Marc Hirsh

Marc Hirsh lives in the Boston area, where he indulges in the magic trinity of improv comedy, competitive adult four square and music journalism. He has won trophies for one of these, but refuses to say which.

He writes for the Boston Globe and has also been spotted on MSNBC and in the pages of Amplifier, the Nashville Scene, the Baltimore City Paper and Space City Rock, where he is the co-publisher and managing editor.

He once danced onstage with The Flaming Lips while dressed as a giant frog. It was very warm.

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Monkey See
8:57 am
Fri May 11, 2012

NBC Renews And Reduces Its Thursday-Night Comedies, And That's A Good Thing

One more ride: Tina Fey's Liz Lemon gets 13 more chances to pick up a little elevator advice from Alec Baldwin's Jack Donaghy.
Ali Goldstein NBC

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 3:31 pm

Everybody settle down.

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Monkey See
3:50 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

James Cameron And Getting Trapped Inside Your Most Successful Creation

Writer-director James Cameron on the set of 2009's Avatar with cast members Sigourney Weaver, Joel David Moore, and Sam Worthington.
Twentieth Century Fox

Earlier this week, James Cameron made a rather bold statement in the New York Times, effectively swearing off any and all non-documentary filmmaking that doesn't take place within the fictional world he invented in 2009's Avatar. Here is the quote:

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Monkey See
2:29 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

10 Things I Hate About 'American Idol' (Besides The Singing And The Judging)

Oh, get on with it: Ryan Seacrest's increasingly elaborate fake-outs when he's delivering results is just one of the most irritating things about the current season of American Idol.
Fox

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 4:17 pm

  1. Ryan Seacrest's double/triple/quadruple fakeouts. Our host used to screw with the contestants by teasing the results before throwing to a guest performance or commercial. Now he gives those results using sentences so convoluted, with so many double-backs and twist-arounds, that you need a white board to diagram them and unpack their actual meaning. Frustrating the singers, yes. Confusing them entirely, no.
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Monkey See
12:19 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

The Tyrrany Of Character: Will The Real Sacha Baron Cohen Please Stand Up?

Sacha Baron Cohen as Admiral General Aladeen in The Dictator.
Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 2:13 pm

If you've had an eye on pop culture recently, chances are you've seen Admiral General Aladeen, the subject of Sacha Baron Cohen's upcoming movie The Dictator.

You might have seen him on this weekend's Saturday Night Live, trading quips with Seth Meyers (and prisoner Martin Scorsese!).

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Song Of The Day
6:03 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Grace Woodroofe: Eerie Calm Amid The Chaos

While her band rages in "Transformer," Grace Woodroofe stares down the object of her devotion without blinking.
Ben Sullivan

Grace Woodroofe's "Transformer" kicks in with a guttural lurch, the groan of the guitars and the clatter of the drums bulldozing everything in their path before the singer's rippling alto steps into the rubble. The effect is akin to Fiona Apple fronting The Stooges, so it seems inevitable that she'll eventually match the tenor of her band and start howling.

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Monkey See
10:26 am
Thu February 2, 2012

'Before Watchmen,' Apocalyptic Tales, And Leaving Well Enough Alone

The cover of Watchmen.

Originally published on Wed February 1, 2012 2:26 pm

Comic-book nerds are outraged today. In fairness, comic-book nerds are outraged much of the time — it's part of their charm. But today, there's a unifying focus to their teeth-gnashing, as DC Comics has announced plans for seven limited-run titles focusing on characters from its venerated Watchmen series, which ran for 12 issues in 1986 and 1987.

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