Giant Of The Senate

I’ve never been much for writing book reviews. Mainly because I don’t know how to write book reviews. Call this one an appreciation. (If you feel you have to call it anything at all.) I noticed a lot of interest in Al Franken:  Giant of the Senate on Facebook and elsewhere. So, here we go. The…
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Mr. Warmth

Today is Don Rickles’ birthday. It’s also my mother’s birthday, but that’s another story and another post. Don Rickles died a month ago. If you’re like me and you always wanted see him live but never did, and you feel cheated, the next best thing may be to watch the terrific John Landis documentary Mr. Warmth. Johnny…
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Late Night Lists

It’s been quite the (traumatic) year for those of us who enjoy the late night talk shows, what with the recent departures of Jon Stewart from The Daily Show and David Letterman from The Late Show.  Earlier, Craig Ferguson from The Late Late Show. And earlier still, Jay Leno from The Tonight Show. It seemed…
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He’s gone already, chief.

Elf Not Included

Ring, ring. “Hi, it’s Bob Zany.  I’ve got an idea.” It’s a call I get every year, usually a few weeks before Bob brings his legendary standup comedy to Grand Forks. It can mean a lot of things for me. It usually means my life is going to get a little more interesting in coming…
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