It’s no secret that I love Southern comedians. Just look at the post I did for Southern in the City yesterday. But Zach Galifianakis is one of my absolute favorites. I love his stand-up. I love his movies. I love him in the white wine homage that is Bored to Death. I even love his twin brother Seth. He’s a true gem. Just listen to this NPR interview and I’m sure you’ll agree.
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I know this has already gone viral, but if you haven’t seen Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon rap like they’re not white, please watch it. It’s hilarious.
A few things for the calendar this week(end):
1. Aziz Ansari is performing at Town Hall in mid-town tomorrow night. Tickets are sold out via Ticketmaster, but there seem to be some floating around Craigslist.
2. Friday marks the Third Annual Arkansas Razorbacks BBQ at Overlook Bar. $25 buys all-you-can-eat pork, burgers, dogs, grilled corn, cheese grits, barbeque beans and fried okra with all the fix-ins. For an extra $30, you can partake in the four-hour open bar of Bud Light drafts.
3. Football this Saturday: Arkansas vs. Georgia, Auburn vs. Clemson, LSU vs. Mississippi State, Ole Miss vs. Tulane, Florida vs. Tennessee, and more.
On the horizon: Eastbound & Down returns (next Sunday!!!). My Morning Jacket (yay) plays Terminal 5 (boo) October 18, 19, 21, 22, and 23. And the South rises in the theater with A Free Man of Color depicting a colorful pre-Purchase Louisiana (opening Nov. 18, Vivian Beaumont Theater, Lincoln Center); Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, starring Southerner Benjamin Walker, on Broadway (opening Oct. 13, Jacobs Theater); and The Little Foxes, about a circa 1900 aristocratic Southern family, opening September 21 at the New York Theater Workshop.
Despite what the calendar police say, the passing of Memorial Day marks the start of summer–if not officially, then at least mentally. And you know what that means: steamy sidewalks, egregious toe exposure and, most importantly, lots of southern-made excuses to get out and about. Here are a few events to look forward to this month.
Saturday: Mississippi Picnic, East Meadow, Central Park (5th Avenue at 97th Street). On the menu: catfish, sun and sweet tea.
Saturday: The Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, Elmont, NY. Gates open at 8:30am.
Saturday: Rusty Knot Fishing Expedition with chef Sue Torres. Trip begins and ends at 425 West Street (nr. 11th). $100 includes snacks on board and at the restaurant, dishes made from the day’s catch, and an open bar. Click here to reserve tickets.
Saturday: David Allan Coe Concert, Williamsburg Music Hall. Doors open at 8PM. Show starts at 9PM. $25 advance/$25 door.
Sunday: Crawfish Festival, the Redhead (349 E. 13th St.). 1PM-10PM, $30.
June 12-13: 8th Annual Big Apple BBQ Block Party, Madison Square Park.
June 27: Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, Governors Island. Tickets start at $250 (steep, yes, but you get to spend the afternoon with Prince Harry).
TBD (but happening sometime in June) Palmetto Society Summer Kick-off Party.
If you know of any southern happenings in the city or surrounding area, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you love spontaneous scenes of delightful chaos in public places, you’ll love Improv Everywhere, the comedy group behind hilariously thoughtful and well-executed pranks like the No Pants Subway Rides, the blue shirt storm of Best Buy and my personal favorite, Ben Folds Fake. Founded in 2001 by South Carolina native Charlie Todd, a frequent fixture at the Upright Citizens Brigade, the group has executed more than 100 missions to date. Their latest gag, a reenactment of the opening scene of Ghostbusters in the New York Public Library (the big one with the lions on 42nd Street), doesn’t disappoint.
And whoinnasamhill is Josh Lieb, you’re no doubt asking? Well, behind every great political satirist with his own prime time show lies an equally great southerner making sure he knows his lines. In this case, that great southerner is Josh Lieb, executive producer of The Daily Show with John Stewart. Originally from Columbia, SC, Lieb attended Heathwood Hall–for those of you who are interested (Oliver)–and graduated from Harvard. Lieb got his start writing for shows like The Simpsons and Newsradio before moving on to comedy of a more overtly political nature: fake news. Along the way, Lieb managed to write a young adult novel entitled I Am A Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President, which came out last fall and was promptly optioned by noneother than McG for a sum of around $1 million if everything works out as planned. Not too bad for a boy from the Midlands.
At this point, you’re probably wondering how I know so much about Josh Lieb when I’ve never even met the guy. The answer should be obvious: Columbia and Camden are pretty close to each other and their respective uber-proud mommy mafias, of which Lieb’s and my husband Will’s mothers are both card-carrying members, often overlap. Duh.
If you missed Zach Galifianakis’ turn hosting SNL last weekend, do yourself a favor and watch it on Hulu. Whether he’s drawing on the general experiences of growing up in North Carolina or channeling a character he met on the road to Hollywood, his parody of a closeted pageant dad is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. Or as Chuck, our great family friend and former hairdresser who’s seen his fair share of pageant-obsessed parents, would say, hil-HAIR-ious. For more Galifianakis, check out the upcoming season of Bored To Death on HBO . . . whenever the network decides to air it.