This Is a Short Essay in Which I Tell You What I Think About Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Douglas’

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One thing I need to get out of the way right off the bat: whenever I read the title of Hannah Gadsby’s latest stand-up special or hear her mention it during the show, I automatically respond, “Very expensive.” You see, only 90s kids will understand. On the classic Nickelodeon cartoon Doug, whenever the title character’s neighbor Mr. Dink showed off his latest gizmos and gadgets, he would tell Doug (whom he always called “Douglas”) that it was “very expensive.” So ever since then, as far as I’m concerned, any utterance of “Douglas” in any context requires the punctuating response “very expensive.”

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Entertainment To-Do List: Week of 5/22/20

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Every week, I list all the upcoming (or recently released) movies, TV shows, albums, podcasts, etc. that I believe are worth checking out.

Movies
The Lovebirds (Streaming on Netflix) – Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae finally team up!
AKA Jane Roe (Premieres May 22 on FX) – A documentary portrait of the woman behind Roe v. Wade.

TV
Homecoming Season 2 (May 22 on Amazon) – Now starring Janelle Monáe!
Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament (May 25-June 5, check local listings)
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 7 Premiere (May 27 on ABC) – The final season!

Music
-The 1975, Notes on a Conditional Form

Comedy
-Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (May 26 on Netflix)

I Had a Few Hours to Kill, So I Wrote About ‘Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill’

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What’s the DEAL with me writing about comedy specials?! I don’t do it very often, but when I do, I prefer to write about ones that make me burst out with delight. And boy, if 23 Hours to Kill is any indication (which it is), then Jerry Seinfeld can still make me HOWL after all these years. He cracks a bunch of yuks about how our phones are basically extensions of our bodies. Modern technology clearly makes him batty. I, on the other hand, generally feel OK about my phone on any given day, but boy, did I just lose it at so much of what he had to say. (As for the other material about his life with his wife, I didn’t laugh at that quite as much.)

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Some Improvised Thoughts on ‘Middleditch & Schwartz’

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I watched the new Middleditch & Schwartz improv specials on Netflix recently, and I decided to collect my thoughts on them in the form of the question-and-answer information-gathering segment that typically kicks off a long-form improv session.

Is there anyone here who did anything interesting the past few weeks?
I watched some improv specials on Netflix!

Okay, I think I heard someone say they watched improv?
Yeah. On Netflix.

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