I have been enjoying Jon Glaser. The name may be unfamiliar for people not in NYC, but you have likely heard his work – be it on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Cheap Seats, Wonder Showzen, Conan O’Brien, or School For Scoundrels. Glaser is what has been described as a “comedian’s comedian”, doing characters and bits that lead to highbrow discussions like “What is comedy?” and “What the fuck was that?”. I did not warm up to Glaser when I first saw him in 2003 – but slowly, gradually, I have understood his genius. I bring him up now not because of his excellent turn as Johnny Ding-Dong during the Comedians Of Comedy tour, but for his mindfudging of Trevor, the wily scamp from Wonder Showzen’s “Beat Kids”. If you have the Season 2 DVD – and you should – watch the “featurette” for the Knowledge episode. For more, I recommend reading his AST fanthread.
While I am only one third of the way through it, I have been enjoying the audiobook version of John Hodgman’s The Areas Of My Expertise, which is unsurprisingly available from iTunes. Hodgman’s way with facts, combined with occasional musical enhancement from Johnathan Coulton, is like listening to a very pleasant NPR show, were it written by non-partisan Stephen Colbert.
I have really been enjoying The AV Club, as they’ve become very good with interviews, always have intriguing features like Random Rules, and fair critiques and reviews.
Relatedly, I have been enjoying the mobile versions of The Onion and The AV Club. Both load very quick, have full content for the week, and aren’t a cheap RSS-hacked-river-of-news-bullshit mobile page. Works great on my Sidekick 3 and my Treo.
I’ve been enjoying MC Chris’ latest album, Dungeon Master Of Ceremonies. I got to see Chris do most of the songs live at UCB – which was an experience in itself – but the album is really far more solid than I expected. There are at least three standout songs (FTW, Wiid, and Townie), and the album on a whole has a nice, almost danceable groove to it.
The third season of The Office has been enjoyable enough to add into my standard television rotation, bringing the number of shows I regularly watch up to 4. It is amusing to go back and read the Metafilter impressions of the first episodes, much like reading Slashdot’s original iPod post.
Despite being only a few minutes into the first one, I am extremely enamored by JapanesePod101, a podcast that teaches you a few Japanese phrases a day. I am downloading them as fast as I can.
I am enjoying the fact that GSN finally made their play-along-at-home games platform neutral. It’s nice to be able to play from home, even if there are a large number of cheaters.