Saturday, April 28, 2018

Quips and Quotations (The Usual Suspects Edition)

"You've got your mother's great compassion, and your father's steely ambition, whoever that may be."

--Bill Maher to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow. To his credit, Farrow seemed to take it in stride.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Trick Shtick

Harry "The Hat" Anderson 1952-2018

Night Court 1984-1992

Dave's World 1993-1997

Harry Anderson is best known for his two hit sitcoms (three, if you really know your '80s television), and while none of those series were lacking in laughs, I don't think any of them were the best showcase for his talent, which was simply Anderson alone in front of an audience doing his act. Not that I personally was in that audience. Instead I watched at home as Anderson for a time also made sporadic appearances on Johnny Carson and Saturday Night Live, but it at least gave me a sense of what his night club act must have been like. And what was that act? Before he became a wisecracking judge and a wisecracking Miami columnist, Anderson was a wisecracking magician. Watch:


 And, for the grand finale, perhaps the most gruesome trick ever devised by the mind of Man:

Don't try that at home...or at a needle-exchange program.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Vital Viewing (Globe/Grindhouse Edition)

1960s screen teen ingenue Olivia Hussey was born on this day in 1951. In the following video, she reflects on her unusual adolescence:

Now let's take a little trip to Verona, courtesy of filmmaker Franco Zeffirelli:

The above is still Hussey's best known role, one that made her a star back in '68, whether that was her goal or not. But perhaps Billy Shakespeare is too highfalutin for you. Maybe you'd like a holiday film instead. We'll jump ahead six years:

Not much call there for iambic pentameter, huh?

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Quips and Quotations (Rainy Day Women ♯12 & 35 Edition)

One should always be drunk. That's all that matters...But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.

--Charles Baudelaire