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TWX
2021-05-27 2:21:28 PM  
I was sitting in a waiting room and this show was on.  I gather that it's on for more than an hour, as he ended one recipe and after coming back from break it was like a new show, the host coming out, audience applause, then he runs past the live band and starts bantering with them.
I guess I grew up watching too many cooking shows on PBS, I expect my television cooks to jump right into recipes and actually go over the particulars, not to chit-chat with the timbales player.
 
2021-05-27 2:33:47 PM  
When the chef is a former musician who got a scholarship to Juilliard and regrets to this day that he didn't do it.

Also, because BAM!!!

/god that's annoying
 
2021-05-27 2:34:02 PM  
Because New Orleans?

Here, have a Hannibal Buress story (NSFW language):

Hannibal Buress Throws a Five-Person Parade in New Orleans
Youtube mxZBrbVqZnU
 
2021-05-27 4:11:29 PM  
Everything needs a live band.
 
2021-05-27 4:14:29 PM  
Because why not?

There aren't many things that can't be improved by live music.
 
2021-05-27 4:18:15 PM  
And...I'm taking the lid off to see if the chicken is done. Drumroll please...
 
2021-05-27 4:23:34 PM  
why are we linking to an IMDB page?
 
2021-05-27 4:24:10 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Everything needs a live band.


still on the fence whether my own personal incidental music 24/7 would be amusing, infuriating, or both.
 
2021-05-27 4:27:06 PM  
I don't know subby, why do you hate fun?
 
2021-05-27 4:29:58 PM  

PhineasPozzlesnort: Because why not?

There aren't many things that can't be improved by live music.


Especially if you're talking about creole cooking. Music and cuisine are the bedrocks of New Orleans creole culture, it would be slightly insulting to try and keep them separated.
 
2021-05-27 4:30:14 PM  
That whole show was weird. The way the audience looks at him seems more fit for cult followers gazing at their beloved prophet.
 
2021-05-27 4:36:35 PM  
Whoa-O black betty BAM the lamb.
 
2021-05-27 5:16:02 PM  

fasahd: Whoa-O black betty BAM the lamb.


*golf clap*
 
2021-05-27 5:47:42 PM  
Why does a cheese shop need a bazouki player
 
2021-05-27 6:05:47 PM  

johnny_vegas: Why does a cheese shop need a bazouki player


Because it helps the bit ?
Monty Python (Ultra Rare) Cheese Shop Sketch
Youtube uT3OQECSDoQ


I used to watch Emerils show and thought the band was odd, but kinda nice.
 
2021-05-27 6:54:52 PM  
I used to hate the audience zombies on that show. They al have lifeless eyes and clap in unison. They probably applauded their own executions.
 
2021-05-27 7:04:39 PM  
Is this the series with "Doc Gibbs and the Emeril Live Band?"
 
2021-05-27 7:44:31 PM  

dryknife: Is this the series with "Doc Gibbs and the Emeril Live Band?"


Was hoping someone would bring that up. My friend and former guitar teacher was a sometime member of the band, known on the show as "C.F. Steaks." I'm sure this was Emeril putting a "Southern" spin on his real last name, which is Hamburger. He does a lot of online instructional stuff and soundtrack work now, as well as (hopefully) gigging again soon.

Somewhere I have an old VHS tape of his crowning achievement on the show: playing a really complicated dobro solo while Emeril fed him an ice cream bar. He didn't miss a beat.
 
2021-05-27 7:55:02 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: When the chef is a former musician who got a scholarship to Juilliard and regrets to this day that he didn't do it.

Also, because BAM!!!

/god that's annoying


I found part of his episode from 'chefography', but it's like they trimmed it to start right after they mentioned he gave up music to go to culinary school:

https://vimeo.com/49256826

And the BAM was to deal with people falling asleep as he was giving cooking demonstrations
 
2021-05-27 7:57:38 PM  

PhineasPozzlesnort: Because why not?

There aren't many things that can't be improved by live music.


Dis hurr.

Unless it's open mic night at some midwest bar where the "sassy" single mother bartender belts out (somewhat competently) Reba Mcentire's "Fancy" for the 9th week in a row while knowing there's no talent scout in the audience but 2% of her still hopes there is.
 
2021-05-27 7:59:01 PM  

tintar: Tr0mBoNe: Everything needs a live band.

still on the fence whether my own personal incidental music 24/7 would be amusing, infuriating, or both.


Just curious: that song in your profile. That you?
 
2021-05-27 8:04:30 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: Everything needs a live band.


I'm Gonna Git You Sucka! Theme Music
Youtube hz-KwtKRBUY
 
2021-05-27 8:56:29 PM  

NINEv2: tintar: Tr0mBoNe: Everything needs a live band.

still on the fence whether my own personal incidental music 24/7 would be amusing, infuriating, or both.

Just curious: that song in your profile. That you?


hm, I think there's at least a couple, but unless it's a link from MeFi Music, then, no, sad to say :(
 
2021-05-27 9:34:22 PM  
I didn't know Emeril Lagasse was still a thing. Haven't heard that name in a long time.
 
2021-05-27 11:50:08 PM  
Emeril's nightly show on the Food Network was good entertainment. Better than watching the endless cooking competitions on all day now.

Beat Bobby Flay? Where does the line start?
 
2021-05-28 6:41:15 AM  

hebrides: dryknife:  "Doc Gibbs and the Emeril Live Band?"

Was hoping someone would bring that up. My friend and former guitar teacher was a sometime member of the band, known on the show as "C.F. Steaks."


Those guys were really good, although typically only heard for two seconds at the end of a commercial after they had played for the live audience.

I found it interesting that Gibbs was the band leader/front man, him being a "percussionist." (I always enjoyed the Creed Taylor Inc. jazz recordings I used to have that had Brazilian percussionist, Airto Moreira on them; he would be pictured surrounded by all different kinds of strange, exotic noise-making instruments.)
 
2021-05-28 8:04:06 AM  

dryknife: hebrides: dryknife:  "Doc Gibbs and the Emeril Live Band?"

Was hoping someone would bring that up. My friend and former guitar teacher was a sometime member of the band, known on the show as "C.F. Steaks."

Those guys were really good, although typically only heard for two seconds at the end of a commercial after they had played for the live audience.

I found it interesting that Gibbs was the band leader/front man, him being a "percussionist." (I always enjoyed the Creed Taylor Inc. jazz recordings I used to have that had Brazilian percussionist, Airto Moreira on them; he would be pictured surrounded by all different kinds of strange, exotic noise-making instruments.)


Likely because Emeril was a percussionist himself.

ChrisDe: it was better than the competition shows (and likely less expensive to produce other than Emeril's salary), but I preferred Sara Morton's Cooking Live which it replaced.  (Or maybe just transitioned out?). The problem was, she had to do two hour long shows each night, one for east coast, one for the west coast, so I suspect it was exhausting

And it was truly live, not 'taped before a live audience', as they had people calling in to ask questions and/or cooking along with them from home (and asking questions over the phone.... this was before good video chat)

Her show on PBS is decent, but it relies on swapping out things half way through like every other cooking show, so you don't get a true sense of how long things take.  There are advantages to having an hour long cooking show
 
2021-05-28 9:01:13 AM  
Because most cooking shows aren't actually about cooking any more?
 
2021-05-28 9:20:57 AM  

ChrisDe: Emeril's nightly show on the Food Network was good entertainment. Better than watching the endless cooking competitions on all day now.


Most of what I know about cooking came from watching the Food Network in its early days.  It was the channel I used to put on as background noise while doing things around the house.  In between chores, I'd sit and watch a recipe, then go off and do something else.  Now?  I can't even remember the last time I watched anything on the network.  If Comcast moved it to a sports package (like they did with Turner Classic Movies), I wouldn't even notice I couldn't watch it anymore.

/I do miss TCM, though
 
2021-05-28 11:17:24 PM  
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