Throughout the history of comedy in television there have been some very memorable TV characters. The question is simple, which is the funniest? Although a list of hundreds could be made; I will attempt to do the impossible, and list the 5 funniest TV characters of the last 20 years. I am limiting myself to one character per show, otherwise the list would only have characters from the Office, Seinfeld, and Arrested Development. Let it begin!
5.) Homer Simpson, The Simpsons
Summer signals the season finale of some of our beloved TV shows. That means no more Modern Family or Grey’s Anatomy till next Fall. Just as emptiness and depression is about to set in, I am reminded that there is a new season of So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) and a way to stay entertained. It is in its eighth season, but for those of you who for some reason haven’t heard of it before, here’s a little breakdown.
Unlike Dancing With the Stars, where a celebrity (or pseudo celebrity) pairs up with a professional ballroom dancer and dances either a Latin or Standard dance, SYTYCD contestants actually audition in front of 3 judges (Why is it on every reality show, one judge is British?) in a style they’re most comfortable in. This season’s auditions have produced some lesser-known styles like whacking and turfing. After the auditions and a Vegas round where more people are cut, eventually only 20 people make it to the live stage and compete for audience votes and someone wins the title of “America’s Favorite Dancer.”
I think one of the most memorably bizarre contestants so far is the woman who claimed to be the daughter of Ringo Starr. Everyone probably just figured she was delusional and nobody was really expecting her to be a great dancer (which she wasn’t) but the show sent a camera crew into her house to uncover the mystery behind her claims anyway. What they found was an older gentleman with virtually no trace of a British accent who claims to be the original Ringo Starr. (Is there an unoriginal Ringo Starr?) He said he played on four albums and, according to his daughter, went into hiding “after John Lennon was shot three times in the back.”
Apart from the random off-kilter personalities who pepper the show with bouts of irrelevant entertainment, the show is chock full of talented, trained dancers who bring their own personalities and emotions in their dances. I love watching dance because you can see stories unfold through movement. I’ve seen some promising contestants so far and can’t wait to see more! Oh, if you’re into dance shows, also look forward to America’s Best Dance Crew this summer.
Righto! Let’s review Kung Fu Panda 2, today, shall we? As the summer progresses, it is likely that movie reviews will become more of a staple here, since there will be many more movies that we are potentially interested in. Don’t get me wrong, I intend to remain biased and picky with my selection, but there will simply be more overall to look at.
So, let’s have a look at the sequel to the 2008 hit that took us all by suprise. The first one was a delightfully zany enterprise that was both imaginative and wholesome and original and funny.
How does Kung Fu Panda 2 hold up?
All in all, Kung Fu Panda 2 was pretty good. A worthy sequel. There were some aspect that feel flat, but you can’t expect perfection all of the time. The movie was silly and energetic and fun, which is something that not every movie can accomplish.
It’s not gonna win an Oscar, but I had fun and I laughed. It’s perfectly lovable and silly, and maybe we need more of that in a culture permeated with gritty depressing TV and movies and cultural attitudes in general.
It’s nice to see a project that has attracted such big name talent in the effort to make a fun kids movie, which adults can enjoy as well. Bottom line? I recommend it wholeheartedly.