Delilah Brooks and I are sitting near the stage at Barracuda, a Chelsea club where she will perform later in the evening, and suddenly she pauses. She's repeating a series of four numbers to me, and it takes a moment before I realize they're part of the address of the house where I grew up. The sudd ... More >>
Performing since the age of 15, native New Yorker Gilbert Gottfried still boasts a jam-packed tour schedule, a delivery like a rusty can opener and an affinity for saying the perfectly wrong thing at the absolutely wrongest time. Hot on the heels of his latest controversy, he headlines Carolines o ... More >>
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have daytime talk show legends, charitable causes, lots of gays, lots of pizza, and Jar Jar Binks doing his best Ed McMahon impression. Confused? Don't be. All will be revealed in our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
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 >>
Linda Lavin doing a nightclub act? Well, that's how she started, as the multiple award winner reminded the audience at 54 Below last night. "I started in clubs," said Lavin, "all of which had the name Downstairs in them. 'Nobody ever came, so you could fail all night long."
The week before last, some Catholic organizations were told they'd have to allow their insurance providers to offer (at their own cost) birth control to their employees. Rightbloggers were outraged at this violation of the Catholic orgs' civil rights. Last week, the Virginia legislature passed a bi ... More >>
Victoria Jackson went from the big leagues of comedy to the rabid right of modern politics
Dr. DrewNow that the Casey Anthony case is over -- not guilty on all murder counts, guilty only of four misdemeanors -- will cable news be able to give it up? More specifically, will Dr. Drew? This case has become cable news' hillbilly heroin and it'll be hard for them to kick. The six-week ... More >>
There was some action in the GOP 2012 Presidential race last week, with Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul declaring themselves in and Mike Huckabee declaring himself out. Rightbloggers sifted the results, and found them good -- because there was at least one true conservative left whom they could support ... More >>
I just got a tweet from TV talker Joy Behar, who posed that very question. And here's what Joy concluded: "Back in the day, if you dressed like a woman, they put you in charge of the FBI!"
Joy Behar recently reminded me of something comic actress Kaye Ballard once told her: "If you're not on television, they think you're dead!" It's so true. And I can't tell you how thrilled I was that when Joy said this, we happened to be on television!
Yes, a talk show host had me on to discuss a talk show host last night, when the hilarious Joy Behar devoted a segment of her HLN show to Kitty Kelley's headline grabbing book about Oprah Winfrey. When Joy mentioned the lesbian rumors shot down in the book, I smirkily said:
Brian Fallon Bowery Ballroom Friday, January 15 This was a weird one--a sold-out Bowery Ballroom full of steroidally pumped up Jersey dudes singing gently along to Gaslight Anthem and Kelly Clarkson covers, then breaking into spectacular fights as Fallon rambled between songs. There's no Brian Fa ... More >>
Out and about, and then back here to walk in Nancy Sinatra's boots.
A pupu platter of punditry
If eccentric socialite Doris Duke had come back from the dead, she wouldn't have gotten a bigger reaction at the party for HBO's teleflick about her (Bernard and Doris), than another shocking guest who floated in—right-wing hatemonger Rush Limbaugh! "Only in New York, kids," murmured writer Gay Ta ... More >>
Double-wide-eyed by an opera trailer at Carnegie Hall and by a Senate race out North Carolina way
The absolutely last word on words not to have lived by during the previous year