Talking to comedians can be difficult for one of two reasons: Either they don’t make you laugh at all, or they make you laugh too much.
Deadpan king Steven Wright, appearing Friday at the Regency Ballroom in The City, has the same measured, monotone delivery in conversation as he does onstage, making it difficult to know (especially over the phone) when to speak or when to wait for him to say something.
“I, oh, I’m sorry, you go ahead,” he drawls. Read More
Dustin Hoffman is still bummed that HBO canceled his show “Luck” in the middle of the first season. Three horses died during filming, and the network decided to pull the plug amid much backlash.
Hoffman did not mince words when he talked to Fox recently, laying the blame squarely at the feet of PETA and the gossip site TMZ.
“It’s completely distorted,” he said. “Anyone who raises horses knows they break their legs.” Read More
The Insane Clown Posse’s “Carnival of Carnage” continues its bewitchingly lame procession, this time by filing a lawsuit against the FBI.
The National Gang Threat Assessment task force apparently dubbed ICP fans (known as Juggalos) a “loosely organized hybrid gang,” likening it to the Aryan Brotherhood or the Norteños. Read More
San Francisco filmmaker Philip Kaufman won the job directing the magnificent “Hemingway & Gellhorn” based on his experience with movies about lovers in times of social unrest (“The Unbearable Lightness of Being”) and writers’ tormented relationships (“Henry & June”). Not a retread, but a triumphant return to form, “Hemingway & Gellhorn” screens Sunday at the Castro Theatre and debuts Monday on HBO. Read More
Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and President Barack Obama all are fair game in comic Will Durst’s savage verbal soiree “Elect to Laugh,” now playing at The Marsh. But ask Durst if there’s a secret to the success of his one-man show about the country’s precarious political culture and he’s quick to point out that he’s “just a comic.”“Most one-man shows are about depression and suicide or recovery from cancer, and I don’t have any of that” he says. “I just tell jokes.” Read More
Already in the crimson mood for the upcoming fourth season of HBO’s creepy “True Blood”? If not, here’s some news that should take you there. Read More
No need to worry about how now-former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner will make it financially. Aside from his generous pension and other congressional payouts, the job offers are pouring in. So far, he has been offered a guest starring spot, playing himself on HBO’s “Entourage” series. Or he could go to work for Larry Flynt on the Hustler Internet group, where his job description would be “battling hypocrisy within the federal and state governments.” Read More
Alt-country kingpin Steve Earle won’t be playing San Francisco officially until his appearance at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass on Oct. 1. Read More
After wrestling for nearly two weeks with the HBO “Real Sports” special on the movement to pay college athletes for the work they contribute to the billion-dollar industry of collegiate athletics, I have come to a decision on this controversial issue. I have decided to introduce you to Jason Hindle. Read More
Jonesing for a little "Sex and the City" this weekend? Well, then head over to new nightclub Jones on Sunday to meet mayoral candidate Joanna Rees and Jason Lewis, otherwise known as the hunky Smith on the hit HBO show. Read More