And Now, Our Favorite Key & Peele Sketches

For nearly four years, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have been among the best at dishing out incisive racial comedy to a generation that sorely needed it. Whether making lighthearted jabs at pop-culture trends or tackling serious political issues, their sketches were at their best when they were at their… »9/09/15 5:15pm9/09/15 5:15pm


Wes Craven, RIP: The Mild-Mannered King Of Our Nightmares

By all accounts, Wes Craven was a lovely human being: a mild professorial type who made the people around him comfortable. In interviews, he came off as an excellent teller of dad jokes, and did not have an intimidating or particularly unsettling presence. But in three successive decades, the writer/director/auteur… »8/31/15 3:29pm8/31/15 3:29pm

Sean Price, RIP: In Praise Of The Brokest Rapper You Know

If Sean Price’s rap career had ended in 1996—if his only contribution to the genre was that year’s ingenious Nocturnal, the debut album from his duo Heltah Skeltah—he would still be worthy of the respect, admiration, and mourning that has poured forth since the announcement of his sudden death this past Saturday. But… »8/12/15 1:53pm8/12/15 1:53pm

We'll All Go Down Together: Billy Joel Says Goodbye To Nassau Coliseum

It’s a little after six on a sultry Tuesday evening, and the Champions sports bar nestled inside the Long Island Marriott is packed with an unusual crowd. The walls are lined with memorabilia from the New York Islanders, who up until a few days ago called the crumbling Nassau Coliseum next door home; beneath the… »8/07/15 1:39pm8/07/15 1:39pm

Adios, Sucker: A Conservative Bids A Mostly Fond Adieu To Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart’s last episode of The Daily Show is tonight, and everyone promises to miss him, even if, like me, they stopped watching him religiously years ago. It wasn’t too long after he made his mawkish 2004 plea to Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala to “stop hurting America”—and, as a result, became the most celebrated… »8/06/15 1:18pm8/06/15 1:18pm

How To Move Across the Country, One Step At A Time

Last winter, after waffling between leaving or staying in Brooklyn for close to four years, I finally bit the bullet. I decamped to Seattle. I used to think I couldn’t live without an egg & cheese from the bodega, McGolrick Park, or Pete’s Candy Store (where there’s no candy, but plenty of liquor). Now I do a lot of… »7/09/15 12:07pm7/09/15 12:07pm

Dear Jon Stewart: Thanks For The Ride, Motherfucker

Good day to you, Jon Stewart. I never thought my first Dear Jon letter would explode with expletives, but ever since you, puckish fake newsman, hit what used to be called the small screen with your volcanic potty mouth and flagrant disregard for FCC regulations, you managed to disable just about every known profanity… »6/23/15 12:24pm6/23/15 12:24pm

RIP Ornette Coleman, Who Confounded Most People And Humbled Us All 

“There is a law in what I’m playing, but that law is a law that when you get tired of it, you can change it.” So said incomparable musical innovator Ornette Coleman, who died this morning at the age of 85, and while his career was full of these kinds of delightfully cryptic remarks, few unpack his special genius so… »6/11/15 2:12pm6/11/15 2:12pm

Listen To Tons Of B.B. King Today

Blues legend B.B. King died late last night, at 89, in his Las Vegas home, relatively peacefully. He’d been one of those guys who logged 100 shows a year even pushing 90, but he’d been laid up after canceling a 2014 jaunt due to dehydration, exhaustion, and other such complications of diabetes. You may be thinking of… »5/15/15 9:47am5/15/15 9:47am

Wimpy White Dudes With Guitars Ruined American Idol

American Idol is finally dead, to the delight of those who’ve always hated it, and the relief of those who used to love it. At the peak of its reign, the show was everything to everyone: the launching pad for the pop careers of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Taylor Hicks; the linchpin of the Fox prime-time… »5/13/15 12:35pm5/13/15 12:35pm

Watch Jan Hooks And Phil Hartman In The Weird, Gorgeous Love Is A Dream

Jan Hooks, the fearlessly silly Saturday Night Live cast member and world-renowned Alamo tour guide, died today at 57 of a serious illness, reports TMZ. She was an integral part of late-'80s/early-'90s SNL; per the unanimously reverent Twitter chatter this evening, her best role might've been in the… »10/09/14 7:49pm10/09/14 7:49pm

Perfectly Imperfect: Saying Goodbye To Robin Williams

One of the dumbest things the public does is think it "knows" celebrities. Those people we see on our TV or on a movie screen, because they come into our lives and make us laugh and cry—we believe we have some sort of special connection, not to the characters they play, but to the actors themselves. This is what… »8/12/14 10:50am8/12/14 10:50am

Robert "Tractor" Traylor, Greatest 300-Pound Dunker Of Our Time, Is Dead At 34

Robert "Tractor" Traylor, former high school All-American, University of Michigan star, and NBA player, was reportedly found dead in his apartment in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico today. His current team, Vaqueros de Bayamon, posted the news on their Facebook page and requested that the team's next game, against Indios de… »5/11/11 2:25pm5/11/11 2:25pm

Gus Is Gone, But His Most Famous Calls Mashed Up With Internet Memes Lives On Forever

During the 2010 playoffs, David "Crashtern" Matthews, former Deadspin staffer and current production coordinator for the Sports Show with Norm Macdonald blog, put together a tribute for our man Gus, who we learned today is "parting ways" with CBS. It is Gus calling the O.J. chase, Gus calling the infamous New Mexico… »5/05/11 6:45pm5/05/11 6:45pm