Maybe the most interesting example is Sarah Silverman. Silverman broke through when she was young, and it makes sense. Her stage persona, which was one of the absolute best ever, full stop, demanded a certain sort of youthful naïvete to contrast the awful things she was saying ironically. As she got older, it didn’t ring as true. (It didn’t help that a generation of comedians straight-up borrowed her persona while they were getting on their feet.) So she left it behind after The Sarah Silverman Program. In the seven years since, she’s worked to find a version of herself onstage that fits better with who she is now. There were glimpses in 2013’s We Are Miracles of a more mellow Silverman speaking more honestly about her life, but her new perspective only fully materialized in this year’s tremendous A Speck of Dust. Silverman’s comedy, now that she’s 46, has kept the sense of wonder of her original persona, but instead of contrasting it, she … [Read more...] about What Is the Ideal Age for a Comedian’s Persona?
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But more important, it’s a sign that the Academy is increasingly comfortable stepping into the role outsiders have long assigned it: Hollywood’s official ambassador to the outside world. If it’s going to be held publicly responsible for the industry’s problems — something its employees have long grumbled about in private — this is the Academy stepping into that responsibility and, for the first time, dictating terms of its own. It’s an interesting, and slightly surprising, power shift. But not an unwelcome one. … [Read more...] about What the Oscars’ New Diversity Initiative Does — and Doesn’t — Do
In the age of dynamic ad insertion, when fresh sponsor reads can be easily introduced into old episodes to keep them bringing in revenue, having a large archive can be a great asset for a podcast. And where a publication or personality has content from another medium like a TV or radio show that can be repurposed and monetised afresh, that’s low hanging fruit. Listeners are also pretty used to the idea that long running shows will occasionally repeat an episode from the archive as a way of taking time off without missing a drop. For a high profile example of this, look no further than Reply All, which has been taking a break from publishing fresh episodes for the past few weeks and instead has been reintroducing old classics into the feed. … [Read more...] about The Strange Case of Oprah’s Old Interviews
Saved by the Bell (4 seasons, 1989-1992)Hayley Mills (Miss Bliss), Max Battimo (Mikey Gonzalez), Heather Hopper (Nikki Coleman), T.K. Carter (Mylo Williams), Joan Ryan (Miss Tina Paladrino)Last seen: Before Saved by the Bell even began.What “happened”: If you ever catch a rerun of Saved by the Bell one Saturday morning, you might stumble on a show that seems wildly different from the one you know. Zack isn’t really the main character; there’s more focus on Miss Bliss, his put-upon teacher — except that Miss Bliss never appears in Saved by the Bell. While SBTB takes place in Bayside High School, California, the Miss Bliss season — which was actually created as a completely different show — takes place in John F. Kennedy Junior High in Indianapolis, Indiana.What happened: Welcome to Good Morning, Miss Bliss, the 1988, 13-episode Disney Channel show that preceded the series you know and love. When NBC picked up the rights to Miss Bliss, the show … [Read more...] about What Happens When Actors Leave High-School-TV Shows?
New York was still the down-at-the-heels city of bankruptcy, blight, and seediness that ranged from the amiable to the menacing, so there were also, ambling up and down Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, a fair number of heroin addicts, prostitutes, and pimps who actually dressed like they did on TV shows and movies set at that time, in fake furs, neon hot pants, and spectacular platform shoes. As a small boy, I took in stride much of what I saw and heard. On the sidewalk, my mother would briskly move me and my brother past the junkies and sex workers and tell us not to stare. In the afternoons and early evenings, they would congregate on or around the small pedestrian islands just north and south of the 72nd Street subway station, officially called Sherman Square and Verdi Square but known to all residents (and immortalized in a 1971 Al Pacino movie) as “Needle Park.” At night, the addicts and streetwalkers would hang out at the large diner across the avenue, guzzling endless … [Read more...] about Real-Life Cops, and Me