This week in Cheap Laughs, we have special ed improvs, sexual Mazel Tovs, a talent show, anniversary blow, liberal lions, albino sirens, and the powerful energy of Macaulay Culkin. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
Jared Leto is proof we're living in an elaborate fiction. I can't suspend my disbelief enough to accept that he's real: he's a million-selling rock idol who's also a serious actor known for taking on difficult roles. He's handsome and soft-spoken, serious and sensitive. He hangs out with hip, famous ... More >>
On Monday night, I had the privilege of watching James Murphy salvage an interview that, in lesser hands, probably would have gone down in flames. Mostly, the interviewer seemed to suffer from poor posture (perhaps he should watch this dry-mouthed TED talk on the power of body language) and lack of ... More >>
1 On Fresh Air, Terry Gross talks about fermented foods with its greatest champion and fetishist, Sandor Katz, who has a new book. When he name checks some of his favorite beverages, Gross says, "I have no idea what you're talking about," and bursts out laughing. [NPR] 2 This cute and weirdly hear ... More >>
Brooklyn born writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak has died. He was 83-years-old. Sendak was the author of Bumble-Ardy, In The Night Kitchen, and, of course, Where The Wild Things Are. We just went back and listened to Sendak's interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air in September of 2011. It's a ... More >>
Over the last few days, Village Voice Media's music editors have been regaling you with stories of the best from Austin's South By Southwest Festival. But with the best must come the worst, and our critics unfortunately came across the following borefests, technical problems, and insults to their in ... More >>
Glass: "Ain't Too Proud to Craig!"Earlier this week, the Voice reported about Julian Joslin's shocking discovery of a (public radio) celebrity sex tape between This American Life's Ira Glass and Fresh Air's Terry Gross. After the jump, read Glass's response to the scandal, when our blog post ... More >>
If you're as big a public radio nerd as we are, this may be the best laugh you'll have all week. Updated: An interview with Julian Joslin, the producer and voice behind the Ira Glass Sex Tape.
We find ourselves ever more upset by the news that LCD Soundsystem will be calling it quits on April 2nd at Madison Square Garden. Consider this recently recirculating interview Murphy did with Fresh Air's Terry Gross last year: "I've been on a quest for almost the length of this band to just ... More >>
viaYesterday, we praised Lawrence Wright's cover story in The New Yorker, a 24,195-word mega-exposé about Hollywood writer/producer/director Paul Haggis' defection from the corrupt and crazy Church of Scientology after 35 years. Today, NPR's Fresh Air has a behind-the-scenes look at the maga ... More >>
At least according to New York Times editor Bill Keller, who just last week blasted WikiLeakes chief Julian Assange in a massive profile, calling him "arrogant, thin-skinned, conspiratorial and oddly credulous." But that doesn't mean the work Assange's organization does can't spur political c ... More >>
I'd hit it.The Brooklyn-bred hotness that is NPR's Fresh Air host -- The Notorious T.E.R.R.Y. G.R.O.S.S. -- is also apparently Right Said Fred-level too sexy for your radio.
Pictured: Village Voice editor Tony Ortega hoists Runnin' Scared's Atl-Weekly Award, flanked by staff.Not that you didn't already know, dear reader, but as the young people would say, "game recognize game," because we have just been officially told we are what the young people would call ... More >>
"Not-really-rapping-beastie-boys-and-mostly-throwing-shit-around-the-stage-while-people-walked-out," went one review that got sent our way. Fair enough. New York was also baffled. Pictures (below) more or less confirm the story. But let's take a moment here. This was not All Tomorrow's Parties. My ... More >>
Vic Chesnutt died on Christmas Day, after an overdose of muscle relaxants left him in a coma. If you've ever seen the man play live, you likely have "a Vic Chesnutt story." Mine involves a Boston-area opening stint for Jonathan Richman in the mid-'00s, when Chesnutt wheeled out onto the Somerville ... More >>
Speaking of Ruth Reichl, she was on Fresh Air with Terry Gross this week, talking about the demise of Gourmet, home cooking, and her newest memoir, Not Becoming My Mother. The entire audio is online, or you can read the transcript here. (Gross comes across as not being such a food lover.) In the i ... More >>
Demme polishes Carter's do-good image
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Conor Oberst supplies aging middlebrows with tote bag, Postal Service tykes with a mess
Can you imaginethe whole country wired to Terry Gross's bourgeois ass?
Mama's Got a Litterbox, Daddy Never Sleeps at Night
The story behind the splintering of a 21st-century philosophy