Saturday, November 1, 2008

State of the Onion

Notes from Show Biz Acres...

NBC's weekly half-hour comedy show "30 Rock" has won awards by the bucketful and a full-time career for Alec Baldwin, but it has yet to gather viewers in sufficient numbers to support it.

Why is that?

I'll tell you why.


I lasted about 14 laugh-deprived minutes on Thursday night and reached for the gin bottle.

(Kidding...don't have a gin bottle....come on...)

It is so precious, so look-at-me, do sophomoronic that only Tina Fey's cousin could like it.

And - while it's true that Fey's Sarah Palin is a minor if passing stroke of hilaria - this gal is just not falling down hilarious.

If the folks aren't laughing, all the critics praises will get you is a 2% decaf latte with soy, hold the cinnamon sprinkles please.


CBC Radio Two has had their bi-annual revolution, in this case throwing out all the "old" and putting front and centre all the new geniuses of broadcasting.


There is some girl doing a five-hour stint during the day of playing classical music and shrieking her personal little homilies around the songs. Shmarmy, spoiled, unbearable.

And all those years I didn't enjoy Jurgen Gothe's act on Disc Drive? (Loved the play selection, couldn't take his style.)

Now that he's been replaced by an inarticulate 20 or 30-something stumbling, rumbling bumbling boob, I am NOSTALGIC FOR J.G. Imagine!


Anonymous said...

Well I can understand why you'd wonder what the fuss over "30 Rock" is about when you don't think it's funny. But since when did a "comedy" have to be funny to get decent ratings? For several years a dreadful piece of crappy TV programming called "Friends" was one of the highest-rated shows on the tube. I tried to watch an episode approximately once a year while it was running, and couldn't stand watching more than 10 minutes of any of them. Alas, the show is now being rerun in (gag) syndication.

Craig Y.

David in North Burnaby BC said...

"Friends". Absolutely ghastly. I tried a few minutes a few times to see what the fuss was about and frankly, I wouldn't want to be "friends" with any of those characters and I found their antics about as funny as surgery.

MurdocK said...

Try laughing at the coffee table.


Theatre is life.
Film is art.
Television is furniture.

Anonymous said...

Love Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock, although this show pales in comparison to my favorite furniture (oops), television show, The Office.

I rarely listen to CBC, except perhaps to tune in to the Vinyl Cafe to hear Stuart McLean's voice.