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Kimmy Schmidt, Big Terrific Added to NY Comedy Festival

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Big Terrific.

The New York Comedy Festival was already chock full o’ hilarity, thanks to appearances by Bill Maher, Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron, Bridget Everett, Tig Notaro, Eric Andre, and all the rest. Today the fest, put on by Comedy Central, announced some more must-hit events: a panel discussion with Tina Fey and other writers from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the return of Jenny Slate’s Big Terrific to Brooklyn.

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Hey, Look! It’s the Graffiti That Spelled Gentrification in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

In Season 2 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Lillian the landlord becomes obsessed with gentrification– even if she only recently added it to her vocabulary. “I miss the old days,” she tells Titus, “When the longest word I knew was friggin’Giuliani.”

Lillian is determined to keep East Dogmouth “weird and dangerous,” but there are endless signs of gentrification in the neighborhood, from the parade of joggers pushing strollers to the opening of East Dogmouth Art Space. Not only does the performance space have the audacity to offer an “open tables DJ night,” but its owners painted over a long-standing mural of Biggie Smalls. “Now how are we supposed to remember he’s dead?” whines Lillian as she marvels at the disconcertingly unblemished roll-down gate. “Twenty-four hours and not one graffito. What a disgrace.”

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Tina Fey Will ‘Share a Grave’ With Her Kimmy Schmidt Co-Creator But Is Too ‘Alpha’ To Do a Show With Amy Poehler

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Just how much does Tina Fey prefer filming Unbreakeable Kimmy Schmidt in Greenpoint to shooting 30 Rock in Long Island City? A lot, she told Damian Holbrook, of TV Guide, during a one-on-one Tuesday at the Tribeca Film Festival. “In seven years, I never took a walk,” she said of working out of Silver Cup Studios, in the Queensboro Bridge area. “We just kept waiting for it to gentrify and it never did.”

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The Wayland and Blackstones Open New Spots; Kimmy Schmidt in Greenpoint

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Last night rapper Action Bronson left a Norwegian stage mid-concert due to seek medical assistance. He has since tweeted that he’s doing fine. [Pitchfork]

Essex Street Market veteran Ni Japanese Delicacies will open a brick-and-mortar outpost at 14A Orchard Street. [Bowery Boogie]

The proprietors of The Wayland on Avenue C will open an unpretentious bar on the block called The Drift. [EV Grieve]

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It’s a Miracle! Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Begins Filming Season 2

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Last month, Tina Fey and the cast of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt said the new season would start production August 17 and, like clockwork, the crew was set up outside of 164 Eagle Street today. (Yep, for all of the show’s jokes about how bad Kimmy’s neighborhood is, the series is actually filmed in Greenpoint.) The location, seemingly rigged for interior shots, was one of three sets in the neighborhood.

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Tim Heidecker Plays a Dorky Dad in Flower, Which Is Not ‘Just a Blow Job Movie’

Zoey Deutch in Flower. (Photo: Carolina Costa)

If you’re a fan of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, you probably think of Tim Heidecker as an eternal infant, reveling in funny faces and fart noises. But that’s starting to change now that the New Yorker has called him a “bard of suburban fatherhood.” (Not that he’s gone entirely straight– that same article mentioned his band’s “themed album all about imbibing urine.”) So it’s not a complete shock to see the king of infantile absurdism playing a painfully dorky dad in Flower, a film by Max Winkler that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last week.

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A Hate Crime in Williamsburg; Peek Inside Brooklyn Steel

Teenagers tossed a brick and homophobic at two men, a gay couple, in Williamsburg on April 11. [NY Daily News]

Williamsburg residents are complaining about the cacophony of loud activity noodle purveyors TMI Trading Co. are generating on Bushwick Place. [DNA Info]

The makers of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt reportedly paid a Greenpoint resident $1500 to film on her brownstone’s front steps. [6 sq ft] Keep Reading »

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Meet Tituss Burgess And Request ‘Peeno Noir’ at His Wine Launch

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OMG. When we dorked out about spotting that gentrification graffiti from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, we had no idea we’d actually get to meet Tituss Burgess, aka Titus Andromedon. But here is, coming to Bowery & Vine to sign bottles of his new wine, Pinot by Tituss Burgess. Wait a minute, they didn’t call it Peeno Noir?? What’s more, a description of the 2014 Santa Barbara County pinot doesn’t even say whether it goes with caviar, Myanmar, mid-sized car. Or whether it’s available at your local leather bar.

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Arrest Made in EV Stabbing; New Eatery to Bring a Taste of Long Island to E. 6th St

(Photo: Leah Jackson)

(Photo: Leah Jackson)

Jayson Avila was arrested on two counts each of assault and attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a couple in Alphabet City apartment building one week ago. [DNA Info]

Council Member Margaret Chin and others rallied Thursday to save Mulberry Street’s 25-year-old Met Food grocery store, which was scheduled to close the following day. [Gothamist]

Two Beauty & Essex alums will help oversee Out East, a 100-seat New American restaurant set to open this month on E. 6th Street. [Eater NY] Keep Reading »

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Performance Picks: Interplanetary Educational Comedy, My Old Man, Joey Arias

(image via Pop Roulette / Facebook)

(image via Pop Roulette / Facebook)

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Pop Roulette Presents: Amazing Earth
Wednesday, October 5 at UCB Chelsea, 8 pm: $5. 

Musical comedy group Pop Roulette is out of this world. Literally. They’ve been sent to the planet Keplar in an attempt to educate its citizens about what makes America, well, America. More than that, they’re going to try and do so through the mediums of comedy and music, which might not be as easy as it looks in a world that seems to get slightly more depressing every day. I feel that they’ll do an okay job, considering I heard one of their songs several months ago and it still floats into my head sometimes. Granted, the only lyric I can recall is “I came on everything,” but I think that’s worth something. Also, the music video for their totally catchy song “Sex With My Teacher” recently premiered through Comedy Central, so at least they’ve got fans here on Earth.

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Photos + Video: Thousands Attend #WeAreOrlando Vigil at Stonewall Inn

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(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

The mayor, governor, and thousands of members of New York’s LGBT community and their supporters gathered around Stonewall Inn yesterday evening for a vigil to mourn the 49 killed and dozens more injured during Sunday’s attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

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Amy Sedaris Wants to Give You Some Motel-Room Art

(Courtesy of Super 8)

(Courtesy of Super 8)

Somehow Amy Sedaris always seems to be around when paintings have to come down off the walls. Remember the Mondrian that Jacqueline was forced to part with in the new season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? And how Sedaris’s character, spazzy socialite Mimi Kanasis, was taken aback when Kimmy approached her in Jacqueline’s empty apartment: “I thought you were a Jeff Koons sculpture of Ronald McDonald!”

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