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After Finian’s Rainbow
November 22, 2009, 12:48 pm
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So, I don’t usually hang out in the theater district, but after seeing this at a bar on Restaurant Row this weekend I might find myself inclined to visit the area more often:

The bar was called Bourbon Street, and these were middle-aged women in from the Hamptons.

Is one of them your mom? You should probably call her.

(Jori and I had fun too.)

I want a pet otter
November 18, 2009, 1:53 pm
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I would name him Pablo and we would play and play and play…

But then he would probably bite me (’cause, contrary to this vid, they’re pretty aggressive) and force me to send him back to the ocean.

And I would say “Goodbye Pablo!


[via BuzzFeed]

Go see the Understudy
November 11, 2009, 11:02 pm
Filed under: New York, Theater | Tags: , , , , ,

Some reasons why:

1) You’re a Mark-Paul Gosselaar fan
2) You’re a Justin Kirk fan
3) You are my mom and have no idea who either of those people are, but you like funny things, or
4) You’ve been waiting for the day when Kafka is performed on Broadway (that happens in the play. The play itself, however, is Off Broadway).

Also, Tony Award winner Julie White is perfect in it and really guys, don’t you want to support Zack Morris in his very first theater production? Here’s a pretty picture to nudge you along:

Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Justin Kirk
© 2009 Carol Rosegg

[The Understudy]

My week of Wes Anderson (so far)
November 11, 2009, 3:29 pm
Filed under: Comedy, Film, Music, New York, Reading is fun | Tags: , , ,

Oh guys, it’s been a crazy past week or so. The New York Comedy Festival was in town through Sunday, and that played a major part in keeping me busy (and in stitches. Also, it is hilarious and sad that Tracy Morgan’s “filthy” routine at Carnegie Hall  qualified as a news story.)

But Comedy Fest aside, you know who else is hi-larious? These guys, together:


Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach at the NYPL, discussing their upcoming stop-motion animated film Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on the Roald Dahl novel. They co-wrote the script.

Wes Anderson currently spends most of his time in Paris, so this week he’s in New York doing blitz promotion for the film, which comes out here this Friday. The NYPL event marked the beginning of a full week and we were lucky that 1) he wasn’t already tired of telling stories about the movie and 2) that he and Baumbach made such a dynamic pair. Seriously, they should do all interviews together.  Having Baumbach next to him made Anderson more relaxed, and we not only experienced more of his personality quirks than we would in a straight interview, but we came out with some interesting anecdotes.

You can read one story about a scene that didn’t make it in to the movie here.

Another story from the night, on writing at Roald Dahl’s home Gipsy house :
Anderson: It was Roald Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl, who invited us to work [at Gipsy house]. We met his grandson Luke, Luke Kelly, who showed us, in the sort of billiards room where they had all of his archives, and we started sorting through that stuff.

Baumbach: That was incredible, it was all these pads of things, even just like ideas, like, a good line for somebody to say in something. The things that never made it in..

A: One thing that was very pornographic that Luke flipped to and showed us,

B: … he was just like “You gotta look at this one”

A: It was just like a little poem, just a sentence. Do you remember what it was?

B: I don’t remember. I just remember it being– you would think in that context anything even slightly racy would be shocking, but this was totally pornographic.

A: I remember it but I don’t think I can say it. Maybe later in the.. after we warm up.

B: At the reception, maybe.

The poem? (Mom and dad, cover your eyes):


“What she needs is a belly full of hot cock.”

Roald Dahl! But maybe he was talking about a woman who was hungry for some chicken?

And last but not least a tale from Anderson, where he recounted something he said in response to a reporter who seemed to hate all his work. I like Baumbach’s response:
A: It was very clear, every question was negative… I didn’t quite express to him that I cannot have an objective conversation to my response to things people don’t like about my work. I did say to him, ‘If I were Oliver Stone, you would have a broken jaw by now. You’re just lucky it’s just me.’ ”

B: That’s a good meta way to punch somebody.

You can hear full audio of the night here. Worth listening if just to hear Anderson’s hiccupy laugh (it’s sort of adorable).

After the talk I went to a lovely reception for Anderson and Baumbach, where they spent the night very close to the exit, most likely for an easy getaway.  I’m thinking  it’s probably because they wanted to catch up after not seeing each other for 2 years, and not, of course, because they didn’t want to mingle with a room full of press and Young Lions.



Okay, last night. Before the movie’s premiere party  Anderson popped up again, this time at the 92YTribeca with Jason Schwartzman, who is in Fantastic Mr. Fox,  and some interviewer from Entertainment Weekly:


Some things I learned from the evening (I’ll make it quick):

* When searching for the main character in Rushmore, they were looking for a “young Mick Jagger.” Schwartzman showed up in a school blazer, complete with crest.

*There was a part written for Schwartzman in The Royal Tenenbaums, that ended up being “superfluous.” It  a boy that lived across the street from the family, who escaped from his boarding school in Switzerland and was secretly living in the attic of his diplomat parents. He was named Mortechai. They cut the story out and replaced him with a bird.

*Schwartzman has no plans to tour with Coconut Records at the moment, but he would do it if he could get a band together. Drummer suggestion: John Stamos.

So, now you know some stuff. If you want to know more, ask tomorrow tonight, as Anderson will be at the Apple Store in Soho with Schwartzman and Meryl Streep (!).

[The Fantastic Mr. Fox movie site]

“Brevity is the soul of Witstream”

Remember when Michael Ian Black started the Fuckit List on Twitter? You might not, because it was just around the time the site was beginning the steep incline to the level of popularity it enjoys today. The Fuckit list, to remind and enlighten, is modeled after a Bucket list, except instead of being things you want to do before you die, it’s a list of things you don’t give a crap about ever trying. For example, I’m pretty sure I’m never gonna join Facebook. Or care about football. Anyway, back in May this idea spread through Twitter like wildfire, and then actually made non-140-character news.

I think it was then that Black realized the potential of the format, and Twitter users began to discover the endless source of entertainment that is the unedited spurts out of funny people. To capitalize on this phenomenon Black, along with television producer Lisa Cohen, have launched WitStream, a one-stop website devoted solely to the tweets of selected writers, comedians, and humorists. Black and Cohen have waded through the banal crap so you don’t have to.

They also curated a pretty sweet show last night at Comix, to celebrate the launch of the site. Here are some pics:


Clockwise from top left: Doug Benson, Josh Fadem, Baron Vaughn, Michael Ian Black, the Sklar Brothers, and Morgan Murphy. In the middle: Michael Showalter.

Last night we the audience were not only entertained, we were also educated. For instance Michael Ian Black taught us “pornado,” a word he invented to describe a really huge orgy.

From Baron Vaughn we learned that the world’s largest breasts are a size 38 KKK. Which is unfortunate because “her titties are so big that they hate black people.”

And Morgan Murphy convinced us that she is not a lesbian, she’s just sad and it reads the same.

Showalter fixated on his Yankees jacket, Josh Fadem fell down a lot and Doug Benson talked about pot. Truthfully, I can’t remember anything the Sklar brothers said, but I’m pretty sure they were funny. And brief. Because brevity is, as they say, the soul of WitStream.


MIB when he wasn’t hosting.

It Came From Brooklyn, 10/30/09
November 2, 2009, 12:32 am
Filed under: art, Comedy, Music, New York | Tags: , , , ,

You ever had one of those weeks where you just want to put The Cure on repeat, dress like Robert Pattinson (or Smith, whatever) and become a cutter? That was last week for me. But while I probably should have stayed away from people, Friday night I ventured instead to the Guggenheim, for the third installment of their “It Came From Brooklyn” music and reading series. And it was worth it. This time around it was hosted by local hero Max Silvestri and featured a reading by Rachel Sherman and performances by Tanlines and Yeasayer.

Here is Anand Wilder of Yeasayer:


Here’s the band through the ChromaDepth glasses they provided for the show:


And here’s the main reason I’m glad I hit up the event:


Stan, dressed as a chicken with its head cut off, wearing the aforementioned 3-D glasses. (Note: Stan is, awesomely, the only person in full costume.)



[UPDATE: There are a couple o’ pics of the chicken up at BrooklynVegan, if you feel like scrolling through. You can see more of her costume.]