Nick Cave is sitting in front of a camera somewhere in Germany, looking in character, which is to say, terrifying. He's got on a black suit and a thinly-pinstriped blue shirt; his fingers are loaded down with heavy gold rings, and a pair of aviator shades hang jauntily from his collar. His video press conference with a passel of American alt-weekly journalists hasn't yet begun, but he already seems exhausted and pissed-off. He takes a swig of something, probably coffee, from a handleless white mug.
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"Are we live?" he asks, and belches impressively. "Excuse me."
In a few minutes, the interview begins, and Cave does his level best to answer questions about his new album, Live From KCRW, which will be released on November 29. He's also trying, not very hard and not very successfully, to disguise his boredom and seething disgust with the whole process. If you told him he could continue sitting here, being interviewed, or get up and have bamboo shoved into his nail beds instead, nobody's smart money would be on the reporters.More »
This weekend the tenth annual New York Comedy Festival spread across the city to bring good cheer -- dozens of A-list comedians at the top of their game spread out across the 212 in clubs big and small. Here now, a wrap up of what went down.
Walking into a sold out venue can be a mess, but last night the staff at Caroline's on Broadway were seasoned pros when it came time to handle the masses. Packed to capacity, the crowd was herded in and took their seats for headliner
Corey Melton Will Smith Denzel Washington Jay Pharoah of SNL. After a few quick shout outs to thank all of the 10th annual New York Comedy Festival sponsors (including Village Voice, holllllllla), everyone was amped and ready for the show to finally start.
The dark and cave-like atmosphere of The Village Underground was the perfect venue to watch and listen to Robert Kelly record his YKWD (You Know What Dude) podcast. The guests for this live episode were Louis J. Gomez, Dan Soder, Kelly Fastuca, and the promise of two "special guests." With an intimate audience, fans of the show came out to fill the room to capacity.