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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Saturday Sensibility

No preface needed. Watch, listen, and learn, if you have the capacity and capability to do so.

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Thoughts For Thursday: Political Mash-Up!

On this last day of August, I decided to post a few selected interviews and opinions about politics. I may not discuss politically-related things with others, but that isn’t indicative of being unaware of or uneducated about said topic! Most times, the best way to learn about something is to simply immerse yourself in it – especially when questions asked garner the suspicion and scorn of others. I do my best to ask questions of people who appear to know something on a subject, but if they are unable to answer (and unwilling to admit that they are full of shit) then I shift gears and adjust accordingly. Learning something important and invaluable is a guarantee when I go that route, and the information gathered isn’t occluded by the extraneous and unnecessary.

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Happy Birthday, Stephen Colbert!

Stephen Tyrone Colbert: 13 May 1964

Today is the birthday of one of my favourite comedians and actors, Stephen Colbert. I first saw him on the Comedy Central show, Strangers With Candy, which was essentially a spoof and satire of all those “after-school specials” which seemed prevalent during the late 1970s through the mid-1980s. It followed the misadventures of Jerri Blank, a 46-year-old woman who goes back to school after a hard life on the streets; Stephen portrayed her woefully uninformed, closeted history teacher, Chuck Noblet. This show was one of the funniest I’ve seen…I recommend it to those who appreciate humour which might be – less than appropriate!

Here’s a tiny bit of info about him from Wikipedia – cross-reference at your leisure, of course:

Stephen Tyrone Colbert[10] (/klˈbɛər/, né: /ˈklbərt/;[4] born May 13, 1964)[11] is an American comedian, television host, actor, and author. From 2005 to 2014, he was the host of Comedy Central‘s The Colbert Report, a satirical news show in which Colbert portrayed a caricatured version of conservative political pundits. It was announced on April 10, 2014, that Colbert had been chosen to succeed David Letterman as the host of the Late Show on CBS after Letterman retires in 2015.[12]

Colbert originally studied to be an actor, but became interested in improvisational theatre when he met Second City director Del Close while attending Northwestern University. He first performed professionally as an understudy for Steve Carell at Second City Chicago; among his troupe mates were comedians Paul Dinello and Amy Sedaris, with whom he developed the sketch comedy series Exit 57.

Colbert also wrote and performed on the short-lived Dana Carvey Show before collaborating with Sedaris and Dinello again on the cult television series Strangers with Candy. He gained considerable attention for his role on the latter as closeted gay history teacher Chuck Noblet. His work as a correspondent on Comedy Central‘s news-parody series The Daily Show first introduced him to a wide audience.

In 2005, he left The Daily Show to host a spin-off series, The Colbert Report. Following The Daily Show‍ ’​s news-parody concept, The Colbert Report was a parody of personality-driven political opinion shows such as The O’Reilly Factor. The series established itself as one of Comedy Central’s highest-rated series, earning Colbert an invitation to perform as featured entertainer at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in 2006. Colbert has been nominated for over twenty-six Primetime Emmy Awards, winning nine, and has won two Grammy Awards and two Peabody Awards. He was named one of Time‍ ’​s 100 most influential people in 2006 and 2012.[13][14] His book I Am America (And So Can You!) was number one on The New York Times Best Seller list.”

I have watched The Daily Show for some time, so was happy to watch The Colbert Report when Stephen started the spin-off – I’m a proud, card-carrying member of the Colbert Nation! I have learned a great deal about politics, following the creation of (and donating to) his SuperPAC. I have enjoyed many interviews, including those of historian and author Nell Irvin Painter, metal band Unlocking the Truth, and First Lady Michelle Obama, to name but a few. Stephen takes over the helm of The Late Show with David Letterman Stephen Colbert in September of this year…I’m looking forward to it! In closing, enjoy my favourite interview Stephen conducted: it was with the late, great Maurice Sendak, one of the best writers of all time.

Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak: Part 1

Grim Colberty Tales with Maurice Sendak: Part 2

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