Quinta Brunson’s Viral Fame Knows No Bounds

The comedian’s first book, “She Memes Well,” balances jokes, autobiography and serious thoughts about the state of the country.

#books-and-literature, #brunson-quinta, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #she-memes-well-essays-book

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A Stanford Student Mocked the Federalist Society. It Jeopardized His Graduation.

The Stanford student sent a satirical flier that drew a complaint from the conservative group. The university then placed a hold on his diploma.

#colleges-and-universities, #comedy-and-humor, #conservatism-us-politics, #conway-george-t-iii, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections-attorneys-general, #federalist-society, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #law-schools, #paxton-ken, #stanford-university, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #tribe-laurence-h, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Bo Burnham’s ‘Inside’: A Comedy Special and an Inspired Experiment

Using cinematic tools other comics overlook, the star (who is also the director, editor and cameraman) trains a glaring spotlight on internet life mid-pandemic.

#burnham-bo-1990, #comedy-and-humor, #inside-tv-program, #music, #netflix-inc, #social-media, #television

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Benito Skinner Is All About Drama

But he’s not trying to offend anyone with his celebrity impressions.

#celebrities, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #impersonators-and-impressionists-entertainment, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #skinner-benito-benny-drama, #social-media, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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Rusty Warren, Brash Comic in a Strait-Laced Time, Dies at 91

In the 1950s and ’60s, Ms. Warren made sex the central subject of her nightclub routines, and of popular comedy albums like “Knockers Up!”

#comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #knockers-up-album, #music, #warren-rusty-1930-2021, #women-and-girls

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5 Things to Do on Memorial Day Weekend

Our critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually and in person in New York City.

#art, #brooklyn-academy-of-music, #carolines-on-broadway, #central-park-manhattan-ny, #children-and-childhood, #comedy-and-humor, #douglas-dezron, #fellini-federico, #film-forum, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #high-line-manhattan-ny, #jazz, #mahama-ibrahim, #mastroianni-marcello, #memorial-day, #morningside-park-manhattan-ny, #movies, #music, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #seneca-village-manhattan-ny, #vimeo-llc

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Tig Notaro, Action-Hero Heartthrob, Gets Her Blasts From the Past

The comedian and actor, who battles zombies in “Army of the Dead,” talks about why she hopes Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell never break up, and more.

#army-of-the-dead-movie, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #movies, #notaro-tig

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Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan, Our Most Underappreciated Comic

As he turns 80, don’t be fooled by his serious music. From the start, his work has been filled with a cockeyed humor that can range from corny jokes to dark wit.

#comedy-and-humor, #dylan-bob, #movies, #music

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Paul Mooney, Trailblazing Comedian, Dies at 79

Mr. Mooney, a comic writer and performer known for his work with Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle, died of a heart attack on Wednesday, his publicist said.

#chappelle-dave, #chappelles-show-tv-program, #comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #oakland-calif, #paul-mooney, #pryor-richard, #saturday-night-live-tv-program

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How a Review Changed Both Sarah Silverman and Our Critic

A.O. Scott critiqued her approach to comedy in a 2005 movie. Now they sit down to talk about what he got right and wrong, and why owning up to mistakes is freeing.

#comedy-and-humor, #documentary-films-and-programs, #sarah-silverman-jesus-is-magic-movie, #silverman-sarah

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“Run the World” Is Not a Black “Sex and the City”

The depiction of empowered, loving Black women in “Run the World” should not feel radical, but it is.

#black-people, #comedy-and-humor, #davenport-leigh, #run-the-world-tv-program, #television, #women-and-girls

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Hannah Einbinder: Portrait of a Young Comic on the Cusp

As the daughter of Laraine Newman, she has an understanding of the ups and downs of early success. Will those lessons be helpful for her first series, “Hacks”?

#actors-and-actresses, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #einbinder-hannah, #hacks-tv-program, #hbo-max, #newman-laraine, #television

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She Used a Male Doll in a Joke. Now She’s Accused of Sexual Harassment in South Korea

Male critics in South Korea say they were offended by Park Na-rae’s comedy on YouTube. Her supporters say she’s a victim of double standards. The police say they are investigating.

#comedy-and-humor, #discrimination, #men-and-boys, #park-na-rae, #sexual-harassment, #south-korea, #women-and-girls

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How ‘Bad Trip’ Brought Back the Gross-Out Comedy

Why the tasteless humor of “Bad Trip,” starring Eric Andre, is a feat to be celebrated. Few can pull off transgression so skillfully.

#andre-eric, #bad-trip-movie, #comedy-and-humor, #movies

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Patti Harrison Wants to See What She Can Do

Known for scene-stealing side characters, the comedian and actress is pushing past her limits with her starring role in “Together Together.”

#actors-and-actresses, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #harrison-patti-actor, #los-angeles-calif, #movies, #together-together-movie, #transgender-and-transsexuals

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Ed Balls Day Turns 10. How Is It Still Funny?

A decade is an eternity in internet years. But people still haven’t forgotten the British politician’s errant tweet, and he’s still playing along.

#balls-ed-1967, #comedy-and-humor, #computers-and-the-internet, #great-britain, #london-england, #names-personal, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #twitter

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Ziwe Endorses Box Braids and ‘Real Housewives’

The 29-year-old comedian brings her Instagram and YouTube antics to a prime time Showtime series, “Ziwe,” which premieres May 8.

#comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #fumudoh-ziwe, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #race-and-ethnicity, #showtime, #television

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The Evolution of Desus & Mero

From Twitter to cable TV, the duo is changing the culture of comedy.

#bronx-nyc, #comedy-and-humor, #desus-nice-1983, #desusmero-tv-program, #kid-mero-1983, #new-york-city, #podcasts, #showtime, #television, #viceland-channel

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Seth Rogen and the Secret to Happiness

How the comedian (and director, writer, ceramist and weed entrepreneur) has made a career out of mining the pitfalls and possibilities of adolescence.

#actors-and-actresses, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #goldberg-evan, #houseplant-s49-ventures-llc, #movies, #point-grey-pictures-inc, #rogen-seth

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How George Hahn, Urban Raconteur, Spends His Sundays

He is devoted to his dogs, his tiny apartment and most of all these days, his city.

#comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #hahn-george-1970, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-media

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Four Specials Take Outdoor Comedy in Unexpected Directions

Vir Das, Brian Regan, Erica Rhodes and Ester Steinberg each find new ways to make a virtue out of the necessity of performing al fresco in a pandemic.

#burning-bush-tv-program, #comedy-and-humor, #das-vir, #la-vie-en-rhodes-tv-program, #on-the-rocks-tv-program, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #regan-brian-1957, #rhodes-erica-1983, #steinberg-ester, #television, #ten-on-ten-tv-program

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Frank Jacobs, Mad Magazine Writer With a Lyrical Touch, Dies at 91

He deftly mocked pop culture, politics and more for 57 years. He also wrote new lyrics for familiar songs, which led to a lawsuit from Irving Berlin and others.

#comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #jacobs-frank-1929-2021, #mad-magazine, #magazines, #writing-and-writers

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For a U.K. Satirist and His Online Fans, Comedy Is Catharsis

Lockdown has helped establish Munya Chawawa as a sardonic voice for young people who don’t often recognize themselves in the comedians they see on TV.

#chawawa-munya, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #england, #great-britain, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-media, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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Anne Beatts, Original ‘S.N.L.’ Writer, Dies at 74

Often writing with Rosie Shuster, she created memorable sketches in the show’s early years, including ones involving those nerds Lisa and Todd.

#beatts-anne-1947-2021, #comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #national-lampoon, #saturday-night-live-tv-program, #square-pegs-tv-program, #television, #writing-and-writers

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Performing Arts Make a Cautious Return in New York

More than a year after the pandemic abruptly shuttered theaters and concert halls across the city, limited audiences were welcomed back inside.

#blindness-play, #comedy-and-humor, #comedy-cellar, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #daryl-roth-theater, #de-blasio-bill, #guggenheim-solomon-r-museum, #kelsey-lu-1989, #masterz-at-work-dance-family, #music, #shed-manhattan-ny, #theater

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A Stand-Up Set at the Swipe of a MetroCard

For about three months, an Upper West Side comedy club has been organizing Saturday-night shows on the 1 train.

#comedy-and-humor, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #stand-up-ny-manhattan-ny-comedy-club, #subways, #zoldan-dani

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His BBC Comedy Show Is Canceled. His Political Fight Continues.

Nish Kumar’s satirical late-night show “The Mash Report” ran for four years on the public broadcaster. Some believe it was a casualty of a “war on woke.”

#british-broadcasting-corp, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #davie-tim-1967, #kumar-nish-1985, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #television, #the-mash-report-tv-program

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Live Performing Arts Are Returning to N.Y.C., but Not All at Once

Starting on Friday, theaters, comedy clubs and other arts venues can open at 33-percent capacity. The formula doesn’t work for everyone.

#bowery-ballroom, #brooklyn-academy-of-music, #city-winery, #comedy-and-humor, #comedy-cellar, #culture-arts, #daisey-mike, #daryl-roth-theater, #dworman-noam, #iridium-jazz-club, #jazz, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shed-manhattan-ny, #swier-michael, #theater

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Is Livestreamed Stand-Up Here to Stay?

Two online business models see a future post-pandemic, but success might depend on cooperating with actual clubs.

#comedy-and-humor, #gleib-ben, #nowhere-comedy-club-web-site, #paiz-bourque-jill, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rushtix-inc, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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Jay Leno Apologizes for Years of Anti-Asian Jokes

The comedian said it was not “another example of cancel culture but a legitimate wrong that was done on my part.”

#apologies, #asian-americans, #comedy-and-humor, #discrimination, #leno-jay

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Judge John Hodgman on Dinner Plans

A friend still feels the sting of a no-show. How clear do we need to be when we cancel?

#comedy-and-humor

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For Eddie Izzard, a ‘99’ Ice Cream and a Waterloo Sunset Are Wondrous Things

The star of “Six Minutes to Midnight,” opening Friday, tells why Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations, “Great Expectations,” David Bowie and London landmarks hold meaning for her.

#30-rock-tv-program, #art, #books-and-literature, #classical-music, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #david-bowie-finding-fame-movie, #dickens-charles, #elgar-edward-william, #great-expectations-book, #ice-cream-and-frozen-desserts, #izzard-eddie, #lewis-c-s, #london-england, #movies, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #pogleswood-tv-program, #six-minutes-to-midnight-movie, #television, #the-great-escape-movie, #the-lion-the-witch-and-the-wardrobe-book, #waterloo-sunset-song

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Can You Love a Stand-Up Special About Loathing?

James Acaster’s “Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999” is an outstanding show about the worst year in his life. (His girlfriend left him for Mr. Bean, and it went downhill from there.)

#acaster-james, #cold-lasagne-hate-myself-1999-tv-program, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #television

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For Political Cartoonists, the Irony Was That Facebook Didn’t Recognize Irony

As Facebook has become more active at moderating political speech, it has had trouble dealing with satire.

#bors-matt, #cartoons-and-cartoonists, #comedy-and-humor, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hall-ed, #hate-speech, #instagram-inc, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #violence-media-and-entertainment, #zyglis-adam

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The Night New York’s Theaters, Museums and Concert Halls Shut Down

Chocolate fountains, Debbie Harry and an artist’s swan song cut short. We gathered scenes from the New York City cultural landscape in the last moments before lockdown.

#comedy-and-humor, #comedy-cellar, #lynch-carmen-1988, #mercury-lounge, #met-breuer, #music, #new-york-city, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #richter-gerhard, #six-play, #theater, #wagstaff-sheena-1952

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I Miss Being Part of an Audience

Crowds can be mindless, even dangerous. But that feeling of losing yourself as you experience art together hasn’t been replicated since live entertainment went online.

#barry-todd, #comedy-and-humor, #friedlander-judah, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Tony Hendra, a Multiplatform Humorist, Is Dead at 79

He took his British brand of satire to nightclubs, TV, film (“This Is Spinal Tap”) and National Lampoon. But a memoir led to a sex-abuse accusation.

#comedy-and-humor, #deaths-obituaries, #father-joe-the-man-who-saved-my-soul-book, #hendra-tony, #national-lampoon, #spy, #this-is-spinal-tap-movie, #writing-and-writers

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Britain’s Transgender Stand-Ups Find Comedy in a Hostile Climate

With opposition to transgender issues regularly expressed by mainstream British figures, the country’s trans comedians are often just trying to assert their humanity.

#comedy-and-humor, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #great-britain, #greer-germaine, #izzard-eddie, #rowling-j-k, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #women-and-girls

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Clown Princes: Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall on ‘Coming 2 America’

The comic stars and longtime friends talk about their history together and their many, many roles in the original film and the new sequel.

#actors-and-actresses, #amazon-women-on-the-moon-movie, #beverly-hills-cop-movie, #comedy-and-humor, #coming-2-america-movie, #coming-to-america-movie, #content-type-personal-profile, #hall-arsenio, #movies, #murphy-eddie

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In Canada, Did a Comedian’s Joke Go Too Far?

A Supreme Court case focused on a comedy routine mocking a disabled teenager could help shape the limits of free speech — and humor — in Canada.

#canada, #comedy-and-humor, #disabilities, #discrimination, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #montreal-quebec, #quebec-city-quebec

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Writing About Illness Without Platitudes

Suleika Jaouad talks about “Between Two Kingdoms,” and Jason Zinoman discusses great memoirs by comedians.

#between-two-kingdoms-book, #books-and-literature, #comedy-and-humor, #jaouad-suleika, #zinoman-jason

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Second City Is Sold to Private Equity Group

The comedy company has faced intense criticism over race and had committed to restructuring. The new owner, ZMC, said it would not abandon this plan.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #black-people, #comedy-and-humor, #finances, #johnston-steve-entertainment-executive, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #second-city, #zelnick-strauss, #zelnickmedia-corp-zmc

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Writing Native American Stand-Ups Into the History of Comedy

An author who specializes in unearthing forgotten figures argues for the importance of Charlie Hill, the first Indigenous comic to appear on “The Tonight Show.”

#books-and-literature, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #hill-charlie-1951-2013, #native-americans, #nesteroff-kliph, #race-and-ethnicity, #we-had-a-little-real-estate-problem-the-unheralded-story-of-native-americanscomedy-book

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How Garfield Helped Me Make Peace With a Culture in Decline

Try getting into Garfield variants: remixes of the original strips that testify to the internet’s limitless invention.

#comedy-and-humor, #computers-and-the-internet, #garfield-fictional-character

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Bringing Some Cool to German Comedy

In a country not known for edgy standup comedy, the stand-up Felix Lobrecht has found success by ignoring the rules.

#berlin-germany, #comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #german-language, #germany, #lobrecht-felix-1988

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Yes, and … Clean Your Room

Improv comedy can help us be more patient and attentive with our kids, and help them be more resilient and open with us.

#comedy-and-humor, #content-type-service, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #scovel-rory-1983, #second-city, #theater

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Keegan-Michael Key Will Do Anything for a Laugh

His new 10-part podcast, “The History of Sketch Comedy,” is a surprising and earnest defense of a relatively unsung art form.

#actors-and-actresses, #audible-com, #comedy-and-humor, #key-elle, #key-keegan-michael, #keypeele-tv-program, #podcasts, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #television, #the-history-of-sketch-comedy-radio-program

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Stream These 10 Great Performances by Cloris Leachman

The Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress was still pushing comedic boundaries in her 90s. Here’s a guide to some of her most fearless and memorable performances.

#comedy-and-humor, #leachman-cloris, #malcolm-in-the-middle-tv-program, #movies, #television, #the-last-picture-show-movie, #the-mary-tyler-moore-show-tv-program, #young-frankenstein-play

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On Keegan-Michael Key’s Podcast, a Provocative Case for Sketch Comedy

The 10-part series mixes history, memoir, analysis and performance to show how classic scenes can be revived just as classic theater is.

#comedy-and-humor, #content-type-personal-profile, #key-keegan-michael, #podcasts, #television, #the-history-of-sketch-comedy-radio-program

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Everybody Loves Fran. But Why?

Fran Lebowitz, professional wit, offers her take on New York in a new Netflix series. But for a city that’s always changing, her shtick remains the same.

#how-to-with-john-wilsontv-program, #comedy-and-humor, #documentary-films-and-programs, #lebowitz-fran, #lower-east-side-tenement-museum, #netflix-inc, #new-york-city, #scorsese-martin

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