Congressman Michael Grimm’s threats have been upstaged by faux-Congresswoman Sheila Kelly.
Saturday Night Live this weekend recreated Mr. Grimm’s now-infamous confrontation, in which the congressman threatened to throw an NY1 reporter off a balcony, in the form of a skit starring actress Melissa McCarthy.
Into Thin Heir
The Daily Show and its host, Jon Stewart, skewered Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm last night for threatening to throw a NY1 reporter off a balcony after the president’s State of the Union address earlier this week.
Fulfilling his father’s dream, comedian Nick Kocher went on a family trip up Mount Kilimanjaro. One of them almost didn’t make it down. Read More
Backstage at Madison Square Garden’s Stand Up for Heroes benefit, a double-amputee veteran waited with his mother, as he prepared to go onstage to fulfill his—and probably many other people’s—lifelong dream of playing backup for Bruce Springsteen. Nearby stood a 76-year-old man with one eye clouded over with a diabetic cataract. That man approached the veteran and said, “What happened to you?”
“I lost them in the war,” the young man replied, referring to his lower legs.
The old man fixed his good eye on the veteran and patted him twice—thump, thump!—on the thigh. “Oh yeah, you lost them?” he grinned. “Well, where did you put them?”
A moment of silence passed. And then another. And then the man’s mother began to laugh.
Natasha Leggero stepped onto the stage at Caroline’s last Friday, a blasé look on her face, cradling a Veuve Clicquot Champagne bucket and puffing on an electronic cigarette. Swaddled in fur, she pointed to the white pelt she was wearing and said, “Don’t worry; this is faux.” She removed that coat, revealing a second fur stole. “But this one’s a dead fox.”
Next, she extolled the virtues of the e-cig—“so new they haven’t even tested it yet”—and explained why she’s single: “I’ve never met a man whose shit I want half of.”
Thanks to the Internet, we can now watch some of the best shows that never were: Jack Black/Owen Wilson’s collaboration with Ben Stiller, Heat Vision and Jack; Scott Aukerman and BJ Porter’s The Right Now! Show; N.Y.P.D. Mounted (YES!) and many, many more. (Hey, Muholland Drive was a failed TV pilot.)
So at least Sarah Silverman’s NBC comedy Susan 313 is in good company. And now, thanks to the wonderful world we live, it’s available to watch online.
Gad Elmaleh’s dream came true this month when he went onstage in an American comedy club and did 10 minutes in English. It may sound like a modest goal, but Mr. Elmaleh, the 42-year-old Moroccan-born French celebrity—who may or may not be engaged to Charlotte Casiraghi, Grace Kelly’s granddaughter—remains relatively unknown in the U.S., and those 10 minutes were a big deal. This month, Mr. Elmaleh appears in a new Costa-Gavras film, Capital, a grim commentary on the rapacity of banking, and he also just wrapped up a short residency at City Winery, where he performed a series of all-French shows. In a recent conversation with the Transom, the comedian told us what New Yorkers can expect from him next.
Comedy Bang Bang
Did anyone else watch that Floyd Mayweather fight last Saturday? He’s such a good boxer, that guy! Pound for pound, he’s the best boxer in the world (or so says the people that know about these things). The best part of the fight though, in our opinion, was one when he walked out with Justin Bieber and Lil Wayne, because where else would you expect to see those two performers hanging out together? Is Justin Bieber even allowed to be out that late?
Funnyman Scott Adsit is probably best known for his role as perennial sad sack Pete Hornberger on the hit NBC sitcom 30 Rock. A blundering scriptwriter who claims to have been the original bassist for the 80s band Loverboy, Pete is prone to the occasional racist remark and can never seem to satisfy his wife sexually. (To wit, in one episode he brags to a fellow writer: “Last night I was having sex with Paula, and neither of us was wearing a Walkman.”) Read More
There is only one discernible way to make flying more hellish, and Virgin Atlantic has just added it to its roster, alongside the purple mood lighting and ability to order beer via TV screen: the airline has introduced live stand-up comedy to select domestic U.K. flights.