Mike Sellari

Director. Writer. Producer. Comedian. Amateur Detective.

Sellari Awards 2016

Every year since 2011 I have kept a record of what I consider to be the best thing in Film & Television throughout the years. It came out of loving award shows as a kid, an being disillusioned as I grew up and understood the politics. I wanted to also keep a record to look back on what I loved throughout the years. Each category usually has 5 things that I thought were the best with a winner in italics.

Now that I have a website I figured it would be cool to post these every year. Enjoy.

These awards only observe what was released from January 1 to December 31.

Film:

Best Feature Film:

American Honey

Manchester by the Sea

Arrival

Blue Jay

Green Room

 

Best Documentary

Life, Animated               

I Am Not Your Negro

Gleason

Weiner

13th

 

Best Animated:

The Red Turtle

Zootopia

Kubo and the Two Strings

Finding Dory

Moana

 

Best Drama:

Manchester by the Sea

Blue Jay

American Honey

Arrival

First Girl I Loved

 

Best Comedy:

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

The Nice Guys

Swiss Army Man

The Edge of Seventeen

 

Best Horror/Thriller:

The Invitation

10 Cloverfield Lane

Blair Witch

Green Room

Lights Out

 

Best Action:

Deadpool

Captain America: Civil War

Train to Busan

Hell or High Water

Rogue One

 

Best Stand Up Special:

Ali Wong: Baby Cobra

Jim Jefferies: Freedumb

Michael Che Matters

Chris Hardwick: Funcomfortable

Pete Holmes: Faces and Sounds

 

Best Screenwriting:

Jared Bush & Phil Johnston (Zootopia)

Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi (The Invitation)

Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room)

Eric Heisserer (Arrival)

 

Best Director:

Barry Jenkins (Moonlight)

Andrea Arnold (American Honey)

Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room)

Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)

Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)

 

Best Performance of a Lead Male:

Jesse Plemons as David Mulcahey (Other People)

Denzel Washington as Troy Maxson (Fences)

Viggo Mortensen as Ben Cash (Captain Fantastic)

Mark Duplass as Jim (Blue Jay)

Casey Affleck as Lee Chandler (Manchester by the Sea)

 

Best Performance of a Lead Female:

Sarah Paulson as Amanda (Blue Jay)

Sasha Lane as Star (American Honey)

Emma Stone as Mia Dolan (La La Land)

Isabella Huppert as Michèle LeBlanc (Elle)

Amy Adams as Louise Banks (Arrival)

 

Best Supporting Male Performance:

Jack Reynor as Brendon (Sing Street)

Sam Neil as Hec (Hunt for The Wilderpeople)

Lucas Hedges as Patrick Chandler (Manchester by the Sea)

Daniel Radcliffe as Manny (Swiss Army Man)

Ben Foster as Tanner (Hell or High Water)

 

Best Supporting Female Performance:

Angourie Rice as Holly March (The Nice Guys)

Naomie Harris as Paula (Moonlight)

Viola Davis as Rose Maxson (Fences)

Riley Keough as Krystal (American Honey)

Molly Shannon as Joanne Mulchaey (Other People)

 

Best Narrator

Michael Gambon (Hail, Caesar!)

Woody Allen (Café Society)

David Strathairn (American Pastoral)

Rachel Weisz (The Lobster)

 

Best Actor of the Year:

·      Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge, Silence)

·      Mahershala Ali (Kicks, Moonlight, Hidden Figures, Free State of Jones, Gubagude Ko)

·      Mads Mikkelsen (Doctor Strange, Le Fantôme, Rogue One)

·      Riz Ahmed (Jason Bourne, City of Tiny Lights, Star Wars: Rogue One, Una)

·      Joel Edgerton (Loving, Midnight Special, Jane Got a Gun)

 

Best Actress of the Year:

  • Janelle Monáe (Moonlight, Hidden Figures)
  • Amy Adams (Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Arrival, Nocturnal Animals)
  • Kristen Stewart (Café Society, Equals, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Certain Women, Personal Shopper)
  • Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad, The Legend of Tarzan, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot)
  • Felicity Jones (A Monster Calls, Star Wars: Rogue One, Inferno, Collide)

 

Best First Director:

Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane)

Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan (Swiss Army Man)

Kelly Fremon Craig (The Edge of Seventeen)

Justin Tipping (Kicks)

Chris Kelly (Other People)

 

Best Overall Cast:

Green Room

Captain America: Civil War

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping

Manchester by the Sea

Captain Fantastic

Hidden Figures

 

Best Male Character:

Ray Kroc (The Founder)

Lee Chandler (Manchester by the Sea)

Srinivasa Ramanujan (The Man Who Knew Infinity)

Ricky Baker (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)

Brandon (Kicks)

 

Best Female Character:

Katherine Goble Johnson (Hidden Figures)

Star (American Honey)

Jyn Erso (Rogue One)

Nadine Franklin (The Edge of Seventeen)

Louise Banks (Arrival)

 

Best Cinematography:

Robbie Ryan (American Honey)

James Laxton (Moonlight)

Michael Ragen (Kicks)

Chung Chung-hoon (The Handmaiden)

Bradford Young (Arrival)

 

Best Editing:

Joe Walker (Arrival)

Joe Bini (American Honey)

Luke Haigh, Tom Eagles, & Yana Gorskaya (Hunt for the Wilderpeople)

Tom Cross (La La Land)

Jake Roberts (Hell or High Water)

 

Best Production Design:

Santo Loquasto (Café Society)

Charles Wood (Doctor Strange)

David Wasco (La La Land)

Stuart Craig & James Hambidge (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them)

Jess Honchor (Hail Caesar)

 

Best Score:

Andy Hull & Robert McDowell (Swiss Army Man)

Justin Hurwitz (La La Land)

Alexandre Desplat (American Pastoral)

Michael Giacchino (Rogue One)

Jóhann Jóhannsson (Arrival)

 

Best Soundtrack:

Everybody Wants Some!!

Sing Street

Suicide Squad

Kicks

American Honey

 

Best Trailer

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Suicide Squad

American Pastoral

American Honey

Free Fire

Television:

Best Drama:

Mr. Robot

Better Call Saul

Game of Thrones

Daredevil

Black Mirror

 

Best Comedy:

Atlanta

Bojack Horseman

You’re The Worst

Veep

The Carmichael Show

 

Best Animated:

Bob’s Burgers

Bojack Horseman

Gravity Falls

South Park

The Simpsons

 

Best New Series:

Westworld

Stranger Things

Fleabag

Atlanta

This is Us

 

Best Finale:

Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back the Falls (Gravity Falls)

The Winds of Winter (Game of Thrones)

A Cold Day in Hell’s Kitchen (Daredevil)

Episode 6 (Fleabag)

The Bicameral Mind (Westworld)

 

Best Premiere:

Pilot (This is Us)

The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be (The Walking Dead)

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Start Spreading The News (Bojack Horseman)

Where There Is Ruin, There Is Hope For A Treasure (The Get Down)

 

Best Actor in a Drama:                                                                

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes (The Walking Dead)

Bob Odenkirk as James Morgan “Jimmy” McGill (Better Call Saul)

Riz Ahmed as Nasir “Naz” Khan (The Night Of)

Aden Young as Daniel Holden (Rectify)

Cillian Murphy as Thomas “Tommy” Shelby (Peaky Blinders)

 

Best Actor in a Comedy:

Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

Chris Geere as Jimmy Shive-Overly (You’re The Worst)

William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher (Shameless)

Donald Glover as Earnest “Earn” Marks (Atlanta)

Jerrod Carmichael as Himself (The Carmichael Show)

 

Best Actress in a Drama:

Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark (American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson)

Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully (The X-Files)

Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores Abernathy (Westworld)

Robin Wright as Claire Underwood (House of Cards)

Shiri Appleby as Rachel Goldberg (UnREAL)

 

Best Actress in a Comedy:

Tracy Ellis Ross as Dr. Rainbow "Bow" Johnson (Blackish)

Lily Tomlin as Frankie (Grace and Frankie)

Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schimdt (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as President Selina Meyer (Veep)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Fleabag (Fleabag)

 

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama:

Michael McKean as Charles "Chuck" McGill (Better Call Saul)

Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades (Billions)

Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson (This is Us)

Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut (Better Call Saul)

Jon Berenthal as Frank Castle/The Punisher

 

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama:

Thandie Newton as Maeve (Westworld)

Kathryn Hahn as Rabbi Raquel Fein (Transparent)

Ellen Burstyn as Elizabeth Hale (House of Cards)

Élodie Yung as Elktra Natchios (Daredevil)

Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols (Orange is the New Black)

 

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy:

Joe Lo Truglio as Charles Boyle (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

Brian Tyree Henry as Alfred Miles/Paper Boi (Atlanta)

Tony Hale as Gary Walsh (Veep)

Matt Walsh as Mike McLintok (Veep)     

David Alan Grier as Joe Carmichael (The Carmichael Show)

 

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy:

Jane Krakowski as Jacqueline “Jackie Lynn” White (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

Kate McKinnon as Various (Saturday Night Live)

Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer (Veep)

D'Arcy Carden as Janet (The Good Place)

Allison Janney as Bonnie Plunkett (Mom)

 

Best Guest Actor:

Alex Lawther as Kenny (Black Mirror)

Benedict Samuel as Alpha Wolf (The Walking Dead)

Wyatt Russell as Cooper (Black Mirror)

Marc Maron as Jacob Malco (Easy)

Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump (Saturday Night Live)

 

Best Guest Actress:

Lauren Ambrose as Agent Einstein (The X-Files)

Tina Fey as Andrea Bayden (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

Bryce Dallas Howard as Lacie Pound (Black Mirror)

Gugu Mbatha-Rae as Sophie (Easy)

Jane Adams as Annabelle Jones (Easy

 

Best Season:                                                                     

Stranger Things (Season 1)

Game of Thrones (Season 6)

Daredevil (Season 2)

Bojack Horseman (Season 3)

Mr. Robot (Season 2)

 

Best Cinematography

Laurie Rose (Peaky Blinders)

Fabian Wagner (Game of Thrones)

Tod Campbell (Mr. Robot)

William Rexer (The Get Down)

Mike Berlucchi (You’re the Worst)

 

Best Editing:

Dean Zimmerman (Stranger Things)

Tim Porter (Game of Thrones)

Kelley Dixon and Chris McCaleb (Better Call Saul)

Jay Cassidy (The Night Of)

Allyson C. Johnson & Vanessa Procopio (The Get Down)

 

Best Male Character:

Bojack Horseman (Bojack Horseman)

Rick Grimes (The Walking Dead)

Darius (Atlanta)

Frank Castle/The Punisher (Daredevil)

Mike Ehrmantraut (Better Call Saul)

 

Best Female Character:

Arya Stark (Game of Thrones)

Fleabag (Fleabag)

Carol Peletier (The Walking Dead)

Shelly Pfefferman (Transparent)

Dominique “Dom” DiPierro (Mr. Robot)

 

Honorary Sellari Awards

  • Brandon Trost (Cinematographer for Neighbors 2, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping)
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Creator, Writer, and Actress of Crashing and Fleabag)
  • Alec Baldwin, Vanessa Bayer, Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davison, Mikey Day, Leslie Jones, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat, Kyle Mooney, Bobby Moynihan, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, Melissa Villaseñor, Sasheer Zamata, Lorne Michaels, Chris Kelly, Sarah Schneider, Bryan Tucker, Kent Sublette, James Anderson, Kristen Bartlett, Jeremy Beiler, Zack Bornstein, Joanna Bradley, Megan Callahan, Anna Drezen, Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Steven Higgins, Erik Kenward, Rob Klien, Nick Kocher & Brian McElhaney, Dave McCary, Dennis McNicholas, Drew Michael, Josh Patten, Katie Rich, Pete Schultz, Streeter Seidell, Will Stephen, Julio Torres, Bryan Tucker (Cast and Writing Staff of Saturday Night Live Season 42)

This on That - Hiatus

Hey everyone! For all of our fans who listened to us throughout the years, you have probably noticed that there hasn't been a new episode in some time. As of now our schedules have not been syncing up. We are not ending the podcast, but there will be an indefinite hiatus. We hope to be back to you guys with new interviews with awesome people as soon as possible.

For everyone who listened, from the bottom of my heart, it has meant the world to me. 

I hope you keep subscribed so that way when new episodes do come out you will be the first to know. 

- Mike Sellari

This On That: 28 Spencer Grammer on Technology

Spencer Grammer (GREEK, RICK AND MORTY) comes on the show to talk about a whole mess of stuff concerning Technology. We get into so many things including SEX AND THE CITY, getting off social media, apps, video games, arcades, being a mom with other moms, doing nice things, pictures, Mike's Christmas presents as a kid, Spencer's dream game room, and Chad's missed opportunity to join The Lonely Island.

This on That: 27 D.C. Pierson on Grandparents

DC Pierson (Derrick Comedy, MYSTERY TEAM, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLIDER) comes to the Nerdist booths to talk about his grandparents allowing us to reflect on all of our grandparents. Other things that come up include thinking about the future, tattoos, grandparent adoption, death, names, and getting lost in all of our collective family trees.

THIS ON THAT LIVE!: Matt Barr on '90s Action Movies

Recorded live at the Nerdist School in Los Angeles as apart of Podcast Punchout, Matt Barr (THE LAYOVER, SLEEPY HOLLOW, HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, and CASTLE!) joins Mike and Chad in front of an audience to geek out about all the awesome action movies from the 1990's that you've rewatched time and time again. We get deep in to DEMOLITION MAN, CON AIR, DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE, FACE/OFF, BROKEN ARROW, POINT BREAK, THE MATRIX, and many more.

This on That: 25 Neil McNeil on Women in Marvel

THIS ON THAT: 24 George Watsky on the Sea

Rapper, slam poet, author, and actor George Watsky comes on the show to talk about the sea. We get into crazy sea stories, science, scuba and deep sea diving, surfing, localism, animals, whale teeth, beaches, sea shanties and songs, the romanticism of the ocean, George working on the 4th season of Arrested Development, and most importantly Waterworld. George's new tour xInfinity dates have been announced. Get tickets here.

THIS ON THAT: 23 Jessie Graff on Fear

Stunt woman and crazy awesome person Jessie Graff (AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR, SUPER WOMEN podcast) sit down with Mike and Chad to talk about the stuff that scares us. We talk all about fear and over coming fear. We also get into haunted houses, social fears, stress, death, rationality, phobias, overcoming fear, pull ups, and Chad's time as a welder.

THIS ON THAT: 22 Mike Gandolfi & Stephanie Storey

Husband and wife Mike Gandolfi (GILMORE GIRLS, DENNIS MILLER LIVE, ROSEANNE) and Stephanie Storey (OIL AND MARBLE, THE WRITERS ROOM) join Mike and Chad to talk about their trip to Iceland and how fantastic the country is. We get into travel, Reykjavík, comparative literature, trying new foods, sharks, and how underwhelming Mike felt the Northern Lights are.

[NOTE I (Mike Sellari) mispronounce Mike Gandolfi's last name as Gandolfini. Basically I wish he was Tony Soprano]

Who is the Biggest Asshole on THE OFFICE (US)?

Every night before I go to sleep I turn Netflix on my computer and start an episode of The Office (US version). Being mostly dialogue without a lot of music cues it’s the perfect thing to fall asleep to. I also have been using the Office as a kind of experiment. I am always curious at the exact moment a person falls from consciousness to unconsciousness. Due to knowing the episodes backwards and forwards I use it to pinpoint the exact moment I feel asleep by what the last moment of the episode I remember is. Needless to say the Office is stuck in my brain

In my many rewatchings of the show I have come to one interesting conclusion. The character of Phyllis Lapin-Vance is a real asshole. Not only that she such a jerk at times she is the biggest asshole amongst all of the characters on the show.

 

Before I get into why Phyllis is such a jerk I want to point out that I like Phyllis as a character. Everyone of the characters that make up the background of the office pace of Dunder Mifflin Scranton’s offices has had their own nice arcs as the series progressed. Phyllis starting with a little meek personality but always having fun energy leading to her marriage with Bob Vance to become a stable couple with a healthy sex life has always been fun coloring for the show as well as her back and forth with Angela and Stanley. I also have nothing personally against Phyllis Smith the former casting director turned actress that plays her. I also want to point out why other characters are not ahead of her in the asshole race.

First lets start with the absolute crazy assholes. These are the people who are borderline psychopaths, completely removed from reality, and just overall bonkers. Jan Levinson is this. Robert California is this. Nellie Bertram is this. Deangelo Vickers is this. I would argue that Creed and Meredith also fall in this category but they aren’t really assholes to anyone – they’re just nuts. When there is a level of crazy added it becomes hard to separate any action away from this notion. The fact that they are crazy is there excuse. It is not a good excuse but it explains behavior. Assholes want to purposefully cause harm. A crazy person will cause harm but they will have different motivations behind the action.

Then there are naïve assholes. Michael Scott is this. Roy Anderson is this. When they do something assholish they are not trying to be an asshole and are just perceived as such or are acting from a place of emotion. In both Roy and Michael’s cases they are both too – for a lack of a better word – dumb to realize what they are doing. They literally cannot perceive it.

There are blind assholes. Andy Bernard is this. Todd Packer is this. Ryan Howard is this. Kelly Kapoor is this. Dwight Schrute is this. Blind assholes don’t are blind to the fact that the external world around them is not the way they perceive this. Because of this they behave in a way that seems irrational and at times assholish. However there are few times when they actually mean to cause harm, and that is key here. When Dwight slashes benefits to the health plan in “Health Care” (season 1 episode 3) he is not doing it to anger or annoy his co-workers. He is doing it because in his mind the company is the most important thing and this services the company.

You can (very easily) make the case that Todd Paker is the worst from this bunch he has poisoned people, sexually harassed women, and has DUI. However Todd (who also jumps the fence with the crazy side) is not a real person. He is a heightened reality of that jerky guy who makes weird sexually offensive jokes at you job. Because of his cartoonish behavior it is hard to examine him as a true asshole. It’s like you are trying to say who is more of a villain Hannibal Lecter of Ernest Stavro Blofeld. Blofeld is a cartoon Lecter is a person which makes Lecter all the more scary, dark, and a true overall cannibalistic dick.

Finally we reach the final tier of assholes. These are intelligent people who act like dicks and are fully aware of what they are doing to a somewhat sociopathic level when comes to certain people. Jim Halpert is this. Pam Beesly-Halpert is this. Angela Martin is this. Clark Green is this. Charles Minor is this. Cathy Simms is this. Josh Porter is this. Most importantly Phyllis Lapin-Vance is this. Jim is never trying to hurt Dwight’s feelings; he is doing it to balance out the fact that Dwight (coming from a place of blind assholery). He is also doing it to service his need to ignore the job he feels is beneath him, but we don’t need to deeply examine Jim right now. But all of this is very important as to why Phyllis is just like awful.

The main reasons she is the biggest asshole is because Phyllis is an intellectual person who knows what he words mean. When she opens her mouth and says something condescending she means to hurt someone’s feelings. When she blackmails Angela and takes control of the Party Planning Committee she is doing it not only to rise to a position of power but because it also feels good to see Angela suffer. This is seen in full effect in the “Moroccan Christmas” (Season 5 Episode 11) when she embarrasses and constantly orders Angela around with dictatorship like rule.

 

When Pam comes back to work as a salesman at Dunder Mifflin having had defected to The Michael Scott Paper Company in “Casual Friday” (Season 5 Episode 26) she and Phyllis are seen in a confrontation which Phyllis belittles Pam for trying to steal clients while they were competitions. Watch the interaction again, Phyllis takes aim and pulls the trigger to make Pam feel shame, regret, and uncomfortable.

In “New Leads” (Season 6 Episode 20) she refers to Michael as “numb nuts” clearly showing a complete disrespect for him. While the characters in the office show Michael little respect they are never this much of an asshole to him to his face. The gall of a person to actually do this.

I could go on and on relaying why Phyllis is an asshole but rewatch the series, you’ll see it. They may be offhanded jokes and they may happen in the background, but most of her actions are just total dick moves.  So, who is the biggest asshole on The Office? Answer: Phyllis.

 

THIS ON THAT: 21 Daniel Mills on Beyoncé

Comedian and Musician Daniel Mills (The Four Horseman of the Funkpocalypse) comes to talk about pop icon Beyoncé. We get into the newest Beyoncé visual album "Lemonade," Beyoncé's discography, Prince, 90's music trends, The Bey-Hive fans, Michael Jackson's funeral, Stevie Nicks, breaking down the ideas of how music delivery and music videos are presented, and comparing Beyoncé to Attila the Hun.

THIS ON THAT: 20 Lana Condor on Yoga

Lana Condor (X-MEN: APOCALYPSE) sits down with Mike and a This On That All Star - Matt Acevedo (COLD READ RADIO) to go over one of her passions - yoga. We get into everything from different types of yoga, war movies, temperature issues, secret Instagrams, drugs, punching, and Matt's time working at In N' Out. 

THIS ON THAT 19: Michelle Krusiec on Being Asian in America

THIS ON THAT 18: Josh McDermitt on Texting

Josh McDermitt (THE WALKING DEAD, LAST COMIC STANDING) comes on the show to get all of his woes about texting off of his chest. We get into the dangers of texting and driving, group messages, communication/miscommunication, technology, sarcasm, insurance, and the idea of what life could be like if you just put your cell phone down for long periods of time.

THIS ON THAT: 17 Paul Sloan on Watchmen

Paul Sloan (I AM WRATH, VIGILANTE DIARIES), a diehard comic book lover and all around tough guy comes into the recording booth to talk about the ground breaking graphic novel WATCHMEN by Alan Moore and the film adaptation by Zack Snyder. We get in deep about both the graphic novel and the movie, about Zack Snyder as a director, comic books, society, the 1980s, the Smashing Pumpkins, what makes us human and beg to ask the question: who watches the Watchmen?

THIS ON THAT: 16 Joe Sumner on Game of Thrones

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Musician Joe Sumner (FICTION PLANE) comes over to the studio to geek out about GAME OF THRONES with Mike and Chad. We get into MANY theories, talk John Snow, should you read the books, what characters do you root for, and answer the age old question: what house are you?

"Smoke" vs. "Smoke"

Revising/adapting one's own work is always interesting. In fact filmmakers Lars Von Trier and Jørgen Leth made a whole documentary about the concept in their film The Five Obstructions. People have also been continually attacking George Lucas for this for his updates to the originally Star Wars trilogy. It seems to be a natural human instinct to want to make things stronger if they realize it later no matter the person. That is why it is interesting to look at two different versions of the same song by the same person.

In 2013 Bryan Fallon, the frontman for the New Jersey rock band The Gaslight Anthem, formed the Americana/folk group Molly and the Zombies (MATZ) along with Brian McGee, Catherine Popper, and Randy Schrager. They put out five songs for free online. One of those is the song "Smoke".

See the below performance of "Smoke" by Molly and the Zombies at the Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.

Brian Fallon is currently touring with his backing The Crowes to promote his solo album Painkillers to be released on March 11, 2016. On that album includes the Molly and the Zombies songs "Smoke", "Red Lights", and "Long Drives" (arguably the three best out of the Molly and the Zombies songs). 

What is interesting about this are subtle changes to the lyrics of "Smoke" on this new album. It shows that even people who create have no problem making changes to make things sound a little better.

Most notably the change comes in the middle of the chorus:

"Well they brought hearts and daggers, they wrote
songs about you, when they
tied you up and you hung from ladders
and you never ended up coming home, you just
became something like some smoke that I tried too hard to hold"

Two years later on Painkillers the chorus now reads:

"Well they brought hearts and daggers, they wrote
songs about you, when they
tied you up in the rungs of ladders
and you never ended up coming home, you just
became something like some smoke that I tried too hard to hold"

This is a slight change that doesn't really change the meaning a whole lot, but in a way rolls off the tongue a little bit better. It feels more natural and makes sense as the way rung sounds within the song. 

Other changes to the song include:

MATZ: "Beaten to death, bleeding to death with regret"
Painkillers: "Bleeding to death, beaten to death with regret"

Compositionally the song has as little differences. The Molly and the Zombies version has a lightly faster tempo and feels has a bit of an Americana feel to it (this falls in line with the MATZ style).

Fallon's solo version is sung with a deeper, raspier, darker tone and is played in a slightly slower tempo. It also makes use of being a bit more minimalistic. In the beginning of this version all we hears is a backing clapping track with hands clapping out quarter notes underneath Fallon's singing and guitar. We also hear instances of a twelve string guitar bringing in an almost ethereal mandolin style sound.

Only Brian Fallon can really tell us why this change occured. Maybe he realized that this sounded better. While taking out the verb of hanging and moving it to the idea of someone tied to rungs seems more poetic, he still uses the original passage in the outro of the 2015 Painkillers version. Both "Long Drives" and "Red Lights" appear on Painkillers. We will have to see if there any other changes to these now that Fallon has had two years to have them sit around in his head.


Are We Allowed to Still Watch The Cosby Show?

By now if you have no idea what is going on with Bill Cosby AKA Dr. Cliff Huxtable, you have been living under a rock. Basically, legendary actor, comedian, producer and author, Bill Cosby has been essentially sexually abusing/raping women since the 1960s. Because of this reruns of mostly all of Bill Cosby's television shows, including The Cosby Show, have been discontinued from syndication in various countries.

It is easy to see why this has occurred. Nobody wants to funnel money into Bill Cosby who has transformed from a public father figure to a villainous monster. Every time an episode airs a little bit of money would go into his pocket. If a network is to broadcast it or any other shows such as Kids Say the Darnedest Things or Fat Albert, they would be implying support of the man Bill Cosby, which no one wants to be associated with in this day and age.

But is this a good or bad thing? Television scholars and writers have cited the Cosby Show as being one of the best sitcoms ever produced. Besides being groundbreaking at it's time it was just great television. The Writers Guild of America even listed it as the 29th greatest American television series (drama, comedy, or otherwise) ever written. 

I remember when I was in middle school and I would watch reruns of The Cosby Show on Nick at Night and TV Land. I loved watching that show and I probably watched every single episode. I would watch these at night alongside reruns of Diff'rent Strokes, The Brady Bunch, Gilligan's IslandThe Facts of Life, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I like to think that all of these including, The Cosby Show, we formative in my learning about television and writing comedy. 

This post is not to support Bill Cosby, because I don't. The intention is to separate works from the people that create them. Is there something morally corrupt about watching Woody Allen (accused of child sexual abuse) or Roman Polanski (unlawful sex with a minor), OJ Simpson (alleged murder/kidnapping) or Jeffrey Jones (child pornography) films/Televison? While they are not exactly in the same vain of Cosby-esque villainy, they are still looked upon as bad people in some light. I would want for my kids to one day see some great TV including The Cosby Show which is undeniably a great television show the same way I will one day sit them down and show them Annie HallChinatown, The Naked Gun, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Aside from The Cosby ShowBill Cosby's stand up work is among some of the best with him winning the grammy award for Best Comedy Album six years in a row. To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With especially is fantastic. If my kids one day want to explore the older comedy albums am I being bad if I buy them a Cosby album? Am I supporting a monster or am I supporting great '60s comedy. While I haven't listened to all of his albums, I would like to, but I also don't want to see odd for buying a CD at a Barnes and Noble or having it on my iTunes receipt.

Is there a way to separate a man and his actions for the work he has created? I guess only our future perceptions will be able to decide this. It appears after death people are more laxed with examining the works of horrible men, for example when people look at the writings of Adolf Hitler. Maybe it is the fact that Bill Cosby is still alive that his work is associated and vilified. 

All I do know is that it appears we will not see Theo, Rudy, or the rest of the Cosby clan on TV unless we watch Malcolm Jamel Warner on American Crime Story or Raven-Symoné on The View.

Every Two Weeks

Some of you may have noticed the lack of new episode this week and 2 weeks ago. That is because THIS ON THAT will now be a bi-monthly (the one that's twice a month - so every two weeks, not the one that's every two months). Next week there will be a brand new episode, in the mean time we have 15 back episodes to check out with future episodes with awesome guests coming up!

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