I'm a senior producer for Up w/ Steve Kornacki on MSNBC and a writer/performer at the UCB Theatre in New York. I used to be a segment & digital producer for Up w/ Chris Hayes, and a multimedia editor for PBS. I've also produced videos for Current TV. I write about news and politics at the Up w/ Steve Tumblr.
Matthew Brian Cohen and I are performing our sketch show/business seminar again Wednesday at 6:30 p.m at the UCB Theatre. In addition to the seven sketches you get when you buy our money-making program/sketch show, you get HUNDREDS of bonus sketches from the Matt and Sal vault! Here’s a video preview — edited by the wonderful Veronica Osorio — of just a small sample of all those money-making sketches you’ll get at no additional charge!
If you like what you see here, come out to the UCB Theatre tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. You can make reservations here, you can RSVP to the Facebook event here, or you can just decide to be there using your free will as an autonomous human being.
I will keep this short and sweet - Sal Gentile and I have worked very hard with Veronica Osorio (a fantastic director, who really went above and beyond the call of duty) To make the second time around with our show GET RICH QUICK: OVERNIGHT: NOW! the best time around yet. It’s a really, really,…
Come laugh AND make millions the easy way at the same time! Wednesday at UCB at 6:30!
Last night I returned to The Chris Gethard Show for an hourlong championship game of Twister®.
I also premiered this footage of me ice skating at Rockefeller Center as part of my long-term preparations for 2016.
I attracted quite a bit of attention from the crowd who saw me out on the ice and were inspired by my Quest For The GOLD. It should be noted that this is not footage of me playing the role of the Underdog— this is me 100% genuinely trying my best at ice skating, and the people interviewed in this video are total strangers who did not know anything about me but were informed that I was in training for the Olympics.
(There are no cynics at The Rink at Rock Center at 11:30 on Sunday morning. Just kind-hearted, decent people who believe that dreams can come true.)
One of my favorite Siskel and Ebert reviews is of “Batman and Robin,” by far the worst Batman movie and possibly one of the worst movies of all time. Ebert didn’t needlessly mock or lambaste the film. He simply gave voice to the honest and deeply held feelings of Batman fans everywhere — that the character deserved more. Until then, it was easy and cost-free to simply dismiss comic book characters as uninteresting and one-dimensional, unworthy of complexity and nuance. But Ebert saw it differently. What he says about Batman in this review, in my mind, laid the groundwork for Nolan’s adaptation eight years later: “There are so many questions about Batman and Robin that would be interesting to answer, if the movie had any serious interest in its characters.”
Q: Who is or was the best Robin? What is the Best Robin moment in Comic Book History? — @danceformyhorse
A: Here’s a little tidbit that probably won’t shock anybody: I think about the Robins a lot. When you spend around 60% of your waking hours thinking about Batman, it’s sort of inevitable that you’ll eventually get around to his sidekicks, and there’s a lot there to think about. There are a ton of complexities and little bits of subtext with what they bring out of Batman, but in this case, the answer strikes me as a pretty obvious one.
The best Robin is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, Tim Drake. Deal with it, haters.
Don’t get me wrong: It’s not that I don’t like the other Robins at all. I think they’re all really great characters who bring something interesting to the larger mythology of Batman, and I’d even go so far as to say that they’re all necessary for building the version of Batman that we have now. That said, when you look at each of those characters and how they function in their role as Batman’s sidekick — or, to be a little less dismissive, his partner in crime-fighting — Tim’s rank at the top becomes pretty self-evident.
For one thing, he’s the only one of the Robins who’s not, on some level, in it for themselves. All of the others are motivated by very personal reasons. Dick Grayson essentially has the same defining tragedy that Bruce Wayne does, in that he sees his parents murdered in front of him. The only real difference is that it happens in Haley’s Circus instead of Crime Alley, and even that’s really just a convenient reason for him to already have the gymnastic ability to swing around Gotham City without having to go tromping around the world for 20 years like Bruce did. He’s ready to go from the moment he’s introduced, complete with the same sort of training and, more importantly, the same sort of motivation that Batman himself has.
I disagree! Dick Grayson is unquestionably the best Robin because he is the best actual sidekickfor Batman. Dick takes over for Batman when Bruce has his back broken by Bane in the Knightfall story arc and again when Bruce apparently dies after the “Batman RIP” story arc. The issues written by Scott Snyder at the end of the last Detective run, where Dick takes up the mantle of Batman — and in the “Gates of Gotham” miniseries — are great.
As for best Robin moment, that goes to Damian Wayne, despite my overall distaste for that character. The “Bat-cow” panel from the New 52 Batman Incorporated #1 is my single favorite Robin moment of all time. But maybe that’s because I’m a vegetarian.