Tag Archives: Television

Let’s Do the Numbers! Talkin’ Yuletunes on Marketplace

My face betrays the intense concentration required to form sentences in real time.

My face betrays the intense concentration required to form sentences in real time.

I’m not allowed to post the video of my Dec. 10 appearance on CNN‘s The Lead with Jake Tapper, (here’s its blog accompaniment) and I don’t have a photo from my appearance on Marketplace yesterday. So here’s a screen cap from the CNN bit and a link to the Marketplace segment, wherein host Kai Ryssdal asks me a question for which I am completely unprepared.

Is there hope for a new classic Christmas song? | Marketplace.org. Continue reading

Theater on the TV: Discussing Art and The Walworth Farce on WETA’s Around Town

These are the two plays I wrote about in the City Paper last week. I was invited to the WETA Studio on Monday, April 11 to discuss them with Around Town host Robery Aubry Davis and regular panelist and Washington Post theatre columnist Jane Horwitz. I had never been on television before. From this taping I went directly to my doctor’s office, where a throat culture revealed I had strep. So, you know, bear that in mind if you watch these. Continue reading

Conan O’Brien, RAW at DAR

So there was Conan at DAR Constitution Hall last night, dressed in what he said was Eddie Murphy’s catsuit from Raw, possibly signaling his awareness of the perils that await the comic who lets his moment of cultural primacy go to his head. Raw came out in 1988. Eddie Murphy’s last good movie was, I think, Boomerang, from 1992.

Conan is even rocking Eddie’s odd pose from Raw in the first photo there. My phone is to a real camera what I am to a real photographer, but I figured you’d want to see these anyway on your way over to checking out the City Paper’s Arts Desk debrief of the DC stop on Conan’s almost-done Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour. (SPOILER: It was good, but not great, but we liked it anyway.)

This discussion, which I failed to grasp was being “recorded” and would be presented to you, the reader, with minimal editing, stars Benjamin R. Freed and CP arts editor Jonathan L. Fischer and one Christopher T. Klimek, whom I suspect may have been drunk for at least part of it. It’s choppy and discursive and long-winded and confusing, but that’s all part of the choppy, discursive, long-winded fun. Continue reading

No, You Are Number Six: AMC’s The Prisoner on Trial

AMC’s slimmed-down reimagining of The Prisoner began its three-night run last night — somewhat shakily, it must be said. Still, if you’re any kind of a fan of what I called “the 1967 British spy-fi, allegori-stential cult TV series,” you’ll want to check out the City Paper’s Arts Desk Blog, where the great and good Glen Weldon and myself debrief at taxing length RE:the merits and demerits of the new series.

Big fun dissecting this stuff with G-Weld. Pity about show.

Part One: Arrival
Part the Second: Keep a Pig for Stability Edition
Finale: Your Revolt Is Good and Honest Edition