Carol Leifer grew up loving I Love Lucy like today's comedy fans loved Seinfeld. And as a writer on the seminal "Show About Nothing" (she was responsible for episodes including "The Lip Reader," "The Hamptons" and "The Rye"), Leifer deftly chiseled her experiences into the bedrock of an entertainmen ... More >>
A Depression-era walking tour
A Depression-era walking tour
Who knew Ice-T was a role model? Ice Loves Coco, E!'s new reality show about the rapper/actor and his model/fashion designer wife, makes them look like such a perfect couple that you almost expect them to turn into anime characters and see little cartoon hearts popping above their heads as t ... More >>
She's 'empowered'; Dan Choi's having fun; Joan Collins is showing slides
Richard Belzer told me this at a party the other night. Tarantino has long harbored a deep-seated love for Jerry, who was one of his icons when he grew up. In fact, when Tarantino was asked by teachers to clean up the art room, he'd comically knock over the easel and do other shtick in emul ... More >>
Law & Order ends its 20-year run tonight. Throughout the show's long reign, phalanxes of honorable detectives have cleaned the New York streets of crime and debris while throwing out witty one-liners and re-enacting plotlines ripped from real-life headlines. Grabbing a cameo on the show has a ... More >>
A Benefit for Tuli Kupferberg St. Ann's Warehouse Friday, January 22 Nothing crystallizes the identity politics lurking somewhere near the core of pop music quite like benefit and tribute concerts, where donor acts reconstruct the beneficiary in their own image, often to revelatory - or, nearly a ... More >>
On January 22, St. Ann's Warehouse will be hosting a benefit concert to help pay medical expenses for Tuli Kupferberg, the anti-war poet and all around wiseass who co-founded local heroes the Fugs. Whether because of their political activism (Kupferberg was arrested trying to levitate the P ... More >>
The National Football League has a large millionaire population which predictably contributes overwhelmingly to Republicans over Democrats. Yet this week we learned from rightbloggers that the NFL is in fact a wing of the liberal conspiracy. Early this month Rush Limbaugh and Dave Checketts coll ... More >>
Events may have caught up with "Poor Baby Bree." While the good times were still rolling, Bree Benton's vaudeville act, with songs from the early 1900s to 1920s, seemed an odd but charming footnote in the city's phalanx of nightclub performers. But now that times are as hard as the Panic of 1907, a ... More >>
Richard Belzer and Richard Lewis take Town Hall
In Chelsea, in Times Square, in Harlem, and God knows in Grant Park, they're going wild. And like Richard Belzer said, every black kid in America has grown an inch taller. Nice.
Richard Belzer performs at Comix on Saturday, November 1. It's not hype to say that this is the most important American election in history. I'm saying that because FDR was already in office when the Second World War started. And Lincoln was established before the Civil War began. Not only is th ... More >>
Click here and get a taste of the gay guy on Ugly Betty, rising star Lady Gaga, Broadway actor Katie Holmes, new novelist Richard Belzer, and a crazy drunk who wants to do mean things to Sarah Palin. It all adds up to a typical week in glittery Gotham. Catch a slice before it all spirals into the to ... More >>
"[Obama] seems like the Antichrist... If you read that kind of literature, he fulfills the characteristics of the Antichrist. The Antichrist is someone who will gather lots of people around him, like Obama..." Okay, who said that? Victoria Jackson? Well, she said something like it, but who said that ... More >>
Better-than-elementary Holmes; Mamet morphs into Neil Simon.
Just got back from the Hilton in midtown after three hours of dick and pussy jokes from some of the biggest stars of TV and film. Over plates of rubbery chicken, with Howard Stern in the audience, with Aretha Franklin doing the most amazing rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner ever (and while playi ... More >>
Richard Belzer sent us a copy of his new book, I Am Not A Cop!, and we actually like it. This one isn't about JFK, UFOs or any of the other conspiracies that Belzer has written about before. This time, the Belz has created what he calls a "reality novel," meaning that it's a mashup of himself, th ... More >>
A pupu platter of punditry
UFOS, JFK, and Richard Belzer
Ah, those talking heads-the TV yabberers, not the guys singing about buildings and food. We've grown a little...