Remembering Jo-Anna Downey

Jo-Anna Downey was the heart of the Toronto comedy scene and gave so many comedians their start. She was this wonderful blend of sassy and kind that made it impossible to dislike her. I interviewed her several times while at j-school (that’s what us cool kids called journalism school) in 2011 and she was not only generous with her time (and free beer), but so easy and open to chat with. She made you feel like a long lost pal within minutes of meeting her.

Stephen Colbert and the New Age of Television

So, apparently Stephen Colbert and his Late Show crew aren’t measuring up in the land of social media. It’s 2016, so this is a thing now to take into consideration when running a TV show, along with all the other trillions of things that need to go right… I guess?

Is this why anyone bothers watching TV now? So we can all get recognized for doing so?

SNL in junior high was every Saturday night

The SNL40 extravaganza was one of the more appreciated multi-hour TV celeb fests to grace my TV screen in quite sometime.

I remember the first time I saw an episode of SNL. I was 8 or 9 and having a sleepover at my friend’s house. As expected, we were pretending to be asleep in her parent’s basement, but were quietly flipping around channels to find something on TV.

That time I visited the NBC Store because Conan told us to

“Don’t forget to buy $10,000 worth of useless crap, right here, at NBC Experience,” Conan once encouraged at the end of his virtual desk ride video.

On April 27th 1999, a wondrous land full of over-priced TV memorabilia emerged in the heart of midtown Manhattan. The NBC Experience Store opened its doors to legions of peacock groupies who (presumably) stormed the front doors and smothered themselves with mugs, shirts and more mugs. As expected, Conan visited the store not long after it opened and “featured” some of his own Late Night goods.