266. You’re Next Stop

This slow motion video “Stainless, 42 Street” by Adam Magyar (he has a very cool site, you should check it out) captures the essence of waiting for a train in NYC. Granted I avoid this stop like I do Times Square but it’s probably the best place to take a video like this. Does anyone else think the music sounds just like the music from the dinner scene in Sleep No More? Creepy yet it grabs your attention.

*Note to self: Go see Sleep No More again. #maskenthusiast

204. She Said What?!

Paula Pell

Last week, the fabulously funny Paula Pell (sturdy lady, pliable soul, SNL writer since 1946, and executive producer of the upcoming film, This Is 40) was interviewed by the always interesting Alec Baldwin during his WNYC radio show, Here’s The Thing. The two had such a great rapport that I had to share it. I think my favorite line was when she said, “During that time I went down Penis Ave. for about two years.”

Find out more about the woman who was discovered by Lorne Michaels while working at a certain Orlando amusement park. Well, it’s actually more than an amusement park, but you’ll have to listen to find out the dirty details. Enjoy!

Click here to listen to the entire interview.

*Warning, might cause laughter for 40+ minutes. Highly recommend not listening to this on the subway or people might think you’re crazy. Actually, I take that back. Listen to it on the subway and then tell me what happens.

155. NYC vs. Everywhere Else

I thought this article was quite hilarious since I’m trying to move back to NYC while this guy is praising the reasons why he left. I think every New Yorker has reasons to love/hate the city while other people say they “love New York but only to visit.” It’s a city like no other and the author’s comment about feeling like you’re doing bigger things is kind of true. There’s something about that Manhattan energy (and I’m not talking about the a-hole pushing you into the subway car) that makes you feel like you can do anything. Granted, you’re probably never going to live alone and you’ll find yourself repeating the phrase “Seriously? A martini is $18?” but for many people New York City is revitalizing and empowering. Cheers to the Big Apple (even if you hate it)!

128. Wait. Am I in Ireland?


 

While I was in New York City this week, I came across this little gem of a moment.  A man with a guitar was singing in the subway when a random passenger joined in. Afterward, the man introduced himself as an Irish folk singer.  I immediately looked behind me to see if they were shooting the sequel to Once, which is still one of my favorite films.

79. Betty and Jodi: Revitalizing The Bronx (And The Yankees)

(Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph reunite on The Bronx Beat)

If The Bronx wants to revitalize their image I know just the gals to help out.  Betty and Jodi from The Bronx Beat.  That’s right, the two reunited on a recent episode of SNL and thankfully they hadn’t changed a bit.  They were still their usual hilarious selves.  Rebranding would be a piece of cake with these two as the official spokeswomen for the borough.  I can picture it now:

Betty 

Yeah, ah, come to The Bronx.  It’s special.

Jodi

Whadya talkin’ about, special?  What’s so special ’bout it?

Betty

Whaddya mean what’s special ’bout it?  It’s special..

Jodi

Tell me one thing that’s special ’bout it.

Betty

You want me to tell ya?

Jodi

(talking over her)

Yeah, tell me. Tell me.

Betty

Okay, I’ll tell ya.  Whaddabout Little Italy.  We got Little Italy here at The Bronx.

Jodi

(chewing her gum)

So does Manhattan.  

Betty

Oh yeah.  Okay okay.  Whaddabout, ah, the Bronx Zoo.  We got animals.  We got gorillas.  You like gorillas?

Jodi

(to camera)

Yeah, you like gorillas?

Betty

(to camera)

Gorillas?

A PRODUCER runs up and whispers in Betty’s ear.

Betty

Oh, okay, so I was just told by my producer that Manhattan also

(pauses and puts her finger up in the air)

has gorillas.

Jodi

Whaddya mean they have gorillas. What are they doin’, walking around the subway?  The subway?  Hey, ah, ticket for one?  I don’t think so, my friend.  Let me tell ya somethin’, I would not get on the subway if there was a gorilla sittin’ next to me.  Ok?

Betty

No, at the zoo, Jodi.  They got gorillas at the zoo, too.

Jodi

Oh, they got a zoo too, huh?  

Betty

Yeah.  A zoo, too.

Jodi

Well, there’s gotta be something The Bronx has that Manhattan does not.  Am I right?

Betty and Jodi pause to think.

Betty

I got it.  What about The Yankees?

Jodi

That’s right.  We got The Yankees.  How could I forget about ah, what’s that guy’s name again?

Betty

Oh, you mean, ah, Babe Ruth.

Jodi

No, not Babe Ruth.  Although I do love that guy.  I’m talkin’ bout the hot one.  You know, with the muscles.

Betty

Oh, ah, Derek Jetah.

Jodi

Yeah, we got Jetah, Manhattan.  

Betty

Jodi, I think he might live in Manhattan.

Jodi

Who cares?  He plays in The Bronx.  Am I right or am I right.

Betty

You are right, Jodi.  Take that Manhattan, okay?  Take that.  We got the real Jetah here.  Now lets go before I get all hot and bothah’d.

Jodi

That’s it!

Betty

That’s what?

Jodi

That’s the new slogan: Come to the Bronx, where you’ll get all hot and bothah’d.

Betty
I like it, Jodi.  I like it a lot. 

Okay, somehow that turned into a Yankees commercial but still, you get my point.  Cheers to The Bronx and The Yankees.  After all, it’s almost baseball season, right?

Here’s a look at a real scene between Betty and Jodi:

http://www.hulu.com/embed/M1btuajYzMTzhk1qNQLpZA