Day: May 7, 2009

Shark at Work’s 100,000 Calorie Sandwich

Are you hungry? Are you sitting down? Do you have eyeballs? File this under, gross but true. The Shark at Work team (Nick Stevens, Ari Voukydis, Dan Gaba, Gabe McKinley, Sean Crespo and Carol Hartsell) set about creating a 100,000 calorie sandwich. And they filmed it as a documentary parody in the Ken Burns style. This is why you're fat....

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When comedians joke about their relationships

What happens when a reporter I know writes a first-person column about comedians I know talking about making jokes about their ex-girlfriends, and in at least one case, each other? My head explodes? No. No it does not. Instead I blog about it. The column in the Boston Globe (still in business, but apparently barely so) advances this weekend's AltCom Festival. It's pretty much a given that a comedian's personal life becomes fodder for his or her material onstage, even for those who specialize in strict one-liners. As with all art, though, the performer usually takes some liberties with the truth to sculpt it into something more poetic, more beautiful, more poignant, or more hilarious. *And in fact, the oddest phrase in that Globe column, to me, alluded to a completely different relationship that went bad. Only the reporter didn't know she was pointing that out. (Trivia...

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