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Episode after episode, Inside Amy Schumer — dang, I just really like that show, is all.  I’m not saying they’re batting 1000— I like some sketches more than others.  (I liked Hello M’Lady way more than that sketch of guys who like tomboys, say.  Or the I’m So Bad sketch— I liked that one a lot).  I like that it’s aiming for that Chappelle Show ideal of just— just the fun of seeing stuff on TV getting articulated in a way that’s really sharp and has a point of view and all that shit, a person having a point of view being the basis of the entertainment.  I don’t think it’s as consistent as Chappelle, but I like that it’s got that as a goal.  I like Key & Peele and Portlandia and everything, but I think those are trying to be Mr. Show and Kids in the Hall, respectively,more than Chappelle. I’m sure other people have tried it (Demetri Martin maybe? I’m not a big Martin fan) that I’m not thinking of— I just can’t think of one that’s connected with me as much.  Plus, I like the interviews— I like that she talks to people who’ve had interesting jobs, instead of just other comedians or whatever.  I don’t know.  That is a television program that I enjoy.

Episode after episode, Inside Amy Schumer — dang, I just really like that show, is all.  I’m not saying they’re batting 1000— I like some sketches more than others.  (I liked Hello M’Lady way more than that sketch of guys who like tomboys, say.  Or the I’m So Bad sketch— I liked that one a lot).  I like that it’s aiming for that Chappelle Show ideal of just— just the fun of seeing stuff on TV getting articulated in a way that’s really sharp and has a point of view and all that shit, a person having a point of view being the basis of the entertainment.  I don’t think it’s as consistent as Chappelle, but I like that it’s got that as a goal.  I like Key & Peele and Portlandia and everything, but I think those are trying to be Mr. Show and Kids in the Hall, respectively,more than Chappelle. I’m sure other people have tried it (Demetri Martin maybe? I’m not a big Martin fan) that I’m not thinking of— I just can’t think of one that’s connected with me as much.  Plus, I like the interviews— I like that she talks to people who’ve had interesting jobs, instead of just other comedians or whatever.  I don’t know.  That is a television program that I enjoy.

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Enjoyed the plot for that new show Silicon Valley… Fun to see new Mike Judge.  It’s a little “awww, computer people are cuddly nerds”, which doesn’t really match a lot of stuff I’ve seen and I’m not even in that world, but I expected that. But Judge is still sharp in other ways, ways that count.  Anyways: goooooood cast.  (Terrible billboards though— really bad).  

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David Letterman to Retire from CBS in 2015

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That’s right, announced today, David Letterman will step down as host of The Late Show in 2015.

Aside from possible successors or him outlasting Leno, we can only delight to think what Bill Murray will be doing to commemorate his last episode.

Wow.  I kind of thought he’d die doing the show— I mean, heck, he almost did, that one time.  Two years filled with “he changed American comedy" retrospective-y think pieces coming up.  Deservedly— that guy.  I don’t watch every night but I still tune in from time to time and it’s… Even if that show changed when he went to CBS, that show still just has a very particular sense of humor… (Though man, Letterman kept the Lewinsky jokes going, like, well into the first Bush term… he latched onto those like a lamprey…)

All the new late night people are these saccharine Nice Guys who want to make the celebrity guests look good.  No.  No to that.  Jimmy Fallon doing wacky musical numbers with Sarah Palin or Kim Ki-Duk or That Lady who Drove her Kid Full of Cars into a Lake— him and the Lake Lady did a medley of your favorite rap songs. I just kinda don’t get that guy— he was always just the guy sitting next to Tina Fey to me; Fey was the funny, mean one.  Funny mean smart one > dopey smile likes-to-sing summer camp talent show host one every time.  Dave— Dave’s just prickly and never seems overly impressed with his guests (which… good!  they’re already famous!  fuck the guests!) and… Or when Survivor was a big popular thing?  The Survivor contestants would come on the show, the network would put them on the show, but he wouldn’t even let them sit at the desk— he’d make the Survivor people stand over by the emergency exits…?  Or stories about him telling guests “I hate myself” during commercial breaks (I think he said that to Teri Garr).  Or how he introduces guests, “the movie’s opening in selected cities— just pray your city has been selected."  Or that episode of Letterman after 9/11?  I mean, it sounds silly but at the time… it was just a weird time. It’s weird to think about that shit.  He had to be the first guy to do it.  Who’s going to be that guy next time?  Fucking Seth Meyers?  Please! I don’t need Seth Meyers all smiling at me after a terrorist attack…

Man, that means this is the last Christmas with Jay Thomas telling the Lone Ranger story and then throwing a football at a meatball on top of a Christmas tree.  That’s my favorite thing about Christmas (though I guess he had to miss it last year).  

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John Mulaney | The Salt & Pepper Diner

THE BEST JOKE IN EXISTENCE

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