Friday, December 02, 2011
Comedy albums. Can I do something without pissing everyone off? Can I delay it until Monday? How come? This is a topic that C.I. and I talk about a great deal, the way women get erased -- in music, in comedy, in films, you name it. And she and I have led on pieces on Third on this before -- on music pieces. The thing is, she caught something I had no caught yet.
And she e-mailed me a photo demonstrating the problem. And told me I could use it here for the comedy albums discussion and that we'd use it on Sunday if people were on board with the piece that she, Ava, Ann and I are on board with already.
That is so sweet of her. And it is the perfect illustration of this problem. But I don't want to take from her idea for Third. Hopefully everyone will forgive me for putting that off until Monday but, on Monday, I can run the illustration with no problem. (Yes, I'll also need to run Isaiah's comic. I forgot about that. But I'll do both, I won't say, "Can I put this off until Tuesday?")
So I hope everyone's okay with that.
Big thank you to Rachel for her e-mail that I have to note right now. Whitney Cummings does have a comedy album -- I was lamenting that she didn't have one. Rachel has it. She said it's better on CD but if I wanted to, I could download it at Amazon or iTunes. I downloaded it at Amazon. I get Rachel's point -- there's too much space betweeen the 'tracks.' But I can live with that. And it's hilarious and I would strongly recommend that if you are a Whitney Cummings fan, you do as I did. Again, BIG THANK YOU, to Rachel.
The comedy goddess! Thursdays on NBC her brilliant sitcom Whitney airs (you can stream at the link -- and should).
Each episode gets better and I was loving this show already.
Do you know Chelsea Handler?
I didn't. I knew the name from the net. And I think I'd seen a still of a clip or two at Hulu because I knew she hosted a talk show late nights. She also has or had an E show. I don't watch E now. But in the last 6 weeks of my last two pregnancies, I lived on E. I have no idea why.
Yes, I do. Sharon Stone was a focus on E when I was pregnant with my youngest son. There was this huge back and forth -- she's wonderful! she's stupid! she claimed she had cancer! -- on and on. It was like the Bronco chase for the shut-ins or those who needed assistance getting off the couch (that included me on that pregnancy -- I blew up big). I like Sharon Stone and I enjoyed the drama trauma E was churning out.
Later, with my daughter, I probably was just hoping something similar would happen.
Anyway. Chelsea Handler also writes books. Including Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang. Which I haven't read. Because I just bought it tonight. I'd promised the kids we'd go book shopping -- promised them during Thanksgiving -- so we had a light and early dinner (I left work at two this afternoon so that the kids and I -- and Jess -- could eat right after the kids got out of school) -- with Jess because he and Ty, Dona and Jim (and Ty's boyfriend) do so much for the kids. (They take them to school, pick them up after, entertain them.) And then we spent three hours at the bookstore.
I wasn't planning on getting anything for myself because I read adult books. Meaning? C.I.'s basically got a best friend at every major publishing house. They're forever sending her books (often galleys which are uncorrected advance copies in soft cover). And I've grabbed like 16 of those that are in my room waiting for me to get through. (I managed to read seven of them in November. And I'm trying to model reading for my daughter. The boys are great. They read all the time. In fact, my oldest is forever reading sheet music even more than books which he also reads.)
So she was looking around and not finding anything. I didn't stay on top of them. I kept an eye from a distance on my daughter -- or had Jess do so -- because she is so young. The boys? My oldest is too big to be kidnapped and my youngest son is vocal so we'd know if there was some issue. That just leaves the little princess and she's gorgeous and oblivious to her surroundings which is not a good combination when you're that young. So I'd go check on the boys and see what they were finding and then I'd check on her and then I'd back off for 20 minutes and then repeat.
So I'm waiting and walk back and see Chelsea Handler's name (I did not recognize her on the front cover) and stop and grab the book -- which was 20% off so check in your local areas for it as well -- it's in softcover.
Then I go check on the boys and the on my daughter who notices I've picked up a book. "You're buying a book, Mommy?"
"Well I have got to find one then." With a long emphasis on "I." She's a little drama queen, that one. So after that, she found four books she was interested in. So that was good. (The boys each found much, much more.) And I got to thinking, "Am I not buying around her? Is that why she doesn't read?"
She can read. But she just finds it "boring." (That word. Oh, it's her word these days. It and "bored." And they're both driving me up the wall. Which makes my own mother laugh. Bitter woman! I'm joking on "bitter woman.")
So I'm guessing I'm going to have to model reading around her more.
So why did I buy Chelsea's book?
She is hilarious!
She was on yesterday's Whitney and she was hilarious.
She played Whitney's therapist.
They were so funy together.
Chelsea was like a fire poker and Whitney was like an immovable rock. I'm referring to the relationship between their characters. It was very, very funny.
I think my favorite part was when Chelsea said she was going to have to write another article about Whitney and Whitney -- with just the perfect facial expression and the perfect one -- asks "Another article?" with an emphasis on "another." And then Chelsea lets her face go blank and ask, "What?"
In the new year, Whitney moves to Wednesday nights and teams up, for the hour, with Chelsea's new sitcom. I am really looking forward to that. A whole hour of laugh out loud funny.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Do you ever get tired of the whoring for Barack?
I do. And it's so bad I assume that even Barack must tire of it. He probably laughs at the bulk of the US reporters.
Read or listen to Scott Horsley's stupid commentary for today's Morning Edition. Barack's quoted speaking to a crowd in Scranton:
Scranton, we've taken some punches these last few years. But there's one thing I know about people here in Scranton, people in Pennsylvania, and people all across America: We are tougher than the times. We are America. We get back up...
A real reporter then points out that Barack just called Americans "lazy." And now he wants to turn around and try to flatter?
Isaiah called that out Sunday in "The Non-apology" but 'reporter' Scott can't even mention it when it's required? What an embarrassment. Here's Isaiah's comic.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):