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Meet Henry Hall, Your New Favorite Stand-Up Musician

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“I want there to be a combination of humorous hopelessness to my music”

They say the pressure to entertain can be hard—unbearable even.

In 2001, a fourth-grader named Henry Hall had inescapably succumbed to that pressure. Hall was plagued by a classic fourth-grade dilemma: His classmate would only share his Hot Cheetos under the condition that Hall perform his ever-popular Hot Cheetos bit. His hands were tied, really, and he had no choice but to comply. He grabbed a handful and swallowed them whole. He waved his hands around his ears, pretending smoke was coming out, screamed for water, and flailed about the classroom as his friends cheered.

“I’ve been doing a version of that Hot Cheetos bit my whole life,” he says.

The pressure to entertain for Hall was innate, or more literally, it was inherited. He’s the son of small-town, little-known comedians Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall. He’s also a graduate of the Crossroads School of Arts and Sciences, the illustrious K-12 playground for the entertainment elite and their progeny. (As a fellow graduate, we live to poke fun at our alma mater.) 

But for Hall, being an entertainer was only part of a much larger dream. He spent his formative years training in classical music. A self-proclaimed band geek, his classroom bits extended to indie-rock band gigs from middle school through his college years. 

Now, the 25-year-old is shaping his own music career—he’s released three EPs and a new single called “Love for Serious” already as a solo artist and is preparing to put together a full-fledged album in the coming year. 

“I always found music to be the most direct form of expressing the human experience,” he says. “You’re creating these sounds that just kind of float in the air, and they’re inherently indescribable—you can’t really put your finger on it—it’s like describing a color or something.”

On any other subject, he can barely get through a sentence without a sarcastic quip, a joke that will force even the saltiest person to laugh out loud. And yet, music seems to be his grounding point. From an early age, he was inspired by the music introduced to him by his parents. 

“My dad is a massive Beatles fans. One of few Beatles fans—one of the maybe nine Beatles fans,” he jokes. “He exposed me to a lot of the music I still know and love today, like Simon and Garfunkel, The Smiths, Joy Division…”

After years of performing for audiences, ranging from fraternities to one very pissed-off Pittsburgh native in a small New York bar, his career as a musical artist began shaping itself. With his ethereal high-pitched vocals, his sound lies somewhere between Best Coast and Morrissey, maintaining a comically discerning “sad guy” image. Hall’s self-described “weirdo” quality of music comes across as something new and authentic.

“I want there to be a combination of humorous hopelessness to my music,” he says. “I want to weird people out as much as I can and hopefully, make them laugh or make them look at me very strangely. Eliciting any reaction is good.”

In many ways, Hall’s budding career is a manifestation of a new form of entertainer. His sets are a mixed bag of raw, vulnerable lyrics and unabashed stand-up comedy. That’s often the way he engages a crowd—by making a joke or telling a lurid story that grabs attention before singing about falling in love with his ex-girlfriend’s sister

And, his aspirations to continue classroom laughs are trailing right behind his music career. He’s teamed up with two of his fellow Wesleyan University classmates and filmmakers, Jack Coyne and Jack Pearce (or Jack Squared, as he refers to them) to launch a series of video shorts called “What’s Up YouTube?” The described premise is a candid look into the unglamorous reality behind a vivacious YouTube vlogger. Hall plays the principal character, bringing all the dark humor of Andy Samberg’s SNL digital shorts combined with the loud irony of Eric André. 

It’s sort of like a short film version of what I’m trying to go for in my music,” he says. “I’m finding a way to synthesize the two.”

As Hall prepares for upcoming shows in Chicago and New York, he hopes his career is heading to a point of writing, touring, and making people laugh on a day-to-day basis. Though he never tries to emulate any other comedian, he does have his favorites: Norm MacDonald, Rodney Dangerfield, Dave Chappelle—and his mom, of course. When asked what his ultimate dream for himself is, he does not hold back: “Probably to be like the quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys,” he says, waiting at least seven seconds before breaking into laughter. “I love to play music and perform, other than being on the football field and smelling that green grass, of course.”

You can watch the premiere episode of Henry Hall’s YouTube short, below.

Photo by Imani Givertz

Premiering today via NYLON

Small Talks, aka Cayley Spivey, has come a long way since starting a band, then becoming the entire band herself and forging her own fan base from the ground up. On her recent album A Conversation Between Us, she began to unpack any lingering baggage with one particular song: "Teeth." Today, she premieres the accompanying music video exclusively via NYLON.

"'Teeth' is about my personal battle with letting go of the past," Spivey tells NYLON, admitting that it's easily her favorite song off of A Conversation Between Us.

Watch the video for "Teeth" below.

Small Talks - Teeth (Official Music Video) - YouTube www.youtube.com

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Must have been pretty awkward

Taylor Swift and Sophie Turner were guests on the U.K.'s The Graham Norton Show together, which must have been awkward for Turner's husband, Joe Jonas, seeing as he also happens to be Swift's ex. I wonder if his name came up?

The interview doesn't come out until Friday night, but promotional photos show the two sharing a couch. Swift is making an appearance to perform her new single, "ME!" while Turner is promoting her new film, X- Men: Dark Phoenix. But it seems necessary for the two to be asked about Jonas.

Swift was just on the Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this month, where she brought up the fact that she felt bad for putting Jonas "on blast" on DeGeneres' show back in 2008 by telling the audience that he broke up with her in a record-setting short phone call. But, according to Swift, she and Jonas are chill now, since it happened pretty long ago, which means she's probably already hung out with Turner and maybe even gossiped about him with her.

We can only hope that they get the chance to spill some tea on television.

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"That's! His! Auntie!"

Leslie Jones has rewatched the Game of Thrones finale with a beer in hand, Seth Meyers at her side, and a full camera crew ready to take in all her glorious reactions. Spoilers ahead, but, if you haven't watched last week's episode already, that's kind of on you at this point.

When Jon Snow started to make out with Daenerys, also known as his aunt, only to stab her through the chest moments later, it was emotional whiplash for everyone watching. And, Jones' reactions—both from her first and second viewing—sum it all perfectly.

"That's! His! Auntie! [gagging noises]," Jones says before making an aside about calling the police if her uncle ever tried to do the same. But then the knife goes in, and Jones screams. "Did you see that?!" Jones asks, "Yeah bitch, that's a knife in you." Meyers points out the funniest part of all: "Why are you so upset about someone kissing their aunt but totally fine with someone killing their aunt?" Jones replies, "Because that bitch needed to go," and, well, same.

Other highlights from the comedians' rewatch include comparing Dany's victory speech to a bad improv gig, predicting that their dogs would have less of a reaction to their deaths than Drogon did to his mother's, and more.

Watch all of Jones' reactions from this Late Night clip below.

Game of Jones: Leslie Jones and Seth Watch Game of Thrones' Series Finale youtu.be

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These lyrics are a lot

Robbie Tripp, aka Curvy Wife Guy, is back with a music video, titled "Chubby Sexy," starring his wife and a trio of models. In it, Tripp raps about his bold choice to find women with an average body size attractive.

The video begins with a series of statements laid over some pool water: "Curves are the new high fashion," "Chubby is the new sexy," "We Out Here." Tripp posits that these queens deserve an anthem, which they do. What they do not deserve is this Cursed Song. As he lists all the names he knows to call them by (thick, thicc, and BBW), one model (who I really, really hope was paid well) squirts some lotion down her cleavage, and Tripp begins dancing.

"My girl chubby sexy/ Call her bonita gordita," Tripp states in his chorus, before going on to compare "big booty meat" to the peach emoji. Another thing he mentions is that his wife can't find a belt that fits her waist, and that's why he calls her James and the Giant Peach. He then tries to dab. Here are some of the other Cursed highlights from his, uh, verses:

Got those Khaleesi curves/ Knows how to dragon slay
She like a dude that's woke/ We like a girl that's weighty
Some say a chubby girl that's risky/ But they ain't met a curvy girl that's frisky
Imma dunk that donk like I'm Andrew Wiggins.
Thick like an Amazon/ Built like Big Ben.

Tripp says one thing in the video that I couldn't agree more with: "She don't need a man." No, she does not. Please run. If you must, watch the entire video, below. Or send it to your nemesis!

Robbie Tripp - Chubby Sexy (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

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See the promo here

It was bound to happen. The Kadashians and Jenners have committed themselves to letting the cameras roll on their lives, for better or for worse. So if you thought that the Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson cheating scandal was off limits, you thought wrong. The trailer for Sunday's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians was just released, and it involves the famous family working through the fallout of what happened when Woods went to a party at Thompson's house.

The teaser includes the infamous clip of Khloé Kardashian screaming "LIAAAARRRRRR." It's still not explicitly clear who prompted that strong response. She could be responding to Thompson, who clearly isn't always honest. Or she could be reacting to Woods account of the events on Red Table Talk. But the most revealing moment comes when we see Kylie Jenner—who was Woods' best friend before all of this happened—react for the first time.

In a heart-to-heart conversation, momager Kris Jenner says, "For you and Jordyn, it's like a divorce." Kylie only offers this in response: "She fucked up." Based on Woods' version of events—which I'm inclined to believeThompson is the one who fucked up. Still, I'm hoping for some kind of reconciliation between the two longtime friends. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season for that.

Check out the promo video below.

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