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Daniel Radcliffe’s Saturday Night (Never-You-Mind About Lana Del Rey)


I actually made myself watch at least half of each of Lana Del Rey’s performances when I finally DVRed it up with Saturday Night Live this morning. Really, I did. And that is last I have to say about it, other than noting that this Thought Catalog self-defense is pretty special, and calling your attention to the awkward spin she did halfway through “Video Games.”


Aside from the lacklustre musicality, Daniel Radcliffe’s SNL outing was pretty solid. There was only one Harry Potter sketch (“No one wants to see Dumbledore working at Harry Pottery Barn”), a lot of reddish wig wearing, and a lot of back-and-forth in the accent department. The Potter movies benefited from a healthy dose of humor, throughout the entire series, culminating in surprising moments of levity in the face of death in Deathly Hallows, Part 2; thus, I had been waiting to see how one of the lead three would fare hosting SNL, betting on Radcliffe given that he just finished How to Succeed…, has been living in New York, and has a new film coming out (sidebar: how few people noticed that Emma Watson is in My Week with Marilyn?).

Remember when Seth Meyers was in sketches? / NBC.com

The opening monologue wasn’t entirely inspired or hysterical, but it wasn’t awkward either—and quite often, really, that’s a win on SNL. Radcliffe jibed at adult fans of Potterdom, explain that although “I know [the books] were long, but that’s because the letters were big—you know for children.” He also reflected that of all the actors who have played him in past sketches (Rachel Dratch, Bill Hader, Will Forte, Hugh Jackman), that “I think we can all agree Jackman came the closest.”

Although they DO both sing and dance... / NBC.com

Someone has a high opinion of himself.

Just saying.

So after a hilarious No-Really-I’m-Not-A-Robot-I’m-Just-Like-You Mitt Romney cold open by Jason Sudeikis, and monologue, the night carried on with the return of Target Lady and an epic-mullet-wearing Radcliffe as the stock boy who loves her. In this sketch, we were all afforded a moment to confront and accept just how incredibly porcelain Daniel Radcliffe is, when he ripped his shirt open to display the muscles he is beefing up for Target Lady. In case you missed it in Deathly Hallows, Part 2 and/or Equus… he is a pale man with very dark hair.

Blam! / NBC.com

Also, there was the first of the Sarah McLachlan jokes for the evening when Wiig’s character is told to keep the change—which is not allowed to do—she cries, “I know! I’m gonna give this to Sarah McLachlan and her wet dogs!”

Meanwhile, critics of Participation Trophies and the self-indulgence of blogs everywhere are sure to have enjoyed the “You Can Do Anything” show, celebrating the most affirmed generation in history:

  • “Because I have no shame or self-awareness.”
  • “I’m what you would call ‘Twitter famous’.” “Meaning?” “Not famous.”
  • “I went to a school with no grades! I tried, and therefore no one should criticize me.”

Shortly afterwards, a promo for the Jersey-Boys-alike musical, Delaware Fellas (representing the state that was named after another state’s governor), ended with a ringing endorsement from Joe Biden (seriously though, where has he been lately? #irl) who gives the show “three and a half trains: Woot! Woot! Woot! Wo—!”

And then there was the return to Hogwarts, where young wizards will spend the best years of their lives, “Honestly, the best. It does not get better,” as a washed-up Harry Potter informs them.

In regards to recent life events in the post-Voldemort world: “And just yesterday—this is equally exciting—I bought a Volvo.” That’s a big deal. And very safe.

Radcliffe also stopped by the Weekend Update desk (my favorite place, clearly), as Casey Anthony’s newly adopted Yorkshire terrier, asking: “I mean, where was Sarah McLachlan on that one?” when Anthony applied to adopt a canine companion. HE also spoke out against the perceived monopoly cats have on certain types of humor: “Dogs can be sarcastic too. It’s not just for cats.”

My dog is always sarcastic. Especially when I throw something for her to fetch and she makes me go get it instead.

Seth Meyers also informed us that “A pub in England ahs started selling a special beer designed for dogs. I’m sorry, let me read that again: A pub in England has started selling Miller Lite.” Meanwhile, I have started drinking PBR as a method of staving off hangovers, since it is the equivalent of downing a nice cold tallboy of water.

I also really enjoyed the New Hampshire Primary Exit Poll sketch, and for some reason died when one of Wiig’s questions to Radcliffe went like this:

“Can you sleep on planes?”
“Yes!” with great enthusiasm.
“I can’t!” And I hate you a little.

For the record, I can doze on planes.

And the last, most magical thing that happened, went down when Fred Armisen and Seth Meyers were off on stage left at the end of bows, totally jamming it out.

So while I am glad that I made the choice to see some live sketch comedy on Saturday at Chicago Sketch Fest (which incidentally involved a parody of the way Saturday Night Live wraps up the show every week), and today I am pretty pleased that I have a DVR and that it is forever programmed to record SNL—just in case.



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Daniel Radcliffe is Hosting Saturday Night Live… Tonight

In regards to hosting SNL, honestly, it was only a matter of time (moments really) once Radcliffe completed his run as Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Who’s excited? Who’s intrigued? Don’t lie to me.

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying: Definitely Worth Seeing Before Daniel Radcliffe Departs


Two weekends ago (October 16, 2011), I took my sister for a birthday jaunt to New York, the highlight of which was a matinée performance of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. When you are a huge Harry Potter fan looking to see a big Broadway show… well it just made sense to take my sister to see Daniel Radcliffe’s second Broadway outing.

I worked on a production of How to Succeed in college. Based on that experience I was a little concerned about having elevator and identical dress related traumatic flashbacks (you try making elevator doors that work on small pulleys operated by run crew and basically hand sewing twelve identical dresses with not budget and four weeks). I am just saying: it was a little stressful anticipating the Paris Original.

But that’s just me and my demons.


I expected it to be a fun show, I was interested to see Daniel Radcliffe in non-Harry-Potter mode, and A Secretary is not a Toy has been stuck in my head ever since I started watching Mad Men last spring.



Interestingly, according to the album’s digital booklet, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron refer to creating “a set and costume design concept that acknowledged the now-popular world of Mad Men.

The costumes are a lot of fun, the intensely bright color spectrum across costumes, lighting and set elements was fantastically enjoyable. You know how I just love magenta and violet lighting. And sure, there was quite a bit of orange, but it was not too overwhelming and I survived.

I have problems with orange. That’s just me.

The music was brassy and jazzy—a purposeful take on the original score again described in the booklet as a decision “to not use strings (other than a harp) and to think in terms of a muscular jazz ensemble rather than a symphonic sound.” Another source of inspiration for the new take apparently came from Hoyt Curtin’s music for Hanna-Barbera cartoons… like The Jetsons.

I knew none of this going in. Had I known, I might have been a little more prepared the level of enjoyment I was in for.

But the main point of my posting about this is that I was actually kind of blown away. I loved it. Daniel Radcliffe full-out sang and danced his way through the show. He and John Larroquette have amazing chemistry. Their performance of “Grand Old Ivy” (the Groundhog anthem) was hysterical, and the pretty extreme height difference was well played. I’m talking about Radcliffe doing a flying leap over a bent down Larroquette; Larroquette parries with one, slow fan kick over a crouched Radcliffe. I died.

Sidebar: Too bad the spectacle with the ensemble is not in this video.


So, I just want to say: if you are thinking of seeing a Broadway show before the end of the year, I really, truly recommend that you go out and enjoy some How to Succeed while Daniel Radcliffe is still starring as Finch. I know everyone is excited about Darren Criss of Glee taking over in the new year. And I admit my prejudice: I absolutely hate Glee (and I am quite willing to go on the internet record, as a musical theater aficionado, stating this). You might be really surprised by Radcliffe’s performance. I do not know how much longer John Larroquette will be around, but you also really need to see him as J.B. Biggley, the boss man.

One last: If you are wondering which souvenir is the most hilarious, and therefore the best… here it is. I could not find it in the online store whilst looking for a better image than one from my phone. My sister ran out at intermission for a memento.

It’s a pillow.

They are selling pillows with Daniel Radcliffe’s face on them. It is too funny.

Come on, I know you are laughing.

I know it.

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Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Part 2 London Premiere: Helena Bonham Carter Wore a Fascinator

Well that’s it folks. The London premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 went down yesterday. Apparently it was rainy. Quelle surprise. 

Daily Mail

There’s plenty of videos to be had, tearful goodbyes to be heard, et cetera, et cetera. Headlines involving “Emma Watson” and “tearful” abound.

Honestly, not terribly interesting. Touching,maybe. Sweet, maybe. Cute, maybe. Bittersweet, sure. Not terribly interesting, no. out


You know what was dependably interesting and fabulous? Words to Bumble favorite Helena Bonham Carter busted out a fascinator (you know how I feel about fascinators) and her trademark shades because she is fabulous, clearly.

Love it.

On the red carpet she commented on her character’s popularity despite being insanely evil and also just insane: “It’s funny but it’s slightly worrying, how many of you guys actually love [Bellatrix], because she is barking.”

Terrifyingly barking.


Incidentally, in my research for photos from the event I came across two Bonham Carter sites interested obsessives might care to visit:

Mrs. Lovett
Fuck Yeah Helena Bonham Carter

And then some random all-encompassing premiere pictures and gif ness at In the Grey Light of the Abyss (who know livejournal was still around?).

I dedicate all this to Beatrice.

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Miss Cobra on the Loose


If you are just getting the memo: keep your boots on, there’s a poisonous Egyptian cobra loose in the Bronx.

As if enough people already don’t want to go all the way up to the Bronx.

You do not want to end up quoting Toy Story’s Woody: “There’s a snake in my boots.”

Seriously. I have a friend who works nearby at the Botanical Gardens and let me tell you, her Facebook status was all about wearing boots to work yesterday. Because—again—there’s a small but deadly young lady cobra slithering about.

The Bronx Zoo is concerned, but they are not quite dwelling on the matter. They’ve closed the reptile building and you know, they’re looking for her, but “Right now, it’s the snake’s game. At this point, it’s just like fishing; you put the hook in the water and wait. Our best strategy is patience, allowing her time to come out of hiding.”


Meanwhile, Vanity Fair re-ordered the zoo’s press release from most comforting to most frightening statement. It’s pretty golden. Least worrying? “We remain confident that the snake is contained within the Reptile House.” Most worrying? “Right now, it’s the snake’s game.”

My favorite is, “As this may take days or even weeks, daily updates should not be expected.”

I take this lackluster show of public administrative engagement as proof that this is not a publicity stunt. Someone probably just really hates the general populace. Or at least the Reptile House security guards.

Not that someone isn’t taking full advantage of the mayhem to grab some limelight.

That’s right, Miss Cobra has a Twitter feed and is taking Manhattan by storm: @BronxZoosCobra

You should probably just follow Miss Cobra.

And let’s all hope my friend does not get assaulted by a snake just for working at a cultural institution.

Or anyone else for that matter. But I do love the tweeting. I just do.

Also, I am going to start coming up with t-shirt designs to sell to the Bronx Zoo post-haste. Because as soon as they find their slithery outlaw, that place is going to hopping, and just think of the merchandise.

Other things I cannot wait for: the cobra’s inevitable appearance on Today with Kathie Lee and the ever-suffering Hoda.

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Stuff You Should Be Seeing

Every once in a while I like to gather up a bunch of internet nonsense that I have a hunch you will love.

Let’s dive right in.

Chris Sims at Comic Alliance presented the world with Hipster Superheroines, the natural next step after hipster Disney princesses: “Hipster Superheroines: An Infinite Crisis of Irony.” In a bid to send the memes viral, he supplies readers with blank graphics so we can create our own. Or at least you can.

Just so you know, hipster Jean Grey/Phoenix is wearing a D.A.R.E. shirt.

In the land of movies and the people whose love for them leads to odd but entertaining projects, I have two websites for you.

Famous Objects from Classic Movies is an online game in which the player is presented with an iconic prop and hangman-like spaces for guessing the movie. Simple, but entertaining. Especially since the hangman style allows for possible winning even when confronted with an object that you do not recognize.

Remember, “E” is the most common letter in the English language. Start there.

MovieBarCode takes each frame of the given film, compresses it to one “bar” in the “bar code,” resulting in… Well,  it’s pretty self-explanatory with the image. Pretty cool. You can also buy prints of the bar codes on the tumblr site. The image above is for Black Swan.

Speaking of Black Swan… If you are not already giggling over Second City alum Brian Gallivan’s “Sassy Gay Friend” YouTube videos allow me to introduce you via his latest masterpiece. Warning, the whole thing is a Black Swan spoiler. If you don’t want it to be spoiled, just check out some of his other videos. I’m a fan of the Hamlet sketch.

In the land of photography, you should check out Irina Werning’s “Back to the Future” project, in which the artist has subjects reenact a photo from their past. The results range from poignant to hilarious to eerie. Love it. I want to reenact too!

So now you know what you should be seeing in this internet world of ours.

I have to thank Tim, Kelly and Kim for bringing magical things to my attention on a regular basis.

In the world of random things to know…

Paul McCartney has written a ballet for the New York City Ballet. Part of it takes place under the sea. He’s calling it “Ocean’s Kingdom” and it is a love story. It will premier at their gala in September.

According to BUST Magazine, March is National Craft Month—so get on that. Google it if you are not creative enough to come up with your own ideas.

Daniel Radcliffe is starring on Broadway as the corporate-climbing lead in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. This occurrence apparently has something to do with Radcliffe’s propensity during the run of Equus to run around backstage singing selections from Sweeney Todd (you have to read the New York Times article).

If I had a dime for every person I’ve seen/heard running about backstage singing Sweeney… well, I would have a few dollars, OK? That’s actually a fair number of people.

It might have something to do with my name being Johanna.



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Thanksgiving Week Things To Know

It’s America’s favorite short week—and in addition to whatever TSA shenanigans you might be getting up to at your local aerodrome—I’ve got just a couple of things for you to note while passing the time in whatever terribly unpleasant airport gate area you might currently be inhabiting.

  1. The esteemed internet news source (soon to be an IFC aired news source), the Onion News Network, has released their latest holiday investigation: Obama Outlines Moral, Philosophical Justifications For Turkey Pardon.
  2. If you are not already aware, you need to check out nerdboyfriend.com where the likes of George Harrison, Lorne Michaels, Paul Simon, Andy Warhol, Jim Henson, Bob Newhart, Harrison Ford, Peter O-Toole and many, many gillions more are pictured along with suggestions for achieving the look. But that is not even the point, the point is that it is hilarious and almost every photo on there is a complete gem.
  3. There’s also a Funny or Die exclusive interview in which we learn that Daniel Radcliffe is played by Harry Potter.

Ok, now I have to go cook for 36 hours or something along those lines. Oh and it’s freezing rain in Chicago… thank you weather. Thank. You.

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