Wednesday, December 30, 2009

another marathon i can get behind

On SciFi. Which I refuse to spell the new lame way.
Starting at 8am going until 3am Saturday morning. Fuck yeah.

Um, ok.

'Saturday Night Live' announces hosts

Charles Barkley and Sigourney Weaver will host the first two new episodes of Saturday Night Live in 2010. The basketball legend, who previously hosted the show back in 1993, will guest on the Jan. 9 show, with Alicia Keys providing the music. On Jan. 16, Weaver, currently appearing in Avatar, will host along with The Ting Tings.

I like The Ting Tings...but the rest of those choices are ok at best.
When are they going to have someone awesome and/or hilarious host?
Aziz? Michael Cera? Anyone?

I know that ridiculous movie the Tooth Fairy is coming out in January so let me predict another hosting attempt by Dwayne Johnson. Great.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

good idea

Let's never speak of 2009 again

Monday, December 28, 2009

my kind of marathon

NBC is showing 4 episodes of my beloved Community tonight from 8 to 10.
Record it you guys!

oh hi tom waits.

First he collaborates with Atmosphere on last year’s When Life Gives you Lemons… and now Tom Waits is lending his growl to N.A.S.A.’s “Spacious Thoughts,” (alongside Kool Keith no less). How long before we can expect a full length Hip Hop record from the old man? You gotta hand it to him though, he knows how to pick em’. N.A.S.A. (North America/South America) is the partnership of soon-to-be superstars American DJ Squeak E. Clean (Sam Spiegel) and Brazilian DJ Zegon (Ze Gonzales). The duo utilizes a shared love of old school Brazilian funk to create masterfully crafted hip hop beats, and have partnered with a huge number of serious talents for their upcoming record. “Spacious Thoughts” presents a meeting of two of America’s most eccentric musical personalities in Waits and Keith. The union proves that not only does Dr. Dooom still have it, but Tom Waits can actually rap (sort of). He mostly grumbles/sings through his parts in his typical style (but come on, no one really wants to hear Tom Waits yes y’alling and shouting out to his homies). The backing beat is a pretty funky brass jam, but really only window dressing for Waits and Keith doing what they do best: being oddball geniuses.

via CultureBully

N.A.S.A. wiki

love from Questlove

The Root's new music release, “Sandwiches,” was released on the Web by drummer Questlove. The collection is named after the songs played during commercial breaks; the Roots have composed over 1,000 of these numbers since their gig began back in March. In honor of the benchmark, Questlove took to his Twitter account and tweeted downloads to 22 songs. All The Way Live, a music blog dedicated to live performances, assembled the songs into the EP. Highlights include collaborations with George Benson, who jams alongside The Roots on Benson’s classic “Breezing,” and “Spain,” featuring the song’s composer Chick Chorea on piano.

One noticeable absence: Black Thought, the band’s MC, doesn’t rap on any of the tracks. Still, “Sandwiches” gives listeners a chance to hear The Roots in a fresh way and should hold over die-hard fans until the band releases its next full-length album, “How I Got Over,” slated for February 2010.

FREE Download: The Roots “Sandwiches” EP

as i have mentioned 30,000 times before, please be watching Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
it's the best.
also, follow Questlove on Twitter.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

kiss off

nick kroll interview

Nylon Guys Magazine January 2010
Comedy of Errors
by Dan Crane
photographed by Lauren Dukoff

Funnyman Nick Kroll got his break on one of the worst TV shows ever. Now look at him.

Comedian Nick Kroll could be 2009's poster boy for alt comedy if he believed in terms like alt comedy, which he doesn't. Kroll is in that sweet spot that any funnyman perennially busting his ass always dreams of occupying. He's a regular on the Los Angeles circuit, frequently doing stand up playing characters at Upright Citizens Brigade and Largo. He wrote and starred in tow of the funniest videos on "Rich Dicks," now being developed into a TV show, and "The Ed Hardy Boyz," which even Christian Audigier (the designer it contemptuously parodies) loved. Kroll has minor roles in Judd Apatow's upcoming Get Him to the Greek, as well as in Date Night with Steve Carell and Tina Fey. He lends a voice to HBO's animated comedy The Life & Times of Tim, and now he's co-starring on The League, FX's raunchy and hilarious new comedy about a group of dudes who obsess over fantasy football. I can't help but wonder: How does this guy even have time to have lunch with me?

Nevertheless, over an heirloom tomato, peach and burrata salad at Cube restaurant in Hollywood, Kroll -- who insists he's not a foodie ("I don't have the mental capacity for anything more than comedy") -- is spinning an inspiring tale of hard work finally paying off.

The story begins with the workshops Kroll took at the UCB Theater in New York City while he was a freshman at Georgetown University. He continued doing shows at UCB, wrote for MTV's Human Giant, and lent bits of snarky commentary to several of VH1's Most Awesomely Bad countdown shows. Then his wildest dreams came true. Sort of.

"I came out here [to L.A.] for the Emmy-winning television show Caveman," he jokes, referring to the critically lambasted sitcom based on the Geico commercials. "We shot the 12 episodes, and it took off. It was huge. I chose that we shouldn't do any more. We should just go out on top like Seinfeld. The network and the public and the critics agreed...." He laughs. The show was canceled after six episodes and had the dubious honor of landing on the Chicago Tribune's list of the top 25 worst TV shows ever.

Sure, Kroll, now 31, landed his first starring role in a sitcom that tanked miserably, but it got him out to L.A. (and got him on The View, which is one of the funniest bits of television you'll ever see -- find it on YouTube). More importantly, it gave him the network stamp of legitimacy. In other words: "This guy is bona fide," he explains. "He is certifiably willing to get four hours of makeup put on every morning to then be completely thrashed by the critics."

Kroll's new show, The League, looks much more promising. It's an improvised, single-camera ensemble sitcom in the style of Curb Your Enthusiasm. "The story they tell is that Jeff Schaffer [the show's creator, who also wrote for Seinfeld and Curb] was in three fantasy football leagues, and his wife was like, "If you're gonna spend your time doing this, you better make some money on it."

Kroll is part of a cast that includes Mark Duplass, from indie cult hit The Puffy Chair, and Human Giant's Paul Scheer. Having so many funny, talented guys to work with, says Kroll, gives the show its color. "You've got Steve [Rannazzisi], who is, like, a man, a guy, a real dude. I'm, like, half dude, maybe quarter dude," he says, offering me a bite of potted duck on warm farro with pomegranate ("You've gotta try this -- amazing"), underscoring, perhaps intentionally, his lack of dudeness.

Kroll loves the collaborative nature of the show, and he attributes much of his recent success to just being part of a peer group that supports one another. "It's all about being available and being open to this ability to achieve things," he says, then adds self-deprecatingly, "that sounds like a fucking self-help group."

Does the born-and-bred New Yorker see himself living in L.A. five years down the line?

"That depends where the primo coke is, you know?"

Friday, December 25, 2009

It's Christmas time in Hollis Queens

merry christmas

i plan on spending some of my day with these 3.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

it's true

I don't exist

season finale


this is the coolest clock i've ever seen.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

1981? what?

Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go album by Soft Cell

how is this song like 29 years old?
how is it that i will never get tired of it?

this wasn't necessary, but i'm in.

i hate myself for liking this.

fun fact: jigga charged the trailer company a million bucks to use that song. bananas.

i hate this

Tim and Susan Sarandon can't break up! This makes me lose faith in humanity. Ugh.

Susan Sarandon & Longtime Love Tim Robbins Split

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


“I don’t remember a time when I didn’t wanna be a police officer. Apart from the summer of 1979 when I wanted to be Kermit the Frog.”
— Nicholas Angel

"If you don't love the movie Hot Fuzz you are a total moron."
- Nicole D.

Monday, December 21, 2009

i don't get

why more people don't love this...

watch Showtime

Ronna and Beverly will be there!

NY Magazine interview with Don Glover

or as his twitter account reads: donglover
or as i like to refer to him as: his royal cuteness

New York Magazine November 29, 2009
Overachiever: Donald Glover

by Amos Barshad
photo by Matt Carr/Getty Images

At just 26, Donald Glover is a YouTube sensation (with his five-person comedy troupe, Derrick) and a veteran of the vaunted 30 Rock writers’ room and has a role on NBC’s Community as the dim-witted ex-jock Troy. Next up: Mystery Team, Derrick’s self-financed first feature—which Glover, for good measure, also scored. He spoke with Amos Barshad.

When did all this hyperactivity begin?

I went to a performing-arts-type school that my mom made me go to—she thought it was safer than my district school. I auditioned with a monologue from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off -- the ending speech that Cameron gives. I did that, and I sang a Boyz II Men song. Luckily, the guy I was auditioning for was a big Boyz II Men–Ferris Bueller fan.

What are the odds? And then right after graduating from New York University, you got hired to write for 30 Rock?

Yeah. I literally had my R.A. pager go off the first day of work. I had no money. That summer before I got the job, if I wasn’t at my dorm, I was in the psychological wing of NYU, doing some sort of test for $200. If you were lucky, it was just questions. But sometimes it’d be like, “Okay, put these goggles on and look at this light for a half an hour.” Then I got an e-mail out of nowhere from one of the producers. I was doing a lot of improv at UCB Theatre and other places, and my name got passed around.

You wrote a lot for Tracy Morgan’s character. How was that?

The first day I met him, I had a small Afro, and he was like, "You know, if you want to get dreads, you should get your girl pregnant and put the placenta in your hair." And I was like, "What the fuck... are you talking about?" But from that point on, I thought, Any brain that can make that up needs to be studied.

How did you land Community?

I auditioned, but I didn’t think it was going to go anywhere. Not that I didn’t like it, I just thought they’d want a good-looking, hunky, football-player-y white dude. I was more focused on my stand-up because I had just quit 30 Rock.

Wait -- you quit 30 Rock before being cast on Community?

Oh, yeah. I was really getting into stand-up, and I wanted to write more. I was unemployed for six days.

Impressive. So Mystery Team is essentially an Encyclopedia Brown spoof -- three kids who used to solve mysteries like “Who stole the cookies?” grow up and try to solve murders with the same techniques they used as kids. How did Derrick raise the money for the film?

A lot of it came from YouTube dollars -- they set up a revenue program [for people who produce extraordinarily popular videos]. Also we produced online commercials for Clearasil.

What do you see for Derrick in the future?

I honestly hope we become something like Pixar [laughs].

Anybody else, I’d laugh too.

QT's list

i know i'm a week late posting this, but i was secretly waiting for an updated video to surface...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

you guys,

why is the movie Gran Torino so underrated?


to be an asshole everyone, but wasn't brittany murphy like a huge druggie?

shitter was full


i so very much just loved that digital short.

and i'm so simultaneously in love with kristen wiig and james franco.

yes. here it is.

it just occured to me that this won't be as funny to people who don't or haven't watched Yo Gabba Gabba!
too bad for you.

Friday, December 18, 2009

thom means business

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is no tourist in the climate activism world — he’s defended fair trade, campaigned for Friends of the Earth, edited a climate change edition of the Observer, and sought to make Radiohead’s tours low carbon affairs. And now he’s come to Copenhagen, just hours before a possible agreement, determined to find reason for optimism — and perhaps set world leaders straight.

I spoke to the head Radiohead yesterday, shortly after he emerged from a meeting with the UK environment minister Ed Milliband, looking as harried and caveman-like than ever.

Article continues at

via Losanjealous

Thursday, December 17, 2009

major potential

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Iron Man 2 Trailer Now Online! -

The Iron Man 2 Trailer Now Online! -

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james franco

is adorable.

good times

a few of my highlights from the CDR Xmas Nativity Pageant:

Don Draper and Paul Kinsey stopped by. Hubba hubba.

Real live episode of Between Two Ferns with an audience member/winning bidder on the Zach Ebay auction and Ben Stiller.

Paul F. Tompkins introducing Tenacious D, just like the good ol' days.

And The D.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009


happy golden globe nominations day.

hope the HFPA doesn't screw things up too bad this year.

jane lynch is nominated so i'm already semi-satisfied.

Full list of nominations here

a few things:

Dear HFPA,


Monday, December 14, 2009

ding dong. router. netflix. what?

sorry SNL haters, i think this is funny.


this 60 minutes profile is long and good and that's what he said.

Watch CBS News Videos Online

how can you not love him?

love letters

of great men volume 1....yep. the same book carrie is reading is Sex and the City. go ahead and judge. i like SATC. i am a living, breathing cliché!

i woke up thinking of one of my favorite letters from the man who has a complex named after him.

My dearest Josephine -- I awaken
full of you. Between your portrait
and the memory of our intoxicating
night, my senses have had no
respite. Sweet and incomparable
Josephine, what is this bizarre
effect you have upon my heart? What
if you were to by angry? What if I
were to see you sad or troubled?
Then my soul would be shattered by
distress. Then your lover could
find no peace, no rest. But I find
none, either, when I succumb to the
profound emotion that overwhelms me,
when I draw up from your lips, from
your heart, a flame that consumes
me. You will be leaving the city at
noon. But I shall see you in three
hours. Until then, mio dolce amor,
I send you a thousand kisses -- but
send me none in return, for they set
my blood on fire.

I mean really. The dude just basically killed it for every other man that tried to put a pen to paper. That letter is so perfect. And the bitch cheated on him.

upon a google search i found this screenwriter who blogged about Kubrick's Napoleon that is very interesting....
if you're into that sort of thing.


listening to a lot of bob dylan and watching the movie one fine day every time it's on.
(which is a lot/now).

also: life, you can do me a favor and stop torturing me.

and: while we're on the subject of complaining (always), let's compare last years' award season movies to this years'.
what a fucking joke.
i miss 2008.

Friday, December 11, 2009

new favorite song

you smell like beef and cheese, you don't smell like Santa

oh yeah, is kind of great.

oh the pain

The UCB theatre and Comedy Death Ray are doing an Ebay auction to raise money for the LA Food Bank.

In addition to bidding on things like an autographed script of The Office, spending the day with Brody Stevens, and performing on Assscat! there is the one prize to rule them all:

Comedy Death-Ray 2010 FRONT OF LINE PASS

Go to the front of the line at EVERY SHOW in 2010!

You are bidding on two tickets to EVERY Comedy Death-Ray show in 2010 - along with FRONT OF LINE or RESERVED SEATING status!

Winner will receive two tickets, as well as either a pass to skip to the front of the line, or the seats of their choice RESERVED, for every CDR show in the new year!

never ever, in the history of time has there ever been anything more tailor made for anyone.
I would dieeeeeeeeeeee for this.
It's literally all I can think about, and I'm having a bit of a meltdown.
If only I were a normal functioning adult with a job and/or a credit card.

My favorite part is that the dude who won last year got announced at CDR this week and I recognized him but he is FOR SURE not at every show like I am. Bastard didn't even use all of his tickets.

I don't usually like to type this but FML.

this pretty much sucks

'Flight of the Conchords' ending run

Thursday, December 10, 2009

oh andy daly

you are magical.

thanks for showing me this VicHop.


Portishead song!
it benefits Amnesty and your ears!

Portishead have released a brand new track - 'Chase the Tear' for Amnesty International.

It's now available as an exclusive download single from 7 digital with all earnings going towards Amnesty's human rights work.

First aired on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show on 9 December, the track is out just in time for international human rights day on 10 December.

And if you were wondering - 'Chase the Tear' is a reference to a paper tear-style 'tear', not a tear from an eye!

via Pitchfork

random side note: in perfect Nicole dream fantasy land Beth Gibbons would be at my beck and call to sing me to sleep when i needed it.


Give me my heart back, because you have STOLEN IT.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

best card ever

saw this at Skylight Books and i think it's pretty great.

i love the 80s

sometimes a girl just needs to listen to this song and have dancey dance time.
don't judge.

nick kroll...

i lovehimsomuch

Monday, December 7, 2009

i am so there.


if i missed a call from Christian Slater and on top of it he dropped a line from Heathers on my machine i would murder myself.

via: Best Week Ever.

Sunday, December 6, 2009


um. ok. so this is happening.
there are still tickets available if you happen to be made of money and $275 is no biggie.

as for me, i will keep CDRing and seeing the same people for $5 a week.

Saturday, December 5, 2009


this Comedy Death Ray video is like a month old but i shall post it now because it is December and i am no longer anti-holidays.
the tree is up.

Do They Know It's Christmas? from Scott Aukerman on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

eye candy

i loved this movie.

and colin firth's house is John Lautner's Schaffer Residence, which only added the the beauty.
seriously, every single shot looked like it could've been part of a Vogue spread.

oh, and i got to see it introduced by Tom Ford.
no big deal. i was just in the same room with the hottest man alive.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

listen and repeat

Battlefield Vietnam - 10 - All Day And All Of The Night - The Kinks

if this song doesn't make you dance, tap a foot, or do some kind of a head nod you are a fool.

andy samberg, ilovehimsomuch

this is pretty great

sidebar: i would do literally anything for a job at the soup. even if it was like, putting the pomade in joel's hair. scratch. especially if it was putting the pomade in joel's hair.

for real?

forgive me for the blurry blackberry picture but check that shit out!
i know the today show is 4 hours long (!) but in the description for todays' today it lists "how to cook everything".
wait what?
you guys are going to give your viewers instructions on how to cook every food in the world?
i mean, wow.
and we get an interview with steven seagal on top of that. jackpot.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

beetle drink?

today, upon watching this for the bazillionth time i realized a few things.

i like 2009 alec baldwin way better than 1988 alec baldwin.

catherine o'hara is amazing.
duh, i already knew that.

this movie is flawless.
wait, i already knew that.

doc love

this movie is so heartbreakingly good and it's heartbreaking bullshit that it got cut from the Oscar shortlist.

But at least we have the Spirit Awards, they nominated it today and it's most likely gonna win. hopefully the band will play at the ceremony.

please watch Anvil! The Story of Anvil if you haven't yet.

also left off of the list: It Might Get Loud, This is it, and The September Issue.




The YAS Hotel in Abu Dhabi was recently completed, and its curvilinear grid-shell which is covered with over 5,300 diamond-shaped steel panels, containing nearly 5000 LED fixtures is being announced as the world’s largest LED project controlled through RDM (Remote Device Management).

sadly i will never get to see this fantastic hotel in real life since i have no plans to visit Abu Dhabi. Ever.
I say build one of these bad boys in Vegas where it clearly belongs.

read more @ the contemporist

yay mindy!

this is all kinds of good news:

"The Office" scribes Brent Forrester and Mindy Kaling are looking to boost their self-esteem with a bigscreen project at Mandate Pictures.

The duo have set up "The Low Self Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie" with the team behind "Juno" and will pen the original romantic comedy, which will be produced by John Malkovich via his Mr. Mudd shingle. Mandate and Mr. Mudd collaborated on "Juno."

Story centers on a woman whose lack of self-worth has limited her choice in men to losers. Just as she is about to hit the bottom of the barrel, her life takes an unexpected turn when she is pursued by the hottest guy ever.

Kaling, who is also an "Office" cast member, will play a supporting role.

'Office' pair team for film

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you had me at tater tots

Grill 'Em All Hits Streets December

i wasn't especially interested in this article about a new burger truck until i read this:

In addition to burgers look for H-100’s (cheddar and jack filled, panko-crusted tater tots), the Molly Hatchet (seared fennel sausage gravy, bacon, and a maple syrup drizzle), and, not sure the musical connection but, fries with truffle oil.


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