Merv Griffin

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Nick DiPaolo: "I'd Like to See More People Cutting Loose and Taking Risks"

    For more than 25 years, Nick DiPaolo has battled it out in the comedy trenches alongside peers Louis C.K., Colin Quinn, and the late Patrice O'Neal. The Boston native has also waged a few personal wars of his own--mainly those against political correctness and complacency. Headlining Caroline's on B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Hermione Gingold As Evita????

    The role of Evita Peron has appealed through the years to grand divas like Patti LuPone, Faye Dunaway, Madonna, and that Argentinian woman from last year. But did you know that froggy-voiced, bulging-eyed British vaudeville entertainer slash actress Hermione Gingold sort of had a shot at it?

  • Columns

    April 10, 2013

    Gay Porn Biggie Talks About How The Industry Has Been Decimated

    David Forest vows to bring back gay porn stars

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Sherman Hemsley Was A Gay! Deal With It!

    Nobody sputtered more comically than Sherman Hemsley, the enjoyably oafish and scheming George Jefferson from the classic sitcom The Jeffersons. I was sad to hear that he died last week. I was also horrified to hear him referred to over and over as "a lifelong bachelor."

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Dick Clark, R.I.P.

    Dick Clark was cool—as in unflappable, not hip. That was key in an American 1950s where, for much of the nation, the latter condition was basically synonymous with "longhaired Commie fag degenerate." But Dick Clark—that nice boy? No way was he any of those things, not in 1950s America, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Name Your Most Obscure Celebrity Connection

    People who try to impress you at parties always tend to fall back on the same sad name droppings: "Merv Griffin once came into my shop--when he was alive, of course. He walked right back out, but I could have sworn he looked at me first." "My cousin is friends with someone whose hairdresser once b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Pac-Man to Get Reality Series and Develop Drinking Problem Stat

    ​At some point in the future that we can't even imagine right now, so imbued are we in our own 2011 "essence" with its tweets and Facebook friends and horrible unscripted but scripted "reality" series, people will look back and reflect and query, "When was it that 'reality TV' jumped the shark ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Merv Griffin and Rock Hudson's Hustler Tales

    ​ Former escort agency entrepreneur David Forest has looked through the trees and written an upcoming tell-all, pausing to spill some of the racy beans-to-come to blogger J.C. Adams. Some of the tidbits:

  • Film

    March 2, 2010

    The Oscars' Six Most Outrageous Moments

    Statues of no limitations—the Academy Awards bring the crazy

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    The Brief Moment of Dick Davy

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. December 16, 1965, Vol. XI, No. 9 Whitey at the Apollo By Barbara Long ...The m.c., smooth-talking and confident but less than precise in his choice of words, announced: "The Apollo would like to take great pleasure in presenting a w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    The Most Twisted Urban Myths!

    ​Urban myths are those bullshit celebrity gossip stories you hear as a kid and choose to believe until years later when you finally stop and say, "What the fuck was I thinking?" I'm not even going to go into the infamous gerbil one or the one with the rock star and the 17 sailors. We ALL have ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 14, 2007

    Self-Service Nightlife

    Elvis sightings, ethnic humor, and tomcat cruising, plus a peek at Jodie Foster's panic room

  • Columns

    April 3, 2007

    The Golden Years

    Chatting with Legally Blonde's Orfeh. Plus: Outtakes from the urban-myth closet.

  • Music

    November 22, 2005

    Oral Pain Equals Aural Gain

    Second life for a steel-bar-bending rocker and his muscles of love

  • Columns

    May 31, 2005
  • Film

    February 10, 2004
  • Columns

    July 17, 2001
  • Film

    April 24, 2001
  • Art

    January 18, 2000
  • Columns

    January 18, 2000
  • Film

    January 19, 1999
  • Screens

    December 15, 1998