Posted by pseudoname on October 8, 2006, at 14:45:01
In reply to Re: “Backstage at the Tonight Show” » pseudoname, posted by Jost on October 8, 2006, at 13:48:00
> Light books are great.
I have a growing stack of heavy stuff I'm not getting through, but I've been doing fine with "The Pedant's Revolt" – commonly-held errors about history etc — and "Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies: A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite", which I agree with wholeheartedly so far.
> Do you ever watch any comedy shows (not sitcoms, but actual comedy, like Jon Stewart, or Bill Maher--depending on your political views)
I don't have cable, so I can't watch any comics like those, unfortunately. If I'm up late, I sometimes listen to Craig Ferguson or the Letterman or Leno monologues. (Even though I think Leno has the WORST joke-delivery in show business.) I really like Ferguson's opening spiel. I listen to it audio-only (no picture) in the dark in bed: relaxing and oddly reassuring. I would like Craig Ferguson for my therapist.
> or funny movies?
I like dark comedies (like "Fargo") or gagfests (like "Airplane!"). They're a distraction or an anodyne for me, but I don't think they really lift my mood much. I can laugh and be achingly depressed. I don't really care much for romantic comedies, even gay ones.
I would like to see more of Steven Wright, the deadpan comic, but I guess he doesn't have any DVDs out.