April 26, 2013 |
Aasif Mandvi knows how to get a laugh. Throughout his seven years (and counting) as a correspondent on TV's "The Daily Show," he has skewered politicians, celebrities and the media with a combination of incisive cultural commentary and goofball antics. Boasting mock expertise in a wide variety of fields, Mandvi has posed as the show's Middle Eastern affairs correspondent, senior financial analyst, Baghdad bureau chief, senior medical correspondent and whatever else the day's humor calls for. The big-screen comedy "The Internship" features him in a less familiar role: the straight man. FULL COVERAGE: Summer sneaks The film, opening June 7, reunites "Wedding Crashers" stars Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as a pair of fast-talking but outmoded salesmen who finagle internships at Google in the hopes of reinvigorating their foundering careers.
HOME & GARDEN
April 13, 2013 |
Sadly, I'm here to report that even vodka has its limitations. To lap it up much before 7 a.m. still carries a certain Victorian stigma, and the better octanes seem beyond my pocketbook. I consider it both a health food and a holy water, and it bothers me to see vodka used recreationally, as it so often is these days. It is also overpriced, raising my innate sense of injustice and causing me to rant at two of my favorite targets: farmers and politicians (both dirty). Now what do I do with my life?
October 25, 2012 |
The documentary "Lunch" is just what it describes, a seat at the kibitz table with a gathering of acclaimed showbiz writers, performers and directors whose Golden Age of You-Name-It comedy pedigrees are remarkable: Sid Caesar, Hal Kanter, Carl Reiner, Arthur Marx, Matty Simmons and Rocky Kalish, to name a handful. For more than 40 years, this gang of funnymen has met on alternating Wednesdays - currently at Factor's Famous Deli on Pico, where Donna Kanter (Hal's daughter) captured them for her film - to eat, joke, tell stories and chart each other's aging, referred to as "the organ recital.
September 17, 2012 |
Shame and the British. They go together like tea and crumpets, Sandhurst and Sid Vicious. But South Coast Repertory's broad staging of Alan Ayckbourn's exercise in indignity, “Absurd Person Singular,” makes you yearn wistfully for more cheeky snaps of Prince Harry in Vegas. Ayckbourn's set-up is simple genius: Over three acts, we follow three couples at three Christmas parties in as many years, all seen from various kitchens. At the top, boorish entrepreneur Sidney (JD Cullum)
September 9, 2012 |
Like everything Stephen Colbert does on television, it's set up as a joke. A nun and a television host walk into a studio. They discuss the recent papal censure of American nuns for "perpetrating a feminist agenda. " The host takes a hard line. "The pope has said, 'Knock it off with the social liberalism,'" he says. "You're not socially conservative enough, at least admit that. " "What I'll admit is that we're faithful to the Gospel," says the nun. "We work every day to live as Jesus did, in relationship to people at the margins of our society.
September 6, 2012 |
Bobby Valentine, the embattled Boston Red Sox manager, has had to reiterate he was joking when he told hosts of a radio show that he would punch them for asking whether he had "checked out" for the season. Although if you listen to the volatile interview , you could sense the threat wasn't said in jest. Since Valentine is probably out as manager after a less-than-spectacular first season with the club, one that he actually called "lousy," he's gone into damage-control mode. The incident with WEEI hosts Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley began Tuesday when Ordway asked the manager whether he had checked out because he showed up late to the game in Seattle.