In Memoriam: Cloris Leachman

Ron remembers Cloris Leachman.

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Cloris Leachman was the total package: she could act, sing, dance, make you laugh and cry all in the same show. If there were any doubts she had the hardware to prove it, winning both an Oscar as well as 7 Emmys.

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Leachman’s career spanned eightdecades, from 1947 to 2021. She was the kind of performer that made everyone around her better, which is why legends like Mary Tyler Moore and MelBrooks sought her out. Like many people in my generation, I first remember her as Frau Blücher in Young Frankenstein. Later we would watch reruns of The Mary Tyler Moore Show or Rhoda and Leachman would make us laugh harder than anyone else on the show.

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She worked steadily throughout the decades, and then had a career renaissance when…

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2020: The Year in WTF

Our big boss man Ron reviews the shitshow that was 2020. Now with funny memes!

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On the off chance 2020 ended last night we here at Pop Culture Uncovered wanted to take a moment to remember some of the weirdest & wackiest crap that happened. If you’re not hungover go ahead and grab a drink and take one last walk down memory lane with us before we burn it all down.

January:

If this was Egypt in 2000 BC he might have a chance at winning this case.

February:

In his defense it DID get the nurses’ attention, so his plan was spot on.

March:

If you’ll excuse me, I’ll be moving to…[checks link]…Castelvetro, Italy

April:

“I’m sorry. I thought this was America!”

May:

I can’t blame him. What else is there to do in Utah?

June:

Honestly, World War III was kind of a letdown.

July:

He’s dead. D-E-D, DEAD.

August:

For when an “OCCUPIED” sign is just too damn difficult to operate.

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This Week In WTF: ELECTION 2020 Edition

In Memoriam: Mo Gaba

RIP Moe. You will forever inspire us. #MoStrong

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I never had the honor of meeting Mosilla “Mo” Gaba. The vast majority of Baltimore sports fans never met him. But we knew him and we loved him. We met him on the radio, calling into one of the local sports talk stations. I first heard him on the Scott Garceau and Jeremy Conn midday show on 105.7 The Fan. Mo was a breath of fresh air in a sea of armchair coaches and general managers. He was all giggles, infectious energy, and predictions for blowout Orioles and Ravens victories. You couldn’t help but be drawn to him. It wasn’t until you heard him for a while that you learned why he was able to call the radio shows so often.

Mo had been battling cancer since he was 9 months old. Early in his fight he lost his sight. Due to his repeated illness he was home from…

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In Memoriam: Carl Reiner

D3 founder Ron Burr has some thoughts on Carl Reiner’s passing.

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The role of straight man in comedy is a dying art. It grew out of vaudeville and moved to movies, radio, and television as the vaudeville artists moved to new mediums. Bud Abbott, Dean Martin, and Margaret Dumont are 3 of the most famous and successful straight men in comedy history (with “men” in this instance being a catchall akin to “mankind”). One could argue any of those 3 were the best and could back up their assertion with multiple clips. I, however, have always held Carl Reiner as the greatest straight man in history because he was able to do the role to perfection for two very different performers: Mel Brooks and Dick Van Dyke.=

Carl Reiner passed away on June 29th at the age of 98. To say he was one of the most influential comedians ever understates the impact he had on humor both here…

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Review Brew – Red Hood: Outlaw #45

Belle reads books. Belle tells you if you should read them too.

Listen to Belle.

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Writer: Scott Lobdell
Artist: Paolo Pantalena
Colors: Arif Prianto
Letters: ALW’s Troy Peteri
Covers: Paolo Pantalen & Sunny Gho; Phillip Tan & Sunny Gho
Editors: Ben Meares; Ben Abernathy
Publisher: DC Comics

Before we get into the amazing, continuity loving, end of this issue, let’s take a brief break to check in on Generation: Outlaw and poor Ma Gunn trying to deal with a houseful of super powered, barely sane, children. Spoiler alert: it’s not going well. While nothing and no one is on fire, yet, Faye is having a hell of a time finding anyone with the ability, and more importantly, patience to deal with Jason’s wards when he’s not there. However,
after a fewstops and starts it looks like she may have found a decent set in Monsieur Mallah and The Brain. Now if she can only convince Ernst that the kids are, in fact, alright…

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In Memoriam: Fred Willard

D3 Founder Ron talks about one of his comedy heroes #RIP #FredWillard

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In my 30+ years in the comedy world I have yet to meet a comedian worth the name who can’t tell you when they first saw Fred Willard on screen. For me it was a double whammy in 1984: Watching Mama’s Family with my parents then sneaking into This Is Spinal Tap after my buddy’s parents bought us tickets to see Ice Pirates. Never has breaking a rule impacted me more.

Fred Willard was a master of awkward comedy. He was so seamless in his performance that sometimes I would re-watch scenes just to see the other actors trying so hard not to break character. When you watch the outtakes you see how often they failed.

In a 50 year career the only “scandal” with him was him going to an adult theater once. He responded by reviewing the film as “lousy”. While I never saw the film in…

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This Week In WTF: Quarantine Edition 1

This Week In WTF 1/31/2020