In February of 1967, Joan Rivers, then 33 years old, performed her stand-up act at the Downstairs at the Upstairs (37 West 56th Street). She killed. She had yet to hit the peak of her fame. She was also a bit of an anomaly: A WOMAN COMIC! Writing for this paper in the February 23, 1967 issue, Bill M ... More >>
That's what timeless funny lady Joan Rivers just tweeted, along with the following photo:
Joy Behar is leaving, but Elisabeth Hasselbeck is staying, despite the wishful thinking, I mean erroneous reports, of the gossip press. But who would you want to see on The View to make it worth shutting your trap so you can watch them flap their gums for an hour? First of all, I'd keep Whoopi. Sh ... More >>
Adam Hills has gone on the offensive against the fact that Joan Rivers's recent jokes went on the offensive, and you'll have to decide which of the two to be offended by. Said Hills: "If you make fat jokes about Adele, you're being a dick." Ooh, fighting words there!
Remember when I told you about the Frankie's Friends benefit (to help sick pets) at the Cutting Room, where Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle were headlining? Well, it really happened on Tuesday night, both of those stars singing powerful, heartfelt country tunes to a roomful of rapt admirers. While ... More >>
Just write a check already, and save the gown
I've scoured the twitter feeds to come up with today's most tart emissions from funny ladies with a delightful axe to grind: Kathy Griffin, responding to someone who tweeted, "Get some class. Ur mouth is like a sewer.": "Ahhh blow me. Love, KG"
For my newest column, my two favorite yentas -- Joan and Melissa Rivers -- engaged me in some scandalously good conversation. Among the esteemed topics: *Whether Joan is still smoking pot, as seen on their WE reality show
My own schizoid ride between notoriety and nothingness.
Today's batch of femme joke hurlers are a smart and sassy gaggle of politically incorrect yet ultimately liberating beauties. Your fave from these choices? *Joan Rivers Hilarious, scathing, on target, and up to date, she makes me wet myself every time. *Wanda Sykes A sassy motor mouth a ... More >>
Whether living or dead...who would they be? (And by the way, I'm available for any free meal.) My choices would start with pop culture visionary Andy Warhol (above), whom I did have dinner with, but I want to do so again and again.
It's on the 13th floor of Resorts' Ocean Tower, but here's hoping that won't be an unlucky roll of the dice. Resorts' LGBT marketing man Joel Ballesteros sent a bunch of us there this weekend for the gala opening, which started with a performance of the old-school drag revue "Believe--Divas ... More >>
Isn't he special? He's Nicholas Gumas, one of the LGBT scholarship winners honored at Live Out Loud, Monday night's benefit at the TimesCenter, which raised $250,000 for their programs and activities. Nicholas is whip-smart, gave a great speech, and is much better dressed than me. Well, he ... More >>
Drive-in fun, no car needed
A small winemaking cooperative in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina is working with six Croats and a Serb to revive ancient regional wine traditions -- and put the horrors of the Bosnian war to rest. [Reuters] Francis Ford Coppola has lured rockstar winemaker Phillipe Bascaules from Château M ... More >>
If you're Sarah Palin, supervillain extraordinaire, and you derive your power from media mentions -- more even, if they're negative -- then your strength is at an all-time high, what after stepping on the shoulders of Arizona's fallen to wave wildly about political victimhood. And that all do ... More >>
Also, remembering the Tonys, even the forgettable parts
The other night, NewFest (the LGBT film festival) screened the very strong documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, after which I moderated a feisty Q&A onstage with Joan and filmmaker Ricki Stern. I'll tell you all about it in the column, but in the meantime, here are Scott Pasfield's ext ... More >>
How many Democrats does it take to make a donkey show? In this week's cover story, Village Voice columnist Wayne Barrett takes account of the opposition New York gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo will actually have to face: Shelly Silver, and the rest of our state's old-school democrats.
Nicki Minaj, in one of many "invincible Street Fighter 2 character" outfits. Photo by Santiago FelipeIn this week's Village Voice, Rob Harvilla keeps a running diary of Summer Jam 2010, where the best highlight Hot 97 could muster was a set from DJ Khaled. What happened, New York? Elsewhere, ... More >>
There's got to be more to this piece of work
I'm gonna be in 3-D! Yep, I was one of the New York notables featured in a festive scene from the film debut of those lovable Smurfs that I watch on BOOM channel all the time.
Thank God I finally joined Facebook! It's such a powerful tool that swarms of armchair producers there managed to get Betty White (face-) booked as last Saturday's SNL host. And she raked in the ratings! So who should you and your "friends" rally for next?
Lots of great stuff in this week's Village Voice, though it all kinda pales in comparison to the incomparable Ward Sutton, who imagines R. Crumb doing an illustrated history of Genesis -- that's Phil Collins' Genesis, not God's. Elsewhere in music, Harvilla checks out the tremendously profane ... More >>
CLICK HERE to read my new column about the meeting between CNN dreamboat Anderson Cooper and Dr. Death Jack Kevorkian, which I was privy to in person. It was so exciting I wanted to kill myself afterwards because nothing could ever top it! On a lighter note, I also cover:
Fun with assisted suicide. Plus: Puffy Combs on the craft of acting?
Whenever I've interviewed brilliantly hilarious, world-famous comedians, it turns out they're rarely all that funny (with the exception of the endlessly mirthy Joan Rivers). I usually find that either: (1) They're dark, tortured people for whom merry-making is simply an act that they do whe ... More >>
Eater has it that Joan Rivers made an appearance on the Howard Stern show in which the comedian revealed that, seven months ago, her elderly date dropped dead at Le Cirque. Tasteless but funny: Rivers noted that her salmon dish was totally ruined by the incident, and speculated that he had ke ... More >>
This Thursday February 4 at 7 PM, Melissa Rivers will appear at the Columbus Circle Borders to sign copies of her book Red Carpet Ready: Secrets For Making The Most of Any Moment You're in the Spotlight. And Melissa should know, seeing as she's worked both sides of the carpet. Besides, the ... More >>
We're all a little jumpy after the crotch-bomber, so it was to be expected that one day a celebrity would find that all her wealth and fame couldn't get her past airport security. "I was 20 minutes late, big deal," Joan Rivers tells Good Day NY, describing her "ordeal" in Costa Rica, where she sai ... More >>
Can you tell me how to get to Court Street?
We've had a couple of days to recover from Comedy Central's roast of veteran funny lady Joan Rivers, and now that the wonderfully putrid air has cleared, we can look back and remember the choicest bits of appallingly hilarious indecorum (not all of them aimed at Rivers, by the way.) Among th ... More >>
That very mess is richly described in this week's column [CLICK HERE], along with these other bitter pills to swallow: *A talk show host seems to confuse me with Larry Craig *Golden Girl Rue McClanahan reveals what Bea Arthur called Betty White *Comic Judy Gold makes fun of that deaf Oscar winner ... More >>
Veteran funny lady Joan Rivers gave me an earful the other day, and I've carefully transcribed it all for you in this week's riotous column. (CLICK HERE). Here's what Joan had to say about Miss California, the bible-toting Carrie Prejean: "Just shut up. You got your new breasts--smile and shut the ... More >>
Jared GruenwaldTropicalia in Furs In this week's Village Voice Music Section, Charly Wilder tracks down an East Village storehouse of Brazilian psychedelia at Tropicalia in Furs. Phil Freeman on the Jane's Addiction reunion and three-CD, one-DVD box set, A Cabinet of Curiosities. Andy Beta talks ... More >>
Oh come on. This picture, and Michael Musto interviewing Joan Rivers? Are you that straight you wouldn't enjoy it? New York hasn't had this good a mob trial in a while: Roger Khan, exiled drug dealer and a hero to some of his neighbors in Guyana, got picked up by the DEA; celebrity mob lawyer Bob S ... More >>
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 >>
Andrew "Dice" Clay headlines the Nokia Theater Times Square on Friday, January 16. Tickets are still available here. "Me and my wife broke up in 2002 but since then I've gone through 26 mattresses. It's like these beds can't take a beating. And these chicks aren't even fat." Andrew "Dice" Clay, ... More >>
Brooklyn trio is fucking with you, possibly
From Marc Spitz's Talking Heads to Interpol and Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers, Bohemia, and the Oscars
What actor was boyfriends until recently with that hotshot director who helped guide him to Oscar?