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Friday, March 28, 2008

It’s Sunny Here

posted by on March 28 at 17:36 PM


I understand it snowed in Seattle today. I’m in Los Angeles where it’s 70 degrees. I walked past The Ivy a few mintes ago where I saw no one famous dining on its famed patio. Earlier in the day I stood outside the Price Is Right’s bungalow and marveled at that program’s longevity. Entertaining America for 36 years—we should all be so lucky.

I’m here to do Real Time with Bill Maher tonight at 11 PM. (Real Time’s bungalow is next door.) Feel free to watch the show tonight and critique my clothing here.

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Hey Dan - I'm in LA right now, too. I got a sunburn today. Come drink margaritas with us.

Posted by kerri harrop | March 28, 2008 5:39 PM

I wish I had the time to spare, Kerri. I just got back to my hotel and I have to shower and shave and pluck my eyebrows and get back to -- no shit -- Studio Fucking City.

Posted by Dan Savage | March 28, 2008 5:46 PM

Ixnay the baggy stuff, Daniel. I'll have to save my critique for the youtube. We're too cheap to get cable. Slay, 'em, Dan. Slay 'em.

Posted by Michigan Matt (soon to be Balt-o-matt) | March 28, 2008 5:47 PM

I think the Ivy is no longer the hot spot it once was. I've never heard of anyone going there recently.

Posted by arduous | March 28, 2008 5:54 PM

Bummer. I'm staying in Silver Lake with Amy & Russ, who you remember from the 206.

I learned a new term the other night, from some sweet young thing. You'll like it: what do you call a straight girl that hangs out with Bears? Goldilocks.

Kill it tonight. We will watch and heckle you from the comfort of the couch.

Posted by kerri harrop | March 28, 2008 5:55 PM

Er, why does The Price is Right have a bungalow? Do they really shoot shows in these?

Posted by Fnarf | March 28, 2008 6:03 PM

Why is Bill Maher?

Posted by umvue | March 28, 2008 6:21 PM

@ Fnarf, that's the production office, not the stage.

Posted by arduous | March 28, 2008 6:23 PM


Posted by NapoleonXIV | March 28, 2008 6:43 PM

In L.A. too, around Sunset and Fairfax. Drop me a line and come by for some wine!

Posted by Grant Cogswell | March 28, 2008 6:45 PM

Dan, doesn't Real Time film at CBS Fairfax? What are you doing in Studio City?

Posted by arduous | March 28, 2008 6:51 PM

Michigan Matt, you can watch Overtime at at 9pm pacific time.

Posted by pragmatic | March 28, 2008 8:20 PM

Michigan Matt, you can watch Overtime at 9pm pacific at, Dan should still be around for that part.

Posted by pragmatic | March 28, 2008 8:24 PM

Thanks, pragmatic!

Posted by Michigan Matt (soon to be Balt-o-matt) | March 28, 2008 9:21 PM

As usual, Bill can't keep his hands off you Dan.

Posted by Xaxatax | March 28, 2008 9:44 PM

Nice Vera Project t-shirt during the on-the-street interviews segment!

Posted by rlv | March 28, 2008 10:40 PM

The gray long-sleeved was good, too.

If you have her info, please pass on my regards to the single (?) young woman interviewed supporting Obama. What a sweetheart.

Tavis Smiley rules. Credit to all for maybe cooling off some of the internecine ferocity a bit, and showing the other side some grace.

Sorry you have to go back to the snow.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | March 28, 2008 11:03 PM

if by "bungalow" you mean "modular home".

Posted by nomi malone | March 29, 2008 1:59 AM

Dan, you were great--funny on the panel, charming with your interviewees, I do wish the segment had been a little longer, but that's no criticism of you whatsoever.

And your eyebrows looked perfect.

Posted by Boomer in NYC | March 29, 2008 5:20 AM

Dan looked great. He did great. It was a great show as usual.

I loved Bill's shout out to St. Louis! I was having a shouting at the TV moment with that lady that was saying no one think like Pat Buchanon, and I was sceaming "YES THEY DO!" when Bill said, "Ever been to St. Louis?"

Posted by Mike in MO | March 29, 2008 7:19 AM

Just watched. Good times. Dan, I don't understand how people complain about what you wear. Who even remembers? The eyebrows, though. Everyone remembers eyebrows.

It was interesting to see Democrats saying they'll vote for the nominee regardless of who it is. As an Obama partisan I've been tempted these past few weeks to sit out November if HRC is the nominee. But of course I won't.

It's also odd that Hillary lied about who had more supporters willing to go to the dark side. It makes one wonder if she's just getting bad information from her advisors or if she's truly making shit up.

Posted by Michigan Matt (soon to be Balt-o-matt) | March 29, 2008 7:28 AM

I was a little surprised that Bill and Tavis have been drinking the "let the process play out" Kool-Aid and the accompanying claptrap about how Hillary dropping out would be tantamount to disenfranchising the voters of Pennsylvania and the other remaining primary states.

What about the voters in all those states who were deprived of a chance to vote for John Edwards, Bill Richardson, Chris Dodd, et al? If Hillary's so worried about voters having a say, shouldn't she have denounced those candidates for "disenfranchising" the voters of Texas, Ohio, etc., by dropping out early?

The only progress she's be able to make since Super Tuesday has come from engaging in fearmongering and other tactics aimed at tearing down the frontrunner. She can only "win" the nomination by hitting on some new combination of destructive tactics that's brutal enough to cause Obama to lose it. No matter how well she does in the remaining states, she'll need not just a majority but an overwhelming majority of the superdelegates to overturn the results of the primary process.

Meanwhile, all this money and political capital will have been spent, not on building the nominee's stockpile against McCain or (even more importantly) on helping Democrats across the country further down the ticket, but on Clinton and Obama finding ways to beat each other.

To answer the question in your post, Dan, no, Slate wouldn't be using the term "deathwatch" if Clinton were leading Obama. They wouldn't be "watching" at all; they'd be treating his candidacy the way they did Huckabee's after Romney dropped out -- running occasional pieces about how he's really running for VP or 2012 or 2016.

Posted by joel f | March 29, 2008 8:27 AM

Dear Dan,

You seem so comfortable and in-the-moment when you do these shows that I would hate for you to abandon the sense of style that makes you comfortable.

That said, based on your vibe and your current look, if you ever did want to snaz it up a bit I would suggest checking out the Dries Van Noten line. Beautifully made and stylish, they also embrace a crunchier "Seattle" feel and have a less severe "Prada Monster" look to them. The colors are typically good for TV, as well. Paul Smith would also compliment your leaner frame, but as you know, avoid the busier patterns and colors that hide within that line.

The only true faux pas in a fashion sense on that show are Bill Maher's jacket sleeves...WAY too long, WAY too often. If it hides half your hand, you need a frikkin' tailor.

OK, back to my cage...

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | March 29, 2008 8:50 AM

@23--Great comments, JTC. I mean, Dan, you could always have the "SLOG dressed me" contest or something. But I think Dan would have a hard time shelling out tons of $$$ for clothes.

Posted by Michigan Matt (soon to be Balt-o-matt) | March 29, 2008 9:55 AM

It is difficult to judge a show like this without subscribing to HBO, because the online version I was able to find only runs 8 minutes and 37 seconds. Dan Savage has little presence to comment on in this version wherein he is so edited-out that he's like a child watching the grown-ups from the staircase have a party... Much too short!

Posted by Xylol | March 29, 2008 1:51 PM

You can't critique the clothing, but you can get the show free as a podcast. I mean, how hard is it, you're already getting Dan's podcast.

Posted by Phil | March 29, 2008 4:04 PM

I can't speak to last night's broadcast because I didn't see it, but I utterly loathe Smiley because EVERY flipping thing I've seen or heard from him is always laser-focused on how "the white man is keeping us down." His old NPR show was the same thing. It didn't matter what the topic was--dye in butter, exhaust pollution, rape, whatever--he found a way to work race issues into it. Thank whatever gods there may be that someone else is hosting the NPR show now.

We grew up in the same hometown, and even some mutual friends have noted to me that he's just obsessed with race issues.

Posted by Wolf | March 29, 2008 4:18 PM

As much as I wish you would show off those awesome biceps of yours a little more, Dan, I think your style works. That is, your lack of style -- but I don't mean that in a bad way! Only that your looks don't distract from what you have to say. You come across as an honest, no-bullshit, what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of guy, and people listen to that.

Which is not to say you couldn't work THIS look:

Posted by Irena | March 29, 2008 5:27 PM

# 27 you are full of crap.

Posted by delfina jines | March 29, 2008 6:38 PM

@29: Have you ever actually listened to him? Reverse racism has no better spokesman.

And, btw, opinions are like assholes. Everybody has one. Most stink.

Posted by Wolf | March 29, 2008 6:47 PM

Daniel in one of the previous episodes you were wearing a really cute black fred perry polo that looked nice on your person. i just saw you on a small clip on youtube and i cant say i was enthralled with what you had on. it wasn't bad but it wasn't the gorgeous black suit that bill had on.... i can only say that i like you in black..

Posted by dimitrios | March 30, 2008 6:33 PM

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