Melissa McCarthy

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God, I love Melissa McCarthy.
Even when she makes lousy movies, I still love her. Not that I think Life of the Party will be lousy. In fact, I’ve watched the trailer about 15 times and it still makes me laugh. Melissa co-wrote Life of the Party with her husband, Ben Falcone, who also directs it. They also worked together on Tammy and The Boss, which aren’t my favorite Melissa McCarthy movies (that’d be Spy) but they’re still funny. Truth be told, I’d watch Melissa McCarthy in just about anything. Even The Nines, that super weird movie from 2007 where she played Ryan Reynolds’ wife. True story, and I love Melissa McCarthy so much that I even watched that. If you love her too and would like to see Life of the Party EARLY and FOR FREE, Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Don’t Think Twice” Tells the Not-So-Funny Truth About Improv Comedy

Don’t Think Twice is about an Improv Comedy Troupe that’s struggling to make it in New York City. That’s appropriate because I responded to it very much like I did the last Improv show I attended. I was apathetic and mildly annoyed with the first 10 minutes, but was laughing through tears and signing up for classes by the end.

Mike Birbiglia is the Writer-Director behind Don’t Think Twice, but he also stars as Miles. Miles is the driving force behind The Commune improv group, but he’s consistently overlooked when execs come seeking new talent. The rest of the troupe is played by recognizable faces like Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele) and Gillian Jacobs (Community). Kate Micucci, Tami Sagler and Chris Gethard also star but were new to me. That might be why I found them more believable as undiscovered comedians. They share an apartment and alternately support and harangue each other, while reaching for the brass ring of late night TV. It’s all pizza and bong hits until the group loses their theater AND one of their members to Weekend Live (an obvious hat-tip to Saturday Night Live). Continue reading →