The tech world and the joke world come together this week, like a remake of The Social Network with a DVD commentary track of fart noises. Social sharing mecca Reddit hosts its regular standup show Wednesday, TED talk-inspired goof "Slideshow" is on Saturday, and the app-powered comedy night "Crowd ... More >>
To say that Miley Cyrus has over-saturated all channels of popular culture since her notorious VMA performance on August 25 would be, well, kind. Her maniacal, tongue-sprouting grin or gyrating, vinyl-clad body--or both!--have been ubiquitous since. Dialogue detailing cultural appropriation and the ... More >>
At the SNL fantasy camp, dreaming about becoming the next Tina Fey
When you rake in the second-highest ratings for Saturday Night Live this season and Mariah Carey's gushing about how much she loves you, you know you're doing something right--and that's exactly how things went down for Miguel (and Vince Vaughn, too, but c'mon) on the show this week. The addition of ... More >>
Here is a brief list of the things I found more engaging in this week's episode of Saturday Night Live than Phoenix's performance: - Dennis Rodman's 12-second cameo in the cold open, in which he stumbled over saying "Saturday Night Live" - Melissa McCarthy driving a golf cart - Melissa McCarthy wea ... More >>
Here are the ten best concerts to check out around the city this week, in no particular order.
Remembering Joe Strummer
Last night, Saturday Night Live did a parody of Top Chef called Top Dog Chef. It was screened, of course, on the Dog Channel and the hosts were Padma Leash Me and Tom Collie-cio, with Mario Barktali as the guest judge. Hilarity ensued as the contestants -- humans in dog costumes with particular emph ... More >>
First, Kristen Wiig. Now... Andy Samberg?According to the New York Times, after seven full seasons and almost a hundred Digital Shorts of his own creation, Andy Samberg has confirmed that he will no longer appear on Saturday Night Live, leaving behind him a legacy that is comparable to som ... More >>
43 reasons to hide the remote
We really don't mean to pick on Paula Deen but she has had quite a year, and it's only March. Just one more thing for now, we promise: Kristen Wiig's SNL parody of Dean, which is kind of harsh but too funny not to post.
Sleigh Bells, Brooklyn's favorite destructo-pop duo, are having a bit of a coronation month. There's been critical raves for their new album Reign Of Terror, they're on the cover of Spin, and tomorrow they'll play Saturday Night Live, where they will work hard to redeem the concept of internet-bre ... More >>
Say what you will about Lana Del Reyand boy, have you ever, Interneteven her most devoted fans would be hard-pressed to call her "profound." Amidst the embarrassing-for-everybody controversy over her Saturday Night Live performance, her lips, her name, her dad, her shelved first album ... More >>
This week in the Voice, out today: Gus Garcia-Roberts profiles Victoria Jackson, chronicling how the former Saturday Night Live star became a Tea Party darling: "Her comedy career, which took her from Johnny Carson's stage in Los Angeles to 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, long ago squeaked it ... More >>
Das Racist's Relax is currently online for your perusal/enjoyment right now, and the group's just released the video for the bonkers first single "Michael Jackson." It's an homage to "Black Or White" that comes complete with references to The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live and the Last Supp ... More >>
Spend your lunch break with Michael Showalter and Jenny Slate
The commercial above appeared on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. Billed as a message from the Corn Syrup Producers of America, it shows two self-righteous moms having an amusingly awkward disagreement over the purported evils of high-fructose corn syrup. The visual punch line features an ov ... More >>
Consider the shark jumped. The $3 canned beverage, both caffeinated and alcoholic, has already been banned in New York, with distributors halting their local deliveries on Friday, and now we here at Runnin' Scared are moving to ban the drink from the internet. Our teeth are shivering from the sugar ... More >>
All the comedic greats came from somewhere
It's been a while since our last horrifying footwear roundup, but it seems an urgent situation has arisen. People are wearing five-fingered shoes -- those running shoes that make purist assholes who run look like their toes are fingers -- around office buildings, on the subway, all over town. ... More >>
Ves PittsAnd that's a good thing! CLICK HERE for my interview with Jibz Cameron, whose onstage creation Dynasty Handbag is a whacked-out, needy, electric-haired shock of crazed imagination.
We will never own one of these. Whee, the 62nd Annual (Primetime!) Emmys have been announced. There aren't that many surprises: As usual, HBO rocks, as does Mad Men, True Blood, 30 Rock, Glee, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tina Fey. Losties may get another chance to see the objects of their affect ... More >>
It was naive to think it could turn out any other way, marketing gimmicks, the show's resurgence and Will Forte be damned. The latest Saturday Night Live skit-turned-feature film is crashing and burning, taking in a paltry $1.5 million at the box office on Friday, leaving the action parody un ... More >>
So this "Betty White on Saturday Night Live" thing -- a rousing success, no? The "Depends" joke you knew was coming was pretty great anyway, right? And then there was Jay-Z, giving one fantastic performance and one fantastically awful one. Dude's got range.
One of the many highlights of Betty White's appearance on last weekend's Saturday Night Live was the unexpected resurrection of Delicious Dish, the Splendid Table-like radio show that most memorably gave the world Alec Baldwin's schweddy balls. Hosted by Ana Gasteyer and Molly Shannon, it featured ... More >>
The latest episode of Saturday Night Live, hosted this past weekend by a very funny Gabourey Sidibe, featured a commentary piece during "Weekend Update" on the Girl Scouts' absurdly short cookie-peddling season. Quoth writer John Mulaney: "Have some pride in yourselves, Girl Scout cookies. You ar ... More >>
Whenever I've interviewed brilliantly hilarious, world-famous comedians, it turns out they're rarely all that funny (with the exception of the endlessly mirthy Joan Rivers). I usually find that either: (1) They're dark, tortured people for whom merry-making is simply an act that they do whe ... More >>
So this happened. They'll patch it up. Here's how:
Your one-stop shopping spot for the finest in blind gossip.
Go ahead, let it out
In the week a chipped tooth kept Lil Wayne out of jail and a secretive, proprietary Billboard chart made a success out of his new, abysmal Rebirth, we pulled our Paul Wall grills out of the closet, just in case. You never know when your hood pass might get pulled, you know? Care for a Sightings p ... More >>
Watching the live taping of the Jawbox episode of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon the other week, we were reminded of the utter weirdness of the late night TV variety show format. On TV, because Letterman et al have done it for so long and so well, it's come to seem normal, but make no mistake: thes ... More >>
Daniel Johnston, somewhat unwitting source of the sweetest iPhone app ever made, heads to Highline Ballroom tonight to sing his wobbly songs of vaguely menacing and often unbearably sad whimsy. Do him a favor and don't be fucking with your phone the whole entire time.
The country's greatest living director, Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Office Space, Idiocracy), has a new release in the offing, due Labor Day. "Extract" concerns Joel (Jason Bateman), the owner of a flavoring company called Reynolds Extracts, which manufactures "a patented brand of culinary extra ... More >>
Chrisette Michele's weepy, fiery, only occasionally baby-shaking Epiphany debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts, a huge coup for the vaguely retro-minded r&b belter. Her legacy, alas: At 83,000 sold, it's the weakest #1 record in Nielsen SoundScan's nearly two-decade history. She just won the last g ... More >>
Here's your one chance to do it right
Eat your heart out, Andy Samberg!
Fred Armisen performs just for us one last time
The Year in TV