Monday, October 16, 2006

If you would have told me....

If you would have told me 5 years ago that two of the actors in Big Momma's House (Paul Giamatti and Terrence Howard) would be nominated for Oscars in the same year no less, I wouldn't have believed you. And a decade ago, I that same skepticism would be applied to In Living Color. And the fact that the winner was Jamie Foxx makes it ever more shocking.

If you would have told me when the movie The Wizard came out that the female lead would be transformed just over a decade later into an indie/alt-country star, I would have told you you were crazy.

If you would have mentioned to me in the year 2000 that Kiefer Sutherland, James Woods, Hugh Laurie, Dennis Leary, William Petersen, Gary Sinise and Mary Louise Parker would all be doing dramatic episodic television in 2006, I would have had you checked into an asylum.

If you would have told me when Dennis Miller Live first started in 1994 that the host would a) become one of the most maligned people to ever sit in the Monday Night Football booth and then b) that he would become a frequent guest on a conservative political talk show I would have thought you had dropped acid. By the same token, if you had told me that Jon Stewart was going to become one of the most sought-after political comedians after this, I would have probably thought you needed medication.

And finally, if you would have told me in 1987 that a few 30-second animated bits from the Tracey Ullman Show would transform into the longest running cartoon of all time by over a decade, I may have been just a little wary.


Mr. Fabulous said...

All good points.

Paul Giamatti was in Big Momma's House?


Paul B said...

It is amazing what a few right decisions can do to one's career, eh? I can't believe how young Jon Stewart looked when he had that show.

MC said...

Mr. Fab: He was the Martin Lawrence's partner/van dude.

Paul B: What is scary is he was just a little bit older than I am now in that clip.

Semaj said...

I forgot Paul Giamatti was in Big M house too. It's funny that those two have had bigger and better careers than Mr. Lawrence of late.

Dennis Miller: Kind of sad that's he's not even funny anymore and takes himself too seriously now. What happened to Dennis (weekend update) Miller from SNL and HBO?

Tracey Ullman Show: It's funny that those Simpsons shorts were funnier than the rest of the show. And, it's pretty much the only thing people remember about that show to begin with. BTW, it's interesting seeing the design of the Simpsons look so different from what we see today.

MC said...

Dennis Miller got older and bitterer... I heard someone claim that he started down that road after MNF, others claim he was jolted by 9/11... either way, he isn't the comedian he used to be.

I used to like the Tracey Ullman show, and I do remember some of the sketches, and the intros/closings with Tracey in her bathrobe.