Danny Gallagher has written stories for CNET, MentalFloss and the Dallas Observer and comedy for Mystery Science Theater 3000, Cracked, MTV and Jackbox Games. Email: email@example.com.
Objection! The Original Night Court Wasn't as Bawdy as You Remember
Many of my childhood memories are centered, for some reason, on conversations grownups had when I was around. One that sticks out vividly took place during a trip to Disney World between my dad and my Uncle Harold. It was about NBC's hit sitcom Night Court.
We were hanging out at the hotel's swimming pool. My head popped out of the water after doing a sick cannonball, and my dad mentioned the name Harry Anderson, the late magician, comedian and star of Night Court. The conversation grabbed my...
Barney the Dinosaur Is Back and People Aren't Happy – But Not for the Reason You Think
Barney the Dinosaur, the giant plush-lizard-thing created by Dallas mother Sheryl Leach, graced kiddie TV throughout the '90s and became one of the most polarizing pop culture icons of our time. Some fans hold Barney dearer and may even feel more protective of the character since he started getting so much hate online in the past few years.
This time, though, it's Barney's fans who are doing the hating.
Mattel announced a plan to reboot the Barney & Friends franchise with new movies, a TV sho...
Ex-Blaze Employee Sues Over Claims That Ex-Host Elijah Schaffer's Sexist, Drunken Behavior Got Her Fired
Another former employee of The Blaze, the conservative, subscription-based network founded by Glenn Beck and based in Irving, has come forward with claims about one of its most popular ex-hosts, Elijah Schaffer. Sydney Watson says Schaffer openly criticized and berated her using misogynistic and sexist language and routinely booked guests to repeat the behavior.
How Schlockmeister Larry Buchanan Built a Film Scene With Rubber Masks and Horny Martians in "Mars Needs Women"
The year 1967 was a stellar one for movies. It saw the release of two major films made in Dallas. They were shot around the same time and hit theaters within just a couple of weeks of one another, and both laid the foundation of Dallas filmmaking. The first was "Bonnie and Clyde," the Oscar-nominated drama from director Arthur Penn starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.
The other was "Mars Needs Women," directed by self-described “schlockmeister” Larry Buchanan.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Mask 3D
I got to fulfill a childhood dream of writing for an episode of the new season of MST3K at TheGizmoplex.com. We wrote riffs and interspatial sketches for a Halloween special with a screening of "The Mask 3D."
Up There: High Vis Goes to Frightening Heights Across Downtown for His Rooftop Photo Shoots
We meet in front of the Mosaic Building on North Akard Street on the side facing the DART train tracks. High Vis, the high-rise climbing, literally on the edge photographer, is wearing a black hoodie, a snapback ball cap with the Triple D logo and a black mask. He never takes off the mask.
"In the beginning for sure, it was the whole 'no face' kind of thing," says High Vis, the only name by which he wishes to be identified. "We weren't breaking and entering in general, but the trespassing was...
The New McDonald's Hack Menu Is McNasty
Satirist John Oliver once described the food hack of making a grilled cheese sandwich in a pop-up toaster turned on its side as "a billion dollar idea that is also worthless."
McDonald's has menu suggestions for ways to hack its sandwiches into absurd atrocities against your duodenum, and it's the complete opposite of that idea, which is impressive since Oliver's view is itself a contradiction. The creations may be worth something to McDonald's but have no physical or monetary value for anyon...
The Pantera House in Arlington Owned By Vinnie Paul Has Been Demolished
A local piece of heavy metal history is gone. The owner of the 3,784-square-foot mansion in Arlington once owned and occupied by late Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul tore it down just a few months after purchasing it in February.
A Passenger Had To Land A Plane In An Emergency
If you've ever been on a plane, here’s a scene you’ve played out in your head a thousand times:
You’re one of only a handful of passengers on board. There aren't even any flight attendants to bring you a bag of those little pretzels. Suddenly, the plane starts shaking and the lights flicker. You chalk it up to basic turbulence ... until the shaking becomes more violent.
You can feel yourself lifting off of the seat. Then all of a sudden, the hatch for the overhead oxygen masks flies open and ...
Once Target of a Racist Rant, Peng Dang Headlines a Showcase of Immigrant Comedians
Dallas comedian Peng Dang recently found himself in the national spotlight but not in a way he or any other comedian hopes to be.
Last May, he performed a solid 10 minutes in Austin's Vulcan Gas Co. that included stories and jokes about topics that touched on a variety of targets including racism, immigration and guns, all through the lens of his perspective as a Chinese native living in America.
"How can you hate Asian people but love guns?" Dang said during his set. "We invented gunpowder."...
The New Plano House of Comedy Says Crowds and Laughs Are Starting To Come Back
The comedy migration from California to Austin is starting to make its way up to Dallas and The Plano House of Comedy may be the first step.
"Like everyone else, we saw how Texas has been blowing up for the last five years with the number of corporate offices," says Rick Bronson, one of the owners of the new comedy club, located at The Shops at Legacy North complex. "We saw the dynamics of the city growing and growing and growing. We saw that and the numbers, and we recognized there's more th...
Jon Rudnitsky Got Fired From SNL. Then His Career Took Off.
After a single season on NBC's Saturday Night Live, comedian Jon Rudnitsky made an impression on viewers by impersonating CNN's Anderson Cooper and with sketches like the viral dramatic parody Farewell, Mr. Bunting.
Unfortunately, SNL chose not to extend his contract, and he was back to doing stand-up.
"After I got fired, I got scared I would never get hired again because it felt like the center of the universe," Rudnitsky says.
But those dark days turned out to be a promising start to a thri...
Comedian Donnell Rawlings Talks About Chappelle’s Show and Being a Stand-Up Dad
Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show and HBO's The Wire are two shows that often get mentioned in lists and analyses about programs that changed the course of television. Comedian Donnell Rawlings is an important part of both of them.
He played characters like Ashy Larry and helped shape sketches like “Black Gallagher” on Chappelle's Show hosted by Dave Chappelle. The show started discussions on uncomfortable subjects through comedy. The Wire, created by David Simon, was a crime drama depicting ...
Westwood’s Blade Runner Returns to a Generation Headed Towards Its Future
There lies an interesting and ironic theme about transhumanism and the nature of consciousness that can only work in a game based on the cult 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner.
The PC title of the same name released in 1997 by Westwood Studios puts players in control of another replicant hunter named Ray McCoy who’s working on his own case in the same timeline and universe of the 1982 Ridley Scott film. There are references to Deckard, the main character of the movie starring Harrison Ford, wh...
Is It As Frustrating to Talk to Sean Hannity on TV As It Looks? We Asked Mark Cuban.
Everyone has probably had a frustrating conversation with someone through steaming face masks or online. Some of us seem so steadfast in our beliefs and opinions that getting someone to even acknowledge and process them feels like it should be some kind of competitive Olympic event.
Now imagine having to conduct those conversations on television. Mark Cuban knows how it feels to talk to someone who responds to his answers l...