History WesternAnimation / TheCritic

3rd Feb '16 6:23:33 AM Morgenthaler
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Cut natter.
*** So far, ''{{Magnolia}}'' (which was released four years after the show last aired) is the closest Cruise has ever reached.
10th Jan '16 11:36:53 AM Qicetrini
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Jay Sherman is New York's #3 film critic, with a cable television film review show called ''Coming Attractions''. He delivers scathing reviews of nearly every movie featured on the show, which does nothing to boost his ratings or popularity. It also doesn't help that he's overweight, balding, cynical, and incredibly unlucky with the ladies. He and his ex-wife Ardeth (who keeps demanding more alimony from him) have a son, Marty. While he does score a few dates, the women he chooses are either insane or [[CastingCouch trying to get a positive film review]]. His boss Duke Phillips thinks he's gay and keeps mistaking his statements for come-ons, and his elderly chain-smoking make-up lady Doris loves to inflict verbal abuse on him. Jay is the adopted son of former New York governor [[CloudCuckoolander Franklin Sherman]] and his wife Eleanor. Their butler Shackleford (not pictured) has a tendency to greet Jay as "Adopted Master Jay" whenever he sees him. Jay also does have a few friends: his best friend Jeremy Hawke (a combination of Paul Hogan and Creator/MelGibson); restaurant owner Vlada Veramirovich (well, he's nice to Jay's ''face'', anyway); his teenage sister Margo; and Marty, who attends United Nations High School (where one of his classmates is a [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Klingon]], and another one from Easter Island has a head made of stone).
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Jay Sherman is New York's #3 film critic, with a cable television film review show called ''Coming Attractions''. He delivers scathing reviews of nearly every movie featured on the show, which does nothing to boost his ratings or popularity. It also doesn't help that he's overweight, balding, cynical, and incredibly unlucky with the ladies. He and his His ex-wife Ardeth (who (not pictured) keeps demanding more alimony from him) have a son, Marty. While him, and while he does score a few dates, the women he chooses are either insane or [[CastingCouch trying to get a positive film review]]. His boss Duke Phillips thinks he's gay and keeps mistaking his statements for come-ons, and his elderly chain-smoking make-up lady Doris loves to inflict verbal abuse on him. Jay is the adopted son of former New York governor [[CloudCuckoolander Franklin Sherman]] and his wife Eleanor. Their butler Shackleford (not pictured) has a tendency to greet Jay as "Adopted Master Jay" whenever he sees him. Jay also does have a few friends: his best friend Jeremy Hawke (a combination of Paul Hogan and Creator/MelGibson); restaurant owner Vlada Veramirovich (well, he's nice to Jay's ''face'', anyway); his teenage sister Margo; and his and Ardeth's son Marty, who attends United Nations High School (where one of his classmates is a [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Klingon]], and another one from Easter Island has a head made of stone).
9th Jan '16 11:11:07 AM StFan
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* SuckinessIsPainful: Several times with films, but most notable is when Roger Ebert tries to find a replacement for Gene Siskel, and tests one candidate by showing him some of the films he'd have to review. A remake of ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' starring Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger is sufficient to reduce the candidate to a skeleton (a la [[spoiler: Toht's death in]] ''[[Film/IndianaJones Raiders of the Lost Ark]]''), and Creator/SylvesterStallone in a ''Theater/WaitingForGodot'' rehash (''Yo! Godot, I'm Waitin' Heeya!'') makes the skull fall off.
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* SuckinessIsPainful: Several times with films, but most notable is when Roger Ebert tries to find a replacement for Gene Siskel, and tests one candidate by showing him some of the films he'd have to review. A remake of ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' starring Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger is sufficient to reduce the candidate to a skeleton (a la [[spoiler: Toht's death in]] ''[[Film/IndianaJones Raiders of the Lost Ark]]''), and Creator/SylvesterStallone in a ''Theater/WaitingForGodot'' ''Theatre/WaitingForGodot'' rehash (''Yo! Godot, I'm Waitin' Heeya!'') makes the skull fall off.
4th Jan '16 2:44:32 PM nombretomado
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** The opening credits also shows Jay on ''Coming Attractions'' showing a movie clip/parody (such as parodies of ''Raiders of the Lost Ark'' with the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] being knocked down like bowling pins by the boulder that IndianaJones is running from, ''TheSoundOfMusic'' where JulieAndrews is bumped into the camera and falls down a hill, a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie where said actors are eaten by a colorized T-Rex, etc), to which Jay says "It stinks!"
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** The opening credits also shows Jay on ''Coming Attractions'' showing a movie clip/parody (such as parodies of ''Raiders of the Lost Ark'' with the [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] being knocked down like bowling pins by the boulder that IndianaJones is running from, ''TheSoundOfMusic'' ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic'' where JulieAndrews is bumped into the camera and falls down a hill, a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie where said actors are eaten by a colorized T-Rex, etc), to which Jay says "It stinks!"
26th Dec '15 12:33:20 PM aye_amber
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* RousingSpeech: In "Eyes on the Prize", Jay aims to win another Pulitzer Prize so he could get back his respectability. He writes an essay entitled "The Sorry State of Films Today" and presents it on the TV program ''English For Cab Drivers'', which ends up being a parody of the climax to ''MrSmithGoesToWashington''. --> "I am a movie critic by trade, and until recently, I got paid to tell you people which movies merely stink and which ones you shouldn't screen near an open flame. Well, I'm putting the burden of lousy movies back on you. It's very simple: if you stop going to bad movies, they'll stop making bad movies. If the movie used to be a TV show, just don't go. After Roman numeral II, give it a rest. If it's a remake of a classic, rent the classic. Tell them you want stories about people, not a hundred million dollars of stunts and explosives. People, it's up to you. [[OneLinerEcho If the movie stinks, just don't go.]]"
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* RousingSpeech: In "Eyes on the Prize", Prize," Jay aims to win another Pulitzer Prize so he could get back his respectability. He writes an essay entitled "The Sorry State of Films Today" and presents it on the TV program ''English For for Cab Drivers'', Drivers,'' which ends up being a parody of the climax to ''MrSmithGoesToWashington''. --> "I ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington''. -->"I am a movie critic by trade, and until recently, I got paid to tell you people which movies merely stink and which ones you shouldn't screen near an open flame. Well, I'm putting the burden of lousy movies back on you. It's very simple: if If you stop going to bad movies, they'll stop making bad movies. If the movie used to be a TV show, just don't go. After Roman numeral II, give it a rest. If it's a remake of a classic, rent the classic. Tell them you want stories about people, not a hundred million dollars of stunts and explosives. People, it's up to you. [[OneLinerEcho If the movie stinks, just don't go.]]"

-->'''Jay:''' ''(section 1, from 1988)'' ''Film/RainMan'' ''(section 2, from 1992)'' ''AFewGoodMen'' ''(section 3, from 1993)'' ''The Firm'' ''(all together)'' is the latest stinker from TomCruise. He doesn't act anymore, he's on ... Cruise Control! AAAAAAHAHAHA! AAAAAAHA! I JUST ... I JUST! MADE THAT! UP!
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-->'''Jay:''' ''(section 1, from 1988)'' ''Film/RainMan'' ''(section 2, from 1992)'' ''AFewGoodMen'' ''Film/AFewGoodMen'' ''(section 3, from 1993)'' ''The Firm'' ''Film/TheFirm'' ''(all together)'' is the latest stinker from TomCruise. Creator/TomCruise. He doesn't act anymore, he's on ... on... Cruise Control! AAAAAAHAHAHA! AAAAAAHA! I JUST ...JUST... I JUST! MADE THAT! UP!

** Dumb college students who watch ''Coming Attractions'', only to mock Jay.
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** Dumb college students who watch ''Coming Attractions'', Attractions,'' only to mock Jay.

** Dudley Moore as [[Film/{{Arthur}} Arthur Bach]] making a terrible joke while intoxicated ** A minor one features a character shouting "[Plural noun] can't/don't [verb]!" in a panic. Such as Jay's "Eggs don't ripen! EGGS DON'T RIPEN!" and Franklin's "Penguins can't fly! PENGUINS CAN'T FLY!"
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** Dudley Moore as [[Film/{{Arthur}} Arthur Bach]] making a terrible joke while intoxicated intoxicated. ** A minor one features a character shouting "[Plural noun] can't/don't can't / don't [verb]!" in a panic. Such as Jay's "Eggs don't ripen! EGGS DON'T RIPEN!" and Franklin's "Penguins can't fly! PENGUINS CAN'T FLY!"

--->'''Reviewer''': Tim Allen gives that same likeable performance we always love, once again proving Disney Pictures have the magic touch that may not win awards, but keep America smiling. How was that?
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--->'''Reviewer''': Tim Allen gives that same likeable likable performance we always love, once again proving Disney Pictures have the magic touch that may not win awards, but keep America smiling. How was that?

* SamusIsAGirl: In "A Little Deb Will Do You," it turns out that [[spoiler:Humphrey the Hippo is played by the woman who's attracted to Jay.]]
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* SamusIsAGirl: In "A Little Deb Will Do You," it turns out that [[spoiler:Humphrey [[spoiler: Humphrey the Hippo is played by the woman who's attracted to Jay.]]

* SeinfeldianConversation: At the end of the pilot episode, this literally happens during a scene from ''{{Seinfeld}}'' that Jay and Marty watch. --> '''George''': I thought you were taking Cathy out tonight. --> '''Jerry''': Why do they call it "taking out?" I took her to a restaurant. It wasn't out, it was in. I would say I'm taking her in, but then she sounds like a pair of pants.
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* SeinfeldianConversation: At the end of the pilot episode, this literally happens during a scene from ''{{Seinfeld}}'' ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' that Jay and Marty watch. --> '''George''': -->'''George''': I thought you were taking Cathy out tonight. --> '''Jerry''': -->'''Jerry''': Why do they call it "taking out?" I took her to a restaurant. It wasn't out, it was in. I would say I'm taking her in, but then she sounds like a pair of pants.

--> '''Jay:''' After Roman numeral II, ''give it a rest!''
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--> '''Jay:''' -->'''Jay:''' After Roman numeral II, ''give it a rest!''

* ShamelessSelfPromoter: "VOTE FOR DUKE!" messages appearing during "Coming Attractions" in the episode "All The Duke's Men" where Duke ran for president. ** In "A Song For Margo," Jay remarks that all the networks are pretty crummy, except for FOX, "the last bastion of quality programming." Then he salutes the logo in the bottom right of the screen. (See also BitingTheHandHumor above.)
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* ShamelessSelfPromoter: "VOTE FOR DUKE!" messages appearing during "Coming Attractions" in the episode "All The the Duke's Men" where Duke ran for president. president. ** In "A Song For for Margo," Jay remarks that all the networks are pretty crummy, except for FOX, "the last bastion of quality programming." Then he salutes the logo in the bottom right of the screen. (See also BitingTheHandHumor above.)

* ShowWithinAShow: ''Coming Attractions'', which featured the use of AdBumpers.
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* ShowWithinAShow: ''Coming Attractions'', Attractions,'' which featured the use of AdBumpers.

* SkyscraperMessages: The show did a parody of the ''Sleepless In Seattle'' thing, with Siskel And Ebert. They {{Lampshaded}} it.
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* SkyscraperMessages: The show did a parody of the ''Sleepless In in Seattle'' thing, with Siskel And Ebert. They {{Lampshaded}} it.

** Jay as a boy lies that he's less than 80 lbs when about to ride a pony.
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** Jay as a boy lies that he's less than 80 lbs lbs. when about to ride a pony.

* SleepingSingle: In Franklin and Elenor's bedroom, it is shown that they sleep in seperate beds.
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* SleepingSingle: In Franklin and Elenor's bedroom, it is shown that they sleep in seperate separate beds.

* SmokingHotSex: In one episode, [[BarneyAndFriends Humphrey the Hippo]] is used by a cigarette corporation to advertise smoking cigarettes to young children. When Jay complains, the corporation's CEO asks Jay what kids will do after they have sex if they can't smoke.
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* SmokingHotSex: In one episode, [[BarneyAndFriends [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Humphrey the Hippo]] is used by a cigarette corporation to advertise smoking cigarettes to young children. When Jay complains, the corporation's CEO asks Jay what kids will do after they have sex if they can't smoke.

** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg-GocVdcjE A scene from the pilot.]] ** From the episode "Lady Hawke": ---> '''Chicken Shack employee''': You want a piece of me, fat boy? I'll spork your ass!
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** [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg-GocVdcjE A scene from the pilot.]] ** From the episode "Lady Hawke": ---> '''Chicken Hawke:" --->'''Chicken Shack employee''': You want a piece of me, fat boy? I'll spork your ass!

* StealthCigaretteCommercial: In the 1950s, Doris was in a commercial for Pleghm Fatale cigarettes.
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* StealthCigaretteCommercial: In the 1950s, 1950's, Doris was in a commercial for Pleghm Fatale cigarettes.

* SuckinessIsPainful: Several times with films, but most notable is when Roger Ebert tries to find a replacement for Gene Siskel, and tests one candidate by showing him some of the films he'd have to review. A remake of ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' starring Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger is sufficient to reduce the candidate to a skeleton (a la [[spoiler: Toht's death in]] ''[[IndianaJones Raiders of the Lost Ark]]''), and SylvesterStallone in a ''WaitingForGodot'' rehash (''Yo! Godot, I'm Waitin' Heeya!'') makes the skull fall off.
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* SuckinessIsPainful: Several times with films, but most notable is when Roger Ebert tries to find a replacement for Gene Siskel, and tests one candidate by showing him some of the films he'd have to review. A remake of ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' starring Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger is sufficient to reduce the candidate to a skeleton (a la [[spoiler: Toht's death in]] ''[[IndianaJones ''[[Film/IndianaJones Raiders of the Lost Ark]]''), and SylvesterStallone Creator/SylvesterStallone in a ''WaitingForGodot'' ''Theater/WaitingForGodot'' rehash (''Yo! Godot, I'm Waitin' Heeya!'') makes the skull fall off.

* TakeThat: Innumerable ones. Virtually every movie and major actor or director who was popular at the time is mocked at least once - as well as a smattering of older ones. Also TV executives, Hollywood producers, [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative singing purple dinosaurs, dictators of Iraq, stars of Home Improvement]] and much, much more! Note how many of the examples under ShoutOut qualify.
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* TakeThat: Innumerable ones. Virtually every movie and major actor or director who was popular at the time is mocked at least once - -- as well as a smattering of older ones. Also TV executives, Hollywood producers, [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative singing purple dinosaurs, dictators of Iraq, stars of Home Improvement]] and much, much more! Note how many of the examples under ShoutOut qualify.

--> * Is the snack bar still open? --> * But I have nowhere to go. --> * I'm stuck in the chair! --> * Get away, zit-face! (Only in closing credits where the usher sounds like the pimple-faced teen from ''TheSimpsons''.) *** In "Lady Hawke" and "Dukerella"
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--> * -->* Is the snack bar still open? --> * -->* But I have nowhere to go. --> * -->* I'm stuck in the chair! --> * -->* Get away, zit-face! (Only in closing credits where the usher sounds like the pimple-faced teen from ''TheSimpsons''.''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.) *** In "Lady Hawke" and "Dukerella""Dukerella:"

* ThereIsAGod: When Jay Sherman became a trucker and took his son on a trip, Marty pointed out a shooting star, insisting his father make a wish. Jay thinks a moment, and said shooting star annihilates a billboard advertising ''AceVentura''. Quote the critic, "Thank you, God!"
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* ThereIsAGod: When Jay Sherman became a trucker and took his son on a trip, Marty pointed out a shooting star, insisting his father make a wish. Jay thinks a moment, and said shooting star annihilates a billboard advertising ''AceVentura''.''Film/AceVentura''. Quote the critic, "Thank you, God!"

* ThrowABarrelAtIt: In the second season episode ''Frankie and Ellie Get Lost'' Franklin Sherman drives rather recklessly on his way to the airport. When Eleanor chastises him to slow down he exclaims: "Are you mad? Don't you see what danger we're in?" A quick cut to his P.O.V. shows an 8-Bit ''DonkeyKong'' throwing barrels at them - hitting the car horn makes the car jump.
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* ThrowABarrelAtIt: In the second season episode ''Frankie and Ellie Get Lost'' Franklin Sherman drives rather recklessly on his way to the airport. When Eleanor chastises him to slow down he exclaims: "Are you mad? Don't you see what danger we're in?" A quick cut to his P.O.V. shows an 8-Bit ''DonkeyKong'' ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' throwing barrels at them - -- hitting the car horn makes the car jump.

* UncannyValley: [[invoked]] Invoked when a robotic Rosie Perez approached Creator/RogerEbert and Jay about ''It Could Happen To You''. When the Perez-bot shorts out from a LogicBomb (Jay: "Ben Turpin is ''dead''!"[[note]]Making it funnier, Turpin died in 1940, long before Rosie Perez was born[[/note]]), she crashes through the wall and sucks on a live wire. Then enters Creator/WilliamShatner.
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* UncannyValley: [[invoked]] Invoked when a robotic Rosie Perez approached Creator/RogerEbert and Jay about ''It Could Happen To You''. to You.'' When the Perez-bot shorts out from a LogicBomb (Jay: "Ben Turpin is ''dead''!"[[note]]Making ''dead''!" [[note]]Making it funnier, Turpin died in 1940, long before Rosie Perez was born[[/note]]), she crashes through the wall and sucks on a live wire. Then enters Creator/WilliamShatner.

* VirginInAWhiteDress: Jay's sister, Margo, was forced to attend a debutante ball, and the dressmaker asked if she wanted to wear white, or an off-white he called "Hussy White". Margo said she wanted plain white... except for the gloves.
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* VirginInAWhiteDress: Jay's sister, Margo, was forced to attend a debutante ball, and the dressmaker asked if she wanted to wear white, or an off-white he called "Hussy White". White." Margo said she wanted plain white... except Except for the gloves. gloves.

* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The webisodes, of course, had to drop the other main characters due to lack of time and the original voice actors. One curious ommission, however, was Jeremy - whose voice actor was working on the webisodes.
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The webisodes, of course, had to drop the other main characters due to lack of time and the original voice actors. One curious ommission, however, was Jeremy - -- whose voice actor was working on the webisodes.

* WhyWouldAnyoneTakeHimBack: Jay asks Alice this when she considers going back to her [[YourCheatingHeart philandering husband, Cyrus]]. Alice then confessed to Jay that whenever she's about to throw him out, he sings to her and she "melts like butter on a bagel". Sure enough, he sings to her when she attempts to throw him out again, and it almost works until Jay counters it by singing about his faults.
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* WhyWouldAnyoneTakeHimBack: Jay asks Alice this when she considers going back to her [[YourCheatingHeart philandering husband, Cyrus]]. Alice then confessed to Jay that whenever she's about to throw him out, he sings to her and she "melts like butter on a bagel". bagel." Sure enough, he sings to her when she attempts to throw him out again, and it almost works until Jay counters it by singing about his faults.

** Some [=YouTube=] Poops feature Jay's "Buy my book!" billboard.
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** Some [=YouTube=] Website/YouTube Poops feature Jay's "Buy my book!" billboard.

---> [[VanityPlate Shhhhh!]] ----
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---> [[VanityPlate Shhhhh!]] ------->[[VanityPlate Shhhhh!]]
10th Dec '15 12:05:59 PM DrSlide
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* AlcoholHic: From the animatronic hillbilly bears Duke keeps in his office: -->"We're the bears who sing for Duke, doo-dah, doodah/Drinkin' moonshine 'til we puke, oh-da-doo-dah-'''*HICCUP*'''"
9th Dec '15 10:28:18 AM DrSlide
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* ComicallySerious: Satoshi - [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Eater of Souls]], an ancient Japanese demon, is called forth into the mortal world! At a mall, where he wanders around trying a guitar at the music shop and threatening to devour the souls of Cookiepuss at Carvel.
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* ComicallySerious: Satoshi - [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Eater of Souls]], an ancient Japanese demon, is called forth into the mortal world! At a mall, where he world!...as Marty's first sparring opponent in karate class at the local mall. After Marty quits, Satoshi wanders around the mall, trying out a guitar at the music shop and threatening to devour the souls of Cookiepuss at Carvel.
27th Nov '15 11:24:23 AM nombretomado
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* CelebrityParadox: Avoided with regard to Jon Lovitz, who exists in this show's universe -- but he came to prominence on ''[[Main/SaturdayNightLive Yesterday Night Live]]''. Jay's a big fan, but when he suggests by phone to a movie studio that in the wake of the remake ''Rebel Without a [Bill] Cosby'' they should make ''[[Main/DrStrangelove Dr. Strangelovitz]]'', he has to explain who Lovitz is: "He's a character actor! ...No, I don't 'think he died!'"
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* CelebrityParadox: Avoided with regard to Jon Lovitz, who exists in this show's universe -- but he came to prominence on ''[[Main/SaturdayNightLive ''[[Series/SaturdayNightLive Yesterday Night Live]]''. Jay's a big fan, but when he suggests by phone to a movie studio that in the wake of the remake ''Rebel Without a [Bill] Cosby'' they should make ''[[Main/DrStrangelove Dr. Strangelovitz]]'', he has to explain who Lovitz is: "He's a character actor! ...No, I don't 'think he died!'"
23rd Nov '15 10:36:14 AM Morgenthaler
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** This is why distinguished actor Sir Roger Twicenightly did the film ''Creator/HowardStern[[HowardsEnd 's End]]''. And in this universe, OrsonWelles not only did commercials in his waning years (such as for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH1PJTY9AVA Rosebud Frozen Peas]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3B3C5hR1lk Blotto Bros. Wine]]), but VideoWills!
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** This is why distinguished actor Sir Roger Twicenightly did the film ''Creator/HowardStern[[HowardsEnd ''Creator/HowardStern[[Literature/HowardsEnd 's End]]''. And in this universe, OrsonWelles not only did commercials in his waning years (such as for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH1PJTY9AVA Rosebud Frozen Peas]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3B3C5hR1lk Blotto Bros. Wine]]), but VideoWills!
23rd Nov '15 7:46:24 AM jccw227
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