If you want to jump right to his appearance, it starts at the 19:30 mark.
Heading back to What's My Line?, here's a fun Mystery Guest segment. That's because the contestant is Jonathan Winters. Unlike most celebrities who come on the show, he doesn't use just one fake voice, but -- not surprisingly, this being Jonathan Winters -- but continually changes voices.
If you want to jump right to his appearance, it starts at the 19:30 mark.
On this week’s Stay at Home edition of the NPR quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, the guest contestant for the 'Not My Job' segment is Jameela Jamil, who co-starred in the wonderful series, The Good Place and now hosts a game show, The Misery Index. She has an absolutely fascinating background of high-end jobs that she got in remarkable ways, and she explains it all to host Peter Sagal with great humor and self-effacing modesty.
There are still a couple of Josh Gad's Still Reunited Apart programs left, and today we have him getting back together the cast and filmmakers of Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
The show starts with Matthew Broderick as his only guest, but then adds one at a time, as the surprises pop in. There aren't too many behind-the-scene stories passed along, but more than most of the shows is a lot of the cast recreating scenes from the original film.
There's also a nice tribute to the late writer-director John Hughes. And one word of warning -- stick around to the very end.
Longtime baseball card company Topps just released a special run of a card with Dr. Anthony Fauci throwing out the Opening Day first pitch. The pitch itself might not have been what he wanted -- but the card had the Biggest Run in Topps 82-year History! 51,512 cards.
No word on a Trump card.
For the past while, I've been posting photos of the marquee for the Laemmle Royal art house movie theater near me. Though they've been closed since the pandemic shut-down, one of their staff has been changing the sign each week with different movies supposedly "now playing" and coming next, each a commentary on conditions we're all facing. It's been pretty clever.
Here's the latest --
One show to rule them all.
We have another Reunited Apart episode with Josh Gad. This one is creating a reunion of sorts with the cast and behind-the-scenes filmmakers of the Lord of the Rings series.
As you might imagine, there are a lot of people involved here. And though a few people pop on board early, most of the those here don't know who's coming next, and these surprises are much of the fun. Needless-to-say, there are tons of stories passed back and forth. And it's not surprising how much affection there is between people, given how long they all spent together making the three movies.. Enjoyable too that host Gad gets everyone involved with recreating scenes from the movies.
Be sure to stick around to the very end after the credits.
One annoyance with the series -- and the only one -- is that episodes are not just riddled with ads, but they drop in at any random time, in the middle of a conversation, for instance. The good news is that they can be clicked away after a few seconds.
On Last Week Tonight with John Oliver last night, the show was very interesting, enjoyable and funny about one of the more infuriating topics of life today -- conspiracy theories, particularly those surrounding the coronavirus. It's also difference from most of his Main Stories, since it's a bit frustrating. That's because there really isn't much of a solution to this...although in a nice twist, the show comes up with at least an interest way of dealing with it, as only they can.
On this week’s Stay at Home edition of the NPR quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, the guest contestant for the 'Not My Job' segment is Don Cheadle, who says he loves, loves, loves the program and is a very-longtime fan. And it shows – his interview with host Peter Sagal and the panelists jumping in much more than usual is like a free-wheeling conversation between friends ragging on each other. Whether it’s a pun-fest on an off-color project Cheadle did for “Funny or Die” or diving into the oddities of his Black Monday series for Showtime, this is one of the more fun contests Wait, Wait…Don't Tell MeI has had.
We've had more than a bit of discussion on these pages lately about Carl Reiner. And here and elsehwere, most discussion of his careers notes him coming to prominence on Sid Caesar's TV programs, Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour. So, I thought it would be nice to bring Sid Caesar in as the 'Mystery Guest' on this episode of What's My Line?. The panelists don't have all that difficult a time with him, given that he was then starring on Broadway in the musical Little Me, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award as Leading Actor in a Musical, and was also so prominent in television. So, once the two pieces were put together, they're over the hurdle. And most of the conversation after the game is others talking about him, while he's rather quiet. But it's still fun to see. If you want to jump right to the segment, it starts around the 16-minute mark.
On this week’s Stay at Home edition of the NPR quiz show Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!, the guest contestant for the 'Not My Job' segment is Dan Riskin who is an evolutionary biologist and, of all things, a bat expert. And why have a bat expert as a guest? It’s because they’ve been significantly in the news for their relation to coronavirus. The conversation with host Peter Sagal is totally weird and shockingly great fun.
Fun, too -- well, for me, especially -- is the quiz about the beverage Tab. My dad had a small weight problem, and his one concession was diet soda. And for reasons unknown to man, the only one he liked was Tab. At one point, Tab changed its original formulation with saccharine to using cyclamates – and when it was discovered that that could cause cancer, it was announced it would be taken off the mark. My dad, who was a doctor and for fun read medical journals almost every night, had read the Tab studies. And he said that the amount of cyclamates that one would have to ingest to get cancer was SO massive that, as he put it, your kidneys would go out first, and you’d die from that. And he only drank one bottle a day. So, before Tab could leave the grocery shelves, our family had the mission that every time anyone went into a grocery store, we had to buy as much Tab as we could. It was bizarre but sort of fun – at a time when everyone was avoiding Tab – to see the reaction of people when showing up at the checkout register with a cart full of Tab. I think we all did this for about a month or two. And once Tab went off the market (until it could eventually be reformulated again), we had about a three year supply of Tab with cyclmates in our storage room! (When the new Tab hit the markets, my dad didn’t care for the flavor as much, so he stuck with what we had. After that eventually ran out, he did move on to the new formulation, but only reluctantly…)
Robert J. Elisberg is a two-time recipient of the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. He's written for film, TV, the stage, and two best-selling novels, is a regular columnist for the Writers Guild of America and was for the Huffington Post. Among his other writing, he has a long-time column on technology (which he sometimes understands), and co-wrote a book on world travel. As a lyricist, he is a member of ASCAP, and has contributed to numerous publications.
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