Chappelle’s Problematic Best

January 6, 2018 in Uncategorized

Photograph: Mathieu Bitton/Netflix

Photograph: Mathieu Bitton/Netflix

If you love comedy, you’re heard a flood of opinions about Dave Chappelle’s difficult and occasionally rewarding new hours on Netflix. My colleagues from Vulture did a good job of mulling them over:

Dave Chappelle Is Mostly Disappointing in His New Netflix Specials
How Seriously Does Dave Chappelle Want to be Taken?

I got an assignment to look at the positives. The specials, thorny as they are, resisted the listicle treatment but there are, of course, good jokes in here…

Dave Chappelle’s New Netflix Specials: The Best Jokes

Bridget Everett, Force of Nature

January 5, 2018 in Uncategorized

Bridget Everett (Photograph: Tawni Bannister / Time Out)

Bridget Everett (Photograph: Tawni Bannister / Time Out)

It’s hard to remain closed off and unimpressed with Bridget Everett is running the room. I oncehelped book a variety show for French cultural organization Villa Gillet, and the night of the show, the crowd (which included more than a few quiet French folks) felt staid. They were stunned when Everett barreled into their midst singing “Titties.” Their gasps, their squeals of delight, felt even more hard-earned and delicious than the raucous cheers of those regulars at Joe’s Pub.

I’ve loved her for years, so I was glad to get to write something up for Time Out’s New Yorkers of the Year. This is a longer version of our interview:

New Yorker of the Year 2017: Bridget Everett

Oh, yeah, I also made somesilly predictions for the New Year:

Totally Accurate Predictions for NYC 2018

Jim & Andy

December 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman (Photo: Francois Duhamel/Netflix)

Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman (Photo: Francois Duhamel/Netflix)

I’ve been terrible about updating lately, but while compiling a bunch of comedy docs for Vulture, I’m reminded of how much I got out of the Netflix “Jim & Andy” doc. The director really makes an interesting argument that Carrey fell in with Kaufman and never reallyreturned to the Carrey persona he created in the early days of his career…

10 Revelations from the Jim Carrey-Andy Kaufman doc “Jim & Andy…”

Sketches for the Emmy-Nominated

August 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

Vanessa Bayer, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Alec Baldwin (Photo: NBC)

Vanessa Bayer, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, Alec Baldwin (Photo: NBC)

The good folks at Vulture asked me to pick a few sketches to illustrate why each of the four Emmy-nominatedSNL players have a shot at winning. My thoughts:

Which of These SNL Cast Members Will Win an Emmy?

The Romance of City Hall Weddings

August 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

Geoffrey Aung and Lanna Walsh at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau (Photo: Krista Schlueter)

Geoffrey Aung and Lanna Walsh at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau (Photo: Krista Schlueter)

This summer my pal Krista Schlueter and I went to the City Clerk’s offices for a day to get the feeling of Manhattan’s Marriage Bureau. A really fun and memorable day… and yeah, a rare building in which New Yorkers are all smiles.

What Its Really Like to Get Married at the New York City Clerk’s Office

Moshe, Natasha, and How Not to Kill Your Spouse

August 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

Natasha Leggero & Moshe Kasher (Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

Natasha Leggero & Moshe Kasher (Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

Married comics Natasha Leggero and Moshe Kasher provided Vulturewith some useful advice for anyone traveling with another persona spouse, in particular.

How to Travel with Your Partner from Two Married Comedians

Fun fact: Ourconversation was recorded very early in the morning while I folded upin a rental car parked outside of a motelmy lady was still sleeping in our room. Clearly, I could have been giving my own tips.

Weapons & Klepper

June 13, 2017 in Uncategorized

Jordan Klepper (Photo: Gavin Bond/Comedy Central)

Jordan Klepper (Photo: Gavin Bond/Comedy Central)

Had a chat with (now-former) The Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper for Rolling Stone.We talked abouthis new special Jordan Klepper Solves Guns and Trump’s America, naturally, but there are also bits about solving climate change via Snapchat and a grandpa’s bourbon preferences.

Jordan Klepper on Guns…

Johnny Carson, Comic Advocate

June 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

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For Rolling Stone, I talked aboutthe golden era of first-timeTonight Show comics findinga national audience. Ah, when there was but one kingmaker… when there was a kingmaker at all.

Best Comedic Debuts on The Tonight Show

10 Comic Up-and-Comers

June 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

Julio Torres (Photo: Mindy Tucker)

Julio Torres (Photo: Mindy Tucker)

Rolling Stone asked me to pick 10 young comics to keep an eye on. I really like this crop but, as always, I wish I had more spots to give out…

10 Comedians You Need to Know

Vulture’s SNL Week

June 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Amy Poehler

Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Amy Poehler

Had a great time mullingSNL’s big season (and history) with Jesse and several other Vulture writers. Here’s a smattering of those stories I wrote or contributed to…

The 7 Paths to Post-SNL Success
The Rapid Rise of Mikey Day
What Was SNL’s Best Era?
Every SNL Impression from Season 42, Catalogued