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What if Seinfeld were about Jerry and Elaine trying to make it in show business? That’s basically the premise of DIfficult People, written and created by Julie Klausner. As you may have surmised from my occassional mentions, I’m a huge fan of Julie and Billy Eichner. Finally her show is available, streaming on Hulu with new shows every Wednesday. They’re both great, the show is fantastic and it’s just been renewed for another season.
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‘Hello, friend. Hello, friend. That’s lame. Maybe I should give you a name. But that’s a slippery slope. You’re only in my head, we have to remember that. Shit. It’s actually happened, I’m talking to an imaginary person. What I’m about to tell you is top secret. A conspiracy bigger than all of us. Theres a powerful group of people out there that are secretly running the world. I’m talking about the guys no one knows about, the guys that are invisible. The top 1% of the top 1%. The guys that play god without permission.’

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Well, this stinks. After 16 years of host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart has decided to call it quits this fall when his current contract expires. To be sure, during his Rosewater press tour, he definitely dropped hints that he would probably move on, but on Tuesday he confirmed that he’d be leaving his post at Comedy Central. The response was swift, with the news being reported on CNN and other nightly news shows. As millennials wonder where they’ll get their news from now, I was reminded of Jon’s humble beginnings on MTV.

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After weeks of no TV and spotty wifi, I landed at an airbnb with decent enough internet to catch up on some new shows. Fox’s Empire has been the talk of trade magazines, blogs and tv shows and I’ve been dying to catch it. Fortunately, it’s streaming right now on HuluPlus, so I binge-watched the first four episodes. A lot of press is comparing Empire to Dynasty and the Godfather movies, two of my all time faves, so I knew I’d enjoy it. I just didn’t expect to enjoy it this much.

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Over the Christmas break, I had the chance to finally watch the show I’ve been meaning to watch since it was released, Transparent. A number of publications have named it the best new series of the year so it was a perfect time for me to sit down and watch the entire season. The story, as it unfolds through the course of ten 30 minute episodes, is the story of the Pfefferman clan and how they deal with the patriarch’s late-in-life transition to female.

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