It's a special edition of Cheap Laughs this week. The New York Comedy Festival has taken over town, rolling through our five boroughs (well, three) with the unstoppable force of a dangerously packed clown-car. Some of the talent on display are megastars already. We will not recommend buying a ticket ... More >>
It was a busy night, two days before Christmas, and the streets of Bedford-Stuyvesant were packed with shoppers. So Emmanuel* was out later than usual. He had just picked up one last fare from his corner in Bed-Stuy, which was usually a safe zone, but moments later he was pulled over by a Ford Econo ... More >>
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have special ed improvs, sexual Mazel Tovs, a talent show, anniversary blow, liberal lions, albino sirens, and the powerful energy of Macaulay Culkin. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
Hit the track!" Bridget Everett growls as she lowers herself to the lip of the Joe's Pub stage, lifting the hem of her flowing silver gown to flash the sold-out crowd in time to the slinky r&b beat. "Short one, long one, doesn't matter/Just suck on that bean, watch it get fatter/You've had a bad d ... More >>
The countdown to spring (March 20, if you're keeping track) begins this weekend. Spring means love and better weather, and both are in the air. Here's how to celebrate them: Urban Park Rangers will host an evening of gazing at the stars with a "Night Sky" talk at Belvedere Castle, in Central Park. A ... More >>
New York resolutions
Murray Hill hosts his annual swinging shindig
The lead the singer for the bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre left the stage for early retirement in 2005. This was after what would have already been a full career playing punk rock and electronic music, as well as promoting and participating in feminist activism--much of it through the riot grrrl mov ... More >>
Prepare for a full pre-Thanksgiving agenda this weekend as we help you sweat off the pounds (before you gain a couple next week) on the dance floor, and while you whiz through the shopping aisles. Pack some water. You're going to need it. Friday [Lit] Have a couple of shots tonight to honor come ... More >>
Breaking Big, But Slowly
Last night at the Cutting Room, Cynthia Nixon and Alan Cumming hosted a rousing event for mayoral wannabe Bill de Blasio, whose liberal stance and "We want our city back!" slogan have become pretty irresistible in the face of our Mary Poppins state. In fact, I appeared in a skit with Unitard's Nora ... More >>
I'm hearing that stars who'll be gracing Cherry Grove's Ice Palace with performances this summer will include... Chita Rivera Margaret Cho John Waters
Our Hit Parade says good-bye
Playwrights Horizons was filled to capacity for The Night of 1000 Judys, a combo concert/comedy show benefiting the Ali Forney Center. Host Justin Sayre--who's sort of Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg--was hilarious, with his offhand monologues about the need for Judy Garland worship (and any othe ... More >>
The late Judy Garland would have turned 90 yesterday, so Liza Minnelli sent out a message: "Today is a day for celebration. We celebrate the privilege of having had Mama touch all of our lives. She left us with so many feelings we never would have discovered about our self until she exquisitely tra ... More >>
Let all the children boogie
Murray Hill, the hardest-working middle-aged man in showbiz, will finally be as famous in the U.K. as he is in HK! Murray has landed a segment called "That's Showbiz With Murray Hill" on Dirty Digest, the racy, dishy, funtastic show on E4, which premieres there tonight.
Lisa Lampanelli, me, Countess LuAnnMatthew Rettenmund did a kaleidoscopic Boyculture blog about my book party at Copacabana Monday night. He dove into the event so thoroughly, in fact, he chatted up people I didn't even know were there. Enjoy the linked spread he did, which includes these a ... More >>
The Copacabana turned it out last night with food, booze, percussionists, and dancing Copa girls for the gala launch of my book, Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back, promoted by Chip Duckett. Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and Lisa Lampanelli cohosted and were pure delight, both taking the stage ... More >>
Friars do Quentin Tarantino to a turn; Miami's pretty hot, too
Murray Hill . . . on ice!
The OHP gang sings goodbye to the 00s
Celebrate the many faces of David Robert Jones
Who cares if it's legal?
Join the best frat in town
International relations take a dive
Murray Hill has the Academy to thank
I'm kind of obsessed with Kenny Mellman, Neal Medlyn, and Bridget Everett's blog, where the trio posts a reworked pop song every day. The best is "Medley Mondays," when they combine two songs with the same names, like the brilliant slow-dance mashup of "Rehab" (Rihanna and Winehouse), and an examina ... More >>
Objectifying BK heartthrobs was never so fun
Martha Plimpton and Lucy Wainwright Roche both come from a just-left-of-center pedigree in their respective theater and music worlds, but if the lineup of special guests at their combined effort, Stars in the Margin, is any indication, their personal connections reach much farther than famous parent ... More >>
Broadways Top Girl, a folk singer, and her folks
Herb branches out
The hysterical sex
Kenny Mellman (of Kiki and Herb) and Bridget Everett join forces for an explosively bitchy cabaret act at Joe’s Pub entitled Sexercise Live! A Tribute to the Potty Mouthed and Profound Millie Jackson. Kenny Mellman chatted with the Voice about it. Village Voice: Whose idea was it to show love f ... More >>
At Lincoln Center, the ambiance of felching. Elsewhere, smoking gossip.
A fleshy revue that's overdone but rare