Monday, October 22, 2018

Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show may have something …and no, it’s not a STD

Bad reviews, her executive producer's dismissal and documenting the first time Tony Hale and Bill Hader have ever not been funny on camera notwithstanding… Handler is learning episode by episode how to bring the talk show into this century. By Andrew J. Pridgen Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show comes off not as important as it is self-important. Though her directives are...

The Vietnam War Isn’t Your Dad’s Ken Burns Film

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War is intense and inclusive. We got an early look at the forthcoming film Tuesday at San Diego’s GI Film Festival. Written By Kyle Magin A series of slow bass concussion accompanies scenes from ‘Nam in the introduction to Ken Burns and filmmaking partner Lynn Novick’s The Vietnam War, a documentary set to...

The Ladybug

My buddy Paul's mom has this thing where every time a ladybug lands on you, it's a message from her son. Him saying, "Everything's going to be OK." Even though I see lots of ladybugs, none has ever really landed on me, which is OK too. I knew Paul for about half of his 26 years on Earth. We...

Merle knew what it’s like to walk the Streets of Bakersfield. As it turns out, you might too

Oildale's favorite son Merle Haggard, country's only true believer and a man who made something out of dirt, died on his birthday April 6. He was 79. By Andrew J. Pridgen I recall with relative clarity one languid spring Friday afternoon scene at Robert’s Western World in Nashville listening to third-tier honky-tonk acts reverb off of our half-empty cans of Coors...

David Letterman, my dad and me

There was no bloat to the final episode of Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday. Retrospectives were limited to Letterman in 1996 donning a sea foam green Taco Bell uniform and messing around with big-haired drive through customers (all ordering various versions of the restaurant’s forgotten beef melt) and outtakes of small children attempting to show him their Christmas...

Wide awake from the American Dream

I worry about a lot of things. My paycheck just cleared and yet more than two-thirds of it is already spoken for. We found a cockroach in the garage. My son was born earlier this year after both of his grandfathers had passed. Who will teach him how to fish and spit? My mother texted me with the news...

This (New Year’s) resolution will not be televised: The migration of the drowning butterfly

DPB editor Kyle Magin tried to swim a 200-meter butterfly to kick off 2016. These are his hazy, guy-with-cardiac-problems-during-a-stress-test recollections. Written by Kyle Magin 0-25 meters The butterfly was created by some Australians in the 1930s who wanted to make the breaststroke faster. At first it was actually swum with its arm motion and the breaststroke kick, which seems like a solving...

Patrick Kane was asking for it

(Ed’s note: I hate that I have to say this, but this is satire. Please don’t let it distract from the fact that someone reported they were raped and it’s a serious crime with implications that can last for the rest of someone’s life.) By Kyle Magin In early August, star Chicago Blackhawks forward and three-time Stanley Cup Champion Patrick Kane...

…So what you’re saying is Dave Roberts is black???

When I listen to TV on the Radio or The Roots I don’t think these are black bands. I think, these are good bands. Apparently that’s not yet the case in baseball, or maybe even in life. By Andrew Pridgen Forty years ago when Frank Robinson became the second Robinson to break baseball’s color barrier as its first black manager, it...

5 cable alternatives that have sunk SportsCenter into a ratings coma

Like CNN's Headline News, ESPN's SportsCenter has been relegated to the cable network show of choice for the business traveler. By Andrew Pridgen Viewing a snippet of SportsCenter is acceptable only in one of the following three scenarios: 1) You're stuck in a domestic terminal when your phone is at 10 percent battery and already on airport mode. There's an hour delay...