This week in Cheap Laughs, we have movie stars, trashy bars, improv legends, characters with edges, comic-book hits, tasseled tits, retired cops and exhilarated immigrants. It's like a Scorsese film, but funnier. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
Pity the bleary-eyed TV executive.
If you follow Late Night with Seth Meyers on Instagram, you already know Dinosaur Jr. guitarist/legend J Mascis is sitting in with Fred Armisen's 8G Band all week. So last night we decided to march on up to 30 Rock and ask if he and his band would do us the honor of playing our 4Knots Music Festival ... More >>
A taxi cab jumped the curb in front of 30 Rockefeller Center at approximately 11:30 a.m. FDNY has confirmed that at least one victim, listed as 23 years old in numerous reports, lost at least one leg in the crash.
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You'll swear they're father/son, not astral twins. You'll feel sure there's been a mistake, a typo, some surgery. Without saying which one looks like the older of the two, let me simply present some star duos who you might be surprised were born in the very same year.
Alec Baldwin stars in Orphans
Lena Dunham teams up with UCBT for a fundraiser
Still haven't figured out the food situation for your Super Bowl party? Before heading to the bodega for the last bag of Sabor de Soledad (R.I.P. 30 Rock ), enlist the help of some professionals and take out an epic feast of game-time classics. These kitchens are still receiving orders for Sunday bu ... More >>
Blerg. We felt sad and hungry the second the 30 Rock finale ended last night, so Ben & Jerry's new ice cream is well-timed. The company teamed up with NBC for their newest flavor, named after Tina Fey's character, Liz Lemon: a lemon-flavored Greek frozen yogurt with a blueberry-lavender swirl. F ... More >>
30 Rock wraps up tonight, as the Tina Fey-penned show signs off with its final episode. During the show's seven seasons of hilarity, it's never been shy of weaving rap references into its script (a tick helped by Donald Glover a/k/a/ Childish Gambino holding down a writer's position at one point). S ... More >>
If Liz Lemon taught us anything on 30 Rock, it's that you can never eat enough junk food. Tina Fey's brainchild sitcom ends on Thursday, and Ben & Jerry's will celebrate (mourn?) by releasing an ice cream flavor in the show's honor.
[See More Events: Free Pickle, Mustard, and Herring Ice Cream at Ripley's | Le Fooding Has Big Plans for Brooklyn] Jaguar (yes, the car brand) is hosting a snow-globe/ice-skating/free food-truck event starting today, August 16 to August 18 under the Highline. Called Chill NY, the event will host ... More >>
The greatest band of all time reunites, sort of
Curl up with some hot cocoa and Dickens
The Drums Bowery Ballroom/Music Hall of Williamsburg November 2/3 Better than: Staying home wondering why 30 Rock isn't on but Whitney is. When I was a little kid, my parents used to have dinner parties that would always devolve into dancing by the second half of the evening. I'd sneak dow ... More >>
Let's hope all those sodden souls huddled under tarps made their way into 30 Rock to catch a glimpse of the two performances ("Lotus Flower" and "Staircase") embedded below.
Dan Weiss is the author of the blog Ask a Guy Who Likes Fat Chicks and he's profiled in this week's feature, "Guys Who Like Fat Chicks." He put together a list of ten males who appreciate larger ladies in Western mass culture because, frankly, there aren't all that many. Fat Admirers do exist, and ... More >>
In Asia, higher food prices are leading to greater company valuations and, in turn, mergers and acquisitions, which are sure to take their toll on global agribusiness. [Wall Street Journal] Why are food prices still soaring? The rising cost of fuel, civil unrest, possible climate change, and ... More >>
The comedian/writer/rapper is on a collision course with stardom
Success has mellowed him—and he's actually funny
Today marks the release date for Freaks and Geeks, the new EP from Childish Gambino, the rapping persona of actor Donald Glover, he of Community and 30 Rock. Continuing in the vein of last summer's Culdesac, Glover has largely skewed away from the "joke rap" tag first foisted on him back when he w ... More >>
Jack Donaghy is a fictional NBC executive on the show 30 Rock; Alec Baldwin is the actor who plays him. Neither is going to replace Keith Olbermann as the host of Countdown or any other show in the 8 p.m. slot on MSNBC because that would be ridiculous, despite a report from Popeater's Rob Shu ... More >>
Blerg! Jack Donaghy would not approve of business like this. The New York Post reports that 30 Rock accountant Matthew Rudolph, 35, has been charged with "22 counts of larceny, falsifying business records and criminal possession of a forged instrument." According to his lawyer Richard Roth, ... More >>
Robert Downey Jr. is giving Mr. Peanut a voice for the first time in the brand mascot's 90-year history. But the Iron Man isn't the only big celeb shilling for food products. Click through to see Alec Baldwin's commercial for Wegmans supermarket chain. The 30 Rock star once told David Letterman t ... More >>
Sometimes life seems hard here -- the crowds, the expense, the 24-hour-living-and-working lifestyle...But then there are days, like yesterday, when we're ever so glad we live in New York City. Like when much of the rest of the nation goes a reddish color of Tea Party, and we stick to coffee a ... More >>
Seriously, this guy Let's take a moment from our regularly scheduled programming to notify you about something we tangentially cover here at Sound of the City, that I've personally deemed very, very important. Specifically that Tracy Morgan will be filming his very first HBO special at the Apollo th ... More >>
I just caught the trailer, and you'll have to believe me on this. It's Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Among the talents used in this animated film are: Bette Midler, Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes (reprising his role of Mr. Tinkles), and Jack McBrayer (Kenneth from 30 Rock). ... More >>
We will never own one of these. Whee, the 62nd Annual (Primetime!) Emmys have been announced. There aren't that many surprises: As usual, HBO rocks, as does Mad Men, True Blood, 30 Rock, Glee, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tina Fey. Losties may get another chance to see the objects of their affect ... More >>
In an interview in this month's Esquire, Tina Fey has an American Pie kind of moment, courtesy of a certain doughnut shop on Greenpoint's Manhattan Avenue.
A new generation of MCs grapple with how funny they're allowed to be
The people behind the Snuggie know they are bugging the crap out of you, and it's working out pretty well for them. The cultural impact of the sleeved blanket, largely due to those unbelievably campy commercials by Allstar Marketing Group, might've exceeded that of any other "As seen on TV" produc ... More >>
Who had this photo in their office pool a decade ago? Jawbox on Fallon. Photo by Anything Photographic.In this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla ventures up to 30 Rock to have lunch with Jawbox on the eve of the D.C. punk band's one-off reunion on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, while Jayson G ... More >>
The bedbug scare at the Pavilion Cinema in Brooklyn may have been bogus, but as always there are plenty of the little bastards out there. Workers at the Access-a-Ride in Long Island City picketed their own offices in complaint of bedbug infestation, and now we are told P.S. 163 aka The Alfred ... More >>
Padma Lakshmi demonstrated her acting skills once again on NBC's 30 Rock last night. "Men always tell me I'm very funny," she confesses to Jack Donaghy. So, whatever happened to those sitcom plans?
The Rub will slay you on Halloween
Improv's finest bring you a nonstop marathon of laughs
Just about fell off the couch last night, when parked in a post-Siren stupor I heard Matt & Kim's "Good Ol' Fashioned Nightmare" wafting from the TV. But there it was--the stadium-bleacher foot-stomp, Matt's soaring Ahhhhhhhhhhs, the joyous piano tinkling--scoring a 30-second spot for the upcoming ... More >>
Emmy-nominated The Family Guy featuring Emmy-nominated Seth MacFarlane. For us the joy of the Emmy Nominations, announced this morning, is in the less-well-known categories. We see that there are only two shows, for instance, up for Outstanding Children's Nonfiction Program: Grandpa, Do You Know ... More >>
Kris Allen is the real-life Dr. Drew Baird, the Jon Hamm character that Tina Fey dated on 30 Rock. He lives in a Beautiful Bubble. Michael Becker / FOX.Slash, Classic Rock week mentor After spending the weekend with my 60-year-old Idol-watching dad, I've gained some new insights into the show. A b ... More >>
It did not occur until just now that the Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon makes this particular 30 Rock soundstage into absolute ground zero for live rap. You now have arguably hip-hop's best live act, in residence: willing and able support for anybody with an album out. Jay-Z. Nas. T.I. Blac ... More >>
Judah Friedlander sells you his primo junk
'Saturday Night Live' in the post-Tina Fey, YouTube unknown