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On East Coast/West Coast Beef Reignited by Slight Differences in the 30 Rock Live Shows

I did like how they went from a Beatle to a Kardashian. Sharp comment on the de-evolution of pop culture. It was a comment, right?

Posted on April 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm 0

On East Coast/West Coast Beef Reignited by Slight Differences in the 30 Rock Live Shows

Why wasn't Kim Kardashian pelted with flour? I thought 30 Rock was a comedy show.

Posted on April 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm 0

On Watching When Stand Up Stood Out, the Documentary About Boston's Early Standup Scene

Please note that at 1:27 of the trailer, Barry Crimmins appears. Barry ran the Ding Ho, in which the better names from the Boston scene cut their young teeth. Although not cited here, Barry was a major force in Boston. Ask any of those comics featured.

Posted on April 12, 2012 at 6:35 am 0

On Larry David's Almost-Lost Sketches From ABC's SNL Competitor, Fridays

@Mark_Black@twitter The people I spoke to, who know and work with Larry David, say it's him. They keep trying to change his mind, but so far, no luck.

Posted on April 2, 2012 at 3:27 pm 0

On When SNL Was About More Than Just Jokes

@William Ham@facebook How about the episode with Dustin Hoffman? The whole show is funny and sweet, the ending quietly perfect.

Posted on March 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm 0

On When SNL Was About More Than Just Jokes

@Just One Thing Those you name definitely added to The Simpsons' overall texture (especially Sam Simon), but they have and would tell you that Meyer's sensibility shaped the show's humor. He's considered one of the godfathers (along with John Swartzwelder). Meyer has spoken about actually feeling for the characters in a real way, not just as cartoons. That's what I was referring to.

Posted on March 15, 2012 at 2:55 pm 0

On When SNL Was About More Than Just Jokes

@Just One Thing I own those first seasons, so I remember them very clearly. And yes, subversion was part of the lure. But subversion can take many forms, not just anti-authoritarian. Listen to George Meyer talk about those early shows sometime. He speaks about the genuine emotion built into the characters, how not everything was a joke. Since Meyer was the chief architect of The Simpsons, I'm guessing he knows what he's talking about.

Posted on March 15, 2012 at 2:39 pm 0

On When SNL Was About More Than Just Jokes

@Megh Wright This wasn't meant as a generational rebuke. There were cruel comedians in my youth as well. But there are real differences between then and now, as far as deeper emotional comedy goes. As I say at the end of my piece, we, meaning all of us, can still write this kind of comedy.

Posted on March 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm 0

On When SNL Was About More Than Just Jokes

@Ben Worcester Agreed about the early Simpsons. George Meyer has made the same observation. Those early seasons contained a variety of emotions, not just comic. That's why they still hold up. As for more recent seasons, well . . .

Posted on March 15, 2012 at 2:24 pm 0

On When SNL Was About More Than Just Jokes

Posted on March 15, 2012 at 12:01 pm 0