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This Just In!
by Lance Norris

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I watched the debut of David Spade's new show the other night, kind of a Daily Show type take on the Entertainment World, and was shocked at how bad it was.

Spade is a funny guy and he has some great people working for him (like Hugh Fink from The Drew Carey Show and Gavin Polone who was an executive producer on Curb Your Enthusiasm), so why was the main focus of too many of the jokes just the bleeping of a swear word? It's a sad trend that the Daily Show has fallen into as well. When stuck for a punch-line, just toss in a f-bomb.

Maybe I'm wrong, maybe writing jokes about Hollywood is a hard road to hoe, especially once a week like Spade is planning. Let's give it a shot:

THIS JUST IN: Pop star Britney Spears gave birth to a baby boy yesterday. It is rumored they will name the child after his father... "Luckiest-Gold Digging-Himbo on Earth Jr." does have a nice ring to it.

THIS JUST IN: Recently retired Lance Armstrong plans to train with his old cycling team this winter, fueling speculation that he might attempt an eighth straight Tour de France win... or he's already sick of having to hang out with Sheryl Crow all the time.

THIS JUST IN: The reviews for Guy Ritchie's new movie, "Revolver", have been so bad; he has been asked to direct "Gigli II".

THIS JUST IN: The Boston Public Library has received a gift of over 10,000 rock and roll albums from the National Music Foundation, including several from former American Bandstand Host Dick Clark... They know they are Clark's old records because many of them still have the payola envelopes stapled to the A side.

THIS JUST IN: The NFL has invited Osbourne Family patriarch Ozzy to take part in the Kickoff Festivities at Gillette Stadium... Just so ESPN's Chris Berman won't be the most out of touch person at the game.

THIS JUST IN: Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney announced they are having their four month-old marriage annulled, apparently because neither of them has a new movie or album to promote.

THIS JUST IN: Kirstie Alley, who has dropped 50 pound on the jenny Craig diet, is worried that she is so skinny now, the network might drop her "Fat Actress" TV show. Of course the fact that it just no funny might weight into their decision too.

THIS JUST IN: Alleged Super Model Kate Moss was caught by tabloid photographers yesterday snorting a line of cocaine. Although it was less than a 10th of a gram of coke, the line was thicker than Moss herself.

AND FINALLY: Britney Spears is "ecstatic" about the birth of her new son and she tells US WEEKLY magazine that she and hubby Kevin Federline are looking forward to all those "precious moments' with their spawn... Like hiring a nanny, the first visit to the boarding school and Father/Son Day at Detox.

While not great, those are better than most of what I heard on Spade's show and I wasn't even trying. Comedy Central is generally pretty good about getting out of the way on their shows, so I'm going to have to blame this one on Spade himself.

His scripted 'ad-libs' and interaction with 'the nerd' were too brittle, the humor too dependant on 'naughty words' and everyone else on the show was a balding, fat man. Is this an attempt to make Spade seem skinny and flaxen haired? Or has the influx of cable channels used up all the pretty people? Whatever the case, I was disappointed and will avoid the show in the future... Unless of course they need a joke writer

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Lance Norris gives us his opinions on the state of film, vents about Hollywood, and generally lets his thoughts fly.


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Lance Norris
Lance Norris, dubbed "Boston's only straight Film Critic" reviews movies for WZLX in Boston.

He has two books entitled Ask A Bitter Man: The Best of 1984 - 1999 Vol. 1 and I've Seen Better Film On The Teeth of Wolverines. which you can buy here


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