Random Stuff

“A Dirty Shame” Redux

Jimmy Fowler
The Sundance Channel has screened John Waters’ underappreciated 2004 comedy “A Dirty Shame” several times over the past month. (Another showing is scheduled January 31). Unfortunately, they have so far played the “neute...


Give A Hand To Masturbating Bear, Comic Dog

Jeff Prince
Is life worth living without Triumph The Insult Comic Dog and the Masturbating Bear? Methinks not. A dreadful byproduct of the NBC-Conan O’Brien split is that the network keeps the intellectual property of the “Tonight Show...



Sarahs, Andys Most Likely To Call In At Work

Jeff Prince
Note to all employers out there – don’t hire deadbeats named Sarah or Andy. And watch out for lazy bums named Steve and Becky. A recent study says women named Sarah, and men named Andy are most likely to call in and miss wo...


A 2010 Stage Sked

Jimmy Fowler
Fort Worth’s top four small theater groups have announced most of their 2010 schedules by now, and the offerings look unusually scrumptious. I don’t know how much the long national mood of unrest and pessimism has influence...



Goodbye, Brendan

Jimmy Fowler
I don’t understand how NBC 5’s Brendan Higgins could be departing the station now that his contract has expired. He was named ”Best TV Anchor” in last year’s “Best Of” issue by this very publication. Guess that da...


Jay Leno’s Dance Of Disingenuousness

Jeff Prince
The Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, NBC debacle just keeps getting juicier and sloppier. Leno has been a human Hacky Sack for the past few weeks among comedians, TV pundits, and bloggers (led by Blotch of course). His primetime show...



Lowlights of the GOP Gubernatorial Debate

Jimmy Fowler
What was up with that idiotic aw-shucks expression that Rick Perry wore during last night’s GOP gubernatorial primary debate? The raised eyebrows, the squinty eyes, the earnest grin-with-overbite: He looked like he was runnin...


Artists: The “New Peasants”

Anthony Mariani
A cranky old man’s complaining about “the internets” is one thing. But when the argument is coming from a tech guru who once promoted the virtues of digital piracy, you’ve got a whole ’nother story. In his new book, Y...



‘American Idol’ Continues Decline

Jeff Prince
Last night’s 2010 debut of American Idol proved one thing – when Simon Cowell quits after this season AI is DOA. Cowell is the only judge who consistently recognizes talent, cuts through the bullcorn, and isn’t afraid to ...


Conan Fights Back; Leno Still Lame

Jeff Prince
The plan hatched by NBC was perfect: move Jay Leno back to his old 10:35 p.m. (Central) time slot, push Conan O’Brien and “The Tonight Show” back to 11:05 p.m., and follow with Jimmy Fallon at five after midnight. Perfect...