Things I Loved This Year: Leslie Jones Never Backs Down

Each day this month (assuming I don’t get busy or bored!), I’ll reflect on a tiny sliver of pop culture that I enjoyed or appreciated this year — scenes, shots, gestures, verses, sights, sounds, moments. Today: Leslie Jones triumphs over the haters by being who she is.

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The first monologue of this current season of Saturday Night Live began in fairly typical fashion. Host Margot Robbie looked ecstatic as she smoothly navigated her first few jokes and an appearance by Kenan Thompson, who joked that he’s been on the show for so long that he “slept like a baby” the night before the premiere. (Actually, I doubt that was a joke. Side note: I hope Kenan never leaves SNL. He’s a treasure.)

Then Leslie Jones arrived onstage, and the crowd exploded.

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The M&M Report, Episode 11: Bound 2 Be Great (Or Not)

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Listen to Episode 11 here.

Welcome to the M&M Report once again! This week, Devin and I started with a special guest: Alex Patel, also known as my roommate and a fellow podcast host. Alex and I talked about our love for the Comedy Central sketch show Key and Peele and Devin realized that he wants to watch this show more regularly.

(Listen to Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele’s interview with NPR’s Terry Gross here. Fascinating stuff.

After we said goodbye to Alex, I talked about my underwhelming experience with Thor: The Dark World, which led into a conversation about the state of Hollywood blockbusters. Are they really dead? What can “save” them? Do they need saving? We tackled all of those questions and more.

Finally, the claws came out during a discussion of Kanye West, inspired by the release of his baffling music video for “Bound 2.” Kanye’s a controversial guy, and we had some controversial opinions.

We’ll be taking a break next week so you can enjoy your turkeys and pumpkin pies in peace. We’ll be back two weeks from today with a discussion of the new Coen Brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis among other topics. Also, we haven’t forgotten about Devin Doesn’t Like Things – it will be back in full force before you know it.

As always, thanks for listening. We’ve really enjoyed experimenting with this podcast over the last 11 weeks, and we’re very grateful for everyone who listens. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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The M&M Report, Episode 7: Injustices Unforgiven

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Click the link for this week’s episode.

This week on The M&M Report, Devin and I had lots to say about the remarkable new movie 12 Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. We discussed the movie’s approach to historically tricky subject matter, the searing performances and McQueen’s impressive command of visual storytelling. We both think this movie is more than worth seeing – it just might be essential.

(Note: we discussed the movie in general terms before getting into spoilers. If you’re on the fence about seeing this movie, listen to the first few minutes for our verdict.)

At the end, we simply couldn’t resist making room for a new feature: Devin Doesn’t Like Things. This week, Devin explains his true feelings about Halloween. Beware: he’s not a fan.

We’ve got lots of exciting things on the way in the next few weeks, including a return to music and a parade of guest stars certain to keep things interesting. We hope you’ll stick around!

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The M&M Report, Episode 6: We’ve Got a Great Show, So Stick Around!

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Here’s the link for Episode 6.

This week on The M&M Report, Devin Mitchell and I dug into the first three episodes of Saturday Night Live Season 39 (THIRTY-NINE!), musing on everything from the show’s diversity issues to its spot-on Weekend Update, great and not-so-great sketches and even a defense of Miley Cyrus! Along the way, Devin directed an epic rant at TV critic Ryan McGee, I professed my undying love for Cecily Strong and neither of us could distinguish between the six new cast members.

(SNL returns next Saturday night with host Edward Norton and Janelle Monae. Make sure to tune in the following week as well – Kerry Washington will host and Eminem will perform.)

We followed up our SNL talk with a check-in on the fall season. We offered praise to lots of shows with Wife in the title, Mark offered some reservations about this season of Parenthood, and we both agreed that 24 hours per day simply isn’t enough to catch up on all of the TV we want to watch.

Comments? Questions? Show ideas? Random thoughts on life? Comment and let us know! Enjoy this week’s show.

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00:00 – 19:30 — Saturday Night Live
19:30 – 44:36 — Fall TV: The Good Wife, The Walking Dead, Sleepy Hollow, Trophy Wife, New Girl, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation, Parenthood