Sunday, August 30, 2015

Playing House: My new "comfort food" viewing favorite

I'm enjoying a moist, chewy brownie as I type this, thinking how the USA sitcom Playing House is to my soul what this brownie is to my mouth -- delightful, reliable enjoyment that lifts my mood and makes me happy in a warm and toasty kind of way. The show administers visual comfort food, if you will. And I've been on a binge.

You know what it's like? It's like watching Gilmore Girls in its general atmosphere, its aura, if you will. Yes, this show is approaching a Gilmore Girls level of viewing joy for me. One of the show's leading ladies, Emma, even name-checked its atmospheric predecessor in season one, saying her idea of a great night was to "steal a bunch of mini cupcakes and then go home and watch Gilmore Girls." It's like she sees into my soul and speaks my dreams.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Get Sick in the Head for $3.99

For comedy fans yearning to look behind the scenes and see how they make the donuts, it doesn't get much better than Judd Apatow's Sick in the Head.

This collection of interviews with comedy greats started 30 years when Apatow was just a ballsy teen seeking a blueprint on how to make a career in comedy. He decided the best way to educate himself was to pick the brains of comedians via interviews, at first purportedly for a radio station that his subjects didn't realize was just a tiny high school project. He interviewed dozens of big names in comedy over the years: Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, Mel Brooks, just to name a scant few.

I'd been planning to post about some of my favorite segments of the book when I discovered it was on sale for $3.99 for Kindle! That's right, get it while it's hot -- there are no dates on this sale, but these little unannounced deals Amazon does usually come out of the blue only to disappear without warning within two or three days.

I'll be back later with some of the highlights and insights I found in the book, but for now, get your hot little hands on your own copy!