Tuesday, February 12, 2008

"My Buddy Bill"

"It's weird. The conversation we're having isn't the least bit stilted. It just kind of flows. To be honest, if was a single woman, or a gay man? I would've wanted to jump his bones."

This is Rick Cleveland, writer for "The West Wing" and "Six Feet Under," speaking on his brief but memorable friendship with former president Bill Clinton, a friendship that started out based on mutual dog ownership and somehow ended up with Cleveland in Amsterdam, smoking hash with Christopher Walken.

Cleveland's special "My Buddy Bill" (apparently, if you do stand-up on only one subject for the whole set, it's called a "one-man play") is currently featured on Comedy Central. Because it's easily the best standup I've seen on Comedy Central in years, it's just about right that its "world premiere" aired at 10:00 PM on a Thursday. Because apparently it's important that the network air American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile during primetime.

More can be found on Comedy Central's website here. You can also download it from Amazon here. Or, you can wait a month or two and get it on Netflix.
"He asks if Mary and I would like to have dinner with them when they come into town. Apparently the Spielbergs, the Hankses, the Dansons, and the Bloodsworth-Thomesons will all be out of town."

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