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Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: Please Be Grapes

Michelle Wolf

It’s no secret: I don’t watch a lot of television, compared to most people. I have to be very selective about what I watch as well due to time constraints. So I don’t watch The Daily Show regularly. Not that I don’t enjoy it, it’s just that, true to its name, it’s daily. Which means I get behind really damn quick. I stick my head in from time to time to check out what’s going on, or if the guest is awesome. (Sidenote: Trevor Noah is awesome. Check out his stand-up if you haven’t.) That’s how I wound up watching a recent episode with Michael K. Williams and saw Michelle Wolf. I had seen her before on Live at the Apollo back in November and at the time had no idea she was a Daily Show correspondent. Here is that set I witnessed, in all of its glory. Enjoy this to kick off what is sure to be a surreal week, friends.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:24:38+00:00 January 16th, 2017|Mental Sorbet|0 Comments

Remembering Carrie Fisher: Princess, General, Badass

Portrait of the Actress Carrie Fisher member of the jury in the 70 Edition of Venice International Film Festival 2013 by Riccardo Ghilardi

2016 has been a rough year for everyone. It doesn’t seem to be interested in slowing down on its way out, since it has taken one of the biggest badasses of our time: Carrie Fisher. She blew up at the age of nineteen when she hit the screen in Star Wars, becoming one of the biggest first geek screen crushes of all time. She later was put in a space bikini outfit and then used her own chain to choke the Hutt that imposed it on her. In her time, she also stuck an automatic weapon in John Belushi’s face, did not marry Billy Crystal and became a harbinger of the future for Tina Fey, among other things. She was also a blisteringly funny writer, creating a series of autobiographies and semi-autobiographies.

And that’s all well and good, but the thing Carrie Fisher did for me wasn’t her acting on screen…it was her being on screen–being herself–and giving no fucks about doing so. And this isn’t easy for anybody, much less someone who has had to grapple with bipolar disorder and addiction. I didn’t know specifically what she was dealing with until seeing her discuss it with Stephen Fry in his docuseries, The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive. But seeing how she was able to deal with it–and do so fairly openly and with tremendous strength–has made her a serious role model for dealing with mental illness as well as a personal hero of mine.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:24:39+00:00 December 28th, 2016|Stuff You Need to Know|1 Comment

Need Coffee vs. Whoniverse 2016

Peter Capaldi Doctor Who blackboard

Join Rob Levy, Tuffley, ScottC and Rox of Spazhouse as they discuss the width and breadth of the Whoniverse at DragonCon 2016. This was recorded in front of a live panel audience with no safety net but plenty of caffeine.

BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab our overall podcast feed here. If you like us, why not rate us? We don’t bite. Mostly. Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed is here.

To download this episode directly, Need Coffee vs. Whoniverse 2016, then do that thing.

By | 2017-09-24T22:24:44+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Podcasts|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 32: Night of the Living Dead! (Naturally)

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Well, we’ve come to the end of another rollicking romp through the madness of First Halloween. Day 32, so you know what’s coming…but before we get to that, we go to some classic audio. First, 1944 for Vincent Price appearing with Ida Lupino in an episode of Suspense. Then…a more recent recording, that of Christopher Lee reading a tale of Ambrose Bierce.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:24:45+00:00 October 31st, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

32 Days of Halloween IX, Day 30: The Return of Dracula!

Return of Dracula

Okay, normally I don’t mention the feature film until after whatever short subject we’re doing–but–the Count really is fascinated by that woman’s ass, isn’t he?

Ahem. We open with the surreal and disturbing world of William S. “Uncle Bill” Burroughs. This is an animated short based on his readings from the album Dead City Radio…and I could have sworn we posted this before. But apparently not. It’s “Ah Pook is Here” and it’s marvelous.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:24:45+00:00 October 29th, 2016|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments