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September 28, 2017

1. NFL Players kneeling during the National Anthem:

BS:Don’t bring Politics into Sports.

REALITY: Between 2011 and 2015 the Department of Defense and the National Guard paid the NFL to bring players out for the National Anthem to boost Military Recruitment. Politics injected itself into sports.

2. Sending aid to Puerto Rico and lifting the Jones Act to allow foreign vessels/crews to provide supplies: 

BS: A lot of Shippers don’t want the Jones Act lifted

REALITY:American Shippers won’t make all of the profit because they won’t have a monopoly, and money is more important to them than human lives and compassion.

3. Tax cuts for the Wealthy

BS: When rich people keep more of t...

September 11, 2017

Hurricane Irma is not something to joke about. It’s terrifying and ground breaking - literally and figuratively. It’s so strong, seismographs - the things that measure earthquakes - are recording its power. Here are some stats, with some common, everyday references, to help you understand it’s unprecedented strength.

  • Its winds have reached speeds of 185mph. You walk about 3 mph. Usain Bolt sprints at 44mph. Nascar racers max out at about 200 mph. That's way too fast for winds to be swooshing around.

  • It’s leveled Barbuda, demolishing 95 percent of its buildings. Making them, as a Chef would say, “deconstructed houses”. 

  • It is estimated to cost around $150 mi...

August 29, 2017

If you’ve been living under a rock, been too high to function, or became blind after looking at the Eclipse for too long, you may not have seen the devastation in Houston from Hurricane Harvey. It is a disaster of epic proportions, dumping 11 trillion gallons of water so far, leaving tens of thousands in need of temporary shelter.

Obviously, that’s a large number of people to accommodate. In rare situations like these, it should be all hands on deck. Unless apparently, your hands are too busy holding the large amount of money you rake in from hoodwinked believers who attend your megachurch. 

(Let’s all take a moment of silence and ironically pray for the end of “megachurche...

August 21, 2017

Look, here’s the deal. It’s Brooklyn. It’s comedy. It’s fun. It’s laughter. Believe me when I say you’ll want to add a bit of “You” to this recipe.

Beginning today (August 21st), a full seven days of humor lie ahead of those brave enough to enter the tickle zone.  Stand Up, Film, Sketch, Improv, Music. Basically, any kind of art that can be funny (read: all art) will be on display at NYC’s Premier Alternative Comedy Event - PACE for short.  I just coined that.  Don’t repeat it.  No one will know what that is.

The kickoff show was on August 20th, called SASHEER ZAMATA PARTY TIME! ft Ilana Glazer, Tim Dillon and Eman El Husseini.  Many other fantastic s...

August 8, 2017

A few weeks back we reviewed Daniel Simonsen, a Norwegian born, hilariously off-beat comic. This week, we want to update you on his recent comedy happenings.

This August, Simonsen is doing a month long stint at the Camden Fringe Festival in London. However, instead of doing the same show over and over for 30 days, running the risk of becoming so familiar with his set that he recites it while sleeping, stuck in a comedic revolving door that get’s less and less funny each go ‘round, slowly suffocating him in his own jokes until he forgets what fresh air feels like- he decided to mix it up. PHEW! Close one.

For the first half of the month, Simonsen will do a show called ‘No...

August 1, 2017

You know those comics where at first you're like “Oh man, should I laugh?”... But then you can't help but laugh because what the comic is saying is hilarious?  Yeah, that’s Amy Miller.  She is not afraid to push normal cultural boundaries and test people’s comfort levels.  Politically and culturally savvy, Miller addresses so many social issues but without being too ‘on the nose’.  Plus, she’s doing this in Portland, where breathing is offensive! 

Miller kinda gives off a “definitely don’t fuck with her or she will eat you alive with words” vibe, and also a sweet, witty vibe that makes you want to timidly approach her to be your friend.  Basically, she'...

July 24, 2017

No, Pete Lee is not Bruce’s son.  He’s not trained in the fine art of combat.  In fact, it’s the opposite.  Lee is perhaps the sweetest man in comedy.  He has the face of a baby angel, if that baby at some point went through puberty.  When you see him perform, his gentle nature immediately shines through in his sweet smile.  BAM! Tenderness! 

In an industry often tinged with blowjob jokes, scrotum references and overcompensation, Lee is refreshing.  He describes himself as a “sissy”- so, admittedly, I was a little shocked when he talked about his girlfriend (a reaction he seems to be used to).  But Lee is actually a straight, white guy.  One...

July 17, 2017

You guys heard of May Wilkerson? I hope so. And if not, what the hell, dude? I’ll probably forgive you eventually, but MAYbe you should look her up and go to a show. Treat yourself to a few laughs courtesy of Ms. W. 

Wilkerson is hilarious, smart, and surprising. She’s able to navigate her way through being witty and semi-political while being female. Though this may not seem like a contradiction to everyone (read: women), society (read: men) can sometimes push back on that. It’s fun being a woman in comedy. But when you’re good, you’re good and she’s good so it’s all good.

Wilkerson's ability to take on serious subjects, show them in a new (often illuminating) light and...

July 12, 2017

David Drake. That is his name. A good place to start in terms of getting to know him. He’s also super likable and seriously funny.

I’ve watched David perform about 4 times in the past two months. Hearing a few of his jokes multiple times now, I have a pretty decent grasp of his delivery and timing. Both of which are deliberate and practiced, yet feel off the cuff. 

His slightly nervous energy (not sure if that’s part of his act or real), change of volume and pacing, and intermittent half-yells creates excitement and energy felt throughout the crowd. While it can sometimes feel like he’s remembering the story as he tells it, it’s a rehearsed style. One unique to him.

David te...

June 26, 2017

Daniel Simonsen is one of those comedians whose style is hard to describe and harder to forget. His fringe bangs, gaunt face and self-described concave chest makes for a somewhat odd-ball introduction. If he weren’t a comedian, he’d make a good reclusive tech guy, or your weird cousin Brent who you've only seen briefly one Christmas before he made his way back into the soundproof basement. His persona is equally distinct and these two facets makes for a unique and hysterical show. 

Originally from Norway, he now lives in New York. But coming from Europe, he’s used to a slightly different comedic culture, and benefits from that greatly while performing. He assembles...

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