1614 posts categorized "HUMOR"

Oct 13 2014
Born To Be Bad Comments (0)

More video of him has now become available (I say this like it's a never-released Truman Capote story or something)...

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Rossy Is A Rossy Is A Rossy Is A Rossy Is A Rossy: A Review Of Jessica Mitrani's TRAVELING LADY Comments (0)
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BOY CULTURE REVIEW: *** out of ****

It's not every day that I'm invited to the U.S. stage debut of a Pedro Almodovar superstar, so how could I refuse when offered the chance to see Traveling Lady, a multi-media presentation by Colombian visual artist/director Jessica Mitrani and Spanish film icon Rossy de Palma? Answer: I couldn't, and I didn't.

IMG_9348De Palma & Mitrani, post-partum

After initially bobbling the invite for me plus-one (sorry, Nathaniel!), I showed up fresh from a full day at New York Comic Con and a quick visit with Don Bachardy to find a long line outside FIAF Florence Gould Hall (55. E. 59th). A passer-by seemed nonplused when I told her we were waiting for a show. “A theatrical performance???” she sputtered. It was as if she knew what was in store for us; we didn't, however, so I went in thinking we were seeing a play while my companion Jason though it would be a movie. We were both kinda right.

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Rossy-de-PalmaWith “Kika” herself!

A part of FIAF's Crossing the Line 2014 series, Traveling Lady turned out to be a singular experience. I wish I had seen it both nights it played to get a firmer grasp on it, but I did divine its staunchly feminist roots, using as a jumping-off point the 19th-Century travels of journalist Nellie Bly. The show made use of a booming female voice-over, outstandingly dazzling projections, a somewhat goofy, talking, 8-foot dress with no body in it (voiced with an insinuating authority by Joan Juliet Buck), original music and all-too-brief appearances by de Palma in the flesh, lip-synching to her pre-recorded recitations.

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De Palma plays more than Bly; it quickly becomes obvious she is embodying various female archetypes. In so doing, she only had to appear briefly, allowing her unique visage to do all the talking. She merely had to stand there in order to give the show a twisted depth. Her presence is so arresting it was shocking later to meet her and see that she herself isn't 8 feet tall.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb0796ee37970d-550wiThe show lagged when it became too esoteric for its own good, but I felt was saved from being a parody of NYC performance art excess thanks to its tongue-in-cheek humor. While it's true enough that some of its odder visuals would have baffled the real Bly (who once feigned insanity in order to explore the depravity of early insane asylums), I felt the show's broad send-up of branding and marketing were spot-on and LOL hilarious. I was also very taken with the show's tangential embrace of passages from the writings of Gertrude Stein (Ida: A Novel), which gave perfect voice to some of Mitrani's visuals.

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All in all, Mitrani and de Palma's collaboration seemed a match made in heaven.

Afterward, we were invited to a champagne toast, at which de Palma was mobbed and a child was given a birthday cake. When I met her and congratulated her on the show, de Palma rasped in her wonderful way, “Wasn't it great???” and enthusiastically posed for photos.

 
Need To Know: Dog Days + Ebola Oops + Tennis Ace + Gaga Drama + Carter Country + MORE! Comments (0)

Nick_BatemanI'm willing to stray down to Puerto Rico in order to be rescued by this crew!

*widget boy cultureLucky Puerto Rican stray dog rescued by Nick Bateman & other models.

*widget boy culturePresident Obama demands review in 2nd U.S. Ebola case.

*widget boy cultureMartina Navratilova honored in NYC.

*widget boy cultureHouse candidate Carl DeMaio blows off sexual harassment charges.

*widget boy cultureDAME NATION: Angelina Jolie receives honor from Queen Elizabeth.

*widget boy cultureLady Gaga subject of oddly vitriolic VH1 hit piece.

*widget boy cultureGaga brands Madonna as unhelpful, seems to agree she has no soul.

*widget boy cultureART-ON: Madonna kissing Britney.

*widget boy cultureIn a future where curiosity has been outlawed...

*widget boy cultureJimmy Carter, 90, hits the campaign trail.

*widget boy cultureIowa Senate race tightens.

*widget boy cultureProbably fake Corey Monteith bareback video leaks.

*widget boy culture“Suicidal” August, Osage County actress is missing.

*widget boy cultureThis kid:

Summerlin boy

...really knows how to steal scenes. Keep reading to see him in action...

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Oct 11 2014
You Dirty Horror Comments (0)

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Hilarious! Jason and Michael Myers get together for a a twerktastic, horror-infused, all too short tribute to National Coming Out Day...

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Gettin' Her Hooks In Ya Comments (0)

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Hilarious sketch “Brenda the Waitress” with the late Jan Hooks, the late Phil Hartman, Kevin Nealon, Nora Dunn and Alec Baldwin.

Also, check out Jan's best impressions here (her Diane Sawyer is perfectly smug).

 
Oct 09 2014
SNL & DESIGNING WOMEN Fave Jan Hooks Dies @ 57 Comments (0)

JanHooksmainApril 23, 1957—October 9, 2014

Jan Hooks, a Saturday Night Live cast member for five years in the '80s and also a regular on later seasons of Designing Women, has died at 57 following an undisclosed illness.

Design102With the late Alice Ghostley (August 14, 1926—September 21, 2007) on Designing Women

She was a better Tammy Faye than Tammy Faye was: 

Hooks, along with Nora Dunn, was one of the hysterical Sweeney Sisters: 

She also did a mean Kathie Lee Gifford: 

Here's her twisted take on feminism vs. commercialism:

Sad to lose a funny lady so soon.

 
Need To Know: Tricked Out + The Shirt Off His Quarterback + Such A Tees + Divorce Sucks + MORE! Comments (0)

Daniel-FranzeseNot-so-neat trick

*widget boy cultureMean Girls bear Daniel Franzese spoofs Sam Smith.

*widget boy cultureShirtless QB? A-OK by me!

*widget boy cultureLucian remix of Alanis Morissette's “Forgive Me Love”.

*widget boy cultureDebbie Harry's T-shirts, in her own words.

*widget boy cultureGayle King's “word soup”: “I'm gay.”

*widget boy cultureWife says Stephen Collins would've blown a male son.

*widget boy cultureTyra Banks rages against homophobic model.

*widget boy cultureGay rabbi protocol.

*widget boy cultureDemocrat Clay Aiken claims “Republaiken” support.

*widget boy cultureHappy pre-Halloween from horror short The Door:

 
Oct 08 2014
If Guys Were Like Girls On Halloween (I Would Look Forward To The Otherwise Useless Holiday) Comments (0)

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Buzzfeed nails this, and I'd like to nail the stars of it...

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