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(NOTE: In my dreams, celebrities usually appear as conflations of themselves and the characters they play.  So if a dream takes place in a movie or TV show, then its characters are usually also the actors that play them.  There a few exceptions: animated characters generally are not counted this way, as they don’t tend to have this same conflated quality.  So, an appearance by Stan Marsh would not also count as an appearance by Trey Parker.  Also, for fictional characters that have had multiple iterations: an appearance by James Bond doesn’t count as an appearance by Daniel Craig unless it is the version of Bond as played by Craig.)

I’m at a point in my life where I personally know some people who work in the film and TV biz, thus explaining Tick star Griffin Newman’s placement atop this list, which mostly has to do with Blank Check with Griffin and David always going to the top of my must-listen podcast to-do list.
A little further down the charts we have a battle of political administrations, as well as Alison Brie taking her normal spot near the top. American Housewife‘s cast/characters make a strong showing among new shows, while Mr. Robot and New Girl continue to affect my psyche.

Griffin Newman – 9
Donald Trump – 8
Alison Brie – 5 (once as Annie Edison, once as Ruth Wilder)
Barack Obama – 5
David Lynch – 4
Daniel DiMaggio – 3 (as Oliver Otto from American Housewife)
Will Ferrell – 3
Jake Johnson – 3 (each time as Nick Miller)
Rami Malek – 3 (each time as Elliot Alderson)
Joel McHale – 3 (twice as Jeff Winger)
Anthony Anderson – 2 (once as Dre Johnson)
Samantha Bee – 2
Kerry Bishé – 2 (both times as as Donna Clark)
Dana Carvey – 2
Jeff B. Davis – 2
Zooey Deschanel – 2 (both times as Jess Day)
Portia Doubleday – 2 (both times as Angela Moss)
Billy Eichner – 2
Roger Federer – 2
Chris Gethard – 2
Selena Gomez – 2
Max Greenfield – 2 (both times as Schmidt)
Dan Harmon – 2
Chris Harrison – 2
Gillian Jacobs – 2 (once as Britta Perry)
Kyle MacLachlan – 2 (once as Dale Cooper, once as Dale Cooper and Dougie Jones at the same time)
Katy Mixon – 2 (as Katie Otto)
Amy Schumer – 2
Phoebe Tonkin – 2
Amy Adams – 1
Eric Andre – 1 (as Mike from Man Seeking Woman)
Aziz Ansari – 1
Anthony Atamanuik – 1
Diedrich Bader – 1 (as Greg Otto from American Housewife)
Tyra Banks – 1
Troy Barnes (NOT portrayed as Donald Glover) – 1
BB-8 – 1
Bill Belichick – 1
Beck Bennett – 1
Mikael Blomkvist – 1
Danny Boyle – 1
John Boyega – 1 (as Finn)
Andre Braugher – 1 (as Captain Raymond Holt)
Kurt Braunohler – 1
Abigail Breslin – 1
Spencer Breslin – 1
Kyle Broflovski – 1
Kobe Bryant – 1
Max Burkholder – 1 (as Max Braverman)
Rose Byrne – 1
Nicolas Cage – 1
Drew Carey – 1
Kim Carnes – 1
Jim Carrey – 1
Liam Carroll – 1 (as Jareb from The Detour)
Carly Chaikin – 1 (as Darlene Alderson)
Chris Christie – 1
Emilia Clarke – 1 (as Daenerys Targaryen)
Bradley Cooper – 1
Sofia Coppola – 1
Steph Curry – 1
Skyler Day – 1
Iain De Caestecker – 1 (as Leopold Fitz)
Ellen DeGeneres – 1
Laura Dern – 1
Jason Dessen (Dark Matter character) – 1
Leonardo DiCaprio – 1
Denny Dillon – 1
Peter Dinklage – 1
Meg Donnelly – 1 (as Taylor Otto from American Housewife)
Kirsten Dunst – 1
Christine Ebersole – 1
Annie Edison (NOT portrayed by Alison Brie) – 1
Eminem – 1
Elle Fanning – 1
Anna Faris – 1
David Ferrer – 1
Nathan Fielder – 1
Micah Fowler – 1 (as JJ Dimeo from Speechless)
Gal Gadot – 1
Chris Geere – 1 (as Jimmy Shive-Overly)
Johnny Gilbert – 1
Betty Gilpin – 1 (as Debbie Eagan)
Walton Goggins – 1 (as Lee Russell)
Whoopi Goldberg – 1
Ryan Gosling – 1
Kelsey Grammer – 1
Rupert Grint – 1 (as Ron Weasley)
Lukas Haas – 1
Kit Harington – 1 (as Jon Snow)
Justin Hartley – 1 (as Kevin Pearson)
Lena Headey – 1 (as Cersei Lannister)
Elizabeth Henstridge – 1 (as Jemma Simmons)
Ed Hochuli – 1
Oscar Isaac – 1
LeBron James – 1
Allison Janney – 1
Brandon Johnson – 1
Jason Jones – 1
Leslie Jones – 1
Michael Jordan – 1
Madison Keys – 1
Mike Krzyzewski – 1
Brie Larson – 1
Sanaa Lathan – 1
Jennifer Lawrence – 1
Linkin Park – 1
Eva Longoria – 1
Marc Maron – 1 (as Sam Sylvia)
Stan Marsh – 1
Scoot McNairy – 1 (as Gordon Clark)
Chrissy Metz – 1 (as Kate Pearson)
Murf Meyer – 1
TJ Miller – 1
Dylan Minnette – 1
Helen Mirren – 1
Kyle Mooney – 1
Lamorne Morris – 1 (as Winston Bishop)
Seth Morris – 1
Carrie-Anne Moss – 1 (as Trinity)
Bobby Moynihan – 1
Cillian Murphy – 1
Eddie Murphy – 1
Mike Myers – 1
Rafael Nadal – 1
Craig T. Nelson – 1 (as Zeke Braverman)
Mike Nelson – 1 (as Michael J. Nelson )
Jack Nicholson – 1 (as Jack Torrance)
Dirk Nowitzki – 1
Michelle Obama – 1
Patton Oswalt – 1
Randall Park – 1 (as Louis Huang)
Madelaine Petsch – 1 (as Cheryl Blossom )
Amy Poehler – 1
Prince Henry (Harry) of Wales – 1
Daniel Radcliffe – 1 (as Harry Potter)
June Diane Raphael – 1
Robert Redford – 1
Lou Reed – 1
Keanu Reeves – 1 (as Neo)
Rob Reiner – 1
Lili Reinhart – 1 (as Betty Cooper)
Haley Lu Richardson – 1
Daisy Ridley – 1 (as Rey)
Kelly Ripa – 1
Britt Robertson – 1
Austin Rogers – 1
Tracee Ellis Ross – 1 (as Rainbow Johnson)
RuPaul – 1
Pat Sajak – 1
Lisbeth Salander – 1
Paul Scheer – 1
Arnold Schwarzenegger – 1
Marcus Scribner – 1 (as Andre Johnson, Jr.)
Yara Shahidi – 1 (as Zoey Johnson)
Frankie Shaw – 1 (as Bridgette from SMILF)
Sia – 1
Rik Smits – 1
Frank Spangenberg – 1
Hailee Steinfeld – 1
Emma Stone – 1
Harry Styles – 1
Ivanka Trump – 1
Melania Trump – 1
Emma Watson – 1 (as Hermione Granger)
Hugo Weaving – 1 (as Agent Smith)
The Weeknd – 1
Harvey Weinstein – 1
Tina Weymouth – 1
Vanna White – 1
Rebel Wilson – 1
Tiger Woods – 1
Constance Wu – 1 (as Jessica Huang)
Neil Young – 1

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Netty Tennis

August 26, 2017-August 27, 2017 – I was watching the first day of the US Open. Coverage started at 7:00 AM. The first match on was Federer vs. Madison Keys. I wondered how such a marquee matchup could be in the first round. Keys got the break right away and then held to go up 2-0. Then suddenly it was 3-2 with Federer about to get the break back. Then there was a really tall net right by the regular net. Keys tripped over it, causing her to fall towards the camera with a look of panic. Then ESPN’s coverage cut to SportsCenter. I tried to fast-forward to get back to tennis, but it was on SC for hours. It was almost exclusively showing women’s soccer clips. I was then within the goalkeeper in this game. She/we made a nice save, but then the ball bounced out of bounds off one of our defenders. I could hear the announcer say that a corner kick was set up. For the last five minutes of the game, she/we kept making save after save. We just couldn’t get it out of our end. At one point, there was a kick on the net while I was way too far out. I thought it was going to go in, but then one of my defenders was there and it hit the post.

Riverfail

June 24, 2017-June 25, 2017 – I was watching Riverdale, or at least characters from Riverdale. The action was focusing on Cheryl. She was standing by a barn in the woods. Then a couple of other characters got her to run off. There was something urgent going on with Cheryl’s brother – not Jason, but another brother we hadn’t seen before.

June 5, 2017-June 6, 2017 – Some man’s (young adult) daughter was walking around and incessantly screaming. I don’t it was Krysten Ritter, but it looked just like her.

April 7, 2017-April 8, 2017 – I was hanging out by the ocean with my parents. It didn’t really look like the beach, at least not what I was used to. I swam out near some docks. It was pretty shallow. But then suddenly a huge wave came and flooded everything. It knocked me over the dock right after it did the same to T.J. Miller. It brought me all the way to the shore. It wasn’t really the shore now, though, as it was covered with water. Back at the house that we were renting, I was watching Mr. Robot‘s Season 3 premiere. My mom was walking around. Angela was pregnant with Elliot’s baby. She was hanging out by herself at a diner (and possibly waiting for someone?). She was also working as an exotic dancer, probably undercover. She came back to her booth in her full dancing regalia. She writhed around on the table. It cut to inside Elliot’s brain. A parasite was there and running along. We heard narration from the parasite. Later, I woke up and got out of bed. I paced around a bit. I noticed my grandmother’s head to the side of the blankets in the other bed in the room. It was positioned in a way that made it look like it couldn’t possibly be attached to a body. It was rather cold in here. I turned the A/C up from 67 to 68, then 69, and then it jumped up to 80. I tried adjusting the other A/C unit, which was by the door, but that was even more wonky. I stepped out of the room. I looked outside. It was bright out, even though it was 4:00 AM. It felt Lynch-ian. My mom was walking around. I went back to my bedroom. I looked at my grandmother’s head again. It still looked weirdly detached.

Too Many Ninjas

March 22, 2017-March 23, 2017 – I was at a vacation beach house. Upstairs, some guy was going on about how 30 Rock was no good anymore in Season 3. I passionately responded that it was excellent through the first 3 seasons, still very good in Season 4, and remained always more good than bad in Seasons 5 and 6. I went upstairs to set the record straight. The hater took off. There were about five meatheads staying in the upstairs rooms. There was a pile of papers with 30 Rock photos in a file folder that I flipped through. There were about five bedrooms upstairs. I walked through all of them. 30 Rock was on the TV in all of them. Then a basketball game from last year’s Olympics started playing. I heard from the announcers that a fight was breaking out. It cut to the scrum, which was in the middle of the court. Coach Krzyzewski was punching at the air. Someone said he was going to get thrown out for that. Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki were the two main ones going at it. A replay showed what led to this. Kobe scored on a layup, and then Dirk (with Kobe right behind him) dunked on a fast break, completely breaking the backboard. The refs should have stopped the game right then. This made me think of Dirk shooting a BB gun in that SNL sketch making fun of Juggalos.  I wanted to mention that to my friend, but I couldn’t remember what it was called the first time they did that sketch. I remembered “Columbus Day Assblast,” though. Then there was another Juggalo parody video playing. It was just some kid on a basketball court rapping at the camera, with occasional white text appearing onscreen.

January 28, 2017-January 29, 2017 – I was watching a meeting between Donald Trump and Barack Obama. They were in some Middle Eastern country. They were sitting  in the middle of a cave-like structure in a big courtyard, very isolated from anybody else. Obama was giving Trump some Middle East advice. Then the walls of the structure started moving forward, and Obama and Trump had to weave around some obstacles. Then they were walking around the courtyard. Obama asked Trump what he had learned. He really didn’t get it. Obama said something like, “No, Donald, you have to listen!” Then Obama was presenting Trump with some typical ceremonial arts honor in front of a crowd of Hollywood types. It looked like they were in a school assembly hall, but a little bigger than that would normally be. The audience was sitting in folding chairs. I stood by the stage during the presentation. As soon as Obama gave him the certificate and Trump came to the mic, the crowd started booing. Trump started doing some performance. He held his arm over his mouth while doing impressions of cartoon characters. I was on stage now. Trump set me up for a line. I walked up to the mic and improvised, “Oh no!” which got a decent amount of laughs. Then I stood off on the other side, on the right. Donald was just flailing and spinning around now. So I went up to the mic and said, “We’ll be back to The Goofy Show after these messages.” And that ended the performance. The big screen on the wall was now showing a Disney Channel cartoon. The channel display looked like that of Comcast. Britt Robertson came up to the stage to give Trump a recap. She was critical, but upbeat. I was listening from in front of the stage. Britt was saying, “When you were dancing around, and then Jeff came in, and that was the right thing to do.”