|11.03.14 at 9:50 am ET|
— Chris Rock hosted “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend and was criticized for his opening monologue. Some said his jokes about the Boston Marathon bombing and the Freedom Tower in New York were uncalled for. The hosts thought the biggest offense of the whole thing was that the monologue just wasn’t funny.
“Oh, God awful,” Dennis said. “Get to the funny part.”
Replied Callahan: “It didn’t work, didn’t work.”
“If he had some funny joke about the Marathon, I would laugh,” Minihane said. “The outrage for the Marathon stuff isn’t that a big a deal to me. It’s just not funny.”
Said Callahan: “I can’t get into clean Chris Rock. It doesn’t work.”
The hosts heard another clip from Rock’s opening segment and were thoroughly unimpressed.
“That’s the luxury of being Chris Rock, he can say something that’s totally not funny and he’ll get laughs,” Callahan said.
Also during the episode, Prince gave an eight-minute performance, drawing rave reviews. The hosts, though, were not big fans of the pop star’s effort.
“He’s one of those guys, he’s in with the in crowd,” said Callahan. “It was awful.”
— Daredevil Nik Wallenda has made a living off of crazy stunts like walking on a tightrope over Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon. This weekend, he added another adventure to the list, as he tightroped across the Chicago skyline.
Said Miinihane: “I’m starting to think there’s some sort of gimmick here.”
The hosts ran a clip from the event in which Wallenda thanked the city of Chicago for the support and God for the opportunity.
“I just hate him,” Callahan said. “God was good to him.”
Said Minihane: “If there really were a god, was a god, were a god, he would just throw [Wallenda] off. … Aren’t you fighting more danger by letting this guy have some success? Because you know his kids are going to do it. His dad did it. His sisters do it.”
— A terminally ill Oregon woman who had been living with a stage 4 brain tumor took her life over the weekend as she said she would do months ago. Brittany Maynard believed in death-for-dignity laws, so she killed herself before the tumor could do the job.
“We talked about this last week, a couple of weeks ago. I was still shocked,” Callahan said. “I still didn’t think she’d do it on schedule.”
Replied Dennis: “I was more shocked about the quickness with which it came because when we last saw her interviewed, she looked OK, she sounded OK.”
|10.31.14 at 5:19 pm ET|
Dennis & Callahan celebrated three special occasions on Friday: Halloween, Kirk’s 40th birthday, and their last day being simulcast on NESN.
Check out video from the day below, and click here for some photos.
|10.31.14 at 9:34 am ET|
Friday was a big day on the Dennis & Callahan show. Not only was it Halloween, but it was also Kirk Minihane’s 40th birthday and the show’s last day being simulcast on NESN. You can check out some photos from the celebration below, and you can listen to audio from the show on the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. You can also find video here.
|10.31.14 at 8:42 am ET|
— A Maine nurse who returned to the United States after treating Ebola patients in West Africa was asked by the Maine government to follow the 21-day quarantine policy and stay inside her house. However, Kaci Hickox has refused to obey the quarantine request and took an hour-long bike ride with her boyfriend.
This came after Governor Paul LePage and his government tried to negotiate with Hickox’s lawyers.
Said Callahan: “I hear a lot of people defending her, ‘She has a right.’ Do you think they would like to sit down and have lunch with her? Do you think they would like to cuddle with her on the couch? No, of course not.”
The hosts then ran a clip of Hickox talking about how she did not believe in the quarantine because she didn’t have any symptoms of the virus.
“Just stay in your house and watch TV,” an annoyed Callahan said. “She’s self-serving.”
Replied Minihane: “She’s probably never seen ‘Breaking Bad’ or ‘House of Cards.’ Just watch four seasons.”
Said Callahan: “Here’s how we can get her to stay inside: ‘Hey, you’re all over the TV, honey. Stay inside and watch yourself, I know that’s your favorite TV show.’ Honest to God, just stay home, that’s all.”
— Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker told an emotional story about a New Bedford fisherman and his sons during a televised debate earlier this week. Although Baker cried while telling the tale, some in the New Bedford community have said they can’t figure out who the candidate is talking about.
Baker told the media that he might have gotten some of the details of the story wrong, but the “essence” of it is right.
“That sounds like every politician,” Callahan said. “Does that not sound like Joe Biden talking about that diner?”
Baker’s campaign manager said the candidate may have been mistaken, and that the fisherman wasn’t in fact from New Bedford and that his sons didn’t have athletic scholarships like Baker said.
“What part of the story is accurate?” said Dennis.
Asked Minihane: “Was he sweaty? Are we debating the sweat?”
|10.30.14 at 8:07 am ET|
— During Monday’s debate between Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates Charlie Baker and Martha Coakley, Baker relayed a story about an encounter with a local fisherman while on the campaign trail. Baker began to cry when telling the story — recalling a time when the fisherman told him he prevented his sons from using their athletic football scholarships, instead insisting they become fishermen.
The question has now been raised whether or not the story actually happened.
“I think Baker made it up completely,” Minihane said.
“I don’t,” Callahan replied. “I think there is some truth to it. Some guy who’s kid was a football player — wasn’t two kids or two brothers, they weren’t spectacular, there wasn’t any Division 1 scholarships — but there was a kid that wanted to go to college and play football and the father told Baker that he said, ‘No, you’re going to be a fisherman.’ That part I believe. The rest he exaggerates and makes up.”
Added Dennis: “I don’t think Charlie is dumb enough to fabricate something out of whole cloth that did not have some grain of truth in it. I think perhaps what Gerry was saying is true, he met a fisherman and said I made my kids do this and I didn’t want to do this and whether the fisherman exaggerated or embellished or whether Charlie did, I don’t think Charlie is a stupid guy at all. He’s a very smart guy.”
— While speaking to a crowd on the two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, a protester challenged New Jersey governor Chris Christie, criticizing his administration’s handling of the rebuilding of homes and businesses. Christie told the man to, “Sit down and shut up.”
He continued to challenge the man: “I’ve been here when the cameras aren’t here, buddy, and done the work. … Turn around, get your fifteen minutes of fame, and then, maybe, take your jacket off, roll up your sleeves, and do something for the people of this state.”
Callahan isn’t too fond of Christie.
“You’re supposed to be there without cameras, you fraud,” said Callahan. “I want that fat load to run just so I can watch him get taken apart, piece by piece and that is a lot of pieces.”
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