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Boston folk hero Rob Potylo teams with Vermin Supreme to Remove Condoms from America’s Dreams

It's the first day of the Democratic National Convention, and after a week of lame protests at the GOP summit in Tampa, it smells like something might erupt.
The Odd Couple...for President
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 05, 2012

A Q+A with SNL’s weekend updater

Though you may know Seth Meyers best as the anchor of Saturday Night Live 's "Weekend Update," he's anything but a one-trick pony.
Seth Meyers? Really!
By JESSE PAPINEAU  |  July 20, 2012
ShortTake: The Intouchables

Review: The Intouchables

French comedies rarely travel well, but The Intouchables , the first film from the writer-director team of Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache to be commercially released here, has earned its status as an international blockbuster.
Traveling well
By ANN LEWINSON  |  June 01, 2012

Lenny Clarke comes to Swansea

Stand-up comic and actor Lenny Clarke has carved out a career as a Northeastern everyman — a wise-cracking, self-deprecating, heavily-accented jokester with an appealing obnoxious streak.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 30, 2012

Interview: John Hodgman is pleased to serve

Brookline native, Apple pitchman, podcast host, and Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman has made a career out of hilarious pedantry.
You're welcome
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  November 11, 2011

Review: Jimmy Tingle's American Dream

This documentary from Boston comedian Jimmy Tingle and director Vincent Straggas excels in depicting the plight of the stand-up comedian.
 A comedian's life ain't nothin' but hustle and rejection
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  October 07, 2011

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Review: Attack the Block

As a group of teenage thugs approach their intended victim (only their eyes are visible as they glare at the trainee nurse who's walking the cold south London streets alone on the way home from her shift), you'll be forgiven if you recall the recent wave
London crawling
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 19, 2011
review of movie Conan O'Brien Can't Stop

Review: Conan O'Brien Can't Stop

There's something destabilizing about seeing Conan O'Brien — whose image has been familiarized in the collective consciousness wearing a neatly tailored suit in front of a Manhattan backdrop — suddenly laid bare by a jittery handheld camera in the comfo

By CARSON LUND  |  June 24, 2011

Aziz Ansari gets ready for his close-up

Though he hasn't been in the public eye for long, Aziz Ansari is quickly proving to be a pop culture mainstay.
Dangerous fun
By JESSE PAPINEAU  |  June 17, 2011
Bill Hicks BBC documentary

Telling the story of comedic genius Bill Hicks

Some people throw parades for firemen. Others wave flags at Marines: "Thank you for your service." But for those of us who live to subvert authority — and who have sensed a strange hilarity emanating from this shitty planet since before puberty — the lat
Wild ride
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 10, 2011
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In Bridesmaids, Kristen's women act like women

Diehard fans of Saturday Night Live took heart when Kristen Wiig appeared in the cast in 2005.  
Wiig-ed out
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 13, 2011


Straight talk(1)

Neurotic humor is Richard Lewis's style, as the series Anything But Love and Curb Your Enthusiasm, his many late-night-TV appearances, film roles, and cable specials, and his book, The Other Great Depression, all attest.  
Richard Lewis gets serious
By RICHARD ANTONE  |  February 18, 2011

Interview: Damon Wayans

"Right now, my intent is not to offend. I just want to laugh. I want to suspend reality."
Getting silly again
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  February 19, 2010
Burrito, Sandbox Office, Siegel, Tune, Fatel and WTF

Burrito, Sandbox Office, Siegel, Tune, Fatel and WTF

Info Burrito, Sandbox Office, Robert Siegel, Name That Tune, Mitch Fatel and WTF. Listen here! Put us on your iPod.
By Charlie  |  September 18, 2009

Burrito, Bob Marley, MRTPQ, Special Ed, Sam Yoon and WTF

  The Info Burrito, comedian Bob Marley, the Qdoba Mega Robo Thunder Query, Ed whistling, Boston mayoral candidate Sam Yoon and the WTF Line all...
By Charlie  |  July 30, 2009
The Gulman-pa-looza!!!

The Gulman-pa-looza!!!

  Is a Gulman-pa-looza on The Sandbox this morning. Giant comedian Gary Gulman hangs out for the Qdoba Mega Robo Thunder Phone Query and to...
By Charlie  |  July 10, 2009

Gary Gulman's Ex-Girlfriend

Gary Gulman's Ex-Girlfriend

By Charlie  |  July 10, 2009
Burrito, Piper, MRTPQ, Cantrell and WTF

Burrito, Piper, MRTPQ, Cantrell and WTF

  The Info Burrito, Rowdy Roddy Piper, the Qdoba Mega Robo Thunder Phone Query, Rob Ca...
By Charlie  |  June 19, 2009

Interview: Kathy Griffin

"I think Ryan Seacrest and Oprah will finally be together, and it will be like one of those great '70s cover-up movies and I'm playing the body."
D Girl
By JIM SULLIVAN  |  June 12, 2009

World gone Wong

"I'm an immigrant," says Joe Wong. "And I used to drive this used car with a lot of bumper stickers that are impossible to peel off. One of them said, 'If you don't speak English, go home.' And I didn't notice it for two years."
Chinese-born biochemical-engineer-turned-comic Joe Wong has conquered Letterman. You're next.
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  May 01, 2009
Henry Santoro: 180, Jon LaJoie, MRTPQ and WTF

Henry Santoro: 180, Jon LaJoie, MRTPQ and WTF

  Henry Santoro reports half of the story in Henry Santoro: 180! Jon LaJoie stops by...
By Charlie  |  April 30, 2009

Pop Trash, What's On The Internets, Dane Cook and WTF?

Pop Trash, What's On The Internets, Dane Cook and WTF?

Fletcher takes out the Pop Trash, we find out What's On The Internets, talk to Dane Cook ...
By Charlie  |  April 22, 2009

Dance, Monkey!: Jess Sutich

Every week we put a comic in the hot seat. This week's victim is...
On beachfront property in Ohio, idealistic pizza, and interspecies relations
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  April 01, 2009

Big pictures

Watchmen is that too rare work of popular entertainment, one that succeeds on many levels and that rewards your attention to every level it employs.
From the Phoenix archives: All things are Watchmen
By M. HOWELL  |  March 04, 2009

Interview: Alan Moore, writer of Watchmen

The winner of several "Best Comics Writer" awards on both sides of the Atlantic, he's best known in America as the author of the DC Comics series Swamp Thing and, of course, Watchmen.
From the Boston Phoenix archives: the watchmaker speaks.
By M. HOWELL  |  March 04, 2009

Review: Watchmen

Watchmen 's brutal alternative history
As a reimagining of the past, Watchmen is at times jaw-dropping.
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  March 03, 2009


Interview: Zack Snyder

"Every movie I've made, starting with Dawn of the Dead, has been, like, death threats."
Zack Snyder is a cheerful dude who's mounting one of the most perilous assaults on pop culture.
By JAMES PARKER  |  March 03, 2009
MySpace, Aisha, Fletcher, WTF and The Finisher!

MySpace, Aisha, Fletcher, WTF and The Finisher!

The MySpace Music Massacre makes a comeback with some hip hop, garage and Cookie Monster M...
By Charlie  |  February 23, 2009
Bert, Fletcher, Ed, WTF and The Finisher!

Bert, Fletcher, Ed, WTF and The Finisher!

Comedian Bert Kreischer phones in to discuss his Comedy Central special and Greg Louganis....
By Charlie  |  February 04, 2009

Dance Monkey: JR STRAUSS

We Put A Comic On The Hot Seat. This Week's Victim . . .
JR Strauss
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  February 02, 2009