Monday, September 28, 2015

my review of Big Brother

Big Brother is one of the most vacuous shows I have ever seen on television. It is a classic example of what Newton Minow referred to when he said, "I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland."

The show consists of about a dozen people who live together in a house (for over 90 days) and they scheme and make frivolous and childish "alliances" to remain in the house week after week without being "evicted" so that they can get to the end where one person wins $500,000. They also have to perform in various competitions which can keep them safe until the next week or save them if they are "on the block." And a few have tedious "showmances."

Other than that, the show is totally devoid of content. The house guests seem to never engage in thought provoking conversations or to even discuss anything interesting. They don't talk about art, history, politics, theater, classic films, or books. But, they sit day after day talking about nonsense that almost never moves beyond who should "go home" next or who should be "back doored." The show is an excruciating insult to intelligence.

Yes, I can change the channel and not watch... but you have to wonder what Bill Paley would think of this hot mess.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Oh, How We Laughed

Gladys ran the show at Coldwaters. She still runs the show, only now it is up at The Comic Strip. I remember being so excited when my name appeared in the Sunday COMEDY listings in the NY Daily News.

Check out these videos and my interview with Gladys: 

on YouTube

another on YouTube

at marjorie-digest

Monday, September 14, 2015

Summertime, and the Living Was Easy...

It was 1998, and late one night in some obscure LI nightclub I sang like there was nobody listening. And... nobody was.