If you’re not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast.

A still of the 1975 cartoon corresponding with the 1961 comedy album "The 2000 year old man" where a lion is biting a white-bearded man's leg.
The first song was a cry for help, according to the 2000 year old man: “A lion is eating my foot off, will somebody call a cop…”  This tape and The Muppets Comedy Album record were my formative comedic soundtracks.

Tony Bennett sings on stage in the 2017 HBO Documentary "If you're not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast."

A woman smiles listening to Tony Bennett sing
This is still how the audience reacts to a live Tony Bennett concert, well in his 90s.
Mel Brooks, Norman Lear and Carl Reiner sitting in a nice looking living room on the set of the 2017 HBO documentary "If you're not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast" and are entertaining each other like crazy.
Mel Brooks, Norman Lear and Carl Reiner still find each other hilarious in their 90s. Norman Lear has recently become host of a new podcast; Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner get together daily to watch stupid movies.

Comedy nerd, or enjoy conversing with the elderly?  Watch “If you’re not in the obit, eat breakfast” from Carl Reiner and co.  I’ve been reading the perfect book companion, too: Judd Apatow’s “Sick in the Head” which consists of 600 pages of interviews with many of the people in this film and basically any comedian or comedy writer of the last 40 years.

Downward Dog

Downward Dog ABC 2017 - Allison Tolman and dog lie in bed together, words on screen read "Downward Dog"

Right now I am watching Downward Dog on ABC, starring a dog, Allison Tolman (Fargo) and this episode was written by Daisy Gardner!

The dog Martin in Downward Dog on ABC
Downward Dog’s narrative voice is the VO and confessional of Martin, the dog.
Nan and Martin Cuddle on Downward Dog
DOWNWARD DOG – “Pilot” – In the series premiere airing May 17, “Pilot,” Martin battles loneliness and the need for Nan’s unconditional attention, while she struggles with a breakup and Martin’s recent bad behavior as he reacts to her newly busy work schedule. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)

 

Imaginary Mary

I loved this show from start to finish.  Imaginary Mary was one of two live action/animated hybrids from the 2016-2017 primetime broadcast television season and although neither got renewed, they both had a lot of heart.  Funny, sweet, both family and antisocially oriented.  What I didn’t anticipate was my heart being ripped straight out of my body, tears streaming down my face at the end of it!  But, uh… if you haven’t seen it yet, enjoy.

Rachel Dratch as the voice of Imaginary Mary on ABC - photo is of the animated character making a cute confused face

ABC's animated Imaginary Mary talking to a live action (but inanimate) garden frog holding a flower

BTS shot from ABC's Imaginary Mary "mole" episode - photo shows a diffusion frame on a stand, heavily sandbags and on the right dolly track with a chapman going towards a car parked next to a lake.

Family Cast of ABC's Imaginary Mary

Jenna Elfman and Rachel Dratch on the set of ABC's Imaginary Mary