Day: August 1, 2016

New Zealand food company Aunt Betty’s apologizes for stealing Mitch Hedberg rice joke

Over the weekend, comedians caught a New Zealand food company in the act of pilfering a joke from the late Mitch Hedberg about race, and attributing it to its own company. Aunt Betty’s apologized today, admitting to stealing the joke: “Rice is really great if you’re hungry and want 2,000 of something.” The company previously had attributed to “Aunt Betty,” where on its home page, it claims “her enthusiasm and wit were legendary.” Today? Not so much. Aunt Betty’s posted an apology on Facebook, writing: “It has come to light that we made a big mistake on some recent packaging...

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Episode #106: Hari Kondabolu

Hari Kondabolu and I go back to the scene of his very first big break, showcasing for the 2007 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and HBO, how that all happened, and how he managed to take a year off afterward to earn his master’s degree from the London School of Economics. Kondabolu since has enjoyed time writing and performing for late-night TV with Totally Biased, and just this summer launched a new podcast, Politically Re-Active, with his former boss, W. Kamau Bell. Kondabolu also just released his second stand-up comedy album, Mainstream American Comic, is working on a documentary...

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