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Re: “Skate or Die

Is this the Jeff Ho I knew in El Cerrito, DeJon the Whiterdragon

Posted by whiterdragon on 06/19/2010 at 11:48 PM

Re: “Shearer Delight

Well, I know the Simpsons cast are VERY possessive/protective of their respective characters (for example, Shearer made a BIG stink about the episode where Skinner turns out to be a fraud; and I happen to agree).
And the Christopher Guest movies I believe are very improvisational. Plues he's like a standard part of those movies, I'm sure he gets a lot of input from the start.

Posted by taffysaur on 11/23/2009 at 8:03 PM

Re: “Shearer Delight

I idolize this guy. He is the absolute role model for me. You just can't begin to characterize this mans talents - comic genius is probably understated. Personally, I'm grateful for the inspiration he provides with his endless creativity. I wish I could get a chance to be a fly on the wall one day of his life just to see if he is grounded after such a surreal career. His vocal talents are so monumental - Mel Blanc and Harry Shearer are immortals with an exponential presence. Amazing Dude. I wonder how much he helped developed his main characters ?

Posted by Rob Vance on 11/10/2008 at 10:15 PM

Re: “The Year in DVDs

re: Comment by catradhtem

It's interesting that you're so impressed by awards -- guess who beat out the Cars and Talking Heads for the Grammy for Best New Artist of 1978: Taste of Honey. Surely you'll recall their immortal hit "Boogie Ooggie Ooggie" & their subsequent contributions to the world of music.

My "hack" comment re: Weird Al Yankovic was not about his talent -- obviously, the man has talent for performing, presentation, adaptation, etc. I referred to him as a "hack" because the edgy, fearless Mr. AY gets the cooperation of those he's making fun of! See this from an article on Weird Al from Slate ( ):

He even earned the adoration of the artists he parodied: Jackson donated his "Bad" set for the "Fat" video, and Nirvana loaned him their janitor. (Prince is the rare artist who's been impervious to his charms; he's refused permission repeatedly.)

Imagine Sat. Night Live, George Carlin, Mad TV, Sarah Silverman, or Lenny Bruce getting the permission & cooperation of the targets of their satire/humor! "Is it OK if I make fun of you?" Boy, has Al got guts!

Mark Keresman

Posted by Mark Keresman on 11/25/2007 at 4:35 PM

Re: “The Year in DVDs

"Hacks like that Weird Al Yankovic?" Geez, what a small-minded, snobby thing to say, and it's great how you chose to neglect to mention that Al is featured on that Spike Jones DVD, so clearly Spike's family and friends don't share your sentiment. Perhaps the fact that you refer to "Saturday Night Live" as a "performer" (and refer to Ween as a comedy band...or have the nerve to equate the painfully unfunny Sarah Silverman with Lenny Bruce, for that matter) sums up your own pop culture intellect.

"Hacks" don't go on to win three Grammys and be nominated for eight others, don't get Gold and Platinum Records with every release, and certainly don't get a top ten album or single thirty years into their career. Evidently everyone else seems to feel that Al is an artist, maybe not up to your obvious and supposedly well-thought-out standards, but an artist nevertheless.

But I guess not everyone can achieve the artistic and personal fulfillment of writing slapped-together DVD review capsules.

Posted by Greg Method on 11/22/2007 at 9:32 AM

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