The Simpsons is a true television rarity at this point, as it enters an astonishing 25th season this fall. Multiple generations have now grown up with the characters, making them some of the most iconic and recognizable in the world.
At Universal Studios Florida, there had already been great success with The Simpsons Ride, which opened in 2008. But as of this summer, The Simpsons has a much bigger presence at the park, with the opening of an entire Springfield/Simpsons area expanding past the ride and the pre-existing Kwik-E-Mart merchandise store.
Last week, I took part in a special press tour of the Springfield area, part of which has already opened – but with plenty more to come later this summer.
The new section already open to the public is a food court, which has a couple of very distinct areas. First and foremost is Moe’s Tavern, which has its own entrance and is designed to look just like the show. As Ric Florell, SVP and general manager of Resort Revenue Operations for Universal Orlando, explained, “We wanted to how to make a flaming moe it as authentic to the fiction as we could,” noting the idea was to “Enhance that guest experience not just to come into a building, but to actually experience it. It looks right, tastes right, it feels right.”
Bo Burnham is at the top of his game with his latest special Make Happy. It’s unbelievable at times to realize he’s but 25 years old. Burnham is one of a kind, mixing traditional stand-up, theater, and music into a batter of awesomeness. He can make the most hot button topics seem so trivial yet turn age old nursery rhymes into the most hot button topics. His tools for this juxtaposition range from sentimental piano based music to hardcore rapping and provocative monologues to simple one liner jokes.
Bo Burnham Make Happy review opens with Burnham waking up in what appears to be a hotel room, television still on from the night before, and a clown nose on with face paint. He then draws the curtains to greet the day. After leaving his hotel room, the journey begins. He heads out on foot through various terrain while computerized VO plays overtop the montage. During this time, we are instructed not to laugh and to not forget our problems which is the perfect setup for Burnham’s first strike.
Once arriving on stage, he quickly engages the audience with a song full of call and responses, tricking them into yelling things they shouldn’t. Sorry audience, too late. Quite clever and entertaining. Burnham’s brain can work on any level. Heady if he wants, simple-minded if called for. And he does all of this with complete comfort and control.
Family trips are full of drama, love, a handful of unpredictable scenarios and most of all, comedy. Make that family the Pritchett-Dunfy-Tuckers, and that entertainment factor grows exponentially. Before the season finale kicks off this evening, take a look back through best modern family episodes.
1. Episode 1.23, “Hawaii”
If you want to see all the Modern Family kids look tiny, look no further than the Hawaii episode. Back when Phil and Claire got married, they never went on their dream honeymoon to Hawaii. Now, they have a chance to go with the entire family to celebrate Jay’s birthday. Phil takes this opportunity to relive the honeymoon he and Claire never had. Mitch plans tons of adventurous islands excursions for him and Cam, but Cam ditches Mitch because he wants to be lazy by the pool. In their lazy calm they lose Lily. Phil finally manages to get Claire to relax and take a break from the kids, and surprises her with a vow renewal ceremony, Hawaiian style.
Best Line: “I just ordered an extra long straw to avoid the chance of doing a sit-up.”