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Blood, Guts and Chicken: Troma’s ‘Poultrygeist’ opens this week

Written by Maggie Serota on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Troma Entertainment founder and fearless leader Lloyd Kaufman is a gentle, impish grandfather figure made even more diminutive when propped against a backdrop of Amazonian women donning various rubber outfits as well as a larger-than-life Toxic Avenger. Instead of hard candy, however, this granddaddy is more likely to offer a severed finger or some bloody [&hellip
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Music Journalists and Musicians: Nobody Expects a Happy Ending

Written by Maggie Serota on . Posted in Music, Posts

The proposition of having music writers share the stage with musicians can be a dicey prospect. At times, musicians and writers can share a very adversarial relationship since artists don’t want their art confined to labels and writers can’t get enough of labeling art. Writer and all around creative juggernaut Amanda Stern eases the eternal [&hellip
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Shoot the Messenger Offers Hope of Another Season for ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Fans, and Plenty of Susie Essman for Everyone

Written by Maggie Serota on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts


It should go without saying that Lizz Winstead creates parody with the skill and precision of an ice sculptor. She was the co-creator of the Daily Show, after all.

In her weekly show, Shoot the Messenger presents Wake Up the World with Hope and Davis, Lizz along with a wide and varied cast including Lucas Held and his incandescent Tucker Carlson send up, skewers the myriad ways morning talk shows demonstrate their uselessness and overuse of teeth whiteners, via live sketches and video.

After the morning show wraps up, a guest joins Lizz for some off the cuff back and forth, ala The View. Last night’s guest was Susie “FUCK YOU LARRY DAVID YOU FOUR EYED FUCK” Essman graced the couch and provided some warm sentimental commentary on raising four teenage daughters.

“My daughters act like I’m a fucking idiot because I don’t know who Fergie is. It’s like honey, my first concert was The fucking Who and your first concert was Hannah Montana!”

Photo courtesy of Mindy Tucker from WithReservation.com.

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The Human Giant Make Other Funny People Laugh with Jokes about ‘Lazy Rape,’ Val Kilmer

Written by Maggie Serota on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts


The Internet rumblings of The Office’s Mindy Kaling appearance in last night’s kick off show for the Human Giant national tour turned out to just that, no doubt disappointing the legions of NYU kids who waited out in the cold for a performance from the acclaimed actress and writer.

However, there was a lot that didn’t disappoint, like an opening stand-up set from the Daily Show/Saturday Night Live alum Rob Riggle, who looked like a comfortably disheveled dad in his well-worn Kansas City Chiefs hoodie and relaxed-fit jeans. The stocky ex-Marine eye-fucked every ragingly heterosexual man in the room before launching into tales of the demonstrated intellectual discourse between Giants and Patriots fans. Clearly, the Algonquin Roundtable would have been the appropriate venue for his pantomime of a Patriots fan wiping his ass with a Giants hat, but the UCB would have to do.

After Riggle warmed up the crowd, the well-caffeinated members of The Human Giant (Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel and gap toothed VH1 talking head Paul Scheer) emerged onto the stage in basketball shorts and brandishing the T-shirt propelling Uzis commonly brandished by sports mascots. The trio made the crowd enthusiastically recite a verbal affidavit promising not to sue upon injury before firing the projectile t-shirts into the crowd...

Read full "Human Giant" here. View clip from "Shutterbugs" below.


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Werewolves & Lollipops

Written by Maggie Serota on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Sure, "Comedians of Comedy" tour headliner Patton Oswalt is a starring voice in the Pixar hit movie Ratatouille. And granted, he, along with Jerry Stiller, spent nearly a decade performing the feat of making "King of Queens" sometimes sort of tolerable as far as generic sitcom fare goes. However, Oswalt’s most endearing role was arguably [&hellip
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