Posts Tagged ‘Conan’
The volatile Charlie Sheen has gained plenty of press lately for attacks on his bosses, his wives, and various female companions, but his vitriol didn’t stop there. He recently went after his Two and a Half Men costar Jon Cryer, calling him “a turncoat, a traitor, a troll.”
Cryer appeared on Conan last night to respond to the insults.
This is the sketch that opened Conan O’Brien‘s new show “Conan” on TBS Monday night. If the trials and tribulations of a millionaire talk show host don’t interest you, then watch it simply for the cameo by Jon Hamm. He’s very handsome.
It’s not like the strike hit and I slapped my ass to the couch to start watching The Hills. Instead of working on a script but I’ve been working on other endeavors –blogging, vlogging, the Post-Apocalyptic Workout–so those creative muscles are still being flexed, just in a different way. Even when I’m not working, I’m writing. I always write. Of course, now one of my writing projects demands that I get in shape, so I’m doubly screwed!
I’m getting all of my projects ready to go so that when the strike is over I can begin procrastinating. My ass is just not fat enough yet to return to work.
I wish it was that easy to turn off. Being a jackass comedy writer is a congenital condition.
You don’t have to keep in shape to write. In fact one could argue that some down time, if anything, gives you a break and you can start with a fresher outlook. Also, if you have any talent at all, it’s like riding a bike. All the good habits (and bad habits) come rushing back. It’s easy to get out of the groove as a writer, but that has little to do with the strike.
Hell, some of us have been diligently walking the picket line. Not that it burns up a lot of energy, but it burns more than sitting at a laptop.
And though we’re not supposed to be writing (which I never quite understood), but I’m sure everyone (at least feature writers) have been working on their specs.
How can you stop writing?
My mind and soul are in perfect fighting trim.The truth of the matter is that writers don’t need jobs to be ready to write.
Of course, the really enterprising writer would corner the market on Red Vines now.
CBS looks to the Great White North for writers, because Due South was such a success.
Avital notes the return of Deal or No Deal:
the story of a banker who must protect his money and family…of models holding briefcases…from random criminals who take advantage of his generousity
(photo from Tobias Higbie)
A funny thing happened at 30 Rock last night.
The Conan O’Brien studio audience seats were filled with about 130 bloggers as local news anchors, correspondents, the news director and other NBC brass stood on the show’s set and soaked up the bloggers’ wisdom and perspective, acknowledged ignorance about the most basic of Web concepts, and encouraged — no, entreated — the bloggers to send every little tip and scooplet and news break they had.
NBC feted the bloggers — everyone from former city parks commissioner Henry Stern and Wall Street Journal “Opinion” editor James Taranto to Red Gallery‘s Brian Van Nieuwenhoven and Sean Risley of My Body Story (who said he makes a living from his body art blog by getting speaking gigs and other assignments) — to a gnoshfest of pastries, sandwiches, cheese, nuts and soda (no liquor — FCC rules, they said), and seemed, in our estimation, surprisingly open to this whole Web 2.0 thing, while acknowledging that while they were the first in New York to reach out to bloggers like this, other cities such as Nashville and San Francisco have already done the same.
There was more than a whiff of skepticism. A lot of the bloggers scoffed at local TV news’ penchant for “if it bleeds it leads” stories about fires and muggings and robberies.
“How many people here have WNBC on your lists” when sending emails about scoops asked Sree Sreenivasan, newly minted tech guru for NBC’s local news shows after jumping from ABC. No one raised a hand. News director Dan Forman asked how many in the room wanted TV local news to go completely off the tube and for the company to spend all those millions putting it on the Web. About half the audience raised their hands. It would have been more, but a significant portion of the attendees were NBC people. Forman also acknowledged complete ignorance of what blogging software is, even as Six Apart founder Anil Dash sort of tried to explain.
Continued below: “MSM doesn’t mean metrosexual male.” Pictures, names, blog links and more quotes.