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Mike McShane on Just a Minute [25 Aug 2008|11:51am]
[Cross-posted to the Idiotsite board)

It's not often we hear an American on JAM!

I missed its original airing because I was a bit out of touch and didn't realize the new series had started a few weeks ago. Luckily, his first show (along with the others in the new series) has been made available for download here, thanks to "helmethead." Mike's is the one labeled with "Edinburgh Festival."
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Colin's Best Story Ever (video) [01 Jun 2008|04:14pm]
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Idiotchat log - I'm Sorry I Haven't a Huz [Pilot episode] [08 May 2008|05:58pm]
My connection had a few hiccups, so there may be bits unintentionally left out of this transcript.
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[06 May 2008|03:30pm]
Ah-ha! I've found something that links Whose Line with They Might Be Giants.

Also, there's this:

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Downloadable things to listen to [02 May 2008|10:18am]
Since I've postponed (you never hear of things being preponed, do you? Though nowadays a lot of people seem to get pwned) posting these, they may or may not be old news to some of you.

Back in late March, Greg Proops was on BlogTalkRadio with Olivia Wilder. The show is two hours long, but since Greg was late for the show, the first forty-something minutes are pretty much the host complaining about Greg not showing up. I'd say feel to free to skip that chunk, though she does at one point play a clip that seems to be from one of Greg's new albums. If you're a Greg fan, you're bound to enjoy the hour-and-fifteenish minutes of just chatting.

Also, Colin Mochrie was on a later Olivia Wilder show. What more can you ask for than two hours of Colin talking and answering live-chat fan questions?

Clive Anderson has a news podcast for the Telegraph website. It's mostly serious news with a few dashes of Clive-style humor thrown in. Each "show" is around twenty minutes long.

Drew Carey was a guest on this week's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! There are only a few days left to download the episode or listen to it online, though.

That's all I can remember at the moment.
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A(nother) nauseatingly extensive Whose Line DVD review (Volume 2) [20 Oct 2007|08:00pm]
[ mood | pleased ]

Whose Line is it Anyway? Season 1, Volume 2 has been released. This completes the first season, as there were only twenty episodes in the first season and the second volume contains the remaining ten. If you had to choose between volume 1 and 2, I would recommend 2, because I think the latter half of the season is more memorable and fun to watch. Highlight include the Emmy-submitted episode 119 with the Going Bald Hoedown, appearances by Ian Gomez and Stephen Colbert, Brad's Songs of the Ant Farmer, Wayne's first song to a man, and the episode with Greg and Denny.

So, for this release, improvements have been made. Bleeped stuff is actually unbleeped (though it wouldn't bother me a whole lot otherwise, I admit it is interested to hear the dialog uncovered). In the second half of the first season, there were three bleeps, and two of those are uncensored on this release: Ryan's "They're-never-going-to-allow-that" comment in Narrate at a pizza place, and Wayne's use of an L-word in the Birth Hoedown. This does make me look forward to future releases, to hopefully hear things that we couldn't figure out on our own.

Both DVDs in this release include bonus material. The first has four previously unaired games (well, one is a chunk of a game) and the second five games (one also kind of being a chunk).

I still wish the set came with an episode guide. It's not too much to ask for, is it? I mean, shows on DVD that don't need episode guides get episode guides. Not only do I have to consult an outside source or memorize the episode numbers to find the episode I want, but I have to figure out on which disc it would be! And I have to memorize which cut games are on which DVD as well. Nothing fancy, a black-and-white plain text sheet of paper would have sufficed.

The menu graphics are still a bit lame, but whatever.

The previous release had closed-captioning but no English subtitles; this one has English subtitles but no closed-captioning. The subtitles use the performers' surnames instead of their first names for some reason. Also, a trivial observation: In one playing of Telethon, the subtitles label an impression Brad does as "Willie Nelson," but in another playing Brad does the same impression but the subtitles say "Neil Young." Scott's website has it down as Garth Brooks. For the record, I'm convinced it's supposed to be Willie Nelson.

The French and Spanish subtitles are gone this time around, though. As I mentioned in my previous review, I actually found it interesting to see how certain things were translated, and I'm a bit disappointed that I can't do that for these episodes.

This part only for those who have seen the DVD extra stuff.Collapse )

So yeah, even if I may have seemed negative, it is quite neat, and I would recommend it.

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Playskool Advertising Meeting [25 Sep 2007|09:35am]
(this post done in the style of Simon Rich)

-"So, we're ready to start a new line of commercials, but we were thinking that, instead of using a nobody, we could maybe use a celebrity guest."
-"I'm not sure if it's in the budget..."
-"Well, not an A-lister obviously. Someone relatively obscure, but still recognizable. I was thinking, as a suggestion, Ryan Stiles. He has two kids*, and he has experience doing commercials."
-"The name rings a bell, but...remind me, what's he from again?"
-"I think most people would know him from The Drew Carey Show."
-"I never really watched that one. What kind of character does he play?"
-"A weird, creepy, lonely sexual deviant with psychopathic tendencies."
-"Oh, he's also on that show Who's Line is it Anyways."
-"I love that show! He's the bald guy, right?"
-"No, he's the tall guy."
-"You mean the surly bitter one?"
-"...who makes dirty jokes all the time and gets bleeped the most?"
-"Yeah, him."
-"Okay then. Let's make some toy commercials.

*I think Ryan has three kids, but I'm not sure (go ask a real Ryan fan), so let's imagine this person is just not up-to-date anyway.
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Whose Line is it Anyway? Season 1, Volume 2 on DVD [19 Sep 2007|12:22pm]
[ mood | expectant ]

How did I forget to mention this on this LiveJournal?

October 9th, 2007

Includes Stephen Colbert's first episode.

May I kindly request no complaints about the timespan between these two releases? Thank you.

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An Evening With Colin and Brad - Lakeside, OH - July 14th, 2007 [20 Jul 2007|08:24pm]
[ mood | geeky ]

Short version: The show was awesome (not as awesome as the previous one, but still awesome) and I managed to record it (audio-wise). Long version: click hereCollapse )

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Mate Colin [26 Jun 2007|02:28pm]
[ mood | disturbed? ]

Just when you thought you've seen enough digitally altered pictures of Colin Mochrie, Worth1000.com attacks with more, including some surprisingly well-done (albeit disturbing) ones.

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Greg Proops stand-up - Cleveland, OH - March 1st, 2007 [03 Mar 2007|06:59pm]
Don't worry, I won't give a super-ultra-hyper-ridiculous detailed report of the act itself. The reasons being:
1) I'm sure one could easily find recaps of his recent stand-up acts as written by other fans, and most of it is probably the same as the one I saw.
2) It would take me so long to not only write it, but to collect my thoughts to try to remember as much of it as possible.
3) It wouldn't be nearly as funny to read about the show from a second-hand source as it is to actually see/hear it. Granted one could say the same about an improv show, but in that case I mostly liked the idea of a recorded account of the show, since each performance is quite different. One of Greg's qualities that impresses me is his way with words, and since I wouldn't be able to quote him directly, the mood of the jokes might fall flat anyway if they were to merely be paraphrased.

This was the first time I had ever seen live stand-up, and though I can't explain why, but it does seem much funnier than to see comedians live than it does to see them on television or movies or YouTube or the back of a cereal box or whatever. One of the interesting (to me anyway) things that separated this show from the Colin & Brad show, in terms of viewing experience, was the rest of the audience. I imagine most of the people who see An Evening With Colin & Brad see the show because they're already fans of Colin and Brad. I mean, unless you've seen Whose Line or have been recommend it by a friend, what other reason would you have for seeing it? In any given Colin & Brad audience, are there any people who attended because they enjoy improv but previously had no idea who Colin and Brad were? I imagine not, but I could be wrong. However in the case of the Greg show, it seemed there may have been people who attended the show because they enjoy stand-up comedy but previously had no idea who Greg Proops was. Maybe they happened to be at the restaurant for the night at decided to take in the show, or perhaps they regularly attend the comedy club to see whoever happens to be performing. I know that the couple sharing a table with us (us being me and mountain_fawn, but you probably guessed that) were given the tickets for free from a friend (I think the friend had won them in a contest or something. I don't know, it was hard to hear.). So it's not as if they went for the sake of seeing Greg, as we had. Also, I'm fairly certain the audience wouldn't have groaned and moaned as judgmentally as they had if most of them were people already familiar with Greg's material. Maybe there are plenty of Greg supporters in Cleveland, but they had just decided to see him on a different day than I had.

So because I was seemingly one of the few "hardcore" Greg fans (I hope that owning the audio cassette imaginatively titled "Greg Proops Live" qualifies me for hardcore status) for that show, I was able to get tickets for the best table in the place. Now, I don't want to sound like I'm bragging. I was just so surprised about it that I feel the urge to mention it. I knew that the table would be one of the closest to the stage. I did not know, until I got there however, that the table put me within arm's distance of the stage, smack dab in front of the microphone. That is why Amanda took this picture for me. The photo was taken while we were both seated at the table. Being that close helped a huge deal to make the show an awesome experience, the only downside being that my neck was a bit uncomfortable, craning upwards during the entire show to maintain eye contact. Resting my neck would have meant either looking away from the performer completely or looking at his crotch. I'd rather have my neck be uncomfortable.

Here is a picture of an ad that was in a plastic stand thingy on the table. Note the text below Greg's picture.

There were a couple of openers for Greg's act, the first (and the emcee) being a guy who I could only describe as striking a resemblance to Mike McShane (circa his Whose Line years - for those who don't know, before and after he was in better shape), especially because I can't remember his name. He was, well, as good as you'd expect an obscure local comedian to be. Your mileage may vary. The second was Drake Witham. I don't know how funny I would have found him if I had seen him on television first, but I thought he was quite funny at the show.

Seeing Greg live was surreal to say the least. When you can see the performer's sweat, flying saliva, and slightly thinning hair...well, that's pretty darn close. I don't remember the context of the bit, but at one point Greg was standing at the front of the stage, leaning back slightly, head looking upward, holding his crotch with one hand. I'm sure certain Greg fans would've enjoyed being in my position, as said crotch was practically pointed at me. I however felt quite awkward about it.

There were some key moments that were probably unique to this performance (or the Cleveland performances as a whole):
-Greg seeming/pretending to have trouble pronouncing "Ohio." "Ohi...oao...ao."
-I'm sure that Greg normally jokes about how the current venue he's playing in is much colder than the warmth of California that he's used to (if that's the case, of course). There's a bit in his recent iTunes album "Joke Book." Greg also specifically joked about the weather in the Cleveland area the morning. He asked the audience why rain doesn't follow the laws of gravity, since he learned that in Cleveland it travels sideways instead of falling downwards. I particularly enjoyed the reference because I had been out that morning too and could easily relate. To see him mention the subject of Cleveland weather, click here.
-The woman at our table had to leave briefly for some reason, and when she returned Greg noticed here, gave her a perplexed look, but said nothing.
-At one point in the show Greg pointed to an audience member (who was as close to the stage as we were) and said something to the effect of, "Ah, you laughed at that one! I've had my eye on your the whole show, and I know who laughs and who doesn't. You might think I can't see the audience from here, but I watch everyone."
-Cleveland insults, mainly referring to the Indians. Greg suggested that our racist mascot be replaced with a giant syringe who pokes the players in the butt with his (the syringe's, not Greg's) head. Naturally any jab got boo's from the audience, which as Greg pointed out himself, only made him want to make fun of them even more. He also commented on the way the audience reacted to certain bits. But with Greg I guess that's always to be expected.
-Greg expressed his desire for a drink, and eventually a waiter extended his hand toward the stage to fulfill the wish. As the waiter left, though, Greg crooned softly as if singing to a lost love. I can't explain it; it kind of confused me.

One of the bits was about Jessica Simpson's stupidity, the example being that she thought a buffalo had wings ("and that they could be so small..."). This lead to Greg's hypothetical demonstration of a buffalo getting ready to take off for flight. It was one of my favorite bits that night; I wish I could see it again. Now that I think of it I may have liked it for its Whose Line-ness. I can totally imagine "buffalo trying to fly" as a Party Quirk.

After the show Amanda and I hoped to meet Greg for autographs and a picture. We saw him head into an Employees Only door, and when Amanda asked a minute or two later one of the staff cleaning up, we were told that Greg was probably already leaving. That was another difference between this show and the Colin & Brad one. Did Greg just not expect enough people to want his autograph afterwards, or did he not have the time for it? Anyway, even without be able to personally greet him it was a pretty awesome show.
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Whose Line-related news, what else? [26 Feb 2007|02:50pm]
[ mood | pleased ]

For those who haven't heard yet, the British version of Whose Line, the full first two seasons of it, will be released on DVD. The fans in the states will see it first, thanks to A&E. You could buy it through the A&E store now for about $53 (including shipping), but I would recommend getting it when it's available through Amazon.com exactly a month from now, since it'd only set you back about $35 (with free shipping). And, well, if you plan on buying it through Amazon anyway, why not go to the front page of the Idiotsite and use the referal link there? It'll help the site out, at the cost of only a mouseclick or two.


In other news, I'll be seeing Greg Proops perform stand-up in Cleveland this Thursday.

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Photo from the show [30 Nov 2006|11:53am]
[ mood | pleased ]

Here is, in my opinion anyway, the better of the two pictures.

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An Evening With Colin and Brad - Warren, OH - November 25th, 2006 [28 Nov 2006|08:39pm]
[ mood | geeky ]

Short version: The show was awesome and I got autographs. Long version: Click hereCollapse )

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Live improv....LIVE [15 Nov 2006|12:04pm]
[ mood | What do you think?! ]

Around 2000 (or possibly 2001, whatever), Brad Sherwood visited Cleveland to do an improv show at the Improv with his then-partner Dave Bushnell. I couldn't go because I was not old enough. Last year, the Improv All-Stars were in Cleveland, but I did not see the show because I had no one to take me (and I didn't have enough money anyways). Also last year there was supposed to be an Evening With Colin & Brad show in Lakeside, OH (very close to where mountain_fawn lives, which is a close enough drive from where I live) but the show was cancelled.

Colin and Brad will be doing an EWC&B show in Warren, OH (about an hour away) on November 25th. And NOTHING WILL STOP ME THIS TIME! BWAHAHAHA and mountain_fawn will be going with me.


I've already ordered the tickets and I have a list of suggestions to shout and everything. Feel free to help me add to this list.

-Rocky Horror Picture Show
-Broadway musical
-American Idol
-Sesame Street
-An Evening With Colin & Brad

-The U.S. Department of Monkeys

Sentences (obviously to write, not to shout)
-"Petting poodles makes me happy!"
-"How do you feel about honey-glazed ham?"
-"I would totally buy an office chair out of a vending machine."
-"There's been a lot of pancake incidents."
-"I'm as good as a hat."
-"They call me Doctor Worm. Good morning, how are you? I'm Doctor Worm."



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A nauseatingly extensive Whose Line DVD review [28 Sep 2006|06:40pm]
[ mood | pleased ]

So, yeah. I couldn't help myself. I bought it (see previous post). Where to begin? Sure, I have all of the episodes on tape. But the first season episodes are spread apart on different tapes, and the DVD quality is noticeably better as well. And the extras are totally worth it, as anyone else who's seen it will tell you. There are six extra games on the disc as well as twenty minutes worth of out-takes. This first volume includes the first ten episodes of the first season of the US series. That is, the first ten that originally aired on ABC. That means the "foal giving birth" party, Brad's song to Niroshi, Wayne's bus driver sound effects song, Kathy Kinney's appearance, and such. There are two different versions of the set being sold. One is the "family-friendly" version, which I imagine deletes the swear words uttered in the extras, and the other is the "uncensored" version, which lets you hear those profanities. But here's the thing. The "uncensored" tag on the cover only refers to the extras. There is one instance, in one episode of all ten episodes, in which someone is bleeped. And even on the "uncensored" DVD, the bleep is still present. But since it's just one bleep, and I know what word is bleeped, I have nothing to complain about - I merely mention it for the sake of trivia. But would you believe there are people who have complained about it for the sake of complaining about it? Me neither, but it's true! I guess some people were really looking forward to hearing Ryan say the word "hand." I have two possible explanations for the "uncensored" version censoring. One is that it was just an oversight. The person putting together the set didn't notice that there was one bleep in one episode. After all, how often is a bleep ratio that low on a TV show? Usually a show has no bleeps at all because the censor controls the script before a swear word can be uttered (The Drew Carey Show), has no bleeps because though it's unscripted it's a family-friendly format anyway (Wheel of Fortune) or a show is virtually full of bleeps because it's unscripted and vulgar (The Jerry Springer Show). Whose Line somehow crosses the three lines at once, since although the performers aren't supposed to swear...they sometimes do. Anyway, when the unscripted vulgar type of show is released on DVD, it's a no-brainer to release the DVDs completely free of bleeps. Would anyone buy a censored version of Jackass? Whose Line, though, is somehow a show that a family can watch together. Not quite sure how that happened, but you have to admit that it's more entertaining than Wheel of Fortune, though not as squeaky-clean. What was the point I was making? Oh, yes. The first season of WL had very few bleeps, and as I mentioned, only the one in the first ten episodes. So that episode could've been uncensored for the uncensored version, but just that one word in just that one episode? Seems kind of silly for the DVD producers to go through that kind of trouble, doesn't it? When you remove all of the bleeps from South Park, you notice the difference, which justifies the trouble. And not only would the WL DVD people have to go through the trouble of removing that one bleep for that one episode, but they would also have to go through the trouble of removing that bleep for the uncensored version but keeping it intact for the family-friendly version. I mean, the sentence I just wrote trying to explain it seems like a hassle! But in later Whose Line seasons, there are more bleeps. In the latter ten episodes of the first season, two bleeps. Second season, six bleeps*. Third season, eleven. I imagine that if/when the third season is released on DVD, those bleeps would be removed since it would be more likely worth the trouble. Wow, I've written a lot and I've barely scratched the surface.
Are you ready to dive into SPOILERS?Collapse )

The DVD includes French and Spanish subtitles, but no English subtitles. With a very basic understanding of the language, I found myself watching episode with the French subtitles on, just to see how some of the jokes were translated. I like how a lot of the songs still rhyme (and make sense) after translation, though this is not as often the case with the Spanish subs. See Niroshi's song in French for an example. I have the desire to, later, post notes of the interesting translations. For example, one of Greg's Weird Newscasters names is changed to "Paul Bienmembré." I'll assume that means what I think it means. And "Love Muffins" is "Amour Toujours" (Love Always).

Anyway, I'm glad I bought this and am surprised that you made it through all of that text somehow.

*I'm counting any one individual of censoring as one bleep. So although the bleep was heard more than once in Josie's Scenes From a Hat suggestion, I count it as one for the sake of trivia.

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Yeah, it's over five months away, what's your point? [03 Jul 2006|01:16am]
[ mood | pleasantly surprised ]

If anyone's wondering what I'd want for Christmas/my birthday...

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I kind of don't support this petition. [17 May 2006|02:25pm]
I originally wrote this for this message board thread.
But a lot of you guys/gals on my friends list are smart enough to already know what I say below, so feel free to ignore it completely. I just like the idea of having these thoughts saved for when I might need to use them again.

I'm just saying that petitions work better in certain circumstances. Or, work at all I guess. Let's say, I don't know, someone were to start a petition to place a stop sign on the corner of my street. This would be an example of a useful petition. If someone living on that street (or someone who often travels through it) is in favor of the idea, that person would sign the petition. If a person is against the notion, they will not sign it. When the petition is passed on to the people in charge of placing stop signs, those people have reasonable numbers to use to make their decision. If the petition is signed by the majority of the people living on or around the street (and fake names could easily be confirmed, if anyone was foolish enough to try that sort of thing), then the people in charge would know that the most of the people actually affected by the change would be in favor. If there are few signatures, then obviously most people do not thing that the stop sign is a good idea. Basically, the simpler the petition, the better.
When an online petition is made, not just one street on one neighborhood is petitioned, but the entire world. You're asking every single person in the world if it would be a good idea for a television series to be aired. Gosh, where to begin. First of all, the only effect the change would have is entertainment value. There wouldn't be any car crashes as a result...well I suppose if I was driving and distracted by thinking about something funny that Colin said and....okay, not as a direct result anyway. If people support the idea, yes, they'll sign it. But what about the people who don't want Whose Line back on the air? The people who eventually get the petition won't be able to assume that everyone who doesn't sign it is against the idea, since there must be thousands of people who would sign it, but simply didn't know it existed. In summary, an online petition would only be feasible if every single person affected by the change had the chance to sign it (and what about those without internet access?) Let's go back to the original example. If I sign the stop sign (agh I'm using the word "sign" too much) petition, I'm basically saying, "I'm willing to take the time to pause for a few seconds if it means preventing future automobile accidents." There's a sacrifice involved. Signing a tv show petition means you're saying, "I'm willing to let you put Whose Line on the air if it means letting me watch Whose Line." To the people in charge of putting the show on the air, it probably comes across as "We enjoy this show, therefore you should allow us to see it more!" To me it seems like a petition for a television program isn't far off from, say, a petition for free money.
Before you mention the fanbase...well, you could say that any show has a large fanbase, but how would you prove it? As I explained earlier, the number of petitions doesn't accurately depict it. Television networks already use a method to determine how many people tune in to see a show (Click here for more information on Nielsen Media Research). Granted, it's not perfect either, but it's more reliable than an online petition. Nielsen ratings are better proof of a show not being popular enough to stay on television than a list of names on a webpage. The stop sign people could easily check records to be sure that a Mr. John Smith lives on Main Street. But what records would the network people check to be sure that "mike" would watch Whose Line is it Anyway? on a regular basis if it were brought back to television? And would he purchase products and/or services sold during the commercials?
But I suppose it couldn't _hurt_ to make an online petition. Other than the waste of time, but that's a given. Maybe you want to make an online petition for the fun of it. If you do, I strongly suggest taking the time to write it well. It doesn't have to be a Harvard application essay. Make an attempt to spell words correctly and form at least semi-convincing arguments.

BAD: "...sign 4 them..."
GOOD: "...sign for them..."

BAD: "...until we get WHOSE LIN BACK!!..."
GOOD: "...until we get "Whose Line?" back."
EVEN BETTER: "...until the purpose of the petition is fulfilled."
BEST: "...until the purpose of the petition is fulfilled, pretty please with sprinkles on top!"

I apologize if instead of being optimistic and upbeat, I actually thought the idea through. Now, if only I could start a petition to end online petitions.

Post script. I look forward to reading your rebuttal.
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Wool over the eyes [31 Dec 2005|04:00pm]
If someone else were to take advantage of knowing my password by posting as me and saying that I had just done something incredibly uncharacteristic of me, like, say, murdered a nun, or, I don't know, got pregnant, everyone on my friends list sure would believe it. And I would, too.

I apologize for my out-of-control commas.
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A non-WL post: They Might Be Giants live [24 Jul 2005|05:00pm]
Totally saw They Might Be Giants last weekCollapse )
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