Marc Hirsh

Marc Hirsh lives in the Boston area, where he indulges in the magic trinity of improv comedy, competitive adult four square and music journalism. He has won trophies for one of these, but refuses to say which.

He writes for the Boston Globe and has also been spotted on MSNBC and in the pages of Amplifier, the Nashville Scene, the Baltimore City Paper and Space City Rock, where he is the co-publisher and managing editor.

He once danced onstage with The Flaming Lips while dressed as a giant frog. It was very warm.

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Monkey See
8:07 am
Sun August 26, 2012

It's Who You Know: Predicting How 'The Newsroom' Will Get Its Next Scoop

Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy on HBO's The Newsroom knows people who know people, fortunately for him.
Melissa Moseley HBO

If there's one thing that HBO's The Newsroom is especially good at, it's portraying journalists who aren't especially good at journalism.

Well, maybe that's not fair. The fact is, they haven't had much opportunity to engage in journalism, since every major story that's come their way has been cracked not through know-how, persistence and telephonic grunt work but through the fortuitous involvement of people with whom the fictional News Night staffers happen to already be good buddies.

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Monkey See
1:42 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Sam Phillips And Trying To Describe The Indescribable Wow

Musician Sam Phillips
Autumn de Wilde Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 1:50 pm

Everything I've ever written about Sam Phillips has been a cheat.

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Monkey See
12:01 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

The Perfect Listen: Fiona Apple As A Lesson In Irrational Music Rituals

Recording artist Fiona Apple performs in February 2011.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 12:13 pm

On June 19, a week and a half ago, Fiona Apple released a brand new album, her first in seven years. The entire album had been available for streaming by NPR Music for a week and a half by then. Three days later, my copy arrived in the mail. It hasn't left my desk since.

I still haven't listened to it.

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Monkey See
4:06 pm
Mon May 14, 2012

Long-Term Investments On Shaky Stocks: 'New Girl' And 'Smash' End Their Seasons

Zooey Deschanel as Jess on Fox's New Girl.
Ray Mickshaw Fox

As the networks are currently rolling out their plans for the future courtesy of their upfronts, it just so happens that they're also winding down the current season of shows, the ones that they touted last year at this very time. It's a good time for television viewers to reevaluate the investments we've made in the shows we bought into at the beginning of the season.

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Monkey See
9:57 am
Fri May 11, 2012

NBC Renews And Reduces Its Thursday-Night Comedies, And That's A Good Thing

One more ride: Tina Fey's Liz Lemon gets 13 more chances to pick up a little elevator advice from Alec Baldwin's Jack Donaghy.
Ali Goldstein NBC

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 4:31 pm

Everybody settle down.

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Monkey See
4:50 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

James Cameron And Getting Trapped Inside Your Most Successful Creation

Writer-director James Cameron on the set of 2009's Avatar with cast members Sigourney Weaver, Joel David Moore, and Sam Worthington.
Twentieth Century Fox

Earlier this week, James Cameron made a rather bold statement in the New York Times, effectively swearing off any and all non-documentary filmmaking that doesn't take place within the fictional world he invented in 2009's Avatar. Here is the quote:

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Monkey See
3:29 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

10 Things I Hate About 'American Idol' (Besides The Singing And The Judging)

Oh, get on with it: Ryan Seacrest's increasingly elaborate fake-outs when he's delivering results is just one of the most irritating things about the current season of American Idol.
Fox

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 5:17 pm

  1. Ryan Seacrest's double/triple/quadruple fakeouts. Our host used to screw with the contestants by teasing the results before throwing to a guest performance or commercial. Now he gives those results using sentences so convoluted, with so many double-backs and twist-arounds, that you need a white board to diagram them and unpack their actual meaning. Frustrating the singers, yes. Confusing them entirely, no.
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Monkey See
1:19 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

The Tyrrany Of Character: Will The Real Sacha Baron Cohen Please Stand Up?

Sacha Baron Cohen as Admiral General Aladeen in The Dictator.
Paramount Pictures

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 3:13 pm

If you've had an eye on pop culture recently, chances are you've seen Admiral General Aladeen, the subject of Sacha Baron Cohen's upcoming movie The Dictator.

You might have seen him on this weekend's Saturday Night Live, trading quips with Seth Meyers (and prisoner Martin Scorsese!).

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Monkey See
12:53 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

'...Baby One More Time' One More Time

A screencap from the Britney Spears video, "...Baby One More Time."

Originally published on Tue April 24, 2012 4:09 pm

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