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HBO's much-anticipated documentary, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind has finally been released. It's a two-hour look back at the life and creative drive of the late comic genius. There are classic clips, footage and pictures we've never seen before, and interviews with family and friends, all narrated by previous Williams interviews. Before we go any further, we have to acknowledge that we recently reviewed Dave Itzkoff's new Robin Williams biography, which many would say is the definitive account of the man's life. Television has limitations that books do not, so we'll try to not to compare the two (too... Read more →

One of the items on this summer's to-do list was to check out David Letterman's new show on Netflix, called My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. We've missed seeing Letterman on TV since his retirement in 2014, and it was intriguing to hear that he was returning in a format that featured just one guest in an hour without commercial interruptions. There were six episodes in this first season, so the question then became, which guest should we watch? The answer was simple: Howard Stern. We listened to Stern "back in the day" when he was still... Read more →

We were intrigued by the recent discovery that comic legends Steve Martin and Martin Short have teamed up for a tour. It's been years since the last time we saw Steve Martin do a stand-up routine, and we've never seen Martin Short on stage. Fortunately, Netflix offers their subscribers to see this duo in action with their new special: Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life. Two friends hanging out together and having a few laughs. (pic via Observations (Maybe a few spoilers, but hopefully not too many.) Both men... Read more →

Andre the Giant wasn't just a famous wrestler, he was a nearly-mythical figure. Andre made millions around the world smile, both in the ring and in The Princess Bride, but he had a hard life. The stories about him may be vulnerable to exaggeration, but they're fascinating and moving, and they're discussed in the new HBO Sports documentary about him. Produced by Bill Simmons, in conjunction with the WWE, Andre the Giant generally does right by the man. A man looking to belong. (pic via Observations: (Spoilers ahead.) It's a treat to see the old footage of a younger... Read more →

For the better part of the past 40 years, "Nature Boy" Ric Flair was, "The Stylin', profilin', limousine riding, jet-flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin' n' dealin' son of a gun!" The professional wrestling legend entertained audiences around the world. He wore fancy suits outside the ring that were matched by his outlandish in-ring robes. He cut promos explaining how he lived the life of the rich and famous every day (which included an endless number of beautiful women) and that he could do it because he was the best wrestler in the world. He made countless opponents look good in the ring... Read more →

Jerry Seinfeld has a new Netflix special that was filmed at the small NYC comedy club (The Comic Strip) where he began his career in 1976. "Jerry Before Seinfeld" sees the comedian explain what lead him to become a comedian, as he also looks back at his early days performing in New York. Observations: It's been 19 years since Seinfeld went off the air, but in some ways it seems like the man never left, due to the multi-hour blocks of reruns airing daily on TBS. If you've never seen Seinfeld perform stand-up before (besides the snippets from the TV... Read more →

Comedians Nick Kroll (The League, The Nick Kroll Show) and John Mulaney (Saturday Night Live, Mulaney) have been performing the Oh, Hello show for ten years, and now they have a new special on Netflix so everyone can see what all the buzz is about. Oh, Hello on Broadway features two men, Gil Faizon (Kroll) and George St. Geegland (Mulaney), who are in their 70's and have been roommates in a rent-controlled apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for 40 years. Does this show live up to the hype? Let's see... Observations: It might easiest to picture Faizon... Read more →