Jay Chandrasekhar

Jay Chandrasekhar

Jay Chandrasekhar

Born April 9, 1968

Love Jay Chandrasekhar and all things Broken Lizard. Whether he is rolling with that crew, doing stand up, or producing movies on his own – Chandrasekhar always brings the funny.

Noteworthy

  • Super Troopers – director/actor – This was the first Broken Lizard movie that I watched. Also, the first movie that I saw Chandrasekhar act in. This is an annual watch for me.
  • The Dukes of Hazzard – director/actor – I know that a lot of critics did not like this movie but they are wrong. It is funny, it is inventive, and it is completely rewatchable.
  • Beerfest – director/actor – Same kind of style as Super Troopers and a lot of the same people make an appearance. I watch this movie for the last scene when they are chugging beer versus the Germans.
  • Psych – director – If you have ever listened to our podcast – Procrs10ation – then you know how much I love this show. I am going to have to go back and just watch the episodes that Chandrasekhar directed.
  • Community – director – Again, terrific show and I had no idea that Chandrasekhar directed some of the episodes. Gonna have to find them and stream them. Hulu here I come.
  • The Goldbergs – director – This is currently my favorite show on television. Knowing that Chandrasekhar had a hand in some of the episodes makes me happy.
  • Super Troopers 2 – director/actor – I am so thrilled to revisit this world. Many years later revisiting these characters is going to be perfect and I for one say: Take My Money.

Everybody wants to make more movies. You see any movie, and it’s just a feat of human strength and perseverance. It is a brutally challenging business.

-Jay Chandrasekhar

Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell Born March 17, 1951   Damn, I love Kurt Russell. He is one of my favorite actors. I don't know that I have seen everything he is in but it is not for lack of trying. Below is a very brief recount of some of my favs. Noteworthy Escape from New York - 80s...

Michael B Jordan

Michael B Jordan Born February 9, 1987   Michael B Jordan is one of those actors that has already made a huge impact early in his career. From working with Sly Stallone on Creed to being in his second Marvel Comics Movie (Black Panther) you can bet that we will just...

Like a C5 Like a C5 Rocket

On this day, 1962, NASA made a big announcement. They said they were gonna rocket it Like a C5 Like a C5 Rocket. Ok, forgive my bit of punniness, but I am and always have been a fan of the US Space Agency, NASA. In 1962 they did announce that they were going to create...

Geena Davis

Geena Davis - Born January 21, 1956 I love and admire Genna Davis. She is an amazing actress and thoughtful human being, and one of those people that I think it would be fun to break-bread with. Just picking her brain on the topics of the day would be mind-blowing....

Why is Everyone Hating on Suicide Squad

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Christian Finnegan

Christian Finnegan

Christian Finnegan

Born Aril 1, 1973

New York native Christian Finnegan is a brilliant stand up comedian. Ad to that his acting chops and his writing abilities and you have someone at home in front of the cameras or on a stage. A matter-of-fact delivery and satirical style are his calling cards all the while taking jabs at everything from politics to pop-culture.

Noteworthy

  • Chappelle’s Show – This was the first thing that I saw Finnegan in. He played the only white roommate on Chappelle’s take on The Real World.
  • Are We There Yet? – Finnegan plays the recurring role of Martin on this series that is a spin-off from the movie of the same name.
  • The Jim Gaffigan Show – Just to show that Finnegan truly is the man he has been on the Jim Gaffigan show. Just sayin’.

The thing is – I’m not an idiot. I’m rather intelligent, as proven by the fact that I just used the word ‘rather’ in a sentence.

-Christian Finnegan

Tell Em Steve-Dave

Tell em Steve-Dave! That is the sign off to one of my favorite podcasts. The sign off to one of the downloads that I wait on each and every week. Hosted by Bryan Johnson, Walt Flanagan and Brian Quinn, this is potentially the best podcast on the SmodCo Network - sorry...

Why Do I Watch

Why do I watch... the Superbowl As another season draws towards the big game and my team didn't make it past the playoffs… again (sigh), I look back on my favorite professional sport and ask myself: “Why the hell do I like this game again?” The longer that I watch...

Zooey Deschanel Triple Threat

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Clark Gregg

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Sara Gilbert

Sara Gilbert - Born January 29, 1975 Sara Gilbert - I remember watching her a spunky kid on Roseanne. Watching her grow up on a show that I didn't watch all the time. Seeing her pop back up years later on The Big Bang Theory and then seeing her really take the...
Paul Reiser

Paul Reiser

Paul Reiser

Born March 30, 1957

Paul Reiser has helped to shape our popular culture through his comedy, his writing, his roles in movies or television. Whether you are enjoying Reiser trading quips with a talk show host or appearing on the large or small screen, Reiser’s own views and way of telling a story shine through.

Noteworthy

  • Aliens – Reiser was Burke in Aliens. While this is not my favorite part of the Aliens franchise I did dig Paul Reiser in this role.
  • My Two Dads – This is the first thing that I ever saw Paul Reiser in. I loved this show. It was a typical 80s sitcom. It had some very funny parts and tried to wing a little drama at you from time to time.
  • Mad About You – Potentially this is Resier most famous role. He was Paul Buchman for the full 162 episodes opposite the always amazing Helen Hunt. Great 90s sitcom that again had a little drama to go along with the funny.
  • Stranger Things – This is one of the best things that Netflix has ever turned out. Resier is Dr Sam Owens on the show. If you have not reached this point in Resier career… stop reading this and go watch Stranger Things.

And after you’ve done the acting, there’s a lot of places you can put your input – in the editing, in the production of it, in the rewriting of it and so on.

-Paul Reiser

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...

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Born February 17, 1981   Joseph Gordon-Levitt just keeps getting more interesting and broadening his artistic sights. It seems as if there is nothing that he will not try and when he tries it... well he rocks it. Noteworthy Snowden - JGL take son...

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...

Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks Born February 10, 1974   Elizabeth Banks is one of those truly funny people in Hollywood. On top of that, she is a director and a producer. Banks is going to be pushing the envelope and setting the trend in Hollywood for a long time. Noteworthy Pitch...

Leprechaun – Some Light St Patrick’s Day Viewing

Leprechaun (1993) is a horror comedy and the first in the series of Leprechaun movies. Leprechaun - some light St Patrick's Day viewing - is one of those movies that you love because of its innate poor quality and thin plot. The fact that it is also one of Jennifer...
Vince Vaughn

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 through the scene and wave at the camera. We need more Vince Vaughn. Vaughn delivers fast-paced dialogue better than anyone else. I am going to try and include some of the snippets from the movies below just for reference. I bet you can hear him speaking the lines.

Noteworthy

  • Swingers – This was the first major motion picture that I remember seeing Vaughn in. I can sum this movie up with one line: Baby, that was money! Tell me that wasn’t money.
  • Clay Pigeons – Vaughn as Lester the Molester: Some people just need-NEED-killing.
  • Psycho – No dialogue from this one. This movie a few others are proof of just how talented an actor Vaughn is. It takes someone special to step into Anthony Perkins shoes.
  • Dodgeball – The stripper was meant to be congratulatory.
  • Anchorman – What, you guys can’t say one thing? Even the guy that can’t think said something. You guys just stand there? Come on.
  • Wedding Crashers – Yeah, it could have been the soft mattress. Or the midnight rape. Or the nude gay art show that took place in my room. One of those probably added to the lack of sleep.

My father came from nothing, so he believed that people could do anything if they worked hard enough. I think he liked that I chose to be an actor. Both he and my mom were totally supportive.

-Vince Vaughn

Christopher Walken

Christopher Walken Born March 31, 1943   Christopher Walken is one of those actors that you look for in a movie, that you hope will pop up in a cameo for no good reason. Walken improves any film he makes an appearance in. His quirky nature, his odd delivery of lines...

Cobie Smulders

Cobie Smulders Born April 3, 1982   Cobie Smulders is a comedic genius. Impeccable timing, great delivery and able to hold her own with heavyweights like Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Segel. Did I mention she is the head of SHIELD in the MCU as well? Noteworthy How I...

Where did all the good commercials go?

I was flipping through the Netflix the other day and ran across Video Games: The Movie. It was a really good documentary on the history, purpose, and culture of gaming. While I was watching it the Atari issue of E.T. The Extraterrestrial The Game was brought up. If...

Matthew Broderick

Matthew Broderick Born March 21, 1962   Matthew Broderick has been a part of our popular culture for years. If you start with War Games, he has been making movies that put him the public eye since 1983. The list below is a little longer than normal but his body of...

Thor: Ragnarok – Trailer Number 1

We have been waiting a few years for a new Thor movie. Thor: Ragnarok - Trailer Number 1 has dropped and damn... Take My Money! Watch it then read on. Just to clear it up for all the geeks that are not as...
Martin Short

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 Voyage meets the late 80s. Martin SHort and Dennis Quiad don’t even share the same scenes that often but they have such a fun chemistry in this movie. I am looking forward to re-visiting this one.
  • Jiminy Glick – Almost horrible and almost un-loveable, Glick has the interviewing bed-side-manner of a hammer wrapped in black licorice. That being said he is a train wreck that is hard to turn away from.
  • I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend – This is a wonderful snapshot of Martin Short’s life. I listened to the audio version of this, which he read, if you are a fan of audio books – get this one.

I think I’m funny because my family, my siblings were funny.

-Martin Short

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...

Thor: Ragnarok – Trailer Number 1

We have been waiting a few years for a new Thor movie. Thor: Ragnarok - Trailer Number 1 has dropped and damn... Take My Money! Watch it then read on. Just to clear it up for all the geeks that are not as...

Ian Clarke

Ian Clarke Born February 16, 1977   Ian Clarke is the creator and lead desgner on a project called Freenet. FreeNet "Freenet is a peer-to-peer platform for censorship-resistant communication. It uses a decentralized distributed data store to keep and deliver...

Lego the World’s Largest Manufacturer

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Gene Wilder – You Will Be Missed

We lost a star in the comedy firmament on August 29, 2016. I thought about getting this article out the day e passed but I wanted to make sure I had time to think about what I wanted to write, how I wanted to pay tribute, so I waited. All of that being said, Gene...