Last night the Wu-Tang Clan formed like Voltron on the set of the Daily Show, sitting down with a surprisingly giddy Jon Stewart (we had know idea he was such a Wu Stan) and performing two songs, the new "Ron O'Neal" off their coming-in-November A Better Tomorrow and the first track on disc two of 1 ... More >>
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have free pie, pole dancing titillation, two-handed improv genus, garbage men, and the some of the funniest people on earth. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have pendulous breasts, primo dong, recycled bars, zines, rock vomit, and (gasp) actual fun in the Theater District. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have television's finest improvisers, live dubbed sitcoms, Freudian drama, black talent, white talent, and a literal trip to comedy hell. Wear breathable fabrics, because it's going to be a hot one. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comed ... More >>
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have everything: funny Norwegians, Tinder titillation, boy burlesque, street toughs, secret passwords, cheerleading cancer, and the enduring lure of Quebec. We do it right, baby. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
This snow business is officially out of control. Everyone is slipping on slush, cancelling plans, and even worse: running out of snow-related workplace banter. We've had so much bad weather, even the office cut-up is running out of precipitation material. You need to feed the beast. Get out there in ... More >>
Consider the phrase "ho ho ho." It denotes festive laughter, but how much will you really laugh this holiday season, given what you're about to endure? Crappy gifts, airports, family racists, "a very special Christmas episode" of every awful show, eggnog, criminal knitware, relatives who just found ... 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 >>
Fresh new shows. Grisly old shows. Shows supporting animal rescues. A show starring someone whose highest ambition is to play an American Legion Hall in New Hampshire. Yes, folks: Cheap Laughs has it all this week, proving that when it comes to weekly independent New York comedy recommendations, Hoo ... 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 >>
According to a profile in M magazine, Andrew Sullivan admits that when he was diagnosed with HIV in 1993, he couldn't get a date. But some time later, he met Aaron Tone at the Black Party--the annual drugs-and-sex-fueled debauch--at three in the morning. They've been together for nine years and ha ... More >>
This isn't how things are supposed to work. "You're on Fire," the first track off Nanobots, the new They Might Be Giants album, is an urgent, antsy marvel, a disco-glittered pop stomper whose three killer hooks slide over, under, and through each other, all coiled up as tightly as snakes in a cave. ... More >>
That's a brand new observation from Frank DeCaro in his nuttily funny review of Oz The Great and Powerful on his own Flaming Screens channel on YouTube. Frank DeCaro, of course, was a scream as the gay movie critic on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and he's a regular riot as the host of his own S ... More >>
From December 3 to the 30th, the riotously funny Cheri Oteri--best known from Saturday Night Live and other comedy shows--will explode onto the stage of NEWSical The Musical! That's the constantly updating, never self-censoring musical mockery of current events that's sort of like The Daily Show wi ... More >>
There are many culprits who helped push Obama out of the same-sex marriage support closet this week, with Malia and Sasha (who didn't see the difference between their friends' parents who are opposite or same sex), Joe Biden's loose, grandiose, hyperbolic lips, and the (later confirmed) prospect of ... More >>
Throughout the award's history, Grammy voters have tended to bestow Best Comedy Album upon trusted favorites: Bill Cosby closed out the 1960s with six straight victories; Richard Pryor took home three trophies in the '70s and two more in the '80s; and Peter Schickele opened the '90s with four ... More >>
Watch out, Mr. Mayor! The United Federation of Teachers is launching an ad campaign today that attacks Mike Bloomberg -- who has loudly criticized the union at a handful of public appearances this year. At his State of the City speech earlier this month, the mayor went after the UFT for insisting on ... More >>
Eugene Mirman has the formula for fun
As the Daily Show pointed out last night, the New York State Senate has indeed succeeded in taking on one of the toughest issues of the day: finally settling what the Empire State vegetable ought to be. (Corn.) But though Governor Cuomo just tweeted about some real progress -- the long-awaite ... More >>
"I suggest you look at the unedited version online, where my emotional states don't seem to change so arbitrarily," said Jon Stewart on The Daily Show last night, his first show since exclaiming, "You're insane!" at Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday. Stewart, of course, said more about the state ... More >>
Jon Stewart gently mocked his old friend and college roommate Anthony Weiner as the penis scandal escalated last week, and even yesterday, with Weiner taking full responsibility for his porny internet time, Stewart's response was without the kinds of cutting jokes expected of The Daily Show when a p ... More >>
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 >>
While Sarah Palin bemoaned the state of public discourse as it flew from sorrow and mourning to finger-pointing, the nation itself grabbed a popcorn bucket and sat back while she attempted a curious, teleprompted defense. Some commentators are questioning what effect her bloody awful choice o ... More >>
Stuart greets his public. Pics by Rob, more below.Belle and Sebastian/Teenage Fanclub East River State Park Thursday, September 30 "Make me dance/I want to surrender," croons Stuart Murdoch, doing both, actually, as "I Didn't See It Coming" winds down to inaugurate Belle and Sebastian's 20-s ... More >>
There are not enough words to describe the extent to which Rick Sanchez has -- without fail, time and time again -- aired out the worst aspects of his arrogant, patently unlikeable persona -- one which seems to thrive on his own incompetence like it's an anabolic steroid -- on full display, d ... More >>
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St. Vincent, Britt Daniel, Bon Iver, Zach Galifianakis, Janeane Garofalo, and more Haiti Benefit @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg Saturday, January 23 BrooklynVegan might best be known for having the most obnoxious commenters in the entire music blogosphere (which, in fairness, is certainly no small ... More >>
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...
Hmm: after suffering an epic smackdown on Jon Stewart's show last night, Jim Cramer didn't show up for a planned "The Morning Joe" interview this morning. "Guess he had a late night," said Joe Scarborough. Reaction to the Daily Show ep was swift and brutal. James Fallows of The Atlantic compares S ... More >>
There was something unusual about Jim Cramer's appearance last night on "The Daily Show." We've never seen a Jon Stewart guest so obviously expecting to get his ass kicked, and never seen Stewart kick anyone's ass so thoroughly. In fact, Cramer was so sweaty, nervous and contrite, and Stewart di ... More >>
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New York Times does another one of those can-comedians-make-fun-of-Obama stories, with a Jon Stewart writer saying that Obama is "less likely to say something stupid" than Bush and suggesting the Daily Show will focus on Fox News and the "Democratically-controlled Congress." The article is predictab ... More >>
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