• 30 Rock recap: the hour-long 100th episode!

    Hey, guys, I apologize to the few of you who noticed that this recap is posting later than usual … I’m covering the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, OR and I had to DVR 30 Rock last night – it was like missing my fictional daughter’s ballet recital for my fictional son’s soccer game. PART ONE: So this was the 100th episode of both TGS and 30 Rock. We know

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    Bridgetown Comedy Festival: Day 1

    PORTLAND, OR – The first night of Portland’s 4th annual Bridgetown Comedy Festival began last night and the skies of Oregon shined down. Literally. Like, it was over 50 degrees, you guys. There was sunshine. Every hipster in attendance was excited, but they would never tell you that. With 19 shows at eight venues along the popular Hawthorne Boulevard – there was a lot of laughter to be had. Though

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    Parks and Recreation recap: “Soulmates”

    Let’s get it on…WOOOOOOOOOO, baby….oh, hey! Sorry about that! Was just working out some residual sensual feelings left over from the hookup hotbed that was our sunny, perky, little Parks and Recreation last night! OK, so who likes yellow hair and waffles? Apparently, all the lurve from last week’s episode has Leslie Knope in the mood for some lurve of her own. Fending off some super-sketchy sewage-themed come-ons (“Come on

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    Community recap: “Paradigms of Human Memory”

    First of all, Jeff, your forehead is perfect, never change! Okay, onto the recap. We start with a meta-clue: The gang is making a diorama of themselves making their last diorama. For the first time since the Great Pen Debacle, Annie’s Boobs appears, this time to steal Shirley’s paintbrush, then quickly scurry back to his home—the vent. Huzzah! The mere appearance of the mischievous little monkey hearkened back to Community

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    Parks and Recreation Recap: April and Andy’s Fancy Party

    Spring is here and the time is right for making sweet, sweet love to the comeliest bridesmaid at a hastily thrown together and even more hastily thought out surprise wedding. Parks and Recreation was back in our faces last night after a 2-week hiatus, and you know what they say: the couple that awesomesauces together dances to House of Pain their friend’s living room together! This super-tricky (a.k.a., super-obvious, if

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    30 Rock recap: “I Heart Connecticut”

    Dear God. Two weeks?! The gaps between these episodes are giving me some serious anxiety attacks, you guys! This week’s episode began with Liz and Kenneth’s desperate hunt for Tracy Jordan. TGS is circling the drain, and unless they can find their star – everyone’s jobs are kaput. For one of the first times in the show’s history, Liz seems totally uncertain about the future of the show. Jenna doesn’t

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    Community recap: Competitive Wine Tasting

    This episode had me at hello. Well, it had me at one word in the title: wine. No, it had me at two words: wine and competitive. (I could take or leave “tasting.”) The Greendale bunch is at its best when there’s some sort of competition brewing (see also: paintball), and I had high hopes that this one would rock my face off. So let’s get to the recap, shall

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    Laughing Skull Comedy Festival: competition recap

    The second annual Laughing Skull Comedy Festival kicked off its four day stand-up contest on April 6 in Atlanta. What started in November with nearly 700 comedians from more than 25 cities, had been whittled down to just 72 comics. At stake: what could possibly amount to six months of steady work, representation from Jus’ Wiggin’ entertainment and a thousand bucks for first place. What was really funny: most of

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    Saturday Night Live recap: Helen Mirren’s breasts, taxes and Frankenstein

    COLD OPENING We start off with an address from Obama, as usual. The topic this week is the federal budgeting. The premise of the skit can be summed up in this quote: Obama: “…everyone walked away unhappy.” Performance-wise, Fred Armisen seems to be cutting down on the “uhs,” as they used to be a lot less subtle. It’s always tough to draw the line when it comes to impersonations- especially

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    Parks and Recreation recap: “Camping”

    People of the urban landscape, let’s get rustic! Pack your dream journals and mechanical head massagers, because we are going camping with Leslie Knope and the rest of the Pawnee Parks Department. City Manager Paul has called a press conference to officially declare the Harvest Festival a triumph, singling out Leslie for her hard work and officially proclaiming that he can’t wait to see what she does next. She approaches

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    30 Rock recap: “Plan B”

    This week’s 30 Rock was going to mark the return of Tracy Jordan. Something this writer had anticipated for a long time. As I mentioned last week – the story lines without Tracy were starting to lag. There was only so long we could watch Liz talk about not having him around. After tricking Liz into his office (by breaking the vending machine. Vondruke!), Jack tells her that because they

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    Community recap: Critical Film Studies

    If the prospect of last week’s Chang-focused episode brought annoyance, the idea of this week’s Pulp Fiction–centric installment brought trepidation—if not to the fan in me, then to the recapper. I saw Pulp Fiction once, years ago, and I thought it was like, ok? The truth is I barely remember it. So I worried about my skills as a recapper. I thought about watching the movie again, considered doing some

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    South By Southwest Comedy recap: Day 6 (the final day)

    Well folks, SXSW 2011 has come to an end. Saturday marked the final day of the 9-day festival and the stellar stand-up comedy showcases and performances put the week to pasture in the best way possible. Slight change for tonight’s recap: we’re sparing you the nitty-gritty details of the stand-up showcases. The performing comics for both the early and late shows did not diverge substantially from Friday night’s lineup, and

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    South By Southwest Comedy: Day 5

    AUSTIN– The penultimate night of SXSW festivities began with a one-two-three punch: three comedy shows, one venue, one night. It was also the first evening of comedy shows for the music segment of the festival, the interactive segment having shut down last Tuesday. So, instead of talking about Twitter and sexual inadequacy, the comics talked about skinny jeans and sexual inadequacy. But I’m getting ahead of myself. The first show

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    Parks and Recreation recap: “Harvest Festival”

    Parks and Recreation recap: “Harvest Festival” The event of all events is taking place tomorrow in Pawnee, Indiana. And Li’l Sebastian is the guest of honor, yo! So get ready for some fried dough and sidle up to Leslie Knope’s poor, cursed All-American (complete with atrocities) baby: the Pawnee Harvest Festival. Episode: “Harvest Festival” (air date: March 17, 2011) Ron Swanson slowly rolls his eyes as Leslie gathers her crack

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