Randall Colburn
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Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.
5/29/19
11:26 AM
14

Randall, between this and the piece you wrote on The Passion of the Christ, you’ve really been nailing these articles about religion and pop culture. Great job.

7/15/18
10:16 AM
40

But I do wish he’d drop the crude ‘blue’ gross-out ‘shit and semen’ comedy that makes some parts of those films difficult to rewatch.

7/15/18
6:28 AM
26

I love Baron Cohen’s political and cultural satire, and absurd characterisations. I even love the pratfalls and slapstick, which he delivered with aplomb as Borat in an antique store and Brüno at a high fashion catwalk in those eponymous films (Baron Cohen is arguably the most talented physical comedian since Peter Sel

7/15/18
5:29 AM
18

The segments were definitely ordered from worst to best, and the first one had me a little worried, but by the end of that last segment I was fully on board.

3/12/18
2:00 AM
2

This was a pretty outstanding season; thanks for the recaps, hope you’re doing them again next season.

3/11/18
12:39 AM
2

I think Carrie may have tied Fatima for my personal favorites. She met every challenge head-on. Nothing fazes Carrie. To quote Fatima, “She made an oven out of snow! Who does that?” Should go down in history as the greatest TopChef moment of all time. And of course Flamm one the final quickfire. His sous’ father made

3/10/18
4:49 PM
3

I think it was Seattle where Tom seemed pissed off most of the time, like he had a constant grinding headache.

3/10/18
4:02 PM
1

Great recaps, Randall. Your alpaca peaking in the window picture is almost as good as your Amanda pic game, so congrats. Sorry i wasn’t around for these; between my wife’s work schedule, a shitty backwoods cable company that often didn’t even record the episode, and just generally being olds not able to stay up past

3/9/18
2:44 PM
2

Randall, between you and Vince Mancini at Uproxx, I am sated for Top Chef recaps. I love your screenshots, and I giggle when I see Ray-Bans now because of something Vince said: “Every time Cool Chris says ‘my man’ an angel gets his Ray-Bans.”

3/9/18
1:04 PM
5

Thank you, Randall, for mentioning my guess from last week ! This is cool. I’m especially happy because I like Joe a lot. But Adrienne winning would have been great too. Such a lovely group of people this season, I think it was my favorite group of Top Chef contestants. I believed Joe when he said “Let the best chef

3/9/18
12:21 PM
2

thanks for the write ups! I very much enjoy the memes and jokes. Do Top Chef Canada! I’m in one of the episodes (unless I got cut out). #teamfati

3/9/18
11:00 AM
4

I’m so happy with this season of Top Chef! I love Baby Face Joe!

3/9/18
9:44 AM
7

In addition to the seemingly-unstaged dinner with Graham and the finalists, Tom just seems to be projecting a more warm mentor role of late. He’s still willing to dish out harsh criticism—he’s not quite at the Jonathon Waxman level of zen chef—but more often, he seems to soften it with some helpful advice or

3/9/18
9:03 AM
4

I loved this season and would’ve been thrilled with either winner. They all seemed to genuinely get along, too, and I kind of wished that they had done a Top Chef reunion a la Real Housewives.

3/9/18
1:15 AM
3

Definitely up there for TC seasons. (A shame Curtis Duffy was in so little of the final meal)! This has been an inspiring season for sure. I’ve even taken to watching seasons I hadn’t seen before. It’s hard to sit through the bickering between chefs who all have a different idea of what the competition is when it was

3/9/18
12:29 AM
7

Thank you for your recaps! These were a post-show delight and continued my viewing experience. They also provided necessary validation, including above^ surprise that Adrienne didn’t win! I was bummed b/c I felt she could’ve used the win to her advantage more than Joe; it’s also International Women’s Day so I thought