While the world waited for word on a referendum in Crimea and the whereabouts of a missing jet airliner, there was plenty of time last week to pick apart a comedy sketch starring Zach Galifianakis and the President of the United States. The brief Funny or Die "Between Two Ferns" segment, which Obama ... 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 >>
TV legend Barbara Walters will no longer be on view--or on The View--as of next summer, when she's stepping down from her longtime perch as TV's reigning quizzer. And she means it.
Jill Niccolini interviewed me for the Fox 5 News at 10 last night about the report that Barbara Walters is supposedly retiring next year. I'm not sure which sound bites they used--after the interview, I went off to see Tom Hanks in a play---but above is a photo of me telling Jill stuff like:
Joy Behar is leaving, but Elisabeth Hasselbeck is staying, despite the wishful thinking, I mean erroneous reports, of the gossip press. But who would you want to see on The View to make it worth shutting your trap so you can watch them flap their gums for an hour? First of all, I'd keep Whoopi. Sh ... More >>
In 1955, Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard announced "Project Celebrity," coming up with a list of Hollywood stars he wanted his followers to treat as "game" to hunt down for the church. And while Hubbard didn't succeed in bagging Danny Kaye, Sid Caesar, or Liberace (!), his organization did event ... More >>
After all, the one for Queenie has given the UK a much needed boost, everyone scrambling to buy mugs and T shirts and anything with the British flag colors in order to celebrate the old bag's longevity at standing and waving. And lord knows our own country could use such a bump, the latest jobs rep ... More >>
Victoria Jackson went from the big leagues of comedy to the rabid right of modern politics
James WorrellLooking back, 2011 has been quite a year, especially on the gay rights front, one of our major beats. Like the cardiac organ caught in a bear trap accompanying Jen Doll's "Plight of the Single Lady," there were times when, objective reporter or not, the stories we were reporting ... 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!"
Today in your why is it taking me so freaking long to get where I want to go news: Two extremely famous world powers are in New York City today, on the very same day. This is unprecedented! They are: President Obama and Justin Bieber. Obama, of course, is in town for fundraisers in Midtown an ... More >>
There was some action in the GOP 2012 Presidential race last week, with Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul declaring themselves in and Mike Huckabee declaring himself out. Rightbloggers sifted the results, and found them good -- because there was at least one true conservative left whom they could support ... More >>
Dan Weiss is the author of the blog Ask a Guy Who Likes Fat Chicks and he's profiled in this week's feature, "Guys Who Like Fat Chicks." He put together a list of ten males who appreciate larger ladies in Western mass culture because, frankly, there aren't all that many. Fat Admirers do exist, and ... More >>
In case you missed it, Donald Trump is sort of running for President. He's shown his seriousness about this by speaking at the CPAC political convention, and by taking a job at Fox News. That Trump might push this self-publicity campaign all the way to the 2012 Republican convention is expected by ... More >>
Yes, as an actual human. The mogul has proven that by providing his birth certificate, dispelling suspicions that he might have just evolved out of protoplasm under a table. This all came up because Trump wants to run for President and is actively campaigning on various talk shows and comed ... More >>
A very bronzed Donald Trump, continuing in his campaign for our attention as to whether he will or won't run for president in 2012, has taken to The View to express his views, including concerns over potential competitor (and current president) Barack Obama's birthplace, because this is a tho ... More >>
The second part of the change-up at Business Insider comes down the transom! A leaked memo about protest at Fox News, and, hey, activists! Here's how to get around those pesky security arrangements. This American Life host Ira Glass is...singing Elliott Smith. Rupert Murdoch has surrendered t ... More >>
Steppin' Out editor Chaunce Hayden usually rants against Howard Stern, and I reprinted some of those columns here until realizing they stem from a deep-seated agenda that involves him being banned from Stern's show. Well, this week, he named Whoopi Goldberg "Asshole of the week" for her "pro ... More >>
President Obama is about to make, um, history, by becoming the first U.S. President to appear on a daytime TV talk show -- something George Washington or Abraham Lincoln could never actually get away with, media being what it was in those days (also, they weren't exactly lookers). In the mode ... More >>
There are some fascinating new issues surfacing in the aftershock of LeBron James's decision to join the Miami Heat, most notably Tyler Kepner in yesterday's New York Times. Kepner makes several valid parallels between A-Rod and James, such as "like Rodriguez, James grew up without a father ... More >>
"Those who can't, teach," so I gamely helped match up a nice young woman named Lorraine with the best of three available suitors last night at The Fix-Up Show, a live dating extravaganza done by J. Keith van Straaten up at the swingin' Triad.
Out and about, and then back here to walk in Nancy Sinatra's boots.
A pupu platter of punditry
Double-wide-eyed by an opera trailer at Carnegie Hall and by a Senate race out North Carolina way
Making lemonade from lemons; reflections about a golden eye; jousting with Joosten.
Arab Americans See U.S. Media Bias
Thrillers! Satires! Westerns! Indies! Blockbusters! Sequels!
Advice from the ball circuit: 'This category is about your face, not your booty. Now ride your broomstick out of here, baby gorilla.'
I chatted up Debbie Matenopoulos, whose mantra was, 'How sick is it that I'm up for an Emmy?'
''How can you dislike a Barbara Walters co-anchor who had a birthday party at Hooters?''