Thursday, March 09, 2006

Super spaz

Proving once again my theory that there's a "Simpsons" quote for every occasion, as soon as I realized that Michael McDonald soundalike Taylor Hicks was going to sing "Taking It To The Streets" on last night's "American Idol," I flashed to this exchange between Troy McClure and his agent, MacArthur Parker:
Parker: Troy! Mac Parker. Ever hear of Planet of the Apes?
Troy McClure: Uh ... the movie or the planet?
Parker: The brand-new multimillion dollar musical. And you are starring ... as the human.Troy McClure: It's the part I was born to play, baby!
Taylor was my favorite last night, even with dancing so twitchy and spastic that Jon Peter "Pen Boy" Lewis looks like an original B-boy in comparison. Before I send you off to Dan Fienberg's much funnier take, one other quick thought: Why is it that when the teenage girls sing mature songs, the judges complain that they want them to be "young" and "fun," but when the teenage guys sing them, the judges compliment them for being "old souls"? And why am I even listening to anything but the songs and Simon?

Rather than catch up on "Scrubs," "Shield," etc., I took most of the rest of the night off from TV to read a book -- but, since I'm a junkie, it was a book written by Greg House, M.D.

4 comments:

dirtgirl said...

Wow, he acts in British and American accents, AND he writes? What else can Hugh Laurie do? Does he come across as a loveable arrogant prick in writing like he does in House and MI-5?

I'm in total agreement about Taylor. But why is poor Kevin on this show? At least watching puppies play is entertaining.

Alan Sepinwall said...

I'll put it to you this way: as I read each page, I can imagine the book-on-tape version being performed by Laurie in his American accent. It's a really funny, smartass book, the sort of thing House would enjoy reading.

Kevin is this year's John Stevens IV; he's so sweet and innocent that (as Simon wisely pointed out) the granny vote is keeping him safe.

Alan Sepinwall said...

Oh, and I should add that people as talented and versatile as Laurie annoy the hell out of me. How dare he be so good at so many things?

Back to the book...

J said...

This guy's take on the AI finalists (though a couple weeks old, now)is equally funny... though the notion that Hicks might win scares me. Because I like him.