If you’ve read this blog more than once (the commitment required – I know!), it’s no secret that I am part of Joss Whedon’s army. Specifically – Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my favorite show of all time and, in my opinion, it’s one of the best television series – fantasy or otherwise – to ever air on the small screen. (In fact, EW just called it the 8th best of all time, putting it right up there with shows like Mad Men, Seinfeld, The Simpsons, The Wire, and more!)
If you’re late to the party or simply don’t get it – well, it sucks to be you.
This week, former stunt coordinator Jeff Pruitt posted a 30-minute behind the scenes video showing Buffy stunts from season two, interviews with the crew, and some funky cast shenanigans as well! Die hards – check out this 30 minutes of gloriousness and squeee your way into the weekend on a Scooby Gang-kinda high. Because seriously – the stuntwork and make-up on this show were amazing (Becoming Part 2 sword fight scene – I’m lookin’ at you!).
It’s amusing to think back to a time when I was slightly embarrassed by my Buffy fanaticism and obsession, and had to defend it around every corner. But now, I take comfort in obnoxiously giving the world the biggest “I told you so!” at every opportunity that presents itself. Because this show has been off the air for 10 years and people are still losing their shit over it.
In the span of four months, Tig Notaro got pneumonia, contracted a deadly intestine-eating bacteria, lost her mother in a freak accident, broke up with her girlfriend, and got diagnosed with cancer. (And you think your life sucks.) Shortly after, she got on stage at Largo in LA to deliver one of the most personal, tragic, yet absolutely hilarious sets of stand-up I have ever heard.
Notaro’s 30-minute set unravels with one tragedy after another, as she discusses “funny” cancer greeting cards, being mistaken for a man immediately after her diagnosis, the ludicrous notion of God only giving you “what you can handle,” and a survey a hospital sent her dead mother. Her dry delivery is perfect; her timing, like a seasoned pro.
The audience’s reactions add to the performance. They’re caught off guard, laughing at awkward moments and not laughing at moments where they should. Notaro continues calling them out and toying with them like a cat playing with a mouse. Even among her pain and misfortune, she remains light and sarcastic, while the set’s touching moments also help keep it grounded.
I don’t even want to elaborate any further, for fear of ruining any part of this soon-to-be-legend’s performance. To ruin these jokes for you would be over-preparing you for a set that requires you to feel uncomfortable and unguarded. But thanks to Notaro’s brilliance, it’s not a buzzkill and it won’t bring you to tears…or the bad kind anyway. Her courage is beyond admirable, and the set, bold and brave. Hearing the crowd cheer at the end gave me chills. You’ll want to take the ear buds off your head and give her the standing-O that the audience at Largo gave her that night.
Louis C.K. was in the audience and said: “In 27 years doing this, I’ve seen a handful of truly great, masterful standup sets. One was Tig Notaro last night at Largo.” He then made the audio of her performance available for download on his site and gave her all of the proceeds.
Louis may have been having a moment these past couple years, but now it’s Tig’s turn.
Tig Notaro: Live (as in “live or die”) can now be found on iTunes and Amazon. It’s only $5 and she’s been donating some of the proceeds to charity. So don’t steal this one, assholes! Just kidding. But no really, don’t.
So hopefully they change that title, but dammit, everyone knows I’m in love with the mind of Mindy. Sure, The Office totally blows now (making the jump to her own series: a GOOD MOVE), and yes, this trailer for her upcoming FOX pilot (NBC passed on it) is rather girly and flirty, in a Bridget Jones sort of way, but I’m already sold.
Kaling has great comedic timing with the ridiculocities (I made up a new word. Does that work?) that fly out of her mouth. She’s whimsical and cheery and enjoyable. I mean…it’s gotta be better than New Girl, right (UGH)?
Check out the trailer below. The Mindy Project debuts on FOX this Fall.
Though she may not be a household name yet, make no mistake: Felicia Day leads an army. They may not be that strong or confrontational, and their weapons perhaps work best in an MMORPG setting (for non-gamers, that’s a Massive Multiplayer Online Role-playing Game – keep up!), but they are loyal and mighty. Her number of Twitter followers only confirms that.
Best known for her roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog, and her grassroots, geek-tastic Web Series The Guild (which she wrote and created), Day has recently launched something even sharper than her character Codex’s sword – a new YouTube channel appropriately titled “Geek & Sundry.” I must say: I’m obsessing.
It all started with The Guild, a show revolving around the lives of a group of gamers and their online guild, The Knights of Good. In addition to her duties as the show’s creator, Day plays Cyd Sherman, aka Codex. Codex struggles to deal with life as her two seemingly separate worlds collide: one of her guild-mates shows up at her doorstep and the entire guild finally meets in person. After five seasons and a Microsoft sponsorship, The Guild has garnered millions (count ‘em!) of views and is now available on Netflix, the XBOX Live Marketplace, Zune Marketplace, MSN Video, Netflix, and now, Day’s own Geek & Sundry.
In addition to the The Guild, Day and her crew offer plenty of gamer-fare to make your inner geek squeal with delight. For example:
Table Top: Hosted by Wil Wheton, this series introduces viewers to the best of the best in table-top board gaming. There are celebrity appearances, behind-the-scenes interviews, and a new game every episode! It’s also chock-full of witty banter and great laughs.
Dark Horse Motion Comics: Watch as some of your favorite Dark Horse characters come to life with state of the art graphic motion-y goodness! Technology. Design. Smart people lingo. Yeah, I don’t know how they do it.
Sword & Laser: The popular podcast can now be seen rather than heard all thanks to Geek & Sundry! Hosts Veronica Belmont and Tom Merrit showcase the latest in technology, geek and entertainment news and discuss some super rad Sci-Fi/Fantasy books throughout the process. Genre fiction, galore!
The Flog: The Felicia Day Video Blog Show! (The Flog! Get it?) In this G&S special, Day dishes her five favorite things of the week, partakes in a weekly activity (blacksmithing, anyone?), and responds to some fan email. Her whimsy and enthusiasm are not only welcome, but contagious; her sincerity, and heart for gaming and geeking perpetually on her sleeve. My favorite of the pack, join Felicia as she plays the violin, bakes Italian tortas, and plays vintage games that somehow escaped her childhood (see below).
Since you’re already in front of a computer, check out Geek & Sundry today, and subscribe, subscribe, subscribe! Felicia and her crew deliver on multiple levels, and they’re only getting started! Put down your remote (Only for a few minutes…GOD, stop freaking out) and appease your inner geek! And check out Episode 2 of The Flog below!
Now that the ol’ blog has reached the ripe old age of four, I figured it was time to do our first ever GOODIES GIVEAWAY! Depending on its success, I’d like to do a few of these a year to thank everyone for your continued views, comments and Tweets, and also to help promote the TV shows, bands and films that I write about and love dearly.
This time around, we’re giving away a free copy of Season 1 of Cougar Town! As I blogged about earlier this week, Cougar Town is not about milfs chasing young prey; rather, it is a fantastic ensemble comedy about adult relationships, dysfunction, and most importantly…drinking! To celebrate the show’s third season premiere…one lucky reader is going to get their paws on Season 1 for freeeeee!
I flipping love Napoleon Dynamite with every fiber of my being. Even back when everyone thought it was too weird to be funny, and didn’t get it and talked smack – THIS GUY was a fan. It doesn’t matter that Jon Heder hasn’t completed a single worthwhile project since because Napoleon matters, dammit!
I could spend hours, days and weeks shooting off my favorite lines from the movie, because every single one of them is nearly perfection. Much to the shock and awe of many, the movie has been adapted and is turning into a cartoon series for Fox. I mean…you’ve seen, you’ve heard, you know…
Now, this very well could be a hugeass failure. What’s working in its favor is that much of the original cast is back and voicing their own characters from the film (Tina Majorino!). Kudos on that, team. To its detriment…is there really an audience, besides me, that is pumped for this!?
Time will tell, but in the meantime, BOW TO YOUR SENSEI!!!
Too often does Hollywood revive series from the dead, ruining my childhood memories with terrible CGI and even worse renditions of nauseating Pop tunes from the last decade. In The Muppets, this is not the case.
Thanks to Jason Segal, Nicholas Stoller, James Bobin and Disney, the Muppets are back for their first outing since 1999′s Muppets from Space.
Despite the film’s lack of Rizzo (bastards!), Segal and company really nailed this one. There are zero jokes about recent pop culture mania. No CGI, no terrible pop songs, nor hidden adult humor. The Muppets is everything you’d want from a Muppet spectacle: extravagant celebrity cameos and a whole lot of FELT.
Gary (Segal) and his brother Walter (a new Muppet!) set out for California to see the sights and visit the old Muppet Theater. After finding it in disarray, Walter overhears oil man Tex Richman’s plans to buy the theater and tear it down. Little does everyone know, the theater sits on a potentially lucrative oil field, and Richman wants to drill. Walter, Gary and Gary’s gal pal Mary (Amy Adams) set out to reunite the Muppets and raise the $10 million needed to buy back the theater.
The Muppets remains completely true to the series and Jim Henson legacy. This blogger was worried that the film would’ve tried to modernize the characters a great deal, but gladly, Segal and his team withheld from such temptations. As Walter, Mary, Gary and Kermit rush around the country to collect the rest of the gang, the characters break the fourth wall often, with nods to needing a montage or worrying about the film’s length…which I suppose one could claim as a “modern” form of joking and storytelling. Thankfully, it worked and added some depth and color to the movie and characters.
There’s really nothing negative to be said here…except for the lack of Rizzo one-liners of course! With this latest installment, the Muppets feel completely rejuvenated, both as a franchise and also as a form of entertainment that many will warmly remember from our childhoods. Hopefully, The Muppets will resonate with a new generation of kids and, fingers crossed, this will simply be the beginning of a new crop of “sensational, inspirational, celebrational, and muppetational” Muppets movies.