A couple of weeks ago, I stopped to gaze into the window of Magnolia Bakery in midtown while en route to the NBC Studios to attend a taping of that week’s Saturday Night Live (Host: Rami Malek). What a delight it was to see this tiered Halloween-themed cake right up front. So scary cute! Whatever your plans (or lack thereof ), have a safe and enjoyable Halloween!
Geoffrey and I had no idea what to expect, exactly, when we were invited to attend Feeling Franklin, a comedy showcase at The Producers Club in Hell’s Kitchen, starring LA-based character comedian, Franklin Marshall The Third. Geoffrey was familiar with Marshall already from social media and a guerrilla marketing campaign in which he has blanketed the streets of both LA and NYC with stickers and stencils bearing the likeness of his face, as seen above. The show seemed like it would be a worthwhile way to spend a Saturday evening in NYC, where anything can happen!
When we arrived at the designated address for The Producers Club, a sign on the door assured us that we were in the right place. We felt like we were in for a magical evening!
We were then escorted to wait in the bar, where we lounged on a very comfy leather sofa and enjoyed some art, such as this fine painting of an Octopus.
Really nice, right? Soon, it was time for the show!
As you can see, Franklin Marshall’s stand up persona, which is that of a shy-yet-horny nerd boy, relies heavily on his physical resemblance to Pee Wee Herman-meets-Ed Grimley, with a little of South Park’s Mr. Garrison thrown in. You will know what I mean by that last reference if you see him live, but I do not want offer any spoilers right now, because the thrill of discovery is a huge part of the fun!
Franklin refers often to his well-worn notebook, as he bases his jokes and humorous stories on observational, everyday sorts of experiences and things, often contemplating how much he wants to score with hot chicks, but how the desired ‘scoring’ somehow eludes him. Everyone can relate, and in this way he builds a sense of intimacy with the audience. Here are a couple of my favorite jokes from the set that I can still remember, because this was a couple of weeks ago now:
Franklin asked the audience if we wanted to hear a racist joke. Not wanting to appear uncool and overly PC, we play along and say yes. And the joke is . . .“Donald Trump.” That’s the entire joke, and it’s brilliant in its utter simplicity and resonant truth! Because Donald Trump is a racist asshole! I hate him soooo much.
Franklin also had a fun joke about a brand of Darth Vader condoms whose slogan is “I am Not Your Father.” Hilarious!
After the one-hour set, Franklin served the crowd a tray of very delicious cupcakes, which are my favorite thing ever.
It’s nice that Franklin takes the time to meet his fans after the show and pose for selfies. Here he is with Geoffrey, who Franklin recognized immediately from the FaceBook. Special! The most hilarious thing though is that if you just look at Franklin, it’s not hard to imagine that if he stood up straight, put on some clothes that fit and shampooed the product out of his hair, he probably cleans up pretty good! For more information about Franklin Marshall the III, who has opened for comedy greats like Rob Schneider, Dave Chapelle, and Nikki Glasser, you can visit Franklin Marshall the Third Dot Com!
The Ramones were so right on when they sang “Well, New York City Really Has It All,” because hungry, on-the-go Manhattanites can now purchase a freshly-baked cupcake at any time from an ATM right on the street! It simply does not get any more Space Age convenient than that. If you live in NYC, you might even remember when this made the local news.
The Cupcake ATM is attached to the front of Sprinkles Cupcake Store, and it is continuously restocked day and night with a variety of freshly baked cupcake flavors and even Cupcakes for your Dog! New York City!
Sprinkles Cupcake ATM is Located at 780 Lexington Avenue between 60th & 61st streets (Near Bloomingdale’s!) in NYC!
You know how Cupcakes are so trending right now. Cupcake stores are popping up everywhere you look, just like Starbucks. I mean, they even have cupcake baking “Wars” on TV and everything. Cupcakes! If you are going to be baking any cupcakes of your own, or buying them in fancy cupcake stores but serving them in your home, you probably want a fancy plate for this. Here is one I really like.
Cupcake Stand Features:
Show off your cupcakes in style
Complete with dangling cupcake charms
Comes in decorative gift box
Size: 16″ x 5″
Also, you can put a full-size cake on it. Versatility! I sense that you are attracted to this Cupcake Stand. And guess what? You can own it for just $39.95. It is available at This Link right now!
Oh man, these are cool looking cupcakes, am I right? Wouldn’t they be super fun to serve at a 4th of July BBQ, especially when everyone thinks they are snow cones, but then they don’t melt. Fun! Complete detailed baking and decorating directions, with photos of each step, can be found at This Link! Happy Baking!
Last evening, we dined on cupcakes and champagne — not kidding – at a festive and fancy launch party for the newest location (Prince Street in Soho) of Georgetown Cupcake, officially opening to the public on Saturday February 11, 2012. Some killjoys and curmudgeons may speculate that the Cupcake Craze is on the wane, but there is much evidence to the contrary. It seems to us that there are specialists in this niche of the baking spectrum who are just getting started in their quest to do these tiny cakes differently / better than any other bakers! Georgetown Cupcake certainly has a foothold in the realm of doing whatever it takes to bring Cupcakes to, as they say, the next level.
Georgetown Cupcake was founded by sisters and baking enthusiasts Katherine Kallinis and Sophie LaMontagne, who gave up thriving careers in fashion and finance, respectively, to pursue their passion for creating artful cupcakes. Their flagship Georgetown Cupcake store opened in DC, as the city’s first and only cupcake specialty boutique, in February of 2008. In just four years, business has boomed! Katherine and Sophie now have their own TV series DC Cupcakes on the TLC cable network, and they have published a fun cupcake cookbook –The Cupcake Diaries: Recipes and Memories from the Sisters of Georgetown Cupcake – which is available wherever books are sold (I think they probably sell it in their stores as well). Great success!
At Thursday night’s bash, miniature versions of Georgetown’s many cupcake flavors made continuous rounds through the packed crowd of party-goers, which allowed us to sample a variety of flavors including traditional Vanilla Buttercream, Cookies & Cream, Red Velvet (with a luscious cream cheese frosting), Lemon Blossom and an extraordinarily decadent Peanut Butter Fudge (chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting and a rich fudge cream center) that everyone seemed to call out as a favorite. These cupcakes are not only moist and delicious, with frostings that are not too sugary sweet, but each is decorated beautifully, often with a tiny, signature fondant candy made in-house.
Georgetown can accommodate nearly any type of custom order imaginable, including holiday cupcakes and custom color icings and fondants, as well as cupcakes decorated with your company’s logo (with two weeks noticed plus a small upcharge for the custom stamp) and of course catering for weddings, baby showers and other events. It’s apparent that customer service is really what it’s all about for the sisters of Georgetown Cupcake, and with that kind of a can-do attitude there would be little reason to go elsewhere for your cupcake needs. Take a look at their cupcake menu, which includes daily regular selections as well as mouthwatering special featured flavors – such as Chocolate Banana and Pumpkin Spice – at This Link.
Georgetown Cupcake (Soho) is located at 111 Mercer Street (between Spring and Prince), New York, NY 10012. Phone 212-431-4504. Hours are Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 9 PM, and Sunday 10 AM – 7 PM!