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Larry Sanders, California Raisin

Posted by Miss Ess, June 8, 2007 10:39pm | Post a Comment
So every time I sit down to watch the Larry Sanders Show I am distracted by many things.  The show's First Season is really a time capsule of the early 1990s. Janeane Garofalo seems so young in her plaid grunge-y dresses and leggings.  Jeremy Piven is so obviously balding (now on Entourage he has a mysteriously full head of hair).  Larry has a plethora of skinny Southwestern-y belts.  There's scrunchies and body suits and so much more-- a veritable parade of nearly forgotten 90s fashions!  But what is most distracting from the program for me is the fact that Garry Shandling so closely resembles a giant raisin.

Despite the distractions, the show is actually funny.  I'm guessing most people have seen it before, but growing up in a non premium cable household, I didn't even know it existed until recently.  It's interesting to watch now, seeing as I have immersed myself in HBO shows on DVD feverishly for the last 3 years or so.  Apparently this show was one of the first.  Now it reminds me of Curb Your Enthusiasm, one of my favorites. 

Larry Sanders has his own late night TV talk show, and we the viewers are invited to watch the goings-on both in front of and behind the scenes.  Now this as a concept for a tv show almost can't be beat.  It's up there with a bar where "everybody knows your name" and a giant cruise ship that "soon will be making another run".  The workplace is always just ripe for good television (they really should make a show about Amoeba, no joke), and with major opportunities for celeb guest appearances and self referential comedy, this show has a pretty much perfect set up and all the smarts to pull it off.  It's not as energetic and giddily addicting as HBO's shows now, but it's got its own slow-burn charm.  This show, now that I am watching it, has obviously been highly influential on everyone else, including that other comedic Larry,  Mr. Larry David himself It's quite innovative too.  There's never any background music to set the scenes.  There's no laugh track or live audience either.  It's just the dialogue.  That gives the laughs all the power, and it's an interesting break from the still- tired norm.....and this was shot in 1992!

The cast is also a big part of the likability of the show.  Rip Torn as Larry's boss Arty is amazing and hilarious and dry.  My boyfriend thinks Hank (Jeffery Tambor) is the funniest. (He wants me to add that.) He thinks everything is funny though.  I find Larry's wife unrealistic.  Does anyone else?  Their relationship seems shallow and odd, no chemistry.....maybe they could have worked on that as much as the relationships between coworkers.  My favorites are the writers, Phil and Jerry, played by Jeremy Piven and Wallace Langham.  They are always troublemakers.  Having so many celebs play themselves is a good time too.  Some people are better at it than others!

How is it that Byron Allen, often the butt of jokes on The Larry Sanders Show, is still on the air (albeit in syndication) and this show ended in 1998?

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Linda Lovelace For President

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The Naked Cage

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come on down...the end of the price is right$$$

Posted by Brad Schelden, June 7, 2007 09:15pm | Post a Comment
 Like a lot of people, I grew up watching the game shows. I really did love them. More than soap operas. Even more than the Joan Rivers show and Oprah. There was just something about them that got me so excited. The thrill of winning and living through the contestants was really exciting. These were all real people winning real money. The Price is Right was one of my favorites. Along with Password, The Match Game, 10,000 Pyramid and Family Feud. What really made these shows so great was the host. I absolutely looked forward to when these shows were on TV. It made being home sick a lot better knowing that the game shows would be on. Every chance I got I would be watching them. Bob Barker was the Price is Right. It is the  longest running game show and he is longest running game show host. It is actually only the longest running game show in english. The fabulous spanish language variety game show, Sabado Gigante, has actually been on a bit longer.  The Price is Right actually premiered way back in 1956. But it was not until 1972 that Bob Barker was brought in and the show became what we all know as the Price is Right. Next Friday, June 15th is Bob Barker's last day on the Price is Right. The Era of the great game show had pretty much ended years ago. Although Jeopardy and The Wheel of Fortune continue on, the old classic game show no longer really exists. Bob Barker and The Price is Right is really the last to go.

Shows like Password and The Match Game were great because they had the celebrity guest stars. So it was the regular person competing against the other regular person. The celebrities were just helping them out. The shows were hilarious because of the celebrities. The everyday people were not really the focus of the shows. However, The Price Is Right were all about the everyday person. You could find every kind of person on that show. It was not just good looking 20 something professionals like the other  shows. You had everyone from jock college guys to sassy old grandmothers. This is what made the show so great. Everybody had to buy things and compare prices. So really, anybody could play the show. The show was so exciting because of the way it was set up. You had a huge audience who were all excited. Because anybody from the audience could be competing that day. Nothing was predetermined. And those contestants were so excited! They seemed to be just as excited to meet Bob Barker as they were excited to possibly win a new kitchen set. Or a new Car!!! Always the most exciting prize.

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LOCAL ARTISTS REPRESENT AT NORTH OAKLAND STREET FAIR

Posted by Billyjam, June 7, 2007 04:46pm | Post a Comment

In addition to the increasingly popular and highly recommended fun, monthly Oakland Art Walk (first Fridays at the numerous gallery spaces, including Rock Paper Scissors and Mama Buzz Cafe, within the happening few blocks of Telegraph and 23rd), this weekend's 4th Annual Temescal Street Fair, further down Telegraph Ave. towards Berkeley between 48th and 51st Streets, and featuring tons of talented up-and-coming local artists, is further proof of Oakland's exciting ongoing grassroots arts explosion. Sponsored by the Temescal Merchants Association and the Temescal Telegraph Community, the Temescal Street Fair, which will take place on Saturday, June 9th from noon until 6:00PM, will feature a lot of genuine local artists. Unlike many fairs, which feature out-of-town vendors peddling stuff purchased for resale, the Temescal organizers insist that all artists create all their own work and, equally important, they live in Oakland.

Mixed-media artist Sarah Chase is such a participant.  And under the moniker Lucky Space Monkey (the name of her cute clothing line -- t-shirts, hoodies & handbags -- that features funny monkey imagery), she will be one of the artists displaying/selling her wearable art on Saturday -- specifically t-shirts that have screen printed images and embroidery. These images will include hot rod cars, flames, skulls, dragons, sharks and waves. Sewing since she was 8 years old, Sarah is also a painter, and the images on her clothing line are inspired by her paintings. The designs draw upon imagery of the circus, pirates and urban myths and the Loch Ness monster (including her pic above left titled "Lore of Levithan").

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