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.”
Usually when we spot the cast of Difficult People, it’s because they’re filming on the corner of East 7th and First Avenue, but Friday evening we caught them on stage at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, talking to Patton Oswalt during PaleyFest. And good thing we did– they played a sizzle reel showing some highlights from season two, and then, during the q&a, proceeded to drop even more spoilers. Read ahead if you’re dying to see what’s on deck when the funniest portrayal of NYC narcissists since Seinfeld returns to Hulu in July.
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.
Almost Famous, except about a girl. And set in the ’90s. And British.
How to Build a Girl, described by the New York Times’ Dwight Garner as “a British version of ‘Almost Famous,’ delivered from a female perspective and set two decades later,” is celebrating its paperback release with a reading by author Caitlin Moran. She’s often compared to Tina Fey and Lena Dunham, “which is fair so far as it goes,” according to Garner, “though I’d add Amy Winehouse and the early Roseanne Barr to the mix.” Watch her read excerpts from her comic novel about a poor teen determined to reinvent herself as a rock critic in 1990s London.
Tuesday, July 7 at 7 p.m. Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway (East Village).
After three years of hosting the Webbys, Patton Oswalt ceded the honors to Williamsburg comic Hannibal Buress last night. “I guess the Webbys wanted a new host that would acknowledge WorldStarHipHop,” Buress told the crowd of diners at Cipriani Wall Street. His monologue, which you can watch below, referenced everything from farty Uber rides to Kim Kardashian’s shiny posterior (“it was so shiny that when you looked at it you would just see a reflection of who you really are as a person”). At one point he brought up the Mad Men finale: “I’m still a little bitter that Jon Hamm beat me out for that role years ago. You don’t know the story? It was down to me, Jon Hamm, and Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers.”