In 2008 Kathy Griffin became the first woman to make it to #1 on the Billboard Top Comedy List, and five years later she became the third female comedian ever to win a Grammy. As 2014 comes to close, Griffin is keeping busy on a nationwide comedy tour, preparing to replace her late hero Joan Rivers on E!’s Fashion Police, and will be honored in Monday’s release of MAKERS: Women in Comedy on PBS. The show will explore how the comedian fought to find a ... Read More
We all know her as Susan Fischer, the rookie security guard at Litchfield Penitentiary on the hit Netflix original series, Orange Is The New Black. As a mousey and quiet do-gooder on the show played by talented improviser and actress, Lauren Lapkus, her character aims to please. But now, with her new podcast out and debuting as the #1 iTunes Comedy Podcast, With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus is anything but polite. Already three shows strong, the premise of her ... Read More
On Monday night outside of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, protesters organized a “#RoyalShutdown” for Eric Garner and other victims of police violence. Visiting British royalty William and Kate met a crowd of demonstrators reacting to the recent non-indictment of officer Daniel Pantaleo from a Staten Island Grand Jury, and chanting Garner’s last words: “I can’t breathe!” The organizers of the demonstration, Justice League ... Read More
The Sundance Institute has collaborated with Todd Oldham on a line of limited-edition merchandise available for pre-order. The products range from t-shirts to dinner plates to stickers and buttons and patches, all designed by well-known, Sundance-friendly artists. Seriously, there is so much good stuff here that narrowing it down to only six products was difficult. Who knew that, on top of being a hilarious and amazingly talented actress, Jenny Slate is also a ... Read More
Last week, the winner of the most important accolade in the literary world was announced. I am, of course, talking about the Literary Review's Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Forget the National Book Award. Back off, Pulitzer. Man Booker who? An Oprah’s Book Club Sticker has more influence than all those combined. The real prestige comes with winning a Bad Sex in Fiction award. It means your work was good enough that those other prizes could ignore your terrible ... Read More
The BUST London Craftacular is taking over The Islington Metal Works this Sunday and we've thrown one heck of a raffle into the mix. Head upstairs to the BUST stall and just pop your email on our list to be in with the chance to win! For starters, there's this print by Rob Ryan, who will also be selling the season's must-have wrapping paper, in a design that is exclusive to Craftacular. He'll be signing the paper and selling it for just £5 a pop. There's a ... Read More
ICONS is the name of the new seminal collection by Portland-based clothing company Wildfang, and the title could not be more perfect. Featuring six different independent and inspiring women, the aim of the campaign is to showcase what it means to bold and passionate in your own skin. Included in the campaign are women from vastly different professions, all of whom were hand-picked by Wildfang for their various achievements. Included in the list is actress Kate ... Read More
“What Happened, Miss Simone?” has been named as the opening film for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary follows the life of artist and activist Nina Simone, and is directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus (The Farm: Angola, USA and Bobby Fischer Against the World). It will air as part of Netflix’s original programming and be available for streaming in 2015. Lisa Nishimura, VP of Original Documentary Programming on ... Read More
Ah, pizza. The great universal uniter of peoples. No matter if you're a deep dish devotee or a fold-em-in-half thin crust lover, we can all agree that there is nothing wrong with sitting down, or standing up, for a terrific slice of pizza. You know who else digs pizza? Macaulay Culkin. He of the Home Alone face slap and child-star growing pains is such a fan that he is a member of the comedy rock band The Pizza Underground, and they have finally released a new ... Read More
  We’ve all had a handful of teachers whom we will never forget, right? Maybe that teacher inspired you to pursue what you love, or in the case of Natasha Vaynblat’s class, banging a frying pan to bring order to her students. After teaching in the public schools of NYC, Natasha was compelled to create a show highlighting her experiences. Vaynblat recalls, “We spent most of the [professional development] session singing a revised version of ... Read More
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