Joan Rivers, Reviewed in 1967: 'I Don't Know How a Nervous Girl Can Be So Funny'

In February of 1967, Joan Rivers, then 33 years old, performed her stand-up act at the Downstairs at the Upstairs (37 West 56th Street). She killed. She had yet to hit the peak of her fame. She was also a bit of an anomaly: A WOMAN COMIC! Writing for this paper in the February 23, 1967, issue, Bill Manville contributed the below review of her set. Rivers died today at age 81 at Mount Sinai Hospital.

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De Blasio Stops By The Colbert Report, Is a Little Boring

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on The Colbert Report

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio went seeking the "Colbert Bump" last night in what turned out to be a relatively brief, bland interview.

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WNYC's Drunk Fundraising Pledge Drive Was Delightful

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Screenshot via WNYC
Studio 360 Host Kurt Andersen narrates drunk WNYC listener Zack Poitras' deep thoughts
For public radio fans (i.e., huge nerds), pledge drive season is the worst. No matter how self-effacingly Ira Glass asks for money, pledge drives still invoke an intense mixture of guilt and boredom in the public radio listener, an existential push-and-pull between "Wow, I should really drop a couple bucks on this programming I so enjoy" versus "I haven't had an extra $20 since the seventh grade, when the Bar Mitzvah money stopped coming in. Please just go back to Morning Edition."

This year, WNYC tried something a little different for their pledge drive messages. They made them drunk. Real drunk.

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Grizz from 30 Rock Carries Around Mark Malkoff as a Giant Man Baby [VIDEO]

Categories: 30 Rock, Comedy

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We've all thought it: "I wish I had it as good as all those sleeping babies in strollers." Comedian Mark Malkoff decided to see how good it really is. The 5-foot-7 Malkoff got 7-foot-tall 30 Rock alum Grizz Chapman to carry him around the city in a baby holster. The video of their escapades was posted to comedy website MyDamnChannel.com yesterday. Let the confused giggling commence.

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Louis C.K. Will Make You Cry of Laughter for Staten Island Sandy Benefit

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Unlike the two-week anniversary, the destruction from Sandy has not yet passed. Communities have only just begun rebuilding as volunteer efforts ramp up to save what's left. And Staten Island, the borough that was arguably hit the worst, is one of them. So for this reason, Louis C.K. -- comedy's current Golden Child -- is offering his hand in the recovery.

This Saturday, the stand-up performer and star/producer/director of FX's Louie, will play two shows (tickets go for $65 a pop) at the St. George Theatre in Staten Island, with all proceeds going to the Project Hospitality Hurricane Relief Fund. Part of this might reflect on the two shows he had to reschedule two weekends ago due to the fact that, according to an e-mail he sent to fans, he didn't want "a pole to smash your face in because you saw some comedy."

Add another reason to the "Why Louis C.K. is the Coolest Guy in the World" list.

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Andy Samberg is Newest SNL Cast-Member to Leave



First, Kristen Wiig. Now... Andy Samberg?

According to the New York Times, after seven full seasons and almost a hundred Digital Shorts of his own creation, Andy Samberg has confirmed that he will no longer appear on Saturday Night Live, leaving behind him a legacy that is comparable to some of the show's legends. And it all started with "Lazy Sunday."

He might not have received a send-off that involved Mick Jagger, Arcade Fire and some of the biggest stars in comedy but that doesn't mean we're not going to miss him.

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Did Anyone Else Cry During Kristen Wiig's SNL Farewell Last Night?

Rumors have been circulating for some time that Kristen Wiig was considering her seventh year as an Saturday Night Live castmember to be her last. And, in the last sketch of the season finale on Saturday night, she confirmed those rumors with one of the best (and emotional) send-offs in the show's history.

The season finale episode, hosted by Rolling Stones' frontman Mick Jagger with musical guests Arcade Fire, the Foo Fighters and legendary guitarist Jeff Beck, ended with a small skit in a classroom. Playing the teacher saying so long to a graduating class, Jagger calls Kristen to the front. And the tears began to fall.

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Live from New York... It's Mitt Romney?

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This has to happen. In what could be one of the most interesting Saturday Night Live episodes in recent memory, it has been reported that Lorne Michaels, the producer of the legendary sketch comedy show, has offered the Romney tent a chance for their candidate to show off his comedic flares in front of a live studio audience. 

The proposal is still pending and, with two episodes left at the tail-end of the season that have no hosts assigned, we could have a match. That's right: Mitt Romney could be an SNL host. Imagine that... it's hard but try.

Now, the Massachusetts ex-Governor has provided us with a sense of humor already: in his appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, he described himself (more accurate then anyone else has, actually) as "the guy in the picture that comes in your photo frame." And we already know he has the awkward card nailed down and a singing bit akin to Ed Helms' character, Andy Bernard, in "The Office."


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Jules Feiffer, Former Voice Cartoonist, Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

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Jules Feiffer, the cartooning legend who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for his work at the Voice (and many other kudos over the years!), will receive another prestigious accolade in April: the 2012 John Fischetti Lifetime Achievement Award, given by Columbia College Chicago.

Feiffer is also an Obie-winning playwright, celebrated screenwriter, and the first cartoonist commissioned by the New York Times' for its op-ed page. He has taught at colleges across the U.S., and now calls Southampton home.

Runnin' Scared took a sec to catch up with Feiffer and chat about his win, changes in the cartoon world, and his current projects: Hint -- a graphic novel is in the works!

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Comedian Michael Ian Black on Being Dead Inside But Still Funny

Categories: Books, Comedy

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Comedian Michael Ian Black describes himself as a suburban douchebag from Connecticut. In his new (and second) book, "You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death and Other Humiliations, which comes out Feb. 28, the star of the cult-classic Wet Hot American Summer and writer/director of Wedding Daze puts it all out on the table. He confesses his flirtation with sperm donation and fumes over an Easy Bake Oven.

The hilarious, self-deprecating autobiography tries to answer the lingering question (and the book's foreword) of "How did I get here?" from the Talking Heads' song, "Once in a Lifetime." Michael took the time to talk to Runnin' Scared about writing this book, living in New York, and hating high school. He'll speak about more humiliations at the WORD bookstore in Brooklyn on Feb. 29 and Strand on March 1st.

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