Would You Rather with Graham Norton and Jimmy Aquino!
Last night, I attended a taping of the new BBC America comedy panel show,Would You Rather, as hosted by Graham Norton. Basic idea, is that the host presents a question like: “Would you rather eat dog food or cat food?” (My sample question was very tame compared to the questions actually asked). And then the panelists talk about which choice they’d make. Graham randomly gives out “points” for winning the round. Though the points ultimately mean nothing. It’s just for funsies!
It’s being shot here in NYC and is part of BBC America’s new “Ministry of Laughs” line up. Of course, the Anglophile in me is happy for all the shows being brought over by the Beeb. And this original programming is interesting. But, it had an All-American panel and no Brits. Still, it was led by Stanley Tucci and Scott Adsit. They were awesome and everyone was really funny. (Panel rotates per show). I didn’t recognize the other 2 panelists. Norton is very funny as host and keeps it together. I believe it debuts some time over the next few months.
They recorded 2 shows while we were there. I believe it was shows 4 and 5 so look for me in the audience! Or maybe Graham will realize my comic genius and ask me to be on the panel.
I’ll leave you with this:
Would you rather…have unprotected sex with Snooki or drink Lindsay Lohan’s pee?
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The drink making stars of Food2.com and The Cooking Channel, Alie & Georgia, join Jimmy for a drink fueled ramble fest of reviews, news, witty banter and much off topic chatter. Recorded live at The Hourglass Tavern right here in NYC! Jimmy sings them a song and even makes them drinks! Apologies for the length of drink making but it was fun and funny! We do eventually do a ton of reviews and cover the news. They chat the variety show Alie & Georgia were a part of withKristen Schaal, the new BBC America show Bedlam, Terra Nova on Fox, and Person of Interest. News includes: CBLDF membership drive, comic books on Facebook, Sabrina the Teenage Witch animated, Fringe comic book, Justice League: Doom cast, and The Walking Dead webisodes. As always, Listener Feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
And, this episode is also sponsored by Family Bones by Shawn Granger. Go check it out!
Yep. That’s me with Alie & Georgia last night! They were part of the showHot Tub with Kurt and Kristen at Littlefield’s in Brooklyn. Kristen being Kristen Schaal of Flight of the Conchords/The Daily Show fame. She’s hilarious! My pal Grace (it’s her birthday today so go wish her happy) and I attended and thought the show was great. Alie & Georgia killed it with their drink making and cute/witty banter. They are co-hosting my podcast Comic News Insider with me tonight! And I’ve got a couple of surprises in store for them. Georgia is worried I may have one of her ex-boyfriends show up. Don’t tell her I’m actually having her long lost kids attend. I don’t think she knows about them. Well, to be fair, she was the inspiration for that show I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant.
We’re recording at a bar here in NYC later. If I know you and you’re awesome and you know how to get a hold of me and want to hang out while we record and love run-on sentences…then hit me up for details.
It’s well known that Anne Hathaway is playing Selina Kyle in the next Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises. But they’ve never called her Selina’s alter ego, “Catwoman”. I think that’s all put to rest now. She’s in the costume! Complete with the cute little ears. Enjoy. And the expected…”Meow”.
I finally watched the series premiere of the new CBS drama, Person of Interest, starring Jim Cavaziel, Michael Emerson and Taraji P. Henson. As most of you know, Emerson is an old pal of mine. (I’ll say it again, it’s not name dropping if you’re ACTUALLY friends with the person, ya mooks). It’s tough to watch something a friend is in and be objective. So here goes.
It was the bestest most wonderfulest thing in the whole world ever!
Okay, maybe not. But, I did like it. Some minor spoilers. I did feel the beginning moved a bit fast with Cavaziel’s character agreeing to work for Emerson’s character. Just seemed a bit rushed but it had to happen to move the story along. Cavaziel was seemingly a street bum (with a horrible beard that just must have been fake) but we soon find out he was ex-military badass/martial arts/weapons expert type. Cavaziel is a surprising reluctant action hero. He plays it with subtlety and menace. Emerson is natural as the smart and calculated billionaire out to help the world. But things aren’t always in his control which makes for an intriguing character. A man who wants to be in control, but can’t. Henson, whom I love, wasn’t really featured much in the premiere. It’s established that she has Cavaziel’s character on her radar and that’s about it.
Oh, as for the plot? Well, Emerson’s character created some mega super computer machine for the government after 9/11 to help prevent terrorism before it happens. He discovered it also helped prevent crime so he built himself a backdoor into the system. With his billions, he hires Cavaziel’s character to take down the bad guys.
As with a lot of premieres, there was a much set up involved. Still, I found it entertaining and will definitely be back for more. Sure, Michael being in it was why I initially tuned in, but the story has promise and I look forward to see what future episodes bring.
I really dig that Rob McElhenny, series star/creator of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, gained 50 lbs for the new season 7. Just to shake things up! I somehow missed this news back in August so when the new season premiered on Thursday, I just assumed it was a fine make up job by the IASIP crew. And figured he’d be back in fighting shape by the next episode. You know, how they made Lee “Apollo” Adama fat for a few episodes of Battlestar Galactica and then he was miraculously back in shape after a jump rope montage.
If you don’t watch IASIP (one of the best comedies ever), WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?!! Sorry…I meant, if you don’t watch it, then you don’t know that Rob is normally quite fit. Like this.
The fact that he chose to gain 50 lbs to for the love of his own show and to make it even better and funnier is gutsy, imaginative and hilarious! Kudos to you, Rob!
I’m going to tell everyone that the reason I’m a chub rock is just because I’m trying to make the sitcom that is my life better. Sure, MY season 7 has been going on for about 6-7 years now, but we all have our own process. AMIRITE?
If you don’t know, well I’m here to tell you. I am a huge Christmas nerd. Favorite time of year and all that. Every year people complain that it “comes too early”. In the U.S., I’ll admit it does start creeping out early. I think once Thanksgiving hits then it’s fair game. But if before? I don’t mind. Though some are quite adamant in their hatred. I still say it’s not a big deal unless you are the character Phoebe Cates played in “Gremlins”.
That being said, the following is for both Xmas lovers and haters. My pal and awesome cartoonist, Jamie Smart, tweeted a link to these cute little videos the other day. A little info on the UK based video creators:
"5 short idents we did for E4 on the topic of Christmas. The general idea was to surprise people with something really anti-christmas, and transform something boring into something amazing. It was alot of hard work for a relatively short time but they were really fun to do and much merriment was had by all.
Director- Matt Layzell
Animators- Bishoy Gendi, Michael Gendi, Jonathan Harris
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Matt Brick returns again this week to join Jimmy in another massive review show. They also discuss Torchwood: Miracle Day finale and the Ringer premiere. Jimmy’s Darth Vader helmet (don’t judge) fell off his desk, broke his glass of beer and caused several cuts on his person. He soldiered through all the blood to bring you this podcast! News includes: Kupperman and Beaton team up for comedy, Archaia to release new Marjane Satrapi work, Fox is developing a Spectre TV show, DC Online goes free, The Ray returns to DC and the Teen Titans get an openly gay member. NYCC (click on the logo over on the top left!) is fast approaching so they discuss the Podcast Arena and what podcasts will be involved, tease some special guests that will be signing with CNI and the annual raffle! As always, Listener Feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
And, this episode is also sponsored by Family Bones by Shawn Granger. Go check it out!
I got home late and watched the Emmy awards that I DVRed. Well, afterBreaking Bad, of course. And as a reward for being so patient for my thoughts, well…here they are for you! I know. I know. You care so much. You’re welcome.
Fox red carpet guy. Just bad. Timothy Olyphant had to remind him he STARS in a show called Justified and wasn’t just in an episode of The Office. Just let Nancy O’Dell do it solo.
Also, I get why they ask “Who are you wearing?” because of the free endorsement for the designer. But does the actual population watching care? And it’s not like a majority of watchers could afford one of those outfits.
Musical opening w/ Jane Lynch. Ouch. Some funny bits, but the song itself…ouch. Jane was awesome as host though.
What was with the musical group of stars? Funny once, but over and over…not so much.
The Dunphys had a well deserved good night.
Charlie Sheen - insincerest best wishes ever.
Why did Ashton Kutcher look like a hobo with a tux on?
Sheldon predicted this win using a biometric chart of calculations. Also known as a Magic 8 Ball.
Didn’t really get the Lonely Island interlude? Seemed quite discombobulated.
What the crack was that incessant beeping/buzzing (like a phone ringtone or one of those old handheld video games from the 80’s) throughout the ENTIRE broadcast, Fox? How could some producer not notice and get to the bottom of it and stop it within 3 hours?!
The Daily Show is one of the best shows around. But would love to see The Colbert Report take it some time.
It’s good to be a Lannister.
Congrats on the win, Madge. How about some apple pie shots?
Coach Taylor! Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose.
Downton Abbey got some love!
Hey CBS! Did you see that there was already a modern day Sherlock nominated?
Idris Elba was robbed!
In Memoriam. Isn’t it supposed to be about the people who passed? No need to cut to the singers during it. (And show some respect and take your damn hat off inside, ya mook).
Goddamn Kate Winslet is hot. Loved her since way back when in Heavenly Creatures.
Oh Christina Hendricks. Your emmys are always a highlight.
And a big congratulations to me and my podcast, COMIC NEWS INSIDER, and my whole team of correspondents. Winning “Best Podcast” for the past 6 years in a row has been a privilege. For you.
That’s all folks! Tune in next year for more delightful and insightful coverage of television’s greatest reward!
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Jimmy is joined by frequent guest co-host Jon Hoche and long time listener/pal Matt Brick (who flew in from Australia just for it! Okay, not for CNI but it was a bonus for him!). Jon has been actively reviewing/following The New 52 from DC Comics so we decided to review a ton of them! No news since we had so many reviews. Plus, the boys chat about Molly Crabapple’s Week In Hell, Garth Ennis pays homage to Jimmy in Chronicles of Wormwood, pal Grace Helbig has been blowing up on Attack of the Show, MTV is interested in the Locke & Key series, Jimmy’s nephew Max and friend’s son both are big Spider-Man fans, and Jon talks about bring Vampire Cowboys Theater Company to New York Comic-Con. Speaking of NYCC (click on the logo over on the top left!), they discuss the Podcast Arena and what podcasts will be involved and tease some special guests that will be signing with CNI! As always, Listener Feedback (great email from some newbie Dragon Con attendees), the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
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As most of you know, I was here on that tragic day. I put my rememberance of it here a few years back. It still holds true so I thought I’d share again.
It goes without saying that this is a solemn day in NYC as those of us who were here during the attack are reminded of that horrific day.
At the time, I was living with my friend, Vonnie, on 57th/10th in midtown and bartending at the Hilton Times Square on 42nd St. I was in my work out kick and awoke around 8:45 a.m. to exercise to a video. Probably right before 9 a.m., I turned the TV on. I was still a bit bleary eyed from just arising. I see a building smoking on TV. I assume that HBO or some movie channel was the last channel on before the TV was turned off the night before. I just figured it was some movie and immediately stuck in the DVD and started to warm up. Within minutes, Vonnie ran out of her room and shut off the DVD and turned the TV back on. I was still half asleep and wasn’t sure what was happening. She had the phone in her hand and was talking to her mother. She shouted out that the World Trade Center had been hit by a plane. I immediately realized that what I saw a few minutes before was not a movie.
We sat in horror as we watched and tried to figure out what was going on. And within minutes, our horror was magnified. A little after 9, we witnessed the 2nd plane crashing into the 2nd building. Vonnie and I were both trying to get through to our respective family and friends. Luckily, we were both able to get through to our mothers who were frantic. People that live outside of NYC, assume we’re all clustered together in one big place, so naturally…people were worried about us. As I was about other friends. You never know who could have been down there as a major subway stop was located inside the WTC. I was there the night before on 9/10, taking a wine class at Windows on the World on the top floor of the North Tower. Anyone could have been there for any reason.
After trying to send out an email to let friends know I was fine and on my way to the hotel to work, I hugged Vonnie tightly and headed off. There was a stench of smoke in the air traveling uptown from the WTC site. I jumped on the downtown bus, which was overcrowded, and it was abuzz with speculation of what was happening. It was announced around 10 a.m. or so that it was a possible hijacking/terrorist attack. People seemed to be genuinely concerned for one another.
I get off at 42nd st. and head into the hotel around 10:30 a.m. As the elevator lets me out to the lobby, where the bar was located, I was greeted with a sea of people. The entire lobby was full and the restaurant/bar was completely packed. Since the airports were shut down, there was no where to go. People had arrived to check in were stuck there with people checking out and trying to extend their stay. People have to eat and many wanted to drink. We were totally slammed. Most people were pretty gracious and understanding and I noticed everyone talking to each other. Many were quite nice to me and offered to try to get a hold of my sister for me (since we hadn’t gotten in touch). A couple of people acted out and tried to yell at me or a waiter or manager. I suppose it was their way of dealing or they were just plain assholes. Not sure. One guy tried to go off on me for taking awhile with the food/drink he ordered. At least 3-4 other bar patrons came to my defense and made the guy realize there were more important things happening.
Hotel management brought out a TV later so we could catch updates. It was non-stop busy throughout the day. At one point, in the early afternoon, they had sent some other hotel guests from a Hilton near the WTC site up to our hotel. I’ll never forget one woman who was clearly shaken from what she saw. Crying and trying to express what she witnessed. She saw the people jumping out of the towers and said, “I was looking out of the window of my hotel and saw one body drop. And then, it was like raindrops of people coming down.” Later, those words hit me much more as they actually showed the jumpers on the local news.
At one rare slow point during the day, we looked out the window of the hotel. The lobby was located on the 23rd floor, so we had a view of the city. The streets were completely empty. We weren’t facing downtown, so we couldn’t see the site, but there was definitely still smoke in the air.
Most of the day was a blur. As I said, it was so busy that we just didn’t have time to think too much on it. And as a bartender, I was listening to horrific eye witness accounts of the events. Listening to people try to get a hold of family/friends all the while not being able to do the same myself. I’m not martyring myself, I’m just saying I was too busy to process it.
We ended up staying open a bit later just to serve those that were stuck out in the lobby over night and finally closed up around 1 or 2 a.m. (Normally, we closed around midnight.) Again, I am grateful to many who kept coming down from their rooms to see if I was okay and offered to contact loved ones.
A couple of us lived near each other and walked home. Everything was closed. Streets were barren. And the air was full of a smoky stench. I got home and Vonnie was stuck to the TV watching coverage of it all. We sat there for hours watching it until we finally had to go to bed. I kissed Vonnie on the forehead, hugged her tightly and sauntered off to my room, closing the door behind me. I sat down and openly wept for a little bit to myself. I finally had a chance to process it all and it was just as overwhelming as you can imagine.
A few days later, a large group of friends went out and had drinks. Our families and friends had offered to come get us and take us away,etc. We vowed then that we would not leave. It was a scary and dangerous time, yet we knew NYC was home. And we weren’t going anywhere.
8 years later, it’s still fresh in our minds. Especially New Yorkers. I understand that if you don’t live here, it might not impact you as much. And as much as we protested that it wouldn’t change our way of life, it certainly has. While these are unpredictable times we live in, most of us still live and go about our lives as normally as possible. As well we should.
It doesn’t mean that the importance of this date will not be remembered. I, for one, will never forget.
My mother sent me a copy of the email I sent out days after the tragedy. As you’ll be able to ascertain, emotions were high so do forgive the dramatic tone of it all. Apropos at the time, I think.
Thank you all again for all of the wonderful emails, calls, etc. I have heard from people from all over the world and from some old friends that I haven’t heard from in over 10 years. As I said, I am fine. I have reached all of my close friends who possibly worked down there. Unfortunately, I fear that someone I know will be among the missing/deceased. We wont know for weeks. We can only hope and pray for more survivors and for the families of those who were lost.
Having been at Windows on the World at the top of the World Trade Center on Monday (Sept. 10th), I still find it very surreal. As do we all. While I will never forget the devastation of Sept. 11th, I remember the previous day quite well. The conversation the elevator operator was having with a friend, my friends in the wine class I was taking, the general busy-ness of the shops and all of the people. My God. All of the people.
I have had to work every day since then. I haven’t had a full day to digest all of it. I am finally off today. I am going to spend today walking around the city and possibly trying to volunteer.
While working kept me busy, it was very difficult. As I was trying to reach people and vice/versa. I work at the bar in the Hilton Times Square. The Millenium Hilton by the site (Ground Zero) has become a triage. Many of their guests were sent to our hotel and I heard horrifying eye witness accounts of the events of the day. One woman told me a brief few sentences that I will never forget: “I was looking out of the window of my hotel and saw one body drop. Then, it was like raindrops of people coming down.” Then, seeing these images on the news later only made it all the more real.
While this is the most horrific tragedy in our history, we must live our lives. I am amazed at how we New Yorkers have pulled together. We will perservere. As I know those in D.C. will too. We can not be fearful to leave our houses. Yes, I understand how frightening this is, but we can not show those responsible that we can be made to cower. NYC is on high alert with daily bomb threats, etc. WE WILL NOT SUBMIT TO THESE TERRORISTS! Understandably, people are scared. Many of my friends. A new friend of mine has been here a month from Ireland and is already trying to get back there. While I understand her concern to be with family, I feel that we must stay here and pull together as we have been doing. My family and all of my friend’s families have offered to “come get us”. I went out with about 8 of my close friends the other night. We all came to the same conclusion: Our place is here. This is our home. Our backyard. We will not be bullied away. We will not be made to hide in our homes. If, God forbid, something else happens, we are all going to be here to help each other and rebuild this city. If we can do it, so can all of you. For all of you outside of NYC, thank you for following our lead of strength and unity. We will continue to need it. Keep it going. Live your lives and be strong. We can be a true UNITED States of America. Never forget. Never give up. I love you all. Take care and stay in touch.
Be good to each other, kids. We’re all we got. I’m not the most perfect person in the world and I screw up. A LOT. But I try to be a good person and spread the love. Are there people out there I don’t like? Sure. But I hope the good outweights the bad in my life. Let’s hope the rest of the world feels the same way.
Ben Templesmith, Jimmy’s NEW roommate, sits in the guest co-host chair this episode. Now that they are shacking up, expect him to pop in here and there. You know, when he’s not busy being a professional cartoonist. The boys are all moved in but still have lots of unpacking to do. Still time to read comics and podcast though! News includes: WonderCon moves to Anaheim, The Walking Dead splits Season 2 in two, AMC greenlights Kevin Smith reality show, IDW to publish Magic the Gathering comic and SPX collaborates with the Library of Congress. As always, Listener Feedback, the Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!
Well, I’m about to head off to France, for a film festival in Strasbourg I’m actually on the jury for... I know, just a little bit insane. Even more so, it’s with George Romero. I’m zipping all about the place, though I’ve just based myself in the most awesome New York City. Coming…
You got espresso in my Coke! No, YOU got coke in my espresso!
Sounds nasty, I’m sure. But it’s an acquired taste that I’ve turned many on to. It all started back in early 1995. I was rehearsing in Philadelphia for the national tour of “Aladdin” with a children’s theater company. One day after rehearsal, we were at the local store and saw this.
Pepsi Kona. Coffee flavored Pepsi! We bought a can or two just to try it and immediately loved it. And then bought cases of it. For reals. We learned it was just being tested out in major markets on the East Coast so we didn’t always have it in our travels. Which sucked because we were addicted by then and went through some serious DTs.
I tried to mimic the formula over the years with various colas and coffees and espresso. Often finding a good balance. Years later, Coca-Cola would try its’ hand at it with Coca-Cola Blak.
I remember trying it and not liking it as much. Needless to say, it didn’t do well and was soon discontinued.
Ergo, I make my own all of the time mixing espresso and coke. People cringe in fear when they see me drink it but then curiousity gets the better of them. They try it and often like it!
You have to find the right balance. If using espresso, the coffee flavor will be stronger so use less. If just coffee, you can add more. Find your own mix and give it a shot! I know. It sounds like a hyper dream that would make someone on speed look like they were crawling.
As a bonus, I like to sprinkle crack on top of mine. Just to get the juices flowing. That’s just me though.
A disclaimer: If you do try it and your heart stops, don’t blame me. This has been a service advisory from crackheads everywhere.
Apparently, I sat next to a Top Chef finalist (I think runner up?) recently at a bar. I didn’t recognize him but one of my peoples did. (I’ve never seen the show). For such a prestigious reality TV competition partaker, he really didn’t act very “chef” like. Heard him order a steak medium well. I know some chefs who wont even serve a steak over medium rare. Then I heard him ask for steak sauce. Another “no no” on the chef radar. Hey, I loves me some sauce but again, no chef I know will ask for an A1 sauce out at a nice restaurant. I should report him to the powers that be at Top Chef! I bet they’d revoke his status. This is just like a big Miss America scandal when nude photos are found. Let’s give the person who finished right below him the prizes!
Boy howdy. I sure hope he can cook better than his eating habits. WWGRD? (What Would Gordon Ramsay Do?)