Letters to Holly

Thursday, January 8

It's Time to Light the Lights.

Oh yeah, I can hook you up with Muppet names. Your Sis and I got into a Muppet groove last night, and we saw them in the faces of real people. A guest of Keith Olbermann's show looked so much like Scooter that we suggested his eyes were actually painted on his glasses.

If you get a chance to watch the DVDs of the original Muppet Show, do so. It's a continuation of the 1970s variety-show style (much like the Star wars Christmas special). Just as this decade is a flood of reality/contest shows, the '70s were all about variety shows. The Muppet Show was another one, but populated with felt folks and presenting one or two humans each week. The Star Wars folks made appearances.

For instance:

The bad guy turned out to be Darth Gonzo.

The show aired Thursdays on ABC at 7:30, before local affiliates could air syndicated material before primetime. When The Muppet Show aired each week, the neighborhood closed down. No one was outside.

There's nothing really going on at home. Your Sis gears up for next week's exams, and I'm plodding along on my comic page. I want to redo the whole thing, but my plan is to simply finish it and move to the next page. I can't overwork the page in search of protection. I've already decided that computer lettering is the best route, and I started that last night.

Tuesday, January 6

Out of the Blue

Longtime reader Doc Hollyday writes:

did you ever see the buffy the vampire slayer creator's pet project during the writer's strike...dr horrible's sing along blog, starring neil patrick harris? http://www.hulu.com/watch/28343/dr-horribles-sing-along-blog enjoyable

Dear Doc,

I did see it. I'm the lone infidel who liked it right up until the singing started. I like musicals OK, but this stuff didn't work for me. Neither did the much-ballyhooed Buffy episode (except for the joke where the scene abruptly ends as the singing gay lovers fall onto the bed; that's inventive). I love me some Neil Patrick going way back to Starship Troopers, the first glimpse we had that this guy might be winking at us all along.

There are rumblings of an on-going comic about Dr. Horrible and The Hammer, and that could be fun.

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In other news, the producer of an upcoming play at Hendersonville Little Theatre asked me via Facebook to audition for her show. The audition is tonight, and I can't do it. It's flattering to be asked, though. I'm too bedraggled from the Christmas show, and I don't see me doing another show until summer at best.

The WWE is coming back to Asheville next month, and Your Sister actually asked about tickets. She wants to go. WHAT HAVE I DONE?!

Picture of the Day
I hope you made plans to attend the endocrine lecture by Dr. Sweetums.