Roastmaster General, comedian Jeff Ross has roasted tens of thousands of people -- maybe more, he says. His first official Roast was of "actor" and ponytail god Steven Seagal, and he opened with this joke: "A lot of you don't know me, but I feel uniquely qualified to be here today because I'm also ... More >>
Throughout the middle part of the 20th century, comedians like Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Joan Rivers, Woody Allen, and Bill Cosby shared stage time with folk musicians, Beat poets, and activists in the basement bars and coffeehouses of Greenwich Village. The Improv Comedy Club, founded in 1963 i ... More >>
There's an elephant in the room sporting some excellent hair gel, so let's acknowledge it and move on before we dive into Maroon 5's performance on Saturday Night Live. People lo-ho-hoooooove to hate these guys, the falsetto-favoring, Voice-judging, badly tattooed frontman in particular. Adam Levine ... More >>
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This week in Cheap Laughs, we have free pie, pole dancing titillation, two-handed improv genus, garbage men, and the some of the funniest people on earth. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
Consider a traditional conservative with the traditional conservative attitude toward gay people (briefly, "grooot, ah hates me a faggot"). Times have turned hard for him; gay marriage is sweeping the nation, and it's no longer considered cool to harsh on homosexuals. Through all the recent gay wa ... More >>
The comic wears her (dark) heart on her (gastric) sleeve
It's a tough time for music with a sense of humor. An earnest wave of boring indie bands has just tried to ruin CMJ (like they do every year), their beards matted with their own knob-slobber and playing the kind of music that wins first prize in a dick-shrinking contest. Then Hurricane Sandy left a ... More >>
Too much like its arcade inspiration
In Take This Waltz, Michelle Williams gives a superb, textured performance as a married woman who's straying from the comfy confines of her domestic life, with potentially damaging results. Sarah Silverman is also good as her sister-in-law, an alcoholic who occasionally gets loosened up enough to s ... More >>
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 >>
Photo by Mindy TuckerLizz Winstead is a wee bit tired. She's been traveling since June 14 with her "Planned Parenthood, I'm Here For You!" Comedy Tour, which has spanned 12 cities and 10 states. Plus she's been working on her upcoming book, out in June of 2012. All this activity "does energiz ... More >>
Esther ZuckermanWhen we walked into General Assembly's office in the Flatiron District around 3 p.m. Sunday, most people in the room were hunched over their laptop screens, most of which were Macs. It was nearing the end of the "Reinvent NYC.gov" hackathon, an event sponsored by the city in w ... More >>
Pew Research CenterIt was a disappointing start to National Coming Out Day in New York City when gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino continued to express his blatant misunderstanding of homosexual culture on the Today Show this morning, stating at one point: "They wear speedos and grind agains ... More >>
A brief interlude between dirty jokes. Pics by Rob, more below.Marnie Stern The Rock Shop Tuesday, October 5 Better than: Most Sarah Silverman routines Marnie Stern talks about vaginas a lot. Maybe you knew this. Tonight we are celebrating the release of her pretty great new album (self-tit ... More >>
If you ask Michelle Trachtenberg politely maybe she'll reprise this. Well, it's that time of year again: Friday's Fashion's Night Out brings a whole slew of free ways for you to stalk your favorite celebs, stare at pretty things you will pretend to consider to buy, and get some swag and music appr ... More >>
Predictably nasty New York Post film critic Kyle Smith is now apparently telling his readers what else to do on the weekends. Not that he really should, but Smith obviously doesn't give a shit what Post readers are doing on the weekend, because he apparently wrote one entry just to be a cruel ... More >>
Saturday Night Live is switching up their cast, and the New York Times has confirmed the new lineup. Who's out and who's in this season, which everyone will tell you is worse than the season before regardless?
"That I can go to Google and the third thing that comes up "Is Stephin Merritt a racist because he doesn't like hip-hop?" It was so wrong and immoral, and it had never fully been cleared up." A generation of terrified journalists and collaborators will tell you that Stephin Merritt is a fundament ... More >>
Marc Maron's WTF Podcast live at Comix
Seems that the long awaited and slaved over Stephin Merritt documentary now has both a name and a trailer. Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields is set to debut at the San Francisco Film Society, February 28th, and will hopefully then eventually make its way to New York, where so ... More >>
Gaga for Gaga! And that Steve Buscemi—what a character!
Nice cape, dude. Photo by Araceli Cruz."The first thing that struck me was the boat," said Billy Corgan, onstage Saturday at the Rubin Museum, where he was being psychoanalyzed. In front of him was an image from C. G. Jung's The Red Book. The illustration was of a vessel at sea, with a spear- ... More >>
On the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode aired on Sunday, Larry David took a leak, some of it got on a painting of Jesus, a Catholic saw the painting later and thought the painting had miraculously wept, etc. Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch readers find this (at present) the "cringe-iest"moment in ... More >>
And then I compare Keats with Tila Tequila.
This barb doll keeps going and going and going
Our colleagues at Sound of the City have already advised you give Steven Soderburgh's Che a miss, but we expect the film will draw because, as everyone has been saying since it was announced, it's perfect casting -- "Benicio Del Toro is Che Guevara." Audiences love to see celebrities impersonate ot ... More >>
There's an outrageous Sarah out there saying purposely misinformed, politically incorrect things and making everyone bend over with laughter. And there's another one too—Sarah Silverman, who punctures the current political climate in this pointed address to the pervy public. Sarah feels it's imper ... More >>
And meet Mr. Hoptoit McNegropantsa Daily Show writer offers A Practical Guide to Racism
Accosted by fat guys, disgusted by Ann Coulterall side effects of fabulousness
Tenacious D gets the band back together, and . . . and . . . and?
Used to be a genius, I ain't lying, booked the numbers didn't need paper or pencil.
From bar mitzvah memories to video game worlds, this year's coffee-table books offers sentimental journeys
A Dostoyevskian gallery of contemporary lost souls, louts, louses, and ignoramuses
A Slacker Musician Teaches Preppie Tykes a Lesson in Unleashing Their Inner Rockers