Tina Fey and 30 Rock

Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, and Tracy Morgan on 30 RockHans Scharler of The NotHans Podcast is a big fan of 30 Rock and Tina Fey’s work from SNL to her impression of Sarah Palin. On this episode, Hans interviews Tina Fey and discusses 30 Rock. We also find out that Tina Fey is working on other celebrity impressions like Britney Spears. Other segments on the episode include another message from Frank Dickens, Rock the Vote, Iron Man Halloween costume malfunction, and a new PayPal request.

Iron Man DVD Movie Review

Iron Man DVD CoverRobert Downey, Jr. stars in the blockbuster movie Iron Man as Iron Man. His character is Anthony Edward “Tony” Stark, inventor, playboy, and self-proclaimed Iron Man.

Iron Man is the perfect marriage of man, machine, and product placement. Despite all of the products placed in this movie, Iron Man is actually really good. The technology is crazy cool, action is on the money, and the story is tight. Verizon Wireless has the best deals on monthly plans.

I am happy that Iron Man did not go the Batman route. Every superhero movie since Batman Begins and The Dark Knight has to have a depressed and dark hero. Iron Man was funny and serious and action-packed all at the right times. Maybe Iron Man II: Cold Steel will have a much darker twist, like Tony discovers that he has agoraphobia and has to stay in his suit in all social situations.

The extras on the DVD are worth picking up the second disk DVD set. Actors, writers, and filmmakers alike can learn a lot of from Iron Man. You don’t have to have huge explosions to get a point across. There was just as much action going on internally with Downey’s character as there was action on the screen. The extras on the DVD highlight some of these points and can be used to learn something about great filmmaking and movie acting from Robert Downey, Jr., whose father is Robert Downey, Sr.

Frank Dickens’ Petting Zoo

Frank Dickens' Petting Zoo

“The new Black Bear Exhibit is only open for approx. 2 hours daily.”

Stop on by Frank Dickens’ Petting Zoo, take route 40 to the intersection, and look for the sign that says, “Frank Dickens’ Petting Zoo”.

Incident free since 1998.

See you soon,
Frank Dickens Signature
Frank Dickens, Proprietor of Frank Dickens’ Petting Zoo

Dow Te Ching

Economy CrashesHans Scharler discusses important topics and hits America hard with some straight-talk about the economy. Also on this episode, we feature a new sponsor, “Frank Dickens’ Petting Zoo“, some new sound effects, a clip of Chocolate Rain, a Britney Spears Moment, and a discussion of “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”. 

Mitch Hedberg – Half Finished

Mitch Hedberg - Do you Believe in Gosh?Lynn Shawcroft produces a new comedy album from the late Mitch Hedberg (when you read Lynn’s name back, make sure to drag out the extra “n”). The material on this CD is half finished much like his wonderful life. I miss Mitch’s work. I can’t pass a frozen banana without thinking that I may not want it now, but later I just might. He thought differently and connected thoughts that have not been connected. “Do You Believe in Gosh?” is something special as we get to hear some works in progress, but Mitch’s act was always kind of that way. Hedberg shares his observations of cold air balloons, gives us insights about comedy clubs, and furthers his obsession with dismemberment. Overall this CD makes for a great last call, even if it is Nyquil.

From the DMZ to the RNC

Sarah Palin and John McCainIn this episode of The NotHans Podcast, Hans Scharler gets political and shares his thoughts on Sarah Palin and the rest of the nominees. This episode also includes “Livin’ on the Edge”, remarks on Hurricane Ike, listener email, and an update on the iPod giveaway. Hans recommends the DVD’s from Dana Carvey and Brian Regan.

Dana Carvey HBO Specials

Most people know that I am a huge fan of Dana Carvey. Since 1996, I have been running his fan site including accurate biographical info, pics, audio, and video clips. I became a fan after seeing him on Saturday Night Live (SNL), The Dana Carvey Show, some movies and then later stand-up comedy. I have a draft of Opportunity Knocks from before it was released (OK, that’s a bit serious I understand, but I am known to take things too far).

Dana Carvey HBO Special DVD

Dana has not been in many movies recently, but he still performs stand-up comedy. His HBO special from 1995 called Critic’s Choice was award winning and very funny. He recently followed up that performance on HBO with Squatting Monkeys Tell No Lies (named after a joke in the special) only 13 years after. Both specials are really good and both are being released on DVD on August 19, 2008. I give my recommendation that you should check out this two-disc set of Dana Carvey’s HBO specials.

For more information on Dana Carvey, visit www.DanaCarvey.net.

I am Batman

Original Batman LogoOn this week’s episode, Hans Scharler takes a deeper look at the new Batman movie, “The Dark Knight”. Hans says that Heath Ledger’s Joker is “Creepy and Charismatic”. Also, included in this show are “Positive Harmony” and a recap of a month long trip to the deep South.