This week in Cheap Laughs, we have beloved transgender Puerto Ricans, animal tail butt plugs, nipple tassels, special siblings, and a musical based on stand-up comedy. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
Was 1994 the best year for pop music in history? Quite possibly. Sure, some of it was terrible, but overall it was amazing: Nordic black metal, Britpop, pop punk, trip hop, and the best R&B of the '90s. (Boyz II Men were peaking). Hip-hop's Golden Age was winding down, but a new, arguably more co ... More >>
Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets. Raising Sexually Pure Kids Author: Tim LaHaye Date: 1998 Publisher: Multnomah Publishing, Discovered at: Salvation Army, 112 4th Ave The Cover Promises: "You c ... More >>
Current President of MENSA/musical artist Ray J recently released what has been described by every human with ears as a Kanye West diss track about Kim Kardashian, called I Hit It First. But former Rhodes Scholar Ray J insists that we are wrong and that I Hit It First is not about his sexual escapad ... More >>
Lots of plays and movies enter into the category of "love/hate"--i.e., people worship at their feet or find them utterly repellent, but no one thinks they're just OK. For example, Oz, The Great and Powerful, Spring Breakers, Twilight, and The Tree of Life come to mind as classic love/hate movies, ... More >>
It's been three years of bullying for Obama and his origin of birth. Even after he showed us a video of his Miracle of Life ala the opening scene of 'The Lion King,' Donald Trump and the army of birthers - an entire sub-sect of our political culture that is named after their one ideology: Obama wasn ... More >>
On Saturday night, Queer & Sober hosted a Mr. Sobriety pageant at SVA Theater, and I judged! It made perfect sense since I haven't had a drink since I started popping seizure pills, which coincidentally was the night The Lion King opened on Broadway. The pageant was great, with six hot males stru ... More >>
Newsies the Musical -- coming to Broadway in a matter of moments -- is the well-received show based on the so-so 1992 film about "urchin peddlers" striking (and being striking). At a press event yesterday, we were told that book writer Harvey Fierstein was brought in to turn the movie into a stage ... More >>
When you go see a movie at a Saturday half-price matinee, should it count toward that weekend's box office? You paid less than the guy who saw the movie Friday night. Does that mean your viewing shouldn't count? What about if you see an old movie at a revival house: Should that count toward the box ... More >>
When it was announced that Ghost the musical would come to Broadway, hot on the heels of the current Sister Act, I realized, "That's two musicals based on Whoopi Goldberg movies!"
Annie Leibovitz, struggling artist, has been shooting ads for Disney depicting celebrities as everyone's favorite Disney stars. The Disney Dream Portraits, their official name, kind of look like what would happen if the Vanity Fair Oscar party took place on Halloween. The Disney Parks Blog, t ... More >>
If you happen to live in Williamsburg, we're happy to tell that you won't have to travel very far for the best of tonight's dance parties. Stay local if you can for three very different but equally excellent dance floors, all within a few blocks of each other. Start your Friday night at Publi ... 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. Three Bizarre and Filthy Cash-in Kids' Books Discovered at: Thrift stores across t ... More >>
Talking with all-around Broadway fanatic Seth Rudetsky! Plus Charles Busch.
Bad news, New Yorkers: Once again, rightbloggers are pretending to care what happens to you. You may remember that right after 9/11 it became trendy for conservatives to gush over New York and Rudy "America's Mayor" Giuliani. Then, when it became apparent that New Yorkers still weren't going to vo ... More >>
Not nearly curiouser and curiouser enough
Charting our myriad obsessions, amusements, and confusions
More deep spirituality from Paul Simon's favorite vocal group
Sibling rivalry. Daddy issues. Infidelity. Sidney Lumet crafts one hell of a melodrama
Is that a jungle out there? Looks more like a theme park to me.
From protests to plays and films to forums, New York 'makes nice' with the RNC
They Come to New York Needing Second-Trimester Abortions. An Underground Network Keeps Them Safe.
The Musicals a Joke AgainBut Is It a Good Joke?