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Book review: Sara Benincasa’s ‘Agorafabulous!’

Book review: Sara Benincasa’s ‘Agorafabulous!’

By | February 21, 2012 at 10:02 pm | No comments

Creating laughter is, of course, a comedian’s first goal. And for consumers of comedy, just laughing as a response to the action on stage or on screen or in a book is perfectly ok— that is, for the casual comedy observer. But for many of us a bit more damaged (or maybe we...

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That time I asked Michael Ian Black to be my marriage and parenting counselor

That time I asked Michael Ian Black to be my marriage and parenting counselor

By | February 21, 2012 at 2:59 pm | One comment

Michael Ian Black is a lot of things. He's an actor, a writer, an author of children's books and of books for grown-ups; he's a solid stand-up comedian with a pair of albums and a Comedy Central hour special to prove it; he's a also a married guy with two kids. And it's those...

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Get your read on: Portlandia is going to be a book!

Get your read on: Portlandia is going to be a book!

By | February 10, 2012 at 11:53 am | One comment

America’s favorite ultra-hipster homage to Portland, Portlandia, has inspired some of the best, weirdest lines in recent memory, from “Shell art is OVER!” to “Put a bird on it!” And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t annoy my friends by asking, “Did you read? Did...

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Video: What happens if Patton Oswalt comes to your house, reads from his book and eats pie?

Video: What happens if Patton Oswalt comes to your house, reads from his book and eats pie?

By | November 16, 2011 at 12:37 pm | No comments

Patton Oswalt's tome Zombie Spaceship Wasteland was released in January in hardcover. But check this out: it's been released again-- this time without that pesky hard cover. What the fuck is that made out of anyway-- steel? Goddamn, I can barely lift it. Thankfully, it's now...

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Listen: Darrell Hammond talks psych wards, childhood abuse, addiction on NPR’s “Fresh Air”

Listen: Darrell Hammond talks psych wards, childhood abuse, addiction on NPR’s “Fresh Air”

By | November 10, 2011 at 12:13 pm | No comments

Earlier this week, Saturday Night Live alum Darrell Hammond appeared on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross to promote his new heart-wrenching memoir God, If You’re Not Up There, I’m Fucked: Misadventures In Stand-Up, Saturday Night Live, and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem. You can...

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Watch Jon Stewart’s 15-minute interview with Bill Clinton

Watch Jon Stewart’s 15-minute interview with Bill Clinton

By | November 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm | No comments

Former President Bill Clinton visited The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night. And because some people think Clinton is more important than, say, Clint Eastwood (the show's guest on Monday), Jon chatted with him for a full 15 minutes. Obviously, the whole interview didn't air...

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John Hodgman and every funny person in the world is in this video

John Hodgman and every funny person in the world is in this video

By | October 26, 2011 at 2:44 pm | One comment

Back in 2005, John Hodgman released his first book titled The Areas of My Expertise, a satirical almanac who’s success landed him as a recurring contributor to The Daily Show as the “resident expert.” Since then, he’s appeared in bit roles in television and film, was the...

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Darrell Hammond admits to smoking crack, cutting himself

Darrell Hammond admits to smoking crack, cutting himself

By | October 24, 2011 at 10:41 am | One comment

Substance abuse is certainly, and sadly, not a rarity in the world of comedy. But it seems some of the stories Saturday Night Live alum Darrell Hammond tells in his upcoming memoir are surprising-- even by standards levied by jaded comedy enthusiasts. Copies of the book God, If...

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Why Mindy Kaling hates televised roasts and why we disagree with her

Why Mindy Kaling hates televised roasts and why we disagree with her

By | October 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm | 9 comments

In Mindy Kaling's new book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) -- in stores Nov. 1 -- The Office co-star, writer, director and producer comes out hard against the concept of televised roasts. And although she doesn't mention the network by name, her target...

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