2017 Golden Globes Running Diary

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The beginning of a new year means one thing – award season is about to heat up. Smaller ceremonies have already begun to separate the wheat from the chaff, but the Golden Globes is the first major ceremony on the way to the Academy Awards. Of course, the Golden Globes is unique since it recognizes achievement in both TV and films and the honorees are selected by a very small group of foreign journalists who often make some very bizarre decisions. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) seem to have settled down in the last few years, but that means that they are probably overdue for some wacky selections. I generally think that the Golden Globes are kind of worthless because of this, but since this is also the award ceremony where everyone gets very drunk, there is the potential for something interesting to happen. Jimmy Fallon is hosting this year, which probably means that the ceremony will be relatively non-controversial compared to previous years, but hopefully he does something fun with it. I’d rather be watching Sherlock, but the work of a blogger is never done.

And away we go……

8:00 – Yay – A La La Land tribute to start.

 

8:01 – Jimmy and Nicole Kidman – what could have been.

8:02 – That Westworld joke made me laugh

8:02 – Haha…..Jon Snow

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8:03 – Eleven shows off her mad rapping skills:

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8:03 – Barb lives!

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8:04 – The Fallon/Timberlake bromance is still going strong.

8:05 – LOL – the teleprompter is already down…30 seconds into the live show. Let the madness begin.

8:06 – “The Golden Globes – one of the few places left where America still honors the popular vote.”

8:07 – “No one is gonna thank O.J.” Solid point, but the Chris Rock impression was probably ill advised.

8:08 – That King Joffrey/Trump joke didn’t land well. Maybe the audience is still a few seasons behind on Game Of Thrones and are mad Fallon just spoiled that plot point.

8:09 – That Matt Damon/Batman vs Superman quip didn’t work either.

8:09 – I’m surprised that the audience isn’t responding better to these Trump jokes. Though people may think Fallon is overcompensating due to previous criticism about his handling of Trump.

8:09 -Questlove DJing – cut to an old guy that has no idea what is happening

8:09 – Ryan Reynolds and Emma Stone present best supporting actor in a motion picture. I hate that presenters come from the audience.

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8:10 Well that is a surprise – Aaron Taylor-Johnson for Nocturnal Animals. Good money should have been on Mahershala Ali for Moonlight. He’ll fare better at the Oscars.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Aaron Taylor-Johnson accepts the award for Best Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture for his role in "Nocturnal Animals" during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

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8:11 Wait – this dude is British? How did I not know this?

8:12 Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Priyanka Chopra present best actor in a TV series drama.

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8:13 – Billy Bob Thornton will for his Amazon series Goliath. I am now two for two having not seen the performance that has won. I’m a terrible pop culturist.

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8:14 – Billy Bob thanks the Foreign Press for letting him beat Bob Odenkirk, who he’s had a feud with “since 1940.”

8:20 – Well that was weird – they announced Hugh Grant  as a  Golden Globe winner for Florence Foster Jenkins – an award that they haven’t even presented yet. Then Jimmy came out to tell a joke and re-introduced Hugh Grant. That was weird, but the joke was sort of timely “I just got off the phone with Mariah Carey and she thinks Dick Clark productions sabotaged my monologue.”

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8:21 – Grant is here to introduce Florence Foster Jenkins, which he doesn’t do particularly well. It’s nominated for best comedy or musical.

8:22 – Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant here to present best actress in a comedy series or musical.

8:23 – Tracee Ellis Ross wins for Black-ish which I also don’t watch (but I’ve heard good things). She’s a first time winner – and the first black woman to win since 1983.

8:25 – So far, hers is the best speech of the night.

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8:25 – Olyphant and Barrymore are back to present best comedy series or musical.

8:26 – Hallejuliah! Atlanta wins, which is not only well-deserved, but a show that I watch.

8:27 – Donald Glover’s brown tux is pretty great.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, creator, executive producer and actor Donald Glover accepts the award for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy for the series "Atlanta" during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

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8:27 – Glover gives Migos a shoutout for their song “Bad and Boujee.” They appeared on Atlanta, but I’m guessing this reference confused 50% of the Golden Globes audience. Keep up with your hip hip, people.

8:28 – Wait – we need more of Keith Stanfield dancing!

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8:33 – Fallon is back to introduce the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press – the head of one of the most mysterious cabals in Hollywood.

8:34 – Vince Vaughn is here to introduce Hacksaw Ridge, a best picture drama nominee.

8:35 – Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon here to present best lead actress in a limited series or TV movie.

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8:36 – Good job Hollywood Foreign Press – that’s two in a row that you got right. Sarah Paulson for her role in American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson.

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8:38 – Kidman and Witherspoon are back to present best limited series or TV movie. I feel like these awards are in a weird order. Like what about lead actor in a limited series?

8:39 – No shocker here – American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson continues its winning streak from the Emmys.

8:45 – And now DJ Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the 1s and 2s.

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8:45 – Annette Bening is here to present her film, 20th Century Women, which is in consideration for best picture, musical or comedy.

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8:47 – Matt Bomer and Naomi Campbell (weird combo) here to present best supporting actor in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television.

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8:48 – The American Crime Story monolpoly comes to an end – Hugh Laurie wins for The Night Manger, which I really enjoyed (but Sterling K. Brown was ROBBED).

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8:49 – Solid joke from Laurie – Of course [it’s] more amazing because I’ll be able to say I won this at the last ever Golden Globes.I don’t mean to be gloomy, it’s just that it has the words ‘Hollywood,’ ‘Foreign,’ and ‘Press’ in the title. I also think to some Republicans even the word ‘association’ is sketchy.”

 

8:50 – Sofia Vergara introduces Miss Golden Globes, the daughters of Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin. And she once again pokes fun at her accent, which is getting a little old. She shouldn’t have to mock herself all the time.

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8:51 – Sting and Carrie Underwood here to introduce the nominees for  best original score in a motion picture (after Fallon tried to shoehorn in a Sting impression).

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8:52 –Justin Hurwitz wins for La La Land.

8:54 – Sting and Underwood return to present Best Original Song.

8:55 – Another win for La La Land. Sorry Lin-Manuel Miranda.

9:00 – John Legend is here to introduce La La Land. His name was spelled wrong on his nametag. Get it together Golden Globes!

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9:02 – Michael Keaton is here to present best supporting actress in a motion picture. If you don’t watch The Tonight Show, you may have thought that Fallon was having a stroke with his intro of Keaton.

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9:03 – Even the Hollywood Foreign Press couldn’t mess this one up – the amazing Viola Davis wins for Fences.

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9:04 – For real – just give Davis an award for everything she wants. She is perfection.

 

9:09 – Kristen Bell and Cuba Gooding, Jr. are here to present Best Actress in a limited series. Gooding is yelling a lot, but isn’t yelling “Show me the money” which is progress.

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9:10 – Olivia Colman wins for The Night Manager. She isn’t in attendance – I wonder if Jimmy Fallon has the same rules about this as Jimmy Kimmel.

9:10 – Dov Patel and Sunny Pawar. Damn that kid is cute – Patel ain’t so bad either. They are here to introduce Lion.

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9:12 – Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn here to present best actor in a comedy or musical. No one can do ditzy like Hawn, but this material is below her.

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9:15 – Ryan Gosling wins for La La Land. He’s just so charming. Losers Ryan Reynolds and Andrew Garfield decide to kiss to console each other.

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9:16 – Dear Lord – with the speech he somehow became even more swoon-worthy. How is that even possible?

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9:20 – Felicity Jones and Diego Luna present best screenplay. I am told that these are Star Wars people.

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9:22 – Another win for La La Land.

9:23 – Kristen Wiig and Steve Carell are here to present best animated film. “Good evening peers and regular people.”

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9:25 – Man, the world needs more Steve Carell.

9:26 – This bit is perfection. Straight perfection. Wiig and Carell should host next year. This is the only funny thing that has happened all night.

 

9:27 – Zootopia wins, which is almost beside the point after that hilarity.

9:29 – A tribute to Carrie Fischer and Debbie Reynolds.

9:34 – Casey Affleck takes the mic to introduce his film Manchester By The Sea.

9:36 – Chris Hemsworth and Gal Gadot present best foreign language film, but more importantly, built a bridge between DC and Marvel.

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9:36 – Elle wins and their table had a very delayed reaction to this news.

9:38 – Anna Kendrick and Justin Theroux are here to present best actor in a limited series and to look pretty.

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9:40 – The Night Manager continues to pick up awards as Tom Hiddleston wins.

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9:42 – His speech pays tribute to the aid workers of the UN Children’s Fund in South Sudan. It’s kind of hard to think what he and Taylor Swift used to talk about.

 

9:43 – Christian Slater is trying to make heads or tales of this rambling.

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9:47 – Jake Gyllenhaal is here to introduce Deadpool for some reason; he’s not in the movie. But more Gyllenhaal is always a good thing. And that’s two Swift exes back to back.

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9:48 – LOL – they were very limited on what they could show from Deadpool

9:49 – Laura Dern and Jon Hamm are here to present best actress in a TV series drama. Hamm is rocking a magnificent beard.

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9:50 – Claire Foy wins for The Crown, which I am watching on my lunch break at work. It’s great.

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9:51 – “The world could do with a few more women at the center of it.” Preach, sister.

 

9:52 – Hamm and Dern back to present best TV series, drama.

9:52 – The HFPA likes royalty – The Crown wins.

9:54 – DJ Questlove is savage – plays off their speech and then tweets about it:

9:58 – More Viola Davis. This is always a good thing.

9:59 – She’s making me hungry with all this talk of apple pie and collard greens.

10:00 – I had legit no idea where this was going, but Davis is here to present Meryl Streep with the the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

10:01 – Do they give awards for presenting awards?

10:05 – I’m impressed that they snuck a The River Wild clip into this montage.

10:07 – That reaction shot of the audience was a lot of women who lost roles or awards to Streep.

 

10:09 – Who knew Streep had beef with Mixed Martial Arts?

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10:11 – Meryl Wikipedia-ed the hell out of this audience.

10:13 – She ends with a quote from her friend Carrie Fisher: “Take your broken heart. Make it into art.”

10:14 – Great speech – totally on point. (And as expected – Trump tweeted about it).

10:17 – Chris Pratt doing what Chris Pratt does best in the montage of actors talking about their first jobs.

10:19 – Chris Pine is here to present the movie Hell or High Water and enter his beard in the Golden Globes beard contest.

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10:21 – Ben Affleck, Sienna Miller and Zoe Saldana here to present Best Director.

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10:22 – Another win for La La Land. Let the backlash begin!

10:24 – Mandy Moore and Jess Milo Ventimiglia are here to present best actor in a comedy or musical series. I am not digging the stache.

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10:25 – Another great win for Donald Glover.

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10:27 – He has a kid? This is news to me.

 

10:31 – Matt Damon is presenting best actress for motion picture in a musical or comedy and pokes fun at his win for The Martian last year. “That fact alone is funnier than literally anything in The Martian.”

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10:33 – Emma Stone wins for La La Land, which is actually deserved.

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10:35 – Pierce Brosnon is here to introduce Sing Street. This is on my list to see. I’m guessing it will be right up my alley.

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10:41 – Brad Pitt gets a nice ovation in one of his first appearances since the end of Brangelina. He’s here to introduce Moonlight, which is a beautiful movie and should have won more awards.

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10:42 – Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne get a rapping intro from Fallon. They are here to award the best motion picture, musical or comedy. This shouldn’t be a surprise based on all the previous awards. And Fallon is trying a little too hard.

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10:43 – Yup – as expected. La La Land sweeps.

 

10:44 – Fun fact – La La Land was originally supposed to star Miles Teller and Emma Watson. I cannot even imagine what Teller would have looked like in that role.

10:50 – Brie Larson presents Best Actor in a motion picture.

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10:50 – Casey Affleck wins for his powerful performance in Manchester By The Sea.

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10:51 – I love that Busy Phillips is always Michelle Williams’ date. They are so adorable.

10:57 – Leonardo DiCaprio is here to present best actress in a motion picture. He’s been suspiciously low profile tonight.

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10:58 – Huh. Isabelle Huppert wins for Elle. I thought Natalie Portman had this in the bag. But the trailer for Elle did look good, so maybe the HFPA knows what they are doing.

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11:00 – Carl Weathers and Sylvester Stallone (?) are here to present Best Picture Drama. It’s the 40th anniversary of Rocky, but that still seems like a stretch.

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11:01 – Hot damn! It’s Moonlight! Nice work Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

 

11:03 – And…..it’s over. Thank the gods, old and new, for that.

The Golden Globes went pretty much as expected tonight, with a few minor surprises thrown in to keep things moderately interesting. I liked Fallon’s cold open, but the rest of his material didn’t really work. He just never hit the right tone and leaned a little too  much on stuff that works on his late night show. He wasn’t a disaster, but I didn’t miss him when he was off stage. I still think Amy Poehler and Tina Fey were the best hosts in recent years and Fallon did nothing to challenge that. I never love the Golden Globes, but it is a good warm-up for the marathon that is award season. It’s hard to read too much into the results, but I’ve been predicting a Moonlight/La La Land showdown at the Oscars and they did both win the big award in their respective categories. So I guess we’ll see if La La Land can keep up the momentum or if it loses steam.

Comics Come Home XXI – TD Garden (Boston, MA), 11.7.15

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This weekend, I made my way to Boston for the 21st annual Comics Come Home fundraising event for the Cam Neely Cancer Foundation. My friend Laura and I went to the event last year and had so much fun that we decided to make it an annual tradition – a tradition that was immediately threatened when I found myself on crutches. I’d already skipped a few events that I had tickets to due to the difficulty of making the logistics of an arena work, but I was determined that I wasn’t going to miss out on going to Comic Come Home, even though I was really nervous about it. The lure of spending a night with Denis Leary, Jimmy Fallon, Ray Romano, Louis CK and others was just too strong. Since I’d already missed out on planned trips to Vegas and Florida, a film festival, and concerts because of this stupid injury, I was ready to roll the dice and face my fears. And honestly, it would have been poetic if it was the city of Boston was what finally took me down, given my complex relationship with their sports teams.

Thankfully, I was able to enjoy Comics Come Home without incident. In fact, as much as I enjoyed the show last year, I think that this year’s installment was better overall, in part because the quality of the comedians was more consistent and built to the de facto headliner, Louis CK. Last year probably hit more highs – I STILL laugh whenever I think about Robert Kelly’s set – but it also had some comics that didn’t quite connect with the audience. This year, there was consistent laughter for every person on that stage so it made for a better slate of acts.

As is always the case, Denis Leary kicked off the show and served as the emcee. He performed a parody of Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotions” about the comics we’d see that night as well as a very Boston-centric song that I’m pretty sure that he performed last year. Fair warning – it uses some language that people might not find appropriate:

 

As expected, that got a pretty enthusiastic response – especially when he mentioned Tom Brady. That guy is a freaking god in Boston. Leary then did some jokes and was his usual entertaining self, ranting about forgetting some of what he was going to talk about ranting about whatever annoys him. I hoped that maybe some of the cast from his FX series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll would eventually join him on stage, but that wasn’t in the cards. Perhaps next year.

Leary was then ready to turn the stage over the comedians that had donated their time to be a part of the event. First up was Chris Distefano, who stars in the IFC show Benders (which Leary produces). Distefano was probably not as well known to the crowd, but I was familiar with his stand-up. He was good and had some solid material about having a child with a Puerto Rican woman and his interaction with a waiter in Norway (“Reindeers are real??”). He did among the shorter sets of the evening – the comics are on stage longer as the night progresses – but he made the most of his time and made the audience laugh quite a bit. I’m sure that people who didn’t know who he was before the show will seek him out now.

Next up was Steven Wright, who I was looking forward to seeing. He has a very distinctive delivery and he doesn’t so much tell jokes but throw off funny one-liners and non sequiturs. His jokes construction is all over the place in regards to topics; there is no clear connection between one statement and the next, other than the fact that they are oddly funny. I wasn’t really sure how this dry, deadpan and chaotic method of delivery would play in person, but it was quite delightful. He’s kind of an odd duck, but all of his observations were funny and sometimes you had to chuckle just at the randomness of it all.

Photo by Scott Eisen for the Boston Globe

Photo by Scott Eisen for the Boston Globe

The only woman on the bill this year was Christine Hurley; I had no idea who she was, so I was a little surprised to hear the ovation that the crowd gave when her name was mentioned, as I like to think I’m pretty up on who’s who in the world of stand-up. Turns out that she’s a local favorite and plays a lot of shows in the Boston area, which is why everyone else seemed to know who she was. She’s only recently started her comedy career and she definitely has a lot of material to mine from her own life, as she is the mother of five and married to her high school sweetheart who is now a firefighter. She was a pleasant surprise and did a really great job – but don’t let the mom of five thing fool you. She’s not afraid to get a little raunchy and she used the C-word a lot on her act, much to the delight of Leary. In fact, he had all 13,000 people at the Garden yell out that word in unison after Hurley’s set:

 

Leary’s old Rescue Me running buddy Lenny Clark was up next and relayed some stories about some of his past health issues and trips to the hospital. It was honestly a little convoluted – he started telling two stories at once, so it was a little hard to follow – but it was funny enough that you laughed despite that. He’s always the most interesting dresser of the group and he didn’t disappoint this time either. Clark’s a lovable guy so he’s just fun to see on stage; I thought his set was a little stronger last year, but he’s such an amusing storyteller that even when he goes a little haywire, you just enjoy going along with him for the ride.

Ray Romano followed Clark and he was probably the comedian that I was most interested in seeing, mostly because I’d never seen him do stand-up before. I mean, I obviously knew that he was a comic before he landed Everybody Loves Raymond but I wasn’t really sure what he’s be like. I enjoyed Everybody Loves Raymond in syndication, though more as background noise than a show that I was really all that invested in. I’ve enjoyed Romano much more when he’s doing more dramatic work – he was fantastic on TNT’s Men of a Certain Age, which was funny in a way very different than a network sitcom and I was glad to see him turn up on NBC’s Parenthood. I was hoping that his stand-up would be a little smarter than the stuff you see on a sitcom, but I was prepared to be disappointed. When I saw Kevin James do stand-up, I walked away thinking that he was pretty vanilla and I wouldn’t have been shocked to have the same thoughts after seeing Ray. Romano was actually great; he did a lot of material about his family as well as getting older. Neither of these topics are particularly innovative or edgy, but he had jokes that offered a new perspective and that were, more importantly, very funny. Plus I got to hear Romano curse and talk about masturbation, which is not something you expect from the guy who played Ray Barone. I remembered a lot more of Romano’s jokes than some of the other comics, which is proof of a job well done.

Photo by Scott Eisen for the Boston Globe

Photo by Scott Eisen for the Boston Globe

Jimmy Fallon took the stage next and got perhaps the biggest ovation from the crowd. Everybody loves Jimmy, apparently – sorry Ray. This marked the 7th time that Fallon and I have been in the same room and yet it is always fun to see him in person. Fallon got things going by joking around about his recent string of accidents; he mentioned that when he was in Boston two weeks ago that he stayed at a lovely hotel – Mass General. He then did very similar shtick as he did last year – he handed out superlatives to members of the Boston Bruins and then Leary joined him to hand out some superlatives to the Rangers. Since I don’t know hockey players as well, this was slightly less amusing than last year when they did baseball players. Leary also gave Fallon some superlatives of his own: “Most likely to leave a hockey game with more injuries than the players” and “Most likely to trip and say ‘help I’m Fallon and I can’t get up!’

Jimmy and Denis then did a slightly rewritten rendition of Chumbawamba’s “Tubthumping”

 

Jimmy appearance this year was shorter than it was last year and I think overall I enjoyed him more at Comics Come Home 20. Perhaps because they stuck so closely to the formula that they used last year, it didn’t feel as exciting. But seeing Jimmy is always a good thing and the audience ate him up.

Photo by Scott Eisen for the Boston Globe

Photo by Scott Eisen for the Boston Globe

Steve Sweeney was kind of the sorbet of the evening, allowing the audience to cleanse their palate before Louis CK took the stage. I wasn’t familiar with Sweeney and one has to assume that his placement later on the bill was due to being a Boston favorite and because he was Leary’s old roommate when they were starting out. He was fine, though probably the weakest link in the lineup. He did a lot of ethnic humor which I didn’t think was all that insightful or hilarious, but he may have gotten a few chuckles out of me. I may have also been less attentive than I could have been, as I was already getting psyched up to see Louis CK again. He’s always the best.

This was my third time seeing Louis CK perform and for the third time he absolutely KILLED it. Watching Louis CK on stage is watching someone who is at the absolute top of their game and has mastered their craft. It’s always something of a revelation and I have no idea how he continuously pumps out such great material. It’s like you almost take for granted how good he is. Louis CK covered all sorts of topics, though perhaps the most memorable was when he talked about seeing his dad’s penis for the first time in the bathroom of Fenway Park. That legitimately brought the house down. I could have stayed and listened to him forever; if you get the chance to see Louis CK live, I cannot recommend it highly enough. He alone was worth the ticket price to Comics Come Home. He’s just brilliant.

Photo by Scott Eisen for the Boston Globe

Photo by Scott Eisen for the Boston Globe

As tradition dictates, Denis Leary returned to the stage one last time to perform his song “Asshole,” which people seem to still love after all these years. I’ll admit that I was only half paying attention to his performance of it this year as my thoughts had already moved on to the challenge of getting up the stairs from our seats and out into the crowded corridor of the Garden. We made it work, however, and I managed to get myself to the safety of the car without falling on my face and with only minimal assistance. People were generally pretty cool about getting out of my way while I was on crutches and the staff of the TD Garden were absolutely wonderful, so what could have been a very stressful evening wound up being not so bad after all.

We’re already looking forward to Comics Come Home 22, which hopefully I will not be injured for. It is a wonderful cause to support and the fact that we get a night’s worth of great comedy on top of it is really just gravy. Leary may refer to himself as an asshole, but his charity work for firefighters and the Cam Neely Foundation indicates otherwise.

Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Back to the Doctor Edition

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I’m beginning to think that the warranty on my body has just expired.

Now that my ankle is basically mended – minus a little twinge of pain here and there – a whole new medical issue has emerged in the form of red and bloodshot eyes. I’m off to the doctor to find out what the issue is, but for someone who rarely has any medical issues I’m having quite a run. The wheels are coming off and I’m not enjoying this at all.

So while I’m off to deal with my newest ailment, get yourself caught up on all the pop culture that you might have missed with this week’s roundup. There’s a little bit of something here for everyone this week.

  • The Taylor Swift corn maze is no joke:

 

  • Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres has a lip sync battle:

 

  • This article discusses what it was like for Steve Whitmire to fill Jim Henson’s shoes.

Time for some trailers…..

  • The Jungle Book

 

  • Brie Larson in Room:

 

  • Keith Richards: Under the Influence:

 

  • A new teaser for American Horror Story: Hotel:

 

  • The 5th season of Scandal:

 

  • Downton Abbey – the final season:

 

  • Where to Invade Next, a new documentary from Michael Moore:

 

  • The Mindy Project – now on Hulu:

 

  • Season 11 of Supernatural:

 

  • Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in Creed:

 

  • The Last Man on Earth, season 2:

 

  • I Smile Back (a dramatic role for Sarah Silverman):

 

  • Back in Time (A Back to the Future documentary):

 

  • Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett in Carol:

 

  • Krampus:

 

  • The Flash, season 2:

 

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  • Gary Richrath, guitarist for REO Speedwagon, passed away.

As always, we end with the mashups and supercuts….

  • This supercut makes Idris Elba James Bond (as destiny intends):

 

  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 recut as a dark thriller:

 

  • Inception on Elm Street:

 

  • Kissing in Hitchcock films:

 

  • A supercut of people saying “Go!” in movies:

 

  • Every Geico ad played at once:

 

  • Is Elsa really the villain of Frozen?

 

  • Demi Lovato covers “Take Me To Church”:

 

  • Bat Blood (A “Bad Blood” parody):

 

  • And finally, Friends re-cut as a horror movie: