Throughout the middle part of the 20th century, comedians like Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Joan Rivers, Woody Allen, and Bill Cosby shared stage time with folk musicians, Beat poets, and activists in the basement bars and coffeehouses of Greenwich Village. The Improv Comedy Club, founded in 1963 i ... More >>
Enter this one in the annals of rap -- today Riff Raff released his long-mooted and often-delayed studio debut album, Neon Icon. Dropping via Diplo's Mad Decent stable, the 15-track project brims with Jody Highroller's now trademark bedazzled brags. Here's your handy run-through of Neon Icon's most ... More >>
Chances are you've heard B L A C K I E, even if the stylized name doesn't ring a bell at first. The artist--once described as a "one-man noise ordinance" by the New York Times --is the textbook definition of immersive performance art. The solo artist is completely in your face with melodic baritone ... More >>
Writing a critique of Seth MacFarlane's duties as Oscar host on the website of The New Yorker this morning, Amy Davidson found herself defending Chris Brown. At least sort of. "Relationships are complicated," she wrote in the midst of a stern rebuke of MacFarlane's Chris Brown/Rhianna joke, "and it ... More >>
An article by Sheila Marikar on ABC.com points out that Billy Crystal has returned to Oscar-hosting amidst a whole new cultural landscape. Says the piece, there is now "a general sense that movie stars can't be covered in a wholesome, fun for the whole family sort of way." Enter Billy Crystal.
"Y'all know about the seven spiders of hip-hop?" Yep, we're in weirdo rap territory with Lakutis's debut mixtape I'm In The Forest. That query comes from the title track, a song full of somewhat naturalistic images and pop culture references bookended by the droning chant, "I'm in the forest/ I'm in ... More >>
It took a lot of imagination and thinking-outside-the-box for the Academy to come up with this year's Oscar host after Eddie Murphy said no thanks: it's Billy Crystal, who has hosted the Oscars approximately 40 times already. The number is actually eight, but still. This is a safe choice, an ... More >>
David Shankbone/WikipediaEver since Eddie Murphy's 1997 good samaritan incident when he was caught generously driving a transsexual hooker home, Eddie has been reticent to talk to the print media.
Billy ErbThe drag star has new cabaret show, That Ain't No Lady!, at La Escuelita (301 W. 39th Street), 8 PM every Tuesday starting October 4, and more celebs are lining up to give it thumbs up than begged to be in "We Are The World." In fact, Bunny just provided me with this really inspirin ... More >>
Each week, Death by Science sends out an all-points bulletin for the latest science and technology news, tracks it down and beats a confession out of it. This week, we take a look at Netflix's monthly fee increase and the fervor surrounding it. The Internet boldly takes a stand and says, "Six ... More >>
Gay guys who like straight guys who like guys dressed as girls
Mr. Robotnick, not the retiring type. Pics by Chris, more below.The Dog & Pony Show One-Year Anniversary Starring Alexander Robotnick, Thugfucker, and CCC Thor at the Rivington Hotel Sunday, February 27 Better Than: The ASPCA's Happy Hardcore Party at the Hotel Carter. Pulling in at the tai ... More >>
DNA News posted today on a recent Hotels.com survey calling New York City's taxis the second-best in the world next to London's Black Cabs. They also called the drivers of New York's taxis "America's Rudest," with Paris coming in second place. To which New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commi ... More >>
"I look like the Brawny Paper Towel Guy before his bone-marrow transplant." Pics by Santiago Felipe.Conan O'Brien And Friends Radio City Music Hall Tuesday, June 1 "The Masturbating Bear was onstage!" marvels a satisfied customer, strolling down Sixth Avenue immediately after Conan O' ... More >>
A new generation of MCs grapple with how funny they're allowed to be
Fame, the musical is watered-down, unlike von Trier's Antichrist.
In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Stanley Crouch, writing in response to twin hit pieces on Jackson (by Greg Tate and Guy Trebay) published in the Voice two months prior. Man in the Mirror By Stanley Crouch November 17, 1987 Because Afro-Americans have presented chal ... More >>
In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Below, Scott Poulson-Bryant's review of the Michael Jackson/Michael Jordan convergence that was the video for "Jam," first published in August, 1992. Be Like Mike By Scott Poulson-Bryant August 4, 1992 You've been ruminating on Black Beaut ... More >>
Additional, excellent live-blogging here with Allison Benedikt at Sound of the City. The King of All Oscar Predictors walks among you in Part III. Will this hubris bring us low? Watch and judge! Oh no, Ben Stiller, you are not. Natalie Portman, good straight woman. Stiller probably thinks he's Ch ... More >>
Next year in Orlando! Nailing Florida's born-again theme park. Back here, the usual unholier- than-thou experiences.
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