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A great way to spend $10

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Feb 18th 2006 10:27PM

Cream of WheatI found myself rather bored this morning and decided that since I live in NYC, maybe I should take advantage of all the things a large city has to offer? So I checked out the Museum of Television and Radio and if you reside in the NYC or LA area, I have a good reason for you to do the same.

Step one? Dig through your couch cushions until you find ten bucks. Step two? Go to the MT&R and buy a ticket for the current screening of "From Albert Brooks to TV Funhouse: Selected Short Films from Saturday Night Live." Step three? Laugh hysterically for 90 straight minutes.

The collection of SNL shorts was jam packed; many I had seen and many that came before my time but still oh so worth it. Of particular note, I really enjoyed the synchronized swimming team of Harry Shearer and Martin Short coached by Christopher Guest. When Short mentions that "he's not that strong a swimmer," I almost fell out of my seat. Also worth seeing was Tim Robbins' short on the folk singing Bob Roberts, which later led to the film of the same name. However, I couldn't stop laughing at the more recent Adam McKay directed short about the pervert who got his jollies from the Cream of Wheat chef. I'm telling you, if you have a free afternoon and can get to either museum location, then go for it. You can see a schedule for this and other screenings at the link below.

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screw the $10...you should just look for those tourist booklet/magazine things. a lot of times they will have a coupon in there for one free admission or something. i did that the last time i was in NYC, a few years ago. they were showing the pilot for seinfeld on the big screen.

i had a good laugh exploring the library, looking for crappy '80s sitcoms that i used to watch when i was a kid...you know, the ones that were on for a minute, then cancelled. one show i remember watching was "it takes two", with helen hunt and anthony edwards playing teenagers, with patty duke and richard crenna has their parents.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083431/

February 19 2006 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Toby OB

I was there on Thursday and was tempted to see the program, but decided to stick strictly with my exploring through the library. Decided to look into early Johnny Carson (1953) and "Carson's Cellar", another episode of "Coronet Blue" (even without an ending, I wish that would be put out in a DVD boxed set!), and I checked out a chapter of "Lorna Doone" presented on "Once Upon A Time" (hosted by Bill Bixby) because Patrick Troughton was in it.

But now, having read your review, I wish I had seen the shorts!

February 19 2006 at 9:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vito

I really wish they'd make that archive viewable online for a fee. Even if it was just through Google Video or something. The depth of the archive they have is just amazing.

February 19 2006 at 1:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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