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I’m So Happy This ‘SNL’ Sketch Now Exists

While the biggest thing to come out of this past Saturday night (or very early Sunday morning for us East Coasters who stayed up to see it) was definitely Beyonce’s life- and game-changing Coachella performance, it was a big night on “SNL” too. John Mulaney, stand-up comedian, former “SNL” writer (who helped create a little Bill Hader character called STEFON) and all-around national treasure, was the host and offered up a real winner of an episode.

 

The episode was consistently funny, thanks in part to some sketches Mulaney wrote with others back in his “SNL” writer days that finally got to see the light of day. The above “Diner Lobster,” is one of those aforementioned sketches and it’s so silly-dumb that it’s amazing. Mixing the highly questionable act of ordering seafood at a diner with the musical theatre stylings of “Les Miserables,” it’s a sketch that you truly could have never imagined but once you’ve seen it you can’t imagine not having it in your life. It also provided the rare treat of seeing consummate professionals Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon break. You know its good if those two can’t keep it together.

 

The next new episode of “SNL” isn’t until May, but it’s got Donald Glover as host and Childish Gambino (aka Glover’s rap persona for the uninitiated) as musical guest, which is a true embarrassment of riches. I like to think that back-to-back Mulaney and Glover combo is an apology of sorts from “SNL” for all the times we’ve had to watch Alec Baldwin barely do his already weak impression of the president over the last few seasons. It’s certainly a start. Next would be to get someone better for that gig. Maybe, I don’t know, someone who’s already a cast member on the show? Crazy concept.

 

What do you think? Did you enjoy John Mulaney as host of “SNL”? Did you scream a little when Ron Bultongez aka Young Dad #3 sang “Dancing On My Own” on “American Idol” last night? Because I definitely did. I love the young dads on “Idol” and their great taste in songs! Let me know in the comments. And, as if I really need to tell you…

 

Stay classy.

Jenn

 

 

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‘American Idol’ Check In: We’ve Got Some Really Exciting Contestants, Ya’ll!

We’re nearly a month into “American Idol’s” ABC rebirth at this point, and things are looking surprisingly good. The first half of the top 24 performed last night, under the guidance of the new “American Idol” mentor, a guy I’m apparently supposed to know named Bobby Bones. Bobby. Bones. I like to think I’m someone who mostly keeps up with what’s popular and trendy and I have absolutely no idea who this man is. The show tried to hype him up, saying that he’s a radio host, comedian, author and musician who also happens to have the name Bobby Bones. Who???? It wasn’t until they revealed that he’s only really big on the country music scene that I understood why I had such a blind spot to a man named BOBBY BONES.

 

Country music is not my thing. It’s also not the thing of a lot of the contestants on the show, so why do we have a country music guy (Named Bobby Bones!!!!!!!! I cannot stress this enough.) telling everyone how to be successful? The only logical explanation in my eyes is that he looks like Ryan Seacrest with thicker-framed glasses and they’re introducing him to the viewing public so that if they end up having to part ways with Seacrest after the stuff that happened, they’ll have good ‘ol BOBBY BONES readily available to replace him. Bobby. Bones. That’s a real person’s name.

 

As for the judges, they’re still doing unexpectedly well, although I did feel like they were being way too nice to the contestants last night. There was barely any constructive criticism (and there was plenty of room for it in some cases) and if it was there it was in a compliment sandwich, the worst of sandwiches. I’ve also gotten a little sick of the whole “Katy and Luke are goofballs and Lionel has to tell the ‘children’ to calm down and focus bit.” None of you are under the age of 30, it’s time to get it together.

 

Now it’s time to focus on the contestants, the reason we’re all supposed to be here in the first place. While the classic “Idol” stereotypes are present, like the spunky country queen and the white male hunk who sings okay, there are several other contestants that might be some of the most exciting and different people “Idol” has seen in years.

 

My personal favorite is a little treasure named Michael J. Woodard. He works in a bowling alley, rocks a utilitarian-chic look almost every week, seems like he might actually be the sweetest person alive and has the most varied taste in song selections ever seen on this show. It really started for him during Hollywood week, (as you can see in the video above) when he decided to sing “Maybe This Time” from the musical “Cabaret.” You read that right: an “American Idol” contestant, in 2018, sang a song made famous by Liza Minelli, And you know what? He killed it. All-judges standing O, Katy Perry weakly throwing her chair off the stage in excitement-level killed it. And the next week he followed it up with the totally logical progression of 90’s angry-girl anthem, “You Outta Know” by Alanis Morisette and killed that too. Last night he went with a Beatles song, but not a typical one like “Hey Jude” or “Eleanor Rigby.” No, he went with “Golden Slumbers.” And it was great too!! He just has such an interesting voice and his stage presence is so unique that you can’t take your eyes off him. Only one black man, the velvet teddy bear himself, Ruben Studdard, has ever won “Idol,” so I have very high hopes for this guy to add another to the list.

 

Another contestant that has me very excited has yet to make their top 24 performance debut, but I can only imagine how great it will be given their previous performances. Adam Sanders originally auditioned for “American Idol” back in season 12. Sanders only made it to the top 50 and, according to Sanders, struggled in the intervening years with body image and online bullies. But Sanders is back and, much like “American Idol,” is reborn as Ada Vox, an incredibly glamorous and gutsy drag queen with vocal range for daaaaaays. Ada’s superstar moment came during last week’s showcase, wherein she sang (or rather saaaaaaaaang) Radiohead’s “Creep.” It was incredible. She’s incredible, and a definite first in “Idol’s” storied history. It’ll be especially interesting to see if Adam ever decides to perform as himself. In the meeting with the judges where they offered him a top 24 spot, Adam came as himself without all the Ada glam, the implication being that we could potentially see more of that down the line. In the meantime, I am 100% on board with Ada and everything she’s bringing to the table.

 

There are some other exciting contestants, like serious rocker Cade Foehner, Jurnee, a powerhouse vocalist whose wife is in the Army and of course what I like to call the three young Dads, but Michael and Ada are the two I’m rooting for the most. It’s so nice to be excited for “American Idol” again. Hopefully they can keep it up.

 

What do you think? Are you also excited by “Idol’s” much more eclectic offering this season? Are you too still recovering from “Atlanta’s” “Teddy Perkins” episode, easily one of the most terrifying, heartbreaking, and deeply compelling things I’ve seen on television in a long time? Share all in the comments. And, as always…

 

Stay classy.

Jenn

Can We Maybe Cool It With the Movie to Stage Musical Adaptations? Please???

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Photo by Jenn Murphy

It’s been a while since I’ve written about anything theatre- or Broadway-related on this blog. While it’s largely been because I simply haven’t seen much theatre lately, it’s also because there’s little out there that I’m actually itching to see.

 

Okay, that’s not entirely true. There are plenty of plays I want to see on Broadway, from “Lobby Hero” to “Angels in America” (despite the fact that I technically already saw all 9-to-ten hours of it it when the London production screened in movie theaters last summer) and beyond, it’s more the musical side of things that has left me a bit disinterested and uninspired. I’m just not too psyched to see every film released in the last 20-30 years made into a musical and I like to think I’m not the only one.

 

With the announcements just this week that both “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and “Beetlejuice” have stage musical adaptations in the works, the number of movie-to-musical adaptations on or headed to Broadway grows even higher. It’s a somewhat disheartening trend that seems to only be picking up speed. If you look at the list of Broadway shows that are either currently running or set to open soon on Broadway.com right now, you’ll see that at least 14 of the 59 are musicals based on movies. (That’s not even counting “The Spongebob Squarepants Musical,” which people seem to like and it makes absolutely no sense to me.)

 

It’s easy to deduce why this trend has become more prevalent. Broadway only thrives when there are butts in the seats and tourists coming from out of town who are looking to take in a Broadway show are likely to select a familiar title over something new and unusual. Producers are primarily interested in investing in projects that they are confident people will want to see and a beloved pre-existing entity seems like a safe bet. And yet, most of the biggest crossover hits (shows that have enjoyed popularity and attention outside of the tight-knit theatre nerd community) of the last several years have been shows like “The Book of Mormon,” “Hamilton” and “Dear Evan Hansen,” largely original shows born out of unique, untested ideas. (And I know that “Hamilton” is obviously based on a true story and the book about it by Ron Chernow, but if you want to tell me that a hip hop musical about the lesser known founding father is on the same level of familiarity as a musical adaption of “The Devil Wears Prada,” which is a real thing that’s coming, then I’d love to sell you a beach house in Kansas.)

 

It all feels too similar to the onslaught of reboots, revivals and sequels that have taken over television and film. With so much of the viewing public moving away from watching things live or in a theater and towards the ease of streaming, studios and networks are somewhat less inclined to go with a risky new story as opposed to a safe pre-existing one. But much like the musical adaptations of “Groundhog Day” and “Ghost” that came and went on Broadway, many of those TV and film reboots or revivals fell flat with audiences. It’ll be interesting to see how this latest crop of movie-to-musical adaptations, including “Pretty Woman” and, I kid you not, “King Kong,” fare when they actually start to open on the Great White Way. Maybe they’ll succeed and I’ll be proven wrong, but it feels more likely that they’ll only accentuate how desperately we need more original musicals back on Broadway.

 

That being said, if anyone has an in on “Mean Girls the Musical” tickets, hook ya girl up. What? It’s Tina Fey. That’s an entirely different ballgame.

 

What do you think? Are you fatigued by the movie-to-musical adaptations that have taken over Broadway? Did you make a sound so loud and so startling when you discovered that John Mulaney is hosting “SNL” later this month that the people around you thought something terrible had happened? Because I did. Let me know in the comments. And, as always…

 

Stay classy.

Jenn

Get Pumped for Easter With This Mildly Creepy ‘SNL’ Sketch

There isn’t anything this week that particularly caught my pop culture eye, and Easter (the lesser Christian holiday with special candy) is less than a week away, so it felt like the perfect time to bring back this incredibly strange and hard to explain gem from “SNL.” To be fair, it’s not really that hard to explain: it’s a guy (Michael Keaton) talking about what’s in his Easter basket. It’s the stuff inside the Easter basket, from a bunny named Glenny (after Glenn Close, of course) to a DVD of the movie “Friday” (“the best Friday”), and what’s happening around him that makes it so unusual and funny.

 

It’s also not the only one of it’s kind. It’s one of those strange recurring “SNL” sketch formats that feels both new and familiar each time. Steve Buscemi did it for Christmas. So did Edward Norton at Halloween. Kristen Wiig got in on the fun as well near Thanksgiving. And most recently, Bill Hader (in a cut-for-time sketch from the most recent episode) played a similar weirdo talking about St. Patrick’s Day. There’s something inherently entertaining about them all that always gets me and I get excited when I can tell that one is coming.

 

So if you’re celebrating this Sunday, you can whip this sketch out when your family members start talking about politics. And if you’re not celebrating, you can watch it alone and be happy that you’re not with all of your family talking about politics. Either way, you’ll be living the dream. A creepy, slightly unsettling dream, but a dream nevertheless.

 

What do you think? Do you have a favorite of the strange-people-talking-about-holidays sketches? Are you still trying to process that fact that Darren Criss might actually win an Emmy for “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace” and deserve it? Who would’ve thought that was going to happen? Share your thoughts in the comments. And, of course…

 

Stay classy.

Jenn

‘American Idol’ Is Really, Actually, Officially Back…Yay?

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Apologies for the garbage lighting in my house. I swear it wasn’t as dark as it looks.                Photo by Jenn Murphy

When it was announced that “American Idol” was ending its run after 15 seasons, I was sad but accepting. Did I want my favorite reality show not involving prosthetic leg-throwing to go off the air? Of course not. But I understood that it had run its course, that the show it had once been was no more and that it was time for it to go gently into that good night.

 

But “Idol,” much like the reality stars born from shows like it that just aren’t ready for their fifteen minutes of fame to end, was not prepared to fade into history just yet. It turns out that it wasn’t ready to leave TV for good, it was just ready to leave Fox. Barely a year after the grand season 15 finale where just about everyone they could find came out to say farewell, it was announced that “American Idol” would live to sing another day, this time on ABC. When this news came out, I was a bit cynical and concerned. Sure, a little part of me was pleased that it was coming back, but did it really need to come back? Hadn’t we all sort of agreed that it wasn’t really churning out stars anymore and had become just another way for Jennifer Lopez to promote her latest endeavors?

 

With these concerns in mind I cautiously watched the first episode last Sunday. I was ready to really throw in the towel, to say that this was a lost cause and that I was right that it didn’t need to happen. But then someone came into the audition room and sang real nice and now I’m back in again. Because guys, the new-ish “American Idol” is good. Like, really good.

 

We’re three episodes in and the talent level has already been impressively high. Sure, there are the middling, mediocre people that get through to Hollywood only to fizzle out and fade into obscurity, but the serious talents are seriously talented. And they’re not all generically handsome white dudes with guitars! I mean, some of them are. That’s inevitable on a show like “Idol.” But a lot of the really good ones aren’t! It gives me hope that this season can break the cycle of winners that go onto do nothing significant. As long as the new judges keep doing what they’re doing, and audiences decide to vote on talent, not who’s the cutest cutie of the bunch, we might actually have a chance of selecting the next superstar.

 

More on those judges, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. They’re charming and they have pretty good chemistry with one another! When rumors started swirling of who might join the new judges panel, I had hopes that they would have a non-performer judge who could provide more critical industry expertise, a la Simon Cowell or Randy Jackson. And they don’t, but they don’t really need it because these guys are throwing out constructive criticism and feedback like t-shirts at a minor league baseball game! They’re even giving tips to the really good ones! It’s amazing!

 

Despite all of the familiar trappings that make “Idol” what it is, this season still somehow feels fresh and potentially more interesting that ones in recent years. It has already had a few missteps, from Katy Perry’s unwanted smooching of a contestant to the fact that Ryan Seacrest is still there at all after well, you know, but they both feel like they can be overcome. (Although, I’m really curious to see what they’ll do with Seacrest once they get to the live episodes. They seem to be showing him less that usual in these pre-taped ones. Maybe bring back Dunkleman?) And there is the ever-present chance that once the show falls into the hands of the voting public it will slip into the bland-ness and predictability that probably pushed it off the air in the first place. But I have high hopes, hopes that I didn’t expect to have, that this season can be different. It has to be. Right?

 

What do you think? Are you pleased with this sort-of reboot of “American Idol”? Are you still freaking out over the perfect cameo on “SNL’s” Stefon bit this past weekend? Let me know in the comments. And, as always…

 

Stay classy.

Jenn

The Lonely Island Wrote A Song for The Oscars And They Didn’t Use It, Which I Think Is A Federal Offense?

In the aftermath of last week’s somewhat underwhelming Oscars, national treasures The Lonely Island revealed that they had written a song (and created a demo for the corresponding video) for the big ceremony. It was so great and so epic that it was apparently way too expensive to put together, not to mention unrealistic in terms of the star power needed to pull it off. The Oscars sadly passed on it but lucky for us, the dudes decided to share the demo with the world, revealing what would have almost definitely been the best part of the night.

 

The song features the stars of some of the biggest movies of the year lamenting over the fact that their films often get overlooked when it comes to fancy schmancy awards season. From Wonder Woman to the clown from It to the cavalcade of Hollywood Chrises, the song argues that the often superhuman feats these characters and the people who play them pull off should be considered on the same level as the quieter performances given by frequent Oscar winners, especially because people are actually going to see their movies. It’s hilarious, yes, but it also brings up an incredibly valid point, one that has plagued the Academy for years.

 

While people who avidly follow the Oscars strive to seek out the films that are recognized by the Academy with a nomination or a win, they’re not exactly the films that are bringing in the big box office dollars. Often, these films are shown primarily in art house theaters and aren’t largely advertised in places where Oscar voters are scarce. As a result people simply don’t see them and don’t have any strong reaction to whether or not they win an award. It can make the Academy seem out of touch with what’s actually hitting with the viewing public, which can result in lower viewership of the ceremony and lower interest overall.

 

Take, for example, the bit Chris Rock did when he hosted the Oscars in 2005 and 2016. In both instances, he visited a movie theater to talk to average movie goers about the nominees. And in both instances, people didn’t have much to say or much familiarity at all with the films that were actually nominated, but were happy to speak about the “popcorn movies” that they were there to see. It’s played for humor (and it is pretty funny) but it shows that the movies people are actually seeing, the movies people are actually excited about are not the movies getting nominated at the Oscars. It’s why the Oscars expanded the possible number of Best Pictures nominees from five to 10 after “The Dark Knight,” considered to be both a critical and monetary success, lost out on a Best Picture nomination despite eight nominations and one of its stars, Heath Ledger, winning for his unforgettable performance as the Joker in 2009.

 

This, of course, isn’t to say that every blockbuster film should be in the Oscar conversation. There are plenty of trash movies that make a ridiculous amount of money because some people will just see anything. And it is worthwhile for the Oscars to recognize quieter films that are brilliant despite their lack of moneymaking potential. It can help those films gain more attention and help those filmmakers to get funding for their next project. But there are films that are both artful and money-making that the Oscars can choose to recognize. While I wanted “Get Out” to win best picture this year mostly because it was really really well done and deserved it on that merit alone, it also did incredibly well at the box office. “Dunkirk” also made a lot of money and received plenty of awards recognition. But films like “Wonder Woman” and “Girls Trip,” that provided star performances from the likes of Gal Gadot and Tiffany Haddish and raked in the cash, were left out entirely. Its those kinds of snubs that show the Academy’s blind spots.

 

With “Black Panther” crossing the $1 Billion mark this past weekend, it has clearly cemented its status and a blockbuster. But it has also been celebrated for the quality of its story, its directing and its performances. If it were to win any award at the Oscars next year it would become the first Marvel Studios movies to receive that honor. Simply a nomination in one of the big categories would be pretty revelatory. But will it happen? Or will The Lonely Island have to make another song next year featuring T’Challa and Co? Only time will tell.

 

What do you think? Do you think the Oscars should be open to more mainstream films? Are you also a little bit embarrassed by how happy you were to have “American Idol” back on your TV last night? Divulge in the comments. And, of course…

 

Stay classy.

Jenn

A Look Back At Last Night’s Incredibly Predictable Oscars

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Here’s my Oscar ballot from last night. Green is what I wanted to win, pink is what I thought would win and black is what actually won. I got 18 out of 24 correct, way more than I wanted. Photo by Jenn Murphy

After months of watching movies and award shows, prognosticating and discussing who would win (and who should win), the Oscars finally aired last night on ABC. It was a largely enjoyable night helmed by Jimmy Kimmel, who was able to address the Time’s Up movement as well as other prevalent and important movements in ways both funny and thoughtful. (Although it felt more than a little unfortunate to be highlighting Time’s Up on a night when both Kobe Bryant and Gary Oldman went home with trophies.) Nearly every presenting duo felt like the beginnings of a film that I would pay good money to see, but Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph really took the cake when they presented two awards together. They need to host the Oscars (and the Emmys and the Tonys and the Golden Globes and the Kids Choice Awards and the Teen Choice Awards and the People’s Choice Awards and…) together next year, or at least star in some sort of hilarious and wonderful buddy comedy. Haddish is already set to host the MTV Movie & TV Awards later this year, so let’s hope that she’ll at least bring Rudolph out then for more fun.

 

As for the actual awards themselves, the night proved to be mostly disappointingly predictable. (At least, it was for me.) All of the acting awards went to the same people who have won at nearly every other award show this season. Frances McDormand (who, I’ll admit, is great and had a great acceptance speech) won Actress in a Leading Role for “Three Billboards Outside, Ebbing, Missouri,” Gary Oldman won Actor in a Leading Role for wearing makeup in “Darkest Hour,” Allison Janney won Actress in a Supporting Role for doing what she always does in “I, Tonya” and Sam Rockwell won Actor in a Supporting Role for “Three Billboards,” but I’m going to pretend he won for “The Way Way Back.” (In fact, I’m also going to pretend Allison Janney won for that.) Director and Best Picture went to Guillermo del Toro and “The Shape of Water.” Look, del Toro seems like a lovely human being, but “The Shape of Water” was not that good. If I wanted to watch a movie about a group of misfits who encounter and ultimately befriend a fish person, I would much rather watch a little film called “Aquamarine“! It’s got a lot more JoJo and a lot less questionable fish-human relations. The only two pleasantly predictable moments came in the screenwriting categories, where James Ivory‘s adaptation of “Call Me By Your Name” won in Adapted and Jordan Peele‘s brilliant “Get Out” won in Original. The look of joyful shock on Peele’s face as he walked off stage, Oscar in hand, was truly the highlight of the night. (You can check out the rest of the winners here.)

 

What did you think? Were you pleased or disappointed with film’s biggest night? Are you already preparing the Oscars 2019 campaign for “Paddington 2“? It’s the right thing to do. Share all in the comments, And, of course…

 

Stay classy.

Jenn

 

 

Don’t Worry, I Have Your Oscar Night Menu All Figured Out

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Screenshot by Jenn Murphy

Now that the Olympics are over (finally) we can move on to more important things, like the fact that the Oscars are now LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY! While it’s likely that they’ll award the same people and movies that have been awarded at nearly every other award show this season (I’m looking at you, Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney and “The Shape of Water“), it’ll still be fun to watch and hope, nay, plead for some exciting surprises. I mean, nothing could really top last years “‘La La Land’ won Best Picture oh wait just kidding it was ‘Moonlight’ sorry guys!!!” insanity, but maybe “The Shape of Water” doesn’t have Best Picture in the bag as much as the fish man lovers of the world hope? A girl can dream.

 

Anyway, no watching of the Oscars is complete without food. The show is likely to be at least four hours long, and that’s only if they actually get people to adhere to the 45 seconds of acceptance speech time. (No Nicole Kidman at this show, so it might actually be possible!) Sustenance is needed, and it’s even better if that sustenance is fun and tied to the films nominated for the big prizes. So I, out of the kindness of my own heart, put together some (very serious, not at all a joke) options for what you could serve to honor each movie. I’ll list them in ranking order from what I most want to win Best Picture to what will make me go into a rage blackout if it somehow beats everything above it. Enjoy!

 

Get Out: A pot of chamomile tea and an overwhelming feeling that something about it is very wrong.

 

Lady Bird: “Dori-Toes” (shout-out Tracy Letts) cut into the shape of Communion wafers and Lady Bird wings (it’s the TITULAR FOOD)

 

Call Me By Your Name: Gummy Peachio Peachio Peachios (I’m so sorry)

 

Phantom Thread: Asparagus gazpacho soup, cooked with oil and salt, not butter NEVER BUTTER I mean what is this, prison? Are you my jailer? Have you come to ruin my night and quite possibly my entire life????

 

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: A couple slices of white bread that think they’re being nuanced about race relations but they’re not, and some cereal to throw at your son.

 

The Post: The ROAST beef sliders with swiss cheese and horseradish mayo to be eaten while waiting for your editor to agree to run the damn story.

 

The Shape of Water: Deviled eggs but the deviled part has blue and green food coloring in it to resemble the fish man she bones *ahem* excuse me, the fish man she falls in love with.

 

Dunkirk: Find out what Harry Styles’ favorite food is and just make that.

 

Darkest Hour: The darkest chocolate, because damn son that movie was not well lit.

 

~BONUS~ Make some orange marmalade sandwiches to honor “Paddington 2” which had better sweep the Oscars next year (or at least split the awards with “Black Panther“) or I will riot.

 

So there you have it, your Oscar night menu in full. Time to head to the grocery store to get the goods!

 

What do you think? Have your own plans for your Oscar night menu? Are you hesitantly excited for this week’s long-awaited return of Lifetime’s first-season-was-great-but-the-second-season-was-very-questionable “UnREAL“? Share your thoughts in the comments. And, as always…

 

Stay classy.

Jenn

Sick of the Olympics? Here’s Some Other Stuff You Can Do!

With the Winter Olympics now in full swing, it seems like much of the world has been taken over by the “splendor of the games” or whatever. While the Winter Olympics can be fun (Figure Skating!) it can also get a little old after a while. No shade to the talented, accomplished athletes competing at the top of their fields this week, but once you’ve seen one person ski down a hill, you’ve kind of seen them all. Until, of course, someone crashes and then it’s just sad.

 

Anyways, if you, like me, are starting to get a little bit of Olympics fatigue, I’ve decided to compile for us a short list of things we can do this week instead of watching the Olympics. Read on, and get busy.

 

1) Tired of the Winter Olympics? Might I suggest, the Space Olympics?

Sure, it’s still Olympics related, but this “SNL” Digital Short from The Lonely Island days always comes to mind when the Olympics rolls around. The crises facing the Space Olympics in this sketch feel more like the unfinished hotels at the Sochi games or the color-changing pools at Rio, than they do anything happening in Pyeongchang (the norovirus outbreak, maybe?) but it’s still funny nevertheless. I dare you to not have the phrase “You’re a Winner” stuck in your head after watching this. It’s been stuck in my head for years at this point.

 

2) Catch up on some new, great TV shows!

While most of the networks have put their shows on a two week hiatus so as not to compete with the Olympics, a lot of cable series are still airing new episodes. Three somewhat newish shows that I definitely think are worth checking out are “grown-ish,” “Alone Together” (both on Freeform), and “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace” (on FX). The two Freeform shows are comedies, the former following the oldest daughter from “black-ish” (another great show) as she starts college and the latter following two extremely co-dependent unlikable-but-still-endearing people as they live life in LA. If you hate comedy and want to just feel depressed and creeped out for a while, then “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” might be a better fit. The title makes it pretty clear what the show is about, but don’t expect to see Gianni Versace and co. too much. The show focuses more on the man who killed him and the life he led before that fateful day. It’s definitely not a feel good show, but it’s deeply fascinating and full of great performances. All three of these shows are in the midst of their seasons, (and I think at least two of them are taking a break this week for some reason) so now would be the perfect time to catch up.

 

3) Take on a new podcast!

If you don’t feel like using both your eyes and your ears but still want to be entertained, might I suggest a podcast? Specifically, might I suggest the podcast Punch Up the Jam? It comes from one half of the Gilmore Guys duo, Demi Adejuyigbe, and on it he and co-host Miel Bredouw hilariously and (mostly) factually break down a song of their choosing and then “punch it up,” creating their own remix that is guaranteed to be both funny and surprisingly good. It’s been an incredibly fun addition to my regular podcast listening, so I highly recommend it. And hey, if you still want to watch the Olympics but are tired of the commentators, you can listen to this instead! Look at that, you’re a winner!

 

Well, there you go! Three whole things you can do if you’re sick of the Olympics! You can also go see “Black Panther,” of course. That’s definitely an option.

 

What do you think? Have any other recommendations for people who are sick of the Olympics? Are you more focused on prepping your Oscar viewing party menu? (It is less than two weeks away!) I feel you, and I may have some suggestions in next week’s post…you’ll just have to wait and see 😉 Until then…

 

Stay classy.

Jenn

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