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Gary Gulman at the Metropolitan Room

Hometown hero and comedian, Gary Gulman performed a hilarious set at the Metropolitan Room to record his next album.

I love the good, clean, fun of Gary’s comedy. He’s got the confidence, charm, and good looks to captivate and relate to the audience. His comedy stems from every day occurrences (like hitting the snooze button) and reflections on the culture of the masses (like snobbery over brand-name cookies). Gary’s new material draws on similar themes with highlights including the brilliance of the library, how archaic disc-mans are, and the use of the word “Stop” in popular music.

All in all, my stomach still hurts from laughing so hard.

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Tina Fey: Bossypants

Tina Fey BossypantsWith my train running 25 minutes late with little cushion to transfer to the only ferry that would get me to my destination in time for dinner, I walked calmly to the bookstore to see what might keep me entertained and relaxed. I picked up Tina Fey’s memoir entitled, Bossypants.

I didn’t know what to expect from the book but it was perfect for the ride that got me to the ferry 10 minutes before it departed. I had heard good things and obviously I think that Tina Fey a genius and I assume that our love for donuts is at least one thing we have common. (That one episode of 30 Rock where Salma Hayek worked at Dunkin’ Donuts and said the customers at DD were really sad – cue to Liz Lemon in a DD asking, “What time do you hand out free donuts?” – that is me. No shame.)

I may have expected more of a narrative arc – Fey doesn’t talk about why she wanted to be an actor or comedy writer and how she accomplished these goals but Bossypants seems to be an honest telling of important moments in her life. She reflects on moments with injustices done to her, injustices she imposed on other people, and the way things are and how she’s trying to change that. In this book, she seems to be letting people know that she’s strong enough to not take shit from people but also vulnerable enough that she will cry and doesn’t always know the right answer. Then she puts everything in perspective with a joke.

I think the best lessons came from the last few chapters when Fey talks about SNL, 30 Rock, SNL as Sarah Palin, and her daughter. She talks about the crazy schedules and what it was like to be in demand. She (surprisingly) apologizes for her “Bitch is the New Black” story on Weekend Update, saying it came out “punchy” – that it was not her intention to endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton* but to point out that “America seemed more comfortable with a male minority candidate than a white female candidate.” Fey finally got her point across in a skit written by Seth Meyers with Fey as Palin and Amy Poehler as HRC in a press conference. Basically, as Fey points out, they were trying to show how sexist people were being in different ways to these two women – one as a barbie and the other as a bitch – and how they should have been treated like any male candidate, asking what their credentials were. It took some time to get this right, but Fey and her colleagues got their point across.

So, all in all, as I read this book during my travels (I made every train and ferry and even got to ride a moped at my destination!) I couldn’t help but feel empowered. I now realize that I can eat donuts AND conquer the world!

Hillary Rodham Clinton*For the record, I have read HRC’s autobiography Living History AND I have it doggy-eared with notes in the margin. Again, no shame.

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Broad City Season 2 Finale at 92 Y Tribeca

92Y TribecaBroad City celebrated Season 2 with the screening of the finale at the 92Y Tribeca. The stars, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer hosted a spectacular evening screening episodes intermixed with live comedy and followed by an awesome dance party.

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer

In the intimate setting, Abbi and Ilana shared their reservations in making this series about their exaggerated personalities which, after watching them live on stage together, were not actually much different from what you see on the show. They also spoke about the talented people who have helped them to put the series together including actors, directors, editors, musicians, and technical support and how they couldn’t thank them enough.

Kristen Schaal

Kristen Schaal wearing authentic Sally Jesse Raphael glasses

Kristen Schaal, of Simpsons fame, made an appearance on stage with her jokes about finding astonishment in real world situations including pulling out a pair of real Sally Jesse Raphael glasses that a former Production Assistant on the show gave her.

Surprise cameo in the finale!

Surprise cameo by Amy Poehler in the finale!

The premise of the finale is a chase that leads the girls through the west village in search of something unknown to the viewer till the end but the biggest surprise is Amy Poehler‘s appearance in finale (along with Kristen Schaal). Sorry if I spoiled the surprise before fans of the show could watch it online, but it is so amazing. Best part – Amy tells the girls to live their dreams.

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with Director TJ Misny

In addition to the amazing cameos, the finale was the best episode ever because of its self-referential moments and homages to great films. It was directed by TJ Misny. Ilana noted that this was a full three-day shoot where people would ask, “What is this?” and Ilana would yell back, “Broad City, BITCHES!!!”

 and the experience

And finally, we were graced by this performance with highlights including the song entitled, “Pizza Party.”

All in all, I laughed and laughed and laughed and all in awe of the amazing work by these talented women.

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