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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Sam Smith Loses to Tom Petty, Hackers Lose to Taylor Swift and Politics Wins 2 Chainz

This Week: Sam Smith Loses to Tom Petty, Hackers Lose to Taylor Swift and Politics Wins 2 Chainz

“PS any hackers saying they have 'nudes'? Psssh you'd love that wouldn't you! Have fun photoshopping cause you got NOTHING.” Taylor Swift got hacked, but the hackers got NOTHIN’! (Twitter) “I’m a musician, not a politician. I’m supposed to…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Bono's Disguise, Fat Mike's Musical, and Ariana Grande's Black Eye

This Week: Bono's Disguise, Fat Mike's Musical, and Ariana Grande's Black Eye

“You know, when Bono goes cycling he likes to dress up as a Hasidic Jew." The Edge, on how no one got photos of Bono's horrific recent bicycle crash in Central Park, New York. (Radio.com) "a Victoria's Secret angel…
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Calendar, Night&Day Some Sully in Your Sweet

Some Sully in Your Sweet

San Jose comic slash boiler technician Kellen Erskine has been a finalist in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition and appeared on the seventh season of America’s Got Talent, where he faced down judges Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, and Sharon…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Bay Area Contestants on <em>America's Got Talent</em> Share Sneak Peek

Bay Area Contestants on America's Got Talent Share Sneak Peek

Local comedy favorites Sammy Obeid and Kellen Erskine returned home from America's Got Talent last week after a brief first stint with the major NBC show. It sounds like sad news, but the disappointing end to their televised journey…
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Music, Van Halen's Reunion Tour Runs Aground on Reality

Van Halen's Reunion Tour Runs Aground on Reality

The young generation fetishizes realness in entertainment, and that's partly Van Halen's fault. The '80s were about mystery and wonder: How do people like Dee Snider or Madonna or the Beastie Boys spring up from nowhere in cone bras and…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rhymes with &#147;Best&#148;

Rhymes with “Best”

In Anytown, U.S.A., being part of a live radio broadcast probably means getting a prank call from some Howard Stern wannabe on an FM morning show who tricks you into thinking you’ve been fired and that your wife is sleeping…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Barbara Bush and Howard Stern Strike a Pose for the Gays -- Week in Gay

Barbara Bush and Howard Stern Strike a Pose for the Gays -- Week in Gay

Want to get some media attention?  Express a position of support for gay rights. This tactic works particularly well if you are straight and can be very compelling if you are also a politician -- or related to one. In…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Artie Lange Leaves &lsquo;Em Laughing at the Masonic Center

Last Night: Artie Lange Leaves ‘Em Laughing at the Masonic Center

Artie Lange Nob Hill Masonic Center September 19, 2008 Review by John Geluardi Comedian Artie Lange took San Francisco by storm Friday night with a cohort of the misguided, mutant and malformed from the Howard Stern Show. Lange was…
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News, The Snitch Stern Sidekick Artie Lange Is Out Of Rehab And Heading To San Francisco

Stern Sidekick Artie Lange Is Out Of Rehab And Heading To San Francisco

By John Geluardi In his first interview after a stint in drug rehab, Howard Stern sidekick Artie Lange told the SF Weekly he’s looking forward to bringing his stand up comedy show to San Francisco next month. Lange, whose dislike…
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Calendar, Night&Day

Hey Now

In late 2005, after Howard Stern went off the air and the city finally and collectively figured out who Sarah and No Name were, some of you were in mourning. You didn't know how you would get through the day…
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News, Infiltrator

German Heat!

In Hollywood, it's all about HEAT! Generating an industry buzz in turn creates HEAT, and most important, HYPE. Even for fake German comedians. On the whole, Hollywood is an emperor's-new-clothes town. It's a town full of moronic people who can't…
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Trend-Spotting

Britney got married. Ashlee was caught lip-synching. ODB died. Congress continued to wring its hands about the legality of downloads, which flourished anyway. Conservative groups condemned sex in popular culture, while Usher's sultry Confessions shot to No. 1. A major…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

With Howard Stern on his way out, it won't surprise us if Method Man is crowned the next "King of All Media." After a long period of relative silence from the once-figurehead of the venerable Wu-Tang Clan, Method Man will…
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News, Night Crawler Bang, Bang,

Bang, Bang,

When anyone attempts to break the "gangbang" world record, certain inevitable questions arise: What sort of books does she read? What sort of lube does she use? Does Guy No. 489 feel nervous or bored? How many pee breaks are…
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News, Letters

Letters

Starry Eyed Congratulations on publishing one of the best articles on science I have ever read in a general-purpose publication ("Planet Wars," Matt Smith, July 2). It not only taught its readers about the possible discovery of new planets, but…
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Calendar, Halloween

Unspun

More Howard Stern The San Francisco radio market is the most volatile it's been in years. Stations are changing owners and formats at such a rapid clip that many observers -- including many radio executives -- are at a loss…
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News, Letters

Letters

Peers' Sneer The article on Muni's Key Stop ramps at 30th and Church streets in your March 5 issue ("Willie's Railroad Job," The Grid) warrants a response. This is not a rebuttal since that would imply that facts were actually…
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News, Feature

Taking Howard Stern Seriously

The man who makes his living talking louder than everyone is suddenly quiet. His eyes close behind trademark shades, his hand rubs against the table between interviewer and interviewee, his foot dangles aimlessly at the end of a lanky, nattily…
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Calendar, Halloween

Mulch

Confidentially Yours The sexual harassment suit filed against C. David Burgin, the former executive editor of the Alameda Newspaper Group (whose holdings include the Oakland Tribune), concluded last month with a whimper, but no public resolution. The plaintiff, former Trib…
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Music,

Mediocre Sickness

"Wesley Willis Art Joyride" ArtRock Friday, Nov. 22 Yes, there was "art," and there was "music" -- punctuation essential -- and plenty of jaded smirking. But all of that was predestined. How unfortunate that, as a reaction to so many…
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