Billy here!!! My girlfriend pointed out to me how out of date my bio is, and suggested I change it just a little.
I'm not the new guy on 95.1 The Brew's "Wease Show" anymore. In fact in terms of senority I'm second only to Wease.
I'm no longer single, living alone with my cat Geraldine (a tribute to one of my comedy idols, Flip Wilson). Geraldine and I have been joined in my house by my girlfriend Susan (#BestGirlfriendEver) and the cats she brought with her when she moved to Rochester from Akron Ohio, Dora and Precious. One of the great things about Susan is she's as silly as me, and we've made up voices for the cats, and speak to each other in those voices. At least we don't have voices in our heads.
Susan has also helped me rediscover my love for comic books, superheroes, and other nerdy things I enjoy. I've started rebuilding my collection of books, toys, statues, figures, etc... and actually display them in our house.
Before I was asked to come back to The Wease Show I spent ten years working at a sheet metal factory called Barthelmes Manufacturing as a shipping clerk and machine operator. It was a good job, and worked with lots of great people, but I can't tell you how happy I am to be here instead. One day I was getting dirty and sore lifting heavy, sharp steel... the next day I'm getting paid to do something I love.. To quote Yakoff Smirnoff (when was the last time his name was mentioned)... "WHAT A COUNTRY!"
In my spare time I enjoy listening to music (obviously), going to concerts (obviously, again), movies, reading, writing, tv channel surfing to see if I'm missing something more entertaining than what I'm already watching, and am especially good at taking naps... To quote the great Ralph Wiggum "When it comes to sleep I'm a Viking".
I'm also a huge fan of baseball and football. I try to go to 5-10 Rochester Red Wing games a year, and am an insane fan of the NY Mets... during the season while normal people are out enjoying warm weather there is a good chance I'm sitting in front of a television watching my favorite team break my heart. During the fall and winter I spend lots of time on the weekends watching football, and managing my fantasy teams.
Favorite musical acts include.... Elvis (both Presley and Costello), The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Barenaked Ladies, Counting Crows, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Steven Kellogg and the Sixers, Eddie From Ohio, U2, Old Crow Medicine Show, and many, many more. Motown music from the 60's is the best.
Favorite movies... I once wrote a whole blog about my ten favorite movies. I just looked at it, and it still holds up. Check it out. Scroll about half way down the page to see the list.
Favorite TV shows... Comic Book Men, The Simpsons, The Office, Rescue Me, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Freaks and Geeks, MASH, and 24 are all among my favorite shows in TV history. Netflix will help me someday catch up with stuff like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead, and maybe even some shows that aren't on AMC.
You're still reading this? Wow. Even I'm not that interested in me. Thanks for checking out my page, and for listening to The Wease Show.
"24" was one of my favorite TV shows ever... I LOVED the first 5 seasons, and even though seasons 6-8 weren't quite as good I still watched every week on the edge of my seat. Saw a story this morning that I consider good news...
Jack Bauer will be back, baby: EW has confirmed that Fox will bring back its long-running hit 24 next May.
The network will air 12 episodes of 24: Live Another Day as part of its new directive to air event programming in the summer as a way to tie together the regular seasons.
A miniseries from M. Night Shyamalan called “Wayward Pines” will air after the run of 24, which will (naturally) feature the return of Kiefer Sutherland.
The 24 producers “always had the idea of maybe someday doing feature films, but as got into it they all agreed 24 being compressed in two hours is not 24,” Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly told reporters today.
“A light bulb went off with (former Executive Producer) Howard Gordon. The spine of the 24 episodes is about 12 hours. Those were big events that occurred and little connective tissue in between.”
Unlike what happened in the regular series — where each episode represented an hour in Bauer’s action-packed life — the new version will jump around during the day, Reilly explained. And the star power could be better than ever.
“A lot of who’s who in Hollywood wanted to participate in this,” Reilly said.
Asked why the show was cancelled in 2010, Reilly admitted that it felt like the right time — at the time.
“We wanted it to go out strong,” he said. “We didn’t want to keep it limping for two more seasons.”
Though Reilly says he doesn’t envision 24 becoming a regular series, he won’t rule out its “franchise-ability.”
“People are that much more excited about this,” he said.
I did manage to see "Iron Man 3" while I was on vacation, and thought it was excellent, but that's not the super hero movie I'm most looking forward to this summer.
"Man Of Steel" material continues to roll out slowly but steadily, so what have we gotten in the past week? Well, another song from the soundtrack landed online, 2 more promo spots showed some new footage, and Henry Cavill revealed that despite Christopher Nolan's name attached as an executive producer, the movie will be theZack Snyder show. And now to kick off another week of slow burn hype, here are a couple of posters.
And in keeping with the carefully constructed rollout, there aren't any major reveals here, with the one sheets instead playing on the iconography of the comic book hero. And that sounds about right with the studio eager to reboot Superman into a new franchise. But we presume somewhere in the next month leading up to release we'll start getting more of the supporting characters too...or Zod at least anyway...
"Man Of Steel" opens on June 14th.
For a lot of people, the 80s represent the time of Reaganomics, the fall of the Soviet Union, the rise of Michael Jordan, and, of course, the utter dominance of the airwaves enjoyed by Journey. But for some of us, the 80s were about more than that. After all, this was the decade that gave us Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Die Hard and the revelation that Darth Vader was both Luke’s dad and, more shockingly, white.
The 80s also gave us plenty of ridiculously hot actresses. Unfortunately, some of them apparently went MIA as soon as the 90s rolled around. That doesn’t mean we still can’t celebrate their total foxiness, does it?
You may not remember Just One of the Guys, as it’s the least famous film from this list. However, your memory may be jogged if we say “it’s that film about that hot chick with big boobs who pretends to be a boy and, in the process, looks a little like Ralph Macchio and pisses off Johnny Lawrence.” Okay, forget that Macchio part, that just makes this whole entry creepy.
You might also remember the movie’s poster, which featured its star, the super hot Joyce Hyser, covering said boobs with a couple of football helmets. Seriously, it looked like the cover to a porno or something. Considering the movie was kind of, well, bad, it’s not a big surprise that about the biggest role Hyser had following the film was a 10 episode run on LA Law, where she likely had to fend off the lecherous advances of Jimmy Smits. Just kidding. It was Corbin Bersen she had to worry about.
Hey, remember the chick in Beverly Hills Cop who supposedly grew up with Axel Foley in Detroit despite the fact that she was a super hot blonde who would have fit in around the hood about as well as, well, a super hot blonde? Which is to say, not well.
Well that was Lisa Eilbacher, who popped up in a bunch of TV shows in her younger years and hasn’t been heard from since some 1995 TV movie calledDazzle. And man, did she look good wearing blouses that hung open throughout the film or laying seductively on Axel’s hotel bed. Of course it makes us wonder about Axel that his childhood pal who grew up to be a total fox threw him a total “I wanna bone you” vibe and all he did was concern himself with the idea of sticking a banana in some dude’s tailpipe…
Ah, Can’t Buy Me Love. The age-old tale of a nerd who would grew up to be a dreamy TV doctor and the sexy blonde he secretly pines after while mowing her lawn. Of course, when that blonde is the super hot Amanda Peterson, we can’t say we really blame ol’ Ronnie Miller, and when fortune smiles upon him and he has the opportunity to basically turn her into his personal escort for a month, he jumps on it.
And of course, for some reason, despite the fact that he treated her like a ho and banged her slutty friends, she runs right back into the geek’s arms at the end of the film. Probably a combination of the fact that she had the foresight to see that he’d grew up to be “McDreamy” and the next best thing at her school was that Rico Suave dude.
You know that scene at the end of Teen Wolf? You know, right after Scott Howard leads his team to victory in equal parts miraculous and ludicrous fashion, and someone is standing in the bleachers with their fly open? Yeah, it’s right around that point when for God knows what reason, Scott Howard chooses something called a “Boof” over Lorie Griffin, aka one of the hottest blondes from the 80s to never do anything ever again.
Seriously, what male who grew up in the 80s doesn’t remember the scene when Scott visits her in the dressing room, just before she gets her bestiality on? Griffin has exactly seven titles on her IMDb resume, with the most recent coming in 1993 and the most intriguing being Cheerleader Camp, which is probably at least twice as awesome as it sounds.
There are a couple of reasons why Phoebe Cates gets the top spot. Not only was (is?) she ridiculously hot, but she’s the only actress on this list who had anything resembling a career, and enjoyed a little bit of fame. Not only was she the object of Judge Reinhold’s fantasy in arguably the most famous masturbation scene in film history (right up there with the one in Casablanca, if you ask us), but she also co-starred in Gremlins, which makes her aces in our book.
While her last on-screen performance was actually in 2001, but even that was a full seven years after her previous starring role in some atrocity called Princess Caraboo. Prior to that, her biggest post-80s films were Gremlins 2, which was actually a pretty hilarious sequel, and Drop Dead Fred. Now, suddenly, her career implosion suddenly makes a lot more sense. But damn, was she hot…
Super scary moment in last night's MLB game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Rays. Pitcher JA Happ was drilled in the head by a hard hit line drive.
Just a few more pictures from my house for now...
Yesterday I posted a shot of Dora the cat, but we have two more, and they decided to let Susan take their photos... BUT JUST THIS ONCE.
This is the kitty I've had for almost 13 years, Geraldine. She may be a black cat, but I'm lucky I found her..
and this is Precious, who moved to Rochester from Ohio with Susan and Dora...
and here's a couple more shelves of super hero stuff... still not everything, but I'll post more in the future. We're in the middle of redoing some stuff, and it'll look even wackier when it's done.
and even more....