Recipe: Fight like Anthony Bourdain by making his post-jiu-jitsu acai bowl recipe

Reprinted from Appetites by Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a thing in our house. Our lives—all our lives—revolve around training schedules; at any given time, there’s a heap of sodden, frequently blood-smeared gis (the two-piece garment, secured by a belt whose color signifies level of expertise, worn by practitioners of jiu-jitsu, karate, and other martial arts) waiting outside the washer, and another set (Mom, Dad, and girl) hanging to dry on a special rack in my daughter’s playroom.

Most of our professors are Brazilian, and it is an article of faith among Brazilian practitioners of martial arts that acai, the “miracle jungle fruit of the Amazon,” is the answer to—and cure for—all things, from ineptness at rear naked choke holds to cancer.

Whether the health benefits hold up under scientific scrutiny or not, the stuff is pretty delicious, and it’s …

Interview: Kyle Kinane on farts, surf slang, and why he’s not writing a book

What you see is what you get with Kyle Kinane. The comedian and self-proclaimed “Uncle Barbeque” is exactly as his stand-up suggests: straightforward to a fault, occasionally a little drunk, and keenly amused with the world’s general absurdity. All of that is on display in Kinane’s new stand-up special, Loose In Chicago, which premieres this Saturday, October 15, on Comedy Central. Filmed in Kinane’s hometown at one of his favorite music venues, the Metro, Loose In Chicago finds Kinane among his people; most of them, he’ll admit, look exactly like him.

Since Kinane is in the business of making other people laugh, The A.V. Club thought it might be interesting to find out what makes him laugh. He put together a list for us, and we ran through it together recently.

Canadians, including The Kids In The Hall, Chixdiggit, and Strange Brew’s Bob and …

Newswire: Jimmy Smits will play Amy’s dad on Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Signalling that the show has now well and truly “arrived,” the producers of Brooklyn Nine-Nine have announced that long-time TV mainstay and living seal of quality Jimmy Smits has signed on for a guest role in an upcoming episode. Smits will appear on the show’s “Thanksgiving” edition, scheduled for November 22, where he’ll play the father of Melissa Fumero’s Amy Santiago.

As he has for what now amounts to three decades of Smitsy consistency, the former NYPD Blue star has spent the last few years steadily working in both movies and TV. He’s currently featured in Netflix’s Baz Luhrmann disco and hip-hop show The Get Down, has a spot on the upcoming 24: Legacy, and is expected to reprise his role as Senator Bail Organa in December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine recently kicked off its fourth season, with a formula …

Newswire: Fox decides it’s not too old for a full season of Lethal Weapon

Variety reports that Fox will continue to tax our already-strained supply of jokes about people being too old for shit, kicking its Lethal Weapon show up to a full season order today. That means 18 total episodes of Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford trading banter and gunfire with suspects, while always keeping on the watch for the ever-deadly toilet bomb.

Lethal Weapon has posted strong early ratings, managing to hold on to much of the audience from its massively popular lead-in, Empire. It’s currently the third-highest freshman drama on the major networks, trailing behind NBC’s family soap This Is Us and ABC’s Designated Survivor. It’s currently tied with CBS’s Bull, a feat made more notable by the fact that developer Matt Miller and producers Dan Lin, Jennifer Gwartz and McG managed it without even offering to get a bunch of people off.

‘Wonder Woman’ Producer, Director Promise Film Will Be More ‘Optimistic’ Than ‘Batman v Superman’

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad” were two of the most popular movies released this year, but critics slammed them for being overly dark and joyless. That has some fans of Wonder Woman concerned that the Amazonian warrior will get the same pessimistic makeover. Rest assured. The film-making team behind next summer’s… Read more »

13 of Ken Bone’s Funniest Quotes (Photos)

The second presidential debate shot coal-plant operator Ken Bone to fame over night.

When the Washington Post interviewed him after the debate, Bone said, “”My mustache and my sweater are probably my claims to fame. If you want to be me for Halloween, you’d better get in soon because this bad boy is sold out on Amazon.”

During his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday, he said his wife “Heather is maybe a little tired of dealing with me in general after 12 years.”

When Jimmy Kimmel asked him whether he received any endorsement deals after the debate, he said, “Do they still make mustache wax? I would have my own line

Bone also told Kimmel that his wife picked out his now famous red sweater.

“I would love to say that I saw born this way,” Ken joked. “My wife dresses me, like all great Americans.”

On MSNBC, the internet sensation said he feels bad for the America’s sweetheart he replaced.

“I feel bad for american’s last sweetheart, whoever that may be, it’s a hard day when you are replaced by me.”

MSNBC asked him what his actual Twitter handle is given all the parody accounts. He revealed it was @KenBone18.

“There are other better ones, but they aren’t me,” he said.

When Jimmy Kimmel asked him if he knew how adorable he was, Bone responded, “That’s a definite yes.”

“I’m gonna hang on to all my Twitter followers and just encourage them to vote up until November, and then after the election cycle it will probably go back to stupidness, and to me taking pictures of my cats and my kids, and if you wanna unfollow me then them I’m afraid that’s what you’re gonna have to do,” he said about his new claim to fame.

He admitted that his red sweater was due to an emergency wardrobe change because he got more fat.

“I thought, ‘Wow, grandpa would be so proud if I wore this suit,’” Bone said. “But apparently I have gotten somewhat more fat since then, and when I got into my car, I split the seat out of my pants and destroyed my olive suit and I had to do an emergency wardrobe change.”

When Jimmy Kimmel told him his fans refer to themselves as “boneheads,” he responded, “I’ve been calling my family that for years!”

Although he is a media sensation now, Bone had to return to work and pick up the night shift “and suffer the indignation of all my coworkers.”

One day after the election, Bone tweeted, “Thanks for a wild day everyone! Catch me on Fox and Friends in the morning if you’re not (justifiably) sick of me by then.”

Can Traditional Media Companies Get a Slice of the eSports Pie? (Guest Blog)

In our last post, we gave our view on possible future scenarios for eSports. It seems that the eSports space will ultimately be worth billions of dollars, but the industry needs to put up with some growing pains first, and that process may unfold in different ways.

Thus far, the clear winners in the eSports space have been game publishers and major distribution channels.

For example, Riot was valued at about $400 million in 2011 when Tencent acquired a majority stake. Since then, revenues have grown to about $1.6 billion in 2015. Recently, Riot stated that its pure eSports business (excluding in-game revenues) is not profitable but plays a crucial role in maintaining player engagement. In another example, Amazon acquired Twitch for approximately $970 million in 2014. In 2015, the streaming platform’s revenues rose to roughly $1.6 billion (prior to content creator share).

Also Read: Has Traditional TV Dropped the Ball on eSports? (Guest Blog)

Traditional media companies can make their mark in the eSports space, but they need to choose one of three options for how they want to engage:

  1. Spectate: This is a low-commitment option that includes using eSports as an advertising platform to reach millennials.
  2. Participate: Examples of this medium-commitment approach include striking deals to become linear-TV partners of up-and-coming leagues or co-investing with an existing streaming platform.
  3. Drive: Companies pursuing this high level of commitment in eSports could purchase an existing entity and bring to bear traditional TV production and distribution skills to drive value; an example of this could be producing scripted content for gaming characters and story backbones.

Traditional media companies looking to successfully enter the eSports space will need to ask themselves the right questions to determine what level of commitment they can assume, how large a share of the eSports market they want to pursue and what the opportunities are.

Also Read: Who Are eSports’ Rabid Fans? (Guest Blog)

First, TV organizations must understand the long-term outlook for eSports and get comfortable with its inherent uncertainties. They then need to understand what their competitors are doing and identify the approaches that are most attractive for their organization.

The final step is to identify tangible opportunities. This involves assessing the overlap between the company’s consumer base and eSports enthusiasts, understanding the fit with the company’s broader strategy, quantifying the opportunity and evaluating partners.

Conducting analysis can help traditional media companies build a roadmap and catch the eSports train before it’s too late.

Also Read: As eSports Rise in Popularity, Let’s Meet the Main Players (Guest Blog)

Here are more details on the questions to answer:

Our series of posts on eSports has aimed to help traditional media executives understand eSports and the opportunities it represents. This is certainly not a fad. While it is still in its infancy in the U.S., eSports will present an intriguing way for linear TV to attract millennials.

This is Part 6 in a series on eSports by Dan Schechter, Gil Moran and Francesco Di Ianni from L.E.K. Consulting’s Media & Entertainment consulting practice.