Joe Bob Briggs

Joe Bob Briggs

Joe Bob Briggs is the drive-in movie critic of Grapevine, Texas, currently resident in New York City, where his pop culture commentary appears in print, on television and at various dive bars that defy the modern world by allowing the smoking of cigars.

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Invasion of the Anti-Tourists

Mar 22 2018

NEW YORK—A stroll down Bleecker Street, once a haven for bars, nightclubs, Off Broadway theaters, Mafia hangouts, beatnik cafés, and weird secondhand shops, has recently

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Smoking, Toking and Midnight Joking

Mar 15 2018

NEW YORK—Now that we have all these legal weed growers, plus all these legal middlemen making brownies and lozenges and Maryjane Chewies, plus all the

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Spiritual But Not Religious, Just Inane

Mar 08 2018

NEW YORK—“I’m spiritual but not religious.” WTF. Why do people say this? Yes, we know you’re spiritual. Everybody is spiritual. Mafia hitmen are spiritual. We’re

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Joseph Wapner

When Did Real Courts Become TV Courts?

Mar 01 2018

NEW YORK—If anybody in the reality TV world remembers Judge Wapner, the original host of The People’s Court, I doubt that they remember what he

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Making My Peace With Billy Graham

Feb 22 2018

NEW YORK—Back in the bad old days of the cocaine epidemic, there was a sheriff in Jasper County, Texas, who was visited one morning by

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Clarence Thomas

Clarence Thomas and the Party House

Feb 15 2018

NEW YORK—I think Clarence Thomas made the right decision in the Wild Party House Case before the Supreme Court, but I think maybe my reasons

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A World of Hurt in the Boardroom

Feb 08 2018

NEW YORK—Apparently a whole bunch of CEOs and public officials and celebrities and high sheriffs of various sorts have been writhing around in their mahogany

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James Dean in Giant

Explicating the Bible of Texas

Feb 01 2018

DALLAS—My buddy Don Graham just finished a book on the State Bible of Texas. I speak, of course, of Giant, the 1956 multigenerational epic starring

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Please, It’s a Horror Film

Jan 25 2018

CHICAGO—For the first couple months after Get Out was released, I was beating the drums for it, telling anyone who would listen that it was

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Susan Cabot

The Wasp Woman’s Weapon Was a Wasp Waist

Jan 18 2018

NEW YORK—I walked down 8th Street yesterday, past the jumble of little secondhand shops and shoe stores and stand-up lunch counters and trendy bodegas, looking


“Nuke That Rascal’s Website”

Jan 11 2018

NEW YORK—Every day somebody howls for the shutdown of a website, the squelching of a Twitter account, the nuking of a Facebook page, the removal

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“Your Honor, the President Is Acting Like He’s in Charge and We Want It Stopped”

Jan 04 2018

NEW YORK—Small children on the playground know that if you can’t win an argument any other way, you always play the faulty-research card, as in:

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Men of Bad Will

Dec 28 2017

NEW YORK—“Men of good will” is an expression you don’t hear much anymore. It’s used mostly by the courts, especially when the topic is contract

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Have Your Cake But Don’t Eat It

Dec 21 2017

NEW YORK—If you’re having a gay wedding, and your cake has been baked by a man who thinks gay marriage is an abomination against God,

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First Amendment 101

Dec 14 2017

NEW YORK—It’s been a rough year for stump speaking in general, but let’s make a resolution for 2018: We need to start listening to these

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The Trump WHAT?

Dec 07 2017

NEW YORK—Why is it The Trump Era? Who invented this? Why do I read this forty times a week? I’m not sure I’m ready to

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Harvard Square

Let’s Name the Segregated Universities

Nov 30 2017

NEW YORK—Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, was founded by a minister in order to train other ministers. Just like Harvard and Princeton. The difference is

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The Electoral College Works, Leave It Alone

Nov 23 2017

NEW YORK—Let’s all dogpile on the Electoral College. It’s undemocratic, it’s outdated, it’s un-American. The New York Times (surprise, surprise) believes it should be abolished

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Why China Wins

Nov 16 2017

PALM BEACH, Fla.—Elon Musk is not going to Mars in 2022. I hope I’m wrong. I hope I’m one of those guys they make fun

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I Got Your Aromatic Injection Right Here

Nov 09 2017

BROOKLINE, Mass.—Let me put this in context so you don’t think I’m an idiot. I like to read. I like words. I don’t shrink from

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News Alert: The Russians Aren’t Stupid

Nov 02 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Let’s suppose young Boris and young Ivan are reporting to work on their first day of duty at the KGB Internet Ops Center outside

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None of the Above

Oct 26 2017

ORLANDO, Fla.—One of the funniest writers in the sports department where I started my career—a quick-witted guy who should have known better—got promoted to editorial

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Going Pink

Oct 19 2017

NEW YORK—There’s this moment in every production meeting—I don’t care if you’re making a movie, a TV show, a YouTube video, a reality show about


The Big Myth About Dirty Jobs, Minimum Wage, and Illegal Immigration

Oct 12 2017

NEW YORK—Wherever you stand on the Wetback Issue, you’re no longer allowed to say the following sentence: “Mexicans only take the dirty jobs that Americans

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“Despacito” for Gringos

Oct 05 2017

NEW YORK—When the most popular music video in the world (3.8 billion views) is about the premeditated stalking of a woman by not just one

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Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders

Take a Knee

Sep 28 2017

NEW YORK—I’ve decided to take a knee. There’s been too much police brutali— Wait a minute, is taking a knee about police brutality? Why did