But right now I’m happy, happier, ish

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Michael Hainey in an interview with Steve CooganComedian Steve Coogan is Happyish:

MH: If you look at yourself now—a man nearing 50—what would you have said to the young Steve Coogan?

SC: It’s a very good question. Well, I would have… [long pause] aimed higher. I don’t just mean that in a career sense, I mean be better, strive to be better in all things, and work harder, because you’ll find it rewarding. I’d say, Be comfortable with who you are as well, just listen to yourself more. I suppose when I was younger, I wanted to get on and have a career and be successful. And try to be all things to all men. I don’t do that anymore. Now I want to do things I believe in, and have a sort of honesty, in work and in life. When I was younger, I didn’t really want to say anything contentious, because I thought it might alienate people who liked my work.

MH: Is there anything you sacrificed to be in your position that you regret?

SC: In my quest for authenticity and sincerity, I can be a bit annoying. In my quest to try to bring some love into things, I can be a bit acerbic and nasty. I love that quote that Aldous Huxley said at the end of his life: Through all his writing and everything, all he’d learned at the end of his life was that people should just be a bit nicer to each other. I love the simplicity of that. And I do well to remember it. Sometimes I need to just be nice to people. I have been quite driven over the years. But right now I’m happy, happier, ish, than I’ve been before. I’m fortunate in that I can make choices, and I think I try to make the right ones. And I don’t do anything I don’t believe in. And that’ a real luxury.

Don’t miss full interview here: Comedian Steve Coogan is Happyish


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I predict laughter in your future

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Nina Conti one more time…Stick with it to the end, especially closing piece of act. Thank you Sandy!

Originally posted on Another Lovely Day:

Dave posted a video of Nina Conti the other day on his blog, Live & Learn. It was so funny [see Dave’s post here] that I had to watch another one. And here’s it is . . .

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But now we must pick up every piece, of the life we used to love

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Maureen Dowd on Stephen Colbert, A Wit for All Seasons:

He (Stephen Colbert) describes himself as “an omnivore,” who loves everything from “A Man for All Seasons” to “Jackass,” from hip-hop to Ovid in the original Latin. He had 10 older siblings. But after his father and the two brothers closest to him in age died in a plane crash when he was 10 and the older kids went off to college, he said, he was “pretty much left to himself, with a lot of books.” He said he loved the “strange, sad poetry” of a song called “Holland 1945” by an indie band from Athens, Ga., called Neutral Milk Hotel and sent me the lyrics, which included this heartbreaking bit:

“But now we must pick up every piece
Of the life we used to love
Just to keep ourselves
At least enough to carry on. . . .
And here is the room where your brothers were born
Indentions in the sheets
Where their bodies once moved but don’t move anymore.”

Read Dowd’s full article in the NY Times: A Wit for All Seasons.


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Truth by Louis CK

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Louis Szekely, 46, known as Louis C.K., is a stand-up comedian, who has been described as the King of Middle Age Rage. C.K.’s father was born in Mexico, while C.K.’s mother is an American of Irish Catholic ancestry, originally from a farm in Michigan.  C.K. was born in Washington, D.C., but lived in Mexico City until the age of seven. His first language is Spanish, and he still retains Mexican citizenship. After graduating from High School, C.K. worked as an auto mechanic and at a public access TV cable station in Boston, while summoning the courage to try stand-up. He first took the stage in 1984 at an open-mic in.  He was so discouraged by the experience that he didn’t perform again for two years. As Boston’s comedy scene grew, he gradually achieved success, performing alongside acts such as Denis Leary and Lenny Clarke.  C.K. has been nominated for numerous Emmy Awards for his writing including his work for The Chris Rock Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Chewed Up and Louie. (Source: Wiki)


“I don’t stop eating when I’m full. The meal isn’t over when I’m full. It’s over when I hate myself.”

“It seems like the better it gets, the more miserable people become. There’s never a technological advancement where people think, “Wow, we can finally do this!” And I think a lot of it has to do with advertising. Americans have it constantly drilled into our heads, every *$*@ day, that we deserve everything to be perfect all the time.”

If you’ve never seen CK in action, here’s Louis C.K. Hates Cell Phones on Conan.


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T.G.I.F.: How was your week? Like drinking from a fire hose.

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Derek

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Do you have any regrets? ‘Yeah, that I always tried the easy way out, always, well I thought it was the easy way out. Always look for an angle, look for a shortcut, I should’ve tried, worked hard, but I gambled and I drank, I begged and hoped, I’m a coward, a failure I guess, I’m not a failure cause I didn’t succeed I’m a failure cause I didn’t try, I’m just glad I met Derek you know, not cause he’s better than me cause everyone’s better than me but cause he makes me feel better, better than everyone, Derek took the best shortcut you can, the only shortcut that’s good, and the only shortcut that works, and that’s kindness.'”

-Kev (TV Show Derek)


No matter what you think of Ricky Gervais, his new series titled Derek is worth watching.  Funny, heartfelt, moving…here’s an excerpt from a Rolling Stone review:

“You might not expect that a series produced, written, directed by and starring Ricky Gervais would find a way to bring a tear to your eye, but that’s precisely what the comedian’s new show Derek manages to do throughout its seven-episode run. Now streaming on Netflix, the series follows Derek Noakes (Gervais) – a kind, selfless, simple minded care worker in Broad Hill retirement home – and his friends and co-workers as they tend the home’s elderly residents, keep Broad Hill afloat and try their best to navigate through their own issues.” (Read Full Review in Rolling Stone)

Gervais has called the show “probably my favorite thing of everything I’ve done,” and we even put it on our list of the most underrated TV shows of 2012. (Read Review in Screenrant).


Here’s the trailer:

T.G.I.F.: Yes, your work day will be filled with bliss

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T.G.I.F.: 5:00 p.m. Bell!

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