Writers for Sid Caesar include Mel Brooks (front, lower right corner) and Neil Simon (back row, upper left corner.)
Credit courtesy of Michael Hirsh
The two DVDs I want to talk about today are hilarious, but they aren't sitcoms. They're talk shows — well, one's a talk show, and one's a filmed seminar. But they're both fascinating examples of a specific pop-culture moment frozen in time.
And they're something else as well: Both are highly entertaining real-time examples of talk-show Darwinism. Both shows feature a large, unwieldy guest roster, all of the guests competing for attention at the same time — and by the time the programs are over, the winners are apparent.
In Antarctica, Russian scientists posed at the site where they say they've drilled through to Lake Vostok. The sign indicates that the breakthrough happened on Feb. 5, 2012.
Credit Russia's Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring
One week after pausing with about 40 feet to go, Russian scientists today announced that they have successfully drilled through two miles of ice to reach Lake Vostok — a body of water the size of New Jersey that hasn't been touched for millions of years.
Republican presidential hopeful and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum speaks to supporters, flanked by his daughter, Elizabeth (left), and wife, Karen.
Credit Whitney Curtis / Getty Images
Pity the poor news junkie, waiting bleary-eyed at the witching hour, wondering how to feel about the latest events in the Republican nominating contest.
One news source — let's say it's a cable news operation — says the latest round of GOP presidential preference contests is a huge boost to the flagging fortunes of Rick Santorum, the winner of the night's trifecta. The cable outlets all air tape of Santorum's triumphant victory speech again and again. He surely looks like a winner.
Three years in the making, major changes in Lexington’s ‘noise ordinance’ fell by the wayside Tuesday at city hall. A noise task force developed a comprehensive package to cover a variety of sounds. For instance, it included language to establish a distance limit on sounds emitting from a car stereo. Much of the debate Tuesday before the Public Safety committee centered on the business community impact. Lexington attorney Bill Lear represented those interests. “Well there were some parts of it that were really of concerns to businesses that operate 24 hours a day,” said Lear.
A Syrian rebel stands guard at a street in Idlib, Syria, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012.
As the U.S. continues to search for diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria, "the Pentagon and the U.S. Central Command have begun a preliminary internal review of U.S. military capabilities," CNN is reporting.