On a recent recommendation kick (just click my name and you’ll see this theme makes up about 95% of my past month or so of articles), I’m shifting from music and movies for a second to return to my true love: television brilliance. Today’s lesson is brought to you by the letter “F” for football. WAIT! Before you click away, though being a pigskin tossin’ lover definitely adds a level to the enjoyment of this show, I am the opposite of a touchdown troubadour and still, this show brings me nothing but gut-bustin’ hilarity and utter enjoyment.
Here’s the premise: 5 best friends who are O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D with all things football, play on a fantasy football team together… which basically means that in every minute of their free time (hell, during business meetings), they are checking injuries, point spreads and scoring records to set their “teams” for the coming week’s games. Basic premise aside, this show is about a group of 30-something men who never grew up, never wanted to and definitely aren’t about to start now. The actors range from an assortment of B-List flicks that you’ll “vaguely recognize them” from, but in this show they absolutely make a name for themselves. The humour is non-stop, the boundaries of typical TV don’t even exist with this show… of COURSE it’s on FX.
Yes, if you scroll down you’ll find a link to a “Top Five Shows You Aren’t Watching But Should” article I wrote over a year ago, but I’m KIND of worried that out of the 18 people who read it, only about 2 even gave it a try and out of them… oh screw it, you monkeys NEED some more British humour in your lives: it’s not all about “The Office”, I’m tellin’ ya!
Mini review of the premise: this show follows two late 30-something guys- Mark and Jeremy- who live in the less-than area of London as roommates. They’re nice guys who are simultaneously the worst people in the world. Not joking, while they don’t swear too much and aren’t racist, they have committed people to insane asylums as payback and cooked and eaten a run over dog to avoid admitting they killed it. No joke, this show pushes every single boundary in the funniest of ways. Mark is a tightly-wound office worker and Jeremy is his only-friend roommate slacker. “Peep Show” follows their pathetic attempt to work, date and live their lives day to day. Every episode ends in tears of hilarity as you wonder how these guys haven’t been murdered yet. I swear, there’s just something about British humour that makes everything these two say the greatest stuff out there right now. Now on its 7th season, I attached most of the newest episode below to give you an idea of what’s in store for you.
Earlier this week I was fortunate to check out a pre-screening of the latest date night movie, aptly name, Date Night. The latest romantic-comedy-action flick directed by Shawn Levy (from the Night at the Museum franchise) has the potential to have the entire world laughing-out-loud with the dynamically funny duo Steve Carell and Tina Fey. Playing the youngish parents of two, The Fosters, Fey and Carell tackle the difficult subject of a couple struggling to find that spark in their relationship after those inevitable years of growing comfortable with one another.
Insert dramatic storyline accompanying their would-be simple night out in the city, trying to mix their stagnant relationship up a bit. Overall, Fey was hysterical playing Mrs. Foster with her simplistic mindset, always looking at the positives in life. Carell was lost on me somewhere around his Evan Almighty stint about a decade ago, should stick to TV sitcoms and I’m going to leave it at that.
These guys & gals are hilarious. The NYC sketch comedy group, Harvard Sailing Team are at it again with this video of straight men acting like women, and a second video of girls acting like guys.
Guys as Girls watching The Biggest Loser while talking about what they want to eat (or not eat) and Girls as Guys watching the game while not wanting to talk & be harassed by their girlfriends every two seconds. Very stereotypical situations (I think??) for straight couples. Haha. What do I know.
Check them out!
On my deathbed there’s a few names I’m going to curse and a couple I’ll mention as the best sex of my life, but mostly I’m going to be remembering and spoutin’ out “some of my favorite things” [insert a sing-song voice there]. And, HBO is hella near the top of that list. Coming out with amazing programming like “True Blood”, “The Sopranos”, “Six Feet Under”… did you know they had cartoons as well? Similar to the rest of their constantly A+ offerings, the 10$ budget comedic cartoon: “The Life & Times of Tim” is hands down one of the greatest things on television right now. A show about a 30-year old dude living in New York, working pay check to pay check at an awful job with insane coworkers and living in near-squalor with his sometime “voice of reason” and “sometime total crazy bitch” girlfriend, Tim is the quintessential everyman who makes bad decisions and pays for them every time.
Realizing this intro doesn’t exactly SCREAM originality, it is definitely a “have to see it to believe it” situation: this show will have you hooked by the second episode and is easily downloadable so no excuses for it being too late to start now. Only two seasons in, the show airs Sundays, 10PM on HBO and I promise, promise, promise you’ll love it. If you don’t, it’s because you’re stupid. Plot lines span from suicide packs between the protagonist and hot pharmaceutical sales reps to convincing a 10 year-old, mustached Bosnian girl to become a stripper. I’ll throw a couple great youtube clips for you to check out here so you can decide for yourself!
Dan: December is my favorite month of the year, and not just because of the Holidays and the idea of getting some well needed time away from work. It’s the ramp up for awards season!
Patrick: The nominees were announced by John Krasinski, Diane Kruger and Justin Timberlake from LA this morning for this year’s Golden Globes, airing January 17th from Beverly Hills at the Beverly Hilton. We’ve compiled the list of nominees for both the Television category and Movie categories for the 67ths Annual Award show below. It’s great to see Glee, and several of it’s actors making their debut on the list this year – well deserved! I certainly hope Jane Lynch takes it away for best supporting actress in a comedy/musical. She is insanely funny. The movie nominees are what you’d expect, although one surprise is Invictus, which just came out last week. The surprise is that it wasn’t nominated for Best Picture, when it was nominated for Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor. I’m always baffled when that happens. I’ve heard great things about the film, and former cast member Jamie says that Matt Damon’s South African accent in the movie was bang on. The list made me realize how many movies I have yet to catch up on – something to look forward to!
Dan: There’s no surprise that major Hollywood blockbusters are leading the pack with the most nominations; Up in the Air starring George Clooney is the front-runner with six nominations, followed closely by Nine with five nods (confusing right) and James Cameron’s Avatar with four. Above all the Hollywood hype I was stoked to see both actresses from Precious, Gabourey Sidibe and Mo’nique be nominated for best actress and supporting actress in a motion picture – drama, respectively.
Instead of us ruining all the mystery and excitement, check out the full list of nominees here…
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
- Big Love (HBO)
- Dexter (Showtime)
- House (Fox)
- Mad Men (AMC)
- True Blood (HBO)
“Was I the new Queen Bee?” Check out the second of three Mean Girls montages being released today. This one is about Cady Herron, played by the ever scandalous ginger, Lindsey Lohan. Did you know that Mean Girls written by comedy queen, Tina Fey, but based on the book “Queen Bees and Wannabees” by Rosalind Wiseman? The book delves into high school cliques and the resulting effect it has on the girls.
I caught Daniel Tosh‘s Comedy Central special, Completely Serious a while ago. I’m not a huge fan of stand-up comedy, so when I say that after watching it he became my new favourite comedian, take that with a grain of salt. I have rewatched the special multiple times though, and it has me laughing every time.
Some prime clips