Cedric the Entertainer

Cedric the Entertainer

Cedric the Entertainer

Born April 24, 1964

Cedric the Entertainer is one of the funniest people on the planet. Since his stand-up days, I have been following his career and catching him everywhere that I can.

Noteworthy

  • The Original Kings of Comedy – Cedric the Entertainer, Bernie Mac, Steve Harvey, and DL Hughley. This is still one of the best stand-up special of all time.
  • Barbershop – Cedric is Eddie. Barbershop is awesome and worth a re-watch every couple of years.
  • The Honeymooners – Who else can take Gleason’s place in this reboot… that is all I am asking.

We as comics do want an immediate response from the audience. It’s really quiet on the set, and there are only the producers, and the director, so a comic is looking for someone to give a reaction, even if it is the camera guy.

-Cedric the Entertainer

Kevin James

Kevin James Born April 26, 1965   Kevin James is a truly funny guy. He has played a variety of roles and he seems to be able to play just about any role, some of which we will dig into below. He is very deft at physical humor but then you watch him act and emote and...

Ronda Rousey

How can such a sexy beast be such, well a beast! Ronda Rousey is an inspiration and always amazing in everything that she does. Needless to say that Ronda Rousey has taken the UFC by storm and has quickly become the face of what has traditionally been a male dominated...

Nicholas Brendon

Nicholas Brendon Born April 12, 1971   Nicholas Brendon , playing Xander, was one of my favorite characters on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The episode entitled The Zeppo is the best Xander-centric episode in my opinion. The whole plot revolves around him and it isTV...

Vince Vaughn

Vince Vaughn Born March 28, 1970   Vince Vaughn is fantastic. I love him in every role that I see him in. And, as you may have heard one more than one of our podcasts - I want him to be in every movie. And if he can't have a speaking role just have him walk...

Ed Helms

Ed Helms - Born January 24, 1974 Ed Helms is one of my favorite performers alive today. I say, performer, because he is way more than just an actor. Whether he is improvising, singing, or acting, Ed Helms is one of those people that brings a smile to your face. As...
Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Kal Penn

Born April 23, 1977

Kal Penn roams this weird world between comedy and drama. He walks the edge between entertainment and public service. He has existed in different worlds and been successful. He is proof that while someone in Hollywood’s opinion isn’t better than anyone else’s it is still just as important. With Kal Penn, he knows what he is talking about – he has been there.

Noteworthy

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Buffy goes to college. She starts drinking beer with some college guys. The beer makes the college guys regress to be cavemen. Kal Penn is a caveman.
  • Van Wilder – As Taj, Penn is under the tutelage of Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds tries to teach him how to rule the school.
  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle – This is my fav of Penn’s work. He and John Cho are so amazing together. The whole movie is worth the scene at the end where they are actually eating at White Castle. No one has ever shown that much joy and triumph with food before.
  • House – Big change for our comedian. He takes on one of the best medical dramas ever on TV.
  • How I Met Your Mother – As part of this ensemble, he completely holds his own with a pack of strong personalities and never gets lost in the shuffle.

What I love about L.A. and Washington, D.C. is that they’re almost the opposite of each other. L.A. is a very creative space while D.C. is a very cerebral space. So, they’re the ying and the yang in my world. I like them both for their own reasons.

-Kal Penn

Clint Howard

Clint Howard Born April 20, 1959   Clint Howard has been acting, small screen and large screen, since he was a child. His unique look, his acting chops, and the fact that he has been literally acting for his entire life makes Howard someone to look like whenever he...

will.i.am

will.i.am Born March 15, 1975   will.i.am musician, songwriter, music producer, actor, a founding member of The Black Eyed Peas - damn is he busy! If what I am is what's in me Then I'll stay strong - that's who I'll be And I will always be the best "me" that I can be....

Chris Farley

Chris Farley Born February 15, 1964   Chris Farley... I don't know where to start. I miss Chris Farley. He was funny as hell. He was as good a physical comedian as anyone ever saw. Noteworthy Saturday Night Live - Some of his skits on SNL are the funniest ever. They...

Logan

We have now seen our last film with Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine. Logan is the Story of Wolverine - in a time, in the future - he is dying and he is trying to help Professor X. Past the plot you have an outstanding performance by Hugh Jackman and newcomer Dafne Keen...

Good Riddance 2016

Good Riddance 2016 From a pop-culture perspective, 2016 sucked. We lost icon after icon in 2016 and at this point as I reflect on the year, it is really what I am focused on. Below is a brief list of some of the losses that stuck out to me. It is not all inclusive and...
James McAvoy

James McAvoy

James McAvoy

Born April 21, 1979

James McAvoy is a product of Scotland that we are glad got exported to our shores. He is such a good actor. Whether he is a superhero or a villain you realize that McAvoy is putting everything out there with each and every scene.

Noteworthy

  • The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe – I thought that Wanted was the first time that I had seen McAvoy in a movie. I was wrong. He was MR Tumnus, the Faun. Who knew?
  • Wanted – Love this movie. McAvoy was officially added to my list of actors that look like they could pull off the violence they were enacting. He moves well, if that makes any sense.
  • Prof X – X-men: First Class / X-Men: Days of Future Past / X-Men: Apocalypse – Not the biggest fan of this run of movies but I do like McAvoy as Prof X. In particular, he is splendid in First Class.
  • Victor Frankenstein – If you have not watched he and Radcliffe as Victor and Igor you are missing out. This is my new favorite version of this story.
  • Split – Haven’t watched it yet. It is on the list. I really can’t wait.
  • Atomic Blonde – Watched this recently. Gritty, Cold War era spy movie. McAvoy is gravely and wonderful.

I was brought up by my grandparents. So people go, ‘Oh, what was that like? That must have been hard.’ And you go: ‘No, it wasn’t.’ It was just completely actually normal because the new norm seems to be whatever you make of it, doesn’t it?

-James McAvoy

Aaron Eckhart

Aaron Eckhart Born March 12, 1968   Aaron Eckhart was one of the bright points for me in The Dark Knight. And while I enjoyed Heath Ledger as a lone terrorist in that movie, I really dug Eckhart's work in the film. Noteworthy Erin Brokovich - This was the first movie...

Top 5 Kevin Smith Movies

I have a bit of a problem when it comes to Kevin Smith projects. By projects, I am including any directing, writing, acting, podcast, whatever. I am a devotee. He cracks me up. Part of it is the fact that we are around the same age and have some of the same influences...

Top 5 Bill Paxton Movies

We lost an iconic actor in February of this year. As many have said if you saw Bill Paxton's name on something, it was going to be good. He brought a certain professionalism and depth to every character he played whether it was the leading role or part of the...

I Sell Comics

I Sell Comics is part of the SmodCo network of podcasts. Starring Mike and Ming, this podcasts has at its heart comic books but it covers any and every other topic that happens to cross the minds of the hosts. From interviews to ribbing the folks at Tell Em Steve...

Millie Bobby Brown

Millie Bobby Brown Born February 19, 2004   Millie Bobby Brown first dropped onto my radar as ELeven on Stranger Things. She is now on the list of actors and actresses that I will watch in anything. She has a presence that she should probably not have for a person her...
Clint Howard

Clint Howard

Clint Howard

Born April 20, 1959

Clint Howard has been acting, small screen and large screen, since he was a child. His unique look, his acting chops, and the fact that he has been literally acting for his entire life makes Howard someone to look like whenever he shows up in a movie.

Noteworthy

  • Star Trek (TOS) – Balok – Howard played an alien and an adversary to Kirk and the Enterprise.
  • Gentle Ben – This was the first place that I remember seeing Clint Howard. I saw it in reruns but I do remember my mom telling me that he was Opie’s brother off the Andy Griffith Show.
  • Tango & Cash – Howard has a brief cameo in this 80s action film.
  • Backdraft – Another cameo and you can see in his career that it has become a badge of honor having Clint Howard show up in your movie.
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me – He has one of the best running bits in all of these movies. The radar operator bit is a classic.

One of my earliest memories is being inside the recording studio and I see the shadow of a figure that looks an awful lot like Walt Disney. Then the door opened and Mr. Disney walked in and said, ‘Hi Clint.’ I won’t ever forget that.

-Clint Howard

Manimal

CBR.com had an article called: 15 CLASSIC SUPERHERO SHOWS THAT NEED TV REBOOTS. They covered a plethora of shows most of which I saw when they came out or at least caught them in reruns. There was something missing though. One show that came out in 1983 that was...

Christian Bale

Christian Bale - Born January 30, 1974 Christian Bale. People that know me well are probably surprised that I am celebrating him on his birthday. I am very outspoken about not liking him as Batman (certainly his most well-known role). If someone could tell me if it...

Martin Short

Martin Short Born March 26, 1950   I LOVE Martin Short. Noteworthy Three Amigos - One of my all-time favorite comedies. Short plays Ned, one of the Amigos. His physicality, wit, and delivery are all top notch in this movie. Comedy perfection. Innerspace - Fantastic...

Sean Astin

Sean Astin Born February 25, 1971   Sean Astin is, was, and will always be the leader of the Goonies for me. As a kid, hell right now, I would follow Mikey into the pits of hell to find One-Eyed Willy's treasure. I still pine for a Goonies 2 and I still want Brand to...

DL Hughley

DL Hughley Born March 6, 1963   DL Hughley first dropped onto my radar when he was part of the Original Kings of Comedy. I had probably seen him before that but this was my first exposure to his style of comedy, his perspective, and his brilliant mind. Noteworthy...
James Franco

James Franco

James Franco

Born April 19, 1978

James Franco has no problem stepping out to the comfortable into the shows of his role. He is an extraordinary actor, taking risk and all the while entertaining his audiences.

Noteworthy

  • Spider-Man – First thing that I saw Franco in. He is Harry Osborn the Green Goblin’s son and Peter’s best friend.
  • 127 Hours – An adventurous mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive. (IMDb.com) In other words, he cuts of his own arm to survive – based on a true story.
  • The Interview – Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show “Skylark Tonight”. When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission. (IMDb.com)
  • The Disaster Artist – The maybe true story of Tommy Wiseau making the movie The Room. Franco is the lead.

If the work is good, what does it matter? I’m doing it because I love it. Why not do as many things I love as I can? As long as the work is good.

-James Franco

Chris Parnell

Chris Parnell - Born February 5, 1967 I love Chris Parnell. He is like white wine vinegar, he brightens the whole recipe. He is like a chili pepper in the chili - you miss it when it is not there. He, much like Vince Vaughn should just make an appearance in every...

Ed Helms

Ed Helms - Born January 24, 1974 Ed Helms is one of my favorite performers alive today. I say, performer, because he is way more than just an actor. Whether he is improvising, singing, or acting, Ed Helms is one of those people that brings a smile to your face. As...

Robert Downey Jr

Robert Downey Jr Born April 4, 1965   Robert Downey Jr (RDJ from here on out) has become much more of an actor than in the 2.0 version of his career than he was during the original version. I don't think that he is necessarily a better actor but I think he has allowed...

Sean Astin

Sean Astin Born February 25, 1971   Sean Astin is, was, and will always be the leader of the Goonies for me. As a kid, hell right now, I would follow Mikey into the pits of hell to find One-Eyed Willy's treasure. I still pine for a Goonies 2 and I still want Brand to...

Tone Loc

Tone Loc Born March 3, 1966   Tone Loc was one of those iconic entertainers from my youth that I will never forget. His musical stylings fit the MTV generation that I grew up in and his beats are still rolling around in my head. Noteworthy Wild Thing & Funky Cold...