Emmy-winning animator Ryan Quincy has always dreamed of having his own show. During the decade and a half he spent working his way up to animation director for South Park, he spent his hiatuses creating a world entirely his own, inhabited by hairy but harmless creatures just trying to sort out the d ... More >>
In a city where green means go, yellow means go faster and red means go left, few take the time to examine the traffic signals. Most drivers glue their eyes to their phones before even coming to a full stop.
But sometimes the light will change and, if you're paying attention, you'll notice an avia ... More >>
Live comedy is once again enjoying a boom period, even if some of the bigger clubs and bloated chains around the country are going bust. Thanks to the internet's generous enabling of DIY promotion, production, talent booking and ticketing, who needs a humorless industry gatekeeper when one can simpl ... More >>
By Reed Fischer
If Prince was sticking to his Jehovah's Witness faith, he didn't celebrate his 54th birthday last week. (The religion considers birthdays pagan.) And, giving him gifts is pointless anyhow, because he's probably at the point where he has everything -- purple, anyhow -- already.
Not ... More >>
Paying homeless people $70 a day to serve as human wifi hotspots is a bizarre way to make a buck, but it's indicative of the hustler's spirit at South By Southwest this year.
Folks are grinding hard and employing increasingly-gimmicky measures to make money.
But there's more to it than that. Lik ... More >>
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Since Kickstarter launched less than four years ago, the "crowdfunding" site has become as ubiquitous as the hipster mustache. Who doesn't know a musician, aspiring filmmaker or underwater basket weaver who has concocted a clever video beseech ... More >>
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Portlandia: The Tour
Portlandia, the Pacific Northwest-skewering IFC comedy show now in its second season, has run less than ten episodes. But SNL'er Fred Armisen and Sleater-Kinney rocker Carrie ... More >>
The top groupies in the audience for Portlandia the Tour have been a gay couple from Napa that attended the Los Angeles show last night dressed in matching "Put a Bird on It" t-shirts. They've been to every show on the tour so far. Portlandia actors/creators Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are ap ... More >>
Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's Portlandia has put Portland on the pop culture map. To quote from the show itself, it's a place where young people can go and retire, all the hot chicks wear glasses, and you can put a bird on anything and call it art.
The Saturday Night Live cast member and the ... More >>
D. VerdinComics telling the truth, Ruth: (l. to r.) Kenji, Martin Rizo, Flaco Martinez, Reggie Brown and Jimmy Ouyang
As the wholesome racial equality message emanated from the new movie The Help over the weekend, a group of stand-ups acutely debunked such propaganda Saturday at Pasadena's Ic ... More >>
It's that time of the year again: Oscar nominations are out! And we know what you're asking yourself: Did Randy Newman get another Oscar nomination for a song that sounds like all his other Oscar-nominated songs? Did he get a nod once again (we can do this post every year--and in fact we do) ... More >>
Full disclosure: we love Randy Newman! Go get yourself a copy of his 1974 masterpiece Good Old Boys and you'll see what we're talking about. And that's why we're so pissed that over the last 20 years he's turned himself into a Xerox machine of his own talent, churning out increasingly more faded cop ... More >>