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January 31, 2007

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James

Apparently midgets are always funny.

Anonymous

I think the cast of FRIENDS are an amazing bunch, attractive and hilarious. I think Jennifer Aniston is so funny -- and I think people forget sometimes how great she is, amidst all the other tabloid stuff. She is gorgeous and drop-dead funny. (With, of course, the right material -- Matthew Perry is trying his best now, but he's got nothing like what Chandler had.)

Anonymous

making dolphin noisesCome on, that's just mean.I hate the show like everyone else who doesn't believe the world revolves around Aaron Sorkin, but she actually did the Dolphin noise pretty well, and the fake promo where she was the cheerleader was actually pretty funny.(I grant that any "Dolphin Girl" sketch would be intolerably unfunny)

Anonymous

Oddly, I thought the dolphin noise was the funniest thing she's done on that show.

Ken Levine

I cringed.

Anonymous

I cringed.I'm not saying I didn't, but it was still the funniest thing she's done on that show.On the other hand, i don't watch the show for the comedy.And i notice that there are all these people that hate the show virulently yet watch it religiously. Why is that? They must be getting something out of it?

Massif

On the other hand, speaking whale is probably the funniest idea that any comedy writer in the last ten years has had.Of course gags in films have the advantage that they are only done once.

fridwulfa

Makin dolphin noises... LOL. OK. It wasn't haha funny, but still... it showed some... skills? I for sure can't make dolphin noises. All this time wondering why they were saying ad nauseam that she was so talented... now we know.

rorybaldwin

It was a pretty good dolphin noise though.

A dolphin

I was embarassed. Do you realize what she said?

Ger Apeldoorn

Thanks for that, Ken.The funniest unfunny audition I ever watched, was from an actor who had brought a fake mustage to embody his take on the character. He had to do a short scene and came charging in, repeating every line three times and giving it lots of 'energy'. I started to laugh at how inappropriate it was. And the more I laughed, the more he poured on the comedy... which made me laugh even more. When he left the room, my collegues were afraid I was considering hiring the guy and I had to explain them that I was laughing at him, not with him.Not very nice of me, but I couldn't help it.

Ger Apeldoorn

Thanks for that, Ken.The funniest unfunny audition I ever watched, was from an actor who had brought a fake mustage to embody his take on the character. He had to do a short scene and came charging in, repeating every line three times and giving it lots of 'energy'. I started to laugh at how inappropriate it was. And the more I laughed, the more he poured on the comedy... which made me laugh even more. When he left the room, my collegues were afraid I was considering hiring the guy and I had to explain them that I was laughing at him, not with him.Not very nice of me, but I couldn't help it.

Anonymous

uh Jenna Elfman is not funny.

Mr. Hollywood

Did an interview with Jenna Elfman prior to her Dharma & Greg Show ... sweet girl but nothing there in the funny dept. Same goes for Ray Romano ... completely unfunny. Have no idea why people loved EVERYBODY LOVES RAY.

VP19

Anonymous said... uh Jenna Elfman is not funny.I disagree -- I think she's a solid comedic actress -- but will concede that as an attractive tall blonde with good legs, in today's Hollywood industry, she doesn't need to be funny. (Then again, that's been true for several decades, hasn't it?)

Benton Harbor

Maurice Gossfield... the best! All he had to do was walk into frame and he cracked me up.

Eric

Are you 'avin' a laff? Is he 'avin' a laff?

poor man

You lost me on the dolphin reference, but I cannot imagine it being funny at all. I'm not a fan of the show.Instead of those melodramatic promos NBC runs for Studio 60 (people saying something pithy, walking down halls in slow-motion), why don't they put together a quick promo like SNL does every week? The "guest host" of the show looks at the camera and delivers a stilted, "Join me as I host Studio 60 this week with special musical guest, The Pogues." Give a "cast member" a zinger...and cut.I might watch that show.

Good Dog

Dolphin noises are funny.Best part of Hudson Hawk.

Anonymous

Did anyone watch HOUSE last night? Did Aaron Sorkin write it? I kept waiting for a plot to develop. Instead, we got House and a rape victim having a debate about the meaning of life. In a way, it was very brave of them for making such a radical departure from the successful medical mystery formula; but this one should have been a essay.Obviously, the writers wanted to take an episode out to let us know what makes House tick. But I'm still just as lost as he is.I couldn't understand the motivation of the rape victim's insistence on having House treat her. Are we being set up for a new House romance?I'm a big fan of HOUSE; but I guess, when I watch a series, I go into it with certain anticipations. While last night was a noble effort, it didn't fit my expectations. It's not you; it's me.

Anonymous

Anonymous -- loved your comments on House (*all* of them). The ep was just weird.... (and I've seen Three Stories and ..whatever season 2 ended with, and those were absolutely linear when compared with this!)Maybe Aaron did write it...

Walt

HOUSE was certainly boring, but I can imagine it was a setup show for someone like House's father to show up. You couldn't do that without a painful episode of basically Telling us what made House tick, and this ep was an attempt to Show us. I thought it was drug out, but you can't always get what you want. Like many I like to guess what medical malady will be the culprit -- this week, we got to guess what was the issue that was going to be pulled out of House's psyche. I thought the daddy abuse issue was a bit trite, but the way it was pulled out of House was unique... so props to the writers for trying that. Re: Dolphin speakReally surprised they didn't reference "And thanks for all the fish" but apparently we'll get to see more of the sketch in the upcoming parts of this three part St*di* 60 story arc. No, Elfman isn't funny. Perhaps she needs to do more physical comedy to convince me, but on her sitcom, she had all the comedic appeal of Téa Leoni. Paulson isn't funny either, but I know why I'm prejudiced, having seen her try and fail to take her own life when she was attacked by Reavers...

Rob

As a hypochondriac (that should be hyperchondriac) I don't watch House but I DID watch last night. I loved the (no) meaning of life stuff and House is a complex character so now we know why without too much handwringing. I'm glad they did something different so I could watch it without running to the doctor the next day. (Yeah, I got issues, I know. I know!)The dialogue here got me thinking that we talk about TV shows as if they have to up the ante and knock it out of the park with a home run every time, and yet do the same thing each time, too so your (precious)expectations aren't jarred. It's how ER reels from pathos to bathos and how I got worn out on Drew Carey and Frasier (sorry Ken)despite the fact that the writing was still great.We set the bar awfully high is all I'm saying. I watch Studio 60 because it will certainly be gone soon, and it's coasting on West Wing good will most of the time. More to the point, Sorkin writing cliches badly is still better than an awful lot of TV. (For instance, a not-so-good Buffy episode could only be compared to another sharper Buffy episode because there was nothing else like it on TV for a long time.)As a writer, I jut wanted to say, "Ease up. I'm getting shorter under the pressure."

Mister Hand

You know what's funny: Being trapped on a roof, not being able to get a cell phone signal. Because it's 1983.

Cheesesteak

Re: Dolphin noisesI agree on the Studio 60's bad take on it, but having watched the first disc of Undeclared last night, they were used to great effect there. Made me giggle very hard

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    Ken Levine is an Emmy winning writer/director/producer/major league baseball announcer. In a career that has spanned over 30 years Ken has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis. He and his partner wrote the feature VOLUNTEERS. Ken has also been the radio/TV play-by-play voice of the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres.
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