This week in Cheap Laughs, we have square deals, pizza steals, slammed meals, and copped feels. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
By Bob Ruggiero Detroit Rock City: The Uncensored History of Rock 'N' Roll in America's Loudest City By Steve Miller Da Capo Books, 312 pp., $16.99 "It's this beautiful place where you sacrifice your safety for a shitload of freedom," Rachel Nagy of the Detroit Cobras says of her band's namesake c ... More >>
The restaurant scene in New York can be unnervingly similar to elementary school friendships.The closing of a restaurant is like a best friend moving to a different country: You know that no one will ever fill that void, and the most aching pains come when someone new arranges their pencil case in t ... More >>
So many reality shows, and so many of them are terrible. But people watch this stuff, despite feigning revulsion. "Trash culture" is on the rise, and with everyone from Consequence to The Game are landing "roles" in a reality show, we wanted to get in on the action and list some potentially quality ... More >>
Willard "Ross" Lanham, 58, learned yesterday that embezzling millions of dollars in funds meant to bring Internet access to kids is not only a despicable thing to do, but it will also earn you more than three years in prison. A Manhattan federal court judge sentenced Lanham to 37 months in jail fo ... More >>
Since Friday, New Yorkers have been caught up in the hysteria that happened outside of the Empire State Building - an encounter that left shooter Jeffrey Johnson and his boss dead while nine others lay wounded by bullets dispersed from two NYPD officers (the bureau confirmed this yesterday). As ... More >>
We discuss his most challenging role ever in 2 Days in New York: Me!
Maybe Chris Rock should have talked to me before he played a Village Voice writer opposite Julie Delpy in Delpy's new film, 2 Days In New York. But at least he talked to me after the fact for this week's zippy and eye-popping column.
As Grant Hart bravely dealt with a godawful fire that nearly gutted his boyhood home in his native South St. Paul last year, the drummer/guitarist and visual artistformerly of American noise-pop legends Hüsker Düfound an emotional outlet, positing his brilliant pop songsmithery towar ... More >>
The leather-clad Los Angelenos Hunx And His Punx bring some proudly poppy pep and a zany attitude to their girl-group/doo-wop stylings. Live, the Oakland transplants' candy-coated tunes and catty, filthy stage banter giggle-up crowds and turn bars into parties that feel like they could turn ... More >>
Brianna and Gabriella almost escaped from Staten Island. But MTV pulled the plug on the original Jersey Shore
Last week we posted video (viewable after the jump) captured by Joey Boots of some idiot crashing his Corvette and then eventually opting to speed away rather than face police questioning, despite the whole thing being caught on camera. Well, he got caught. He's been identified as Lanier Brow ... More >>
Neighborhood favorite Joey Boots took his camera down to the scene of a Bronx car accident last night just to survey the scene. Everyone appears safe, though a little shaken, while one of the cars involved, a Corvette, has its whole front end smashed and the battery removed. But that -- nor the came ... More >>
Last week's prediction: Elizabeth Alexander/will.i.am mash-up The Alberta-born Adam Gregory seems to be gunning for that heretofore unknown Owen Wilson-of-country cred--shaggy blond hair, prominent nose, high voice, and the faintest hint that he's secretly ballin' out of control. The "Crazy Days" v ... More >>
Boy Crisis: check that weird man-ponytail Oh, Great Depression, if there's a silver lining to you murdering all our livelihoods, putting our friends out of work, instilling unspeakable fear in those of us who didn't follow Jesus into carpentry, it's the hope you will stop songs like Boy Crisis's " ... More >>
An unironic country scene flourishes, real-estate woes notwithstanding
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. July 10, 1957, Vol. II, No. 37 Village Voice Auto Rally Sunday An impressive galaxy of foreign and American sports cars will line up this Sunday, July 14, at 12:30 p.m., to vie for prizes in Greenwich Village's first auto rally. The cars wi ... More >>
The Karr fiasco is over, but Michael Tracey's quest for unlikely suspects in the Ramsey case goes on and on.
Karaoke for a cause in Brooklyn; bitch sessions about bottle service
A brief history of the ultimate pop faux pas
Fuck you, Heidi Fleiss! Fuck you, Scott Weiland! Linda Non-Blonde Honey, see ya around
Guess Whos Coming to Dinner
Blue Morning, Blue Day, Little Blue Corvettes
The World Series Has Yankee Stadium Rocking Even on an Off Day
On Divas Live '99, the bewigged trio of Cher, Elton John, and Tina Turner rocked on Elton's theme song, 'Proud Mary.'