Uncovering a talking cigar factory, flowing kegs, and William Shatner in a whirlwind week
Beam yourself over to Comic Con
Willie Geist reviews the TV icon's one-man show
Whenever I see a TV camera approaching, my face lights up like a Halloween pumpkin and all the hanging skin inflates like a Thanksgiving Day float based on a long-running animated character. I basically become a holiday parade float of a giant, gay, papier-mâché suckerfish.
Sunday in the Park by Georges Seurat Despite reports dripping with sarcasm (or maybe it was saliva) in the New York Post and other blue-blood rags about demonstrators at the Occupy Wall Street encampment feasting on gourmet vittles, my visit there this afternoon proved otherwise.
Tonight at 9 p.m., Current TV continues its series 50 Documentaries to See Before You Die, a look at the best documentaries made in the last quarter-century, hosted by filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. Maybe because I'm in so many docs myself, I was asked to give my opinions in the show about slig ... More >>
Raise a glass of Klingon blood to William Shatner
• Soil tested 25 miles from Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on Monday had radiation at "430 times normal levels" as reported by Japan's Science Ministry. Tokyo Electric's executive VP has visited evacuees in the area to apologize for the situation. In addition, it seems that multipl ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. January 27, 1972, Vol. XVII, No. 4 Scenes By Howard Smith & Sally Helgesen PLASTER CASTS of Leonard Nimoy's head crowded one display table. Life-sized posters of William Shatner striking various heroic poses covered the walls. The air ... More >>
Summing up 2010 in two little words
You know that show, $#*! My Dad Says, based on the book, Sh*t My Dad Says, based on the Twitter, Shit My Dad Says? If only they'd just gone ahead and had the balls to call it "Shit," maybe you would have had a flying fuck's chance of recording the show. Instead, CBS has had to issue an instru ... More >>
NPR asks an intriguing question today. With so many -- of such varied backgrounds, ages, and degrees of fame -- using their middle fingers to express discontent, are we simply growing numb to the shock value of the bird? Does it need a replacement, stat? In the last few months, the gesture ha ... More >>
Justin Halpern is a New York Times number one best-selling author. He's the 29-year-old formerly underemployed comedy writer who moved back in with his parents, struggling, and started the Shit My Dad Says Twitter. People thought it was funny, the things his old man said. (The father curses a ... More >>
You may've heard, but Justin Halpern's hilarious Twitter feed "Shit My Dad Says" is being made into a sitcom. Fine, but try this one on: It's going to star illustrious shit-talker William Shatner as "Dad." In the tradition of Al Bundy, Frank Barone, and Archie Bunker, Captain Kirk will no doubt ... More >>
Weird Christmas records: They're not just for Dylan anymore
A schlock genius, king of the Bs and so much more
The special guest line-up for this past weekend's Big Apple Comic Con read a lot like a wish list for VH1's The Surreal Life: classic TV-show refugees (Different Strokes' Todd Bridges, Silver Spoons' Erin Gray, Dukes of Hazzard's Tom Wopat); cartoony wrestlers (Ric Flair, The Iron Sheik, Bushwacke ... More >>
We're back to real nurses talking about TV nurses. Last month a bunch of local nurses complained about Edie Falco's new show Nurse Jackie, mainly because the character takes a lot of drugs and they thought it bad for their image. Today a real R.N. talks about the show at the Times and, while Theresa ... More >>
Twitpic by iamawizard. The week started with an underwear run and went downhill from there. President Obama's Supreme Court pick, Sonia Sotomayor, rocked the Judiciary Committee. He felt so good about that he released unexpected stimulus money for New York cops, and announced Medal of ... More >>
The latest Hollywood attack on the Divine Sarah comes from the Conan O'Brien Show, where the treasonous Irishman unleashed liberal media's secret weapon, William Shatner, to read a section of her resignation speech as jazz poetry, which their apparatchiks have disseminated on YouTube. Palin's den ... More >>
The above video, which depicts T-Pain and Taylor Swift rapping together, frankly falls into We Probably Need to Mention This, But Damned If We Have the Slightest Idea What to Say About It category. As an experiment in whether Swift's critic-wooing adorability can survive something this atrocious, ... More >>
Right now, you're live Twittering the gradual yet agonizing process of having a man named Ron permanently etch three different generations of cartoon Captain Kirk on your left calf. You're listening to William Shatner's "Live Life Like You're Gonna Die." This is apparently your tenth tattoo, and t ... More >>
Proof that a franchise can live long and prosper
The mellow and wonderful travails of Nick Lowe, the eternally heartbroken heartbreaker
The Brooklyn celebrity war has been joined. Bruce Ratner, the would-be bringer of the Nets to Brooklyn and builder of Manhattan-style apartment towers on Atlantic Avenue, got the jump in 2003, when he hauled up Jay-Z to make an awkward speech the day Ratner unveiled his project. Yesterday, it wa ... More >>
Talking animals make sales pitchesfor everything
Finally a chance to catch up on all those new bands. Well, maybe not bands exactly . . .
Canadian synth-punks weird out in the cardboard forest
The eternal hustler works his gloomy-gus shtick and leaves the hipsters wanting more
ABC goes bonkers with hysterical retro housewives, crash dummies, and loopy lawyers
Lone Guy Wrangles Worldwide Weirdness in Winner Show
Burt Reynolds and Bobby Simone Pass in the Night
When I asked Jane Horrocks if she's a gay man trapped in a woman's body, she said, 'No! If so, I haven't discovered it!'