This week in Cheap Laughs, we have pendulous breasts, primo dong, recycled bars, zines, rock vomit, and (gasp) actual fun in the Theater District. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
By now, an impromptu mass gathering in a Williamsburg warehouse isn't anything to write home about -- most of the country probably thinks that's just the way hipsters mate. But when a barista told me that some random place nearby was going to host a pizza party -- and get pies from every single New ... More >>
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have nautical sketches, a marathon of jokes from a city comedy institution, Norwegians, coders, bullwhips, bullshits, and a drinking game that may reinvent theater itself. We're well worth your time. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York come ... More >>
Reggie, the modern Renaissance man
It is rehearsal, several weeks before the dance company's return to the Ace Hotel for its oft-packed On the Floor and it is time for new material. Dancers do half cartwheels through the studio floor, slow move with a disco ball, point a leg and shoot (as if their leg was a semi-automatic) and fly wi ... More >>
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Comics performs for 826nyc
Jonathan Lethem and Jessica Hagedorn Greenlight Bookstore Wednesday, 7:30pm, Free A quick word on Jonathan Lethem--he's awesome. That's it. Because this guy is one of our favorite native sons. The author of Motherless Brooklyn (Vintage) and The Fortress of Solitude (Vintage) has the ability to ... More >>
It’s ok to laugh at this Sandy fundraiser
Skerik's Bandalabra Cameo Gallery Tuesday, September 11 Better than: A tale of one city. When it comes to music, Tolstoy's dictum about the only two kinds of stories1) someone goes on a journey, or 2) a stranger comes to towncan usually be distilled into a single notion: We hop on th ... More >>
Afro-Punk Festival Commodore Barry Park Sunday, August 26 Better than: Sitting at home, waiting for Breaking Bad to start. Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Bo Diddley were some of the original architects of rock and roll. Jimi Hendrix pushed it forward in the late '60s. Then came Prince. And Bad B ... More >>
The Afro-Punk festival storms Commodore Barry Park
Hot Tub with Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal, feat. Leo Allen, Janeane Garofalo, Eugene Mirman and Reggie Watts Littlefield Monday, July 30 Better than: Whatever happened in the Olympics last night. (Don't tell me who wonI have money on Serbia.) It is truly gratifying to watch two peop ... More >>
Want to see Michael Cera and Reggie Watts sing a little song about pies and friendship? Yes? Well, here you go. It's a clip from a new IFC show COMEDY BANG! BANG!, which premieres June 8.
We asked Off- and Off-Off theatermakers what they feel the scene is missing
The always-working bandleader puts the world on shuffle at BAM
The Secret Policeman's Ball: Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, Russell Brand, Eddie Izzard, and many others Radio City Music Hall Sunday, March 4 Better than: Watching the Lohan Saturday Night Live on DVR. Going to a live show that's actually meant to be broadcast on television can be a deadly propositio ... More >>
This Sunday, the Secret Policeman's Balla night of music and comedy celebrating the 50th anniversary of Amnesty Internationalis taking place at Radio City Music Hall, and today Sound of the City is giving away a pair of tickets. Among the luminaries appearing at the event: Jon Stewart; ... More >>
Your guest editor, about to be eaten by Pac Man Good morning. Your friend and mine Maura Johnston is currently overseas, enjoying grog and mead (I'm assuming) and generally being awesome. When you hear about the show she is seeing, in all probability you will die of jealousy. Expect a full r ... More >>
The biennial festival celebrates live art
The Portishead/All Tomorrow's Parties-curated festival I'll Be Your Mirror, taking place down the shore in Asbury Park from September 30 through October 2, has added a second performance by the no-longer-all-that-reclusive Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum to its itinerary, and is relea ... More >>
The seventh annual Afro-Punk Festival will take place at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn at the end of August (the 27th and 28th, to be precise), and the just-announced lineup looks pretty incredible: Cee Lo Green will headline, and the once-again-active Santigold, the always-spellbinding Ja ... More >>
The aptly named performer hits the airwaves at P.S.122
Reggie Watts's modern-day update on the radio drama
As the winter thaws out, more summer concerts are showing up on the calendar's horizon. Today, the City Parks Foundation announced the schedule for this year's SummerStage, which takes place from June 7 to September 2 in parks all around the city, with the mainstage happening at Central Park. ... More >>
And the grand-goodbye continues. LCD Soundsystem played their second of five farewell shows, or their fourth-to-last show ever, last night at Terminal 5. Monday saw a Reggie Watts guest appearance, rude dudebros, and ultimate catharsis. Last night apparently featured a very similar set list and so ... More >>
Reggie and James LCD Soundsystem Terminal 5 Monday, March 28 Better than: The rest of those Certainly the End of Something or Other, One Would Sort of Have to Thinks We are gathered here in New York City's Terminal 5 to say goodbye to one of the most impeccable music projects of our adult lives. ... More >>
Reggie Watts is all over the place
This week in food blogs... Eater mapped out the 12 New York restaurants with the hottest clientele. Grub Street discovered what comedian Reggie Watts likes to eat. And drink. Hemp milk, anyone? Diner's Journal test-drove the epic new cookbook, Modernist Cuisine. Atlantic Food revealed that cupca ... More >>
Williamsburg musician, comedian, and philosopher Reggie Watts is very worried about sandwiches, and takes this opportunity to improvise some lyrics concerning his complaints at San Francisco's Outside Lands Music and Art Festival.
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Theres magic in that hair
Kristen Schaal makes us laugh
Our hero, Screaming Females frontlady Marissa Paternoster, at Siren. Photo by Rebecca Smeyne.The second round of artists announcements is out, and it's the big one--count on newly installed acts Phoenix, GZA, Screaming Females, Extra Lens, Francis and the Lights, et al, to be your headliners, ... More >>
Any attempt to describe what Reggie Watts does onstage will inevitably fail to convey the dizzying heights of absurdity the man regularly achieves, but here it goes. First, the Seattle-via-Montana transplant constructs backing tracks via carefully controlled beat-boxing and judicious use of loopin ... More >>
Comedian Greg Barris hosts a 'Tent Revival' at Park Slope's Union Hall
Comedy actors finally score a film break!
"I look like the Brawny Paper Towel Guy before his bone-marrow transplant." Pics by Santiago Felipe.Conan O'Brien And Friends Radio City Music Hall Tuesday, June 1 "The Masturbating Bear was onstage!" marvels a satisfied customer, strolling down Sixth Avenue immediately after Conan O' ... More >>
Look at This Fucking Hipster is now a book!
Emerging comedians awarded for their ability to make us laugh
Last week, we put out the Voice's Best of NYC issue, our annual opportunity to bestow arbitrary awards like Best Buskers Dressed as Animals and Best Film Festival. In turn, we asked a few of our favorite New Yorkers to name their favorite local things. Cary ConoverAmy Winehouse at Joe's Pub in 200 ... More >>
Kiki and Hedwig host the Yes Men
Agnès Varda, speeding at 80; Cowardly behavior
Alt-comedians celebrate the joy of the up-and-coming (or down-and-out) comedian