A year ago, in this very space, we referred to 2020 as “perhaps the craziest, stupidest, Bum Steeriest year in Texas Monthly’s history.” The unspoken assumption—or perhaps it was a desperate wish—was that 2021 would prove to be at least marginally saner than that misbegotten election year. And how
An A-to-Z list of 25 Lone Star State residents who disgraced themselves last January 6.
Ted Cruz had a very, very, very bad year. Maybe he’ll blame it on his daughters.
We have several suggestions for the new owner of the tiny burg of Mustang.
They didn’t manage to steal any art, but they did vanish into a storm drain.
Houston-raised actor and stand-up star Catherine Cohen confronts anxiety and narcissism in a self-deprecating collection of poems.
While much of the under-65 population awaits their COVID-19 vaccines, the generation that invented sex, drugs, and rock and roll is about to run amok.
Let’s face it: this was no one’s favorite year. Here are a few dozen reasons why.
Can you help Texas's attorney general escape the long arm of the law?
The not-quite-twenty Texans who spectacularly disgraced themselves during the pandemic.
An investigation into the Paper of Record that is, alas, somehow necessary.
Plus, Ken Starr is pulled out of retirement, Pete Olson visits Sesame Street, and Vicente Gonzalez desperately needs a celebrity.
Plus, Ted Cruz takes on Stephen King (again), Eliz Markowitz does her best Willie, America Ferrera leaves Vicente Gonzalez hanging, and more!
Plus, Chip Roy blames California, Paul Bettencourt targeted by liberal hackers, and other extremely on-brand happenings
Bull Session: Texas Republicans Rally Around Ricky Gervais and Enrique Iglesias Dances to the Tune of $485,000
Plus, Julián Castro and Beto O’Rourke are on the rebound, and Tony Buzbee is on another bender.
On the latest National Podcast of Texas, the South Texas-raised stand-up comic talks about Mexican-American representation in Hollywood, the border situation, and writing jokes for Clint Eastwood.
An unscientific, untrimmed analysis of the phenomenon of Ted Cruz Beard Thirst.
Let's take a non-serious suggestion seriously.
Over three decades, Mo Amer has gone from being a refugee living in Houston to a successful comedian. His first stand-up special mines his experiences for comedic gold.
The Arab-American refugee, comedian, and proud Houstonian finds the humor in his family’s journey from Kuwait and being seated next to Eric Trump on a plane.
In our latest podcast, host Andy Langer speaks with Amer as the comedian prepares to record his first Netflix special.
The late-night host and Texas senator will go one-on-one on Saturday. Here's our scouting report.
A Tulsa woman thinks the king of western swing had a raunchy side. Her husband isn't buying it.
An inmate gets caught sneaking back into prison, a stolen cowboy dummy is returned, and the last Texas Blockbuster Video store closes.
An obituary for a chicken, a consequential Whataburger receipt, an overenthusiastic Red Raider, and a handful of other stories from around the state.
Probably not! But let’s read way too much into it anyway.
A 45-pound catfish, a mannequin in the passenger seat, a naked woman eating cake, and a handful of other stories from around the state.
The Houston Texans owner nabs sixth place, for saying of his players’ decision to kneel during the National Anthem: “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.”
This year, virtually everyone embarrassed themselves—and the rest of us.
The Austin-based office captured third place for the botched investigation of state representative Dawnna Dukes.
The outgoing congressman takes eighth place for his refusal to face the truth about climate change.
The East Texas congressman takes seventh place for his wack-job debut as an infographic creator.
The craziest headlines you might have missed over the past month.
Our lieutenant governor, for his eagerness to squander his power, waste our time, and drag Texas politics into the bathroom, is our Bum Steer of the Year.
The Mistress of the Elements occupies second place—for being really, really mean to Texas.
The eight infamous Steers celebrated elsewhere in this package had a lot of company this year in our hall of shame. Here are another fifty or so Texans deserving of some ignominy.
Landing in fourth place, the state government’s also-ran loyal opposition, for going missing in action, year after year.
In fifth place: the excitable radio host, for saying so many crazy things that his unsuccessful and very public child custody battle wasn’t the most embarrassing thing that happened to him this year.
Help us choose 2017’s Bum Steer. Vote in round two of our poll.
Some of the craziest headlines you might have missed over the past month.
A Tyler man is feeling a little hot under the collar.
A cartoon about the current state of the gubernatorial race.
We chat about math and football with Tom Herman's unsanctioned alter ego.
The Lege's special session priorities.
Just in case you forgot...
Being a good football fan means being able to find optimism no matter the circumstance.
The grim traveler sampled the offerings with a heavy heart.
The future of Austin’s Lions Municipal Golf Course lies in its historic past.
The show, created by Houston native Justin Simien, picks up where the 2014 movie left off.