Seriously, though, there's a story about a Zen master who said to one of his disciples: "Show me the face you had before your parents were born." That's the kind of self I'm looking for.
TV: Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (Best. Show. Ever.), Deadwood, Arrested Development, Breaking Bad, Terriers (Why did they cancel that show?!), The Mighty Boosh, Peep Show, Louie, Danger 5, Columbo, The Prisoner, The Larry Sanders Show. I'm still waiting, like an idiot, to finally watch The Wire.
They should include comedians on the favorites list. Oh look, they do.
Comedians: Andy Kaufman, Bill Hicks, Mitch Hedberg, Louie C.K., Doug Stanhope, George Carlin, Bill Burr, Sarah Silverman, Richard Pryor, Steven Wright. And all things Firesign Theatre.
3. Lists of things I could never do without