What We're Loving: Movies That Age Well, Adult Contemporary Television, Finding True Love, Chilly McFreeze Audio

imageEach Friday, DCH performers, teachers, and students offer their recommendations for what to watch, read, see, hear, or experience. This week David Allison travels to childhood and back again, Ashley Bright cries at work, Amanda Hahn finds her husband, and Ryan Callahan has baffling expectations.  MV5BMTgzNzk3OTg2M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMTIyODc5._V1_SY317_CR1,0,214,317_AL_I’m a relatively sentimental person. Whether it’s looking at old Facebook photos or just finding smaller shirts that used to fit, I enjoy looking back at the past. But when it comes to movies, I rarely take the time to revisit films I used to love; I’ve been burned too many times. For example, did you know that Blues Brothers isn’t that good? I know you’ll say that it’s sacrilegious for me to say such a thing on a comedy website, but it’s kind of boring and doesn’t hold up. Hell, most movies don’t hold up because they were made for a certain era that’s now known as bygone. Recently though, I had a breakthrough. I found a film that I loved as a child and I continue to love as an adult. That movie is Drop Dead Gorgeous. Released in 1999, Drop Dead Gorgeous is a dark comedy about a teenage beauty pageant in Minnesota. If you haven’t seen it in a while (Or, heaven forbid, if you’ve never seen it) you probably don’t recall how deep the cast of characters for this film is. I love how many memorable performances there are in such a small movie. I mean, you could probably remember that Kirsten Dunst and Denise Richards are battling it out as likeable/unlikeable caricatures. But you need to revisit this film to rediscover the adorable/hilarious trailer park friendship Ellen Barkin/Alison Janney. You need to watch Will Sasso dangle from a car door. You need to watch Adam West host a pageant. You owe it to yourself. - David Allison

MV5BMjExNzA1ODMxMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjY4MjQ2OA@@._V1_SY317_CR15,0,214,317_AL_I like some neat things like Japanese metal, Bukowski, and zines. I've drank David Lynch coffee. I like Avon more than Stringer. I've bought speakers from a fella off Craigslist. I need you to remember this when I tell you about what I'm loving this week. It's not underground. You've likely heard of it. It's adult contemporary television on network TV, and I love it. I love the Braverman's. Every week, I sit at my desk and cry at least once while watching (mostly just listening to) Parenthood. This week I teared up three times. Three separate times at my desk. At work. In front of other people. Listen. I'm not ashamed. It's a great show. It's a bit hokey at times and you'll feel things, but it's great. I want to be Camille Braverman when I'm in my twilight years and have a backyard just like that. Lord, bring me a Zeke Braverman to marry when I grow up. You'll laugh when watching it. You'll become invested in the characters. And that's the thing with this show, it's lead by the characters and not the plot. I started watching it as a brain rinse after watching Breaking Bad. I'd watch one or two episodes of each. I got hooked. There's some actors from HBO lining the cast if that gets you going: Peter Krause from Six Feet Under and Wallace from The Wire popped up in a few episodes in season two. Sure, it gets sappy and hits topics like cancer and having a child with autism. But its set in Berkeley and there's some pot smoking, that's cool, right? Most seasons are available on your streaming service of choice. Watch it and let's you and I chit chat about some family drama. - Ashley Bright

WWL HahnEveryone, I’m glad I have your attention. This is a very special “What We’re Loving” post for me. Today, I would like to introduce you all to my future husband, Bridger Winegar. He’s worked as an intern and production assistant for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and he’s the most consistently funniest person I’ve ever internet-stalked. So…no, I’ve never met him, but I know he is my one true love. Everything he has ever said or posted on any medium has made me laugh. Since it’s no longer 2010, I know it’s strange to still be obsessed with someone’s Twitter feed. But you guys, I’m obsessed with his Twitter feed right down to his bio. It says nothing but “Here we are on our third date,” and it tickles me to my core. If you ever see me spacing out or there is a lull in our conversation, there is a 95% chance that that sentence is running through my head. His weirdness is so creative, and he’s bold with his moves. The strange things you daydream of doing or posting, but never follow through on, he’ll do. His Pinterest boards are a perfect example. They make me cry from laughter. There’s an entire board with nothing but George Lucas’s neck. Another is devoted to pictures of his knee. If you decide to check out any others, be sure to take a peek at his Amazing Vocalists board. He’s goofy, strange, and delightful. I have no idea what he’s currently working on or doing, but he deserves more fame, and I’m making it my life goal to spread the word about him. So if you’re in the mood to meet someone that will make you think, “Wait what why?!” Bridger Winegar is your guy. But back off, ladies. This psycho is mine. - Amanda Hahn

steveaustinshow300x300Recently, a few people who would know recommended the The Steve Austin Show, the podcast with former pro-wrestler and current direct-to-video action star "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. Even though "Stone Cold" Steve Austin (henceforth abbreviated as SCSA) was the man who brought me back to the pro-wrestling fold after a long hiatus in the 90's, I hesitated to listen to his podcast for the same reason I hesitate listening to any podcast. Most are bad. They feature people who either pepper each sentence with a string of words such as "um" and "like" and "you know" (the vast majority of wrestling podcasts) or who try so hard to be funny that you can feel the flop sweat drip through your headphones (the vast majority of comedy podcasts). Well, it turns out that SCSA, one of the greatest promo guys in the history of the wrestling business, is really good at talking into a microphone. I have no idea why I expected anything different, except for the fact that I am an idiot. The Steve Austin Show is an entertaining listen, and not only during the interview portion when SCSA talks with guests like Paul Heyman and Dave Meltzer and William Regal about the wrestling business, but also during the opening section, when SCSA talks about what's going on in his life and what's going on in his head. Traditionally, this is the section of the podcast I skip. But not on this show. SCSA has the most important quality any entertainer can have: sincerity. I'll put up with a lot of things: self-pity, ignorance, foolishness. But if I think you're being disengenuous, if I think I'm being fed a line, I'll tune out. When SCSA speaks I believe he means what he says. Which probably makes me a mark. But at least I'm a mark with something to listen to when I'm driving. - Ryan Callahan

Giving and Receiving Gifts on Valentine's Day - FAQ

Image Credit: Happy Valentine's Day '14 Saint Valentine's Day is upon us again, and with it comes the obligatory anxiety over dinner reservations, and gifts, and cards, and what to write in the cards, followed by the obligatory fights over dinner reservations, and gifts, and cards, and what was or was not written in the cards. It truly is a joyous day. Due to the many potential landmines involved with giving and receiving gifts on Valentine's Day, we here at the Dallas Comedy House would like to provide answers to some of the more common questions on this day of love and celebration.

Isn't Valentine's Day just a made-up, Hallmark holiday? Do I even have to do anything special for my girlfriend? Yes, and yes! While Valentine's Day is a holiday designed solely to reduce  our national  surplus  of chocolate hearts, treacly greeting cards, and small teddy bears, it is loved by many and here to stay. So do something nice for your girlfriend. Conform to the whims of society. You have 364 other days to be a bitter iconoclast. Fit in today.

Once again, I'm single on Valentine's Day. What do I have to do to get a gift? You don't have to do anything. You already have the greatest gift of all, the gift of eavesdropping. Valentine's conversations are often full of passive-aggression, thinly-veiled hostility, and unheard pleas for understanding. And you get to hear all of it.

Is a box of chocolates and a bouquet of flowers that I picked up on the way home from work the best way to tell my wife that I love her? You forgot a homemade card with a hastily written message full of platitudes. Add that to the mix and you have what we call in the Valentine's advice industry, "The Bare Minimum Triumvirate." The number of "Bare Minimums," given or received has risen sharply over the past 50 years and now represents more than half of all Valentine's Day gifts. In an odd coincidence, the national divorce rate has risen at the same rate over the same period.

This happens to me every year. I've been seeing this guy for a few weeks and I'm not even sure if we have a relationship. What should I give him?  Ah, the old unsure-of-our-status trap. Too nice a gift and he might think you're coming on too strong, causing him to freak out and flee. No gift and he might think you're not sufficiently interested, causing him to freak out and flee. Men are the worst. In a situation like this, there's only acceptable gift: alcohol. It's non-committal, non-romantic, and can be spun to match the level of relationship you're not sure that you have. You really can't go wrong with booze as a gift, unless you're dating a minor or a recovering alcoholic. For the artsy, creative type, try a six-pack of craft beer, say a Racer 5 IPA.  A  more sophisticated gentleman might prefer a bottle of high-end vodka, like Chopin.  For the life-of-the-party type, a nice bottle of Patron will make the evening into an adventure, one that could potentially define your relationship. Stay away from Jim Beam or Jack Daniels or really any branch of the whiskey tree, unless you want to end up crying on the sidewalk at 3AM listening to a series of brutal put-downs delivered under the guise of "jokes."

For three straight years, my girlfriend has given me the same gift: a restraining order. Is my relationship getting stale? Your relationship does not exist. Nor has it existed for at least three years. Take your "gift" at face value and accept the fact that she's moved on, you creep her out, and you will go to jail if you come within 500 feet of her. And, please, never contact me again. Happy Valentine's Day!

Ryan Callahan is a current DCH student who loves crime novels and pro wrestling. He’s the brains behind WikiFakeAnswers.