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  1. Kingpin

    Barry - Bill Hader, HBO Hitman Comedy

    About 7 episodes in now - still enjoying it very much. I'm surprised this isn't getting any discussion in here - it's actually turned out to be quite good. I was completely wrong with my thoughts in the spoiler from my previous post. Spoilers below include episode 7 so don't click unless you're up to date. Anyway, worth checking out.
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    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    I randomly met Gilbert Melendez yesterday at the baggage claim in SFO. I didn’t want to bother him for a pic as we were both just off a 6 hour flight but he was a thoroughly nice chap in the few minutes I was talking to him. He’s really small for someone who was competing at lightweight at one stage.
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    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    Oh I misheard that one then. I couldn’t find an article about the awards, so I had a quick look at Dana’s presser. Thanks for clarifying.
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    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    In the press conference, Khabib seems to suggest that any GSP fight would be at 155lbs, which is ridiculous. As someone who seems to struggle to make lightweight himself, fighting GSP at 170lbs is the only thing that could make sense. Prime GSP would jab his face off, would circle away from the cage and punish Khabib for diving at the legs imo. We might even see Khabib on his back for that one. I feel a bit cheated now that we still haven’t seen Khabib tested at all. His path towards the belt has been a frustrating one, even before this week. Some of it wasn’t his fault (this week), sometimes it was (tiramisu weight cut). Who is his next fight? Eddie Alvarez seems to be the most logical choice right now and that would go some way towards legitimising Khabib as the current champ. I’m assuming we won’t see Tony for a year. However, after seeing his tweets this week, it wouldn’t surprise me if it was Nate Diaz. No one is getting a McGregor fight this year (or ever?) - Nate vs Khabib would probably do well, though whether it is an exciting fight would depend on Diaz’ attitude on the day. If he wants a money fight, this could be it (and perhaps he wants a money fight because his financial backer is currently in prison). Finally - I think JJ and Rose were robbed of a FOTN bonus. It went to the main event instead, which is a shame.
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    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    Gutted but I admire Holloway for stepping in. We have angered the MMA Gods.
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    Barry - Bill Hader, HBO Hitman Comedy

    The first episode was good - Hader was nicely subdued as the depressed hitman, Stephen Root does Stephen Root (which I like) as Barry’s handler and Winkler is good fun as the acting coach. Not familiar with her but Sarah Goldberg was very good, I hope she gets more screen time as the show goes on. Not perfect by any means but I’m happy to have a 30 minute black comedy with a really solid cast. Few spoilery thoughts of the weaker moments:
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    Great albums released long after an artist's heyday

    Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression If this turns out to be a final record, I think it’s a very fine one. His heyday as a solo artist would have been in the 70s and the Stooges albums before that are legendary. It’s a great collaboration with Homme.
  8. Couldn't find a thread on this - I've added it to my watchlist after hearing it promoted on late night talk shows and podcasts. Barry is a reluctant hitman who gets sent to LA on a job, and discovers a love for acting. Stars Bill Hader, Henry Winkler, Sarah Goldberg and Stephen Root. Starts on March 25th in the US - April on Sky Atlantic but couldn't find the exact date.
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    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    This interview with Tony Ferguson has stoked the fires of hype for me: https://www.newsday.com/sports/mixed-martial-arts/tony-ferguson-s-plan-for-ufc-223-embarrass-khabib-nurmagomedov-1.17592673 Jesus Christ - I’m all aboard the hype train now. The kraken!!
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    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    I would laugh like a madman if Tony did an Imanari role into a heelhook for the win, 10th planet style. That would be the most insulting way to beat Khabib. Failed against Barboza mind you:
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    What are you reading at the moment?

    @Cosmic_Guru Yeah, that was a big hint but it was closer to the end I think. I thought the twist was going to be:
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    What are you reading at the moment?

    Skipped it to the top of my pile of shame and read Conclave by Robert Harris. I find the upper eschelons of the Catholic Church to be really weird and fascinating, and the nature of the papal election makes for a good closed-room thriller. It wasn’t that thrilling to be honest - the nature of the uncovered scandals of some of the candidates were very tame compared to real-life examples but still, Harris is the king of research and I was satisfied by the voting process and all the background detail. It gets really interesting towards the end, and at the very end, absolutely ridiculous. I literally laughed at the ending and people will either love the absurdity of it, or hate how stupid it is. Extreme spoilers - don’t click if you have any intention to read this.
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    What are you reading at the moment?

    Finished Pompeii - all the researched Roman detail stuff is excellent, the inevitable eruption scenes are awesome. Unfortunately, the characters and plot are really bog standard and don't do justice to the setting. Not bad though, but my least favourite of his so far. I would read his Roman trilogy though, and one of of recent books Conclave, is a thriller set in the Vatican around the election of a new pope so that's also on the reading list based on the synopsis alone. I just polished off Annihilation which is book one of the Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer. Had to read it as I want to watch the Alex Garland film. It was really good - I didn't know anything about it and from the opening, I was expecting something like Rendezvous with Rama but ultimately, it was a really intense, tripped-out first person journey. Hard to explain (and better to go in blind) but I really got into it. I think it's one of those mysteries where it's more about the ride, rather than having everything neatly explained. Works well as a standalone novel too, though I will read the sequels.
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    What are you reading at the moment?

    Have you read his earlier book “No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs”? If so, how does it compare? I liked that one but I read it not long after it came out so it must have been in the 90’s.
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    The stand up comedy thread

    Got my tickets for Bill Burr in Dublin in June. Saw him last time in a sweltering tent at the Dublin comedy festival in 2016 and he was brilliant. He is the best US comedian right now imo. The only shame is that this show is in the 3arena but I got some good seats near the front so hopefully that makes a difference. In recent years, I've seen Louis CK (okay, not brilliant), and Joe Rogan in Vegas - love the podcasts, but he's not a great comedian, I thought Tom Segura who supported was funnier. Closer to home, I'll go to see Dylan Moran at every chance I can. I used to go to a lot more shows back around the late 90s/early 2000s - saw a load of people like Jack Dee, Rich Hall (as himself, but also as Otis Lee Crenshaw), Bill Bailey, Ed Byrne, Jason Byrne, David McSavage, Mighty Boosh live, Bottom live etc. In general though, I've found it tends to be as much fun going to comedy clubs/comedy nights and seeing random comedians - you get a lot more spontaneous interactions with the crowd and unique experiences that way. The best night I ever had was going to a random basement show in New York with a really small crowd and although I'd never heard of any of the comedians, they all had some serious backgrounds ("you may have seen this guy on the late show with Letterman") and destroyed practically everyone in the audience (e.g. I was bullied into mock proposing to my girlfriend and booed by the crowd when I wouldn't) . That said I'd love to see Seinfeld and Chappelle at some point. This one would be a bit controversial but I'd also go to see Denis Leary if he ever played Ireland again - he's one of the few Irish Americans who gets a pass when it comes to playing up his Irishness.
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