Chelsea: Sex in Space – Michael Sheen and Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Today on Chelsea “Don’t tell me to smile” Handler’s Netflix talkshow the subject was sex. In space, on television, “Masters of Space” and obsession with an ex’s possessions. Michael Sheen talked his Showtime series and Neil deGrasse Tyson talked about space.

To open, Chelsea talks about her “sex” book “My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands” (published in 2005) very briefly. It is used as an intro to her assistants asking for sex advice.

This segment included audience participation as Andy, Rob and Cat asked questions that ranged from a dating scenario to “breaking a guy’s bits.” (According to an audience member, this can happen and in his case resulted in surgery.) Amusingly Cat confessed she never expected to get such a detailed answer.

Sheen was first up and he admitted that there was nothing wrong with his d*ck.  Michael mentioned that he had diarrhea and Chelsea had to explain it was a joke. This all comes, she said, from Sheen dating Sarah Silverman.

Michael explained how he and Sarah started dating; they were mutually set up by a friend.

The Welsh actor got to plug Masters of Sex and the show’s fourth season.  He gives a recap of the show and a preview of what is going on this year.  They spoke about acting, character arcs and that Sarah is on the show.

Sheen also spoke about his relationship with Kate Beckinsale. He and Kate have a daughter and Michael talked about how they both  interact with Silverman.

Chelsea then continued  with another  “Know Your Rights” sexual harassment segment with Laura Wasser.

Jason Biggs and his wife Jenny Mollen were on next to talk “couple’s guidance” and to undertake a field trip to the “Museum of Broken Relationships.”   Before the excursion Biggs and Mollen revealed that she has a fascination with all his exes.

Mollen has kept a caftan that Jason bought an ex girlfriend.  It was returned when the two broke up and Jenny takes the thing everywhere.  The trip to the museum is to allow Jason’s wife a chance to let the caftan go.

There is a brief tour of the museum which includes exhibits of such esoterica as belly button lint. Biggs and Mollen are what could be called regulars on Chelsea. They have appeared on a “Dinner Party” segment and Biggs talked to the water polo team before the Olympics.

Last up was Neil deGrasse Tyson who talked about space and then, when prompted, about sex in space. This was another “learning experience” for Ms. Handler. The two spoke of the new earth-like planet Proxima B.

The planet is over 4.22 light years away from the earth and Tyson surmised that it would take around 700 years to get there. It could be done, Tyson said, by having very fertile men and women on the spacecraft.

These astronauts could procreate and their offspring could then make contact with the planet. This led to vague explanations of how to have sex in space. (Velcro is involved.)

Tyson  also got to plug his latest book, via Chelsea, titled “Space Talk.”

The episode ended with a “Final Nugget” where Handler takes certified Twitter user Reince Priebus to task for telling Hillary Clinton, in so many characters, to smile.

Only Chelsea Handler can manage to make a misandry rant about any man suggesting that a smile makes thing better amusing.

Chelsea streams Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays on Netflix.

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Chelsea: Denis Leary, DNC and God (Review)

Chelsea Handler NetflixChelsea this week was all about discussing God and religion at one of her “dinner parties.” Then it was political  celebration time as she waxed on about the DNC  and finally it was Denis Leary.  On that episode there was talk of the Olympics and Jason Biggs donning a speedo in the name of Chelsea.

Other guests included the former governor of New Mexico, for a split second, and MSNBC political anchorJacob Soboroff. This week’s offerings may have been as dull as dishwater (for those who could care less about the DNC, or the RNC or ANC – Any National Conference – or the Olympics) but Leary was a bright spot on the show. 

As irreverent as ever, Leary looked to be a bit of a handful for Chelsea.  Denis talked about his 27 year marriage. He also suggested offering the audience drugs. What was funniest about the entire interview was Leary’s surprise when it was over so soon.

(In actuality the whole thing lasted just under eight minutes.)

The “Leary” episode included the Jason Biggs visit to the  US Olympic water polo training pool. It also included email and text etiquette lessons from Chelsea at the start of the show.  These info-chats are brilliant and better than most monologues on offer.

Another interesting guest was 33 year old multi-decorated Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin.  A stunning woman who gave “good interview.”

Handler choses to keep the celebrity guest to a minimum – celebrity as in actors, et al – and focusses more upon things that interest her. This means world travel, religion (apparently), drugs, politics and, this year, the Olympics.

The dinner party scenarios – which usually are the weakest segments of the show – was top notch. This week’s dinner guests included   Common, Reese WitherspoonNegin Farsad and Adir Abergel.  Each one brought something to the table (pun intended) about different religions. They spoke about how they “see”  the question of God. 

The focus on all things  political is a bit off-putting.  It does make a certain amount of sense as this is, after all, an “election year.” A lot of people are interested in the candidates and so on.

It is the quirkiness of Chelsea Handler, however, that makes this talkshow entertaining and interesting.  There were no “field trips” this week.   Chelsea did  attend the DNC  but it was not filmed and included as a segment.

Definite kudos are in order for a definite lack of Kardashians and Huffington’s on the guest list.

Fun bits included the “Parental Tips” segment, the text versus email bit and, somewhat amazingly, the dinner party dealing with God.  (The Hilary gag was also very funny…)

Pre-recorded bits included the interview with the woman who puts everything together for the  Democratic National Conference Leah D. Daughtry. The comical  highlight of this episode was Chelsea calling Jacob Soboroff  “Jason.”   Handler opted to keep that “blooper” in.

Chelsea’s most impressive guest was Destiny Tyree. This  inspirational young lady who, finished high school at 16. This was achieved while living in a homeless shelter with her mom and a sibling. She also has  a full scholarship to a college. Proof positive that where there is a will, there is a way.

Chelsea airs three times a week on Netflix; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Stop by and check the shows out. There are not many talkshow hosts who dare to talk politics and religion.

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