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.
Comedian Lewis Black is back with another love letter to New York State–and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
In a new video, which debuted this morning at a press conference formally launching the state’s new START-UP NY tax-free zones, Mr. Black celebrates the governor’s efforts to make the state more business-friendly in his usual, sarcastic form.
The last time The New Yorker‘s George Packer was in Iraq was January 2007. He’s not sure if he wants to go back, but that doesn’t mean it’s not on his mind. "I do find myself thinking about it all the time still," he says. "Thinking of other ways to write about it."
One of Read More
The guys that brought you The Aristocrats, the movie where more than a dozen comics delivered versions of the oldest, dirtiest joke on the Hollywood comedy circuit, have just signed a six-figure deal for a book that will interview salty comics about controversial topics.
!Satiristas¡ will be written by Paul Provenza with photographer Dan Dion, Read More
Among the more eye-catching political events this week is tonight’s fundraiser for Mark Green at Caroline’s Comedy Club. The featured performers for the $500 a ticket (minimum) event will include Daily Show alums Lewis Black and Paul Mercurio.
One of the fundraising chairs is the old Green standby Bruce Wasserstein. And among the event’s Read More
From Walter Winchell to Matt Drudge, journalists have always liked to think of themselves as fascinating, a tendency that seems to be summiting in the dot-com era, when the streaming consciousness of almost any reporter who can hunt-and-peck on the Internet is exhibited as if it were possibly of interest to anybody aside from criminologists Read More