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  1. Celebrate Awards Season ‘98 with ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ We are once again firmly entrenched in Hollywood’s favorite time of year: award season. As a nation we will thrill and speculate who will […]
  2. from the archives
    Remembering When Gerald Ford Seemed Like the Worst Problem We Could HaveCovering Washington’s big power shifts, then and now.
  3. from the archives
    The Year New York Almost Lost the Right to ChoosePolitics and service journalism from the early era of legal abortion.
  4. There’s Never Been a Better Time to Revisit ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle’ I generally try not to timestamp these articles, because who knows? Someday somebody’s going to be searching for information about Woody […]
  5. from the archives
    A History of Waiting for the Second Avenue SubwayNow arriving. (Really!)
  6. Unearthing a Rare 1971 Monty Python Film All About Peas Let’s say you suddenly found yourself in charge of a major corporation. If you’re good at your job, imagine you’d probably try to steer the […]
  7. from the archives
    The Last Time New York Felt BlueThe mood after Bush beat Kerry, and the ways our writers thought about it.
  8. There’s Never a Bad Time to Revisit ‘Clone High’ In our current political climate, it’s not surprising that many Americans might be drawn towards the past to compare the great leaders of […]
  9. reread
    From the Editors: About That Trump CoverWe, and the artist Barbara Kruger, had always intended for it to convey multiple meanings.
  10. from the archives
    Looking Back at the First ‘Best Bets,’ an Analog Recommendation EngineA shopping column for a particular type of urbanite who consumed avant-garde theater and home accessories.
  11. design hunting
    How Cecil Beaton Transformed Hotel Rooms Into DestinationsAfter he checked into a room, it never looked the same.
  12. from the archives
    Are These Quotes From This Summer or Our 1996 Bob Dole Cover Story?Establishment senator or billionaire outsider? Doesn’t much matter to the operatives, when you’re running against a Clinton.
  13. Looking Back at the Albums of the National Lampoon Between Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead and Netflix’s upcoming film about the early days of the National Lampoon, anyone who has, like, four […]
  14. from the archives
    Anthony Weiner’s Journey From Boy Wonder to FlameoutA brief history of our coverage of the former congressman.
  15. Mel Brooks Destroyed at Radio City Music Hall Last NightMel Brooks won’t sit down. The good people at Radio City Music Hall have set up two chairs on stage, one for the moderator Kevin Salter and one […]
  16. from the archives
    Looking Back at 40-Plus Years of ‘Fall Preview’ PicksRocky seemed promising! But so did Cop Rock.
  17. Bob Odenkirk, Fred Armisen, and Zach Galifianakis’ 2002 Sketch Show of […] Not long ago, media writers were talking about a “sketch boom” with shows like Inside Amy Schumer, Portlandia, Kroll Show, Key & Peele, […]
  18. Looking Back at Bruce McCulloch’s ‘Carpoolers’ Bruce McCulloch has always done things differently, whether it was with The Kids in the Hall, or his comedy albums, or his book or his TV […]
  19. Remembering Mary Ann MaddenShe died on Tuesday night.
  20. reread
    Looking Back at 46 Years of Roger Ailes Coverage Certain larger-than-life figures tend to become running characters in New York  and, for nearly our entire history, that cast has included Roger Ailes.
  21. Rediscovering Danny DeVito’s Long-Lost Directorial Debut If I had a dollar for every article I’ve tried to write about a piece of comedy that is lost forever due to time, or the constraints of live […]
  22. from the archives
    Tiffany Trump’s Forgotten Pop Anthem Is the Song of SummerIt’s called “Like a Bird.”
  23. Inside Graham Chapman and Douglas Adams’ Lost Sketch Show ‘Out of the […] In 1974, when Monty Python’s Flying Circus came to a close, without John Cleese, the members of the troupe knew they weren’t quite finished. […]
  24. from the archives
    Revisiting New York’s Watergate Series As the scandal crested, we imagined what it looked like. 
  25. from the archives
    New York’s First Impressions of 9 Legendary TV ComediesLooking back at season one, episode one of Saturday Night Live, All in the Family, 30 Rock, and more.
  26. from the archives
    How New York Has Covered Hillary Clinton Over 24 YearsAs spouse, senator, loser, winner.
  27. 25 Years Later: Was ‘Herman’s Head’ Any Good? Before 1989 there were three big television networks and none of them were Fox. Then came The Simpsons and by gum, that put them on the map. […]
  28. from the archives
    What Has (and Hasn’t) Changed About Workplace Sexism Since 1973Office gals fetching coffee may be a thing of the past, but the working woman’s revolt certainly isn’t.
  29. ‘Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel’: The Lost Radio Show of Groucho and Chico We live in an era in which the idea of a “lost” TV show has completely vanished. I mean, I guess you could have a hard drive crash or […]
  30. from the archives
    Revisiting the Last Great Debate Over Skyscraper ShadowsAnother tall building, another fight over a share of light. 
  31. from the archives
    The Diane Arbus Photo That Almost Killed New York MagazineRevisiting the Viva profile that nearly got Clay Felker fired.
  32. Looking Back at Martin Short’s First Prime-Time Show Martin Short has had two different programs on TV known as The Martin Short Show: a sitcom in 1994, and a talk show in 1999 (I wrote about […]
  33. from the archives
    How New York Magazine Covered the O.J. Simpson VerdictHiring Norman Mailer on a very short deadline.
  34. from the archives
    The Trump Voter, Before TrumpFrom Pete Hamill’s 1969 New York feature, “The Revolt of the White Lower Middle Class.”
  35. from the archives
    John Heilemann: The Case for Merrick GarlandFrom 2010, the case for nominating the man Obama nominated six years later.
  36. from the archives
    Broadway’s Survival Was a Legitimate Question 20 Years AgoRevisiting Michael Goldstein’s 1995 New York cover story, “Can Broadway Be Saved?”
  37. Fred Allen, King of Radio, Takes on TelevisionIf you’ve never heard of Fred Allen, “cranky” might be a good introductory word. From 1933-1949 he was one of the comedian kings of radio, but […]
  38. from the archives
    When Upscale ‘Unwed Mothers’ Were a Newborn TrendRevisiting Patricia Morrisroe’s 1983 New York feature, “Mommy Only.”
  39. Looking Back at Chris Rock the Talk Show Host The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio […]
  40. When Bob and Ray Stormed Carnegie Hall Sadly, this week we lost a legend of comedy with the passing of Bob Elliott at the age of 92. Bob had a long career in comedy, beginning in […]
  41. Mel Brooks’ Forgotten Pilot ‘Inside Danny Baker’ Mel Brooks may not be best known for his television career, but without it we probably wouldn’t have a Mel Brooks. He began as a writer on […]
  42. Looking Back at When Andy Richter Controlled the Universe Andy Richter’s career has had many stages. Today he sits alongside Conan O’Brien as he hosts his talk show on TBS which works as a parallel […]
  43. from the archives
    Read David Bowie’s Reflection on Being a New Yorker“In London, the saying goes, life takes place behind doors. Here it’s on the street.”
  44. Ben Stiller, Bob Odenkirk, Janeane Garofalo, and William Shatner Invite […]In the more than 150 From the Archives articles I’ve written, I’ve looked at a wide variety of genres of comedy: variety shows, late night […]
  45. Randy and Jason Sklar Crack Jokes From the Cheap Seats Riffing, heckling, interrupting: whatever you want to call it, making fun of bad movies and TV shows is a time honored tradition shared by […]
  46. Discovering ‘Evening Primrose,’ Sondheim’s Horror/Comedy/Musical HybridIt’s the day before Halloween, so it’s time for an extra spooky trip to the archives! Specifically a musical/comedic/horrifying spooky trip! […]
  47. Zach Galifianakis’s Short-Lived Talk Show: ‘Late World with Zach’At this point in television history, there is a very long tail of late night programing. You have your massive monoliths of success that have […]
  48. When Johnny Carson Opened Up, BrieflyTo be a star in the world today is to make yourself available to outside eyes, constantly. One must maintain a social media presence, be open […]
  49. David Frost, John Cleese, and the Two Ronnies Report on ClassIf you are living in America, when I say “David Frost,” you’d probably say, “The 2008 film Frost/Nixon.” And if I were to say “British class […]
  50. ‘Welcome to New York’: Jim Gaffigan’s First Attempt at a Jim Gaffigan ShowThe Jim Gaffigan Show has been airing this summer and has been going strong. Just as Louie and Maron have, it takes a comedian’s voice and his […]
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