About Deborah Robinson

Deborah is a comedian who runs Happy Contest Time - a competition where real Japanese School Girls judge standup comedians. It be crazy.

Trailer Watch – Muppets Most Wanted

Wanted: Cute, fuzzy, lovable characters that we grew up with paired with hilarious comedians we can’t get enough of! DONE!

This trailer makes me excited, it looks like Kermit is the main focus of the movie. Hooray! We love seeing that adorable green frog and now we get him in America and Russia! Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais are perfectly cast too.

Muppets Most Wanted has given us another reason to look forward to Spring 2014:

Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

Chances are we’ve all seen (and liked) something from either Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton or James Cameron. But most of us, (including myself before watching this great doc) have no idea how much we have to thank stop-animator Ray Harryhausen for their success.

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It’s similar to a lot of other documentaries, in that it follows Ray’s life, career, clips of his work, etc. But what’s different and so fantastic is how he’s inspired SO MANY other legendary careers. Harryhausen has changed the face of visual arts as we know it. And if you’re not into visual effects, it’s still a great doc to geek-out to and fill your brain with cool movie factoids. Check out the trailer:

‘The Disaster Artist’ is No Train Wreck!

I’m one of those people obsessed with the cult classic The Room. I can recite almost every line, have watched it over-and-over and am in awe of the enigma that is Tommy Wiseau.

As someone who wanted answers to my many questions, I was ecstatic to hear about Greg Sestero’s memoir The Disaster Artist.

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I first heard the announcement that Simon and Schuster was publishing Greg Sestero’s book a few years back on How Did This Get Made?, the popular Earwolf podcast hosted by Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas. Sestero, who played Mark in The Room, was a guest and the subject that week was, of course, the movie. You could hear the excitement in Paul’s voice as he tossed Greg question after question; it was awesome!

Naturally, I wanted more and was bummed I had to wait two years to get it. But just like they do with that damn football in The Room, time passed…

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‘Derek’ Shows a Little Kindness from Ricky Gervais

Last week saw the release of Ricky Gervais’ new series Derek on Netflix in which Gervais plays the title character of a sweet-natured and simple man who works at a nursing home. This series will either warm your heart, slightly offend or both. Having worked in a nursing home and with people who have some form of autism myself, I found it rides a fine line. But more often than not, it makes me laugh, and that’s key.

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The series still has awkward moments, filmed in the mock-umentary style Gervais is best known for. But unlike The Office and Extras, the unforgettable moments come from a place of innocence. I’m gonna go out on a limb and assume Ricky was going for a modern day Being There.

With only 7 episodes in the series, I encourage you all to watch and see for yourselves. What do you think of Derek?

‘Fire on the Mound’ – A Podcast Novel

This epic unpublished novel-turned-podcast by William J. Meyer is a beautiful story that takes place on the treacherous island, Naosaleyn, and at only 30 minutes per episode, it’s a must-listen. Trust this writer when I say it’s the perfect fill for your mythical needs when heading to your dreaded day job.

More than just a bunch of characters running around in a rich, mythological land, Fire on the Mound is a story about the conflict and turmoil of growing up and the struggle for power… something we can all relate to. Or at least the first bit, anyway.

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It’s also good to know that listening is all free, which is NUTS considering the quality of what’s in there! You can stream or download all episodes from the official Fire on the Mound website.

I leave you with this task: before season 2 comes out, have a listen so we can all get excited together!

Brilliant Remake of ‘Sound and Vision’

A couple of days ago, I had the pleasure of partaking in a classic “YouTube pissing match” with my friend, comedian James Fritz. We spent hours one-upping each other with cool YouTube video after cool YouTube video (this is, by the way, what nerdy comics do after midnight).

The game abruptly ended once he showed me Beck’s 360-degree mega-remake of David Bowies “Sound and Vision”. That’s when I knew it was all over.

With 160 diverse musicians captured in the round, this concert experience was the most magical thing I had seen in a while. Beck has come a long way from two turn tables and a microphone.

Well played James Fritz, well played.

Mindy Kaling Will Always Be Invited to Hang

If you’re ever in a bookstore thinking, “Boy, I’d love to read a biography full of romance, awkward childhood stories and charming anecdotes, told from the perspective of a hard-working, clothes-loving writer and comedy nerd who will melt my perception of her (a perception based solely on a character she played for NBC’s The Office)… stop. I have advice.

First of all, you have very specific literary purchasing needs. May I help you narrow your selection down to just one light and entertaining read?

I present, Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

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And if you haven’t watched her TV show, The Mindy Projectshame on you! Download it from iTunes, watch it, read her book and fall in love with her just like I did.

Besides, what else are you going to do on an August day? Go to the beach and get a wicked sunburn? No thanks! Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? gets a big recommend from this writer.

Who Brought Sunscreen?

The sun is a marvelous ball of gas and when temperatures drop and dark spots are form, it’s marvelously freaky.

Luck for us, The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) is keeping a close eye on this ever changing rupture – a rupture that also makes for some pretty spectacular footage. Check it out:

Personally, I’m hoping to get some superpowers or something here. Telekinesis? Weather control? Flight? C’mon, help a lady out.

NERDIST is the BESTEST

Just as The Artist’s Way has become a monumental classic, so shall Chris Hardwick’s book The Nerdist Way – How to Reach the Next Level in Real Life.

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This book has changed my life. And if you read it, I promise it will change your life (for the better) too. Whether he helps peel away your thought processes, gives you the tools to organize your life, gets you to start exercising, allows you stop using your “lizard almonds”*, or being more kind to yourself, it WILL change your life in a positive, long-term way. If this book does nothing for you, then:

1. You’re dead inside.

2. I will eat a shit burrito. I’m THAT confident.

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