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Comedy Bang! Bang!: Philip Traumatic Seymour Disorder

Oscar season is upon us so who better to join us than Oscar-nominated actor Philip Seymour Hoffman and fan favorite Nick Thune on this week’s bonus episode of Comedy Bang Bang! Philip gives us a preview of his upcoming Orson Welles project right before Scott’s nephew Todd interrupts the program. We then play a game of Fortunately, Unfortunately until a special guest graces us with his presence!

Mark Normand on Conan Tonight and James Adomian Tomorrow on Fallon


Two hilarious comedians, Mark Normand and James Adomian, get to make their Conan and Fallon stand-up debuts, respectively, and none of you should miss it for how unbelievably funny they are.

Conan tonight 11PM TBS for Mark Normand

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tomorrow 12:35AM NBC for James Adomian.

We’ll write again for effect: None of you should miss either of these sets.

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Richest 1% Captured 121% of Income Gains During ‘Recovery’ While Bottom 99% Income Shrunk

Last year, economist Emmanuel Saez estimated that the richest 1 percent of the U.S. captured a whopping 93 percent of the income gains in 2010, as the U.S. was emerging from the Great Recession. Saez is now back with updated numbers from 2011, and they make the picture look even grimmer:

From 2009 to 2011, average real income per family grew modestly by 1.7% (Table 1) but the gains were very uneven. Top 1% incomes grew by 11.2% while bottom 99% incomes shrunk by 0.4%. Hence, the top 1% captured 121% of the income gains in the first two years of the recovery. From 2009 to 2010, top 1% grew fast and then stagnated from 2010 to 2011. Bottom 99% stagnated both from 2009 to 2010 and from 2010 to 2011.

How is it possible for the 1 percent to capture more than all of the nation’s income gains? The number is due to the fact that those at the bottom saw their incomes drop. As Timothy Noah explained in the New Republic, “the one percent didn’t just gobble up all of the recovery during 2010 and 2011; it put the 99 percent back into recession.

Saez added that “In 2012, top 1% income will likely surge, due to booming stock-prices, as well as re-timing of income to avoid the higher 2013 top tax rates…This suggests that the Great Recession has only depressed top income shares temporarily and will not undo any of the dramatic increase in top income shares that has taken place since the 1970s.

NYC Standup Next Six Nights

New York: Got one more week running a short standup set for a TV taping next Thursday, so I’ll be hitting a lot of my favorite shows and some awesome ones that are new to me! (For most shows I will be running the same set, so don’t complain if you’re dumb enough to see me do it more than twice.)

FRI 2/15

Bitter Buddha screening
9pm Indiescreen (Williamsburg)
Freddy Pepitone?

Virgin Whore Complex
9:30 Comedy Bar (Chelsea)

SAT 2/16

Shoot the Shite
8pm Creek and the Cave (Long Island City)

If You Build It
8:30 UCBeast (East Village)

Nearly Naked Lady Hour
10pm Creek and the Cave (Long Island City)

SUN 2/17

Sunday Night Standup
8pm Three of Cups (E. Village)

Comedy at Beauty Bar
9pm Beauty Bar (Gramercy)

MON 2/18

Sack Magic
8pm Legion Bar (Williamsburg)

11pm Upright Citizens Brigade (Chelsea)

TUE 2/19

The Jukebox
8pm Union Hall (Park Slope)

Comedy Alligator
9pm Alligator Lounge (Williamsburg)

WED 2/20

Slack Butthole
7pm The Charleston (Williamsburg)
Best show name EVER!

Big Terrific
8pm Cameo Bar (Williamsburg)

The Regulars
10pm Creek and the Cave (LIC)

THU 2/21

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon taping
5pm Rockefeller Center (Midtown)