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Watch Lily Tomlin Compare Deadhead Credentials On ‘Grace and Frankie’ [Video]

Watch Lily Tomlin Compare Deadhead Credentials On ‘Grace and Frankie’ [Video]

first_imgGrateful Dead fans are everywhere. The flood of influence from the seminal American rock band continues to spread through pop culture as a new decade begins—this time, on the new season of Netflix comedy series, Grace and Frankie.In the third episode of the show’s new sixth season, the titular character of Frankie—played by decorated comedian Lily Tomlin—gets into a playful but serious pissing contest about her Deadhead credentials at a silent auction for a pair of Jerry Garcia‘s sneakers. Her opponent in the dispute: a well-to-do character played by Michael McKean of This Is Spinal Tap fame.Related: Phish Got Their Own Spotlight Moment During This Week’s Episode Of “High Maintenance” [Watch]While the unabashedly “hippie” Frankie tries to belittle the supposed fandom of her foe with her personal concert credentials—as many a jaded vet like to do—McKean’s character is quick to put her doubt to rest with his own Deadhead stripes. As the two former SNL players battle it out, they name-drop the Dead’s 1971 performances at the Fillmore East and The Capitol Theatre as well as the nine shows they played at Madison Square Garden in September 1991.The Capitol Theatre posted a clip of the Grace & Frankie Deadhead exchange in honor of their shout-out, which you can watch below. To watch the full episode on Netflix, head here.last_img read more

Japan’s Super Rubgy participation remains uncertain

Japan’s Super Rubgy participation remains uncertain

first_imgJapan’s participation in next season’s Super Rugby competition is still by no means certain, Kyodo News learned Wednesday.This past weekend, Japan Rugby Football Union General Secretary Noriyuki Sakamoto dismissed concerns that Japan could raise a team for the 2016 competition when he told reporters “We have enough (players to play a game).” IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Super Rugby, SANZAR, JRFU center_img However, the news came out of the blue to most following developments and led SANZAR — the organization that runs the tournament — to ask the JRFU for clarification as to who exactly had put pen to paper.Despite official silence from both the Japan Super Rugby Association, which only said, “The contract was signed with the JRFU so we cannot comment,” and the JRFU, Kyodo has learned a list of 29 players and the name of a potential head coach was sent to SANZAR by midnight Monday, the deadline for negotiations.A spokesman from SANZAR told Kyodo on Wednesday that no comment will be made on “what’s been received from the JRFU until we’ve had a chance to go through it thoroughly.”A well-placed source told Kyodo, however, a number of players on the list were not among those generally associated with the national team, while it is believed the first five choices for the head coach role have all turned down the job.Japan’s acceptance into the world’s premier regional rugby tournament was based on it fielding a 35-man squad consisting primarily of established Japanese internationals and a handful of “marquee” overseas players.If the players on the list are mainly from the national side then that would almost certainly satisfy SANZAR’s demand. However, if there are a significant number of university players, then SANZAR could say Japan has reneged on the deal.Adding a further complication to the deal is news that some of the company sides have apparently asked that the number of games played by their employees in a year be limited and that Top League games be given priority to Super Rugby matches. KEYWORDSlast_img read more