Name a current talk show, TV network or Manhattan stage; chances are comedian-actress Judy Gold's performed on it. The diehard New Yorker also hosts the 92nd Street Y's "Funny People" series, earned critical acclaim for a pair of one-person shows, and boasts a lengthy list of awards that includes tw ... More >>
It's only been two years since New York comic/Daily Show commentator/Grammy-winning Jack of all Rage Lewis Black released his last special, but he's noted plenty of political hypocrisy, generational ineptitudes and technological missteps in the meantime to keep his blood pressure soaring comfortably ... More >>
Warring activists cause a legendary public radio station to implode
Is it just me, or are both NBA and college basketball announcers filling their air time with full of clichés and misleading statements more than they used to? If you really break them down, do they make any sense? I jotted down a few over the weekend and tried to answer that question. Cliché: "H ... More >>
Working outside the Hollywood bubble, the stand-up vet is making comedies in his own register. God Bless!
Throughout the award's history, Grammy voters have tended to bestow Best Comedy Album upon trusted favorites: Bill Cosby closed out the 1960s with six straight victories; Richard Pryor took home three trophies in the '70s and two more in the '80s; and Peter Schickele opened the '90s with four ... More >>
Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm of Tanlines. Giving the Best Local Music Twitter award in our Best of NYC issue to @tanlines was pretty much a no-brainer. The account, which is run by the duo's Jesse Cohen, is heavy on the wry observational humor and light on the "come see our band" or "here's someb ... More >>
A Shmaltz-y tale.There's a very big book about beer that's making waves right now. But a smaller book on beer is also making the rounds. Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah, by Shmaltz Brewing founder Jeremy Cowan, is a small business memoir that celebrates kosher (and not-so-kosher) craft beer.
Legendary comic George Carlin, recently and beautifully memorialized by Louis C.K., started out his life in Morningside Heights. He lived on 121st Street between Amsterdam and Broadway for pretty much the entirety of his childhood, starting in the '40s, and now his fans are pushing for the ci ... More >>
When we heard the news that Betty Ford (the accidental First Lady married to the accidental 38th President of the United States) had died, we immediately thought of how George Carlin spoke of her in his last stand up special, It's Bad for Ya! In the above segment, Carlin brings up Mrs. Ford in a r ... More >>
While we wait for this Sunday's showdown between the Steelers and the Packers, we're feeling nostalgic for the big games of our past. We've been spoiled lately with some pretty exciting Super Bowls. But we remember a time not so long ago when the ultimate championship tended to be something ... More >>
George Carlin would be proud.The United States 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York has determined that the FCC's ban on even one small "patently offensive" expletive and other profanity on TV and radio violates the First Amendment. They stated that the current policy is "unconstitutional ... More >>
Any attempt to describe what Reggie Watts does onstage will inevitably fail to convey the dizzying heights of absurdity the man regularly achieves, but here it goes. First, the Seattle-via-Montana transplant constructs backing tracks via carefully controlled beat-boxing and judicious use of loopin ... More >>
So is the long-heralded arrival of Atlantic Yards finally at hand, or what? According to the front page of today's Times (echoed on its sports page), the answer is yes: Following yesterday's appeals court ruling, which dismissed challenges to the state seizing private land for the Nets-arena-and-oth ... More >>
Pretty colors, unpretty world—a visit to the artist's studio before her new show
One small detail that wasn’t mentioned in the obituaries following George Carlin’s death on Sunday, June 22, was that he loved to read The Village Voice. At least he did back in the late 1980s. In 1988, previewing a New York Giants-Washington Redskins game, I quoted from his classic “India ... More >>
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Really F-word-deleted brilliant: If anyone gets annoyed by anything, it's profane!
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