Day: June 15, 2013

Barry Rothbart on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

Barry Rothbart has grown a beard for the summer. Hooray, beards! Rothbart performed on Friday night’s Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and joked about Super Shuttles and getting into trouble while naked. No, not on the Super Shuttle. They’re separate bits. And not the bits that got him into trouble. Rothbart has lived in both New York City and Los Angeles. Can you tell by his jokes where he lives now? Roll the clip and find...

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Read Patton Oswalt’s “Closed Letter to Myself About Thievery, Heckling and Rape Jokes”

Patton Oswalt wrote “a closed letter” to himself yesterday on the Internet, which means we all can read it, hopefully identify with at least part of it and take away lessons ourselves from it. Oswalt’s letter is an essay in three parts, covering, as the title suggests, joke thieves, heckling and rape jokes — three topics that continue to make for lively and all-too-often destructive conversations about comedy. Oswalt would like to change that. As he writes: All I care about is the profession I work in.  Stand-up comedy.  I also care about the continued, false perception the bulk...

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