Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Things I like about....The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

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The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
is the off-beat talk show to watch amongst the other network talk shows. The show may be on late at 12.35 a.m. (American), but thanks to a hardworking soul who's been uploading the show on YouTube, you can catch up whenever, where ever. Its popularity on YouTube has been noted more than once on the show. Compared to the other late night talk shows on TV, this one's the shiznit.
  • The puppets
  • How the man manages to entertain despite the lack of band, lights or sidekick.
  • Craig's "stream of consciousness" rant-y monologues.
  • Hilariously lame ass sketches and impersonations.
  • The hilarious interview segments - more so when he's got fellow Scots on the show. Seriously. (Check out the one with Ewan McGregor or Gerard Butler).
  • The kitty in the closing segment - the farting, babushka, Ghost Rider cat.... Mr Mimbles (I think)
  • His power outage can be news on CNN.
  • Cold opens like this...

I rest my case.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Thoughts about Castle So Far

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Finally got around to watching Castle (would watch it on Astro, but couldn't because it's on at 8 p.m...). Basic gist of the show is about a "famous" mystery writer Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion, guest spot regular on other shows), who finds new inspiration in hot NYPD detective, Kate Beckett (Stana Katic, who was in Quantum of Solace) after killing off his main character. So he got the mayor (a fan and friend) to get him attached to Beckett for "research" during the pilot episode where the crimes are copied out of his novels.

I think I found my new favourite ABC show since Boston Legal.
  • Out of the "non-cop consultant/cop" procedurals, this reminds me of Bones (and not to mention countless others), and okay, The Mentalist to a point.

  • Loads of pop culture references - always fun when you manage to catch one. Reminds me of NCIS.

  • Beckett has an interesting and colourful collection of coats.

  • "When are you gonna learn? I got a guy everywhere" - Castle, S0204.

  • I remember the ah ma (Castle's mother) her from Dharma & Greg, playing Greg's tight-laced mother. At least the girl playing his daughter is also about the right age - enough with the twenty-somethings playing teenagers already.

  • I find myself distracted by Stana Katic's eyes... and the eye-makeup. Just because.

  • Love Castle's customised "Writer" bullet proof vest.

  • The guy's daughter more mature than her parents AND grandmother? Hilarious! Love the family scenes.

  • I couldn't tell whodunit half the time because of the twists and red herrings - either I'm getting slow or the writing's not run of the mill procedural.

  • Is it just me, or are the cold opens in the second season run a little longer than normal? On top of the intro, dead body and all before the title screen...

  • Have I mentioned that the show is freaking hilarious?
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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Robin Williams - Weapons of Self Destruction

Saw Robin Williams doing an actual HBO special, Weapons of Self Destruction, that was recorded in Washington, DC.

Never seen the guy in a stand up situation, so it was a first for me. One and a half hours of serious funny.

His impression of a raccoon is freaking hilarious.

His bit on his heart surgery was also entertaining - "...instead of a valve, they gave me a tiny vagina" - LOL.

You should catch it if you can.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Top Chef season finale

  • Padma's baby bump was showing.

  • Some firsts: the Voltaggios are the first sibling cheftestants to make it all the way to finals.

  • Finding out who won (before actually watching the episode) was a little meh - it was like finding out that Hosea won not that long ago: A case of WTF.

  • You can be eliminated for under- and over-seasoning food.

  • I probably should've read some of the blogs on the Bravo site, but there are too many people blogging about the show on there, I don't know who's to read....

  • Douchebag winner's shed tears, LOL.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List

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I finally caught up on that Bravo reality show, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List on YouTube when someone else reuploaded the last few seasons on there. I forgot how mostly funny it was as she tries to get out the self-declared "D-list" by whoring herself to various media outlets to get more recognition to climb that ladder.

I was up to early Season 3 when the previous channel got suspended, which is why once you find the channel, you have to pretty much be watching as fast as you can before it gets taken down. Season 3 was mostly about Kathy bouncing back from her divorce and getting back on the dating scene. i.e. dating other famous people just to get in the magazines. Season 4 was about her attempts at getting a Grammy for Best Comedy Album (which she lost to Carlin's final recording, It's Bad For Ya) and also featured Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak with whom she dated for awhile.

Thankfully, whoever runs the particular YouTube channel is also uploading episodes of the current season, with the guy du jour so far being former
MADtv cast member Michael MacDonald as an unofficial part of Team Griffin (her assistant Tiffany, tour manager Tom and her mum, Maggie).

She also has a web presence on Facebook and Twitter, though from watching the show I doubt that she's the one doing the updating.

I'm glad that the show is renewed for another season.
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

nip/tuck - Alexis Stone II

I think a first in the series where they have the same patient two episodes in a row.

Anyway, great episode - like it used to be.

Only part of the show I didn't care for was the Matt-the-prison-bitch angle. But you have to give them props for thinking up of the chemical castration angle instead of giving Matt the boob job (the what-if scenario in Christian's head did not help one bit).

The custody battle gone south (because the new husband's a pedophile) brought out a chuckle in me. Didn't expect Gilles Marini to last a couple of episodes. But sniffing and jacking off into your new wife's granddaughter's panties? Hmm... At least bitch grandma threw him out and didn't go through with the case

Anyway, Julia's parting revenge on her mother (you have to admit) was pretty cool - planting a half kilo of cocaine (which Sean wanted to plant on the new Italian dude earlier in the episode, but didn't) in her mother's luggage was pretty sweet.