Saturday, May 30, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015
Mezzomondo, the best Italian restaurant in Los Angeles, is going to move to Mexico soon (yes – it’s a head-scratcher), so I’m getting my fill here in New York. Starting with Sal’s Pizzeria, which has won best pizza joint every year for as long as I can remember. The place hasn’t changed a bit. Same great pizza, same arguably rude staff.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
This question was not answered in Larry David’s new play, Fish in the Dark. Doesn’t matter, though. It’s a phenomenal show.
It’s both Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm-esque, with Larry playing the lead (until next week, when Jason Alexander takes over.) It got huge laughs in the theater (Especially an obligatory, yet perfectly placed “pretty, prettyyyy gooood…”) Of course it did. Talk about a home-field advantage – you couldn’t throw a punch without hitting a Jew in that audience.
I loved it. If you’re in the city, see it before next Saturday, which is Larry’s last performance. It’s the best.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
Which is why I’m strictly carrying on tomorrow, when I fly to New York for a week-long break.
I’ll blog the whole time, and try to limit bashing NYC. But I make no promises.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
David Letterman was once the funniest guy on the planet. I idolized him.
Tina Fey recently said, “For my generation, Dave completely defined the way we spoke to each other. I didn’t meet one boy in college who wasn't talking in Dave's cadence and ripping off his style. Whose deal will young people adopt now to try to impress each other? I worry for them.”
My friend Marc sounded so much like Dave, we eventually just called him Dave.
But then the real Dave moved to CBS, and the middle of the road with his humor and he lost a step. And he lost me. So I get it if you wonder what all the fuss is about.
All things change, and everything ends, and starting today we will no longer be living in a world in which David Letterman is on television five nights a week. For those of us who grew up on him, he leaves a hole shaped like a lifetime.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
I especially love dogs, whose intelligence can be on a par with a three-year-old child. One particular dog was exceedingly special, and Rob Weintraub, who has been one of my best friends since the tenth grade, has written about her.
Rob’s new book is called No Better Friend, and it’s an amazing true story about a dog named Judy that befriended a British naval man and wound up saving his life while surviving several brutal Japanese POW camps and a torpedo attack with him.
iTunes named it one of the 20 best iBooks of May, and it’s no surprise – Rob’s writing/storytelling ability was way beyond anyone elses’ back in high school. He writes for a lot of publications and websites, including The New York Times, and three of his books are critically acclaimed.
Some critics are saying his latest is the best dog book since Marley and Me. I think it’s one of the best, period.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
I’ve got everything I need, so I always ask that instead of gifts or well wishes, you instead support the TV shows, movies, and even the restaurants that I love, because that will all ensure they stick around and trickle down to my career and my life. This year, I’m going with a mishmash of all kinds of things I want you to see, read or ingest:
- The TV show “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
- Comedian Bo Burnham’s YouTube special “What”
- Tree Hugger all-natural bubble gum
- The Adam Carolla Show podcast
- My friend Rob Weintraub’s book No Better Friend
- The movie Mud
- The fried chicken sandwich at Son of a Gun
- Donating blood to the Red Cross
- Any airline except United
- Traffic app Waze
- Tropical island Boracay
- Sundance Cinema
- “True Detective” season two
- Nutro dog food
- The University of Maryland men’s lacrosse team over North Carolina this weekend
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
At least these are original songs, performed by original performers. Not high-school talent-show level wannabes, clogging up the airwaves for 15 seasons.
As “American Idol” fades away, let’s all take a moment to realize how reality shows manifestly killed scripted content. And took thousands of jobs away from writers, crew and actors. “American Idol” itself bumped the show “Fringe” out of the Thursday night lineup. Now, it will be replaced by the new drama “Rosewood.” I have no idea what it’s about, but I’m huge fan.
Scripted TV is finally back. And it’s the best. It’s “Game of Thrones,” “Fargo,” “Downton Abby,” and “True Detective.” The best writers have come to TV, and not just TV – Netflix, Hulu and DirecTV. It’s a kickass time to be an actor.
Until they’re all gone, I wish every contest or reality show would be exiled to a single channel, which I could block. I love you, television.
Monday, May 11, 2015
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Friday, May 8, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
I’d like to say we were smiling because we were having a blast, but actually we were laughing at the demise of our buddies, whose raft had capsized.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
Costa Rica Waterfall from Matt Shevin on Vimeo.