Friends : The Reunion

Friends: The Reunion is a 2021 reunion special of the American television sitcom Friends. The special is hosted by James Corden and executive produced by the show’s co-creators, Marta Kauffman and David Crane, Kevin S. Bright, the show’s main cast, and Ben Winston (who also directed the special). The special sees the main cast revisit the sets of the original show (such as the Friends’ apartments, the Central Perk coffee shop, and the signature water fountain), meet with guests who appeared on the show as well as celebrity guests, do table reads and re-enactments of Friends episodes, and share behind-the-scenes footage.

The special was executive produced by the show’s co-creators, Kevin S. Bright, Marta Kauffman and David Crane, and the show’s main cast, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer. Ben Winston directed and executive produced through Fulwell 73. The special was filmed in Los Angeles, California, at Stage 24, also known as “The Friends Stage” at Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank, where Friends had been filmed since its second season. The filming of the reunion began in April 2021. Filming of the special was delayed twice, first in March 2020, and second in August 2020, both due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

RIP Bob Saget

Bob Saget, the comedian, television host and actor arguably known best by audiences as wholesome patriarch Danny Tanner on the sitcom Full House, has died, his family confirmed in a statement to CNN. He was 65. Saget was found dead in a hotel room on Sunday at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, according to a statement from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. The cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner, the Sheriff’s office added. Saget was in Florida as part of his comedy tour.

Born in Philadelphia to a Jewish family, he briefly lived in Los Angels before his family moved back to Philly. Saget originally intended to become a doctor, but his Honors English teacher, Elaine Zimmerman, saw his creative potential and urged him to seek a career in films. Saget attended Temple University’s film school, where he created Through Adam’s Eyes, a black-and-white film about a boy who received reconstructive facial surgery, and was honored with an award of merit in the Student Academy Awards. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1978.

Saget, though known on the stage and among his friends for his raunchy humor, first became known to audiences on family-friendly programming. He starred as the widowed father of three girls on ABC’s “Full House” and then as host of the network’s America’s Funniest Home Videos clip show. As Saget recalled to Jake Tapper in a July 2021 interview, the track of his career was unexpected. The sitcom, which starred Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and twins Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen in one role, ran for eight seasons. It lived on in syndication with strong enough nostalgia surrounding it that Netflix picked up a spin-off in 2016, “Fuller House,” starring Bure but featuring frequent appearances from original stars, including Saget, Dave Coulier and John Stamos. It ran for five seasons, concluding in 2020. Saget was also known for his adult-oriented stand-up comedy, and his 2014 album That’s What I’m Talkin’ About was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.

Saget directed the 1996 ABC television movie For Hope, which was inspired by the life story of his sister, Gay Saget, who had died from scleroderma three years earlier. In 1998, he directed his first feature film, Dirty Work, starring Norm Macdonald and Artie Lange. Released one year after he left his long-running role as host of America’s Funniest Home Videos, the film received broadly negative reviews from critics and earned low box office returns. However, it has since become a cult favorite, due partially to Artie Lange’s later popularity on The Howard Stern Show where the film is sometimes mentioned, often in unflattering terms. In 1998, Saget made a cameo appearance as a cocaine addict in the stoner comedy Half Baked.

Following his first round of sitcom fame, Saget worked steadily in film and television roles but became known to a new generation of sitcom fans on CBS’s How I Met Your Mother, acting as narrator and the voice of future Ted Mosby. That show ran until 2014. Throughout the years, Saget remained a fixture in stand-up comedy, releasing multiple specials over the years and taking his show on the road. According to tour dates pinned to his Twitter account, he performed Saturday night at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Saget was in the midst of a tour at the time of his death that was set to take him to locations in New York, Canada and several other locations in the coming months.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is a 2020 American romantic musical fantasy comedy film directed by David Dobkin, written by Will Ferrell and Andrew Steele, and starring Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Dan Stevens, Melissanthi Mahut, Mikael Persbrandt, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Graham Norton, Demi Lovato, and Pierce Brosnan. The film follows the personally close Icelandic singers Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdóttir as they are given the chance to represent their country at the Eurovision Song Contest. The Story of Fire Saga was initially scheduled for a May 2020 release to coincide with the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 contest was cancelled, and the film was subsequently released a month later, on June 26, on Netflix.

The Story of Fire Saga received mixed reviews from critics (who praised the original music but criticised the two-hour runtime), but had a positive reception from many Eurovision fans. The film received a nomination for Best Original Song at the 93rd Academy Awards (for “Husavik”).

Funny You Should Ask : A Religious Joke

A Jewish businessman in America decided to send his son to Israel to absorb some of the culture of the homeland. When the son returned, the father asked him to tell him about his trip. The son said, “Pop, I had a great time in Israel. By the way, I converted to Christianity.” “Oy vey,” said the father. “What have I done?”

He decided to go ask his friend Jacob what to do. Jacob said, “Funny you should ask. I too sent my son to Israel, and he also came back a Christian. Perhaps we should go see the rabbi and ask him what we should do.” So they went to see the Rabbi. The Rabbi said, “Funny you should ask.I too sent my son to Israel. He also came back a Christian. What is happening to our young people? Perhaps we should go talk to God and ask him what to do.”

The three of them prayed and explained what had happened to their sons and asked God what to do. Suddenly a voice came loud and clear from Heaven. The Voice said, “funny you should ask, I too sent my son to Israel…”

My Top 5 Thanksgiving Episodes From FRIENDS

Since the American Thanksgiving holiday is just 10 days away (as always on the fourth Thursday of the month), it brings me visions of warm cozy dinners with a huge turkey on the table as seen in tv shows and movies. Being a non-American (and non-Canadian, as they celebrated their Thanksgiving in October) I have never been able to partake in such a feast but it has always been a big desire of mine. I can almost taste the turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and warm pumpkin pie with cream.

Friends is the show that I always think of when it comes to Thanksgiving as the American show has had a Thanksgiving episode in 9 of their 10 seasons (I think). Here are my top 5 Thanksgiving episodes from the famous sitcom, in no particular order.

Season 5, Episode 8: “The One With All the Thanksgiving Flashbacks:

The gang looks back on all their terrible Thanksgivings through the years. Chandler (Matthew Perry) remembers his parents telling him they’re getting divorced over dinner. Joey (Matt LeBlanc) recalls getting his head stuck in Monica’s (Courtney Cox) turkey. Classic. Monica relives the horror of meeting Chandler for the first time when he called her fat and the following year when she accidentally cut off his toe. Monica puts a turkey on her head to cheer Chandler up and he ends up accidentally telling her he loves her.

Season 7, Episode : “The One Where Chandler Doesn’t Like Dogs”
Rachel’s incredibly cute assistant-slash-boyfriend, Tag, is featured heavily in this episode, and while their romance may not hold up in the #MeToo era, the chemistry between them is undeniable. This is also the episode where we learned the 50 States Game.Oh and Chandler hates dogs as well as Thanksgiving, apparently. Dogs rule and Clunkers is so cute.

Season 8, Episode 9: “The One With the Rumor”

This episode higher is ranked very high among fans due solely to the fact that Brad Pitt appears in it, but (1) his eventual split with Jennifer Aniston leads the viewer to experience kind of a bummer vibe upon rewatching and (2) this half hour of television is considered transphobic now (like a lot of things). Yes, the word transphobic was barely even used in the mainstream culture back then, but the episode in which Ross & Brad Pitts character reveaed that the they started a rumour about Rachel having both male & female genitalia was very funny.

Season 9, Episode 8: “The One With Rachel’s Other Sister”

Two words: Christina Applegate. While Reese Witherspoon shone brightly as Rachel’s spoiled, self-involved sister, Applegate came on the scene and stole the crown as Rachel’s other, even more spoiled and self-involved sister, who sort of (sort of) learns a lesson at the end. Honestly, Rachel and Applegate’s character, Amy, trash-talking Witherspoon’s Jill in her absence is as naturalistic a depiction of sisterly bonding as I’ve ever seen onscreen. While I find people like her character annoying in real life, Christina was a lot of fun.

Season 3, Episode 9: “The One With the Football”

This episode has everything: touch American football, sibling rivalry, roommate conflict over a cute girl (from the Netherlands), a Troll doll (remember those?) of inexplicable import, and, most importantly, Phoebe Buffay in a ridiculously cute That Girl T-shirt. Joey has no idea that there is a country called the Netherlands! Pure hilarity!

Three Jokes From The World Of Married People

A man tells his doctor that he’s incapable of doing all the things around the house that he used to do. When the examination is over, he says, “Okay, Doctor. In plain English—what’s wrong with me?”
“Well, in plain English,” says the doctor, “you’re just lazy.”
The man nods. “Now give me the medical term so I can tell my wife.”

Jack wakes up with a horrible hangover and a throbbing black eye. The first thing he sees is a single rose on the side table and a note from his wife: “Dear, breakfast is made. I’ve gone shopping to make you your favourite dinner tonight. I love you!”
He stumbles to the kitchen and, sure enough, there’s breakfast. “Joe,” he says to his son, “what happened last night?”
“You came home soused and got that black eye tripping over a chair.”
“So, why the rose, breakfast, and sweet note from your mother?”
“Oh, that. Mom dragged you to the bedroom, and when she tried to take off your clothes, you screamed, ‘Leave me alone, I’m married!’”

As I performed a simple medical procedure on my patient, I warned her, “After this, you can’t have sex for at least three days.”
“Did you hear that?” she asked her husband. “No sex for three days.”
“I heard,” he said. “But she was speaking to you.”

Bill & Ted Face the Music

Bill & Ted Face the Music is a 2020 American science fiction comedy film directed by Dean Parisot and written by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. It is the third film in the Bill & Ted film series, and the sequel to Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991). Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves, and William Sadler reprise their roles as Bill, Ted, and the Grim Reaper, while Kristen Schaal, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Anthony Carrigan, Erinn Hayes, Jayma Mays, Holland Taylor, Kid Cudi, Jillian Bell and Beck Bennett join the cast. In the film, Bill and Ted must write a song to unite humanity before space-time is destroyed. The script was laid out as early as 2010, but a production deal was not confirmed until 2018. Filming commenced on July 1, 2019.

Bill & Ted Face the Music was simultaneously released in theaters and through Premium VOD in the United States on August 28, 2020, by United Artists Releasing. It received generally positive reviews from critics for the performances and story, with many calling it a welcome return to form for the series.

Daddy’s Home (2015)


Daddy’s Home is a 2015 American comedy film directed by Sean Anders and written by Anders, Brian Burns, and John Morris. The film is about a mild-mannered stepfather (Will Ferrell) who vies for the attention of his wife’s (Linda Cardellini) children when their biological father (Mark Wahlberg) returns. The second collaboration between Ferrell and Wahlberg following the 2010 film The Other Guys, principal photography began on November 17, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The film was released on December 25, 2015, by Paramount Pictures and grossed $242 million worldwide, becoming Ferrell’s highest-grossing live-action film. It has a 31% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which criticizes the lack of funny ideas. A sequel, Daddy’s Home 2, was released on November 10, 2017.

Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man

Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man is a 1951 American science fiction comedy film directed by Charles Lamont and starring the team of Abbott and Costello alongside Nancy Guild. The film depicts the misadventures of Lou Francis and Bud Alexander, two private detectives investigating the murder of a boxing promoter. The film was part of a series in which the duo meet classic characters from Universal’s stable, including Frankenstein, the Mummy and the Keystone Kops.

2 Jokes From Canada

How did a Chinese guy have a Tamil name

I recently met a Chinese man in Toronto and got to know that his name was “Kannaswami”. I asked him, “How did you ever get a name like that being a Chinese?”

He said -“Many, many years ago when I first went to Canada, I was standing in line at the Political Asylums Immigration Counter. The man in front of me was a Sri Lankan Tamil refugee.”

The white lady at the counter looked at him and asked “What is your name?” He replied “Kannaswami”.

Then she looked at me and asked “What’s your name?” I said, “Sem Ting”.

Two Canadians die and go to hell.

Satan puts them in their own cell and turns up the heat to 49C, figuring that’s a good temperature to start newcomers. He comes back a while later to find the Canadians shirtless but smiling.

“It never gets this warm in Canada we’re enjoying while it lasts.” One of them explains when a mystified Satan asks why they aren’t miserable.

Angry, Satan turns up the heat to 60C figuring nobody could ever enjoy that. But low and behold he returns to their cell and sees that a bunch of other Canadians have turned up and are having a cookout. Furious, Satan decides to try a different tactic and instead turns the thermostat all the way down to -20C, and all of hell freezes over. Cackling, Satan visits their cell and finds the Canadians having a roaring party.

“HOW CAN YOU BE HAPPY!?!” He demands.

“The Maple Leafs just won the Stanley Cup!” The Canadians shout triumphantly.