Key & Peele

Think back to the 2008 election. Even before we knew who was going to win the presidential election, there was a weird, kinda fickle, but very real worry about the exit of President Bush.


Specifically, I remember lots of musing about what the hell Jon Stewart would talk about any more, as if the only use our modern mirror on the ridiculousness of US politics and news media had was as a foil for George W. Bush.

So that worry never really panned out: partly because there’s still ridiculous shit happening every day in both politics and news media, as there will be till the end of time, and partly because, though good comedy often seems effortless, there actually is professional skill involved in being funny.

As we all wake up today — either excited or disappointed, but hopefully eager to move on from a divisive election season — let’s just remember that political comedy? It’ll be all right.

Especially as long as my third- and fourth-favorite* biracial folks, Key & Peele, exist:



* Evan noted last night how happy he is that Zoe (favorite) will be old enough to remember Barack (second-favorite) as president. I believe so strongly in the importance of my girl seeing someone who has a similar mixed-race and mixed-culture background represented in our country’s highest office. Thanks, America.

(Photo courtesy of People)


Schmidt ❤ GOOP ❤ Schmidt!

This isn’t new news by any means, but I was so glad that New Girl has returned in all its full Schmidtty glory that I was doing a quick google search on Max Greenfield. When I saw the link that I’m about to share with you, I had to read it five times in a row just to be sure that it was real. I’M STILL NOT SURE. Is this an elaborate hoax??? IS THIS REAL LIFE?

Because if it is real: So. Awesome.

I give you Max Greenfield – Guest Editor of GOOP — yes. YES!!!!

GOOP! GOOP, where Gwyneth Paltrow sells $500 sweaters covered in heart patterns! GOOP, where Gwyneth suggests $1850 watches and $1395 WEEKEND BAGS as Christmas gifts for her and him, respectively!! GOOP, where she calls Jay-Z “Mr. Carter”!!

Oh god bless you, Gwynnie. I’m still not sure if Schmidt’s GOOP Guide (I made that up, but c’mon, that name is great — rolls off the tongue!) is somehow part of Greenfield’s Schmidt performance (you never know — he apparently made a Schmidt workout video and then actually went and taught a spin class in person after that) or genuine, but either way: perfection.

(Photo courtesy of Uproxx)

Jennifer Garner on Ellen

Y’all… she’s just adorable.


PS a trailer for Argo just came on, and now I can only see Ben Affleck with that swoopy hair and… WONDER SPERM.

PPS Ellen really gets the cutest interviews: remember the one where Kristen Bell gets a sloth?


Adorable, I tell you!

Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation, Part 2)

I love Adam Scott. There was a time when I was simultaneously mainlining old seasons of Parks and Recreation and the sadly-departed Party Down, and I realized that if I didn’t slow down, I would start having dreams about that adorable little hedgehog (™ Pajiba)*.

But since Parks and Recreation premieres tomorrow, and with it, one of the best and most functional relationships on TV (Leslie + Ben = Nerd Love 4Eva!), I couldn’t help but indulge my obsession a bit with this little morsel of hilarity.

Ice Ice Baby, an official exegesis, as brought to you by the bewildered and sarcastic Mr. Scott:
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Parks and Recreation

It took me a while to cotton onto Parks and Recreation, even though I am an avid watcher of pretty much everything else on NBC Thursdays.  It seemed too low-key, too boring.  But I kept hearing how funny and heartfelt it was, and so I gave it a try by marathoning the first two seasons on Netflix last summer…  and guys? Pretty sure it’s my favorite comedy on the air now (just edging Community and The League). Season 4 is back on Sept 20 (13 days!), but till then, a few tidbits to tide fellow P&R lovers over: Continue reading