She was our Michelle Obama: how Gilda Radner changed comedy for ever

The death of the SNL star 30 years ago robbed the industry of one its finest voices but not before she had blazed a trail for women such as Tina Fey to follow There is no shortage of excellent critical writing about the US comedy scene in the 80s, and John Belushi, Eddie Murphy and Gilda Radner, one of the original cast members of SNL, alongside Chase, Belushi, Aykroyd and others. Although she is comparatively little known today outside comedy circles, back then she was widely assumed to be the future megastar of that group. With her sharp parodies of celebrities and her skill at satirising her own femininity and neuroses, she set the mould for modern female comedians. Without …

Meet the 88-year-old powering his insurgent 2020 bid with teens

Fueled by the ambition of two teenagers, ex-Alaska senator Mike Gravel is running for president with the explicit intention of entering Democratic debates In 2008s Democratic race for the White House, a little-known former senator from Alaska, Mike Gravel, barnstormed the party debates, railing against Americas foreign wars and slamming his rival candidates as elitists out-of-touch with ordinary Americans. Gravel did not make much of an impact in a competition defined by the epic battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, though his heartfelt criticism of the Iraq war struck a chord with a hard core of fans. Gravel was probably not helped by his grumpy old man persona and one of the Kamala Harris, capitalism. But it wasnt Gravel …

Stormy Daniels talks about Trump and ‘the worst 90 seconds of my life’ on standup tour

The pornographic film producer, director and actor gave frank and funny answers to a New York audiences questions about the president Donald Trump a criminal in a hilarious skewering in a comedy club in New York on Tuesday, though she didnt directly call for the president to be impeached. Daniels, proud pornographic film producer, director and actor, and the woman at the center of one of the most high-profile scandals besetting the White House, was performing at the second stop of a limited city tour of speaking engagements labeled intimate evenings with. For a woman who claims to have denies and who was paid $130,000 in political appear inextricably linked. In answer to an audience question, should Trump be impeached, …

Homeless living beneath Hudson Yards welcome the new development

Members of the community who live in the tunnels beneath the glittering project see it as an opportunity to earn more, while others complain its not helping us Whatever the aesthetic judgement of Manhattans $25bn Hudson Yards development Pulitzer prize winning critic Jerry Saltz called it a corporate mega-monstrosity there is at least one group of city dwellers who are optimistic about the development: the homeless who live underneath it. For decades, the subway and rail tunnels beneath and around Hudson Yards have offered shelter of sorts for the citys homeless population, often those who, in the social caste system of the dispossessed, have cut themselves off by literally going underground. But now, two weeks after the vast residential, shopping, …

High-cat diet: urban coyotes feast on pets, study finds

A study of coyote scat in LA found the animals are attracted to fruit in gardens, where they are also finding cats and dogs Doug McIntyre let his cat, Junior, out of the house on a sunny summer morning last June. As Junior walked down the path and into the world, he paid special attention. I had a funny feeling just an odd sensation that something was off, McIntyre, a journalist and radio host, recalled in a column at the time. Junior, a beloved part of the family, had been found five years before living in the parking lot of a Los Angeles radio station, covered with fleas and suffering from a blood infection. All day, McIntyre waited for Junior …

I was at the Lorena Bobbitt trial 25 years later it still makes me wince

The 90s case of the woman who cut off her husbands penis has been brought vividly to life by an Amazon series. But what was most shocking was the culture clash between the sexes The chocolate penises lingered in the memory. I didnt need a television show to remind me of those. The zoo outside the Virginia courthouse, packed with satellite trucks, local entrepreneurs hawking what we didnt yet call merch (including that phallic confectionery), protestors, campaigners, sympathisers, rubberneckers and assorted hangers-on I remembered that, too. And the snow on the ground, the winter cold that was still there, somewhere in the recesses of my mind. But the more arcane details of the Lorena Bobbitt case, the personalities of the …

‘I hear it in my sleep’: CVS to update hold music that ‘haunted’ psychiatrist

Pharmacy chain says plans were under way to change telephone system before doctors open letter sparked national debate The US pharmacy giant CVS has said it will update the jingle it plays to telephone customers placed on hold, a tune which was the subject of Dr Steven Schlozman wrote. Im a doctor. The Boston Globe Massachusetts CommonHealth newsletter, which is published by WBUR, Bostons NPR news radio station. It duly stoked humming the jingle on US morning TV. Please change your hold music, he wrote. Please. Do the right thing. I hear it in my sleep. I hear it when I go running. Sometimes I wake in the middle of the night humming that melody. It haunts me day and …

Saturday Night Live: Stillers Cohen crosses Haders Jordan

Trumps sad-sack ex-lawyer is rich territory and John Mulaney a fine host: this is the best of the season As expected, we open with Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller) providing testimony to Congress, a turn of events that for any other president would be the most damning and humiliating moment of their lives, but for Trump its just Wednesday. Of all the guest stars the show has tapped to play Trumps cohorts and/or enemies, Stiller is the most consistently funny. Playing up the disgraced lawyers flop-sweat squirliness, hes actually managed to craft a real character, which is more than can be said of Robert DeNiros dull Robert Mueller or even Alec Balwdins hammy Trump. Stiller is able to present Cohen as …