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Ed MacMahon Passes

After a myriad of recent financial and medical problems, Hollywood legend Ed MacMahon passed away last night.

Ed MacMahon was best known to generations as Johnny Carson’s announcer and sidekick on “The Tonight Show.” For over thirty years his trademark intro of “Here’s Johnny!” was a signal that the show was about to begin, and greatness would follow. In a era of numerous talk shows, and before they became promotional tools and spotlights for trailer trash, “The Tonight Show” was the best. That might be Ed’s claim to fame, but that’s not all he did.

He was also the face of American Family Publishers sweepstakes, a frequent partner of Dick Clark’s on many TV projects and the co-host of Jerry Lewis’ annual telethon. Ed hosted “Star Search,” a series that launched the careers of Britney Spears and Arsenio Hall among others.

MacMahon also did quite a bit of acting over the years. Of specific interest to me was 1967’s The Incident, one of my favorite films. It’s a small part in an ensemble film, but Ed is excellent.

We’ve lost a legend, and he’ll be missed. Rest in peace, Ed.

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South Park Cliff’s Notes

The new season of “South Park,” or what passes for a new season – whenever creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone cobble up enough new material for about six episodes, needs Cliff’s Notes in my opinion, or at least footnotes of some kind.

I’ve found that this new season has been very heavy on obscure pop culture references, so obscure that when I talk with friends about them they don’t know what I’m talking about. It’s pretty sad when my usually intelligent friends come off like Beavis and Butthead, “Heh heh, he said butt.”

Parker and Stone have been going pretty deep this season with episodes that reference – and sometimes only in subtext – Anne Frank, Chris Crocker, Tay Zonday, Samwell, Heavy Metal, drug abuse, urban legends, paparazzi, genetics and the WGA strike. It’s too bad this new ‘season’ is over. I just hope the next is just as good, and deep.

Poor Britney

Now supposedly this blog is about pop culture so any pop culture critic worth his or her salt this week is talking about Britney Spears. Britney Spears and her tragic, drunken, bored, sleepwalkin’ call-it-in-from-home performance at the VMAs, see it here.

Now of course I just think the performance speaks for itself, but I found something even better. A passionate fan defending the fallen pop star:

Wow.

Thanks to Sara for hipping me to the links.