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Does this show really not have it's own thread? That's craziness. Let us repair that by discussing how awesome it is. Go!

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (Plastic Gas Booby Trap), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 17:52 (sixteen years ago) link

It is awesome.

Huk-L (Huk-L), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 17:55 (sixteen years ago) link

Seconded.

Paunchy Stratego (kenan), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 17:57 (sixteen years ago) link

What shall we discuss next?

Huk-L (Huk-L), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 17:58 (sixteen years ago) link

sleeping patterns? the state of the union? jeffrey tambor?

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (Plastic Gas Booby Trap), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 17:59 (sixteen years ago) link

Jeffrey Tambor needs his own thread.

Paunchy Stratego (kenan), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 18:01 (sixteen years ago) link

HEY NOW

Paunchy Stratego (kenan), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 18:01 (sixteen years ago) link

even though I liked that movie anyway, he was still the best part of Hellboy.

Huk-L (Huk-L), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 18:02 (sixteen years ago) link

Also, Rip Torn.

Huk-L (Huk-L), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 18:02 (sixteen years ago) link

kingsley's queens!!

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 18:10 (sixteen years ago) link

sometimes i think tambor's characterization of kingsley is my favourite comic performance of the last 50 years or so

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 18:11 (sixteen years ago) link

with the LSS and Arrested Development under his belt, he really does kind of have the market cornered on being in two of the best american comedies of the past 20 years.

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (Plastic Gas Booby Trap), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 18:13 (sixteen years ago) link

did anybody see him in the revival of glengarry glen ross with alan alda? i imagine he was totally on point in that role (the alan arkin one from the movie version, that is).

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (Plastic Gas Booby Trap), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 18:14 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm thirsty. Who wants a Salty Dog?

Paunchy Stratego (kenan), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 18:15 (sixteen years ago) link

The episode where the musical guests were the Wu-Tang Clan, and Hank walks up to them, after asking someone for the names of some of their songs, and says "Hi, I'm a big fan. My favourite is 'Shame On A Nigger'" to very stoney faces.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 18:19 (sixteen years ago) link

hank's memories!

Jams Murphy (ystrickler), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 18:20 (sixteen years ago) link

Hank, it was a back tooth.

Huk-L (Huk-L), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 18:25 (sixteen years ago) link

Hank, it was a back tooth.
-- Huk-L, July 19th, 2005

haha. awesome.

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (Plastic Gas Booby Trap), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 18:27 (sixteen years ago) link

the scene in one episode where rip torn thinks he's going to be fired and convinces hank of the same and they get wasted and go into larry's office is perhaps my favorite moment from the show

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (Plastic Gas Booby Trap), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 18:29 (sixteen years ago) link

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp did an almost note-for-note crib of LSS called the Newsroom (the evening news being the Cdn equivalent of Late Night Talk Shows, Lloyd Robertson = Carson, Peter Mansbridge = Letterman, Kevin Newman = Wayne Brady, Ian Hanomansing = Conan if hunkier).

Huk-L (Huk-L), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 18:34 (sixteen years ago) link

The Newsroom gets way overrated here, no? Many bad jokes, at least
on the shows I saw.

I once had a conversation with one of the writers, who told me the the last show of the last season ("Learning to Fly") is based on a Haruki Murukami short story.

Google cannot confirm this.

Chuck_Tatum (Chuck_Tatum), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 19:05 (sixteen years ago) link

David Duchovney's appearances on this are the last good thing he ever did.

kyle (akmonday), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 19:05 (sixteen years ago) link

Still waiting for the second batch of DVD's to be released. We tore through the first ones, marvelling at how dated the early nineties already seem.

Is the applesauce line used by most announcers in front of studio audiences, or is that a Hank Kingsley special?

Pleasant Plains /// (Pleasant Plains ///), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 19:05 (sixteen years ago) link

"Sweetheart!"

Most overlooked LSS performer: Wallace Langham.

Ye gods, Arrested Development made even Tambor unfunny.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 19:27 (sixteen years ago) link

11.00 The Larry Sanders Show - the episode with Hank telling the Wu-Tang Clan that 'Shame On A Nigga' is his favourite.

-- Martin Skidmore (martin.skidmore...), March 20th, 2003.

The Wu-Tang Clan on Larry Sanders. Hank tells them that his favourite is "Shame On A Nigger". A classic TV moment.

-- Martin Skidmore (martin.skidmore...), June 29th, 2002.

Hank Kingsley to the Wu-Tang Clan: "My favourite is 'Shame On A Nigga'". Is Hank part of the great reclamation project?

-- Martin Skidmore (martin.skidmore...), October 14th, 2002.

Hank Kingsley tells the Wu-Tang Clan his favourite song is "Shame On A Nigga".

-- Martin Skidmore (martin.skidmore...), April 14th, 2003.

You missed Shame On A Nigga, Jess! It was probably my favourite track anyway, but it was confirmed there after the magnificent moment in the Larry Sanders show when Hank met the Wu.

-- Martin Skidmore (martin.skidmore...), September 28th, 2002.

3, Tuesday, 19 July 2005 19:33 (sixteen years ago) link

how did you know that?

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 19:37 (sixteen years ago) link

i just remembered seeing it once before so i did ilx search and all those came up!

3, Tuesday, 19 July 2005 19:38 (sixteen years ago) link

im not tryna son martin or whatever i just thought it was funny in a 'wheres my keys...' way

3, Tuesday, 19 July 2005 19:40 (sixteen years ago) link

haha!!! i thought you were keeping track!

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 19:40 (sixteen years ago) link

"Penis Vagina"

Ronan (Ronan), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 19:41 (sixteen years ago) link

In regard to the DVDs I read somewhere awhile ago that since the first season didn't really sell very well HBO decided not to release any more seasons. But I remember that season coming out a pretty long time ago, before DVDs were even the dominant form of home video. So they probably need to get their shit together and realize that people actually want the other ones. Especially since they seem to gladly be churning out season after season of sex and the city ad nauseum.

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (Plastic Gas Booby Trap), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 19:42 (sixteen years ago) link

the last two messages stole both of the things i was going to say :(

W i l l (common_person), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 19:43 (sixteen years ago) link

incidentally the newsroom was a pretty shitty ripoff, and when dude decided to go all fellini it got 10,000 times shittier. what an asshole.

s1ocki (slutsky), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 19:45 (sixteen years ago) link

I just IMDBd Finkelman and found out he directed Grease 2.

Chuck_Tatum (Chuck_Tatum), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 19:50 (sixteen years ago) link

Only in Canada would somebody whose body of work consists of the screenplays to Police Academy sequels be granted auteur status.

Huk-L (Huk-L), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 19:52 (sixteen years ago) link

xpost

Huk-L (Huk-L), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 19:52 (sixteen years ago) link

I could have sworn he had Police Academy sequel credits. Maybe he's paid someone to have them removed from his IMDB entry??? Yet kept Grease 2 and Who's That Girl?

Huk-L (Huk-L), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 19:56 (sixteen years ago) link

OMG Bones Brigade cameos in PA IV: Citizens On Patrol!!!

Huk-L (Huk-L), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 19:58 (sixteen years ago) link

Yes, I thought I'd mentioned it before too. Oh well. It is still a favourite TV moment of mine.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Tuesday, 19 July 2005 20:06 (sixteen years ago) link

the whole jon stewart/hank kingsley plotline was so great, as kingsley got more and more desperate. wonderful stuff.

s1ocki (slutsky), Wednesday, 20 July 2005 00:49 (sixteen years ago) link

did you know that the episode where tom snyder is maybe going to do a show following larry's was the reason snyder ended up doing the late late show after letterman?

s1ocki (slutsky), Wednesday, 20 July 2005 00:50 (sixteen years ago) link

So classic!

my favorite is probably the episode where hank and his ex-wife's home sex tape circulates around hollywood, and hank prays to god for it not to affect his orange juice industry spokesmanship:

"As you know, sex is a consensual act between two or more adults."

i love the david duchovny episode as well.

latebloomer: lazy r people (latebloomer), Wednesday, 20 July 2005 00:57 (sixteen years ago) link

yes, the sex tape episode is the best. this is my favorite television show of all time. the self-loathing is so spot on. nobody's captured the personality of TV writers better. honestly, I know about a dozen people exactly like Wallace.

bonus points for when they hired Sarah Silverman. She was hot back then. Hank's assistant was priceless.

don weiner (don weiner), Wednesday, 20 July 2005 01:06 (sixteen years ago) link

four months pass...
"gotta love that missionary position"

foxy boxer (stevie), Monday, 5 December 2005 17:30 (sixteen years ago) link

"someone's been tampering with hank's memories"

foxy boxer (stevie), Monday, 5 December 2005 23:11 (sixteen years ago) link

seasons 2 - 7 pls

W i l l (common_person), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 03:26 (sixteen years ago) link

Brit-types. They're repeating the whole of Larry Saunders on the icy wasteland that is ITV4 at the moment. Enjoy.

winterland, Tuesday, 6 December 2005 11:15 (sixteen years ago) link

this news inspired my revive.

larry sanders is followed by dream on!

foxy boxer (stevie), Tuesday, 6 December 2005 14:17 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
it's on itv4 again, at about 1.30am.

That one guy that quit, Sunday, 1 April 2007 10:45 (fourteen years ago) link

and it looks like there will be more dvds.

That one guy that quit, Sunday, 1 April 2007 10:47 (fourteen years ago) link

Had to look it up--I was thinking it might have been his post-divorce episode--but yes, one of the best. Isn't that also the one where Hank says to Phil "Do you like your job?" and finds himself stuck for a comeback when Phil emphatically says "No"?

clemenza, Saturday, 17 March 2018 22:42 (three years ago) link

Yes, that's it. I've probably seen it (and the show as a whole) at least four times now and it's still just so... Like before he first goes on, and he's crumpling up and talking about not wanting to experience his dream in case he fucks it up, and it was genuinely affecting! And I knew full well the level of assholism to follow!

I don't think I could possibly get tired of rewatching this show. Not only does it remain amazingly fresh (I've been LOLing every episode), I think familiarity with the character dynamics actually enhances the experience. Anticipating a character's predictable reaction to a situation is half the fun at this point.

Another helping of mouthwatering cobbler? (Old Lunch), Sunday, 18 March 2018 00:16 (three years ago) link

Hank: What is wrong with mankind, I ask you?
Darlene: Electromagnetic fields.
Hank: Please be quiet. Please be quiet.

Another helping of mouthwatering cobbler? (Old Lunch), Sunday, 18 March 2018 01:21 (three years ago) link

Pretty sure the episode with Colin Quinn as Artie's son is the worst episode by some margin. But then it extensively features Colin Quinn 'acting' so there you go.

Another helping of mouthwatering cobbler? (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 13:27 (three years ago) link

Agreed.

papa don't take no meth (stevie), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 13:34 (three years ago) link

I'll have to demur there--I like that episode a lot, and Quinn's creepy, self-centered jerkdom seems perfect to me (and the dilemma he puts Artie in, compelling),

clemenza, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 17:26 (three years ago) link

The fact of Colin Quinn's career is an enduring mystery to me.

The Secret Ingrediant is Love (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 17:29 (three years ago) link

is that the one where he chooses a career based on being able to wear shorts all day? extremely good and relatable content imo

just noticed tears shaped like florida. (sic), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 17:36 (three years ago) link

He struck me as someone who was probably thoroughly mediocre as an actual comedian, which works well for the character--he's supposed to be completely annoying, and he is. And I love the way Paula finds him so interesting, leading to Artie's warning not to fall for sullen.

clemenza, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 17:48 (three years ago) link

the new Apatow-directed HBO doc is really good

Number None, Friday, 30 March 2018 13:24 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

We just started watching this and 4 episodes in it is amazing. Like a little love letter from 1992. Artie is the best.

I laughed so hard at the episode with Carole Burnett and the spiders I was actually out of breath.

the colour out of space (is the place) (PBKR), Monday, 2 November 2020 12:33 (one year ago) link

Oh, just you wait, friend. You're in for such a treat.

OrificeMax (Old Lunch), Monday, 2 November 2020 13:07 (one year ago) link

I've been planning a fourth or fifth time through...The only show I still rank with Mad Men and The Sopranos.

clemenza, Monday, 2 November 2020 13:58 (one year ago) link

yeah it gets so much better (and the first season is good!)

Wayne Grotski (symsymsym), Monday, 2 November 2020 16:58 (one year ago) link

I think I've probably seen every season of this at least 3 times

calzino, Monday, 2 November 2020 17:00 (one year ago) link

the "penis vagina" hank fan newsletter episode is maybe the funniest ep of TV ever (to me)

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 2 November 2020 17:02 (one year ago) link

Did my last run through the series--my second, not counting my regular-ish viewing when it was airing--following Garry's death, so I'll probably be due for another in a year or so. If you can get your hands on a copy of the complete series box set, there are some lovely extras; I don't usually care that much about those things, but this is one of the few collections where I've not only bothered to watch all of the special features, but I've actually watched all of them both times that I went though the series.

Langdon Alger Stole the Highlights (cryptosicko), Monday, 2 November 2020 18:05 (one year ago) link

Heads up: if you're able, get the out-of-print and therefore expensive Shout Factory set, not the (afaik) special feature-free yet super cheap Mill Creek set.

OrificeMax (Old Lunch), Monday, 2 November 2020 18:10 (one year ago) link

Thanks--I should have been clear that this is the box I was referring to:

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/91HStpxVUXL._SL1500_.jpg

Langdon Alger Stole the Highlights (cryptosicko), Monday, 2 November 2020 18:14 (one year ago) link

that’s not available as Region 2 iirc

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 2 November 2020 18:17 (one year ago) link

So far I'm getting Albert Grossman/Colonel Tom Parker vibes from Artie.

the colour out of space (is the place) (PBKR), Monday, 2 November 2020 18:22 (one year ago) link

OMG at the New Producer episode where the entire staff thinks they're going to be replaced. Artie (on demerol) getting Hank drunk on tequila then storming into Larry's office. Hank's hissing, "you're as young as you feeeeel . . . " was incredible. I re-watched that line 4-5 times.

the colour out of space (is the place) (PBKR), Tuesday, 3 November 2020 12:43 (one year ago) link

Rip Torn's linereadings are pretty uniformly amazing. I've been informally working on my Artie impression for years (which mostly just consists of growling 'goddamnit, Larry').

OrificeMax (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 3 November 2020 12:45 (one year ago) link

OMG at the New Producer episode where the entire staff thinks they're going to be replaced. Artie (on demerol) getting Hank drunk on tequila then storming into Larry's office. Hank's hissing, "you're as young as you feeeeel . . . " was incredible. I re-watched that line 4-5 times.

one of the best. also the one where Artie gets drunk with the janitor after hours

Change Display Name: (stevie), Tuesday, 3 November 2020 13:27 (one year ago) link

artie's line in this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF94LvnRlKA

Wayne Grotski (symsymsym), Tuesday, 3 November 2020 18:29 (one year ago) link

People in American shows and films stick up for each other unconditionally in a way they just never do in British shows.

Had Rip done much comedy before this? It amazes me that i only saw him be serious before he did this, which is one of the best comedy performances ever given by a human.

piscesx, Tuesday, 3 November 2020 18:55 (one year ago) link

Albert Brooks' Defending Your Life came a year earlier; he's funny in that, but it's not really comparable--much more genial performance.

clemenza, Tuesday, 3 November 2020 19:06 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

It's just possible that 'Hank's Night in the Sun' is the greatest episode of any tv show ever.

― Another helping of mouthwatering cobbler? (Old Lunch), Saturday, March 17, 2018 10:21 AM (three years ago) bookmarkflaglink

lol, was just about to post this precise sentiment again, glad I scanned the thread first

Jerome Percival Jesus (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 23:40 (seven months ago) link

"But...I'm finally where I belong."

Scary.

clemenza, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 23:42 (seven months ago) link

how quickly he turns on a dime when one joke doesnt go well and totally ruins his moment.

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 23:48 (seven months ago) link

i think about this show all the time. i annoy my wife by singing "ride a painted pony make the spinning wheel bwaaa"

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 9 June 2021 23:49 (seven months ago) link

lol

I'm on probably my fifth or so rewatch atm. It just never loses its magic.

Jerome Percival Jesus (Old Lunch), Thursday, 10 June 2021 00:14 (seven months ago) link

I’ve been doing an episode here or there for months, third or fourth rewatch — I think I’m in the fifth season now and even at that pace I don’t want it to ever end

Clay, Thursday, 10 June 2021 00:47 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

Finished what I think is my fourth time through. I could fill eight screens with all its brilliance--much of it I've noted before in this thread--but a minor quibble that I kept noticing throughout this time: Larry is often mediocre at best as an interviewer, and sometimes he's flat-out terrible. Maybe that's intentional--a comment on the format itself--but he's viewed as something special by the people he interviews, so that's a bit of a disconnect for me. I don't keep up with talk shows anymore: maybe Fallon and Colbert and the rest are no better. That's not my memory of Carson or Letterman, though.

One of my very favourite things: the show is a time capsule of the '90s, but played off against that, primarily via Artie (but Larry, too, witness him watching Jack Paar's farewell), another world long-gone: Jackie Gleason, Totie Fields, Andy Williams, etc.

clemenza, Thursday, 5 August 2021 23:36 (five months ago) link

The actual show we're watching is otherwise brilliant enough that I've long assumed that the in-universe show is intended to kind of suck and that Larry Sanders is intended to be a pretty mediocre talent.

Marty J. Bilge (Old Lunch), Thursday, 5 August 2021 23:49 (five months ago) link

(And one that celebrities hoping to get booked again are quick to kiss up to. Because it's partly an exposé of people with a pathological need for attention.)

Marty J. Bilge (Old Lunch), Thursday, 5 August 2021 23:53 (five months ago) link

I'm actually in my first watch of this show though I'm spacing out the seasons a bit (finished S2 so far). It doesn't have as many laughs as I was expecting but I'm enjoying it

I've gone back and forth on whether Larry's a good host or not. He's a bit low energy but he can be pretty funny with guests. The monologues are where he really flounders imo

Vinnie, Friday, 6 August 2021 00:19 (five months ago) link

The best recurring joke on Flight of the Conchords was how much they sucked whenever shown actually playing live in front of other people.

pplains, Friday, 6 August 2021 00:46 (five months ago) link

the show-within-the-show is always losing in the ratings to leno and letterman

symsymsym, Friday, 6 August 2021 01:32 (five months ago) link

The actual show we're watching is otherwise brilliant enough that I've long assumed that the in-universe show is intended to kind of suck and that Larry Sanders is intended to be a pretty mediocre talent.

― Marty J. Bilge (Old Lunch)

I've always thought he was supposed to be just good enough to keep the job on the network he was on, but not good enough to move up to a more prestigious spot. And he kind of knew it.

I just finished watching the whole series for the first time starting about 6 months ago and finishing a couple weeks ago. Really great job of sustaining the humor and interest, and I'd say ended just at the right time.

nickn, Friday, 6 August 2021 02:30 (five months ago) link

And by "always thought" I mean in the past several months I've been watching.

btw, anyone know where I can find Bojack Horseman post season 3? (besides subscribing to Netflix, of course).

nickn, Friday, 6 August 2021 02:32 (five months ago) link

where can I find a netflix-made-and-exclusive show without looking at Netflix or stealing it, you mean??

Larry is absolutely meant to suck shit as an interviewer (1st) and host (2nd), the bar just hadn’t been lowered to Fallon and Corden irl yet (or until 25 years later)

bobo honkin' slobo babe (sic), Friday, 6 August 2021 05:52 (five months ago) link

where can I find a netflix-made-and-exclusive show without looking at Netflix or stealing it, you mean??

Yes. They had the first 3 seasons on Adult Swim, which my cable has. Was hoping it might be hosted elsewhere now that it's fairly old.

nickn, Friday, 6 August 2021 06:14 (five months ago) link

Also: the first two seasons of Bojack where released on DVD/Blu (with extras) a couple years ago by Shout Factory with no news since about any subsequent releases.

“Heroin” (ft. Bobby Gillespie) (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 6 August 2021 10:41 (five months ago) link

We picked back up with Season 2 after a lengthy pause. "Larry's Agent" and "Hankerciser 200" seem top tier so far.

Captain Beefart (PBKR), Saturday, 14 August 2021 13:02 (five months ago) link

four months pass...

plumped for the box set. So good. Just finished it all, didn't realise he was in an irl relationship with Darlene at the time.

Rip Torn will always be my favourite character from this, the episode where he gets drunk after the show with the janitor is great.

Ste, Wednesday, 12 January 2022 15:28 (one week ago) link

Totally one of my favourite eps

Enjoy the brighter sounds of Analog on CD (stevie), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 16:06 (one week ago) link

"Arthur After Hours"--I mentioned it recently in connection to Breaking Bad.

BREAKING BAD vs MAD MEN

clemenza, Wednesday, 12 January 2022 16:29 (one week ago) link

Love that Wu-Tang episode.

pplains, Wednesday, 12 January 2022 17:43 (one week ago) link

"Where's Dirty Old Bitch?"

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 17:51 (one week ago) link


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