Rosie Live! - the parade with no balloons
by Debra McDuffee, posted Nov 26th 2008 10:04PM
I grew up on The Lawrence Welk Show (during visits to my grandmother) and Donny and Marie, so my affinity for the variety show started young. I was always a little bit rock-and-roll, which is why I couldn't help but like the Nick and Jessica Variety Hour specials when they aired several years back; it was in my blood.
So I was curious to check out Rosie Live! tonight. I expected some goofy skits, like from Laugh In (or Nick and Jessica), but instead we got some authentic conversation with the guests, some horribly executed guest visits, some unknown talent that was almost painful to watch and ... show tunes.
I liken Rosie Live! to a parade. You wait through the whole broadcast for those special floats that don't come until the end, and of course for the bigger-than-life balloons. The balloons never came, folks.
I appreciated the little-known talent in some ways. It was very cool of Rosie to give them their big chance, and her giveaways were really generous and fun. I also liked that she chose a small theater, not a big TV studio, as her venue.
Here's a rundown of the show, piece by piece:
She didn't seem very relaxed, for Rosie, who could normally be comfortable in a biker bar or a debutante ball. l liked her persona on her talk show better. The best part of the monologue was the high heels joke.
Liza Minelli duet
I know my grandmother really must be enjoying this number. This one was definitely aimed at the octogenarian audience. It got better when they added the guy backup dancers; we definitely needed another focus.
Yeah, I'm biased, but Alec can do no wrong. Such a natural conversation, seemingly between two friends. I liked it. It was cute when he brought her the door for her special guests, and even when he talked into her cleavage.
Got a pie in the face and that was it. Not really funny, but he's definitely a good sport.
Tap dancing with the kids
Again, my grandmother was definitely "awwww"ing at the screen during this number, from her favorite TV viewing chair. So glad they kept it short ....
The Lumbar Twins
Never heard of them, didn't appreciate them. I get that their feet went really fast, but what they really needed to do was stomp on the fiddlers. And I wrote that before the accordion came out.
She looked healthy, as opposed to the emaciated look she's been sporting on 30 Rock. She's always entertaining and can really belt it out.
I just don't know what to say about that.
This couldn't be further from the kind of music I like. He has a nice voice and all, but yuck.
Nancy Grace live feed / Kathy Griffith
If you are someone who knows Nancy Grace and her broadcasts, this may have been funny to you. This show and I don't seem to be on the same plane ....
Harry Connick Junior
I always had a little crush on Harry, and he still looks great. So glad they let him sing, and who doesn't love a Christmas song? One of my favorite parts of the show so far.
Seriously? Part circus, part parade (see above), I just couldn't get into the remixed '80s music with the hula-hooping. Yes, their stomach muscles are superior to mine and they've just shown that on national television.
Lame police officer skit
Funny that they acknowledged the skit was dying within the skit.
You don't have to be a fan to appreciate her amazing voice and talent, world's above any of the previous entertainers who performed tonight. She's a true professional with presence. Thanks for inviting her, Rosie.
So not funny, and she was underused with the corny show tune styled Thanksgiving number. Next time (if there is one), let her sing "I Live for Lovin' You." I'll get up and dance. C'mon, she's more than just elevator music; Gloria Estefan is a real talent, who should never be on stage with dancing food. And I don't mean Rachel Ray.
I'm clearly calling my grandmother tomorrow to see what she thought of Rosie Live!, because even with my unfortunate upbringing, this variety show was not for me.