"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 >>
With America on the verge of a historic agreement with Iran, don't miss the chance to see a bunch of comedians not really understand what's going on with that. They will have great jokes about NFL bullying, though! Sidenote: does anyone know why Iran ISN'T our friend? They hate Al-Qaeda, they love f ... More >>
It's the spookiest, goofiest time of the year! The one industrial town in Bangladesh that ONLY makes fake spiderwebs is running three shifts a day to celebrate Halloween (or as they call it "that time in November we're not starving"), so let's all party with them! You're lucky this is the city that ... More >>
It's an all-nerd pick this week, as the city prepares to welcome New York Comic Con. We have all manner of geeked-out funny people for you, from rapping improv dorks and Merrie Melody fans, to Texan history enthusiasts and men who name stand-up albums after Founding Fathers of American Commerce. Gra ... More >>
In this week's cover story, about W. Kamau Bell and his hilarious progressive talk show's leap to a four-nights-a-week broadcast schedule, we found excuses to throw in lots of videos of Totally Biased highlights-- but not as many as we wanted. Read More: W. Kamau Bell's Outrageously Funny 'Totally ... 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
The comedian kvetches about Mitt and Obama—but cops to being hopeful
David Rees gets the lead out
The Secret Policeman's Ball: Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, Russell Brand, Eddie Izzard, and many others Radio City Music Hall Sunday, March 4 Better than: Watching the Lohan Saturday Night Live on DVR. Going to a live show that's actually meant to be broadcast on television can be a deadly propositio ... More >>
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 >>
Eugene Mirman has the formula for fun
"I was hoping he would have a very clear and strong, reasonable-seeming explanation -- that hasn't necessarily happened so far," Jon Stewart said, with extra-torturous language, on The Daily Show last night, about his close friend (and college roommate!) Anthony Weiner, the New York congressman who ... 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.
For a brief moment in late 2008, it felt like the clouds were parting after eight dark years, and TV on the Radio's supremely great "Golden Age" might just be heralding the start of something truly amazing. The band went all in, leaving any arty pretension to the music video and earnestly pr ... More >>
An all-Brooklyn benefit for disaster relief
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 >>
Jonathan Coulton doesnt mess around with messing around
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. Unreasonable, short-sighted, hyperbolic, childish, reactionary--well, to be fair, "Angry American" is a pretty accurate title...
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.
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
John Olivers out of his cage again
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
A compassionate list for a 'Times' reporter in limbo
You make chump change. And Congress likes it that way.
The year in TV: Another season, a smattering of reasons for tuning in amid all the mediocrity
Jon and Bill: The hosts who make us laugh when we'd rather cry
Who and what went down at the MTV Video Awards