A decade-plus past its prime, The Simpsons has a stronger presence in American life than Cheers, Seinfeld, Community, or any other sitcom you can think of. Since Matt Groening’s show debuted in 1988, not a week has gone by that I haven’t thought about it, quoted it, or heard someone else quote it. The writing staff’s vacuum cleaner has ingested so much data and imagery that it’s hard for a fan to think about a significant TV show, movie, play, musical, painting, song, fairy tale, myth, or historical incident without remembering how The Simpsons made fun of it. Cheers is a flawless pearl glinting on a beach. But The Simpsons is the beach. It’s bigger than Cheers, bigger than sitcoms, in some ways bigger than television. It’s our virtual Smithsonian and Library of Congress, our collective data cloud, the Force, or Farce, that surrounds us, binds us, and holds the galaxy together. The Simpsons losing the Vulture comedy bracket? That’s unpossible.
Zach is figuring out which hits of last year will accompany the film hits of this year.
The Muppets 2 x Carly Rae Jepsen
Carrie remake x Fiona Apple’s “Daredevil”
Ender’s Game or Pacific Rim or Oblivion x Usher’s “Climax”
Etc. More fun at Vulture.
Vulture Ranks Twenty Awkward Louie Dates on the Shame Meter | Vulture
Rewatched all of Louie (…again), wrote 3,000 words about the full collection of his catastrophically failed romances, and culled it down to the 20 most memorable incidents for Vulture. Check it out if you’re a fan of the show or even just C.K. himself—really had a blast with the piece and hope you have fun reading or even just clicking through the photos.
Outtakes coming soon here, too.
Great gallery. I couldn’t even remember some of these episodes.
They’re very similar in the sense that they can write quickly, and if they see something isn’t working the way they envisioned it, they are both right there with a million alternative ways of expressing the same idea. There’s enormous flexibility there, and creativity, and that’s very helpful. Also, both are very open to discussion about things. I think that that’s not the way people on the outside view them, but when you’re working directly with them, they both really do want to hear what you honestly feel, and if it resonates with them, they’ll take that under consideration and very much be willing to go in a different direction. I’ve found all of that to be very similar to the point that I was talking about something or other with my assistant or whomever the other day and I found myself saying, “I’ll call Woody about this” instead of “I’ll call Louis,” so obviously I’m feeling a similarity.
Susan E. Morse, comparing Louis CK and Woody Allen
(via Zach, who interviewed the former Allen editor and current Louie editor for Vulture)
In other exciting bitching news, Karen is whining to Beloved Dev about blah blah blah Ivy and blah blah blah Derek when all Dev wants her to do is put on a slutty dress so his colleagues at this City Hall party will thinks she’s a call girl and thus be impressed enough with his obvious corruption that he gets a promotion. She tells him she’ll meet him there, and she looks at herself meaningfully in the mirror … oh God, she’s not going to sing, is she? Yes, she’s going to sing! Where the fuck is Michael Palin when you need him? And no, it’s not a show tune, it’s just another wretchedly boring American Idol classic that serves no purpose other than to see Kat McPhee dance around in her underwear, which I guarantee is of zero interest to 100 percent of the people watching this show.