30-Second Reviews: The Top 10 Records of 2012, "The Late Late Show" and a Private Meek Mill Party

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ON THE IDIOT BOX

The Chris Gethard Show
Wednesdays, 11pm, thechrisgethardshow.com
Captive audience: Geeks, losers and other social outcasts.
Moment of truth: The Chris Gethard Show is the best show you’re not watching, and there’s good reason for that: Unless you live in New York, you can only access it online. The show, which broadcasts on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network, is a call-in/variety free-for-all where improv comic Gethard and a crew of his pals (including a hairy, bare-chested guy he calls “the Human Fish”) take calls, participate in nutty games and stunts and engage in the sort of occasionally awkward, sometimes poignant, always entertaining unpredictability you can only find on a cult, public-access TV show.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy. (Craig D. Lindsey)


Saturday Night Live

Saturdays, 11:30pm, NBC
Captive audience: Sketch-comedy nerds, people who’ve been watching this show since they were kids and can’t stop!
Moment of truth: Now that we’re halfway through the season (its 38th, by the way), let’s see how the longest-running sketch show in TV history is doing: They’ve been blessed with game guest hosts (Seth MacFarlane, Anne Hathaway, Martin Short) and hosts who at least tried (Daniel Craig, Jeremy Renner). They’ve finally found an acceptable Obama with actual black guy Jay Pharoah. The new girls (Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong) have been killing it, while the veteran gals (Vanessa Bayer, Nasim Pedrad) have been sadly underused. All in all, it’s still never a bad way to spend a Saturday night.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy. (C.D.L.)


The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Weeknights, 12:35am, CBS
Captive audience: People who like cheeky humor, good conversation and a bunch of weird shit.
Moment of truth: I’m telling you, the best late-night talk show currently on the tube is hosted by a foul-mouthed Scotsman with a flair for double entendres and a gay robot for a sidekick. Earlier this year, Ferguson and his show moved into a larger studio, which only gives him more space to act a damn fool. (You can often see him dancing with his other sidekick, two guys in a horse suit he’s named Secretariat. Told you this show was nuts.) Thankfully, amidst all this craziness, he has great, usually hilarious interviews with his celebrity guests. Man, I can’t get enough of this dude!
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy. (C.D.L.)
 

ON THE GUEST LIST

Private PUMA/Villa Event, with Meek Mill
Tues., Dec. 18, Sigma Sound Studios, 212 N. 12th St.
Overall vibe: Street. Meek fans unimpressed with the contest- winning opening emcees (Lyn Charles from Philly and Thurz from L.A.) until the open bar loosened ‘em up. People got excited for Meek’s finale, though.
Most memorable moment: Meek’s performance of “Amen.” No one can deny it’s a monster hit, and it got the crowd bouncing, blunting and Instagramming like crazy.
Scene stealer: Tracy, the space’s manager, in a sexy, silky mini-shirt dress, flitting around the place and pumping up the crowd before Meek came onstage. (B.C.)

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