During the seemingly endless tributes to Steve Irwin after his death, I want to offer up that I have a hard time feeling really too choked up about it. When you spend your life doing a job where your life is often at risk, my sympapthies are fairly muted, if something goes wrong. I felt similarly when Dale Earnhardt died. I guess I don’t understand doing a gig like this when you have a family. The one positive that I hope has come out of Steve Irwin’s death is that all the hacky stand-ups who do Crocodile Hunter bits, with their second-rate Aussie impressions, will have to retire it. Maybe Irwin was a martyr to protect the comedy club audience from the lameness of this type of routine. Now if all Wal-Mart greeters could be wiped out….
I’ve already touted Muse’s Black Holes and Revelations as the best release of 2006. Well, if you haven’t caught their bombastic video for their equally bombastic single, Knights of Cydonna, you are really missing out. If Quentin Tarantino decided to direct a spaghetti western, I would guess it would look just like this video.
This year’s MTV VMA’s was awful. It really showed how MTV doesn’t know how to promote music anymore. I’m not a rap hater, but very few artists in the genre pass for being even listenable when performing live. Outside of OK Go’s live reenactment of their hilarious video, the show was weak. Host Jack Black didn’t have anywhere near his usual kinetic energy. My guess this was partially because he didn’t care for the music or most of the promoters. I mean, where was the Dio tribute to keep Jack interested?
Programming Note: The 4th year of writing the sketches for the NFL on FOX pregame show kicks off this Sunday for me. There are some big changes going on with the show this season, which I think will really reinvigorate the program. The addition of NBC being in the mix, with all the top talent it purchased has made the whole pre and post-game show field more competitive.