This week's cover story is about the NYPD's very strict -- and some say ridiculous -- interpretation of a state statute regulating "gravity knives."
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have cake shops, chaotic performance art, gift shows, shift shows, the black Daria, and two triumphant celebrations for the Brooklyn Comedy Festival (all of which has shows you should consider attending here). Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New ... More >>
Back before he was the host of The Daily Show -- back even before Josh Hartnett chopped off his fingers and stabbed him in the eye in The Faculty -- Jon Stewart was the host of his own eponymous show. It aired for almost two years, first in a half-hour version on MTV, and then an hour-long version i ... More >>
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have bathroom secrets, light bulb eaters, click-clapping hipsters, the shining light of inner beauty, and a giant pile of donuts. It's a finger-licking seven days. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week. See also: Hannibal Bu ... More >>
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have fancy special tapings, a late night TV staff doing improv, nerdy comics, swag comics, a royal baby pig, a tight five on autism, and dick jokes sold with love in the world's most important gay bar. It's a hot week. Here's our rundown of the best in independently pro ... More >>
Mayor Bill de Blasio made his first appearance since his inauguration on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart Monday. Stewart's conversation with De Blasio touched on the major scandals of his first 34 days in office -- Plowghazi, Forkgate -- as well as his future plans, e.g. the Great Carriage Horse Ema ... More >>
10. Kurt Braunohler, How Do I Land? After relocating and taking his weekly Hot Tub show to LA, Kurt Braunohler signed a deal with legendary indie label Kill Rock Stars to release his first stand-up album. How Do I Land? combines his famous knack for unsettling performance art with more traditional ... More >>
"While I love the creativity of telling stories on television," Van Brunt Stillhouse proprietor Daric Schlesselman told us, "one of the things I find frustrating about television is it's so ephemeral. Once you tell a story, it's sort of gone. My hobbies have always been cooking, brewing beer, and gr ... More >>
Election Day is finally here, and you could cut the tension with -- well, just about anything, really. The dull edge of a key. A butter knife coated in marshmallow fluff. A newborn kitten's tiny, gummy teeth. That's because, as you're probably well aware, the main contests are all pretty much deci ... More >>
These are extraordinary times in New York: two politicians with penis problems are sword-fighting for high office, Derek Jeter just declared immortality, and Jay-Z is in a public slanging match with Harry Belafonte. Why are you not out there, hearing some jokes GUARANTEED to crush in the break-room? ... More >>
Lena Dunham teams up with UCBT for a fundraiser
Laugh your way to the End Times
It existed way before The Daily Show and even before Saturday Night Live! In fact, a 1962 comedy album starring comedian/impersonator Vaughn Meader was a cultural phenomenon and ended up winning the Grammy for Album of the Year. And 50 years later, it's back and bigger than ever. Bob Booker, who ... More >>
The comedian kvetches about Mitt and Obama—but cops to being hopeful
David Rees gets the lead out
Sarah Vowell invites you to a luau
Three currently hot actresses happen to share a similar unconventionally attractive look and comic chops from the heavens. Zoe Kazan, 28, is an eccentric, doll-faced creature who has done theater (The Seagull, Angels in America) and film (Me and Orson Welles, It's Complicated) on the road to comple ... More >>
On last night's Daily Show, host Jon Stewart absolutely eviscerated the amendment proposed to the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Law, which says that before first responders receive medical benefits, they must first be screened by the F.B.I. to assure they're not terrorists.
An all-Brooklyn benefit for disaster relief
I dance, I chat with Brooke Shields, I learn about female private parts
The Daily Show host, who used his program as a forum to push for health care for September 11th first responders, has been rewarded with a place on the board of the forthcoming 9/11 museum and memorial, the New York Times reports in Friday's paper. "We see him as helping raise awareness, and ... More >>
Kristen Schaal makes us laugh
Via The Daily What and Metafilter, singer Ben Folds has masterfully done it, the staff of Newsweek has done it to embarrassing and hysterical effect, The Daily Show did it, so naturally, it's now time for President Barack Obama to hit up the social freak experiment known as ChatRoulette. Of course ... More >>
Word is, the president's routine from this weekend's White House Correspondents Dinner--which killed, by the way--was put together in consultation with writers from the Daily Show. But anyone who knows anything about Barack Obama's musical tastes knows that he probably didn't need any help using B ... More >>
The battle between New York-based blog network Gawker Media and Apple over an exposed iPhone prototype is far from over, having made The Daily Show last night. Looks like they're going to have more legal troubles on their hands, however, though not from Apple this time. We hear that there are ... More >>
Periodically, one or the other of the partners in New York City's nervous marriage with parts north threatens to leave. This time, a State Senator from solid red upstate has weighed our value as a revenue source against our New Yorker cooties and found us wanting.
Bill Clinton recently taped a Daily Show segment in New York, and the autograph hounds of TopPix lay in wait. When he arrived, they begged for a signing; the former President said, "I gotta go do this first, I'm late" -- clearly implying consent. But when he left the studio, the famously prevarica ... More >>
Jokes for a good cause
I just got a press release saying I'm a celebrity panelist on a live game show, so I guess it's really happening. In fact, I'm pulling together my best Brett Somers wig and Charles Nelson Reilly pants suit (or vice versa) as we speak! Here's the release:
Comics come out on Wednesday, and so does Richard Gehr's Pulp Fictions. RASL: The Drift Jeff Smith Cartoon Books You could zip through RASL: The Drift, which collects the first three issues of Jeff Smith's self-published book, in less than an hour, or you could linger on his carefully composed p ... More >>
Another round with the delightfully bizarre filler tracks from a classic album
That infamous festival is back, though chicks may happily dominate this year
Jon Stewart should really thank her
New York's faux-corporate holiday soiree hits a few bum notes
Why in God's name did Steve Carell take the paycheck?
On the beauty but hollow humanity of micromanaged Mac rock
You make chump change. And Congress likes it that way.
Jon and Bill: The hosts who make us laugh when we'd rather cry
Democrats and hardballing pundits, pleasantly embedded in the economic elite