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The Story Behind The New Documentary ‘Can We Take a Joke?’

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 08.11.2016 | Entertainment
Greg Lukianoff

Last week, we honored the 50th anniversary of the death of the late, great, iconoclastic comedian Lenny Bruce. As older generations know, but the cur...

Loudon & Friends: The Wain-Wrights Of Passage

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 07.30.2016 | Arts
Randee Mia Berman

It's a family that needs almost no introduction. But here it is anyway. It started with Loudon -- a musical legend -- and continued on to Sloan, Rufus, Martha, Lucy, Lexi, Suzzi...and, well, you almost need a genealogy chart, or at least a timeline, to map it out.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 8: Macon, Georgia, The Road Leads Back To You

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 07.03.2016 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

On the Future of Wagnerism, Part 8: Macon, Georgia, The Road Leads Back to You Steve Mass, the Mudd Club, Wagner and Me by Lawrence D. Mass "O Wag...

Soy Un Donut

Barry David Kluger | Posted 09.03.2015 | Entertainment
Barry David Kluger

During the JFK Administration, the late President addressed a crowd in Berlin, stating "Ich bin ein Berliner.' Contrary to urban legend, JFK did not state: "I am a Donut." Germans interpret his comment to be "I am one with the people of Berlin."

A Class Clown Says Goodbye to David Letterman

John K. Herr | Posted 05.18.2016 | Comedy
John K. Herr

Catchphrases were created and run into the ground for fun. I don't recall a single sentence of any foreign language I ever studied. But I do remember "too much lotion!" and "they pelted us with rocks and garbage!"

Lorraine at 92 Toasts the Vanguard at 80

Barry Singer | Posted 05.17.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

Lorraine Gordon is twelve years older than The Village Vanguard, which this past week celebrated its eightieth birthday. Lorraine -- who has owned the Vanguard since her husband, Max Gordon, passed in 1989 -- is, at 93, an inescapably frailer version of what she has always been: indomitable.

Breaking Badder: Interviews with RJ Mitte, Robert Weide, Chris Bliss and Anne McCue, Plus Alexz Johnson and Michael Stec Exclusives

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.19.2015 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

photo credit: Daniel Martinez Matallana A Conversation with Breaking Bad's RJ Mitte Mike Ragogna: Hey, first of all I wanted to congratulate you on...

Farewell, Joan

Marc Mierowsky | Posted 11.05.2014 | Comedy
Marc Mierowsky

Whenever she was asked who her greatest influence was, Joan Rivers responded with characteristic quickness, "Lenny Bruce." This shouldn't come as a surprise to those who know her comedy. Bruce spent his entire career overstepping the limits of what could be said on stage.

There's Always Someone Jewish

Kipp Friedman | Posted 06.01.2014 | Religion
Kipp Friedman

"Nice hamsa!" said the young barista as we passed by the little coffee shop during an overnight ferry from Oslo to Copenhagen. My wife, Anne, and I w...

Bill Hicks: 20 Years Gone

Patton Oswalt | Posted 04.28.2014 | Comedy
Patton Oswalt

I emceed for Bill Hicks in 1991, at Charlie Goodnights in Raleigh, North Carolina. It changed what I wanted to do with comedy, almost instantly.

Café Au Go Go: Still Blowing the Winds of Change

Craig Carpenter | Posted 04.21.2014 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

Change may be defined as transformations occurring over time. It is sometimes hard to discern how far and wide that change will reach, and what it will bring about.

Iran Cooties: Will Obama Meet with Rouhani Tuesday?

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.19.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

On Tuesday, President Obama has a historic opportunity to end the "Iran cooties" policy. Iran's newly-elected, pragmatic, pro-diplomacy President Hassan Rouhani is going to be addressing the United Nations General Assembly. So is U.S. President Barack Obama.

ReThink Review: When Comedy Went to School - Comedy History in the Catskills

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.20.2013 | Comedy
Jonathan Kim

Comedy icons like Jerry Lewis, Jackie Mason, Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, and even Woody Allen were able to work and hone material during weeklong stands in front of packed, tough crowds, creating the style and rhythm of what we now consider modern stand up comedy.

Is There a Right 'Dose' of Swearing?

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 09.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

It would appear that there is a "dose" of swearing that works best. If you swear too much it reduces its benefit, but if you do not swear at all, you may not have as a high a pain tolerance. Swearing seems to have a protective effect -- to a point.

When Comedy Went to School: The Catskills Were a Boot Camp for the Greatest Generation of Comedians

Kristin McCracken | Posted 09.02.2013 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

The Borscht Belt, the Jewish Alps, the Sour Cream Sierras... From the 1940s to the 1960s, the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York (primarily Sullivan and Ulster Counties) were the place to be for the growing Jewish community in the Northeast.

The Seinfelding of Comedy: In Defense of Seth MacFarlane

Andy Ostroy | Posted 04.28.2013 | Entertainment
Andy Ostroy

It's a bit absurd to hire Seth MacFarlane, watch Seth MacFarlane, and then be offended because he's, well, being Seth MacFarlane.

Why Isn't This a Front Page Story Nationwide?

Joel Sucher | Posted 03.02.2013 | Business
Joel Sucher

So time marches on and so do the foreclosures. Justice for homeowners impacted by the fraud is yet to be achieved, and -- if the financial services industry has its way -- the remuneration will be paltry at best.

How Not to Eat Spaghetti With a Celebrity

John DeBellis | Posted 02.18.2013 | Comedy
John DeBellis

Late one weeknight, after I had finished my set, I collected my cab fare at Catch A Rising Star, and hung out looking for a comic to share a ride to the Improvisation. I joined Bobby Kelton and Andy Kaufman (two fellow comics) at a table in the back of the showroom.

Grandparents.com: Taking Care of the Ones We Love Most

Bill_Robinson | Posted 09.17.2012 | Parents
Bill_Robinson

Sunday, September 9th was National Grandparents Day and September is National Grandparents Month. I thought everybody should know because like many I tend to get involved in the struggles of everyday life and forget those that are most important to me.

15 Comedians 'Crossing The Line'

Posted 08.02.2012 | Comedy

A great comedian can take a tough social issue and break it down into something that people can laugh about. Whether it's race, sexuality or good old ...

Minority Report

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.27.2011 | Religion
Lev Raphael

Lenny Bruce once riffed that "If you live in New York or any other big city, you are Jewish. It doesn't even matter if you're Catholic; if you live in New York, you're Jewish."

Jon Stewart Is Definitely A Comedian; Chris Wallace Admits Fox's Bias

Andy Ostroy | Posted 08.21.2011 | Media
Andy Ostroy

Jon Stewart is a true genius. But he's a comic genius. And without even being a true journalist he brilliantly managed to do what no one else has done: get Fox to admit that it's a politically biased television network.

HuffPost Review: American: The Bill Hicks Story

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.12.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There have been any number of comics who have aspired to the mantle held by comic Lenny Bruce and his obvious heir, Richard Pryor. Their successors ra...

Why We Hate Going to the Dennis

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

Researchers say that if your appellation is Dennis, you are more likely to become a dentist than a differently monikered individual. But I'm not so sure about this.

Richard Lewis: Greetings From Hell

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Marshall Fine

Richard Lewis is on the phone, shot out of a cannon almost as soon as you pick up the receiver.