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Deep thoughts: onomatopoetic devices

I’ve decided that “kapow” is the most tragically underused onomatopoetic word out there.  No, seriously.  Say it out loud.  KAPOW!  Didn’t that make you feel oddly powerful?  Can’t you imagine saying it in everyday conversation?

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Old Person I’m Obsessed With: STRITCH

Elaine Stritch was on 30 Rock last night, and as usual, she was awesome and hilarious. How much do I love this woman? She is the sassiest broad ever to sass. She is pretty damn old, but she could still totally kick your ass. Here’s the Stritch singing the song she’s known for: The Ladies Who Lunch from Stephen Sondheim’s Company. The minute she says those opening lines, “I’d like to propose a toast,” the audience freaks out, and rightly so, because she, like, owns this song. (And I say that as a total fan of the recent revival, but I’ll save that rendition for a Great Moments in Musicals one of these days.)


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The most sensational inspirational celebrational Muppetational Muppet Week!

Hi-ho, everyone.  The last few weeks in pop culture have been oddly permeated with Muppet references.  It speaks to the awesomeness and enduring legacy of the Muppets that 10 years after the last theatrical Muppet movie, 30 years after the first, and almost 20 years since the death of Jim Henson, the Muppets are still a perfectly relevant pop culture presence.  Also: the Muppets are the best, filled to the brim with barely contained lunacy, randomness (they’re like our patron saints), and lessons about tolerance and believing in yourself and others.

So, it’s Muppet Week here at TIRB, and we’ll share our favorite Muppet moments, characters, and stories all week.

First, why don’t we get things started with the Muppet references from the last few weeks.

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Thursday nights: sitcom heaven

Thursday nights have really had some great sitcoms over the last 30 years.  The Cosby Show, Taxi, Cheers, Wings, Frasier, Friends, Will & Grace, Scrubs…

And now, tonight, two of my very favorite sitcoms, and two of the best shows on television, 30 rock and the Office.  Oh, shows, how I’ve missed you.

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Living up to our name

Sometimes, there’s news or stories I don’t have the time to write full on posts about, but I still want to share.  Here are some of the random things I’ve been reading about this week:

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Great Moments in Musicals: Teen Witch

So, for my first Great Moments in Musicals post, I was wondering if I should pick something serious or something fun and silly. But then I realized that if I went with something serious, I would take a long time writing this, and there’s homework I’m supposed to be doing. Thus, I bring you Teen Witch.

Is Teen Witch even a musical? I feel like musical numbers should arise naturally in the scene and pertain in some way to the plot, possibly even advancing the plot. In Teen Witch, the musical numbers come out of NOWHERE, are completely random, and have nothing to do with anything ever. This is why they’re hilarious. Here’s possibly my favorite scene from the movie. The only context you need is that one of the girls has witchy, wish-fulfillment powers, the other is her friend, and there’s this white guy at their school who likes to rap. A lot. With his posse. Also, he was in the TV show, Harry and the Hendersons. Just look at how funky he is.


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A celebration of the silly

Comedy is such a peculiar thing.  I was reading an article about David Denby’s new book, “Snark.”

Here’s how he describes snark:

As David Denby writes in his impassioned eponymous diatribe, “Snark is hostile as spit … hazing on the page. It prides itself on wit, but it’s closer to a leg stuck out in a school corridor that sends some kid flying.”

His argument is that the eternal quest to be clever– a very particular, very nasty kind of clever– is ruining public discourse.  I’m going to have to read his book before I come to a complete opinion about it, but on the surface anyway, I think he has a point.  Being mean does not automatically make you funny;  sometimes, especially when you’re dealing with satire, it is critical and maybe even a little mean, but it has a point to make, and comedy is just the form.

I love satire and I love wit and cleverness.  But sometimes?  I am in the mood for comedy that is just unapologetically silly. Physical comedy, slightly juvenile jokes, the absurd, the ridiculous.  It’s easy to do this type of comedy badly (for example, much of SNL and, more horrifyingly: Epic Movie, Date Movie, whatever the hell else those film-makers do), but it can also be incredibly funny and clever.

Here are a few of my favorite “silly” shows right now.

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