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The House Doesn’t Win This Time

Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler star in an unfocused comedy that’s always about two steps from being actually amusing.

By Emily Yoshida

Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler: The Ultimate Comedy Team

Other than a mere year of overlap on Saturday Night Live (which produced one of the greatest sketches of all time, “Short Shorts for the USA”) and mostly isolated screen time in the no-one-knows-what-it-means-but-it’s-provocative Blades of [...]

By Erik Abriss

Improvising Through Life with Jason Mantzoukas

Before Jason Mantzoukas was being asked about the logistics of breaking into the comedy world, he was traveling the real world. Living for almost two years abroad on a trip funded through the Watson Fellowship, a grant that enables graduates to [...]

By Ian Goldstein

Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell’s ‘The House’ Hits Theaters in 2017

Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell's in-the-works movie by Neighbors writing team Brendan O’Brien and Andrew J. Cohen just got a premiere date. Variety reports that The House is officially set to hit theaters on June 2, 2017. Ferrell and Poehler star [...]

By Megh Wright

Everybody Loves Sfoglia; Meehan Loves All BBQ

Bruni two-stars Sfoglia, the latest victory in a series for the Nantucket import, including nods from Adam Platt and Gael Greene in our Best of New York issue. The food is simple and rustic (frittatas, simple pastas), but it works for Bruni. Imagination can get you two stars, as the Ssäm Bar review showed last week, but so can execution, even if it isn’t very elaborate. [NYT] Peter Meehan surveys nearly all the area’s BBQ restaurants, finding a lot to like: the pulled pork at Pies-N-Thighs and the burnt ends at RUB, to name two. Still, no revelations here. [NYT] Sietsema hits up a Senegalese restaurant in Harlem: “Predictably, the dibi is awesome.” You said it, Bob! Has Sietsema ever met a foreign lamb dish he didn’t like? [VV]

The Travails of the Produce Biz; A Rebuke to Our Rachael Ray Defense

An inside look at what restaurants’ produce suppliers go through and the razor's edge their business turns on. [NYT] Nina Lalli believes that we were wrong to defend Rachael Ray, who, she says, just throws fatty food at the masses, with no care for their well-being. [VV] Joël Robuchon has confirmed that he’s going to open a restaurant in Chicago; now it looks like Alain Ducasse will be doing the same. If, as some speculate, Ducasse never reopens here, we may actually end up behind Chicago in something. [Chicago Sun-Times]