Phyllis Diller

  • Film

    November 13, 2013

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Is a Delicious Middle Course

    Jennifer Lawrence is both on fire and in the process of becoming, and it’s magnificent to watch.

  • Film

    November 6, 2013
  • Columns

    May 8, 2013

    Tom Hanks Tells Me What People Do To Him On The Subway

    Here's all the chatter from Broadway's nominees

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Are More Celebrities Dying These Days?

    Or am I just reading the obits more? All in July and August, there's been the sad passing of Andy Griffith, Ernest Borgnine, Norah Ephron, Ron Palillo, Sage Stallone, Sherman Hemlsey, Celeste Holm, Joan Roberts, David Rakoff, Judith Christ, Anna Piaggi, Maeve Binchy, Mark O'Donnell, Sylvia Woods, M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Phyllis Diller, RIP

    The hairy, feathery lady comic was a riot, whether making fun of her hatchet face, her drooping boobies, or her sagging knees. The reality is she was actually kind of attractive, but she did the shtick for laughs, and even turned into some kind of feminist in the process, especially when she dresse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    New Charles Busch Play! My Review

    ​As with his 2000 hit comedy The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Charles Busch's Olive and the Bitter Herbs concerns a mature, emotionally jangled New York City Jewish woman who's prone to outbursts but whose outlook is changed as a result of a seemingly mystical occurrence. This time, the woma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    The Fragrance of Beauty: Ladies, to win God's love, try make-up and deodorant

    Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. ​ The Fragrance of Beauty Author: "Joyce Landorf, radiant beauty." Seriously, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    A Drag Queen You'll Never Forget

    Trust me, chickens. This one will sear into your memory till you're six inches under. It's Daytona Beach drag star Billie Boots, who may have been toothless but she was far from charmless. Billie--captured here in the documentary Queens For a Night--was sort of like Ursula from The Little Mermaid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    Liberace's Swishing To Broadway

    viaFor anyone below a certain age or taste level, let me explain what a Liberace was. He was a sequined-and-feathered swish queen who played a mean classical piano in the grand style, entertaining millions in concert and on TV all while trying to distract people from the fact that he was a giant pou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Liberace and Phyllis Diller: Two Different People?

    Two fluffy legends appear in the same room--even in the same frame--in this YouTube treasure: campy classical pianist Liberace and feathery standup comic/sitdown ivory tinkler Phyllis Diller, who is sort of his butch counterpart, with funkier hair and less jewelry. Imploding gender expectations on L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Indescribable YouTube Treasure!

    Sometimes you troll around YouTube (well, I do) and come up with something so unspeakably fabulous/appalling that you can't even assess it in words. But I'm supposed to be a writer or something, so let me strap on my feathery thinking chapeau and give it a try. This clip is a cover of "My Way" done ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    June 10, 2008

    Good Taste Invades Times Square. I Hate It.

    High-concept blandness in (formerly) low places. Fortunately, some of us are still allergic to it.

  • Film

    June 20, 2006
  • Columns

    March 8, 2005
  • News

    November 25, 2003
  • People

    May 13, 2003
  • News

    June 29, 1999

    Virtual Vows

    Online Ordination— It's Free and It Takes Five Minutes

  • Film

    November 17, 1998

    Chilly Scenes

    A Winter Movie Preview
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