Monthly Archives: May 2017

Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King #Review

Hasan Minhaj. You may not be familiar with his name, but after watching his new Netflix standup special Homecoming King I am certain that we will be hearing him for many years.

Hasan is a correspondent on Comedy Centrals The Daily Show joining when it was hosted by Jon Stewart and hosted the 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner.
I don’t watch The Daily Show, but after hearing him recently with Dan LeBatard on ESPN Radio, I watched the dinner and found him to be decently funny.

Times passed, I don’t think about that day….I mean I did write a show about it.

With the launch of his Netflix Special this week Hasan takes his comedy to the next level. His quirky delivery is enjoyable and his stories are all relatable.
From interreligious marriages to immigrants and to seeing post-9/11 and racism from the other side of the coin, plus many other life moments.

Our parents are like, ages 0-30, don’t talk to girls. Then at 35 they are like ‘why can’t you talk to girls’!?

Personally, I found this special hilarious and a must watch on your next comedy night, giving it a 9 out of 10.

Red Nose Day 2017

Everyone nose what today is…it’s Red Nose Day 2017, and the never ending fight against child poverty.

Money raised from the campaign goes to ensure kids are safe, healthy, educated, and empowered across the 50 States as well as poor communities in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
Meals for kids, vaccines, summer school and after-school programs, clean water, education and a place to sleep are all goals of the Red Nose Program.

It’s so easy to support it too. Go to your local Walgreens/Duane Reade and buy a nose for $1.
You can also head to rednoseday.org to donate and find out more about their cause, and for every dollar donated today via Facebook, it’ll be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (up to a million dollars).
Meanwhile, tonight at 10PM on NBC there will be a comedy and music special fund-raiser, to help promote the cause. Chris Hardwick will host.

My Fall 2017 Early TV Schedule

Last week was the Upfronts, the annual time when Networks present to advertisers and roll out their Fall lineups, and this is my early look at what I’m likely to watch!

Sunday

8:30 PM — FOX — Ghosted — Comedy starring Adam Scott and Craig Robinson. Not usually into paranormal shows…but the cast will draw me in to trying it! TRAILER

9:00 PM — FOX — Family Guy

Monday

8:00 PM — CBS — Big Bang Theory (moving to Thursdays in November)

9:00 PM — FOX — Marvel’s The Gifted — Parents discover their kids are a little like the X-Men and need to hide from the government to survive. TRAILER looks fantastic.

Tuesday

8:00 PM — ABC —  The Middle

8:00 PM — FOX — Lethal Weapon

9:00 PM — FOX — The Mick

9:00 PM — NBC — Superstore

9:30 PM — FOX — Brooklyn Nine-Nine

9:30 PM — NBC — The Good Place

Wednesday

10:00 PM — ABC — Designated Survivor

Thursday

8:00 PM — CBS — Big Bang Theory (Starting November)

8:00 PM — FOX — Gotham

8:30 PM — CBS — Young Sheldon — Sheldon Cooper as a child? Sure, I’d give that a try. Can’t wait to see him get tested for insanity. TRAILER

9:00 PM — FOX — The Orville — Really not along the lines of things I’d watch…but Seth MacFarlane and Adrianne Palicki should make this hour-long comedy enjoyable! TRAILER

Friday

8:00 PM — FOX — Hell’s Kitchen

9:00 PM — ABC — Marvel’s Inhumans — New Marvel series? Okay, but I don’t know if I’d make it through this one…

No Dates Yet

ABC — Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Will return in January for a full uninterrupted season)

CBS — The Amazing Race

FOX — MasterChef, New Girl

NBC — A.P. Bio


You can find the full Fall schedule HERE

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Season 3 – #Review

Kimmy Schmidt is back for Season 3 and the adventures never end.

Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) is heading to college and filing for divorce, Titus (Tituss Burgess) is back after a failed cruise and fighting off scurvy, and Lillian (Carol Kane) kicks her stardom up a notch and is the underlying star of the season…
Who am I kidding, she’ll always be overshadowed by the antics of Kimmy and Titus and all the unbreakableness they bring to the table.

Peter Riegert is the fresh celebrity face for this season, taking over after a brief Fred Armison appearance.

The soft serve chocolate ice cream emoji.

But also back in this show are the forced songs and the full Lemonade experience. What was seemingly spontaneous in Season 1, and what felt like “trying too hard” in Season 2, turns into well-scripted songs for the third Season.
While Lemonade may not be my cup of tea, it is very well done, and the tracks dropped with “Gordie Gordie Gordie” are sure to be a Pinot Noir sized hit.

And even though I just said doody, I’m not laughing.

The former mole people aren’t gone though, as Gretchen starts her own cult, and Jacqueline’s (Jane Krakowski) step-daughter Xanthippe (Dylan Gelula) takes on a larger role and becomes a little less annoying.

Thumbs are for hitchhiking and being Fonzy.

Netflix series are also becoming self-aware, and seemingly in the same universe, as Litchfield (the jail from Orange is the New Black) makes an appearance.

What the heck is a Minton?

This show keeps up its humor and enjoyability, getting a 9 out of 10.

Ringling Brothers Last Day

Yesterday was the last day for Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus and as the Greatest Show on Earth packed up the big tent, I took the opportunity to take them in one last time.

From riding bikes on high bars to horses, cats, pigs and dogs. Explosions and lights to all sorts of fantastic acts that are now unfortunately out of jobs…but despite all of that, they made it an enjoyable time for everyone in attendance, and proved that they are indeed the Greatest Show on Earth…and Out Of This World as well.

While many people are against the circus because of animal cruelty, at the end of the day the circus has been a part of many people’s childhoods for 146 years, and they truly put on a fantastic performance.
Ringling does more for animals and their conservation and enrichment than Peta supporters do…

Scroll down to the bottom and watch the last video to get a Kangaroo sighting!!!

Big Farewell Ringling May 21 2017

Big Farewell Wave from Ringling Brothers

Linkin Park – One More Light

Linkin Park’s seventh album comes as artists try to reinvent themselves to stay relevant (see Paramore last Friday), and One More Light is a mix of pop songs trying to get on the radio.

While the sounds on some of them are really good, it’s kind of strange hearing Chester Bennington stray so far away from the screeching and voice that put Linkin Park on the map (think One Step Closer and Crawling), and it just doesn’t work for Linkin Park.

Heavy (feat. Kiiara) was the single dropped, and it set the tone for what was to be expected. Meanwhile, Good Goodbye has ‘Stormzy’ in it, singing about how he’s performing with Linkin Park and everyone else can just get lost…but doesn’t actually contribute anything to the song or album, yet ‘Pusha T’ may be the saving grace of the song with a strong rap game mixed with Mike Shinoda dropping what he’s best known for (back in Remember The Name and Fort Minor days).

So with all that said, I am torn…I like the album for what it is, a dip into the Pop World; but as a Linkin Park fan, I miss (and need back) the Metal days.
The songwriting from Bennington and Shinoda are top notch, which helped move it up from 6 to a 7 out of 10.

Lindsey Stirling: Brave Enough #YouTube #Movie #Review

YouTube Red presents Lindsey Stirling: Brave Enough, a look inside the emotional journey and roller coaster ride of Lindsey’s recent album and tour.

Turning 30 and recently losing her best friend, all while dealing with family problems, Lindsey takes you behind the scenes as her tour gets underway, as well as playing at the famous Dolby Theatre, home of The Oscars.

From the age of five, she has played the violin and it hasn’t always been fun and games. She played on the streets and in the subways after college, as well as going to LA on America’s Got Talents before getting chewed out and eliminated, which only made her want it more. So she turned things around and started experimenting with dubstep and EDM, and her quickly growing YouTube view count took off.

Lindsey shares so much more with the viewers, as her journey and story are worth the watch. Watching it makes you feel the emotion that went into the album, something usually only the band members know about and understand. It also lets you hear how she got where she is today and what drives her to keep carrying on.

One other interesting part is hearing the backstories to some songs, including one of my favorites in Shatter Me, which is one giant metaphor for her fight with anorexia.

For those with a subscription to YouTube Red, give this one a watch, and I’ll give it a 7.5 out of 10.