The Next Wave 2015: The Top Up-and-Coming Comics in New York
by Samantha Pitchel Welcome to the second semi-annual edition of The Next Wave, Splitsider’s roundup of exciting new comic voices from around the country. Splitsider readers are no doubt familiar with most of the established standups in the country — ones who have risen up via TV appear... [Read More]
 
Max Silvestri, Jenny Slate, and Gabe Liedman's NYC Standup Show Big Terrific Ends Its 7-Year Run This Month
by Megh Wright One of New York's best standup shows is ending its seven-year run later this month. The New York Times reports that Max Silvestri, Jenny Slate, and Gabe Liedman's free weekly standup show Big Terrific is set for its final bow on Sunday, April 26th in Brooklyn. Since starting the show,... [Read More]
 
Coming Up Twice with Joe List
by Phil Davidson Joe List is the comedy underdog everyone seems to root for. A longtime fixture in the New York comedy scene, List had the reputation as the gifted standup comic who could never catch a break. But to paraphrase Seinfeld, a List obsession, 2015 could be the Summer of Joe. After a kill... [Read More]
 
Plan Your 'Broad City' NYC Tour with This Handy Map
by Megh Wright If you're sad that Broad City's second season is already over on Comedy Central, Thrillest has made it extremely easy for you to relive it all thanks to their handy interactive Broad City map. The map includes all the locations featured during season 2 — everything from Abbi's w... [Read More]
 
This Week in Web Videos: 'Happy Town'
by Luke Kelly-Clyne Happy Town could've been dead on arrival. Had creator/director/DP/editor/producer/Vitruvian film dude Jon Mayer not turned his passion papers into a passion project, this would've read like just another tale of Millennial ennui in the big city. "Great," every agent would've said.... [Read More]
 
Bits on the Fun Bits: Inside an All-Female, Sex-Positive Comedy Show
by Alex Estrada Sex sells. It’s an old advertising mantra frequently used to criticize lascivious billboards or to dismissively explain the success of “provocative” artists and personalities. We are rarely treated to literal demonstrations of the principle. This past Saturday night... [Read More]
 
'Fish in the Dark' is 'Seinfeld' on Stage and Vintage Larry David
by Daniel Kurland There's a moment in Fish in the Dark where Larry responds to a question about how grabbing a breast was and he answers with, "Pretty good. Prettayyyyy, prettayyyyy, prettayyyyy good.” The audience erupts into applause and you’re just like what is going on? This man has ... [Read More]
 
Can 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Ever Accurately Portray the NYPD?
by Harry Waksberg Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a fun, wacky, well-cast sitcom set in a Brooklyn police precinct. Since 2004, approximately seven unarmed people of color have been killed by real cops in real Brooklyn. It stands to reason that a network sitcom would be uncomfortable addressing something so h... [Read More]
 
From Screen to Stage: The Rise of the Parody Musical
by Alex Estrada At a small midtown studio, the producers and cast of UNAUTHORIZED! met to rehearse That 80’s Time Travel Movie, a musical based on the 1985 Robert Zemeckis classic Back to the Future. I arrived around hour four as the group workshopped a number called “Forgetting You.&rdq... [Read More]
 
Weird But True: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers dramatic reading of The Onion’s article about his blizzard declaration
On Monday, The Onion posted a satirical piece about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's reaction to the oncoming blizzard. Headline: "NYC Mayor: 'Reconcile Yourselves With Your God, For All Will Perish In The Tempest.'" On Tuesday, after the snowstorm blew through the city and region, the mayor del... [Read More]