You can’t go wrong at this prime comedy fest
This week in Cheap Laughs, we get transatlantic with a visiting U.K. comic, soothe your post-Wrestlemania pains, and highlight shows dealing with the core fundamentals of life: boobs, bacon, and bawling your eyes out. Here are our picks for the best in independently produced New York comedy this wee ... More >>
10. Kurt Braunohler, How Do I Land? After relocating and taking his weekly Hot Tub show to LA, Kurt Braunohler signed a deal with legendary indie label Kill Rock Stars to release his first stand-up album. How Do I Land? combines his famous knack for unsettling performance art with more traditional ... More >>
You think you have what it takes to roller-skate with the best of them? Test out your dance moves on wheels, donate a couple of bucks at the Bayanihan Spirit party to benefit typhoon victims, and take your frustrations out on some really hideous art, all before the end of the week.
Buried Alive hits Netflix November 1
In this series, Seamless Warrior John Luong reviews meals ordered from the Internet. As per usual, my Sunday routine consisted of two primary objectives: allay the anxiety associated with the week ahead and find caloric inputs in spite of having a refrigerator bereft of contents. The bonus objectiv ... More >>
Jonathan Lethem and Jessica Hagedorn Greenlight Bookstore Wednesday, 7:30pm, Free A quick word on Jonathan Lethem--he's awesome. That's it. Because this guy is one of our favorite native sons. The author of Motherless Brooklyn (Vintage) and The Fortress of Solitude (Vintage) has the ability to ... More >>
And here we thought we'd learned all of Tom Haverford's food lessons already. Not so. While last night's Parks and Rec highlighted the meat and vegetable expertise of Ron Swanson and Chris Traeger, it was Aziz Ansari's Tom who reminded us to only eat our food "from the front" and always avoid mini ... More >>
If you're an Aziz Ansari fan (and, if you're not, watch this), then you probably know that the comedian is also very into food. His Park's and Rec character, Tom Haverford, is also a gourmand and regaled audiences a few years back with his epic food abbreviations monologue.
Think you really stuffed your face this Christmas? Jamie "The Bear" McDonald probably ate a few bites more than you did. The competitive eater visited his local Denny's to try and down all eleven dishes on the restaurant's Hobbit-themed menu. What, exactly, is served for breakfast, lunch, and dinn ... More >>
When Aziz Ansari is on the road, he does fun things like hang out with David Chang, ride a tour bus called Ghostrider, and enjoy a po' boy crawl. Here, the comedian and his opening act, Chelsea Peretti chow down on a shrimp po' boy at Domilise's and fried oyster and shrimp sammy at Verti Marte.
In case David Chang wasn't busy enough already with a restaurant empire to run and benefits to organize, he's also hosting Mind of a Chef on PBS. The show, which premiers tonight, explores the inner and ever-workings of Chang's head, while bringing some of his well-known, food-inclined friends along ... More >>
Three 6 Mafia Westway Thursday, September 6 Better than: Waiting in line outside of Supreme. There was a problem. Three 6 Mafia couldn't get to the stage; 50 people blocked their way, a fire hazard if there ever was one. A man got on the microphone. "Ladies and gentlemen, please clear a path. Ple ... More >>
An Education in Abuse
The swag comedy of Aziz Ansari
The cast of Bob's Burgers kicks off its second season
The New York Knicks' mega popular new point guard Jeremy Lin said today that he's "overwhelmed" by the heaps of praise being thrown upon him after his seven game winning streak. Even President Obama said that he was impressed by Lin this week. Perhaps that stress got to him, as the Knicks lost to th ... More >>
A nation (or, at least, a city) of music dorks called a day of mourning when the long-running indie-oriented video show New York Noise was unceremoniously cancelled by New York City's NYC-TV last year. But you can't keep a good fan down for long. Noise creator/curator/editor/producer Shirley ... More >>
"I WAS JUST THINKING ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY WE HAVE AND LAUGHING"It's finally here -- the Spike Jonze directed video for "Otis" from two of the greats, Jay and Kanye, after the jump. It's filled with fireworks, American flags, crisp white button downs, human meme Aziz Ansari, etc. First thing w ... More >>
Ruvan, we love you, but you're freaking us out!
Via GoldenfiddleDon't look now, Andy, but you just landed On Bad Boyfriend Island. Prime-time shout-outs to one of the most cult-beloved indie bands of the past 20 years shouldn't surprise too much. [Insert lengthy rant about the culture industry, and people creating culture pitched toward th ... More >>
Kanye West Museum of Modern Art Tuesday, May 10 Better than: The obscenely long line outside. (There may still be people waiting to get in.) Even if you're put off by the tortured, why-so-serious vibe underpinning Kanye West's performances these days, it's hard to deny the charisma of the p ... More >>
Will your favorites comics win?
Salon's Cary Tennis is the craziest advice columnist in the world. Not an easy feat, to be sure, but we're not the first ones to notice. (In fact, it's well documented.) He has extensively chronicled his own issues, including his history of alcoholism and ongoing fight with cancer, but tends ... More >>
Is it possible to get a laughing hernia?
David WentworthTavi at Band of Outsiders What's more fun than supermodels and the celebrity-laden front rows of Lincoln Center? Heading to a random address in Chelsea, walking upstairs past smartly dressed, smiling greeters, and entering a Band of Outsiders fashion presentation that feels lik ... More >>
Comedy actors finally score a film break!
Friday, June 11th: Isle of Wight Festival Oh, what am I doing Friday night? Yeah, I don't really know. Maybe fly to England and open the Isle of Wight Festival. Kanye West said he might come through and do "Run This Town." Thinking I'll maybe play in front of a tens of thousands of people wearing ... More >>
A new generation of MCs grapple with how funny they're allowed to be
A worthy successor to "How to Rob," if not "Second Round Knock Out," even if you hate laughing. Over five minutes formerly Brooklynite and world-beating comedian Aziz Ansari goes in on everyone from Dre to Eminem to Clipse to Kid Cudi, with the same loving attention to detail and hilarity he ... More >>
Aziz Ansari is on his morning commute through the Hollywood Hills to his real serious day job -- NBC's Parks and Recreation, with Amy Poehler -- and is willing to be a trooper and get through this interview despite L.A. traffic and bad cell phone reception. You see, the in-demand comedian h ... More >>
Aziz Ansari is done playing second fiddle
R.I.P. Jay Reatard. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.In the week our American Idol recapper made it all the way to the BBC for calling Victoria Beckham's face "too crazy", we also tossed epithets in the direction of the Times, in solidarity with M.I.A., and toward Esquire, who this week were forced to ... More >>
Never in my life did I think I'd witness a late night TV bit that turned on explaining to a national audience who exactly Skeritt Bwoy is, and why you might see him at a Major Lazer concert. You've got to give it to Aziz Ansari--from Kanye to R. Kelly to Diplo and Switch, he keeps music-related jo ... More >>
Everyone say, 'Raaaaaaaandy!'
-Someone--presumably, Courtney Love--not only licensed the likeness of onetime living person Kurt Cobain to Guitar Hero 5, but also signed off making him an unlockable, playable character. The upshot? The horrendous video above, in which Cobain is helplessly piloted through Flavor Flav karaoke, Bi ... More >>
Kevin Scanlon for the LA Weekly Our brethren over at the LA Weekly put out their annual People Issue this week. In addition to an entertaining (and frankly endearing) discourse on how Drew Barrymore loves the word fucking--as in "I fucking love cassettes"--and how Aziz Ansari's Parks and Recreation ... More >>
The Aziz Ansari-approved Diddy blogs are often a source of mirth if not insight. But make it past the above CSI-digression and the discussion of proper video-blogging attire and you'll see another stop on the weirdly naked, defenseless, and underproduced Notorious publicity tour. "It made me dance, ... More >>
In the week we met the Real World Brooklyn cast (again) and yipee-skippied at the first episode, we also watched Whitney Port in The City and learned to stay away from the "Downtown Crowd." Meanwhile, the real youth-world Brooklyn was actually here. A rap spectacular this week. For a second, Asher ... More >>
Aziz Ansari performs at Comix on January 9 and 10. Tickets are still available here. Comedian Aziz Ansari studied marketing at NYU and came up through the city's underground comedy scene before earning his break as co-creator and co-star of MTV sketch show Human Giant. He's now departed for L.A., ... More >>
Aziz Ansari is the biggest star in the universe
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An MTV takeover results in better bands, random absurdity, and . . . videos
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