Day: May 13, 2013

An Open Letter From a Decent, White Male Comic, by Jim Tews

This essay is republished with permission from the author. Jim Tews wrote “An Open Letter From a Decent, White Male Comic” in response to several recent blog posts, Twitter fights and Facebook comment threads about comedy, gender and the appropriateness of certain jokes. And yes, it’s also in response to this Jezebel essay from Lindy West, “An Open Letter to White Male Comedians.” Dear Reader, My name is Jim Tews. I’m a thirty-one year old white male, and I’ve been a comedian for about ten years now. Currently, people of my race and gender make up the majority of...

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Meet Me In New York: Michelle Buteau

What do they say about New York City: There are eight million stories, and sometimes it seems as though eight million of the people telling them think they’re comedians? No, that’s not it. It is a fact, though, that America’s biggest city is also its biggest comedy mecca. Hollywood may be Hollywood, but New York City is where comedians are born funny, become funny or arrive to thrust their funny upon us. I think we should meet some of these people. This is a recurring feature, a mini-profile of newcomers, up-and-comers and overcomers of New York’s vibrant comedy scene....

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E!’s “Fashion Police” writers on strike: Funny or Die finds them in the wrong offices

The writers for E!’s Fashion Police with Joan Rivers have been on strike for a couple of weeks, and they’re a bit restless. How restless? They’ve started loitering in other people’s offices and cracking the jokes they could be writing for TV. This is their video for Funny or Die. Roll the clip! Related: Previous reporting on the striking writers of E!’s Fashion...

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SNL #38.20 RECAP: Host Kristen Wiig, musical guest Vampire Weekend

The return of a longtime favorite cast member as host of Saturday Night Live almost certainly calls for a trip down memory lane of that actor or actresses most popular recurring characters from SNLs past. Kristen Wiig’s first-time hosting SNL, one year removed from her “graduation,” did not depart from that formula. But first. A political cold open. The Congressional Republicans still are holding hearings about the terrorist uprising in Benghazi, Libya, because it’s not enough to know who did it nor why they did it if you cannot also drag your own political opposition through the circus of...

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