If you think you know Hollywood, you don't know GLICK!
Clocking in at over 300 pounds, Jiminy Glick (actor Martin Short's alter-ego) is Hollywood's answer to…actually, no one bothered to ask the question. And so Jiminy Glick just is, a behemoth of an interviewer who has been working in Hollywood for decades pestering the world's most recognizable stars with pointless banter and inane questions. He speaks in both baritone and tenor, pumping his subjects for information that no star wants to give and no audience member wants to hear. But there is something lovable about Jiminy, his perfectly coiffed hair towering and squirrel like cheeks always flapping, attempting to make no semblance out of every interview he conducts. In The Best of Primetime Glick, Jiminy sits down for a one-on-one with Steve Martin, Conan O'Brien, Jerry Seinfeld, Dennis Miller, Janeane Garofalo, Katie Lee Gifford, Bill Maher, Eugene Levy, John Salley, and other guests who are too petrified to walk out on his obnoxious verbal plundering. Complemented by a blindingly tanned Adrien Van Voorhees (Michael McKean, A Mighty Wind) and his band, Glick bounds from interview to interview with the greatest of ease…considering he downs donuts like they're going out of style. Let the questioning commence!
Watching The Best of Primetime Glick is a lot like doing crack—it's strange, it's mind-altering, and when you're doing it, you're feel like everything's going a mile a minute. As Jiminy Glick, Martin Short is both fascinating and repelling. Jiminy, one presumes, is what Jabba the Hutt might have turned out like had be been born in Los Angeles and went into the gossip field. Quivering and shaking with dizzying energy, Jiminy is the world's worst—and possibly most entertaining—Hollywood interviewer (who admits that he doesn't brush up on his guests' personal and professional history). When stars like Steve Martin and Julia-Louis Dreyfus sit down to chat with the bulbous Glick, it's never a dull moment. Always bringing up their most humiliating professional career moves (nothing gets Dennis Miller more flabbergasted than mentioning his performance in Madhouse), Glick is a one man act who can bring any big name star to their knees in hysterics. Martin Short is a funny guy, and the Glick character tends to work best in the confines of the interview format. Unfortunately, when he's given free reign in front of a studio audience or in skits and monologues (including playing a Bette Davis-like hag), many of the gags fall flat on their face (i.e., an interview segment with a faux Larry King and a jab at Asian Americans practically implodes). In other words, skip through the bits to get to the meat and potatoes of this disc: the interview segments. Dennis Miller, Jerry Seinfeld, and Conan O'Brien are especially funny, and where else can you see a feebleminded interviewer assume that Richard Dreyfuss and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are really married? This disc is worth checking out for the whacked out interviews which are often funnier than a barrel full of Captain Ron DVDs. [Editor's Note: But Patrick, even a barrel full of Beaches DVDs would be funnier than a barrel full of Captain Ron discs.]
The Best of Primetime Glick is presented in 1.33:1 full frame, the original aspect ratio from its airing on Comedy Central. The image looks good, if not great. This is your basic TV show with generally high production values. The transfer is in good condition with only a few minor imperfections showing up now and then (some soft colors). Otherwise, this transfer was exactly what I expected, and nothing else. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo and is very apt for the show it's supporting. Because this is a TV comedy show that consists mainly of interviews, directional effects and surround sounds aren't needed. The mix is free of excessive hiss or distortion, and that's what counts. No alternate soundtracks or subtitles are available on this disc.
The bonus features on The Best of Primetime Glick include bonus interviews with Steve Marin, Conan O'Brien, Kathie Lee Gifford (trying to be funny, but not succeeding), and Janane Garofalo, as well as some "Comedy Central Quickies" snippets from Crank Yankers and South Park.
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