10. Kurt Braunohler, How Do I Land? After relocating and taking his weekly Hot Tub show to LA, Kurt Braunohler signed a deal with legendary indie label Kill Rock Stars to release his first stand-up album. How Do I Land? combines his famous knack for unsettling performance art with more traditional ... More >>
Don't say we never spoil you. This week we have a comedy show entirely based around Saved By the Bell, a deaf stand-up set relayed through ASL, and the comic cream of England's Cambridge University swinging through town with deeply intellectual dick jokes. Combine that with our usual selection of ne ... More >>
No, it wasn't the not-coming out/coming-out speech, which did have some moving material in it. I'm talking about Sacha Baron Cohen's riff, which referenced Anne Hathaway's pooch-revealing wardrobe malfunction at the premiere of Les Miserables. That was a definite coming out, and caused many an eyeb ... More >>
American Idol personality Adam Lambert feels the movie of Les Miserables is more than a near Mis. It made him crazy! Lambert tweeted: "Visually impressive with great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers. It's an opera. Hollywood's mov ... More >>
Prankish doc exposes the ol' heart of darkness
This week in the Voice, out today, Camille Dodero writes about the FBI's investigation of revenge porn entrepreneur Hunter Moore, noting: "as more unsuspecting subjects ended up on Is Anyone Up, more of them claimed that they'd been hacked -- that someone had actually gained access to their e-mail a ... More >>
SPOILER ALERT! I'm going to give away some lines from Sacha Baron Cohen's new spoof, The Dictator, about a genocidal Wadiyan nitwit who learns some values in Brooklyn. You should see the movie--it's fun--so consider this giveaway a naughty little appetizer tray.
At a press conference at the Waldorf-Astoria yesterday, General Aladeen--aka Sacha Baron Cohen in The Dictator--unsurprisingly backed Mitt Romney for Prez. Explained the General: "He'd make a great dictator. He's incredibly wealthy but pays no taxes. And it's not much of a leap from firing people ... More >>
And I can't tell you where or when. But I'll be there, seeing as my presence was "cordially demanded" by Admiral General Aladeen, the Undemocratically Elected Leader and Beloved Oppressor of Wadiya, at a press conference to highlight the plight of dictatorships worldwide. The invite also gave us s ... More >>
Dear Ladies of the Red Carpet: Where's the shock of the swan dress or the pizzazz of the goth showgirl of yesteryear? Come on, ladies, this is the Oscars, and it's 2012! Why are so many of you million dollar actresses playing the Grace Kelly card? We are fully aware that all of you can't pull off ... More >>
viaUnless you've been living in a box, you're aware that the Oscars are tonight. While we won't be live-blogging the event like we did last year, we do have some hopes and anticipations for tonight's ceremony. So get in your gown (you do have one, don't you?), sit down in front of your laptop ... More >>
Mads Brugger is sort of the VICE magazine version of Sasha Baron Cohen, as financed by Lars Von Trier. His last film was The Red Chapel, an exercise in hidden camera comedy with unusual socio-political stakes, which I put on my Top 10 for 2010. In Chapel, Danish journalist Brugger posed as the di ... More >>
It was reported last week that Sacha Baron Cohen will play Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury in a film musical, and I instantly started screeching out a joyful "Bohemian Rhapsody" as a result. First of all, Cohen has played gay more often than straight, so it's a very tight fit.
The good news: After months of uncertainty from the Tommy Lee Jones half of Men in Black's brilliantly deadpan duo, Agent Kay is officially signed on for the third installment of what we're hoping will be the final film in the MIB trilogy. Will Smith has reportedly been on board for quite some time. ... More >>
Jerry Nadler, the nine-term congressman from Manhattan's West Side, stands up for the Constitution
The photographer who changed the way we look at—and depict—ourselves.
We're not inâBorat anymore
What kind of comedy is this?
Tina ChouIn this week's Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla reports back live from the somewhat Michael Jackson-themed Amateur Night at the Apollo: "It is extraordinarily difficult to impersonate, mimic, or pay entirely reverent homage to Michael Jackson without coming across like you're makin ... More >>
The album sales of Relapse may tell a different story, but these days, it seems like it's only the Republicans who really care what Eminem gets up to--from Bill O'Reilly's "feminist" outrage about the porning of Sarah Palin in "We Made You" to the amusing news (via Hotline on Call) that, at Friday n ... More >>
Somehow it doesn't seem that likely that the MTV Movie Awards planning committee just happened to drop an in-character Sasha Baron Cohen (Bruno, coming soon!) balls-first onto an album-promoting, famously gay-hating Eminem, who, among other things, has only been one of the two or three most valuab ... More >>
We weren't even going to mention the Golden Globes until we saw it on the front page of the New York Times -- who ever thought the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, once described as "100 stringers living off hors d'oeuvres," would gather such respect! -- but now we're duty-bound to mention tha ... More >>
On to Chapter Two! We ask another round of authors for recommendations.
Perhaps, if you don't mind monkeying around
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Melt your winter heft with dosa, tea, and something nice 'n' stinky
Talking vaginas, retards, testicles, dicks, douchebags, and George W. Bush with the Comedy Central star
From Al Basrah to the AMC, 2006 meant war
Places on the edge of language that the world can't strip away
Pay attention to Sacha Baron Cohen's comic take on America. You might just something learn.
Mob scenes and murders: An action-packed installment of an all-encompassing festival
A rich repertory selection saves the year for cinephiles
The loudest, boldest comic actor around takes an endless victory lap
The newsroom mockumentary that dares to ask, 'How big are your testicles?'
The fast and the furriest: Animating season opens with the journey of a manic menagerie