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Kimmy Schmidt, Big Terrific Added to NY Comedy Festival

Big Terrific.

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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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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Talks and Readings: Historic Greenpoint, Multiculti Confessions, and More

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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).

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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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