Now I'm electronically prompted to tip at the local ice cream shop's takeout window and the movie theater concession stand. Even a dry cleaner once got in on the act.
What are the odds that three world-renowned comedians -- Adam Sandler, Seth Meyers and Sarah Silverman -- were born and raised in the same New England town? And what does it say about said town, anyway?
This is comedy satire at its best and it works because show creator Victor Fresco has the ability to make the absurd sound perfectly reasonable.
The best Madonna impersonator is exploding on the web right now, and to the internet's surprise, it isn't a drag queen. Comedian and writer Nadya Ginsburg is known for a nuanced string of characters (Cher, Britney Spears), being hailed most recently for her beloved web series, The Madonnalogues.
I make a point of knowing as little as possible about the films I see at the Sundance Film Festival (or any other film festival -- or just films in general, for that matter) before I see them because I want to see them with a blank slate.
I was watching TV with Max and this elaborate commercial with fireworks comes on for KY Jelly. Max turns to me, dead serious, and says, "Mommy, would you like me to buy some KY for you as a present?" I told him, "That's okay, you already got me a lovely Christmas gift, but thank you."
You can't joke about that. Have you ever hear someone say that? Or said it yourself? I hear it all the time. And I understand it. If you are horrified by an injustice, it can be difficult to see the possibility of using humor while confronting that injustice. Those of us who bring comedy to causes are confronted with these questions.
Social progress, with a concomitant increase in visibility, brings the need for that community to adapt in order to make further progress. A recent case in point is the politically correct backlash from some in the trans community directed toward Sarah Silverman and the equal-pay video from the National Women's Law Center last week.
For seven years NBC tried to tell everyone that 30 Rock was a hit. It was not. Critics enjoyed it but no one was rabidly watching it like Modern Family. The Blacklist is the ONLY holdover for new shows from last season and that is only good because James Spader is truly "the man".
What is starkly noticeable in the wake of Rivers' death is how much has changed for funny ladies since Rivers first walked onto the Tonight Show stage in 1965.
We had so much fun making snap judgements on canceled dramas based solely on their pilots that we're doing it again this week with some comedies!
In a culture where women's bodies are constantly objectified, where men such as yourself seem to think that they have some kind of claim over them, a post such as this only serves to further the idea that consent is some silly slogan those "crazy feminists" throw around, rather than something that is essential for safe and healthy sexual encounters.
Maron's eponymous IFC series returns for a second season May 8 at 10 p.m., with guests including Conan O'Brien, Sarah Silverman, Ray Romano, David Cross, Karen Kilgariff, Rob Riggle, Wyatt Cenac, Bill Burr and more.
Perhaps it's just the holiday season, but I've been feeling a bit more cheerful, definitely happier and lighter, and I figured I might as well talk about a few of my current favorite things instead of a current societal issue.
In 1899, theatre critic Edwin Royle wrote, "Vaudeville may be a kind of lunch-counter art, but then art is so vague and lunch is so real." Fast forward to 2013 where vaudeville is very much alive and well in Madonnalogues.
While we had Jack Black in the studio to chat about his new web series, "Ghost Ghirls," we had to ask about his upcoming Festival Supreme show at ...