Archive for February, 2009

Crush of the Moment: The Men of Basic Cable, Part 1

February 26, 2009

Hey Jamie,

I’ve been wanting to do this post for some time, but now that I’m up and running, I don’t have much to say. I love a good hour long, Discovery Channel style show. And those big wigs at the cable stations really know how to appeal to both men (straight and gay ones love the manliness for different reasons) and women (minus our lesbian friends).

Here’s a few of my favorites. Who are yours? mikerowe

First up, Mike Rowe host of Discovery’s Dirty Jobs. Also helps that he has a speaking voice that could melt butter, and panties.

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Movie: The Long Green Line

February 23, 2009

Marc,

You know I’m not athletic in any way.  As a child, I wished I had some natural aptitude for organized sports (unfortunately rollerblading didn’t count) or had the drive to work at it until I excelled.  I didn’t.  Despite this, I signed up for cross country in junior high. I hated every tortuous minute of it.  My only goals were to finish the race without puking and post a better time than the bitch who was, I felt unrightfully, dating the cutest boy in my class.  Usually that meant I only had to come in fifth from last.  Lofty aspirations, indeed.  Knowing how much I despise running, I’m sure you’re wondering why I bothered with Cross Country at all.  I did it because EVERYONE did.  Our town is a running town.

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Give You All My Lovin’

February 19, 2009

Marc,

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Legs

When I was a kid, I thought ZZ Top was a stupid, stupid band.  I could not get past their facial hair long enough to care about anything else.  Sure, I thought the videos were cool.  The hot rod alone could keep me watching.  Add in the “beautiful” women with fishnets and awesome high heeled shoes?  It seemed so glamorous to 7 year old me.  I wanted nothing more than to grow up and be one of those video girls.  The music?  Whatever.  I never got that far. I usually muted MTV the moment I saw one of those damn beards.

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In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure-dome decree…

February 19, 2009

Wow Jamie,

Where has the time gone. We’ve both been so super busy,  and complete shutdown from this depressing economy has got me, for one, feeling lazy. Too lazy to blog.

But I did manage to move my satin shorts wearing butt out the door long enough to catch the Chicago tour stop of Xanadu: The Musical.

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I went with Brad’s HS BFF Cara and our pals Justin and Jake who have a disturbing knowledge of showtunes. But I’m sure my knowledge of every Prince song released and unreleased keeps them up at night as well. I’m not going to get into a review. You’re either going to get it or not. See it or not. No debate. But if you were a fan of the original 80’s film, definitely check it out. Everyone’s in on the joke and the music is great!  More than anything, seeing Xanadu really got me thinking back though to what I consider one of the biggest signs that I was going to be a big old homo.

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The Curious Case of the Feel-Good Underdog Indie

February 9, 2009

Hey Jamie,

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So have you seen Slumdog Millionaire? I’m guessing yes since it seems everyone has but me. Now, you know I’m not one of the motivated ones that goes and sees all the Oscar nominees.  I’m lucky if  I get to see 1/3rd of the main films. But I still want to have a say here.  What’s with the obligatory feel-good underdog front runner every year? I’m sitting here watching the BAFTA‘s and Brad and I are rolling our eyes at Slumdog winning every single award, even the ones that should obviously go to well crafted movies like Dark Knight and Ben Button.  Is it a natural instinct in Hollywood to build up the big ones just to watch them fall? Or is it that we all need to feel good so much that we’ll raise up a “good” movie to “great” if it makes us weep?

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The Epiphany

February 5, 2009

Marc,

I'm Angry

He's angry too!

The election and subsequent hoopla have been the catalyst for a personal epiphany.

I discovered I’m intolerant.

I’m not proud.  Actually, I’m pretty ashamed.  I know my mother raised me better.  I could easily keep this flaw to myself.  I don’t need to open myself up for the criticism, but I want to know how I can go back to a place where I’m feeling less–what’s the word?–oh yeah–hateful.  I’m scary-old-man-neighbor-with-crazy-eyebrows angry.

I wasn’t always.  As a matter of fact, I used to be reasonably tolerant.  Like, hippie tolerant (without the patchouli and ugly clothes).  I even welcomed differing opinions. Back in the day, the strategies for both political parties actually made sense to me.  I voted for John McCain in the 2000 primary for god’s sake!  I might have thought people who disagreed with me were crazy, but it was a good healthy crazy, not a crazy crazy.  Now I think they’re insane… and that they couldn’t possibly live in the same world I live in.

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Plug

February 4, 2009

I just got done recording 2 episodes of the popular gay podcast PNS Explosion, filling in for the far more talented Rob Lindley. Enjoy, if you like extreme gayness. 

PNS Explosion with guest Moose

Crush of the Moment: Robbie Williams

February 4, 2009

Jamie,

Robbie in a tankI’m going completely Old School with this one. Robbie. Mmmm Robbie. You know how you and I have obsessed on Robbie over the years. We loved him when he was just going solo, right after Take That. I still can’t believe I missed the chance when he did his industry only tour when The Ego Has Landed first came out and we got and invite to see him play The Metro. What was I thinking!?

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What’s So Funny?

February 3, 2009

Marc,

laughingI think you and I are hilarious.  Nobody makes me laugh as hard as you.  When we get together, we’re like silly school girls (and it usually has nothing to do with your plaid skirt). But do you think we’re actually funny or we just have a weird sort of compatibility?  Can you take our funny out on the road and have it still be relevant? I’ve noticed people on the fringe of our conversations staring at us like we’re crazy. There have been countless people in the service industry over the years that we’ve tried to make laugh, to no avail.  Clearly they don’t understand our humor, but does that make us unfunny or them unfunny?

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Quick Rant: Is S.N.L. racist? I’m just asking

February 2, 2009

Ellen CleghorneI’m not the only one to think this, right? I know others have thought this before. I know others have written about this before, but still, it goes on. From Garrett Morris to Eddie Murphy to Chris Rock to Kenan Thompson, SNL has always tossed in the token African American actor just enough to escape critisism. But its always been obvious to me: Lorne Michaels, you’re kind of a racist, right? I know there’ve been rare seasons where African American actors have overlapped: Tim Meadows and Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy and Ellen Cleghorn, and if we’re stretching it, Maya Rudolf and Kenan Thompson. But overall, African Americans have been highly underappreciated on this 30 year plus show.

What got me going was watching Make Em Laugh, PBS’s extensive 4 part documentary on comedy. Tonight’s was all about satire and In Living Color was give due tribute. And sadly it was the first time blacks took on pop culture in that format on TV. C’mon, African Americans make up 13% of our population. Is it so hard to have not 1 but 2 black actors on a show with a staff of 15? In this day and age with a black president, Lorne Michaels has been caught without an actress to pull off Michelle Obama. What do you want to bet he’s scrambing to hire only the 3rd female black cast member in 34 years as we speak. And I’m betting she just gets Michelle and the occasional Oprah spoof. Sad. Shame, Lorne.