Comedian Steve Berke Punks Art Basel, Sells Fake Art

As if you needed more proof that many Art Basel attendees know little about art. Miami-Dade native, Miami Beach mayorial candidate, and comedian Steve Berke conducted a "social experiment" during Miami Art Week to see if he could go from zero to "artist" in less than 24 hours and sell one of his works.

Berke has already had his hand in pro-tennis, politics, and reality TV, so why not make another, albeit fake, career move? With stencils, small square canvases, and spray paint, Berke produced 100 canvases in about an hour, then snuck into Art Basel Miami Beach at the Convention Center.

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Comedian Tom Rhodes Is on His Way Everywhere

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No comedian has done it like Tom Rhodes. After proving himself as a top tier American club comic, life and love took Tom elsewhere. He established a fierce international presence and for decades maintained relevance in both spheres. He is simultaneously both relaxed and hungry to conquer. He's sharp, newly-sober, and luckily for New Times Tom Rhodes is from Florida (or he might be in Hong Kong).

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Nery Saenz: Killer Comic

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"All my co-workers said, 'You should do standup, you should do standup,'" Nery Saenz remembers.
In this week's Miami New Times, we profile 30 of the most interesting characters in town, with portraits of each from photographer Stian Roenning. See the entire Miami New Times People Issue here.

Nery Saenz is a funny guy. Everybody around him can sense it. In fact, his friends and co-workers have been predicting his success in standup comedy for more than a decade.

The problem was that Saenz couldn't see it himself.

"All my co-workers said, 'You should do standup, you should do standup,'" Saenz remembers. "But I always just kind of brushed it off." After all, Eddie Murphy, Saenz's comedy idol, had begun his career at the age of 16. Saenz, then 22, figured he'd missed his chance.
But at the urging of a fellow comic, Saenz signed up for a standup competition in 2003. When he finally took the stage, he killed.


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Mike Birbiglia Gets Personal at the Arsht: "I've Been On This Path of DIY"

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Mike Birbiglia is a joke. No, really.

He's better known as a comedian, actor, screenwriter, author, and performer, of course. But when he steps onstage next Thursday at the Arsht Center's Knight Concert Hall, he says, he wants the audience to laugh not only with him but also at him.

"Early in my career, [my comedy] was just doing ruminations," Birbiglia tells New Times. "I was really just doing what I saw other people doing, tonally." He started out modeling himself after his deadpan comedy heroes, Mitch Hedberg and Steven Wright.
But bit by bit, he began to insert more of himself into his act. "I was like, what if I make myself the joke?"

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TruTV's Impractical Jokers Hit Miami: "We Basically Take Turns To Embarrass Each Other"

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Some say laughter is the safest alternative to tears, while others say it has the power to keep sickness at bay. But really, laughing is just fun and it's most fun when you get to laugh at someone who's totally OK with you doing so.

Take Joe Gatto, for instance, a Staten Island native who discovered at an early age that making people laugh is not only something rewarding, but can also save him from a beating or two from bullies. His passion for comedy both saved him from the unwanted wedgies and swirlies as a kid, but also proved to be quite worthwhile later in life.

After college, Gatto formed a comedy troupe with his old high school buddies Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, and Sal Vulcano, called The Tenderloins. Fast forward a few years and the foursome have their very own prank comedy show on truTV, Impractical Jokers.

The pork-loving troupe will be in town Wednesday night to open their tour and we chatted with Gatto about his comedy, why talking to adult in a baby voice never works, and, of course, Miami.

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Wynwood Salon Junior & Hatter Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary

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III Points kicks off today, and shit in Wynwood is about to get all sorts of weird. But the three-day festival, boasting a gnarly lineup of artists, isn't the only place to get-down at this weekend.

This Saturday, Wynwood's savior of hair care, Junior & Hatter, is hosting a feted shindig to celebrate their 2nd Anniversary of staying afloat in a neighborhood that has claimed the lives of many businesses -- both young and old.

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Steve Martin and Martin Short: 13 of the Duo's Best Comedy Bits

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Trying to name all the funny moments that occurred in Steve Martin and Martin Short's self-described "Very Stupid Conversation" is kind of like trying to count all the grains of sand in the Sahara. Frankly, there are too many to mention.

Even before the two comedy legends took the stage at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino this past weekend, a montage of the duo's funniest moments from Saturday Night Live and their numerous films and television appearances affirmed the fact that Martin and Short may be the funniest comedy team since Rowan and Martin or Martin and Lewis.

Snarky, sharp, cynical and self-effacing, they began by sizing up the crowd and surmising that while the venue appeared sold out, "It's we who have sold out. If we had saved up, we wouldn't be here."

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Joan Rivers' Best Burns on E!'s Fashion Police

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Damn, Joan. First Robin, now you?

In her New York Times best-selling book entitled I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me, Joan Rivers wrote:

"When I die (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes Melissa, everything's in your name), I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras and action -- I want Craft Services, I want paparazzi, and I want publicists making a scene!

"I want it to be Hollywood all the way. I don't want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents...I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag. And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyoncé's."

Sadly, that day has come.

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Jim Breuer Is Hitting His Stride, Not the Bong

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In the insular world of stand-up comedy, Jim Breuer is well known. Anywhere else (say, in sit-down comedy), you'd know him from Saturday Night Live or the movie Half Baked. But Breuer's one busy dude. Besides regular touring, he has also managed to podcast, write a book, and make a documentary.

You'd might think he's the stoner maniac you've seen him play, but he'll tell you otherwise - that he's a suburban softie. But before you believe him, consider his newest project: a comedy heavy metal album.

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Hannibal Buress Owned Miami In a Surprise Show at Gramps Last Night

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Comedian Hannibal Buress has had a pretty excellent last few years. The Eric André Show, in which he co-stars, is a critical darling. Broad City, another of his shows, earned a devoted following after a successful first season. He just went viral after walking around Harlem in a suit made of cookies. And he is fresh off a mushroom-fueled weekend at Bonnaroo.

Last night, at around 6 p.m., Buress posted a Google Street View screenshot of Gramps in Wynwood, and announced that he would be performing a surprise show in the back room, Shirley's, in four hours with his friend Yannis Pappas. He was a guest on Pappas' show, Fusion Live, and wanted to find a place to casually drop in and do a show. He would later explain during his hour long set in the densely packed, petite space that he was originally slated to cover Game Six of the NBA Finals with ESPN in Miami. But obviously, as Hannibal lightly mocked to a depressed Heat fan crowd, that was no longer going to happen.

Lucky for us, we had a great comedian to cheer us up.

UPDATE: Buress will perform a second set tonight at Gramps. See details at the end of this story.

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