This week in Cheap Laughs, we have childless joy, Flan-man's "ya boy," BuzzFeed GIFs, Underbelly whiffs, a 10 year anniversary, a fitting tribute, and a show designed to get discerning college students in flagrante. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
Mayor Mike Bloomberg's dopey "Big-Gulp Ban" was approved by a city health council this morning -- which means one thing: a sophomoric, unhealthy and immature gesture needs to be made on someone's part.That said, I have just finished my 100th ounce of Mt. Dew in roughly 90 minutes. I'm pretty sure my ... More >>
In years to come, rightbloggers will tell their grandchildren many stories of the glorious summer of twenty-twelve. They'll tell 'em how they warned America about the socialist menace of the Olympics. They'll tell 'em how, in the wake of the Aurora shooting, they defended assault weapons against Dem ... More >>
Still hoping for a Palestinian Spring
Today marks the start of the 17th day of a hunger strike outside the United Nations building in midtown for three Tibetan monks who are protesting China's repression of Tibet, and demanding that the UN recognize their homeland as an independent country and address Chinese human rights abuses. Wrapp ... More >>
Rosie GrayMalory Butler and Diego Ibanez. Remember the Occupy Wall Street hunger strike team? Their strike began two weeks ago as an effort to get Trinity Wall Street to allow OWS to occupy a vacant lot that the church owns at Sixth Avenue and Canal Street. In the beginning, they had three pe ... More >>
The Four Loko Protest And/Or Vigil, Starring Anamanaguchi Union Square Park Wednesday, November 17 Better Than: Going down without a fight. Even before New York banned Four Loko, the energy drink that supplements the caffeine equivalent of three cups of coffee with taurine, guarana, wormw ... More >>
Via BNO News, it's apparently being reported by Reuters that Wyclef Jean's chances of being the next president of Haiti don't look likely, as his name is reportedly not on the list of approved candidates. His chances and crediblity as a candidate can best be summed up in one paragraph of the ... More >>
Welcome to the past. Or is it the future? Either way, they're both sparkly. Today, the top Project Runway finalists will display their collections at Bryant Park for the judges and 1,000 industry gawkers (including yours truly; check back here later for an appropriately cryptic report). But ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. November 10, 1966, Vol. XII, No. 4 The Frenetic Business of Being Bobby Kennedy By Suzanne Kiplinger Senator Robert F. Kennedy came to Brooklyn Heights last Sunday, leaving in his wake several hundred frenetic, excited Bobby-Watchers ... More >>
Or slicing, or muscling—anything but letting up, really
Photo: Melissa HomDanny AbramsProlific restaurateur Danny Abrams just launched Mermaid Oyster Bar on Tuesday. The restaurant joins his stable of establishments, including the two locations of the Mermaid Inn. Tell us a little bit about the Mermaid Oyster Bar concept--what distinguishes it f ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archivesJune 25, 1964, Vol. IX, No. 36Mugging the White LiberalBy Jack NewfieldImagine three goldfish dropped into a fish tank filled with sharks. Or imagine Billy Budd mugged by the Emperor Jones.Then you might have some idea of the malevolent and paran ... More >>
About a year and a half ago, a pitch fell into my lap from Steven Wells, the infamous NME writer who'd been highly praised and enthusiastically recommended by a determined string of collegial forwards. ("Crazy, brilliant Brit," went one such thumbs-up.) Wells wanted to write a column for this blog j ... More >>
This'll break you up: Revisiting the January 2007 Facebook parody from USC, directed by Mu Sun While you're waiting for the stimulus bill to hook you back up: It's not you, it's my social-networking. Further confirmation in this morning's Daily News of something that thousands of you alre ... More >>
Comics come out on Wednesday, and so does Richard Gehr's Pulp Fictions. Black Jack Volumes 1-3 Osamu Tezuka Vertical The dour doctor known as Black Jack, whose medical exploits manga godfather Osamu Tezuka serialized from 1973 to 1983, is arguably the closest Japanese comics ever got to a typica ... More >>
Kiss-and-makeup with Simmons; trophy-boy update; chats in the middle of the Maddin crowd
Justin Timberlake, dreary dick jokes, and elephant poop in this Deepak Chopra riff
Black people revive the Great White Way. Plus a hue and cry from Mel Brooks.
Eat your greens: chewing over the history and politics of vegetarianism
Earthly appetites: The brilliant and curious career of steel-string demigod John Fahey
Free Willie: V.S. Naipaul's latestand last?novel picks up where Half a Life left off
Sean Combs issues an electoral ultimatum, with a side order of ego
Some very rough guides to living in a nation that won't share and will never be the same
Nuclear Brinkmanship, Suicide Attacks, and Driver's-Ed Scares
The God of Small Things
Tyson! Tonya! Boxing Is Big. Fighting It?
Sharon: Nightmare Rubout Would Unleash Waves of Retaliation
Putting a Subcontinent on the Local Political Map
Activists Weigh the Cost of Confrontation
Philip Glass and JoAnne Akalaitis Adapt In the Penal Colony
The Inaugurations Over, and Already Rumblings About Election 2004 Have Begun. Hillary Anyone?
Nader Fans Plan Vote Swap for Beloved Candidate
Gay Republicans Are Looking For Love In All the Wrong Places
Rudy's Wrongs Stir a Movement at the Diallo March
Definitely honor-free will be Joseph Fiennes for Shakespeare (sorry, but the Bard didn't look like Rob Lowe).
Hocus Focus rewrites Apple's ad campaign
East Meets West (Coast) in Anoushka Shankar