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    August 27, 2014

    Westboro Baptist Church Will Also Picket Gawker, Buzzfeed, Foursquare, Basically Everybody Else

    Last week, we told you that the Westboro Baptist Church, a merry band of noxious trolls with questionable ties to Jesus, is returning to New York to picket the New York Times, Facebook, the Huffington Post, and the 9/11 Memorial Museum. It appears that the WBC has realized that picketing media outle ... More >>

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    July 29, 2014

    Exclusive: Comedian Gary Gulman Announces Late-Night Milestone, Fall Tour, New Special

    As of his springtime appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Gary Gulman has officially appeared on every late-night network talk show currently on the air. (That'd include The Tonight Show, The Late Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Last Call with Carson Daly and e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2014

    The Question No One Asked: What's Jay Leno Been Up To Since Retiring?

    It was sad -- Jay Leno's 22 years hosting The Tonight Show ended with all the excitement of a guy farting at the mall. We all talked about his joke stealing and his talk-show stealing and how he'd played to the middle, threw away his talent. We were happy to see him go back to his garage and all h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    Bill de Blasio Responds to Jon Stewart's Adoption Plea: "We'd Be Honored"

    When the election night broadcast cut to Bill de Blasio's victory party late Tuesday, some watching from home had the chance to see what could very well be the next first family of New York City in action for the first time. Daily Show host Jon Stewart, for one, was smitten.

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    July 25, 2013

    Even Weiner's Alleged Sexting Partner Loves Anthony Weiner Jokes

    Who doesn't love a good Weiner joke? They're simple, yet effective, and since Tuesday--the day New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner publicly confessed that "some" of the explicit photos and chat logs unearthed by were legitimate--comedians (and people who just think they are c ... More >>

  • Film

    July 24, 2013

    How Friends is Already the Relic of a Bygone Era

    "I'll be there for you … and others in our census bracket"

  • Voice Choices

    April 17, 2013


    Chat with Don Draper and co.

  • Voice Choices

    March 6, 2013


    David Cross discusses Arrested Development’s return with Michael Cera

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Dov Hikind's Blackface Episode Gets the Daily Show Treatment

    When pictures of Assembly member Dov Hikind dressed up in blackface as a "basketball player" for his annual Purim party hit Facebook this week, it prompted a predictable media firestorm. Predictable, apparently, to everyone except Hikind, who spent the last two days explaining to anyone who would l ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 27, 2013


    Lena Dunham teams up with UCBT for a fundraiser

  • Film

    February 20, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    In Defense of New Girl (Hear Us Out...)

    Depending on your perspective, Zooey Deschanel is either the cutest, funniest, most adorable little retro-kookster on earth, or she's an irritating try-hard with zero comedy chops. The only thing the world seems able to universally agree on is that Deschanel has nice bangs. As such, her sitcom - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2012

    Q&A: Charlotte Druckman on Skirt Steak, Food Network, and Women in the Food Industry

    Charlotte Druckman has written for Travel Leisure, the Wall Street Journal, Town and Country, and many other publications about food and chef culture. But in her most recent endeavor-- a book titled Skirt Steak: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat and Staying in the Kitchen -- Charlotte interviews ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Johan No-Shows Letterman

    Mets fans are still basking in the afterglow of Johan Santana's no-hitter, among them Jon Stewart, who began Monday night's Daily Show with camera phone videos of him and his family celebrating in the stands at Citifield (see video embedded below). About 45 minutes later David Letterman celeb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2012

    Trebek: I'll Take 'Possible Retirement' for 200

    Very few things have remained the same since 1984. The highest grossing movie that year was Beverly Hills Cop; now, we have The Hunger Games. Michael Jackson's Thriller ruled the airwaves; 28 years later, Adele's 21 hasn't budged from Billboard's top spot. And who had heard of the Internet yet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    The Top Six Game Show Appearances By Rappers

    The news of a rapper-packed revamp of Hollywood Squares has been greeted positively, not least because everyone has been able to join in the fun of Googling the demographic term "malennials" to find out if they are going to be allowed to watch the show. It's also allowed some people speculate on whi ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 11, 2012
  • Voice Choices

    January 11, 2012


    Put those nonreaders to shame

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Geoffrey Zakarian on Winning The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs

    Photo courtesy Geoffrey ZakarianGeoffrey Zakarian, Chef and Iron Chef​Geoffrey Zakarian is ending the year with a bang. The chef at the National and the Lambs Club can now also call himself an Iron Chef, having beaten nine other culinary pros competing on The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs. We ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    100 & Single: The Erratic Chart Fortunes Of TV-Crowned Idols, From Kelly To Scotty

    ​Scotty McCreery—winner of the 10th edition of American Idol, and owner of the new No. 1 title on Billboard's album chart, Clear as Day—sets a handful of chart records this week that certainly sound impressive. As Billboard reports, McCreery is the first country act to debut at No ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Jersey Shoresical Is Not A Boresical

    ​The raucously low-class reality show Jersey Shore tends to spoof itself, so a musical mockery of it seemed to me like a bad idea. But the production I just saw at the Actors Playhouse--which was a hit at the Fringe Festival--was a winner, because it's fast-moving, with nonstop music and raun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Why Is Canada's Food Network, Like, Way Better than Ours?

    Better than America's?​Food Network Canada might sound like a joke -- remember the hubbub over horse meat on Top Chef Canada? -- but its shows might actually be better than the U.S. Food Network's. Why else would we be importing so many of them?

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Inside the Bert and Ernie Marriage Campaign

    ​Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie have been living together for 40 years. And now, an online petition demanding that Sesame Street allow Bert and Ernie to wed is circulating. As of this posting it has almost 4,500 signatures. "Let us teach tolerance of those that are different," the petition's d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Radio Hits One: Reality TV Propels Aging Stars Back Into The Top 40

    ​ When I heard that Jennifer Lopez was leveraging her new position as an American Idol judge to launch her new single, premiering the video for "On The Floor" on one episode and performing the song on another, I rolled my eyes at what I thought was her hubris. It'd been less than two years sin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Beavis And Butt-Head Return To A Racier, More Snookified MTV

    MTV turns 30 on Monday. To celebrate, we're running a bunch of pieces on the channel, its legacy, and its future. You may have heard by now that Beavis and Butt-Head are returning to MTV—a real comeback after years of cruel teasing rumors, none of them particularly believable. Mike Judge an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    The Lonely Island Better Not Lose Its Emmy Race To A Song From Freaking Family Guy

    Four songs from this past season of Saturday Night Live—three by the Andy Samberg-led pop-comedy troupe the Lonely Island, and Justin Timberlake's protestation that he's so over being a pop star—have been nominated for Emmys in the Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics category. (That's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Judy Gold Wants a Lesbian Sit-Com!

    ​And she deserves it. The hilarious, deadpan Judy Gold returns to the stage in The Judy Show--My Life As A Sitcom beginning June 30th at the DR2 Theater. I just called the lesbo-visible comic and got the gay lowdown on it. Me: Hi, Judy. Tell me about your wacky new show. Judy: It starts w ... More >>

  • News

    June 22, 2011

    Reality-TV Porn

    When their reality-TV star fades, some male contestants turn to gay porn

  • Voice Choices

    May 11, 2011


    Fallon loves being gracious

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    Snooki Paid More Than Toni Morrison to Appear at Rutgers

    ​Not a joke: New York Times best-selling author Snooki will be paid $32,000 by the Rutgers University Programming Association for appearing at two "student-produced comedy Q&A sessions" yesterday. This has generated great controversy, as that's $2,000 more than the amount Toni Morrison, who, y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2011

    Comedian Currently Watching Every Episode of Two and a Half Men

    ​Today in masochism: there is a comedian named Gil Ozeri who is currently watching every single episode of Two and a Half Men in a row, sans interruptions. The whole thing is streaming online here. Fittingly enough, all of the episodes of Charlie Sheen's famously mediocre sitcom (there are 177 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Ken Jennings, Jeopardy! Champ, Took Questions on Reddit as "WatsonsBitch"

    ​"I am a 74-time Jeopardy! champion, Ken Jennings. I will not be answering in the form of a question," someone wrote in the IAmA section of social news website and discussion board Reddit yesterday afternoon under the username WatsonsBitch. It turns out, via proof on his blog, that it was inde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Special Report: Jay Leno has always destroyed what he wants in the process of acquiring it

    ​ Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. If Roast Beef Could Fly and Leading With My Chin Date: 2004; 1996 Publisher: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    "Forcible Rape" Back to Just Regular "Rape" in House Bill

    ​The biggest problem in the House of Representatives at the moment is Chris Smith's "No Taxpayer for Abortion" Act, which seeks to limit women's choices in reproductive matters by doing things like banning federal funding for abortions in rape cases. Also an issue, though, was the bill's langu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Pat Kiernan Talks About His New Gig, His Dream Job, and the Name of Ross's Monkey on Friends

    ​Everybody's favorite New York reader-of-the-papers, NY1's Pat Kiernan, has a new gig. Not to worry, he'll still be reading the papers for you in the morning, but he'll be moonlighting in the trivia business. If you follow Pat, you know he has a fondness for pop culture: He features a daily tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: A Sausage Fest; Hot Plates

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Iron Chef America Screening Bagatelle Wednesday, January 26, 8 p.m. Chef Nicolas Cantrel, who just won the Battle Gruyere on Food Network's Iron Chef America, is ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Q&A: Phil and the Osophers' Drummer Kevin Estrada on His Wheel of Fortune Appearance

    "Vanna White came into the green room in sweats, without any make-up, eating a piece of cake, and asked if anyone thought it was fair Brandy was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars while Bristol Palin remained." Phil and the Osophers' Kevin Estrada on Wheel! Of! Fortoooouuuune! Around these par ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Dora the Explorer Concedes to Puberty

    ​Caitlin Sanchez, the voice of Latino exploring superstar Dora the Explorer, finally settled her lawsuit against Nickelodeon. Not afraid of biting the hand that fed her cartoonish mouth, Sanchez accused Nickelodeon of making her sign an "unconscionable contract without adequate compensation." Sanc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2010

    Glossy Liberal Magazine Brings Keith Olbermann Out of MSNBC Suspension Slumber

    ​Keith Olbermann is in the hot seat this weekend with Deborah Solomon in the New York Times Magazine. Okay, so he did the interview before the mess yesterday, in which Olbermann was suspended indefinitely from MSNBC for donating to three politicians without declaring so, but it's still funny t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2010

    Rachel Maddow on Keith Olbermann Suspension: At Least MSNBC Isn't Fox News

    Rachel Maddow dedicated her final segment on Friday night's show to the Keith Olbermann flap, in which the Countdown host was suspended for making political donations, and said she understands the punishment Olbermann received. "I understand what it means to break this rule," Maddow said. "I believ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    OLBERMANN DOWN: Keith Olbermann Suspended Indefinitely From MSNBC, Sir

    ​Following revelations that he made political contributions in what's apparently a direct violation of MSNBC's Code of Ethics, Keith Olbermann has been indefinitely suspended from MSNBC. If there's any other way to react to a media bombshell like this other than "Wow," we'd sure like to know.

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    MSNBC to Sub-In for Olbermann With Nation Editor Chris Hayes...Who Should Also Be Immediately Suspended! (UPDATED)

    ​The New York Times' Brian Stelter just Tweeted that Keith Olbermann will be replaced tonight on MSNBC by The Nation's Washington editor Chris Hayes, who has been a guest host on MSNBC previously. On that note, Chris Hayes should probably be suspended. UPDATED.

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Racist Fox News Ignoramus Brian Kilmeade Clarifies Extent to Which He Is an Ignoramus (Video)

    ​When moments like the time that Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade called all terrorists Muslims -- which is both racist and also factually incorrect by a long shot -- actually do happen on Fox News, the surprising thing isn't that they happened. It's that sometimes, apologies can follow.

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Kermit the Frog Brings the Green, Freaks Out Silly People

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. July 16, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 29 'Sesame Street' Learns It's Paved with Gold By Carol B. Liebman The Children's Television Workshop, producers of "Sesame Street," was attacked this spring by tv critics of the Times and the Daily News for ... More >>

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    September 29, 2010

    The Snooki Book, A Shore Thing, is Actually Happening

    Click to Enlarge.An idea for the cover.​Dear Struggling Authors of America, please read the following around friends, family, or other people who can protect you from harming yourself. And Jonathan Franzen, look out. You think you wrote The Great American Novel? Think again. Star Jersey Shore ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010

    Jersey Shore's Snooki Found Guilty of "Annoying Others"

    ​Sometimes the headlines just write themselves. Spoiler: The Jersey Shore's embattled Snooki was found guilty of "annoying others on the beach with her antics," which included, apparently, using a beer bong, falling off a bike, and being entirely too tan (that's just our opinion).

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    August 30, 2010

    Top Chef, Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Win at the Emmys

    BravoSmile! You won!​Although its current season has so far been its worst yet, that didn't stop Top Chef from winning an Emmy last night for best Reality Competition, ending the seven-year reign of The Amazing Race. And it looks like Jamie Oliver's uphill battle with the residents of Huntingt ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 11, 2010


    Jim Gaffigan jokes around with the folks of The Daily Show

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Jersey Shore Cast On Strike: Season 3 Status in Question

    ​The cast of Jersey Shore may be getting a little big for their True Religions. TMZ is reporting that everyone except Snooki and The Situation are on strike just as shooting is supposed to start for Season 3. Ronnie, Vinny, Pauly D, Sammi, and JWoww are all holding out for more money, it seems ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Emmy Nominations Announced; HBO Maintains Primetime Stranglehold

    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 >>

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