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!! OMG, what a ride: Joya Bravo on Dollar Van Demos !!


Busking on the subway is so played out. In Brooklyn the real action is in Dollar Van Demos, a traveling talent showcase for rappers, singers and comedians that also doubles as cheap ride for people living in neighborhoods under-served by mass transit. The van’s breakout star is easily Joya Bravo, a Queens-born, Atlanta-raised performer who recently joined The Roots on stage during a jam session at the Highline Ballroom.
If the above video of Joya belting out her song “Superstar” over The Ting Tings’ track “That’s Not My Name” doesn’t win you over, watch as she busts out a violin during her version of Lil Wayne’s “A Milli”:

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!! OMG, a Q&A with Joan Rivers !!

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Joan Rivers may be as old as my grandma (and, like my grandma, is apparently a Republican!) but unlike Grandmother Bmad, she hates just about everyone and calls people “cunt” in public. Refreshing!

I went to see her show at the Laurie Beechman Theater on Wednesday for an act that was was decidedly ungrandmotherly. She had a bunch of jokes scribbled indecipherably on cue cards at her feet but seemed to ignore them in favor of riffing extemperaneously on topics ranging from the World Trade Center families (“I’d sacrifice a family member for $5 million! Next Thanksgiving just look around the table!”), Anne Frank (“She’s a good friend. I met her when I flew Lufthansa and she fell out of the overhead compartment!”) and poors. (“I hate poor people! Any poor people in the audience get the f*ck out!”) Oh, also she said she hates Haitians, which I had to give her credit for cause who the f*ck says that?
One might argue that Anne Frank jokes are a little zzzs in the year 2010, but when it comes to someone like Joan Rivers isn’t that kind of the point? This is one of the few working comedians who actually remembers Hitler, so I give her a pass to make jokes about him. And I LOLed at them!

Joan’s had a big year: she was the winner of Celebrity Apprentice last year, she’s made a triumphant return to E!’s Fashion Police— which will air again this Sunday for the SAG awards– and she and daughter/sidekick Melissa have a new reality show called Mother Knows Best, coming in March on the WE network.

She was nice enough to talk to me a few weeks ago on the topics of women in comedy, Jay Leno, the Oscars, and whatever else. Read the full Q&A after the jump.

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!! OMG, Lady Gaga Might Be Making An Appearance !!

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This could be is probably a total publicist created rumor/lie, but here at OMG blog the G is quickly starting to be for GAGA. So it would be irresponsible of us not to pass along whispers of her peripatetic doings. Michael Musto, New York’s most bicycle-riding rumor witch, is reporting that Our Lady of the G just might maybe be holding mass at Providence’s Club 57 in NYC sometime soon:

‚ÄčTake this with a grain of menstrual blood, but the word on the street is that this Saturday, Lady Gaga might–repeat, MIGHT–go to Club 57, the weekly gay party at the multi-level West 57th Street club called Providence.

But I checked the girl’s schedule and it turns out she’s performing in Atlantic City that night, drowning out the casino ka-chinging with her own pricey warbles and glitzy sound effects.

Of course, she could always sweep back into Gotham right after the concert for another chance to compare eyeliner with the gays. But more likely it’s the week after–when she’s playing Radio City Music Hall–that she’d be dropping by the HK club. Or maybe both times. Or perhaps neither.

If you don’t want to pass up an oppo to see Gags in the real live flesh, you know where to go. (And blame Musto, not us, if it turns out this rumor ends up being about Lady Bracknell instead of Lady Gaga.)
(La Dolce Musto)

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!! OMG, Best Prize Ever !!

Yesterday we announced our holiday pet picture contest, and guess what? The entries are already pouring in. I could totally announce a winner today because some of the pictures I’ve gotten so far have been the total cutest ever. OMG Readers may be persnickety in your commenting, but you have really great animals.
Although I announced the contest with no particular prize in mind– I was thinking maybe we had an extra DVD set lying around or something– it turns out that Santa had on last trick up his sleeve this year. What could it be? The answer is after the jump, but here’s a clue: THE EYES HAVE IT!
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Well whose eyes could those be?

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