Baseball, Irony, and Christopher Guest

Mr. Thursday has long enjoyed the playoff games for most sports, especially baseball (a sport worth watching at any time), and after last night’s win, the St. Louis Cardinal’s are up 3 games to 1 over the Detroit Tigers. Having no affiliation with either of these cities, this website has no particular bias for or against either team, and because of this, we’re rooting as hard as we can in some sort of influential, astral plane kind of way for the Tigers.

The reasoning for this is that, if St. Louis wins, it’s the end of baseball until spring training in mid-February. If Detroit wins, there will be another game, and if Detroit wins that game, there will be the ever-dramatic Game 7. Mr. Thursday believes the More Baseball, The Better, and when our personal teams are uninvolved, we shall root accordingly.

Mr. Thursday is not a big TV watcher. He’s been on the Lost bandwagon since the first episode, and he’s been in on House since the season 1 DVDs came out, but there’s very little he actually bothers to pick up. Occasional episodes of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and various reruns of half a dozen other shows, but none with any true dedication. Regardless, he stumbled across the heavily advertised and apparently lightly-watched Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip on Monday, and has to note and applaud the ever-so-rare use of irony on the show.

Studio 60 stars, among others, D.L. Hughley, a comedian and actor who Mr. Thursday is familiar with almost exclusively through The Original Kings of Comedy. This particular episode of Studio 60 feartures Hughley and Matthew Perry traveling to see a black comedian. The comedian’s act features what Hughley describes as stereotypical black comedian, talking about being unable to pay bills, about “bitches with big asses”, and you can assume the rest. Hughley flips out about his act. Mr. Thursday recognizes that the man on the stage was essentially repeating Hughley’s own act from Kings of Comedy, albeit toned down for TV.

Mr. Thursday wonders whether Hughley has matured and really feels this way right now, or if the writers for the show just have him going off on black stereotypes that Hughley himself started to create for the irony of it. Well, whether for the sake of irony or for maturation, this is irony which Mr. Thursday applauds wherever it may be found.

Finally, as part of the series of Volkwagon commercials, a significantly aged Christopher Guest can be seen playing guitar as Nigel Tufnel from Spinal Tap. Mr. Thursday is somewhat disappointed to see Guest, a favorite writer-director-actor, selling out a character from the Canon of Great Films for an extra buck. What’s more, Guest abandons that which made the character so mememorable by actually playing guitar well in the commercial, then making a joke obviously written by a car-commercial-script writer.

Because of this recent selling-out, for the first time ever, Mr. Thursday has begung to worry about the next Christopher Guest film, which we’ve been anticipating for two years, For Your Consideration. It has been Mr. Thursday’s practice to see Guest’s films as soon as they open, without even bothering to see the trailer for the film, which usually has to be sought to be viewed. But our new commercial-related doubt about whether Guest still has it (it being humor, mostly), for the first time, we’ve found ourselves at six AM, on Apple, watching the trailer. Our reaction?

Relieved.

Mr. Guest, our hat’s off to you. Make all the car-money on the side you’d like, as your newest film looks as promising as anything you’ve ever done.

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