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Is Brooklyn Really Inside a Trump-Proof Bubble?

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

Shortly after the jarring election of Donald J. Trump, you might’ve seen a hilarious sketch from Saturday Night Live called The Bubble where “it’s like the election never happened.” The Bubble is a magical, if not eerily insulated, “place where the unthinkable didn’t happen and life could continue for progressive Americans just as before” because it’s “a planned community of like-minded free thinkers – and no one else.” The punchline is genius: “The Bubble: It’s Brooklyn with a bubble on it.” It’s funny because it’s true – or maybe not.

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Behind the Sneaker-Tossing, Tandem-Riding Scenes of SNL’s ‘Bushwick, 2015’

(Photo: Paul Rome)

(Photo: Paul Rome)

Walking up St. Nicholas Avenue around 2pm on Friday afternoon on my way home from the Wyckoff Starr, the coffee shop I manage, I passed an unusual sight: a tall, long-haired man attempting to throw a pair of laced-together sneakers over a telephone wire in broad daylight.
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Harry Shearer, aka Mr. Burns, Is Bringing Richard Nixon to Hell Square

Harry Shearer, who made his name on Saturday Night Live and as a writer and star of This Is Spinal Tap, plays the ultimate villain — Mr. Burns — on The Simpsons (he’s also the voice of Ned Flanders, among others). But tomorrow at the Slipper Room in the heart of Hell Square, he’ll discuss a still greater villain, President Richard Nixon, whom he plays on a series that you can now watch online.
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Broad City, Michael Che and Other Stand-Ups Sit Down For Some Conversation

Michael Che (Photo: Phil Provencio)

Michael Che (Photo: Phil Provencio)

Some of your fave comedians are taking part in some scintillating convos. No, seriously.
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9 Comics Give Michael Che Their Two Cents On His New Daily Show Gig

(Photo: Phil Provencio)

(All photos: Phil Provencio)

On Monday night, Broken Comedy celebrated co-founder Michael Che’s 31st birthday with a full-on blowout. Inside an extremely packed backroom at Matchless in Greenpoint, Che hosted the night alongside co-founder and regular host Nimesh Patel.
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Watch: Sasheer Zamata and Seth Herzog Improvised Some TED Talks

Saturday Night Live was on hiatus last weekend, but cast member Sasheer Zamata could still be found performing before an audience in the wee hours. Just before 1 a.m. Saturday morning, Zamata and others hit the stage at UCBeast and did their best to pull some TED Talks out of their asses.
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Watch Hannibal Buress (Attempt to) Do ‘Rapper’s Delight’ With Method Man

Not a day after dropping his new special on Comedy Central, Hannibal Buress celebrated his 31st birthday at the Knitting Factory last night. Sure, his actual birthday was last month — but whatever, it was an excuse to bring his weekly front-bar showcase into the Knit’s spacious back room for a proper rager promising a “VERY special” musical guest.
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Don’t Worry, Those ‘Dad Glasses’ Might Not Be Matt Berninger’s New Look

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Yes, Lena Dunham was naked on SNL. But Matt Berninger, lead singer of The National, also set off a twitstorm during Saturday’s episode when he hit the stage wearing a pair of wire-frame eyeglasses that were described on Twitter as “rapist glasses,” “70s pedophile glasses,” and “80s dad glasses” — and made him look either like Liev Schreiber or Walter White.
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Liza Dye's Fundraiser Has Netted $50K, and There's Another Stand-Up Benefit Tonight

Supporters of the comedian who was hit by a train at the Broadway-Lafayette station a week ago have upped their fundraising goal after bring in over $53,000 — and there’ll be another benefit in the East Village tonight.
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Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Work Out Their Roommate Issues, Circa 1997

Graphic by Lindsey Yadon

Graphic by Lindsey Yadon

Wish you’d been able to hang with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey back when they were broke 20-something improv nerds? You can do just that at Under St. Marks next week. Sort of.
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Nightclubbing | Blitz Benefit, 1978

Pat Ivers and Emily Armstrong continue sorting through their archives of punk-era concert footage as it’s digitized for the Downtown Collection at N.Y.U.’s Fales Library.

Video contains explicit language, but you already knew that.

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The East Village was a very different and much more dangerous place in 1978. But it was still a shock to everyone on the Downtown scene when Johnny Blitz, the Dead Boys’ drummer, was stabbed in a fight on Second Avenue. Street violence isn’t quite what it was in those days, but one thing hasn’t changed: the problem of musicians and medical insurance, or the lack thereof. To help meet Blitz’s mounting medical bills, the CBGB community rallied with a four-day event, the Blitz Benefit (please, don’t call it “Punk Woodstock”). With a t-shirt created by the Ramones’ design guru, Arturo Vega, and more than 30 bands performing, it was a heartfelt outpouring of help and money for one of our own.

Billy Blitz, Johnny’s brother, recalled being just a teenager when his brother was stabbed. “I was in Cleveland so it was all new to me,” he said. “When I got to New York for the benefit, Stiv Bators [lead singer of the Dead Boys] and Tish Bellomo picked me up. They were shooting moons out the car window on the way to the club. I couldn’t believe it!” Keep Reading »