Guess Who’s Hosting SNL on Saturday?

Everyone’s favorite average leading man…Channing Tatum!

I’m not sure what it is I like so much about Channing Tatum. It’s just…sometimes I want to eat white bread. Sometimes I want to watch a Channing Tatum movie. Just because something’s kind of bland doesn’t mean it’s not good every once in awhile. I am very excited to see Channing Tatum on SNL because I have absolutely no idea what he’ll be like. Although he was really great in this Dirty Dancing Cinemash with Charlyne Yi. Seriously, I could watch this all day.

I still stand by my assertion that Channing Tatum needs to be in all the romantic comedies. 2012: Make It Happen!

People Like This Were The Only People There

Last night H. and I saw Dr. Dog for the third time. They were amazing, and they looked exactly the same as they did the two previous times we saw them, which was comforting.

They were amazing because they’re always amazing. I know it’s not “cool” to gush about how much you love a band once you’re older than, like, 19, but clearly I don’t care about being cool.
This song is from their new album, which comes out next week.

But that’s not the point of this post! The point is to talk about the people we met (or, more accurately, “met”) last night. These are the people you’ll see at just about every concert, unless you’re seeing, I don’t know, Barry Manilow or someone.

-Elbow Dancer
A man that dances not with his hips, but with his elbows. Much like Elton John’s Tiny Dancer, you’ll want to stay close to him. This seems counterintuitive, as to be near Elbow Dancer is to put yourself at risk of a jab to the face (if he’s taller than you) or the groin (if he’s shorter). But Elbow Dancer expands to fit his space, much like a tampon. You need to stay close to reign him in.

-Pretty Girls
So, so many pretty girls with pretty hair and pretty clothes.

-Guys That Look Alike
Two guys, side by side. Plaid shirts, thick-rimmed glasses, dark hair, same height. Are they brothers? Friends? Liberace-style lovers? Or did they come to the show separately, drawn to each other as if by magic?

-Making Out Couple/Fighting Couple
We’ve all been half of at least one of these couples before, so I’m not going to judge.

-Happily Dancing Beanie Guy
A guy in a yellow beanie hat who dances, even before the show to the house music. As he points to the stage and flails his arms, his friends don’t react. The fact that they’re neither embarassed nor amused shows that this is typical behavior. “Oh, that? He’s just being Jeff,” they say to any onlookers.

-Old Man/Young Girl
This one may be specific to last night’s show.
Him: a cross between Darryl Hall and William H. Macy. Slightly graying hair still has a lot of body. Khakis and long sleeved polo shirt.
Her: Young. Northface jacket. Ponytail.
What’s their deal? Are they father and daughter? On a date? I suggested he was a new stepdad, but H. noticed that he wasn’t wearing a wedding ring. Then I thought maybe it was an awkward first date, but H. pointed out that he was wearing his jacket tied around his waist, as one would never do on a date. He kept touching her shoulder in a very non-fatherly way and they left before the show was even half through. Their love will forever be a mystery to me, so I made up a story to satisfy my curiosity. I imagine Megan (that’s her name) telling her dorm mate she’s going on a date.
“Oh, do I know him?” says her dorm mate.
“Um…” says Megan, brushing her hair. “No…he’s kind of…older.”
Dorm mate looks up from the Cosmo she’s reading. “How much older?”
Megan sighs. “Like 42? But it’s like, he doesn’t seem 42, you know? And Darrell almost never talks about his kids, so it’s totally not even a thing.”
Aaaand scene.

Great Moment in Sitcom History: Stevie Wonder on The Cosby Show

I am not kidding when I say I think about this scene from The Cosby Show almost every day.

This is easily Stevie Wonder’s worst song, right? I mean, the man’s a musical genius, and this is the song Phylicia Rashad has to sing? Which is not to say that I don’t actually kind of love this song. I love it very much, even the terrible “cha cha cha” at the end.

Lady Podcast: Making It with Riki Lindhome

My favorite parts of Tina Fey’s and Mindy Kaling’s books were their stories about getting their careers started. Whether it’s Mindy writing ‘Matt and Ben’ or Tina working at a gym in order to make money for classes, I’m always fascinated to learn how people got their start. For one thing, I’m just curious because I’m a nosy person. Mostly, though, I find stories like this inspirational.

Making It is a great podcast hosted by Riki Lindhome (of Garfunkel and Oates fame), and it’s entirely about this subject! She interviews writers, actors, comedians, directors, and general “creative types” about their careers and how they got to where they are now. It is the most interesting thing in the world to me. Since it’s my job to let you all know how nice Ben Schwartz seems, allow me to direct you to his episode. I really admire his work ethic. He figured out what he wanted to do and then took every opportunity he could. He talks about lying his way into the MTV studios, how nice Seth Green is, writing for the Oscars, UCB, and all sorts of other things. He keeps asking if what he’s saying is boring, and I just wanted to yell, “THIS IS LITERALLY THE MOST FASCINATING THING I COULD EVER HEAR!” It really is.