The stage persona of Sandra Bernhard has always been a force to be reckoned with. The comedian and singer hasn’t softened a bit since her early days at LA’s Comedy Store in the ’70s. After her fantastic breakout performance in Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, Bernhard became known for her brash and bold sensibility on screen and off, particularly in her frequent appearances as a guest on Late Night With David Letterman in the ’80s. Her wildly popular one-woman off-Broadway show was turned into a film in 1989, and throughout the ’90s Bernhard toured with a variety of performance pieces. She is perhaps best known, though, for her recurring role as Nancy Bartlett on Roseanne. To put it simply: Bernhard has been a cultural icon for years, offering a witty and sometimes shocking perspective on celebrity culture, American politics, and her personal life. … Read More
Comedian Julie Klausner has become widely known for her fantastic podcast, How Was Your Week?, an intimate chat show that she has frequently produced live at Brooklyn’s Bell House. Klausner has long been a performer — she has roots in New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre — and it’s a pleasure to experience her live. Despite her collaboration with rocker Ted Leo and her ability to hilariously skewer pop culture, it’s her musical theatre roots that have I’ve always found fiercely entertaining. (Fun fact: Julie accompanied me to my first Broadway show, Promises, Promises.) That musical theatre sensibility has never faded away, and next week Julie Klausner will make her New York cabaret debut with Too Gay for Booklyn, which she will perform on June 18 and 19 at the venerable Joe’s Pub. Along for the ride are her pal Ted Leo and the larger-than-life singer Bridget Everett. I spoke with her yesterday about the process of putting the show together, the loose and experimental nature of cabaret, and the performers who have inspired her aesthetic. … Read More
With The Office finishing its run tonight, Vulture has prepared the show a Six Feet Under style send-off. Speaking of killing your idols (sorta), check out this piece on why you sometimes have to end a series to save it. Shaun of the Dead turns ten today (what?!) and A.V. Club is celebrating… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we found out who is going to win Season 7 of The Bachelorette before the first episode has even aired — at least according to the numbers. We watched a handful of StoryCorps’ original animated shorts, a cool series which features old people sharing their life stories with… Read More
After capturing the likes of Oliver Stone, Simon Cowell, Margaret Cho, and Amy Poehler, photographer Austin Young is turning his camera on the public with an interactive solo exhibit.
Young’s vibrant portraits have been published in Vogue, Rolling Stone, Flaunt, and Interview, with subjects ranging from A-list celebrities to drag queens. Part Warhol’s Factory, part 21st-century photo studio, his latest project, Your Face Here, is an opportunity for non-celebrities to become part of the show, too. … Read More