July 24th, 2009


If you don't know what a platitude is, it's a platypus with an attitude

I can say that I am a fan of Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black. Not having had cable growing up, I wasn't able to watch The State or Viva Variety. I did, however, enjoy their recent absurdist comedy show Stella, Showalter's film The Baxter, and their live stand-up. So it stands to reason that I would watch their new show, Michael & Michael Have Issues. Unfortunately, I don't think it's as funny as other projects of theirs. If the two episodes I've seen are any indication, it's essentially a comedy show about a comedy show, with the main plot taking place behind the scenes, with the two Michaels playing self-centered, childish parodies of themselves. There are hints of their Stella characters present, but the humor doesn't work as well in a more realistic setting. Interspersed within the episode are bits of the Michaels hosting their show-within-a-show, and traditional sketches with the Michaels are other cast members playing characters. It seems that they aim for a running theme with each episode, so that these other parts have some link to the overall plot. While there are good jokes on the show, I don't think the format really showcases their style of comedy all that well. If I had the choice, I would have preferred more Stella, but I don't think it received very good ratings.

From Twitter 07-23-2009

  • 19:38:09: Under the window, covered by curtains, all lacy and splattered with blood, we find crutches in the corner and bullets on the shelf.
  • 19:38:50: Hey, Billy Joel, just what IS a real estate novelist? The author of the best-selling novel "Location, Location, Location"?
  • 19:41:48: I'm not too fond of the current male teen heartthrob look. Not that I should be, mind you. I'm just saying.
  • 19:43:42: There was some crappy country song on the radio with the line "Thank God I'm still a guy." What an odd thing to be thankful for.
  • 19:44:28: I mean, not having a period and being able to pee standing up are good things, but I can't say I'm that attached to my gender in general.
  • 22:33:57: Rush Limbaugh thinks that health care is comparable to buying a car or staying at a hotel.
  • 22:34:33: Why does someone who gets his medicine illegally even care about the health care system?

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The Vampire Strikes Back

1. I've been thinking about the two conflicting hardcore fan stereotypes, one being the fan who automatically likes everything associated with his or her fandom, and the other being the one who hates everything new. While these two might seem contradictory at first, I think that many fans actually incorporate a little of both. For instance, we all know I'm a big Oz fan, and I'm often more willing to forgive poor editing or weak plotting in Oz books than in others (especially considering that most new Oz books are labors of love anyway). At the same time, though, I'm pretty likely to notice what I consider to be out-of-character moments or contradictions of what came before, and complain about them. I won't pretend that my experience is typical, but maybe this helps explain why you'll get people who will, say, watch anything with "Star Trek" or "Star Wars" in the name, even though they seem to hate all the new stuff.

2. I understand that vampires are currently in vogue among the ladies, who for some reason want to have sex with the blood-sucking undead. Perhaps these fangirls should be reminded that some of the earlier vampire myths involved the Romanian strigoi:

And even in the twentieth century, there was Nosferatu:

Somehow I don't think hack Mormon writers would be too likely to want to marry off their Mary Sues to either of these guys. They probably don't keep sweet at all! Seriously, though, I've heard that a large part of the vampire fetish comes from the desire for bad boys, which someone like me would find rather distasteful anyway.

3. Speaking of bad boys, are pirates still in style? Or did the news a few months ago about REAL pirates ruin it for everyone?