This week in Cheap Laughs, we have grind-core rawness, hyperdermic madness, kitschy gladness, marital slackness, trophy wackness, gateway drugs, and Andy Kaufman's jacket. Also, special mention for The PIT's four-day sketch comedy festival, which is taking over their 24th Street theater from Thursda ... More >>
But you shouldn't believe him.
Alex borstein and Sarah Silverman crack you up
In movies and on TV, the actor is only playing an asshole
Many artists in the independent hip-hop world like to brag about how much they're hustling or grinding. MC/Producer The Audible Doctor is far too busy to speak of such things because he's actually doing it. The past two weeks have seen him release projects with both his group the Brown Bag All Stars ... More >>
There's a dilapidated storefront on Park Slope's Fifth Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets where Brooklyn-based hip-hop duo Bi-Polar Bear (Gabe Karter and Andy Kaufman) decided to film a man dressed up in an over-sized bear head there as part of their "Been Hiding" video. With Bi-Polar Bear's new alb ... More >>
This month, to celebrate the Internet's unbridled love for wallowing in nostalgia and even greater relishing of talking about why certain cultural artifacts are horrible, Sound of the City presents First Worsts, a series in which our writers remember the first time... they ever hated a song enough t ... More >>
Wishing you peace, love, and a cage match
Kreayshawn Highline Ballroom Thursday, August 18 Better than: no other concert I've ever been to, and I've been to a lot. Maybe Kreayshawn is hip-hop's Andy Kaufman, a high-concept satirist pulling an elaborate cultural prank with her sister V-Nasty acting as the crowd-baiting Tony Clifton. Maybe ... More >>
The comedian/writer/rapper is on a collision course with stardom
I watch them so you don't have to--and I even keep the Playbills. This time, I'm serving you some Dance of the Vampires, the toothless musical with the immortal production number about garlic (which appropriately reeked).
Andy Kaufman in the gallery
It was reported last week that Sacha Baron Cohen will play Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury in a film musical, and I instantly started screeching out a joyful "Bohemian Rhapsody" as a result. First of all, Cohen has played gay more often than straight, so it's a very tight fit.
The now-infamous 2009 Joaquin Phoenix appearance on the David Letterman show was a hoax. The whole druggie rapper with a beard thing was, too, the New York Times "broke" this week when I'm Still Here director Casey Affleck called the entire stunt "the performance of [Phoenix's] career." But n ... More >>
Any attempt to describe what Reggie Watts does onstage will inevitably fail to convey the dizzying heights of absurdity the man regularly achieves, but here it goes. First, the Seattle-via-Montana transplant constructs backing tracks via carefully controlled beat-boxing and judicious use of loopin ... More >>
This extended Joaquin Phoenix stunt -- in which he acted like part Andy Kaufman and part Crispin Glover, but plus rapping -- will soon enough be a part of the public record. I'm Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix, the resulting film by Casey Affleck, is being shopped to buyers who " ... More >>
There were several Tea Parties on April 15, and rightbloggers who normally have nothing good to say about the "main stream media" (whom they consider biased and/or corrupt) were surprised by relatively flattering coverage from the New York Times, CBS, and other agents of the evil MSM. Perhaps bec ... More >>
King Khan headlines the Music Hall of Williamsburg this Saturday, November 29 and the Bowery Ballroom on Sunday, November 30. Tickets are available here and here. "I actually smoked pot with [Jay Reatard's] mom." If you know King Khan, you probably know him from his psych-funk extravaganza, King ... More >>
A former enfant terrible, now singular and sincere
Angry fans allege that mysterious rapper MF Doom won't even play his own shows anymore
Slackjawed sketch comedy adaptation struggles on the big screen
The Beat re-generation: ERS brings back late-night Kerouac
Strange Internet man with growth disorder makes like Adam Sandler via Andy Kaufman
The Many Sides of Indie Film's Newest Siren
Rephlex Records Knocks Techno Off Its High Horse
The optimist's guide to the Millennium's final fall-movie crop
A rundown of the season's movies handpicked for their potential wondrousness or probable woefulness.