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 >>
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.
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 TheDirty.com were legitimate--comedians (and people who just think they are c ... More >>
"I'll be there for you … and others in our census bracket"
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David Cross discusses Arrested Development’s return with Michael Cera
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 >>
Lena Dunham teams up with UCBT for a fundraiser
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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Photo courtesy Geoffrey ZakarianGeoffrey Zakarian, Chef and Iron ChefGeoffrey 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 >>
Scotty McCreerywinner of the 10th edition of American Idol, and owner of the new No. 1 title on Billboard's album chart, Clear as Daysets 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 >>
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 >>
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?
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 >>
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 >>
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 MTVa real comeback after years of cruel teasing rumors, none of them particularly believable. Mike Judge an ... More >>
Four songs from this past season of Saturday Night Livethree by the Andy Samberg-led pop-comedy troupe the Lonely Island, and Justin Timberlake's protestation that he's so over being a pop starhave been nominated for Emmys in the Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics category. (That's ... More >>
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 >>
When their reality-TV star fades, some male contestants turn to gay porn
Fallon loves being gracious
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
"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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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.
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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).
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 >>
Jim Gaffigan jokes around with the folks of The Daily Show
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 >>
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 >>
Keith WagstaffCulinary types discuss culinary television programming.Michael Pollan's New York Times article "Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch" hung heavily over the "Food on the Tube: How TV Shapes the Way We Think About Food" talk Tuesday night at the 92nd Street Y. In attendance: Padma L ... More >>