Weekend Retrospective | The Stunt That Got Elvis Costello Banned From "SNL"

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A new season of "SNL" is set to begin tonight. Season 39 to be exact. In commemoration of this fact, the Daily Guru's Michael Springer came out with a story detailing one of the defining moments in Elvis Costello’s career as well as a notorious incident in one of the first five legendary seasons of "Saturday Night Live." It happened the night of December 17, 1977. Originally slated to appear were The Sex Pistols. When they had to cancel (visa issues), Lorne Michaels tapped a 23-year-old Elvis Costello an his band, The Attraction, to appear instead. Costello's debut album, My...

Weekend Retrospective | Remembering "The Arsenio Hall Show"

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There have been other Johnnys, other Davids, other Jimmys, and we all know who the real Conan is. But there has only been one Arsenio. This fall brings with it the return to late night television "The Arsenio Hall Show." Now while it is easy to look back and knock Arsenio Hall for his acting career as having not amounted to much outside of providing the voice of Winston Zedmore on the animated show "The Real Ghostbusters," what should not be forgotten was how good, and how important, his variety talk show was. From 1989 to mid-1994 "The Arsenio Hall...

Weekend Retrospective | Macho Man Randy Savage-Heavyweight Champion of Puerto Rico?

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Everyone remembers Macho Man Randy Savage for being one of the great figures in the history of professional wrestling. His rivalries with Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and The Ultimate Warrior over the WWF and WCW World Heavyweight Championships are legendary. His feud with Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat over the WWF Intercontinental Title culminated in the greatest match in the history of the industry. And his feud with Jerry "The King" Lawler in Tennessee during the old territory days is still talked about in basements and pool halls in the deep south to this day (I don't know for that sure,...

Weekend Retrospective | The Legend of Mitch "Blood" Green

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In the 1980s there were few stars bigger than Mike Tyson. He was an executioner - an unstoppable force of furious nature who could unleash hell on earth inside a squared circle. Throughout the course of his career Tyson had a number of rivals to contend with: Frank Bruno, Donovan Ruddock, Lennox Lewis and of course Evander Holyfield. But of all his foils there is perhaps none more amusing than the rivalry Tyson shared with the legend otherwise known as Mitch "Blood" Green. It all started in early 1986. Tyson was quickly moving up the rankings and was destined to...

Weekend Retrospective | David Choe paints Danny Trejo

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"He is the scariest most horrifying looking human being I've ever met, but at the same time the guy is one of the funniest nicest dudes I've ever met." -David Choe; on Danny Trejo It was 2010 when world-renowned street artist and multi-multi-millionaire (thank you Facebook stock option) David Choe first informed us that while growing up his burgeoning artistic interests began for him by drawing superheroes: Superman, Batman, etc. But then one day the inevitable happened, David Choe drew his first female. From then on Choe never had an interest in any studies of the male form ever again,...

Weekend Retrospective | Meet Boba Fett, for the very first time

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yF5HFFcv8E Many have seen the early Ralph McQuarrie sketches of Boba Fett sporting an all-white helmet and armor design. What very few have ever had the opportunity to see is the original all-white Fett costume in action. A videotape was rolling to capture "proto Fett's" reveal to Lucas and company at the filmmaker's home on June 28, 1978. In the video we see sound designer Ben Burtt hosting the Boba Fett character design's unveiling. The character Boba Fett would be used later that year for the first time ever in Lucas' infamous Star Wars Holiday Special (if you haven't seen...

Weekend Retrospective | The Tom Green & Xzibit freestyle

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Who thinks of Tom Green as a bad ass rhyme-spittin' MC with a whole lotta' flow? I didn't. But I probably should have because one day I saw this. What we have here is an episode of Tom Green's own variety show in which Xzibit is a guest. At a certain point in the interview Tom Green feels like a freestyle, requests a beat from his house DJ, and asks Xzibit if he'd like to join in at any time to feel free. Mildly amused, Xzibit sarcastically replies to the court jester, "If you inspire me, I'll jump right in."...

Weekend Retrospective | May '02 Attack of the Clones Premiere

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It's been eleven years since the release of Star Wars ep. II: Attack of the Clones in May of 2002. Back in those days of yore we had not as of yet invaded Iraq, Facebook hadn't been invented and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" on NBC was a staple of after-midnight-TV viewing. One of Conan's great regular segments was when he'd unleash longtime friend and collaborator Robert Smigel and his hand puppet "Triumph the Insult Dog" on groups of unsuspecting humanoids. So before being a nerdy Star Wars geek was cool long lines of fanboys & girls waiting for the...

Weekend Retrospective | Bill Burr's rant against Philadelphia

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In this clip we have comedian Joe Rogan and Opie of β€œO&A” fame discussing comic Bill Burr’s now legendary rant against the city of Philadelphia as a lead in to the actual rant in full. The story behind this video centers around a very hostile Philly crowd, circa 2007, '08, which was in the process of unleashing a torrent of boos as Bill Burr took the stage. In actuality these boos were really bleeding over from the comedian who was on stage just prior to Burr, one Dom Irrera. So amid all the boos and open hostility chiefly aimed at...

Weekend Retrospective | Richard Pryor goes off

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The year was 1980 - Richard Pryor was hotter than ever - the only problem was, it was 1980. If there is one thing the 80s will be remembered for it will be the cocaine. In this clip, recorded on the set of his film Silver Streak, Richard Pryor attempts to give an interview, but he just can't keep it together - preferring instead to express his opinions on everyone from Charlie Chaplin to Gene Wilder... all in good natured fun of course.

Weekend Retrospective | Top 50 Plays of Michael Jordan

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LeBron James and Kobe Bryant - two really really good basketball players. Like, I mean reeeaaallly good. They are all-time greats. But you know what, both of them combined don't have jack when it comes to approaching the all-time greatness of Michael Jordan. For those who saw him, you'll remember ... for those too young to have seen him, watch in amazement. Michael would hit shots Kobe can only dream of. Michael would throw down tomahawk jams over big men that the NBA simply doesn't see anymore, and as such, LeBron doesn't have to deal with. And he'd do so...

Weekend Retrospective | Guy Le Douche

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In the early to mid-2000s Spike TV would air episode of "MXC," that zany English redub spoofing of a zany Japanese game show which required contestants to compete in zany games, obstacle courses and other varioous challenges. But most importantly "MXC" gave us the 'side-line' reporting, and at times even some investigative journalism, of none other than Guy Le Douche. The clip above is vintage Guy - and "we like."

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