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Silly Things

In between having religious experiences of various (and no) stripes, and watching the endings of a few things, I've worked in a few other pursuits worth mentioning. One began and ended tonight- for now.  The other will begin next month and run through the academic year.


The first, from tonight: I missed recording Braindead the other night because Lewis was opposite it, and neither Amazon nor Time Warner have released it  to timeshifting yet; I needed something to watch during cardio (mine) and chanting (Eleanor's), and this is who I found:

Yes, it's The Tick. I vaguely remember an attempt to televisionize this tongue-in-supercheek character some years back, but Amazon's dangled it as one of several pilots they bought before deciding which one(s) will get greenlit for a full series.  Numbers of views and customer reviews count toward the decision (Jeffrey Tambor's Transparent apparently got past the pilot stage through positive reaction); I'll be rewatching and reviewing, because I love it.

The title character exudes Adam West camp, in voice and dialogue and utter stupidity. Yet the focus is on his sidekick Arthur Everest, a nerd among nerds given a origin story on an Earth resembling that of the "Bicycle Repairman" Python sketch, where seemingly everyone in town's a Superman but the reverse-secret-identity geek is the one who gets things done.  He interacts with Tick, his own sister, a sympathetic shrink, and different Baddies at different times incuding a prequel scene with the Worst of All.  Other than a gratuitous Whoopi Goldberg cameo, I didn't recognize a single actor in the bunch, and have no idea which (if any) comic universe these belong to, but I don't care. They're fun, and poke fun at the dead seriousness of so much of the superhero genre being put out there.  I made it through about an hour of Bat V Supe, which is about as much as you can take of Ben Affleck leading with his angry chin and the Man of Steely Determination red-eyeballing everything in sight.


The latter part, and speaking of Python:

On a whim and because of a sale, we now have two season tickets to UB's Distinguished Speakers Series, which will hold its 30th season of speakers throughout fall and spring semesters. It attracts an annual mix from the scientific (Neil deGrasse Tyson in 2009-10) to the philanthrophic (Greg Mortenson, the only one we attended, in 10-11), through sport (Magic Johnson, 14-15), music and comedy (Steve Martin in 12-13), a religious icon (the Dalai Lama in 06-07), and just about every connection to the Presidency you can think of. Both current candidates have appeared at various times, along with a former President (Bush Daddy in 99-00), another former First Lady (Laura Bush in 12-13), a popularly elected President (Al Gore in 06-07), and a fictional one (Kevin Spacey earlier this year).  This year's lineup has no political luminaries of that class, although Attorney General Emeritus Eric Holder is scheduled to speak in February if Hillary hasn't named him to the Supremes by then.  The lineup begins with Space Shuttle astronauts Mark & Scott Kelly next month, brings a Facebook Zuckerberg (Randi, not that other one) to campus in October, and April concludes the series with Roxane Gay (Emily's already called shotgun on her appearance), and actor/Stephen King time traveler James Franco....

And John Cleese about a fortnight before Christmas.  His will be split into two shows in a smaller venue (Center for the Arts- the others are in the biggest on-campus arena).  I saw him perform live-ish in the cinema simulcast of the last Python reunion show, but this will be my first of the Original Six in the same room- with a good chance of asking him a question.

I've got almost four months to improve upon "What makes you think she's a witch?"

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weebleswobble From: weebleswobble Date: August 26th, 2016 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)
i remember the tick cartoon. isnt his catchphrase SPOON?
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: August 27th, 2016 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Someone else mentioned that. He doesn't use it in this half-hour, but I'm sure he will if it gets picked up.
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