I wanted to say somewhere publicly that I feel very lucky to have been at UCBNY during the Nate Dern years. He is a thoughtful, dedicated, and creative individual who ended his term as AD by presiding over the largest DCM in UCB’s history. He diversified the performers and writers at the theatre, he grew the UCBEast into another bastion of comedy in NYC, and he did a million other things that very few of us know about (including me) to ensure that our community remains one of the most vibrant, fun, brave, weird, safe, dangerous, and funny places to be in the world.
I’m very excited for the Shannon O’Neill years, and have affection for the era of Anthony King, but I have also had a great time during the Dern days.
If you’re hanging around the theatres, you should come watch the guy do improv before he uses his newfound free time to become so famous that he won’t be around. Is this an elaborate, self-serving plug for my own improv show at 10pm every Saturday night at UCBEast? You decide.
Trying not to be annoyed by this article, but stuff like “Plus, who is not living vicariously through Solange during the 58 seconds of that video, soaking in each gratifying punch landed on Jay Z’s smug, overrated, and undeserving-of-Queen Beyoncé’s face?” is pretty stupid.
I don’t know the backstory, but physically attacking someone without being physically provoked is something that assholes do. And if you clap for it, you’re an asshole too. So, MAYBE Jay threatened her? MAYBE? Otherwise, she’s an asshole.
Grown-ups don’t hit people unless they’re doing so to protect someone from physical harm. As far as I’m concerned, gender doesn’t enter into it.
PS someone better give that bodyguard a raise, not just for keeping a handle on her, but for doing so without knocking her out.
My wife got a cool email on April 29th. Here’s an excerpt:
On behalf of the admissions committee, it is my honor and privilege to share with you that you have been admitted to the College of Nursing at New York University. Congratulations! I could not be more excited to welcome you to NYU.
You want to know something wild? Carrie hadn’t taken a legitimate math/science class since…ever? She went to performing arts high school and to a performing arts college. She hadn’t been in a classroom at all for nearly a decade. And she STILL got an A in every prerequisite she needed to take to apply to nursing school. Organic Chemistry, Statistics, Microbiology, and other classes I can’t even REMEMBER. She’s been working on it for a couple of years and during that time, her teachers have been approaching HER and ASKING TO WRITE RECOMMENDATIONS for HER. You feel me? I’m talking about professors writing stuff like “Carrie is one of the five best students I have taught in twenty-five years.” I don’t know who the other four were (guessing Bill Gates, Marie Curie, Archimedes, bell hooks?), but I’d put Carrie Specksgoor Kayne up against them ANY DAY.
Oh, and also she did all that while being an amazing mother to our kids. I don’t go in for the “being a mom is the hardest job in the world” stuff, but it is hard to do it well, and my wife does it brilliantly.
I have so much respect and pride for the work that Carrie has done. It was a challenge at every level, and she aced it. What a great person, what a role model for her children, what a badass.
BOOM BOOM BEEP BEEP. HAPPY MOMMA’S DAY I LOVE YOU.
Until the 1980s, corporate CEOs were paid, on average, 30 times what their typical worker was paid. Since then, CEO pay has skyrocketed to 280 times the pay of a typical worker; in big companies, to 354 times.
Meanwhile, over the same thirty-year time span the median American worker has seen no pay increase
Dude is a baller. Is there a counterargument to this?