Last Night's Golden Globes Was The Best Kind of Awards Show
January 13, 2014
The best moments from the very meta, very entertaining 2014 Golden Globes.
Bad TV: A Love Letter
January 30, 2013
"30 Rock" will be remembered, above all, as a love letter to bad TV.
On Saturday night at 9 p.m., political reporters across the Beltway will gather round their flat-screens swelling with an odd mix of regret and expectation, like paunchy forty-somethings at a college reunion looking at an old video clip from that great blow-out party years past. Boy, did we have it good, then, and boy is life now dull by comparison. Instead of Obama and Hillary, it's Mitt and Rick. And instead of Sarah Palin, it'll be ... Rob Portman?
Six Sigma: Is It Taking Over the GOP?
June 13, 2011
There’s a wry old episode of NBC’s “30 Rock” in which Jack Donaghy and Liz Lemon attend a seemingly fictional “Six Sigma” business conference (motto: “Retreat to Move Forward”) and immerse themselves in the ever-intense world of consulting buzzwords and team-building exercises. “There they are,” says Jack, reverently, pointing to a group of older men, “The six sigmas themselves, each of them embodying a pillar of the Six Sigma business philosophy: Teamwork. Insight. Brutality. Male Enhancement. Handshakefulness.
The Baby Lottery
February 17, 2010
As someone who has long believed that there is something morally repellant about living in a country that prides itself on being the greatest democracy in the world but where the top one-tenth of one percent of the people "earn" as much money per year collectively as the entire bottom fifty percent of working people, I would like to offer a modest proposal that might "level the playing field," as the popular saying has it, and thus provide a foundation for a democracy worthy of the name.
Samantha Bee Takes On Tina Fey
February 28, 2008
A couple nights ago, I remarked upon the Clinton campaign's curious habit of citing a Saturday Night Live skit depicting the media fawning over Obama as proof that the media is actually favoring him. (Time reports that Bill called Tina Fey t thank her for the skit.) Well, my logic may not have convinced them, but now I see that the Daily Show is mocking the notion that the media is out to get Clinton. By the logic of the Clinton campaign, this would seem to be a definitive refutation, unless somehow Mad TV weighs in on her side to break the tie: --Jonathan Chait
"bitches Get Stuff Done!"
February 25, 2008
A funny and unconventional (but ultimately sincere) Hillary endorsement from SNL's Tina Fey (who can probably never set foot in Brooklyn again). Bonus: Another funny skit from the same episode--maybe also written by Fey?--about media fawning over Obama. --Michael Crowley
Girls, Girls, Girls!
October 05, 2004
"Cutting social commentary"; "acutely hilarious sociology"; "a harbinger of hope ... for future feminist comedies." These were some of the peculiar accolades bestowed upon the movie Mean Girls when it opened in theaters. Why did critics accord it such stature? Doubtless because it was, in the words of one, the "best teen comedy ever adapted from a sociological study." In actuality, the source material--Rosalind Wiseman's book Queen Bees %amp% Wannabes--is not a sociological study but a parenting guide, and Mean Girls is in no meaningful way "adapted" from it.