He had an uncanny ability to make people feel like he was their friend and that they really knew him. He gave you his attention -- whether you were a guy with a magic marker, or an audience of 5,000 -- you mattered.
Why not look on the bright side? If the new Batman has one thing going for him, it's Ben Affleck's Boston roots. Think about it. What could possibly be more powerful than a superhero weaned on Legal Seafood clam chowder and Dunkin' Donuts dark roast?
With a $25 million budget that's probably less than what a Transformers sequel spends on fake sweat for Shia LaBeouf, Pain & Gain tells the true story of a trio of Miami weightlifters whose dreams of quick money turned into a crime spree.
Maria Bamford has emerged over the last year as one of the most critically revered comics -- especially among her peers -- in the country while bravely addressing the stigma of mental illness as part of her act.
That is how comedy should work. You are only as good as your last show. Sure fans will give you a break because they are your fans, but should an entire industry be giving the same blind loyalty to a performer?