Monday, March 27, 2017

Gene Wilder wasn’t funny which is what made him hilarious

Gene Wilder died on Sunday night at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83. By Andrew J. Pridgen Funny never dies. That’s the first thing that came to my mind when I heard of Gene Wilder’s death on Monday. Some things are eternal and as long as there’s memes and late-night cable, there will always be room in this world for...

Living in a time when the facts get in the way of a good drunk story

Our devices have essentially negated a millenia of social norms and placed us in a worst-case-scenario world where we are acting, volunteering even, as our own Big Brother. It is sobering to note that we have so much access to evidence that no story is to be believed UNLESS there’s photo/video proof. Such is the case for four American...

How the Nike have fallen

From the swoosh’s apex with Michael Johnson at the Atlanta games to being a mere footnote at the Rio Olympics, how Nike’s being a part of the status quo has failed to compel the next generation of consumer. By Andrew J. Pridgen During the mid-’90s I thought I had found a home at the University of Oregon’s Journalism School. It...

Climber risks everything to be the first to catch a Pokemon Aerodactyl outside the 53rd floor of Trump Tower

Free soloing with suction cups now officially more popular than the Rio Olympics. By Andrew J. Pridgen A man who thus far is only identified as Steve from Virginia has been busy scaling Trump Tower on the building's East 56th Street side since 3:40 p.m. EST Wednesday. Steve — beyond showing the world how not-good a look shorts from the Dick’s sale...

The problem is Trump’s ‘jokes’ just aren’t funny …and could end up being deadly

Line crossed (again.) By Andrew J. Pridgen If there’s one joke we’ve all (yes, everyone) had enough of, it’s the GOP nominee. He is not a presidential candidate as much as he is a merkin-on-the-head-wearing suicide bomb vest sent here from the future to destroy the reputations of anyone who’s ever drained their trust funds and only has very clear late-stage symptoms...

A Trump presidency: The first 100 days

How bad could it be? By Andrew J. Pridgen Day 3: Follow-up son Eric ODs on “a bunch of blow and other stuff” according to the White House press corps. while watching all five seasons of Ally McBeal in reverse order to see the plot unfold as it was intended (the subtext is Calista Flockhart is a kind of female Dorian...

Michelle Obama’s embrace of America is exactly what we needed

...Now let’s get back to it. By Andrew J. Pridgen This campaign season has been one of the most debilitating, disheartening and grotesque in American history. Some of the unrest and rhetoric has bubbled into violence. There is a feeling — a very clear and present and palpable danger — that things are about to get really, really bad really, really fast...

Garry Marshall raised me

...And I think he did a pretty OK job. By Andrew J. Pridgen I grew up a latchkey kid. Or, in today’s terms, I was free-range parented. There were some long days, especially during the summers, when I would go eight or ten hours without the accompaniment of an adult this side of Charles Ingalls, Schneider or Mr. Drummond. From them...

Republican Convention: Actual overheards from the RNC floor

...As transcribed from actual sentence fragments. By Andrew J. Pridgen “Everyone gather on the floor at approximately 6:45 p.m. we’re going to stage the largest type 2 diabetes flash mob in history!” “When Larry the Cable Guy is Secretary of State there’s NO WAY another Benghazi is going to happen...especially with that giant slingshot of his.” “Not sure what’s next on the agenda...but...

Republican Convention: When hatred trumps humanity

It is no coincidence that Cleveland is about to erupt in violence. There is a single party, a single man to blame. By Andrew J. Pridgen There will be blood spilled in the streets of Cleveland. The host city for the Republican Convention this week is not abuzz with possibility or promise, it is a heavily armed paramilitary police state. Protesters,...

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