Five on Friday: Conan @ SDCC

For today’s “Five on Friday” post, I selected my favourite clips of Conan O’Brien at San Diego Comic-Con and a special clip of him playing World of Warcraft at BlizzCon.

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5 on Friday: Recent Screen-shots

Bonus Fives

This bonus “5 on Friday” post is about my five favourite British comedies. I figured an extra post was due on this final Friday in June. They are listed in reverse, from fifth to first.

5. Red Dwarf. This sci-fi-based comedy was accidentally introduced to me by my two older brothers during a Friday Dungeons & Dragons game-night. We had the TV on when there was a break in the action and were dealing with the minutiae of experience points, levels, and divvying up of treasures. One outburst of “Oi, you smeg-head, get me a smeggin’ curry!” from the television speakers made me whip my head around to see what the hell was going on, and I was promptly hooked! That show was hilarious, and I wish it would get the re-airings that it deserves.

4. One Foot in the Grave. This sitcom was about an elderly gent who was forced into retirement. Curmudgeonly Victor Meldrew drives his wife, Margaret, to distraction as he wanders about the house and tries to stay busy while she goes to work and keeps up the bills. He’s a decent enough sort, but never seems to get on well with others, try as he might. An Aussie friend of mine introduced me to this show about 15 years ago and I’m quite glad that he did. I have the whole series on DVD so I can watch it at my leisure, and enjoy it just as much now as I did when I first watched it. It’s funny, poignant, and deliciously dry – perfect for my sense of humour.

3. Absolutely Fabulous (AbFab). Most people here in the States only know of the show because of the movie which came out last year, but I first saw AbFab on Comedy Central just before Y2K. Blame my Aussie buddy for turning me on to this hilarious sitcom about two boozing, drugging, party-hearty broads who hate the idea of getting old! Patsy and Edina act as if they’re high-schoolers getting up to all sorts of antics, driving Edina’s straight-laced daughter, Saffron, mad with their shenanigans. That series will be the next one purchased on DVD, as soon as I’m able to do so.

2. Blackadder. I had been a fan of Mr. Bean, but knew nothing of the conniving and cunning Edmund Blackadder until a co-worker at one of the radio stations I worked at introduced me to that series. He lent me the first two seasons to take home and watch and I was in stitches the whole time. That show was only aired on PBS during their annual fund-raisers, so I didn’t get to watch it as much as I wanted to. I have that entire series on DVD to view whenever I wish.

Finally, the number one spot on my list goes to The League of Gentlemen. This show shouldn’t be confused with the movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, as they are completely different animals. It aired on Comedy Central not long after AbFab was taken off; again, my Aussie buddy encouraged me to give it a chance. I’m glad that I took the time because it was well worth it. The little town of Royston Vasey has a unique population, to say the least. The only answer to the question “Are you local?” is “Yes!” This show was warped,dark, demented, and insanely hilarious – emphasis on “insanely.” I even recorded one of my favourite lines from it on my phone so that people hear it if they call me and get my voice mail. One of my sisters had called the other day, and all I could hear was hysterical laughter on the voice message. She wasn’t expecting to hear what she heard, and it definitely took her off guard.

This post wouldn’t be complete without at least one clip from each of these shows. A bit of laughter is perfect for this fun Friday, and the best way to start the weekend off with a smile.

Five on Friday: Comedy Mash-Up

Five On Friday: Celeb Spotlight

Today’s “Five on Friday” post puts the spotlight on my five favourite living celebrities. They are the people who I always enjoy seeing when they’re being interviewed on the few late-night talk-shows that I watch.

1. First off, Whoopi Goldberg. She was hilarious when she first started her comedy career back when I was still a wee kiddie, and she’s funny as all get-out when she sits down with Conan O’Brien or Stephen Colbert. She pulls no punches and speaks her mind, similar to yours truly. I don’t watch her on “The View” because I’m not really into daytime shows of any sort. She was excellent in her role as Guinan, the manager of Ten Forward on the starship Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation. I also enjoyed her performances in The Color Purple and Serafina.

2. Next, there’s Wanda Sykes. What can I add that hasn’t been said already? She does a bit of everything and does it well. I first saw her on the Keenan Ivory Wayans Show, and liked her recurring role on the Drew Carey Show – she played one of Drew’s love interests. I have her book and enjoy reading it from time to time. She’s funny, talented, and has a distinctive voice that stood out on the Comedy Central show Crank Yankers. Look that show up sometime if you need a laugh or ten.

3. Ricky Gervais: he cracks me up whether he’s being interviewed by Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert, or Trevor Noah but his interviews with Conan really stand out. I think that he’s the only person I’d follow if I had an Instagram account. The selfies he takes are fucking hilarious, and I think the selected image illustrates it well.

4. Terry Crews: he’s just awesome! I thought he was great in the role of Chris’s dad in the series Everbody Hates Chris, which is based on the life of actor / comedian Chris Rock. He wasn’t bad in The Expendables either, and his last interview on Conan O’Brien had me falling over with laughter.

5. Finally, Jeff Goldblum: he plays many serious roles but manages to interject his own personality and sense of humor into them. I loved him in Jurassic Park, Independence Day, and his brief role as detective Zach Nichols on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. I also look forward to seeing him as the Grandmaster in Thor: Ragnarok. Whether he’s sharing the stage with Conan O’Brien or Stephen Colbert, he is so off-the-cuff funny he can take you by surprise at the most unexpected times.

Finally, here is a funny video starring Jon Stewart, Conan O’Brien, and Stephen Colbert. This is the infamous “Late Night Wars” from a few years back. I would apologize for the poor video quality, but it isn’t mine so I’m not responsible.

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Five Fun Facts

Today’s “five on Friday” post is dedicated to the household items I own. I listed them in the order they were acquired.

1. I have a lava lamp, which I purchased in Seattle in 1998. It has travelled with me from Washington State to Oregon and back again. I like lava lamps.

2. I have a globe, a gift from a family member and received in 1999. It’s very nice, mounted on a hardwood stand with a wheeled base. It once belonged to the California State University in Sacramento according to one of three labels stamped on it. It has a date of 1915 etched into it as well.

3. An antique typewriter graces one desk in my writing room. It is a manual, Royal typewriter of 1930s vintage and I use it to type out rough drafts of my book chapters. It was a surprise gift from my husband a couple of years ago. He brought it in one day after running errands. He knew that I’d been looking for one, and it made my day when he carried it in the house.

4. A seven-foot tall grandfather clock catches your eye when you first walk into our living room. It is a Trend model, which used to be manufactured by the Sligh clock company. It is quite stately, with a glass-paneled wood casing and brass hardware. I’d venture to guess that it has more moving parts than the exercise machine does. The clock is our engagement present to each other, since we both saw it at the same time and made the joint decision to buy it. We call it our “engagement ring.” It’s definitely a source of pride and I hope to keep it running smoothly for years to come.

5. Last but not least, the Marcy home gym. I’ve been wanting a universal exercise machine for years, as circuit-training has always been an important part of my workout regimen. I finally have one of my own! No more dealing with questionable fitness centers or sketchy, so-called “personal trainers.” They can do far more harm than good, from what I’ve seen.

5 On Friday: Billy Squier

For today’s “Five on Friday” post I chose my top favourite Billy Squier songs to get the gaming weekend started off. This is the last weekend to get those quests and achievements out of the way for those of us with early access to Summerset! I go back to the mainland to complete other quests in peace when the regular population pours into the new lands.

Keeps interference from time-wasters down to manageable levels, and keeps lagginess to a minimum. Better for live-streaming my gameplay.

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5 On Friday: The Eyes Have It

Today’s “Five on Friday” post puts the focus on the organs purported to be the windows to the soul: the eyes.

Some people can never look another in the eyes when they speak. This is because they are deceitful liars with no souls. They sold them at an early age.

I suppose it was worth it to them, yes?

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Five On Friday: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018

For today’s “Five on Friday” post I decided to play one song each from my top five artists who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year. Choosing one good song from these talented people was difficult, but I managed to narrow it down.

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5 On Friday: Clueless Gamer

For today’s “Five on Friday” post I offer up some excellent “Clueless Gamer” clips from Team Coco. The weekend is almost here so it’s time for some gaming.

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