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Are You Having a Laugh?

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I almost forgot the Golden Globes was on tonight, which is funny considering where I work, and the fact that several of my co-workers were on the red carpet. But Ricky Gervais pulled me in with his usual lack of reverence for Hollywood stars, which set the tone for a show has been entertainingly off the rails.

Cartoon Executive Officer

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Binge-watching HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and sketching my impression of Pied Piper CEO Richard Hendricks.

From New York, The Greatest City In The World

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Well, it’s about time to say goodbye to the fella who made me desperate to live in New York long before I knew he wasn’t kidding about the rats and urine. There used to be a time when I wouldn’t miss a show, and there was even a time when I paid $400 as a broke college student to see him burst onstage mere weeks after quintuple bypass surgery. I still have the hospital bootie that I ripped off Robin Williams’ foot.

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I don’t have any real complaints about late-model Dave. I think it was by design that, in the last decade or so, his show went from unmissable to the kind of show you could dip in and out of at will. Whether it was his bypass, or the inevitable perspective that comes with growing older, he settled into being television’s reliable raconteur. I slept soundly knowing that I wasn’t missing any of the ambitious comedy set pieces that characterized his early years on CBS. This new Dave, this real Dave, sat at his desk and told stories. And let’s face it, I’d find them on YouTube eventually.

I first became aware of Letterman at age 13 or so. It’s a critical age. 13-year-olds who reveled in sports grew up bumping chests, and grunting, and thinking they were god’s gift to the ladies. 13-year-olds who excelled in Dungeons and Dragons became the arrogant IT guy you can’t live without. 13-year olds who taped Letterman and watched him before school became self-deprecating wise-asses.

That may sound like a detriment, but believe me, there’s nothing better than laughing at myself, laughing at people, and laughing at the world. At age 37, I don’t need a talk show host to be my rudder. But if you’re ever offended by one of my snappy comebacks or sarcastic one-liners, you’d better believe I’ll blame Dave. And by blame, I mean thank. Thanks, Dave!

You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet!

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Al Jolson in “The Jazz Singer.” Watching it again after reading a great book called “The Speed of Sound” about the advent of talking pictures.

Conquest

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For my money (redeemable at Chuck-E-Cheese), the most touching scene in movie history occurs at the end of Chaplin’s 1931 “silent” City Lights. Charlie is the star, but it’s Virginia Cherrill that strikes me as beautifully, fallibly human, as her prejudices give way to the realization that she was revitalized by a Little Tramp.

De Midget! I Mean De Little Person!

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Gotta admit, my new network has stars that are way more fun to caricature.

And A Partridge on DVD

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A friend loaned me a DVD “I’m Alan Partridge,” a classic British comedy that nobody in America’s ever heard of. His character is the subject of a movie that’s playing soon at the New York Film Festival.

It’s very, very funny. My inital observation is that Steve Carell, in The Office, must have been cribbing more from Steve Coogan, a.k.a Alan Partridge, than from Ricky Gervais of the original “Office.” Carell’s awkward man-child is pure Partridge.

The only problem with “I’m Alan Partridge” is the canned laugh track, which must have seemed obligatory when it premiered in 1997. Presumably the movie avoids this problem, which I’ll verify later this month.

Insert Bald Joke Here

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A while back I purchased the entire series of the Dick Van Dyke Show on Blu-ray. Among all the things this show has going for it, I think this wisecracker might be my favorite.

Room For Improvment

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It’s been an improv-heavy weekend; 2 classes and 3 shows–one of which I participated in! No, I don’t want to be an actor. But you know how coordinated adults sometimes join softball leagues? I think improv fills that same social/leisure need for awkward nerds.

Anyway, here’s my attempt at drawing my favorite improviser, Colin Mochrie.