comedy

  • Have You Seen This Old Rich Lady?

    Who is this woman and why are her words in my eyes? That’s you. Wondering about me and the letters you’re looking at. I’m Jen Kirkman. I’m a comedian and author by trade. This is my new column, Come into My Head. I’ve decided to devote the first...

  • Encounters with Cops in New York City

    My routine was smashed when a cop car careened over the curb, onto the sidewalk, and straight at me. The car screeched to a halt and turned a spotlight on me. I threw my back against the front window of the El Sitio Cuban restaurant and instinctively...

  • Success Sucks

    Young dudes have a fantasy that someday they might get famous, and if they do they’ll have all sorts of money and get tons of tail. As someone who once flirted with fame, I want to let all of you young men know that it’s completely true. Except you...

  • Nothing Is Less Funny Than Scientologists Doing Comedy

    It's as if aliens with no conception of how human humor works had decided to mimic 'Saturday Night Live,' but without any cursing. Like aliens, the participants have a kind of emotional impermeability to them. It's fascinating to watch, but also...

  • My Greatest Regret Is Not Making Out with a 500-Pound Woman on a Shitty Talk Show

    My biggest regret, the one that haunts me to this day, the one I think about more than any other, the one that sends me into cold sweats is, “What if I had agreed to appear on that sleazy talk show pretending I dated a 45-year-old 500-pound woman back...

  • Marc Maron Is the King of Twitter

    It comes as no surprise that the most common subject on Maron’s Twitter feed is, you guessed it, Marc Maron. He’s amassed 240,000 Twitter followers, created the one of the most popular podcasts on the internet, netted his own IFC show and got a book...

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  • On the Road with Tony Clifton

    Tony Clifton is a piece of performance art who has outlived his creator, legendary comic Andy Kaufman, by two decades. He's having a comeback of sorts, thanks at least in part to Jeremy Johnson, a filmmaker who has been working for Clifton—and his...

  • The Loveliest Chauvinist

    If the name Andrew Dice Clay has any significance to you, it is, inevitably, as the blockheaded, spectacularly leathered obscenity-dispenser who once looked like some combination of Mad Max and Liberace and who now looks like the guy who lives...

  • Hanging with Slick Eastwood

    For this week's Mahal, I was invited to see Slick Eastwood perform his comedy act in Bushwick, Brooklyn. A few days later, Slick and I met up again in Downtown Manhattan to lurk the streets and discuss his creative process.

  • Remembering the 2003 Blackout, My Most Shameful Night

    While every resident of the eastern United States and Canada dealt with adversity on the night of the blackout, I dealt with an additional, more secret, more shameful challenge that I still haven’t fully processed close to a decade later.

  • Losing It on Alan Rickman’s Roof

    I can’t fathom any reason why she would have made out with me besides pity. I’m not exactly Don Draper when it comes to physical attractiveness. I don’t think I’m ugly, per se, but on bad days I have been told that I look like the monster from 'The...

  • The Strange Beauty of the Chinese Politician Who Threw a Tantrum at the Airport

    In essence, this is just a video of a man having a nightmarish experience at an airport boarding desk. (He'd had a long breakfast and missed his first flight, then had not heard the call for the second flight, apparently.) But watched through the lens...