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  1. last night on late night
    There’s Plenty of Crack Talk in Jimmy Kimmel and MyPillow Guy’s Interview“I believe that you are sincere. I also think there’s something going on from the crack.”
  2. election 2020
    Stephen Colbert on Why ‘It’s a Good Thing’ We Don’t Have Election Results Yet“I’m going to say something a little controversial, so don’t get mad at me.”
  3. last night on late night
    Joe Biden and Herman Cain Have a Turf War Over Mike Pence’s ScalpIn this week’s SNL cold open.
  4. last night on late night
    Bill Maher Dissects the Hypocrisy of President Trump’s Coronavirus Treatment“He’s out after everything bragging, ‘Oh, I beat it.’ Yeah, with a team of doctors and experimental drugs.”
  5. last night on late night
    Weekend Update Wishes President Trump a Very Lengthy Recovery“There’s a lot funny about this. Maybe not from a moral standpoint.”
  6. the master of disguise
    Sacha Baron Cohen Apparently Emerged From Quarantine to Prank Alt-Right RallyMany attendees encouraged the racist song that he performed.
  7. cancelations
    The 2020 White House Correspondents’ Dinner Is CanceledKenan Thompson had been announced as the host.
  8. roll clip!
    SNL’s Dr. Birx Is One Scarf Comment Away From Descending Into Madness“I think it’s wonderful that at the end of the day scarves is the takeaway.”
  9. last night on late night
    Let SNL’s Gretchen Whitmer Be Your ‘Smoke-Show Midwestern Governor’Daddy Cuomo has some new competition.
  10. late night
    Pete Buttigieg to Guest Host Jimmy Kimmel Live This WeekThe former presidential candidate will fill in for Kimmel on Thursday.
  11. interviews
    The True Story Behind the Viral ‘Moves Like Bloomberg’ Video“We really didn’t think it would trick people. In our heads we were just like, This is a dumb comedy bit, and people will know that we’re comedians.”
  12. last night on late night
    Do SNL’s Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump Look Like People Who Lose?Trick question.
  13. last night on late night
    Why, Yes, SNL’s Elizabeth Warren Is Into BDSM“Bank destroyin’ and saving Medicare.”
  14. last night on late night
    Woody Harrelson’s Joe Biden Will Sniff You and Hug You From Behind on SNLDaddy’s home, America.
  15. 2020
    Samantha Bee Has an Offer the 2020 Democratic Candidates Can’t Refuse: Drop Out!Some bribery is on the table.
  16. last night on late night
    Jon Stewart Stops by Late Show to Yell at Mitch McConnell Over 9/11 SurvivorsIf we’re being honest, Jon Stewart does seem “bent out of shape” about the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
  17. 9/11
    Jon Stewart Yelled at Members of Congress for Ignoring 9/11 First Responders“It’s an embarrassment to the country and it’s a stain on this institution.”
  18. potus
    Third Time’s a Charm! Trump Is Skipping the White House Correspondents’ Dinner“The dinner is so boring and so negative,” he argued. Sure, buddy.
  19. basic instincts
    The White House Thwarted Sacha Baron Cohen’s Interview With Ben CarsonWe’ll never see the duo unboxing stuff together.
  20. last night on late night
    SNL Tries to Scare You Into Caring About Climate ChangeYou might lose your yarn, white women!
  21. Jimmy Fallon’s Trump Interview Was the Opposite of InoffensiveFallon’s interview was satire in its most irresponsible form.
  22. Germany to Prosecute Comic for Mocking ErdoganA little-known German law takes a very, well, German approach to the question of whether it’s okay to ridicule representatives of other nations.
  23. Trump and Giuliani’s Bizarre Comedy SketchOh, Donald, you dirty boy, you!
  24. happy things
    Street Named for George Carlin Accidentally Includes a ChurchThanks to a clerical error that will take months to fix.
  25. tough decisions
    Stand-Up Judge Chooses Comedy Over JudgingVince Sicari would rather go for laughs.
  26. the internet
    T. Boone Pickens Twitter-Stunted on Drake HeavyAn old billionaire schools a young millionaire, and we all learn a thing or two.
  27. sarah palin
    Palin Attempts Stand-up Comedy on Tonight ShowNow THIS would have been a good time for some Sharpie notes on the palm.
  28. gay jewish comedians covering black rappers
    Every Neighborhood Should Get Its Own ‘Empire State of Mind’Billy Eichner started with Forest Hills, Queens.
  29. comedy
    Surprise!: Joe the Plumber Is a Terrible Stand-up ComedianNot only is he not funny, he publicly hopes Keith Olbermann has a stroke.
  30. in other news
    Glenn Beck Leaves Times Critic Screaming in the AudienceBut it was only because intermission was too long. Sort of.
  31. happy things
    At Last, a Wedding-Reception Surprise That Doesn’t Involve Theater GaysIt’s about time.
  32. in other news
    Letterman Puts Blago in ContextThis is why we love him. And Joy Behar, too.
  33. early and awesome
    Meet Alphacat, the Man Who Proved Obama Can Be Made FunnyYouTubers are pushing for this impressionist to play Obama on ‘Saturday Night Live.’
  34. early and often
    St. Paul Report: Eugene Mirman, Chicken Run Afoul of Secret Service23/6’s on-air personality, New York comedian Eugene Mirman, had a little incident.
  35. early and often
    Jon Stewart: It’s Not McCain and Obama’s Lack of Humor, It’s the Media’sWho cares if the candidates can’t tell what is funny and what is not. That’s our job!
  36. 21 questions
    Caroline Hirsch Watches All the Late-Night ShowsName: Caroline Hirsch Job: Proprietor, Carolines on Broadway, the legendary Manhattan comedy club. Caroline founded the annual New York Comedy Festival, which begins next week and will feature performances by Rosie O’Donnell, Denis Leary, Sarah Silverman, and Artie Lange. Click here for our advance coverage of the fest. Neighborhood: Midtown East Who’s your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional? Edna St. Vincent Millay. What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in New York? My mother’s pasta on Sunday. In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job? I am constantly trying to discover what new talent is about to emerge.
  37. party lines
    What We Learned on the Night Before ‘The Ten’ Last night was yet another party for The Ten, the commandments-spoofing movie from the Wet Hot American Summer–slash–The State–slash–Stella crowd, and we learned several important things smoking and drinking backstage with Janeane Garofalo, Amy Poehler, and Rashida Jones. Among them: • Garafalo, who makes an uncredited cameo in the movie, dislikes gossip magazines but can accept their right to exist. “There’s journalism and there’s dirt digging,” she said after a stand-up stand. “It’s not real journalism. But gossiping is, I guess, just part of the human condition.” • Poehler, who was onstage barely longer than it took her to mimic jerking off, had little to say about the human condition but lots to say about our fear of getting older. “You know what the best years are?” she asked. “28 to 30. Ooh, they’re good.” (Somehow we think her 1998–2000 Comedy Central show had something to do with that.) • And Jones revealed that she hasn’t always been funny. “I took a class with the Groundlings in L.A.,” she recalled. Before that, “God, I was so bad.” • Also, David Wain has a fake tooth, and Ken Marino is in full support of breast-feeding, though he thinks National Breast Feeding Week could be replaced by a tasteful liquid lunch. And now you know. —Jocelyn Guest
  38. party lines
    Big Laughs and Small Food at ‘The Ten’ PremiereThe Wet Hot American Summer gang — the Stella gang? Part of the State gang? — is back with a new movie: The Ten. It’s ten sketches, each inspired by one of the Ten Commandments, and it premiered last night at the DGA Theater in midtown. The after-party was at Avalon in Chelsea, and our Party Lines crew reports it was particularly late and particularly boozy, with a D.J. playing oldies, lots of small food (mini-burgers, mini–croque monsieurs), and big crowds on the smoking porch. What did David Wain, Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Paul Rudd, Kerri Kenney, Gretchen Mol, Winona Ryder, and lots of others have to say at the party? Why was Chris Meloni wearing that ridiculous hat and Janeane Garofalo that crazy jacket? Why was Winona wearing an overcoat and a hat? (Does she have her own weather system?) All those answers at our Interactive Party Lines. ‘The Ten’ Screening [NYM]
  39. intel
    Computers, Comedy Further Destroy Lower East SideEveryone has his own personal milestone for when the Lower East Side was, irrevocably, over. Maybe it was when the Hotel on Rivington went up, or when Tonic closed, or when you first overheard one I-banker telling another about the Annex. Two new options now present themselves. First, there’s VLES, a Second Life–esque “virtual version” of the neighborhood wherein you, via your own hipster avatar, can walk from “Katz’s” down “Ludlow” and “watch” “bands” “play” “clubs.” And then there’s HBO’s Lower East Side–set new series, The Flight of the Conchords (which is likely being advertised inches from this item). Think Tenacious D with the added deadly touch of Wes Anderson/Demetri Martin/Eugene Mirman deadpan. (Robot obsession? Check.) Yes, it sounds like the perfect TV embodiment of the neighborhood — but it also makes us want to never, ever set foot there again. Thankfully, we don’t need to; we’ve got it on our desktop. Virtual Lower East Side [VLES.com] Flight of the Conchords [HBO.com]
  40. in the magazine
    Live from ‘New York’If you were watching NBC over the weekend — and, actually, Nielsen numbers from the last few months suggest you probably weren’t — you saw the Lorne Michaels version of what Saturday Night Live was like in the nineties, a Sunday-night prime-time clip show of the comedy franchise’s Clinton-era highlights. (“Must have been a short show,” quipped a New Yorker.) Want the non-hagiographic take on SNL in that era? We bring you back to the March 13, 1995, issue of New York and Chris Smith’s cover story, “The Inside Story of the Decline and Fall of Saturday Night Live.” Smith spent a month in and around Studio 8H, and he discovered a show with falling ratings, increasing expenses, mediocre writing, a miserable cast, and a detached executive producer in Michaels. “What’s really killing SNL,” he wrote,” is a deep spiritual funk.” From the archives, here’s his account of that funk. Comedy Isn’t Funny [NYM, 3/13/1995]
  41. cultural capital
    Conan Returns to New York, and Thank God After a week in San Francisco, Late Night With Conan O’Brien returns home today to the cozy hearth of Rockefeller Center. Like previous trips to Toronto, Chicago, and Finland, the San Francisco sojourn was marked by high spirits and top-notch japery. (Particularly enjoyable: the outing to Intel headquarters; repeated references to Mayor Gavin Newsom’s sex scandals delivered as ingenuous expressions of gratitude to the city government.) The return to boring ol’ Studio 6A is welcome, however, because it means relief from the overeager Bay Area audience.
  42. 21 questions
    Comic Mo Rocca Makes Oatmeal But Not DinnerName: Mo Rocca Age: 38 Job: Imp; currently appearing in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Neighborhood: Chelsea Who’s your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional? Isidore Itzkowitz, a.k.a. Eddie Cantor. What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in New York? Currently I’m in love with the buttermilk fried chicken at Dirty Bird on 14th Street. In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job? Bite my nails and try to think of funny things.
  43. in the magazine
    Sex Diaries: The Attached VillagerIt’s the Sex and Love issue of New York this week, and for it six New Yorkers kept Sex Diaries that chronicled their sexual lives (or lack thereof) over a period of seven days. Daily Intel has even more diaries, and we’ll bring you a new one each day this week. Today, Jessica Delfino: 30, comedian and dirty folk rocker, East Village, straight and in a relationship. DAY 1 Midnight: Reunited with boyfriend after he was out of town all week. Trade wet kisses. 12:30 a.m.: Boyfriend tells me we should go home and 69. 12:57 a.m.: Get fondled in the foyer, followed by some love pecks and pokes in the elevator. Steven Tyler would have been proud. 1:27 a.m.: Attack my boyfriend in bed wearing nothing but a softball jersey. He’s watching That ‘70s Show and isn’t responding. 1:32 a.m.: After five minutes of kissing him, he’s still not with the program. Warn him that I’m documenting our sex life. He calls me weird. He caresses my vagina and thighs between eating chocolate-covered raisins while he watches the show. 2:07 a.m.: Sex o’clock. We both win. Me first, as usual.
  44. in the magazine
    In the Colbert Nation, We’re All Young and Invincible Last night, Stephen Colbert devoted his show’s prime real estate — his “The Word” segment — to the “Young Invincibles,” the health-insurance-forgoing twenty- and thirtysomethings David Amsden profiled in a recent issue of New York. “This is an encouraging trend,” the faux-conservative faux-blowhard commented about Amsden’s piece, “but we have to make sure that forsaking health insurance stays sassy and rad.” With your help, Stephen, we’re sure it will. Comedy Central has the clip, and we’ve got the article. Hip Replacement [Comedy Central] The Young Invincibles [NYM]
  45. 21 questions
    ‘Daily Show’ Correspondent John Oliver Fears We’re in the End TimesName: John Oliver Age: 29 Job: Daily Show correspondent and advisory-board member to Dave Eggers’s writing program, 826NYC. Oliver will perform tonight at Symphony Space at an 826NYC fund-raiser, McSweeney’s Presents: The World, Explained. Neighborhood: West Village Who’s your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional? I like the sound of Emily Warren Roebling. Anyone who can finish building the Brooklyn Bridge whilst finding time to be a member of Daughters of the American Revolution is okay by me. Although her implied support of the Boston Tea Party is appalling. The only time throwing tea into the sea would be acceptable would be if you’d pre-boiled the ocean. And added a splash of milk.
  46. cultural capital
    Conan O’Brien Owes His Career to a Crank Four things about Conan O’Brien and his show that we’re pretty sure haven’t been published before, which we learned last night at his rare public appearance — with four of his writers — at the Museum of Television and Radio: • The character “
  47. cultural capital
    New ‘Onion’ Fake News: Actually Fake, Not So FunnyHere’s the remarkable thing about the Onion News Network, the satire stalwart’s first foray into video content: It’s the first televisual product to literally fit the wrongheaded moniker “fake news.” The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, which are regularly saddled with that descriptor, don’t fake the news; they fake the format. ONN — as of this writing, less a network than a Web page with four clips and a Dewar’s ad — finally takes that extra step. Its news items are, indeed, mocked-up rather than simply mocked. This means that both the anchors and the subjects are played, hammily, by actors, and the “news footage” is as scripted as the banter around it. Sadly, though, it is not particularly well scripted, nor particularly amusing.
  48. grub street
    David Cross Is Both 12 and 42 Years OldIn the fall and winter, David Cross drinks red wine with “almost every meal.” (In the spring and summer, apparently, it’s beer.) We’d assume he means every non-breakfast meal, but, then, he also has chili for breakfast, so who knows? He even likes red wine with his favorite snack, pretzel rods dipped in Smucker’s all-natural peanut butter, chunky. What else did he have red wine with last week? Find out in the latest New York Diet at Grub Street. Comedian David Cross Likes His Peanut Butter and Pretzels With a Glass of Wine [Grub Street]
  49. party lines
    Reno 911: New York! Reno 911: Miami!, the new movie based on the Comedy Central hit about an incompetent police force, screened last night as part of the Tribeca Cinema Series. The cast — um, we mean the Reno Police Department — was there, and afterward they sat for a Q&A with the audience. New York’s intrepid party reporter had a few questions of her own. Do you have any advice for the NYPD? “Lt. Jim Dangle”: My advice for anyone out there who wants to get into law enforcement is learn a trade. “Deputy Travis Junior”: Learn a skill. Dangle: Do something valuable. Junior: Go into like … Dangle: Soft-core porno. Junior: Get a Webcam video. Do something that matters and makes a difference … Dangle: Because crime doesn’t pay, but you get to make your own hours. Junior: Crime pays better than law enforcement.
  50. in other news
    Music and LyricsThe case of Paul Cortez, the personal trainer–musician accused of murdering a dancer who snubbed him, took an odd turn yesterday when the prosecution offered the defendant’s song lyrics as evidence of his violent tendencies. The Times quotes Cortez’s attorney, Dawn Florio, who claimed that songs like “The Killin Machine” were perfectly normal for her client to have written: “Rock stars don’t write about tulips and butterflies,” she explained. Objection, hearsay. — Lori Fradkin Lyrics and Diaries Offered as a Portrait of a Killer [NYT]
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