The Matt Riggs Show - Portable Edition!
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The Matt Riggs Show
Welcome back to TMRS! He has returned! I’m sure you heard the trumpets blaring and it has been all over the news! Join Matt while he talks about how upset he is that he is doing a podcast, blames relatives for part of him being fat and mentions his cleanliness or lack there of.
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The Matt Riggs Show - Leon Redbone
Today, Dan Friesen (Friesenpoint.com) guest hosts for a busy Matt Riggs and is lucky enough to talk to famous musician Leon Redbone. They get into such topics as adoption, how you need to treat your fans and pizza.
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The Matt Riggs Show: Guest Hosted by Manuel Rodriguez
Fan of the show, @manueldr1985, took it upon himself to do an episode of ‘The Matt Riggs Show’ while Matt is on hiatus. Check him out while he talks about his birds, Shaq and brags about attending a Bulls game.
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SNL hires Black Ladies…I’m confused by the excitement.
I’m very bothered by all the press and excitement around Saturday Night Live hiring a female black cast member and 2 female black writers and I’m not sure why. It’s not a racism thing, I’m very happy for people of whatever color to get jobs and succeed in their intended careers. It’s not because they are women, from what I’ve seen from this season of SNL, the women cast members are stronger than the guys. I think that is awesome. As much as I loved the days of Sandler, Spade and Farley, the years where Fey, Pohler, Rudolph, Shannon, Oteri, Gasteyer and Dratch were on the show are some of the best in my life time. Even going back to when it first started, SNL has always been best when they have strong women to help carry the show. I can’t keep listing ladies, but we all know that when SNL is back on top, you always had great, talented women on that cast.
I guess maybe I’m bothered by the fact that they are doing it midseason. Perhaps it seems more like a PR move than bringing in actually talented people. I don’t know the work of the three ladies they are bringing in, so I can’t speak to that, but it just doesn’t feel right. It makes me wonder why they haven’t hired any before? It has been since Maya Rudolph left since they have had a black female cast member. Has there been no talented ladies of color audition? That is impossible.
Then why not hire them then? I’m guessing the way the writers are hired is through packets, so that could make more sense. You just take the writers that have the best packets, no matter what they are. But the actors audition in front of a bunch of people. None of the black ladies that auditioned since Rudolph left have been good?
Is it reverse racism to demand that they hire people of color? I don’t know. I don’t know what is what anymore. Should they just hire the best people to put on the best show? Have they done that? And are they now just kowtowing to pressure? Were previous hiring periods racially motivated? I’m bringing up these questions because I don’t know the answers. If you know them, please tell me.
I feel like SNL does a good job of keeping up with pop culture in their hiring. I think Aidy Bryant has done a great job not only on SNL, but her part on Comedy Bang! Bang!, but would she have gotten hired without the popularity of Melissa McCarthy at the time? That was SNL way of keeping up with the trends. It took until the 2010’s for SNL to understand what ‘He-Haw’ and ‘Roseanne’ told us years before, a voluptuous gal is funny.
That last paragraph doesn’t really make sense in this, but maybe it does. By showing that SNL kind of follows the trends, maybe that speaks volumes on the lack of visible black actresses in other parts of television. I know this is a topic that is very well covered, but perhaps that plays a part in this issue.
So maybe instead of SNL being racist or waiting for society, they are taking the lead. Maybe they are taking the stand that people are funny, no matter what kind they are. You may be Black, White, Asian, Hispanic or Other, but when those camera’s role at 11:35 on Saturday night, you are more than that…you are funny.
PS I wonder what Ellen Cleghorne feels about all of this?