Monday, February 25, 2008

I'd Like To Thank The Academy

If you had an update within six days....YOU LOST! Sorry about the long wait...things got a little busy around here. I got caught up in some college-y things. Anyway.

If you paid attention to the Oscars this year, you may have heard that there wasn't a lot of "star power," in the sense that there weren't a lot of "celebrity" nominees. That usually doesn't happen. It definitely wasn't the case six years ago, when A Beautiful Mind won best picture. That movie had an all-star cast with Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris...and another familiar guy. A guy very special to the Imus in the Morning program.

Watch this clip and see if you can figure out who I'm talking about. It's really long, but you can skip the first five minutes. The only part you need to watch is the Nobel Prize speech and the little reception afterwards. Here's another hint: You'll spot this mystery person around the 5:45 and the 8:12 marks.

(And in case you're wondering how I found this, I discovered it while wasting time at the New York Times website. I'm not sure which is geekier: the prospect of me watching A Beautiful Mind and spotting this with the naked eye, or me wasting time at
Can you figure out who it is?

Monday, February 18, 2008

Which Doesn't Belong And Why?

Happy President's Day. You might be among the 0.05% of Americans who get today off, perhaps through a government-sanctioned holiday, or because you have a hell-like breathing condition that makes the insides of your lungs look like the stomach of that gross asteroid monster in The Empire Strikes Back. Either way, I hope you're enjoying your vacation.

I thought I would mark this occasion with a brief Presidential quiz:

1) In the following picture, which two of the three have been recent Democratic Presidential candidates?

2) In the following picture, which two of the three are frequent guests on Imus in the Morning?

Hint: The answers to #1 and #2 are the same.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's Day Special

Interesting items of note:

-You will never guess who is on the Apology Tour right now: Curtis Sliwa. You probably haven't heard about it, though, because Sliwa insulted two of the most-maligned groups in America: A) Italians and B) Staten Islanders.

- Here is the awesome Eddie Murphy/Dick Cavett interview on Letterman, mentioned this morning. It's clever, hilarious, and would never ever get past the censors today. (The 1980s: A More Innocent Time.) Bonus: Dick Cavett actually does the Moonwalk at the beginning of the interview. Now that blew my mind.

-This picture makes no sense:

Well, OK, it makes a bit more sense after reading this. But not a whole lot.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Go See Rob, Part 3

A quick reminder: Rob Bartlett's "True Love Ways" will be this Friday, February 15, at 8 PM at the Boulton Center for the Performing Arts in Bayshore, Long Island. Tickets can be found at their website...and judging by the seating chart, it looks close to selling out. If you'd like more information, call 631-969-1101 or check out the Boulton Center's main page. And, of course, you should check out

Monday, February 11, 2008

Tell Them About The Discount, Harry

Items of interest:

-Pat O’Brien, alas, has entered rehab. Thoughts and prayers go to him, and let’s hope that someday things will be better again.

-You’re all aware of the David Shuster situation, but you may not have heard this piece of gossip from Big Head DC. Apparently our old friend Phil Griffin wanted to fire Shuster on the spot, but a fellow NBC reporter intervened and saved his job. That reporter? Tim Russert.

-Good to know that Tom Oliphant isn’t dead. I like him.

-Is it just me, or does the woman in this video look mysteriously like the I-Man?

-Congrats to Levon. That said...Herbie Hancock? Herbie Hancock? (Also, if you'd like to read Cracked magazine's take on ludicrous Grammy choices, click here.)

Monday, February 4, 2008

He's Not Happy Until You're Not Happy

Yesterday I woke up a little earlier than usual, and I decided to catch a bit of the show while I got ready for class. Against my better judgment, I turned on the stream, bracing myself for PSAs about middle school girls hating science and the dangers of screaming at children.

But I was in for a treat.

No, Bo Dietl did not give a Stinger to the kid who sleeps with a baseball bat. And no, the one screaming dad did not go into detail about "yellow snow." Even better.

Apparently, the Imus folks have come up with new "motivational" slogans celebrating the show. They include:

-"Do you enjoy compromising your standards for amusement?"

-"Side effects include a four-hour erection. That is also the length of this program. Coincidence?"

-"Why do bad things happen to good people? Because it's amusing!"

-"Hey, does this looks infected? More Imus in the Morning, coming up."

Which ones did I miss?

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Redemption Radio

This photo accompanies an excellent article about the Imus program in today's New York Times, written by Jacques Steinberg...and as I type this, it's on the top front page of