What better time for a "gotcha moment" (to borrow a Palin-ism) than the very beginning of a song? It takes some guts to change a listener's perception of a track before it is fully formed, but it is eternally memorable when executed well. Here is a list of the six best fakeout intros. Feel free to l ... More >>
East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks made an appearance this weekend on Saturday Night Live. Okay, so it wasn't the actual mayor. It was SNL actor Kenan Thompson portraying Parks as he attended a Mitt Romney speech to the East St. Louis Chamber of Commerce. Here's how it goes...
Image viaAw, OK, this one's kinda cute. Gut Check has begrudgingly accepted the sad fact that there will often be an illuminated screen of one type or another shoved in our faces when we eat. Sometimes it's a date that won't put his damn iPhone away, and sometimes there's a blaring flatscreen ... More >>
Phenomenal MultimediaSaturday Night Live star Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island group are at the center of a copyright and royalty lawsuit filed by the St. Louis-based production group StarStrukk.The lawsuit filed in federal court in New York by Aleric "Rick Tha Ruler" Banks and Monique Hine ... More >>
Cheese is awesome, but it can't replace love. Or car keys. Your computer. Your job. Some Second City alumni try to prove that cheese isn't a substitute for non-food items, and trying to force the issue will break a woman. In doing so, Kraft's Cracker Barrel Cheese (not to be confused with ... More >>
It's no secret that Gut Check is super excited about Ben & Jerry's Schweddy Balls ice cream. While we're positive there's no better addition to ice cream than fudge-covered rum and milk chocolate malt balls filled with the essence of Alec Baldwin, we decided to take a look at the Saturday Night Live ... More >>
courtesy of Christina GradyChristina Grady, a south-county native, has gone on to a career dancing in Hollywood, snaring gigs with some of the heavyweights of Top 40. She's a woman of many interests: She was offered a scholarship to study medicine and is now starting to work on a singing car ... More >>
Grossology: As seen on TV.Okay, so this isn't exactly breaking news. The "Grossology" exhibit at the Saint Louis Science Center has been up since mid-October and was extended in January to run through March. Still, it was news to me when I saw the following commercial air this weekend during Satu ... More >>
It's the day before Thanksgiving. You are either stuck at work, stuck in line at the grocery, stuck waiting at the airport or stuck cooking for a dozen relatives. In other words, it's the perfect time to take a five-minute mental-health break and watch Cookie Monster's audition tape to be the host o ... More >>
Image viaIn October of 2007, I wrote a review of two new cupcake-centric bakeries: the Cupcakery (soon to be renamed the Cup) and Jilly's Cupcake Bar.I marked this as the moment when the cupcake craze finally reached our fair city. As part of my review of the two bakeries, I traced the history of ... More >>
At this point, there are probably three people in all of America who haven't seen Betty White and the glorious return of Saturday Night Live's "Delicious Dish" NPR sketch.Still, for the three of you who haven't seen it, Gut Check would be remiss not to post the brilliance. NSFW-ish, even though they ... More >>
Hamm (right) on-screen with Will Forte on Saturday Night Live.Mad Men actor and a good-looking former St. Louisan, Jon Hamm, hosted Saturday Night Live last night, and slipped in that most-telling of St. Louis question: "Where'd you go to high school?" during a sketch on the show.Was the question ... More >>
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene
Year of the Dog
Fast food ain't necessarily bad food.
Week of January 25, 2007
Bill Streeter's vlog is how others see us
Martin Lawrence in a crappy kid movie? Whassup with that?
The Grandel binges on caffeine
Chris Rock takes no prisoners
Another SNL vet may be the next Bill Murray. Seriously.
The NonProphet Theater Company's Militant Propaganda Bingo Machine
The neglected Fontbonne Film Series
Welcome to Aqua Vin, the seafood restaurant for people who aren't all that thrilled about the stuff
Saturday Night Live's prime player is rapidly outgrowing television's small screen
This year, a handful of shows provided the healing power of laughter
St. Louis gears up for Archon 24
Directed by Jamie Babbit
RFT music critics offer a cut-and-paste compendium of the year in music. Everyone's wrong. Everyone's right.
Directed by Bruce McCulloch