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RIP: And now, After Years Live from 30 Rock, Don Pardo Dies at 96

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One of THE voices of at least three generations, Don Pardo simply was the voice of Saturday Night live. May he rest in peace and SNL heaven.

A constant, continuity of professionalism and a keen understanding of the role SNL plays worldwide - but mainly it's the best we have got with politics, laughter, music and Don Pardo.

The New York Times reported on the loss this morning.

Mr. Pardo was with “S.N.L.” from the show’s first episode in October 1975, and performed the introductions for 38 seasons, missing only Season 7. For many viewers, the names of scores of stars — from Chevy Chase to Eddie Murphy to Tina Fey — were first heard in his sonorous baritone, which announced the cast each week at the end of the opening skit.

“Every year the new cast couldn’t wait to hear their name said by him,” said Lorne Michaels, the show’s creator, who hired Mr. Pardo in 1975.

But for an older generation, Mr. Pardo was familiar long before Mr. Michaels started “Saturday Night Live.” He was the announcer for an assortment of widely watched game shows, including two of the most popular television has ever seen, “The Price Is Right” and “Jeopardy!”

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Mr. Pardo’s decision to stay at NBC when “The Price Is Right” departed was fortuitous because that left him available to announce a new NBC show that made its debut in 1964, “Jeopardy!” A trivia show in which contestants tried to provide the questions after seeing the answers, it was hosted by Art Fleming, who made a point of thanking Mr. Pardo by name in each episode, helping to elevate him further out of the announcer anonymity of radio.

The original “Jeopardy!” ran until 1975, again a serendipitous endpoint because “Saturday Night Live” began the next year. The show’s creator, Mr. Michaels, was born the year that Mr. Pardo started at NBC. He has said he liked Mr. Pardo for the job as a sort of counterpoint to the wackiness of the show.

Image by NBC Universal, via Getty.

Image by NBC Universal, via Getty.

“It couldn’t have been a more different culture,” Mr. Michaels said. “But it was perfect for us.”

An earlier carnation, vintage Pardo at its best.

 

From NBC:

From Liberland news:

By 1975, NBC needed an announcer for a late-night sketch comedy show, “NBC’s Saturday Night,” later known as “Saturday Night Live.” Pardo was selected, and he served in that role for all but one of the show’s seasons, introducing generations of the show’s cast and guests – from Chevy Chase and John Belushi to Gilda Radner and Phil Hartman, Dana Carvey and Will Ferrell and Kristin Wiig.

And each week: “It’s Saturday Night Live!”

Pardo retired from NBC in 2004 but continued with “SNL,” which first aired in 1975, only missing a few weeks because of health problems such as a broken hip last year.

We lost a truly great man, who dedicated his life to making us laugh … a life well lived, and condolences to Don's family, friends and SNL family. Thank you for the bright moments since 1975, Mr. Pardo.

So many to treasure.

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Tea Party Determined to Champion McDaniel in Mississippi

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Persistence, stubbornness, the ability to out-wait and out-dumb all competition … these are the pachyderm compatible qualities that have made the Lipton Brigadiers so easily swallowed by the GOP.

In the race we have loved to watch in Mississippi, Thad Cochran was declared the victor in his hopeful clamber back to another six years in the Senate seat he has done little to distinguish … but ever-so-much of late to remark upon.

Juiceyness speaking. Refresh yourself on the race, the astonishing recall and all things McDaniel and Mississippi here, the Carnival has covered its eccentricities deeply and well.

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As has The Rachel Maddow Show, no exception with Steve Kornacki filling in for Ms. Maddow this week. It has the trademark raised Maddow eyebrow of witty pithiness.

Hah! Tea Party Legend In His Own Mind McDaniel just won't give up the fight … even though it's been officially called. Even on Fvx Non News Network. By a cadre of blondes.

… and I still maintain that it's more than a shade possible Rachel was a Ghost Goddess at Laffy, Nicole and Amy's In-Person Gathering of Goddesses Sisterhood L.A. Session! Not to be missed. In fact I'd have a re-listen as well, if you want to indulge now, of Nicole's earlier show Live From Amy's House in Los Angeles … Radio Or Not, that was funny right there, and powerful. I can link you to the podcast here for ease.

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Wasn't that The Best?!? From the sweet sounds of The Mamas and the Papas right on through to the amazing dynamics of Nicole Sandler and Amy Simon Live from Cali! That's not just my Air America withdrawal talking, either.

The discussion of hedge fund and Silicon Valley high dollar funding in education is not something you hear a lot about in liberal circles these days … tip of the hat to Nicole's segment with David Dayen - pre-goddesses - for going there.

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Big Boobs Do In Mike Huckabee Producer

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Yes, you read that headline right. Former Arkansas governor as well as former and possibly future Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee fired his radio show producer over a guest's rather buxom figure. Magic Mike has a problem with talking about the human body. Female breasts, specifically. That's quite an amazing self-indictment made by the Huckster considering he's also a former pastor -- the very person a member of his flock should be able to freely discuss anything with, especially personal issues. Where else would you go for advice if not the solace of your ecumenical leader?

The problem began when the cultural conservative, on his radio talk show, became uncomfortable when one of his show's guests claimed to be victim of a peculiar bit of discrimination. According to this Huckabee interview with POLITICO:

“It was a woman who got fired because she said that her boss thought that her breasts were too big. And I’m not making this up,” Huckabee told Politico. “So I’m sitting there having to interview this woman about her boss thought her breasts were too big.

I’ve had conversations with a lot of people, public and private, but this is just not one I want to have on a national radio show. It was bizarre. It was absolutely the most awkward, uncomfortable conversation I think I’ve probably ever had.”

“That’s one I've tried to forget; unfortunately I’m unable to,” he said of the interview, which he described as “the most awkward, uncomfortable conversation I think I’ve probably ever had.”

Well, as awkward as this may have been for host, it became even more problematic for the radio show's producer.

Huckabee said the guest was scheduled by a producer who “didn’t last very long with the show," suggesting that the interview may have played a part in his short stint.

So there you have it. Mike Huckabee has a thing for big boobs. He's so embarrassed by them and has even fired his show's producer over them.

Putting the outrageous Mike's actions on a back burner -- justifiable firing or not -- is this the kind of person we want handling the reins of the US government? A childish, right-wing nut-job Tea Party wackadoo who can't even discuss a legal matter without tittering ? (yes, that was intentional, I could of used snickering) If he can't discuss an actual discrimination suit, how's he going to govern over the rights of women's reproductive issues? This guy is truly considering running again for president. I can just see his campaign slogan this time around -- "Vote for Mike. A chicken in every pot and two boobs in every bra"

Oh, and this little news piece from today, New Year's Eve day, 2013 -- The Hill is reporting:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) leads the field of potential Republican presidential candidates in early-voting South Carolina, according to a new poll from Gravis Marketing.

Doesn't it make you wonder?

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Video- Steve Harvey & President Obama Surprise White House Tour Group 12/17/13

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Totally set up but cute.

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Leading Cause Of Murder In American? Gays -- Dean and McMillan

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EDITED TO CORRECT:

I’m not sure if I should laugh or cry hearing Sons of Liberty Radio, hosts Bradlee Dean and Jake McMillan from last week. Among their jaundiced claims are that gay people are responsible for half of all murders committed in large US cities, among other crimes.

Don’t take my word for it. Save your souls. Listen to this yourself so I’m not accused of misquoting:

Snarkatude, cynicism, sarcasm—they’re all part of my arsenal in handling things that seem so outrageous. I’m faced with great alarm when radio outlaws promote violence and retribution. I’m pretty calloused when it comes to right-wing stories and opinions. Anger is something that takes a little more motivation.

Well, I’ve got anger right now.

There’s way too much discrimination and distrust going on within all communities. To propagate such hatred with lies and fabrications is nothing new – for haters. But how is it we can give a forum to such zealots? The answer sadly is they have an audience. People who eat this crap up for lunch and poop it out to their friends and neighbors post-dinner.

The best way to show your displeasure with these hate-mongers is to find out who sponsors their shows – then avoid those products. Advertising money is how these programs succeed. So I visited the Right Wing Watch to see who sponsors them. And here’s the interesting part. There are no sponsors. None listed, that is. So they are deep-pocketed by alternative means.

That most likely is the 501-c at work -- maybe Mr. Issa should look into this.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Thanks to @Pattibbs for the correction on this post. DG

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Video- Right Wing Asshat Bryan Fischer: America Will Never Elect A Saggy, Old Woman Like Hillary Clinton As President

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Audio- Deadbeat Dad Ex-Rep. Joe Walsh Rewrites "I Have A Dream" Speech Teabagger Style

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What Tommy said, almost. I'm not that forgiving.

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