Can you explain this to me?

January 11, 2010 at 9:08 am (cool things i've found) (, , )

Kumail and I found this yesterday while walking past a huge housing project.  If you can’t see it really well, it is…

two figures in a small courtyard, and the one with hair has several bird figurines piled between its legs.

$20 to the person who can explain it to me.

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Check out what your neighbors are renting.

January 10, 2010 at 10:51 pm (movies) (, , , , )

This is so cool.

This is an interactive map of 10 major metropolitan areas showing what the most popular and least popular Netflix rentals are by zip code.  In our zip code, it’s

  1. Milk
  2. The Wrestler
  3. Burn After Reading
  4. Rachel Getting Married
  5. Twilight
  6. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  7. Doubt
  8. Slumdog Millionaire
  9. Role Models
  10. Pineapple Express

It’s amazing to watch the patterns change as you move across neighborhoods, especially if you know those areas yourself.  Seriously, do yourself a favor and lose part of your Monday exploring this.

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“we bought our christmas tree ironically”

December 16, 2009 at 1:55 pm (Comedy) (, , , )

This is a funny parody of those horridly obnoxious cheerleader Gap ads by a comic named Kevin Tor.  It’s for American Apparel, and it’s hilarious.

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Minorityfest!

December 10, 2009 at 6:36 pm (Comedy, music) (, , , , , )

I’m super excited that I get to go to this tomorrow.  Here, read the description:

Minorityfest 2009 is a ONE NIGHT ONLY multimedia event being held at Glasslands in Brooklyn featuring nationally-recognized artists of color in comedy, music and visual art. While some artists were chosen for the overt or subversive political value of their art, others were invited simply because of the value of their craft and what it brings to the festival. The goal is to highlight amazing and inspirational artists of color who perform in Williamsburg, bring artists to the area who deserve recognition, and hopefully attract a diverse audience to the festival that reflects the talent represented and the nature of this city’s population.

I think it’ll be awesome, and best of all, I’ll get to see Das Racist perform, something I’ve been wanting to do for a few months.  Enjoy their video for Chicken and Meat.

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Dear lord, I’m so glad someone’s found a way to use the genius that is Reggie Watts…

December 10, 2009 at 1:30 pm (Comedy) (, , , )

…even if it’s something as random as advertising car batteries. This guy is an absolute original and gives monster hugs.  Watch this commercial.  Now.

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I’m pretending I’m in the audience at Arsenio Hall right now

December 9, 2009 at 9:38 am (Comedy) (, , , , , )

Jezebel, Lemondrop, and Flavorwire have all done stories on how excited they are that there’s a new female writer at SNL this season, and even more excited  that it’s Jessi Klein.

I’m excited for her too, even if it does mean I’ll never get to see her or exchange Gwyneth Paltrow hatred with her again.  Read on for some of Jezebel’s nice words, yay Jessi!

You might remember Klein from her appearances on Best Week Ever or The Showbiz Show with David Spade, where she was a regular talking head/correspondent, respectively. Or from her stand-up — she’s a fixture in the “alternative” comedy scene in both NYC and LA. But Klein’s most legendary success so far occurred behind the scenes, when, as a member of the development staff at Comedy Central in the early ’00s, she was the primary network champion of a little sketch comedy show called Chappelle’s Show.

The most compelling reason for the dearth of female comedy writers in late night TV was presented last month by former Letterman Nell Scovell, who attributed the problem partly to male writers feeling uncomfortable around women in a writer’s room, or whatever. We all know that’s a bullshit attitude for a person (other than Christopher Hitchens) to have in 2009, but it takes time for entire industries to change the way they’ve always done things. If anyone needs any assurance that Klein, and female comedy writers in general, can more than hold their own when it comes to dirty jokes in a ribald creative setting, they need look no further than a story she told on stage at the storytelling series The Moth called “Dale,” the podcast version of which, it so happens, I had to stop listening to on the subway last week because I was laughing so hard people were starting to stare. (And I’d already heard it at least twice.)

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Ask a Comedian

December 1, 2009 at 3:58 pm (ask a comedian, Comedy) (, , , )

Another day, another Ask a Comedian, which is that thing where I ask a few comedians I know the same random question.

Today we have Dan Wilbur, fantastic up and coming NYC comic, Thursday feature writer for HardCasual, runner of a monthly show called Acid Reflux, and my Comix other half.

To refresh you again, the question is:

There’s a doll being made of you-  What tiny little accessories would it come with, and/or what would it say when you pull the string? (Yep, there’s a string.)

Jump for Dan’s answer, and it’s a doozy!

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Ask a Comedian

November 30, 2009 at 9:04 am (ask a comedian, Comedy) (, , , , , , , )

After a short hiatus, Gynomite returns with the face-meltingly amazing series “Ask a Comedian” where I ask a few comedians I know the same random question.

Today we have TJ Miller, amazing comedian, gifted actor, ridiculously snappy dresser, and star of the upcoming Yogi Bear movie.  He has also been seen in Cloverfield, Extract, the TV show Carpoolers, lots of Chelsea Lately, and a ton more movies soon to be released.  Let me refresh your memory with the question:

There’s a doll being made of you-  What tiny little accessories would it come with, and/or what would it say when you pull the string? (Yep, there’s a string.)

Jump to find out!

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Ask a Comedian

November 13, 2009 at 1:03 pm (ask a comedian, Comedy) (, , , , )

It’s time for the next installment of the mind-bendingly popular series “Ask a Comedian” where I ask a few comedians I know the same random question.

Today we have hot stuff comedian Kumail Nanjiani, subject of a recent NY Times profile, who you can watch on Letterman tonight (DO IT!).  Best of all, he is married to me.  The question (again):

kumailnyt

There’s a doll being made of you-  What tiny little accessories would it come with, and/or what would it say when you pull the string? (Yep, there’s a string.)

Jump to see his answer!!

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Ask a Comedian

November 12, 2009 at 8:42 am (ask a comedian, Comedy) (, , , )

It’s time for the next installment of the horrifically popular series “Ask a Comedian” where I ask a few comedians I know the same random question.   Today we have Ms. Amy Schumer, who is delightfully twisted and just recorded her Comedy Central Presents.  She can be seen anywhere from Vh1 to 30 Rock.   The question (again):

There’s a doll being made of you-  What tiny little accessories would it come with, and/or what would it say when you pull the string? (Yep, there’s a string.)

amy

You know you want to jump.

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