Rant: Monthly Dee-Lights (4/22)

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

Josie Totah for "People" magazine (circa 4/22)

Chloe Fineman (link) and Josie Totah (link) both chatted with People magazine (separately), to supplement their photoshoots for “The Beautiful Issue”, on newsstands (and the interweb) now!

Melissa Bonny reacted to (label-mates) Sumo Cyco’s “Vertigo” video, in honour of the Napalm Records YT channel passing 2-million subscribers! And honestly, every music promo would be vastly improved by in-picture footage of her grooving along to it, imho.

Aubrey Plaza “broke down” some of her most memorable roles for a vid on the Cosmopolitan channel, and also gave a lengthy interview for their magazine/website, which features numerous (glamorous) moving pictures, and another embedded vid where she takes the “Cosmo Quiz” (in audio form, over footage of her rocking various outfits/looks from the photoshoot).

– The third/final series of Derry Girls kicked off with a cameo by Northern Irish A-lister Liam Neeson… who not only played a proper character across several scenes (rather than just being a bait-and-switch “featured extra”), but clearly filmed with the regular cast, and even stuck around afterwards to pose for piccies! Class. Meanwhile, I’d like to state “for the tape” how much I love the faces Saoirse-Monica Jackson pulls as ‘Erin’… and fully support the city of Derry’s decision to immortalise her and the rest of the “girls” in mural form!

Clémentine Delauney in "Melancholy Angel " by Visions Of Atlantis

–  “Symphonic metal” band Visions Of Atlantis released a fantastically goth-y video for their latest single “Melancholy Angel”, taken from the imminent new album Pirates (due May 13th).

– I hadn’t heard of comedy wunderkind Taylor Tomlinson until clips* of her new Netflix stand-up special (Look at You) started appearing in my YouTube recommendations… but after what she modestly describes as an hour of “dick and depression” jokes, I’m fully on-board the bandwagon. According to Wikipedia, Tomlinson began performing comedy when she was 16, in church basements, school venues, and coffee shops… and she’s clearly got it down to an art by this point, with incredible timing, delivery, and “room reading”. In fact, she’s become so adept at “hiding the pill”, that this show somehow left me feeling uplifted and energised, despite the long sequence about her mother dying of Cancer, which (sad to say) is normally the sort of thing that has me reaching for the “off” button. But she kept me watching, and laughing, and rooting for her the whole way through… and now I’m just mad that there’s only one other special (2020’s Quarter-Life Crisis) for me to check out, to keep the high going. I need more “floaties”, dammit!

Regina Spektor shared a lyric video for her hypnotic new song “Up the Mountain”, taken from the forthcoming album, Home – Before And After (due June 24th).

Natasha Lyonne (circa 4/22)

– In anticipation of the new (second) season of Russian Doll, Natasha Lyonne gamely reviewed impressions of herself for Vanity Fair (including one by SNL’s Chloe Fineman), got treated to a “Lady Godiva” hair-style courtesy of Vogue, and revisited some of her most memorable roles with Entertainment Weekly.

– NPR Music hosted another library-based “concert” from The Linda Lindas, as part of their “Tiny Desk” series.

– Comedian Jerrod Carmichael hosted ep #47.16 of SNL, delivering a very topical (but subtle) monologue regarding “The Oscars Slap”, and also appeared in a sketch about a post-lockdown game-show (“Is My Brain Okay?”) presented by Kate McKinnon, with Sarah Sherman and Bowen Yang as his fellow contestants. Then in ep #47.17, host Jake Gyllenhaal starred in a sketch about two cousins with a property makeover show, in which he and Mikey Day slowly reveal how their clients’ dream home has been hijacked by an interfering elderly relative (co-starring Heidi Gardner and James Austin Johnson as the beleaguered couple, and McKinnon as the crazy-old-lady).

Sandy Honig, Mitra Jouhari, and Alyssa Stonoha were interviewed for Paste magazine, to promote the new (second) season of Three Busy Debras, and rather shockingly revealed that Honig had never heard of “index cards” before working on the series!? Thankfully no one held it against her, and they still let her direct an episode (as well as the trailer, I believe…?).

– Perennial faves include Meg Tilly‘s Cozy Tea Times (link), Ryan George‘s Pitch Meetings (link) (which also have their own channel now?), Star Wars Explained (link), Bailey Meyers‘s gaming streams (link), Jon Bailey‘s Honest Trailers (link), and Honest Game Trailers (co-written by Meyers) (link)!


* The peanut-butter line makes a lot more sense in context, I swear!


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