Andrea Martin is the funniest woman alive. Before you offer a counterargument, letâ€™s establish a few ground rules. First, weâ€™ll award extra points for longevity â€” and, at age 70, Martin has been professionally funny for almost 50 years. Second, thereâ€™s versatility. Many comedians are funny, but they are always funny in more or less the same way. If you revisit some of Martinâ€™s classic characters on the TV show SCTV, youâ€™ll be hard-pressed to believe these are all played by the same woman.
When Patricia Arquette, J.K. Simmons, Julianne Moore, and probably Eddie Redmayne ascend the Oscar dais to collect their respective awards for Best Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Actress, and Actor, you may feel a strong sense of déjà vu. That’s because this exact quartet all won SAG awards for acting. (They also all won Golden Globe awards for acting, as well as many pre-Oscar critics’ awards.)
"It's baseball, Ray." This quote from Field of Dreams is one of the all-time great pop-cultural koans, perhaps second only in cinematic history to "Forget it, Jake-it's Chinatown." As an explanation for the persistent tug of America's pastime, the quote is both inadequate and perfect, as though nothing more need be said-though, of course, much ...