Seth Madej http://www.sethmad.com TV Comedy Writer | Humourist Laureate Thu, 21 Dec 2017 18:14:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 16626616 Snow Job: The Terrible Ethics of Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer http://www.sethmad.com/2017/12/snow-job-the-terrible-ethics-of-rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer/ http://www.sethmad.com/2017/12/snow-job-the-terrible-ethics-of-rudolph-the-red-nosed-reindeer/#comments Thu, 21 Dec 2017 18:00:10 +0000 http://www.sethmad.com/?p=17705 Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Hermey
This year marks the fifty-third annual broadcast of Rankin/Bass’s classic Christmas TV special Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. That means it’s also time for the fourteenth annual posting of this essay, possibly the most popular thing I’ve ever written. It originally appeared December 4, 2004 on my defunct ethics site TheDo-Gooder.com.

Wednesday night marked the fortieth annual broadcast of the “classic” holiday television show, Rankin/Bass Production’s Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I tuned in for probably the twenty-fifth time (but the first in many years) expecting to find a rudimentary moral lesson tucked amongst all the holly-jolliness and evil-looking puppets.

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Support My Run for Suicide Prevention http://www.sethmad.com/2017/08/support-my-run-for-suicide-prevention/ http://www.sethmad.com/2017/08/support-my-run-for-suicide-prevention/#respond Mon, 21 Aug 2017 22:32:23 +0000 http://www.sethmad.com/?p=28138 Alive & Running 2017

Without a doubt, I’ve never met a group of people more selflessly committed to helping others than my fellow counselors at the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center. They dedicate themselves to giving people in crisis the tools to stay alive simply because they feel called to do so. Joining them in their work has profoundly changed my life, and together we’ve helped over 50,000 callers and chatters already this year.

My enthusiasm for the Suicide Prevention Center should be clear from the fact that, though I’ve been running for years, I’ve never once had the desire to race — until I learned about Didi Hirsch’s Alive & Running 5K Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention.

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Watch Me on Jeopardy! Friday May 5 http://www.sethmad.com/2017/05/watch-me-on-jeopardy-friday-may-5/ http://www.sethmad.com/2017/05/watch-me-on-jeopardy-friday-may-5/#comments Mon, 01 May 2017 19:56:39 +0000 http://www.sethmad.com/?p=20002

Is this the only question I got right? Find out when I’m on Jeopardy Friday May 5, 2017. Check your local listings.

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The Saints Invented Rocket From the Crypt http://www.sethmad.com/2017/02/the-saints-invented-rocket-from-the-crypt/ Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:57:27 +0000 http://www.sethmad.com/?p=18030 The Saints

I’ve pretty much stopped using Facebook 1If you’re reading this on Facebook, it’s because it was auto-posted there by WordPress. I don’t really miss it, except for times like right now when I discover a morsel that gets me excited but is of such focused interest that the only way I can share that excitement is if I post it to Facebook so it can snake its way through the network to find the one other person I know, whomever it may be, with a compatible mental input port.

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Bruce’s Brain http://www.sethmad.com/2017/02/bruces-brain/ Sat, 11 Feb 2017 01:52:55 +0000 http://www.sethmad.com/?p=17993 Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

I can’t possibly judge the reaction to Born to Run of a person who doesn’t consider Bruce Springsteen to be their personal, artistic, and political hero. But someone who does will react by doubling down on their devotion, thanks to his memoir’s deep introspection and focus on art, ideas, responsibility, friendships, and family. Anyone looking for a debauched rock n’ roll tell-all needs to find another book and another performer to write it.

Bruce and his work have always managed to find a place in my life to nest into and from which to inspire, motivate, and support me despite how I change over the years.

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I’ve Been Trebekked http://www.sethmad.com/2017/02/ive-been-trebekked/ Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:41:28 +0000 http://www.sethmad.com/?p=17931 My New Jeopardy! Hat

After three online tests and as many auditions over the course of five years, I played Jeopardy! for real yesterday. It was a joy. I can say no more right now, not even whether or not I won the mandatory fist fight with Alex Trebek. Stay tuned for an air date.

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Stuff I Liked in 2016, pt. 4 – TV http://www.sethmad.com/2017/01/stuff-i-liked-in-2016-pt-4-tv/ Mon, 02 Jan 2017 21:11:43 +0000 http://www.sethmad.com/?p=17796 Beyond the Walls

Watching TV is hard. I swear that once I used to just turn on a box, but now I have to navigate dozens of platforms across multiple devices to sit through hundreds of old episodes of 17 seasons of a show to understand what’s happening in the one on Sunday so I can decide that I don’t like it. These 10 shows were worth all that.

Baskets (FX)
Most comedies have lazed out of being funny, original, and sincere and just go for two out of three.

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Stuff I Liked in 2016, pt. 3 – Movies http://www.sethmad.com/2016/12/stuff-i-liked-in-2016-pt-3-movies/ Fri, 30 Dec 2016 20:52:19 +0000 http://www.sethmad.com/?p=17770 Stuff I Liked in 2016, pt. 3 – Movies

2016 stands out for the potentially great movies I haven’t seen. For the first time in years, I can compile a list of films that I regret not having the $15 for admission more than I regret spending that $15 on Crunchwrap Supremes. 1Including Arrival, Moonlight, Kubo and the Two Strings, The Bad Batch, Silence, A Monster Calls, American Honey, and Hacksaw Ridge. Meanwhile, my own favorites were seen by far too few people who aren’t me.

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Stuff I Liked in 2016, pt. 2 – Music http://www.sethmad.com/2016/12/stuff-i-liked-in-2016-pt-2-music/ Wed, 28 Dec 2016 19:47:14 +0000 http://www.sethmad.com/?p=17753 Stuff I Liked in 2016, pt. 2 - Music


2016 marks the first December that I looked back on a year and discovered that none of the songs I most remember listening to came out during it. Does that mean 2016 was the year I got old? I can’t be old — I can name three K-pop bands! It’s not my fault, so it must be the fault of the stupid young people who aren’t making good enough music because they’re dumb.

Nevertheless, here’s an annotated Spotify playlist of 20 songs that pulled me through the last year, including a handful that were actually released in 2016.

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Stuff I Liked in 2016, pt. 1 – Books http://www.sethmad.com/2016/12/stuff-i-liked-in-2016-pt-1-books/ Mon, 26 Dec 2016 21:48:09 +0000 http://www.sethmad.com/?p=17739 Watership Down by Richard Adams

According to my Goodreads page, I finished 30 books in 2016, which proves that even in today’s era of bite-size, high speed information intake, I still love nothing more than telling people how many books I’ve read. Here are the top five (from any year).

Watership Down
by Richard Adams
I’ve always said that Watership Down is one of my favorite novels, but it’s been so many years since I first read it that I worried going back to it I’d find it hadn’t kept up with me.

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