What if after a long day of radiation therapy, Dr. Frasier Crane wanted to relax in the pit during a Pearl Jam show? How would he feel if he had heard the wrong thing and it was actually one of the first Temple of the Dog sets? How would he react to his father’s brash Stone Temple Pilots fandom? Comedian and writer Jon Blair’s solid understanding of the ’90s sitcom fraserThe characters, pacing, and reliable narrative beats of “Grunge Frasier” are such exhilarating fanfiction. All of this and more is explored in a two-minute storyboard performance that includes not one but two exceptional sitcom-ready Layne Staley puns. –Evan Minsker
The most moving musical moment of this season of Atlanta comes courtesy of a Paper Boi fan who looks like Grizzly Bear
But AtlantaThis season’s main narrative follows Brian Tyree Henry’s Paper Boi on a successful European tour, there are hardly any photos of the rapper actually performing on stage. As is often the case with this show, it’s more about the awkward moments surrounding stardom – in the green room or at a bullshit press conference. In fact, the most memorable musical performance of the season so far doesn’t even come from Paper Boi, but rather from a mysterious Paper Boi stan named Wiley.
In the fifth episode, “Cancer Attack”, Paper Boi’s phone is stolen backstage and everyone suspects that Wiley is the one who took it. This leads to a series of wonderfully weird and funny interrogation scenes in which Wiley, played with disturbing nervousness by the young Samuel Blenkin, shakes, stutters and, at one point, farts in front of his favorite rapper. At the episode’s climax, Paper Boi and Wiley have a one-on-one conversation where Paper Boi admits he’s worried about losing touch with his artistic muse, and Wiley attests to a strange connection to loneliness. of its hero, who goes beyond empathy to reach a kind of cosmic mirror. The interaction raises all sorts of prickly ideas about race, fandom and the transcendence of art: is it really possible for this skinny white ghost from Budapest to establish such a genuine connection with Paper Boi solely through his hard nosed atlanta trap music?