leisure 01.16.12

mood-altering mondays: Laughs
MLK Day of Service
Flickr Pool Picks

A mid-winter series that we'll run until our own moods are well and truly altered.

Upstairs Downstairs Abbey, a spoof of Downton Abbey, has a great sight gag involving a staircase, bossy underscoring, and enough portentous looks and acting tics to either ruin the series for you forever or, as with us, to add one more delicious layer to the hit mini-series. Jennifer Saunders finds scenery that Maggie Smith left unchewed.

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Part 2

Filmmaker Jesse Rosten reveals a "beauty industry secret"—Fotoshop by Adobé—in this clever mockommercial.

The very funny Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm) does two shows at Caroline's on Saturday, February 4th, 7:30pm and 10pm, $38.25.

Shalom Auslander, author of Foreskin's Lament, has written Hope: A Tragedy, a comic novel about a family that moves to Stockton, NY, because nothing ever happened there, only to find Anne Frank living in the attic, among other things. The author will be at B&N, Bway & 82nd, this Wednesday, 7pm.

From Britain's National Theatre, the hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors starts previews at the Music Box April 6th.

30 Rock
Season 6, out of the gate, wildly funny and still with something to prove. Huzzah.

Sh*t Liza Minnelli Says
"I was making lasagna for Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, and Halston," begins Christine Pedi's screwball love letter to Liza.

Laughs are part of the mix at I Like You, Maude, live storytelling evenings on the third Tuesday of every month (tomorrow night, 1/17, is the next one) at the Tea Lounge, 837 Union [6th/7th] in Park Slope, from 7:30pm-9pm, free.

And the 20th anniversary episodes of AbFab.

As it's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, here are dozens of ways to participate in a Day of Service, either today or in the future. What better way to honor the memory of Dr. King?


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