Last Comic Standing: Season 6, Episode 11: The Five Finalists

So this is it? The last performance show? Did they cut it short for some reason? I guess it’s probably the fault of the Olympics. This season has been so unbalanced, I wish I had had a blog back when things were a little more stable. Oh well, it should only end up being two more posts, right?

They opened with a musical number as though it was the Oscars or something. Everyone’s doing the Jack Black thing lately, even Marcus! Marcus and Iliza got the most applause when they came up to announce that they were going to be the last comic standing.

Luckily we went right to the performances. Here’s my review of each comics in order of least-liked to most-liked.

Bill Bellamy doesn’t believe in punchlines? I never thought I’d be asking for them to bring back Jay Mohr.

Jeff Dye did a whole section on a board game, a man after my own heart. Who knew “Guess Who?” taught racism? I like him a lot (I’d be happy to see him win) and I smiled but I didn’t end up laughing enough to rate him high enough on this list. Plus he was mean to his parents. Who does that?

Ron G rocked the mohawk. I think that’s about all he rocked. He has really good energy, though, and he tied everything up in a neat little bow at the end, calling back all his previous jokes and impressions. He is technically very talented but he just doesn’t do it for me. So sad when they kick someone off the show just after they come off a performance!

Sean Cullen fell flat except for the Australian James Bond villain. That one short bit redeemed the whole act for me.

Adam Hunter always goes for the political stuff. He seemed nervous up there but I think he did really well. The jokes came rapid fire and they didn’t really tie together very easily, but it didn’t really matter becaue his energy kept it moving. I feel like everyone did well tonight.

Marcus gets his first real chance to perform on stage tonight, and he gets to go first. Hopefully that doesn’t mean people will forget his performance. Doing a whole music-themed set with some impressions and some standup seems like a great idea. A few more impressions would have hit the spot, but he did well as was expected.

Louis Ramey goes the patriotic route, he does a great redneck impression and he has them pegged. He doesn’t go negative, he’s even, experienced, and he finds a tone right down the middle: a consummate showman. Of course he made it into the final five.

Iliza Shlesinger represent! She started off on drinking games, which I don’t have enough experience with to relate to, but then she got into office culture and it was good. So smarmy! I think it’s to her credit that she’s the one on the show with the most balls. I’d be happy to see her win the whole thing.

Jim Tavare I had very expectations for. I think he met them, I’ve liked him since the very beginning, I like that he carries around a giant Bass and finds good and interesting ways to incorporate into his act. I laugh when he tells jokes. He’s in the final five and he’s going to WIN!

Vote for Jim Tavare!

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The Great Facebook Referrer Puzzle

I promised myself that if I ever Googled anything and didn’t get a response, I’d put up a post about it so that other people won’t have the same problem!

So here it is:  When Facebook links to some web site, they pass along an indicator that tells you how the person who clicked the link got to the profile that the link is on (this is called the referrer, or referer if you like misspelling things in protocol specifications).  For example, if they clicked on your profile in their “news feed,” the code passed along would be nf.

You would think that since Facebook is providing this seemingly useful service, they would tell you what each of the various codes are.  I couldn’t find a listing anywhere, and I find it very odd that that’s the case! Every now and then a new code comes in and I try to sleuth it out but a lot of the time, I can’t tell.  Anyway, this post is my place to put information about what I discover on this topic.

Here’s the list of codes I know about:

  • nf = “News Feed”
  • hiq = “Manual Query”
  • ts = “Friend Search”
  • mf = “Mutual Friend’s News Feed”

Links that don’t track referrers:

  • “In a Relationship With”
  • “People you May Know”
  • “Friends” tab
  • “Inbox” (I would think they would do this one)
  • “Photos”

If you know of any other codes or you know of any “official” information about this, I’d be glad to hear it.  I think I had seen one other code but I can’t find it now in my site history of referrers.

Raffle Time!

Every year my Lion’s Club (in Sandy Spring) holds a raffle to raise money for doing good works in the community. All of the money raised goes back into the community. It funds our activities fund, which goes to help local institutions like hospices, after-school programs, and glasses for local folks who can’t afford them.

The raffle is for three prizes:

  • First Prize is a 7 night trip for 2 to Hawaii – value $5500
  • Second Prize is a 3 night trip for 2 to a resort in the Caribbean – value $1600
  • Third Prize is a 3 night trip for 2 to Las Vegas – value $1100

You don’t have to go to the place listed, if you win you can go anywhere that the amount will take you!

Last year I sold 5 tickets (3 to immediate family and 2 to work friends) and then bought 10 of them myself. We’re supposed to sell 15 altogether, so I tend to buy up whatever is left. My grandfather can sell around 200 of them because he’s outgoing and has a lot of friends. Some people in the club stand outside of restaurants and sell 400 altogether. If I could sell more than 15 this year
I’ll feel really good, and I think I’m the only member trying to sell over the internet. Work your magic, internet!

Tickets are $10 each and only 2200 will be sold. I was never very good at combinatorics, but I’m pretty sure that if you buy 10 (like I did last year) you have a 1 in 73 chance of winning. My parents won the third prize about three years ago and had a great time. If you can afford it, please buy one! I don’t know if I can handle buying the 10 again this year!

Weekend Roundup

I haven’t been feeling too creative lately with the old blog, so I figure I’ll just tell you all what I’ve been up to this weekend.

  • On Friday I went to a party for my old high school drama teacher with my brother and some of his friends. She’s moving to the midwest, and I hadn’t seen her for quite a while, nor most of the other people who showed up at the party (a few other teachers and some students). I think most everyone had a good time; there was a pool but poober didn’t tell us about it! So there was no swimming to be had.
  • On Saturday I slept in, hooray! Then I went to Alexandria to visit a coworker and go swimming at her apartment’s pool with her and some of her friends. It was a very nice time and I got some sun. I also got to meet her cats. We hung out for a little while after her friends left and chatted. Whenever I get into a one-on-one chat with anyone things end up going towards libertarianism and such and explaining all that, which might sound boring but it usually ends up interesting. She said she’s usually on that end of the conversation, but on the topic of religion, having to explain Wicca.
  • That was a fairly long Metro ride, there and back. I on the way there I was pretty engrossed in the book I’m rereading: Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson. On the way back I did a fair amount of people-watching, which is my favorite pastime on the Metro. It’s amazing how many people on the Metro seem awesome. I’m mostly talking about nerdy guys and pretty girls. I have no idea how to meet them, though.
  • When I got home, I watched Trekkies 2. I don’t think it merits the Netflux treatment, but I laughed out loud more than a couple times. It reaffirmed my belief that people are awesome and kind of made me want to go to a Star Trek Convention. I feel as though I’ve forgotten too much of my Star Trek knowledge, and would be devoid of the kind of trivia and in-jokes that I used to be able to pull out to impress everyone. Anyway, I liked the movie.
  • After that, I chatted on the phone with a young lady that I met on a dating site, which was nice.
  • Today, Sunday, I have been watching some of the morning talk shows, because they were on when I turned on the TV. Obama is being interviewed on NBC and I am pretty impressed. He’s a likable guy. Then again, all politicians are probably likable people, or they wouldn’t be very good politicians.
  • Right now I need to head out, though. I don’t have any plans for today, for once, but the realtors are having an open house today and I’m supposed to not be here. Traditionally, I’ve gone to Panera and written in a journal or computed, or gone to my parents house. I’ll probably end up continuing that trend. I’d love to hear what you all are up to.

Last Comic Standing: Season 6, Episode 10. Surprise Democracy!

Midgets? They stooped this low?

Marcus finally got to do some impressions in the Hibachi section of the show, and Jeff Dye just ruined it. It made me laugh, actually, but the little people didn’t seem to care too much for his irreverence.

Actually, everyone seemed to do alright in the Japanese restaurant warm-up challenge thing, and since it didn’t seem to really matter to the outcome of the show, it was nice of the producers to skip over most of it and just show the funniest clips.

Then we arrive at the challenge that does matter: telling bedtime stories. I don’t know whether to be happy or unhappy that every season they seem to end up doing less and less in the house and more and more at auditions and in the finals. They could have stretched this season out 3 more episodes by only eliminating one comic at a time. That being said, they seem to have eliminated the right people and those who remain I want to see perform on stage. It ends up okay.

Marcus did a great job, more impressions this episode; he was wrong about being the only one to do voices, though, Iliza also did some. He was one of the few who didn’t seem to get nervous being around the girls next door. I also liked what I saw of Iliza and Jeff’s stories. Marcus definitely deserved the immunity he got.

They really put the pressure on the comedians with this rule change. But it also means the comedians will be judged not only on their comedy, but on their personalities and their daring and their perserverance.

I guess I’m obligated to vote, since I’m so invested in the show as a self-styled LCS-blogger. I’ll cast ten votes using nbc.com, and I’ll tell you how I voted right now. My thinking on the various sets tonight, in order from worst to best in my humble opinion:

Adam Hunter1.877.386.6901 He started out very strong. The first two jokes, I laughed. The last joke was crude but it got me. In the middle there were a few smiles, but it wasn’t overall what it needed to be to earn my vote. I’m also still angry at him for the vegetarian joke in auditions!
Sean Cullen1.877.386.6903 “Thank you humans!”? Is he channeling the Interloper from the first episode? The jokes fell flat. The song was good, but it wasn’t as good as the one he did in Las Vegas, and it feels like he’s channeling Jack Black who simply can’t be beat for showmanship. I like Sean Cullen a lot, but this performance didn’t get me there.
Jeff Dye1.877.386.6905 I really like Jeff Dye, I think he’s creative and pretty cool, but essentially he didn’t tell enough jokes. He stretched out the first joke way too long and then all of them sort of ended up running together as if he ended up only telling one joke. I did like to see him get in a few Nintendo reference at the end. I’ll toss him a vote for that.
Ron G1.877.386.6906 I didn’t like Ron G in Vegas or in the auditions, but he has high energy, which I respect. His set about being single also happened to resonate with me at this point in my life. I laughed. I’m gonna toss him 2 votes.
Louis Ramey1.877.386.6907 Louis seems like one of the most experienced comics on the show. I thought his set was solid, good, I smiled, a few chuckles. I think he’ll move on and so I’m not going to cast a vote for him.
Iliza Shlesinger1.877.386.6902 **** I wonder which of these were the new jokes. The whole thing was good, but the audience didn’t seem to get into it until around the middle section. She ended very strong, which is what you need in a competition like this. She’s also going to get sympathy votes because she is having to work a lot harder than the other comics, having been up 3 times already. 2 votes for her.
Jim Tavare1.877.386.6904 Jim Tavare brings out the bass! And he does the British humour so smoothly. I was grinning the whole time and there were a few laughs. Mostly grins though, the kind you end up with when you’re watching Monty Python. I predicted he would win, and I’ll stand by that judgment based on this performance tonight alone. He gets my remaining 5 votes (plus one phone vote just to see what it’s like (Bill Bellamy yells in your ear, it’s unpleasant)).

Let me know how you voted!

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…so out of context in this gaudy apartment complex…

New favorite song, I can listen to it on repeat for a half hour:

The Postal Service – The District Sleeps Alone Tonight

The video is okay, but it’s the song I really love.  I don’t know why.  It has good energy and it’s about DC and it’s a little bit appropriate for me in a melancholy way.  I need to check out some more of The Postal Service’s work.

Throwing Darts at the Social Calendar

Even though I usually only end up going out and doing things two or three times a week, it’s inevitable that a couple of those two or three things are on the same day.  I don’t really know how to avoid this, and it would be nice if everything always fell to a different day, but with a fairly random distribution, you get repeats and that’s okay.

One particularly vexing conflict occurs tomorrow.  The Montgomery General Hospital Picnic and Bazaar is going on, which I helped set up for with the Lion’s Club and ostensibly I should be helping break down as well.  It only happens once a year, but I don’t think there’s a very good chance of meeting anyone there.  I see Lions and I see family but I have a hard time making new friends at such events.

The other option is the Scrabble Meetup.  They only meet once a month, and some months at locations that I can’t get to easily.  This time it’s at my favorite location.  I meet people at these events and generally I have a great time.  I think I’m going to have to go with this option, because I partake in so few events where making new friends is a likely outcome.

If any of you wanted to attend either with me, though, I’d be glad to bend one way or another to accommodate you.  All I really want is good company.