SURPRISE, Dames Nation!
When we said you wouldn’t see us until 2016, we lied. We have one more tiny bit of Bossing for you before we take our break. Namely, Dame M. has a Bossy Spotlight about what to watch while you’re on vacation and This Week In Hamilton continues to be necessary.
Bossy Spotlight: Carrie, Gary, and Catastrophe
As a dyed-in-the-wool Star Wars fiend, Dame Sophie found much in the publicity onslaught for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to delight her. As a dyed-in-the-wool Star Wars indifferent, Dame Margaret found much to ignore-- it almost made her giddy with relief, to have something she cared this little about receive this much press. There was so much less internet to read!! However, there was one thing, one glorious, shining piece of flotsam that even she, a CERTIFIED OVERLOOKER, could not ignore. And that was Carrie Fisher’s genuinely glorious Good Morning America interview on December 5th, to which she brought her #flawless french bulldog, Gary, pictured adorably above and also below:
In and of itself, this interview is a treasure. It introduces you to the phrase "I think in my mouth," which we imagine you will henceforth find indispensable. It shows Carrie turning questions about her diet and weight loss back around on her svelte blonde interviewer in a series of increasingly hilarious-yet-stunningly-not-hostile queries that culminate in Carrie saying simply "Your parents mated well. Please congratulate them.” And, best of all, it closes with Gary actually falling asleep, mid-interview:
If all this interview had done was convince me to look on Buzzfeed for further Gary coverage: DAYENU. If all it had done was remind me to give praise, once again, for the strange twist of fate that lead to Carrie Fisher, certified weirdo funny genius truth-talker, being cast as one of the most iconic sci-fi heroines of all-time: DOUBLE DAYENU. But, even better-- TRIPLE DAYENU!!-- it reminded me that both Carrie and Gary did some tiny but exquisite work in one of my favorite tiny, exquisite things from the whole of 2015: the 6-episode Sharon Horgan-Rob Delaney comedy Catastrophe from Amazon Prime. Dame Margaret already sang its praises on Pop Culture Happy Hour, but SHE IS SINGING THEM ANEW! In this series, Rob plays Rob, an American ad-man who knocks up Sharon (played--surprise!!-- by Sharon), a 40-something Irish schoolteacher living in London with whom he has a glorious week-long fling while on a business trip.
He decides to move to England to make it work and what ensues is a comedy that's simultaneously quite sexually frank...
Did Dame M. try to clip this scene and have it played on Nation Public Radio? MAYBE.
..and extraordinarily tender, punctuated by brief, deliciously tart interludes featuring Carrie as Rob's disapproving American mother. Interludes that may literally have been phoned-in from Carrie Fisher's own home, featuring Carrie Fisher in her own billowy cardigans, surrounded by Carrie Fisher's own dogs, including GARY. Who you may have heard of as:
To watch this, of course, you have to become a member to Amazon Prime. But! If you are anything like Dame M., then you have probably had to do that in order to get "cheap" shipping on all your exceedingly last-minute holiday purchases! So, comfort yourself for that foolish expenditure by watching this show. With just six 24-minute-episodes, it clocks in at just under 2.5 hours total, and is exactly the kind of thing that you can watch:
In an airport on layover!
While wrapping all those last minute presents you bought!
While hiding from your family members in the closet of your childhood bedroom with half a bottle of wine!
Just about anywhere this holiday takes you!
Because the shows chief delights lie in the dialogue and interplay between the characters, you could even watch it on a tiny smartphone screen and not cheapen the experience unduly! So please: Go forth and be charmed by Carrie, Gary, Sharon, and Rob! Thank us later.
This Week inHamilton! Because There Is Always More To Love
First, and most essential: Pati Cmak, a second-year student at The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark, has imagined what Hamilton would look like as an animated Disney Movie and it has filled us with AN OCEAN OF NEED. It's AMAZING.
The inimitable Jaya Saxena has imagined the kind of report on Alexander Hamilton a child might write based only on listening to the musical and, lo, it is a thing of glory.
Lin-Manuel Miranda's kindergarten teacher came to see the show, hugged him. Your Dames Wept Anew, with further cause.
Another week, another #Ham4Ham Of Note! This time, Lin brought out music director Alex Lacamoire and the entire pit orchestra for Hamilton to perform a medley from the show that is not available on the soundtrack. This is noteworthy both because of the musical excellence of this performance but also (to the lad-likers of Dames Nation) because it features violinist Jonathan Dinklage, brother of Peter Dinklage, who is so dreamy that it makes both Your Dames feel that an injunction must be leveled against La Famille Dinklage for hoarding undue quantities of TALENT and GOOD LOOKS in their genetic material. LEAVE SOME FOR THE REST OF US, you fiends!
Lin-Manuel and #Groffsauce stopped by Late Night with Stephen Colbert, the former to sing the opening number from Colbert's imaginary musical based on Declaration of Independence-signer Button Gwinett, the latter to teach Colbert just exactly how he puts the wiggle in King George III's walk.
And finally, Spencer Kornhaber took to The Atlantic to explain, QUITE COGENTLY, why the Hamilton cast recording is the album of the year. While he is, of course, preaching to the choir here at the Dames Aerie, his argument is so persuasive and so well-observed that we had no choice but to share it.