A bemused Adam Newman, onstage, as the NYPD arrests an audience member
As a general rule, the worst thing that can happen during a comedy set is realizing you've accidentally stumbled into some kind of hellish Dane Cook/Daniel Tosh marathon. But it could be worse! You could, for example, be sitting in a comedy show around midnight at the Upright Citizens Brigade's Chelsea theater when four members of New York's finest come in, fish you out of the audience, and arrest you. That's what looks to have happened this past Saturday night, during a UCB variety show called Underground Americana. The comedian onstage, Adam Newman, says he watched officers come in with flashlights and immediately handcuff a guy sitting to the left side of the stage. When Newman asked what was going on, an NYPD officer advised him to "shut the fuck up."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."