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.
Louis C.K., fresh off his late-night tour talking about the time he found a dead body in the Hudson River, continues to be one of the darker comics of our generation. Last night, he spoke with Conan O’Brien about why he doesn’t allow his children to own smartphones, which inevitably spiraled into a rant about how we are all alone in the world.
Life and Death
One of the greatest indignities in the world, we imagine, is having your corpse used as the punchline in a bon mot for a celebrity on a late night show. But that didn’t deter Louis C.K.’s on Tuesday night, when he told David Letterman about his discovery of a dead body while boating on the East River earlier this summer. We know Louis traffics in dark comedy, but this is definitely one of those anecdotes you keep between you, the NYPD and your therapist, not share with millions of Americans watching at home.
“I’m in the south of France, so I can’t be there this evening,” began a note from Woody Allen that was read aloud before Monday night’s Peggy Siegal Company screening of his latest film, Blue Jasmine, at MoMA. “I only wish I was in New York and couldn’t be there.”
This fits the notoriously press-shy director’s M.O. During last summer’s premiere of To Rome, With Love, Mr. Allen braved the crowds for the red carpet before beating a hasty exit through some shrubbery to avoid the paparazzi, a feat that many of Jasmine’s stars can probably relate to.
“Jesus Christ,” muttered Louis C.K. as a rogue photographer broke ranks and began flashing blindingly bright lights into the corner where he and his former Parks and Recreation co-star Amy Poehler had sequestered themselves before the film. “Can you believe her?”
Ms. Poehler, in a somewhat more jovial mood, continued regaling the comedian with the story of her recent chat with President Barack Obama.
“He said, ‘Sasha and Malia just love you,’” Ms. Poehler informed Mr. C.K.
“Wait, who and who?” the Louie star deadpanned. “Okay, so what did you say?”
On Monday night, no less a legend than Don Rickles was honored with the Friars Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy at a star-studded awards gala.
Lewis Black, Louis C.K., Gilbert Gottfried, Joan Rivers and other club members were joined at the Waldorf Astoria by Bob Costas, Tony Danza, Kathy Griffin, Tony Bennett, John Mayer Read More
Outside of Joe’s Pub last Wednesday night, a line stood dozens deep as savvy comedy fans and plaid-shirted beardos waited to see if they’d make the cut. Inside, black-clad waitresses tended to the booths and tables. Stagehands hustled to prepare the room. And somewhere in the wings, Amy Schumer waited to take the stage, possibly Read More
Comedy and Crime
Louis C.K. might play a downtrodden pervert on TV, but does that make him one in real life as well? According to a group of fliers found in California, Mr. C.K. might be even worse than an average Joe Jack-Off: His photo has been connected on the posters to a suspected peeping tom.
But maybe it’s just great viral marketing?
At today’s press conference unveiling the new and improved parking signs for Midtown, quite a few reporters questioned the actual need for redesigning the street signs. Both Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and City Councilman Dan Garodnick said they had received complaints about the old signs and agreed they required “a PhD in traffic” to decipher.
Among those flunking out on their TCATs? None other than the brilliant Louis C.K.
While those whose homes and lives were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy might not feel much like hearing jokes, two of comedy’s most famous names plan on raising money for Long Island’s victims with their gift of laughter. And they actually plan on going to L.I.!
Mad Men didn’t quite make history.