Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Roast of Justin Bieber – Review #BieberRoast

Last night was the airing of Comedy Central’s Roast of Justin Bieber, and I’ll start out by saying that their is nothing unfunnier than a bunch of white people laughing too hard at the “n-word”.

With the previous few roasts having some hiccups (I’m talking about the failure of “The Situation” and Mike Tyson being ununderstandable) and Beiber being the target of the night, I expected it to be a great roast, and it didn’t disappoint.

The stage was full of a ton of tall people…and Kevin Hart. Now instead of breaking it down by throwing in a bunch of jokes, I’ll just leave that to People. Instead I’ll grade the roasters, as my God given American rights grant me to do.

  • Kevin Hart — A great Roast Master and really funny throughout — A-
  • Pete Davidson — He may be young, but there is a reason he is already on SNL. One of the funniest roasters of the night — A
  • Ludacris — He was alright, but on a night of fairly strong “funny people” he was not one of the better ones — B
  • Natasha Leggero — As with every roast there are a few “unknowns” who people haven’t heard make jokes before, and she was one of those for me. But with a few funny jabs at Kevin Hart she showed she belonged — B+
  • Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal — The best of Shaq was when he went after Chris Paul and the “other team” in Los Angeles — B
  • Chris D’Elia — There as “Justin’s favorite comedian” he did a good job of roasting Justin — B+
  • Martha Stewart — Dirty old white woman always bring the laughs, and the house down — A-
  • Jeff Ross — The ultimate Roast Master General made his yearly appearance from the hole he lives in, and while some think he overstepped lines by making 9/11 jokes (Davidson’s father died on 9/11), Pete did go there first, opening the door to jokes on those lines. His best joke was comparing Justin to a movie ticket — A-
  • Snoop Dogg — Does anything else need to be said about him? It was SNOOP DOGG!!! — B+
  • Hannibal Buress — Let’s be honest, no one knew of him before the Bill Cosby scandal, and no one knows of him after the Roast. He wasn’t funny and didn’t belong — B-
  • Ron Burgundy — The cameo of the night, Will Ferrell showed up as his deadpan character, and delivered it to the best that his character allows — B+
  • Justin Bieber — I hate the little Rugrat, but the roast of him was great, and the responses he dished were just as good. Ending with a “heartfelt apology” (I’ll beliebe it when I see it) he tried the ultimate PR move built into his roast — A-

Overall the Roast was really good, and one of the better recent ones. Justin is no Bob Saget, but he has enough dirty laundry that the jokes were aplenty. This roast gets an 8.5 out of 10.

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Bloodline – Review #Netflix

When I saw ads and read previews for this show it was all about “The return of Kyle Chandler”.

And while John Rayburn, Kyle’s character, plays a major part in Season 1, I think the focus should be on the brilliant performance of one of the most complex characters currently in a show, Danny Rayburn, played by Ben Mendelsohn.

The show focuses on the Rayburns, and an inn that they run in the Florida Keys. With the parents running the inn, the siblings have jobs as a local deputy (John), pier owner (Kevin) and lawyer (Meg), and features the return of the oldest son (Danny) in the pilot episode.

But Danny’s troubled past, of which we slowly learn through flashbacks and flashforwards, seems to be putting a twist in this family’s story.

While most Netflix shows are addicted, and make you want to watch non-stop, this one is different, as it features a long, slow, deep storyline, that you want to keep watching simply to find out what will happen next, and what made all this happen.

You learn the family secrets, from cheatings to deaths, drugs to fires, beatings to mysterious money.

Quite simply this show is captivatingstellaroutstanding, and possibly the best new show this Spring.

One of the things that draws you in to keep watching, is the shows catchphrase, which is used more than once:

We are not bad people, but we did a bad thing.

What that bad thing is…and why you’ll want to watch this show…is what gives it a 9 out of 10.

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What Defines A Sports Rivalry

People use the term “rivalry” very loosely in sports, and I think that it needs to be revisited.

For example, the Yankees-Mets do not have a “rivalry”, as they play each other 4 times a year (out of 162)…they have zero impact on each others playoff chances, and besides for the 2000 World Series, they haven’t had much to do with each other.
As a New Yorker, why should you care if both teams win the other 158 games a year, and in those four games you pick a team to root for. But to “hate” the other team is just plain stupid.

On the flip side you have the Rangers-Flyers in the NHL. Two teams that play each other multiple times a year, and each game plays a role in the playoff scenarios.

The players hate each other. The coaches hate each other. The fans hate each other

Even more relevant to my last example is the Rangers-Islanders. Since 1994 the two teams have been playing two different styles of game. They had their differences and hates, but big picture it didn’t really matter…until this year that is, as they fight it out for the top spot in the Metropolitan Division, and when they meet in the 2nd round of the playoffs (as they should) there will be genuine hatred between everyone with their hearts in these teams.

Other big rivalries that truly exists these days, and are still relevant: Yankees-Red Sox; Lakers-Celtics; Tom Brady-Peyton Manning.

Rivalries that don’t exist, but the fans like to think they do: Sidney Crosby-Alex Ovechkin; Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson (Tiger is irrelevant in recent years and Phil is a choker); Kobe-Lebron.

One rivalry that didn’t really exist, but should pick up (rightfully so) in the next few months: Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather.
And that should be one heck of a fight.

BC Hillel Passover Deliveries

This Sunday I went to the Tanger Hillel at Brooklyn College (at which I’m a board member) to do our yearly Passover Deliveries to the Elderly.

Every year we get in different goods to deliver, thanks in part to the Met Council on Jewish Poverty, and this year we had a nice haul to spread around to those who needed it:

  • Hand Matzah
  • Machine Matzah
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Apple Juice
  • Mayonnaise
  • Tuna
  • Pickles
  • Jam
  • Applesauce
  • Macaroons

I think that covered it all.

Our deliveries ranged all over Brooklyn, using lists that are built on year after year, and went out to over 300 families.

I started off at the Hillel, helping organize the groups going out, and loading the proper packages into each volunteer vehicle.
Those that didn’t come with a vehicle were either paired up in a car (in case the driver couldn’t find parking) or remained at the Hillel to help load cars and pack more packages as needed.

As the list wound down, me and another volunteer went out in my car to tackle two routes and delivered to 16 families.

All in all a great Sunday of volunteering!

If you want to, it’s not too late to donate to the cause, and that can be done HERE.

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I’ve been through bad anxiety before, and this girl nailed the experience (10 Photos)

Today’s post is a Reblog from TheChive that I think most people need to read.

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Vessel

Vessel is a new video streaming service that launched early this morning at Vessel.com.

The service has videos from free sites (such as YouTube and the likes), but also will have exclusive videos a few days before they are available elsewhere online.
These videos will come from YouTube, Buzzfeed, CollegeHumor and many more providers.

The fee for this site is only $2.99 a month, but you probably have the same thoughts as me: “What do I possibly need this for?” or “Couldn’t I just wait a day or two and see it for free?”

Well, luckily for both of us, if you sign up in the next couple of days you will get a free year-membership, with no strings attached (aka: no CC required)!

So with the mindset of “If it’s free, I’ll take three” I signed up this morning and will maybe give it a test run over the next few days…but in reality since my college days are long over I haven’t gone on a “YouTube binge watch” in a long time, and don’t see myself starting again any time soon.
If I do, a better review should follow.

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The Curtains Close on Glee

Friday night marked the end of the sixth and final season of Glee.

A show that started off strong, with great stories and songs, fell apart in recent years, as the writers and creators moved on to other projects (American Horror Stories, etc.) and left this to fail.

But Friday night showed what the show could’ve been had they kept the glory of the early seasons flowing throughout.

With a great flashback episode to 2009 showing how everyone came to join the glee club, as well as some auditions to the current stars, the two-hour finale was off to a great start.

With keeping spoilers to a minimum, the second episode flashed forward 5 (or more) years to show where our main cast ends up, and it left fans wanting more of this great group.

Pushing aside political points and drama the Directors/Producers put together one final performance with all the characters the fans have grown to love/hate coming together and singing “I Lived” by OneRepublic.

With every broken bone, I swear I lived.

And as the final curtain came down during the dedication of the Finn Hudson Auditorium, they zoomed in on one final plaque with a quote on it, reminding the fans why they watched, and the creators why they created it, saying:

See the world not as it is, but as it should be.

The potential was there for Glee in the beginning and the very end…it’s a shame the middle had to be so painful.

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