Rant: Monthly Dee-Lights (7/21)

Just a quick note of some of the funnest content I consumed last month (in no particular order):

Geraldine Viswanathan as ‘Prudence Aberdeen’ in “Miracle Workers” (S3) (2021)

Miracle Workers began its third season with a brand new setting/premise, this time focussing on the “Old West” era, as its characters negotiated the infamous “Oregon Trail” in search of a new home. I hadn’t really been able to get into the previous iterations of this show, but apparently they have new showrunners now, and the humour seemed a little closer to my wavelength somehow. Steve Buscemi is on top form as unrepentant-bandit-turned-trail-leader ‘Benny the Teen’, Daniel Radcliffe is great as the super-square ‘Reverend Ezekiel Brown’, and Geraldine Viswanathan is extremely winning as feisty proto-feminist ‘Prudence Aberdeen’. Oh, and there was a fun cameo by Shay Mitchell as a gleefully anachronistic (and slightly brain-addled) lifestyle “influencer” in ep #3.2.

Sleater-Kinney returned to Halfling Studio in Portland, where they recorded their most recent album Path of Wellness, to perform a short “live” session, hosted by NPR Music.

Sarah Silverman re-posted a Live from Here clip (circa 2/19) of her harmonising with her sister Laura Silverman, on a country song composed by the latter, titled “Dislocated Heart. And I really wish they recorded/performed more music together, because Laura’s contribution to the Jesus Is Magic soundtrack album (“So Great”) was legitimately single-worthy, imho.

Carrie Barrett as ‘Cyndi’ and Katy Fullan as ‘Connie’ in “Luxury” (S1) (2020)

– I chanced upon a bunch of retro-pastiche Adult Swim sketches (circa 9/20), written by and starring Katy Fullan & Carrie Barrett, in which the inept presenters of a local public-access lifestyle show titled “Luxury” serve up a confusing fever-dream of montages, while tangentially touching on the supposed themes of each episode (such as “Food”, “Cars & Boats”, and “Dogs”). There was also a short critically-praised soap-opera parody called Chowder from way back in 2019, which had the same writers, cast, and director/editor (Paul Emerson)… but that seems to have mysteriously vanished since I watched it a couple weeks ago! Dun-dun-dunnn! I guess that chowder was just “too hot” for the internet…?

Patti Harrison shared her uniquely inconvenient technique for turning switches on-and-off… and also co-directed/co-starred in a beautifully insane video for Sasami’s hardcore cover of “Sorry Entertainer”. Not safe for children (or the epileptic)!

Interview Magazine hosted a (transcribed) phone conversation between former-cast-mates (and current-besties) Amber Midthunder and Aubrey Plaza, which touches on everything from how they first met, to the rigours of filming in freezing temperatures, to the responsibilities that come with having a public platform.

Awkwafina at Citi Field Stadium (home of The New York Mets Baseball team) (circa 7/21)

– The New York Mets invited Awkwafina to their Citi Field stadium, to throw out the first pitch of a game… which she rather sweetly threw to her father, who she describes as a “devoted lifelong fan” of the team. Bless. I assume they also gave her the custom shirt pictured on her Insta? Either way, it was a “dream come true” for them both… and almost enough to make me a Mets fan too, if I didn’t find all sports insanely tedious to watch/follow. But in the words of Garfunkel & Oates, “Go team, yeah”!

Band-Maid posted an extended clip from their “The Day Of Maid” show from a couple months ago, featuring two dynamic, hard-rocking performances (“Manners” and “Black Hole”). Hurrah!

Sleigh Bells released a disturbing video for their banging new track “Locust Laced”, to whet the world’s appetite for a forthcoming album (Texis, due next month) and lengthy North American tour.

– Aaand, last but not least, Sandy Honig shared her not-entirely-authentic “Vogue: 73 Questions” video

– Perennial faves include Meg Tilly’s Cozy Tea Time chats, Ryan George‘s Pitch Meeting skits, Bailey Meyers‘s gaming streams, and Screen Junkies/Jon Bailey‘s Honest Trailers!

About Dee CrowSeer

A comic book writer with an interest in feminism, philosophy, and affirmative action. He/him.
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