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’
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.
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.
Broad City, Michael Che and Other Stand-Ups Sit Down For Some Conversation
9 Comics Give Michael Che Their Two Cents On His New Daily Show Gig
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.
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.
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.
Don’t Worry, Those ‘Dad Glasses’ Might Not Be Matt Berninger’s New Look
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.
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.
Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Work Out Their Roommate Issues, Circa 1997
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.