Our pals The Internets Celebrities are taking on New York City in their new video series I.C. NYC.
Above: they take on the Chinese New Year parade (and dollar dumplings). Below, they take on Coney Island's polar bear swim (and whether black people swim in it).
I rate all of this at A++.
Judge John Hodgman decides the case of a couple who disagree: do parentheses have a place in fiction?
Recorded live at The Talent Show in Brooklyn with guest bailiff Elna Baker.
I'm interviewing Ronnie Spector in a few minutes for our holiday - she's got a new EP out called Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas Ever. I'd never heard this great track she cut with Bruce Springsteen in the late 70s. There's never been another voice like Ronnie's, right? Amazing.
Our close personal friend Mr. John Hodgman is taping his first-ever television pilot in New York tomorrow (Tuesday). The show will feature another friend of ours, The Great Sarah Vowell, as well as Nick Mangold, who is a New York Jet.
The venue seats 1700 (!) people, so John &co need as many folks to come as they can. You can find time and location details here. You simply need to send an email to an email address, then show up.
If you live in New York Or Environs, and you don't go, then I will put it simply: YOU ARE A TURKEY AND A FOOL.
Our boys The Internets Celebrities didn't just release a new film last week... they also got profiled in The New York Times. If you're not on board the Dallas and Rafi train, hurry your ass up, because this thing is leaving the station.
I just returned from five days in New York. I was sad I didn't get to see my pal Charlie Todd, founder of Improv Everywhere (he had late rehearsals), I was delighted when I came home and saw IE's latest mission. They used chalk (the kind that marks playing fields) to denote a local lane and a tourist lane on the NYC sidewalk.
I don't understand why sidewalk etiquette isn't taught in schools. I think it is the number one problem that faces our nation today. The basics are simple. Walk with purpose, keep to the right, don't spread out when in groups, pass on the left, step out of the moving traffic if you're going to stop. I am not above dropping a shoulder when these basics are ignored.
Of course, New York's incredible tourist population and hyper-crowded sidewalks make this all the more important, but I grew up with the same problems in downtown San Francisco. Little did I know that I would one day move to a new city - Los Angeles, where no one has any idea how to walk on a sidewalk at all.
Anyway: great job, IE. Glad to see you working on social justice issues.
Our pals The Internets Celebrities bust out with another A+ video. Funny, informative, charming. KUDOS.
Our friends from Pangea 3000 have launched a brand new series of Seinfeld. Unfortunately, the original actors, writers and IP-holders weren't available, so they sort of did the best they could. Note that this is not safe for work.
Walter Mosley is the author of more than 30 books in a broad variety of genres, but he's best known for his detective fiction. His Easy Rawlins series began with 1989's best-selling Devil in a Blue Dress. His latest series features a new hero, the pugnacious, middle-aged Leonid McGill. He just released the second novel featuring McGill, Known to Evil.
Before he was a novelist, Mosley was a computer programmer. Originally born in Los Angeles, Mosley spent time in the Bay Area before moving to New York City, where the McGill novels are set.