Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.
I have a weekly poker night. Sometimes, its poker nights. I am a poker enthusaist. In fact, my RePlay TV picks up all the poker shows. World Poker Tour, 2004 World Series of Poker, Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament, Strip Poker Invitational (pay-per-view). Hell I even will be recording Saved By The Bell: The College Years Friday 10/15 at 12:30pm on TBS in order not to miss the episode entitled The Poker Game: The girls give spurned Mr. Rogers romantic advice.
I think I have sufficiently proven my geekiness for poker. Which is why I stayed in Sunday night to catch the 3rd Season Premier of Celebrity Poker Showdown. So, its called Celebrity Poker Showdown…lets break this down..
Sunday night the Hollywood elite, including Matthew Perry, Jimmy Kimmel’s girlfriend, that fat guy from News Radio, some guy from a show called Alias & that dude from Law & Order…no, the other Law and Order…No, you’re thinking of Vincent D’Onofrio…oh so maybe the term ‘celebrity’ is being loosely thrown around. Or perhaps it was just a weak week. Let’s see who else will be appearing at the CELEBRITY table this season: Ryan Stiles, no, Dennis Rodman, no, Ricki Lake, god no, Donny Deutsch, who? Macauly Culkin, no, Kathy Griffin, yawn, Neil Patrick Harris — Look if the best you can come up with is that kid from Home Alone, and Doogie Howser, I don’t think it’s fair to use the term “celebrity.” I read the word “celebrity”, and I don’t giggle like I do when I read the term “Holy Shiite” in the NY Times, no I actually clench when I realize Fletch is still being touted as a celeb.
Celebrity Poker Showdown is a time when people can forget their cultural differences and all sit down at a table with the same goal, try to be much cooler than they really are.
Poker players all seem to share a certain amount of coolness cache’. But suddenly when you have Harold and Kumar’s Christopher Maloni, wearing sunglasses, an old hat Joey Bishop would steer clear from, and a cliché black and white Vegas shirt with alternating club, spade, diamond, heart trim going down from the shoulders to the hip, it feels less chic and more like a costume.
“If I were cool, and could play poker in any way and I had Elton John’s designer what would I wear?” Thought Meloni prior to getting dressed. The result, garb that would make the cast of San Fransico Playhouse’s West Side Story think, “god that’s soo Gay”.
But at least they can play, understanding the subtleties and innuendos that make the game more than a game of chance but rather a “showdown” of skill and smarts. The way Sarah Silverman went “all in” and then crawled a top the felt laying face down with legs and arms akimbo, leaving the dealer no choice but to show us the river on the small of her back. Ahhh, yes. Reminiscent to the playing style of poker legend Doyle Brunson. When the great Matthew Perry known as a comedic genius received the unruly advice of an overly excited audience member who yelled “ALL IN”, with sassy wit Mr. Perry replied “oh, I thought you were talking to your girlfriend” the unpredictable snap, was not unlike the unpredictable poker stylings of poker professional Gus Hanson. **note the sarcasm**
These folks for the most part can’t game in poker, and even more so are barely celebrities even by the loosest definitions. Which leaves us with SHOWDOWN. Ok, Ill give them that. I suggest they rename it QUASI-HAS-BEEN-CELEBRITY-ISH “This isn’t 21?” SHOWDOWN.
I will still watch the show. I may even watch it live with commercials at some point, cause I love poker. But I think the show is beginning to lose the coolness cache’ that it had at one point, but allowing celebrity douche-bags to play. Give me the Schwimmers, the Afflecks, the Norm Macdonalds….but please keep the Gilmore Girls, West Wingers, and Smallvillians at home.