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Trying Some New Things
2007-04-10 08:30
by Jon Weisman

Watched the first 15 minutes of the new improv show, Thank God You're Here. I enjoy me some good improv, and was impressed during the one sketch I watched by Wayne Knight not only thinking on his feet, but going beyond the obvious joke to something even more clever - even though the bit overall wasn't funnier than anything you'd see on NBC Thursday nights.

But the endless preamble and postamble by host David Alan Grier and the show's celebrity judge, the beloved Dave Foley, was enough to get my teeth rattling. More than anything, that made me change the channel. Forget about setting up the show - just get to the comedy.

Foley, whom I'll watch in anything, was also on Monday's The New Adventures of Old Christine and combined with Julia Louis-Dreyfus to provide the first laugh-out-loud moment I've had in my very sporadic viewings of that show. It won't be as funny without seeing it, but it went something like this:

Him: "You look nice."
Her (flipping her head back and blushing): "Oh, stunning … I wouldn't say stunning."

And I even saw some of Two and a Half Men, mainly because of guest star Judy Greer – who played Kitty, the alienated secretary to George Bluth on Arrested Development but got all prettied up for her part as a potential serious girlfriend for Charlie Sheen's character. The two of them had great chemistry, and though I don't plan to commit to the show, I would make an effort to watch them again.

2007-04-10 11:18:18
1.   Inside Baseball
Along the same lines, I thought last night's "How I Met Your Mother" was very funny. Nothing really original, but well done nevertheless. And pretty racy for its early timeslot.
2007-04-11 10:14:55
2.   MadMonk
Judy Greer sighting. Alas, I didn't see the episode but I'll keep an eye out for the next one.
It's too bad that Love Monkey was cancelled so soon. She was excellent in that show and her character looked to be getting more time.

David Foley back on TV? How could I miss that.

2007-04-11 15:59:12
3.   underdog
Sigh, I miss Newsradio.

I'm going to try to catch TGYH tonight. The reviewer in the Chron (Tim Goodman) picked out the same issues - that the set up and the hosting is really awkward, the explanations sound kind of insulting. So hopefully they'll lose all that to just focus on the good stuff. Of course, I haven't even seen it yet. But I love this kind of show, and, as Goodman pointed out, it's definitely better than another terrible sitcom.

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