amateur hour

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amateur hour

A result, activity, task, or situation characterized by unprofessional, talentless, or careless performance(s). The term likely originates from or refers to The Original Amateur Hour, a radio and television talent program in the US that ran from the 1930s through the 1970s. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I expected a better performance from our team today. Was it amateur hour today, or what? The actors were all dreadful in that production. It was a total amateur hour.
See also: hour
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It looked like amateur hour from where I was standing, and the trainers and the sport deserve better.
Zero Dark Thirty" makes "Argo," the other better-than-decent CIA story that hit the big screen this year, look like amateur hour (sorry, Ben Affleck.
This led to auditioning on Major Bowe's Amateur Hour, where she became a member of his company and was heard every Sunday across the nation.
You can hear Callas in a 1935 broadcast of radio's Major Bowes Amateur Hour (she lost), listen to the legendary E-flat from a 1951 Mexico City Aida triumphal scene, sample her collaborations with conductors Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein, and weep at a 1958 London production of La Traviata, during which the soprano achieves what sounds very much like an out-of-body experience.
Young generation readers will probably fail to make much of the 1934 Major Bowes Original Amateur Hour or the later Vox Pop and We the People programs, but DeLong has dug up enough interesting detail to bring back an era long gone.
Boasting great singles This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Us and Amateur Hour, it was a perfect combination of American inspiration and Muff Winwood's production.
It would grow to scores of affiliates and create some of the most memorable programming of television's infancy, including Jackie Gleason's Honeymooners, Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour, and the lovably discombobulated Captain Video and His Video Rangers, which not only introduced a generation to the enthralling possibilities of outer space but arguably prepared its brains for the onslaught of hallucinogens that would come in the 1960S.
That Condoleezza Rice was completely out of her depth as National Security Adviser; that in the rush for war Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld outmaneuvered the risk-averse State Department at every turn; that Rumsfeld, having achieved the "effective silencing of the Joint Chiefs of Staff," shaped the war plan for Operation Iraqi Freedom with one eye fixed on advancing his personal vision of military "transformation;" that the Iraqi exile Ahmed Chalabi, a "clever, manipulative self-promoter," seduced naive Pentagon officials into embracing him as the George Washington of democratic Iraq; that the early weeks and months of the US occupation of Iraq amounted to amateur hour on the Euphrates: Sadly, all these too are true.
But also, it's a pretty significant downtick -- in past seasons, the show generally got, like, 30 million or so viewers an episode; last week, just a hair under 23 million watched the world's splashiest amateur hour.
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On top of that he's amateur hour on the grill, fucking bush league.
He took Major Bowes Amateur Hour to radio in 1934 and lo, in the fullness of time an act called the Hoboken Four turned up.
Clearly, society has lost a vital link in public communication when the live telling of a joke mano-a-mano goes the way of the buggy whip and Major Bowes' Amateur Hour.
Hardware and Lewis's this week, as amateur hour came to town in the shape of the hopeless teams trying to flog them their wares.
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