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Where does your data go when you die?
I don't plan to live past 50. If I keep this pedal pinned to the floor, even that might be pushing it. Death is something that I ponder daily, usually between my morning blunt and Burger King breakfast run.
| June 01, 2011
Review: The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
Would watching be a good decision?
Say this for The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (Fridays at 10 pm on IFC), David Cross's new show for Channel 4 in England and IFC here: the title is apt.
| October 12, 2010
Interview: Will Arnett
The actor looks back at Arrested Development and forward to Running Wilde
When it went off the air, in 2006, Arrested Development had already cemented its status as one of the great TV comedies of all time.
| September 14, 2010
Cross Town Traffic at the Wilbur
Too Black, Too Strong Dept.
When bespectacled alt-comic icon David Cross paid a visit to the Wilbur Theatre last October, he giddily tore Boston “a new asshole” — but, hey, at least he was kind enough to have “stitched that new asshole up with jokes.”
| May 12, 2010
Fucked Up live to conquer the improbable
Fucked Up's career is a game of dares they're winning. Over the past few years, the Toronto band have trashed a bathroom on an MTV broadcast, played a 12-hour set in a NYC boutique, reeled in random notables like David Cross, Bob Mould, and Nelly Furtado for Christmas charity singles, landed their vocalist Pink Eyes appearances on Fox News, and won the 2009 Polaris Music Prize.
| February 17, 2010
Review: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
In playing evil ex-Chipmunk-band manager Ian Hawke, comedian David Cross draws the Short Straw of Irony, being dealt the line "At least I still have my dignity."
| December 22, 2009
Totally clips of the heart
Foraging with the Found Footage Festival’s Nick Prueher
Nick Prueher and fellow video crate digger Joe Pickett sift through untold hours of lunatic cable-access shows, home movies, and dubious self-help videos to pluck out breathtakingly bad gems for their touring Found Footage Festival.
| November 12, 2009
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Interview: David Cross
David Cross is not cross
"When people thought of stand-up in 1987, they thought of a guy with a skinny red tie and a jacket saying, 'What's the deal with blah, blah, blah?' "
| October 07, 2009
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The Funn(k)y Drummer
What's the connection between comedy and percussion?
Johnny Carson was revered for his impeccable comic timing. It was "so precise," wrote one newspaper in his obituary, "that we wouldn't be surprised to find buried in his skull a quartz crystal." And why might that be? Perhaps because Johnny Carson was a drummer. In drumming, after all, timing is everything.
| August 13, 2009
Louis C.K. has work to do
"I'm pasty, pale, overweight and I have red hair. I see that Coldstone Creamery and I want to crawl inside and hide," Louis C.K. responded when I asked if he recalled just how disgustingly hot and muggy Rhode Island could be during his 4th of July headlining set at the Newport Yachting Center.
| July 01, 2009
Review: Year One
Not everything Judd Apatow touches is gold.
Mel Brooks and the lads from Monty Python stormed through this territory with fierce farce. Here there's little farce, just a fusillade of flaccid dick jokes.
| June 23, 2009
Review: Battle for Terra
A computer-animated sci-fi epic in 3D
Say you want to produce an independent computer-animated sci-fi epic but you don't have the deep pockets of Pixar or DreamWorks — what to do? If you're director Aristomenis Tsirbas, you simplify.
| April 28, 2009
97. Toby Young
It’s easy to make this list when you sit next to the sexiest being on this green Earth: Top Chef hostess Padma Lakshmi. Still, Tom Colicchio managed to keep himself off our radar, and so did the dramatically unsexy Ted Allen. But Young is a shoo-in. Besides his canned one-liners and nonsense observations (actual Times headline for a review of Young’s book: “Learning To Succeed as a Loser, on Two Continents”), this baldie looks like a British inbred cousin of James Carville.
Boston Phoenix Staff
| March 25, 2009
Sid and Marty show MySpace how psychedelia’s really done
My favorite Sid and Marty Krofft production is one they had nothing to do with.
| July 23, 2008
As the AltCom Festival arrives at the Somerville Theatre, we look at the roots of the indie comedy boom.
“Ashlee Simpson’s new album sold so poorly,” snorted the headline on Yahoo! this past week, that “it was beaten by a comedy album.”
| May 08, 2008
Painfully funny poker fanatics
Having followed this band of winners and losers as they sort out their cards and their problems, you may just find yourself caring who wins in the final showdown.
| April 02, 2008
Tim and Eric’s 15 minutes
“In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world,” wrote Schopenhauer, “and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.”
| December 04, 2007
Eddie Brill and the Boston Comedy Festival
A tide of laughter breaks over comedian Eddie Brill as his high-speed spiel about an antic bar pick-up recounted in a string of clichés halts.
| October 01, 2007
The final season of Arrested Development on DVD
Watching the third and final season of Arrested Development , out now on DVD, it becomes clear why the show didn’t find a larger audience.
| September 07, 2006
Eugene Mirman’s DIY stand-up scene
Each week at a combination bar, video store, and comedy club in Lower Manhattan, comedians Eugene Mirman and Bobby Tisdale host "Invite Them Up."
| January 13, 2006
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