Despite a bloated cast — can we officially declare that the show’s vets have zero exit strategy? — this has been a surprisingly successful season of SNL that was a much-needed respite through the ups and downs of Covid and political upheavel.

Here are eleven of the best sketches:
Wario on Trial (Elon Musk): This sketch reminds me of the College Humor sketches that crossed a newer media concept with an older genre (a few alumni from the YouTube sketch channel have crossed over to SNL so it’s no surprise). …


Looking through the news this week:

Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry turned her back on the National Anthem and prominent Republican voices like US Rep. Dan Crenshaw and Sen. Tom Cotton consider that unpatriotic. Berry has been firing back at her and mobilizing the currents by which people already consider anyone with an R next to their name. Meanwhile, the worst of cancel culture has come after her for every slightly off-color thing she’s ever written on Twitter.

If celebrity psychologist Sharon Marcus posits that the way we talk about celebrities is a way we indirectly negotiate societal values, then…


While I have been vocal of wokeness (which I would define as the overapplication of critical race theory as a weapon), the early 2000s version of Orrin Konheim was an enthusiast of critical race theory.

I went to the University of Mary Washington for two years and everything from English 101 to Urban Geography to Film Studies had elements of CRT in them. One of the big four civil rights figures (Congress of Racial Equality co-founder), James Farmer, had a teaching post at Mary Washington when he died and the James Farmer Multicultural Institute bought over several speakers and so…


What I’m Watching: June Edition

Cruel Summer (Freeform)-Teen melodramas are a dime a dozen and a few of them like The Society (Netflix) and 13 Reasons Why (Netflix) have chosen to incorporate life-and-death stakes into their premise rather than something like “The O.C.” which went from glittery and fun to heavy only in later seasons.

This series is generally in the former camp but it toggles between three successive years in the lives of two teenage girls as if the editor was fidgeting with a remote control. The two teenagers — privileged, popular Kate (Olivia Holt), and reserved Jeannette (Chiara…


Mosquito Coast (Apple TV) (through two episodes)-Based on a novel in the 1980s that was adapted into a Peter Weir film starring Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, and river Phoenix. The protagonist, Allie, was inspired by novelist Paul Thoreaux’s self-reliant father (who would often take his kids dumpster diving) along with American cult leaders like Jim Jones and Joseph Smith (father of Mormonism) who wanted to take what they viewed as the American ideal and create a utopia with it somewhere else.

Fortunately, Allie does not want to kool-aid a thousand people to their deaths or marry dozens of women. He…


A week ago when I was puzzled why Elon Musk was getting such vicious crap, I noticed a cyber-acquaintance had posted an article on him at the AV Club and in responding to what I considered to be an off-base assessment, I found myself commenting and subsequently getting caught in the comment loop as I found articles that seemed to be misleading or show an obvious bias.

I’m a journalist and I always try to make the argument against peers that the news is unfairly smeared, but the coverage on Elon Musk and the AV Club newswire is not doing…


Charlyne Yi responds to Seth Rogen saying he won’t work with James Franco (avclub.com)

Actress Charlyne Yi is portraying herself as a survivor of on-set abuse when she’s openly admitted nothing happened to her on that set. She simply heard second-hand rumors on the part of James Franco and insisted on breaking a contract which would hold up production and cause countless problems to other people’s lives. When the producers attempted to placate her, she smeared them in the press with a charge of bribery.

If she’s going to co-opt the label of “survivor” or gender-based discrimination, she needs something…


I recently tried a creative exercise of designing the Circle characters from scratch with an eye towards interesting storylines and the kinds of diversity (including geographical, though the show veers towards California) the show demands. Hmmm, maybe I should write fiction?

  1. A 23-year old Caucasian male from Chicago in a wheelchair with a severe enough disease (though mentally he’s fine) that he needs a live-in nurse. He pairs up with his nurse who’s a 60-year old Trinidad and Tobago emigre (basing this off my grandmother’s nurse). The two really have a strong bond and she’s not entirely maternal of him…

Out of about 46 movies I saw this year, this list was surprisingly easy to make owing to the fact that there are some great movies I saw that I can’t remember a stand-out scene from months later. Not every film here is among my favorites but I have a clear memory of the scene and continue to look back on these film moments fondly.

  1. Borat 2-Rudy Giuliani gets caught with his pants down

Perhaps as an effort to differentiate himself as one of the good guys, Sasha Baron Cohen opted for more staged scenes than trickery with his subjects…


When Dan Levy accepted the Golden Globe for Schitt’s Creek this year and ended his speech with a desire to see a more inclusive ceremony in a year’s time, I decided I had enough of the Oscar cycle after following it religiously since 2003.

To clarify, I love Dan Levy as a comedic talent and when he talks about “Schitt’s Creek” being a show built around the spirit of inclusiveness, that’s a part of what I love about “Schitt’s Creek.” The problem with Levy’s statement was twofold. His speech was in the middle of a ceremony when several minutes of…

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