This week in Cheap Laughs, we have childless joy, Flan-man's "ya boy," BuzzFeed GIFs, Underbelly whiffs, a 10 year anniversary, a fitting tribute, and a show designed to get discerning college students in flagrante. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
A great source tells me that workers and/or busy bodies were shooed away from the pool area of Miami Beach's Standard Hotel recently by emphatic security people. Turns out it was because a glamour couple was doing it in the wa-wa.
Last week, acclaimed movie director Dave Grohl told the 15 people who were accidentally watching him fill in as host on Chelsea Lately that Britney Spears "seems dead inside" to him. Disregarding how weird it is to discuss someone's inner-deadness on the Chelsea Handler set without talking about Ch ... More >>
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Finally, a treat
Let me indulge in a little bit of Jay-Z/Kanye fan fiction in the least 50 Shades of Grey way possible: Def Jam President and retired rapper Jay-Z was fed up. 50 Cent had been sending subliminal barbs Jay's way for eight years, starting with a shot Mr. Carter's way on "How To Rob" when they were b ... More >>
Remember a few weeks ago when a Minnesota man nearly lit himself on fire while protesting gay marriage by burning a box of Honey Nut Cheerios in front of the General Mills factory? Regardless, he's dead.Michael Leisner suffered a "massive heart attack" on Saturday while sitting in his car waiting fo ... More >>
"Absolutely not!" says a source, defiantly. And that source is...Chelsea Handler. But she's right. The world-famous comic explains to More magazine that Ted Harbert [her ex, who was the head of Comcast] may have given her a break, but not a career. "Ted is not responsible for me selling four boo ... More >>
Get ready for the 2012 release of a male-stripper movie filled with disrobing studlets! It's Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike, based on the ecdysiastical travails of movieland stud Channing Tatum when he was in his teens. This was before stardom forced him to put some (but not all) of his clothes ba ... More >>
Tonight at 10 PM, Chelsea Handler gets the Biography treatment on that very channel, and I'm in there as a bouncing head.
Rebecca MarxAlthough we've almost put Frozen Treats Fortnight behind us, we are powerless to resist the vicarious thrill that comes with indulging in other people's ice cream coverage.
Whether they're afraid or simply dismissive, certain big names -- or at least their handlers -- have unceremoniously denied my requests to chat with them through the years. The glittery dishonor roll is as follows: LL Cool J. And I only asked because it was a slow news week. Betty White. W ... More >>
This video of 15-year-old YouTube star Keenan Cahill, better known as BeenerKeeKee19952, raises a lot of questions. Like, if this kid is famous for lip-syncing pop songs, why does he never actually know any of the lyrics? Where did he come from? What song is this? How exploitative is the propagatio ... More >>
Just how awkward will the awkwardly staged moment between Kanye West and Taylor Swift be? Will Eminem deign to smile? Which uncomfortable pop star will B.o.B choose to bring up on stage with him? And how will your hosts, Pitchfork's Ryan Dombal and eMusic's Sean Fennessey, make it to midnight withou ... More >>
A couple days ago, zeitgeisty rapper B.o.B stopped by Chelsea Handler's talk show. There, he disclosed an interesting detail: despite the fact that he and Paramore's Hayley Williams share dual billing on what is far and away the biggest song of his career, "Airplanes," the two have never met ... More >>
Justin Halpern is a New York Times number one best-selling author. He's the 29-year-old formerly underemployed comedy writer who moved back in with his parents, struggling, and started the Shit My Dad Says Twitter. People thought it was funny, the things his old man said. (The father curses a ... More >>
Political Powerhouses Jessica Simpson and Jimmy FallonNo one with any sense of perspective believes that Real America -- most of the nation, fly-over country, everywhere but the coastal cities, whatever you want to call it -- gives a quarter of a shit about the White House Correspondents Dinner. ... More >>
The Internet has been especially testy as of late! Of course, it always is, but just in the last month or so:
Former NYFD Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta was deeply involved in the Deutsche Bank debacle that cost two firefighters their lives. Now a change has come: Salvatore Cassano is commissioner. And he, says Wayne Barrett, is even more deeply involved. The posters for Gary Marshall's new film ... More >>
Project PublicityCLICK HERE and read my new column, in which singer extraordinaire Raven O talks about the time he enabled the American Idol host to get 20 lashes from...well, read it and see for yourself. Believe me, it redefines "pussy whipped." The fun-tastic column also welcomes you to: ... More >>
And then I compare Keats with Tila Tequila.
What does it take to be a female comic nowadays? Oh, I don't know--a mouth like a chainsaw, a wit like a pickaxe, and no fear whatsoever of libel. The most prominent funny ladies in the business right now are political-correctness shatterers who dare to say outrageous things (Sarah Silverman, Lisa L ... More >>
A woman who overshares