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

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...

Grab the EVOO

EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) is an acronym which causes me to visibly whence when I hear it uttered.  There are a few kitchen celebrities I abhor…..however Rachel Ray is one of them.  I have nothing against her per-se except the nauseating repetition with which she...

Jim Jefferies

Jim Jefferies Born February 14, 1977   Jim Jefferies not only is he my favorite Australian comedian, he is one of my favorite comedians... period. He is also a great writer, talk show host, etc. Noteworthy The Jim Jefferies Show - Jim Jefferies applies his own brand...

Amanda Plummer

Amanda Plummer Born March 23, 1957   Amanda Plummer never plays my favorite character in a movie but damn if she isn't always one of the most interesting actresses on the screen. Her passion for every role she plays shines through and she is memorable. Every single...

2017 Goodbye

2017 Goodbye - you took away a lot of our pop culture icons and we are mad at you for it. A brief in memoriam in no real order: Mary Tyler Moore 1936 - 2017 Mary Tyler Moore was an American actress, known for her roles in the television sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore...
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

Matt Mullenweg YOU are my hero!

Matt Mullenweg Matt Mullenweg was born on this date in 1984. And to him, I say: Matt Mullenweg YOU are my hero! From Wordpress to Polldaddy, he has been behind some of the coolest and most innovative pieces of technology that exist on the internet today Noteworthy...

Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm Born March 10, 1971   Jon Hamm played Don Draper with a huge amount of heart, passion, and a certain charisma that most actors strive for. Draper aside, Jon Hamm rocks! Noteworthy Mad Men - Don Draper was the first role that I ever saw Jon Hamm in. He was...

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis Born March 19, 1955   Bruce Willis is a part of pop-culture. From the Seagram's ads back in the 80s and Moonlighting to the Die Hard movies, he has shaped how we look at leading men and what those leading men can look like and what they can do on screen....

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,...

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...
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

Top 5 Labor Day Movies

I was originally going to do a Top 5 movies that revolved around Labor Day - that is harder to find than I thought it would be, People need to make more movies that revolve around Labor Day. It is a great holiday! A day off, the first holiday for most kids right after...

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...

Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele Born February 21, 1979   Jordan Peele is a truly funny guy. He is a truly talented guy. He is going to be around hopefully stretching his horror movie leanings for a long time to come. Noteworthy King of the Internet Short/Skit Show - Go look for Key and...

Jason Lee

Jason Lee Born April 25, 1970   Jason Lee has been someone I have watched in everything they have been in since I saw him in Mallrats back in the day. Love his acting style and love the way he approaches a character. Noteworthy Mallrats - Lee is Brodie. Brodie is Lee....

What if the Flintstones Were More Realistic?

Slate.com had a great review of DC Comics new version of The Flintstones. Gone is the goofy group of cave people that lived in a little town called bedrock. Wilma and Fred are still here but they are less like the Honey Mooners and more up to date in a 1 million year...
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

Rob Corddry

Rob Corddry - Born February 4, 1971 Rob Corddry is one funny guy. He is one of those comedians and actors that I will go search for anything he is in. I first ran across him watching the Daily Show and I have been a fan ever since. Noteworthy Hot Tub Time Machine -...

James Van Der Beek

James Van Der Beek Born March 8, 1977   James Van Der Beek showed up in my pop-culture worldview when he appeared in Varsity Blues. Since that movie, I have been a fan and will watch just about anything that Van Der Beek appears in. Noteworthy Varsity Blues - Varsity...

Walking Dead Season 7 Finale

This is something I haven't ever tried before. I am going to attempt to chronicle my reactions to the Season Finale of The Walking Dead. #TheWalkingDead - #TWDFinale The Music this season has been really good. From the choices when they were torturing Darryl to the...

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...

Stand Up Comedy

I am kind of a stand up comedy nerd. Not only do I enjoy listening to and watching comedians, I really love learning about how they build their acts, how they craft their material, how they juxtapose their words - all of it! All of the stuff that goes into the show....
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

Michael Rapaport

Michael Rapaport Born March 20, 1970   Michael Rapaport has been around since 1990 as part of our pop-culture. Starting with China Beach, he has appeared on TV, on the big screen, been pumped into your ear on his own podcast and is a documentarian in his own right....

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...

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis Born March 19, 1955   Bruce Willis is a part of pop-culture. From the Seagram's ads back in the 80s and Moonlighting to the Die Hard movies, he has shaped how we look at leading men and what those leading men can look like and what they can do on screen....

Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood - Born January 28, 1981 Elijah Wood, Frodo to some, Noteworthy The Good Son - This might have been one of the first movies that I remember Elijah Wood in. He played the protagonist to the very evil Macaulay Culkin. Love this movie. If it is not in your...

Elton John

Elton John Born March 25, 1947   Since the 1960s, Elton John has been creating the soundtrack, the musical feeling of our pop-culture. From pop hits such as Crocodile Rock to taking his hits about Marilyn Monroe and re-writing them for Princess Diana, he is one of the...