing separate paparazzi-attacking charges and she didn’t want to cause him more trouble). And there’s a study posted on the National Institute of Health website that indicates that there is a correlation, especially among men, between arrests for domestic violence and other prior violent criminal acts, so I don’t necessarily view Depp’s past as an alleged belligerent asshole providing him any cover with respect to Heard: