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First time for Everything

Posted: January 7, 2012 by Brendan Wahl in Articles, Entertainment
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Did some standup for the first time at a local bar on Thursday night… check it out.

By Matthew Casey

The Olympics are now over, Canada got its gold against the USA in hockey and life returns to normal.  Normal that is unless your a fan of late night television.  That we know will never be the same until Conan O’Brien gets back on the airwaves!  Tonight, however, Jay Leno takes the torch–sorry I had to say that I’m still in the Olympic spirit– and hosts the first post-Conan Tonight Show.

I plan on tuning in to see how it looks and goes as I am sure many others out there will.  However, I think that it will only be a matter of time before he fails as well.  I think that the damage to his reputation has been done and he won’t be able to pick up again.  After all it’s sort of like the old expression “you can’t go home again”.  So while his ratings might be strong tonight they will eventually dwindle again after the novelty wears off of the new show smell.

I’m very curious to see how the show may or may not have changed from his previous gig.  I would think that he would have to make some changes to attempt to attract an audience again.  After all, people are going to get tired of the same old.  I mean honestly, how long can something like “Headlines” or “Jaywalking” be funny? They’re getting old!  So hopefully for Leno’s sake he will have some new tricks up his sleeves for his second run at the Tonight Show.

So I wait in anticipation of 11:35pm to see if this new ship will float or sink!  Wow I also noticed that I am full of clichés today!!

So in recent months the TTC has found themselves in proverbial hot water over service and funding issues. Here are a few new service initiatives that they will soon implement to improve service and save money.  These are real and have been leaked exclusively to Hot Off The Press!

  1. In an effort to stretch fuel economy and to improve schedule timing, buses will no longer come to complete stops at their destinations.  Passengers will be expected to hit the ground running.
  2. There will be an extra cost ladies only VIP seating section with Adam Giambrone on the Red Rocket.
  3. TTC staff will now play instruments for money in the subway stations.
  4. The monotone female voice that announces stops on the routes will now be replaced by Adam Giambrone talking in a seductive manner to call out stops.
  5. The TTC will now provide rooms that are out of the public view for staff members to sleep in to avoid those annoying  “gotcha” photos.
  6. To save electricity, escalators will only work in subway stations on the last day of every month.
  7. Lighting in designated waiting areas will be turned off at 4pm to further save electricity costs.
  8. Nose plugs will be handed out free of charge at subway stations with strong smelling dirty washrooms that can be smelled more than 20 feet away.
  9. The TTC will now add a  15% tax to panhandler’s  profits in the subway stations.
  10. Extra Seating will now be provided on the roofs of subway cars to allow for more passengers to be carried at once.
  11. Subway train doors will only stay open for 10 seconds at stops.  Passengers are now expected to rush the doors.

These will all be implemented in the coming months to help Toronto have the best transit system in Canada!

New reviews up today and tomorrow!

Posted: February 20, 2010 by Brendan Wahl in Entertainment

Hey everyone!

Just letting you know that I know I’ve been absent for a while but I’ll be coming back later today and tomorrow with another SNL retro review AND a review of From Paris With Love!


Best SNL castmember?

Posted: February 8, 2010 by Brendan Wahl in Entertainment
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I’m just curious as to what you all think…who indeed is the best current castmember on Saturday Night Live?

I’ve separated it into male AND female categories so you can vote for Jason Sudeikis AND Abby Elliott for example.

Sure Mel!

Posted: February 7, 2010 by Matthew Casey in Commentaries, Entertainment
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Mel Gibson is being blasted again for losing his cool.

A few days ago actor Mel Gibson appeared via satellite link on a show in the USA hosted by entertainment reporter Dean Richards.   The reporter started to grill Gibson on his past about his drinking problem and his anti-Semitic rant that occurred four years ago.  Even though he appeared angry Gibson still answered the questions and then told Richards that he should move on as these things occurred many years ago and he has moved on himself.

The reporter drew the interview to a close by announcing the opening date for Gibson’s new film Edge of Darkness.  After angrily swishing around a cup of coffee Gibson said goodbye to the reporter followed by a brief pause, and then he said “a**hole”.

Mel Gibson’s publicist, Alan Nierob, has come out and said that Mel was not making the remark to Richards, but rather to him as he had been making faces off camera at Gibson during the interview.

I don’t believe that for a second, but I side with Gibson.  I think that the interviewer had it coming to him as he was dipping into things that were irrelevant.  That would be like taking former US President Bill Clinton and putting him on a talkshow and asking him, “are you afraid people will view you differently now after your affair with Monica Lewinsky?”  It’s old news and its in the past! Forget about it! It’s over.  I think Gibson did the right thing and I’m glad he said it.  Maybe this interviewer will be a little wiser the next time around should there be one.

–Matthew Casey