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Ellen Cleghorne on Saturday Night Live’s race problem and her trailblazing past.
“Performance studies taught me to look at something and see one thing in everything,” Cleghorne says. “That gives you an opportunity, as there’s a never-ending amount of things you can write about, or write a sketch about. We’re all in resistance to something, and that’s what comedy is.”
comedy  writing  television  presence  academia  education  creativity 
4 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Should Art Be a Battleground for Social Justice? - The New York Times
It was called “The Cosby Show,” but it was never really only his (there are lots of unpaid actors and crew members who can attest to that). Those 6,000 or so hours belong as much to the culture and country as they ever did to him. He canceled himself. He was never the show’s legacy. That was always going to be us.
television  reputation  comedy  fiction  acting  social  art  justice  culture  music 
10 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
Aziz Ansari gets candid about love: “elusive and sadly ephemeral” | Comedy | Interview | The A.V. Club
I weirdly do consider myself an optimist about love. In my Buried Alive show, I tell a story about a guy who meets his future wife when he goes to Bed Bath & Beyond to get Drano. They fall in love. And in the joke, I just talk about how amazing it is that all these random factors came together to make it possible for these people to run into each other at this particular moment in time, in a parking lot at Bed Bath & Beyond, and then fall in love. I’m an optimist—I feel like an amazing part of life is that at any moment, any of us could have that Bed Bath & Beyond moment.
love  relationships  longreads  humor  comedy  research  marriage  sex  technology  dating 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Jesse Thorn hits a Bullseye, moves his show to NPR » Nieman Journalism Lab
“One simple lesson is that audiences want comedy, that comedy works great in an audio format,” he said. “The truth is the radio industry has basically left that money on the table for the last 30 years.”
radio  comedy  podcasting  publishing  npr  media  business 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
David Cross Pleads Mercy for Insulting Your Best Friend Jesus | Little Gold Men | Vanity Fair
I don’t like the complete and irreparable erosion of the line between audience and performer. It’s gotten to the point—and I guess it’s always been there if you look at Shakespeare’s days and people throwing tomatoes at performers—where there’s a sense of entitlement that an audience has as a group. If they don’t like you and they don’t agree with you, they feel like they’re entitled to disrupt you. There’s a reason why somebody came up with the heckle comeback, “I don’t come down to where you work and slap the dick out of your mouth.” It happened because somebody was telling a joke and a coward sitting in a darkened theater thought to yell back at him and basically say, “Look at me! I’m funnier than he is!” There’s this crazy sense of entitlement that the audience has that you just don’t find anywhere else.
comedy  acting  playwriting  humor  public  psychology 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Comedian Jon Stewart takes the hot seat with Bill O'Reilly -
"Here's what I don't understand: You're the top-rated show on the top-rated network," Stewart said as he settled in across the table from O'Reilly. "I like Staples as much as the next guy. But can a brother get a soft chair?"

"No," the host responded sternly. "You're lucky you're not hanging from your thumbs."
media  television  cable  comedy  politics 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Meet Das Racist, the Smartest Stupid Guys in the Room -- New York Magazine
“We could have written a structured treatise attacking corporate proliferation. Or we could just say ‘Pizza Hut Taco Bell’ over and over. That shit’s way funnier.”
music  humor  comedy  songwriting  newyork  business  corporations  attention 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge Life | It's hot! It's sexy! It's ... marriage!
We talk about our marriages so seriously and with such reverence; we talk about our sex or lack thereof in the same way. Maybe we shouldn't. Maybe we shouldn't treat the institution and its dirty little companion as some sort of precious Fabergé egg that is either shattered and worthless or pristine, untouchable and priceless. Maybe it's more like Silly Putty and the plastic egg it comes in. Sometimes the egg is open, allowing for hours of stretchy, flexible fun; sometimes the egg is closed and kind of boring, but as long as the Silly Putty remains inside the egg it's still full of as much potential as your imagination allows, and the value of the egg is not diminished no matter how often or vigorously the egg or its contents are fingered or played with. (And yes, I was staring at a Silly Putty egg on my dining room table when I came up with that extended metaphor.)
marriage  relationships  beauty  love  sex  writing  men  women  humor  comedy 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Under God: Jon Stewart, Daily Prophet? - David Waters
"Because we're in the public eye, maybe people project onto us their desires for that type of activism coming from us, but just knowing the process here as I do, our show is maybe the antithesis of activism, and that is a relatively selfish pursuit. The targets we choose, the way we go about it -- it's got more of a personal venting aspect than a socially conscious aspect."
religion  spirituality  comedy  humor  activism  television  public  judaism  christianity 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
New York Magazine: Twilight of the Tummlers
“I don’t feel that I’m pessimistic,” says Allen. “That’s something I get called: pessimistic, nihilistic, cynical … I don’t see it that way. I just have a realistic attitude, and the hard facts are so brutal and terrifying that each person has his own way of rationalizing that it’s not so bad. But it is so bad. And the trick is to acknowledge that, and still get through.”

As Allen speaks those words, David starts laughing (where others might weep). “I agree with that,” he says. “I go through life feeling sorry for pretty much everybody. I’ll pass a toll, and I’ll think about the toll collector standing in there for eight or ten hours a day—how do they do it? How do they get up in the morning and go back? I feel sorry for everyone.”
death  identity  judaism  movies  film  cinema  writing  creativity  humor  comedy  religion  newyork  nyc 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Movie review: 'Observe and Report'
After all, truth in comedy is why we laugh - we're startled by it, and laughter is the response. Yet truth itself, in the sense of the public's perception of reality, is always evolving and shifting, and comedy always has to keep pace.
comedy  humor  film  cinema  acting  story 
april 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Existential Clown - The Atlantic (December 2008)
To quote Martin Buber: “The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable."
movies  film  cinema  identity  humor  criticism  comedy  philosophy  celebrity  acting 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
IMDB: Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) - Memorable quotes
A-I-D-A. Attention, Interest, Decision, Action. Attention - Do I have you attention? Interest - Are you interested? I know you are, because it's fuck or walk. You close or you hit the bricks. Decision - Have you made your decision for Christ? And Action. [...] A-I-D-A. Get out there - you got the prospects coming in. You think they came in to get out of the rain? A guy don't walk on the lot lest he wants to buy. They're sitting out there waiting to give you their money. Are you gonna take it? Are you man enough to take it?
quotes  comedy  writing  thinking  psychology  attention  marketing  business  corporations  money 
october 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Hit comedian: 'I don't really know what I'm doing' -
"Getting known, I think, can be really dangerous to people. I think I'm too smart to get weighed down by that. Somebody said to me once -- I may have come up with this, I can't remember -- 'I want to be so famous I never tell the truth again.' "
comedy  humor  identity  celebrity 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
IOL: Truth in humour?
"I don't believe in black on black violence because everybody robs and kills people...It's not black on black but broke on broke, when people rob each other."
humor  comedy  poverty  crime  chrisrock  quotes  southafrica  africa  interviews 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Abyss & Apex : Fourth Quarter 2007: Wikihistory
Note to self: Send a couple of beers for linking to this short story.
comedy  fiction  history  humor  internet  wiki  wikipedia  time  shortstory  story  nazi  scifi  writing 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge Interviews - David Shields
"To me what collage does is it frees you up to think. You have material that you're wrestling with. [...] Basically, it says, "Listen, I'll go anywhere I want — story, parable, data, quotation, comedy, anywhere — as long as I'm getting deeper [...]"
creativity  diy  art  writing  data  comedy  quotes  story 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
ShortEnd Magazine | A Few Ideas About Comedy & Discipline | Thoughts on Independent Film
"Essentially comedy, in a lot of ways, is a volume business. The more you put in there, and the more subtle it is, you have a greater chance to get people to latch onto certain things."
writing  comedy  creativity  humor  aesthetics 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Judy Gold has '25 Questions for a Jewish Mother' - Utica, NY - The Observer-Dispatch
“We did the gamut — reform, orthodox, conservative, black, white, gay, straight. ... The only thing they had in common is they were Jewish, they were mothers, and there was always food if we went to someone’s house."
judaism  parenting  women  religion  culture  food  comedy  humor 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Jerk
"It turns out Dad's a financial genius!" "All I did was take the money you sent home and embarked on a periodic investment in a no-load mutual fund."
film  comedy  humor  money  writing  fiction 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
"Sounds like you did a lot of research for this one." "You know, it wasn’t even research! I happen to enjoy reading the newspaper."
via:wynn  comedy  design  war  books  comics  newspapers 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
No One Admits To Singing, Writing, Producing Nation's No. 1 Song | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
"Somewhere out there, there are some folks who are deeply, deeply ashamed of what they've done. And after hearing a few seconds of that song, I can't really say that I blame them."
songwriting  music  humor  comedy  radio  pop 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
diesel sweeties: pixelated robot romance web comic
"Feminists don't hate men. We simply enjoy them on our own terms."
feminism  humor  comedy 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 100-91 - Rec Room - The Phoenix
"To see who else made the unkindest cut, click below to get started. We advise, however, that you wait at least half an hour after eating your last meal, just to be safe."
humor  sex  men  beauty  aesthetics  celebrity  film  cinema  music  comedy 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Proximity to Darkness
"Michaels's sentences, musical in their attention to rhythm and phrasing, were his greatest stunts and assets. 'She didn't like me,' a story begins. 'So I phoned her every day.' 'My name was Phillip, my style New York City.' "
story  writing  fiction  nyc  judaism  comedy  humor  aesthetics  language 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge Interviews - Sherman Alexie
"When you know music well enough — and I know it just well enough to hear the stuff inside the music — it's almost always the mistakes that are more interesting, the deviations, the errors, the recovery, the experiment inside the song."
writing  music  aesthetics  identity  race  humor  comedy  creativity  sex  books  novels  fiction  story  creativecommons 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A Life in Rim Shots - Dick Cavett - Opinion - Times Select - New York Times Blog
“ 'He’ll screw it up, you know,' I said." "I know. The only way to get him to print a joke right is to tell it to him wrong."
comedy  humor  writing  journalism  story  nonfiction  memory  creativity 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Wired News - AP News -- Craigslist Founder: Be More Like Colbert
"Newspapers have for too long taken ourselves too seriously - We need to take a lesson from the Stewarts and the Colberts. We could use some humor."
newspapers  media  journalism  community  humor  comedy  television 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Acting Out: The Current Cinema: The New Yorker
"Constructing passive sentences is a way of concealing your own testicles, lest someone cut them off [...] You make from the world a banal comedy, and you are a spectator. You even have a name for it: life in the city."
cinema  cities  psychology  language  gender  comedy  film 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Three Headed Monster -
"In one sketch, one of my characters mentions that I got raped by a dinosaur, but you can't say that on MTV, so they came back with a more acceptable list, things like, 'I got sodomized by a dinosaur,' which sounds so much worse."
comedy  writing  fiction  creativity  television 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Sarfraz Manzoor on Muslim comedy tour Allah Made Me Funny | Theatre story | Guardian Unlimited Arts
"I truly believe comedy is a powerful tool and that Muslim comedians have a phenomenal opportunity to make a difference. After all, it's hard to hate somebody who is making you laugh."
comedy  islam  religion  uk  usa  theater 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
PopMatters: Walking Away From It All: The New Great American Fantasy
"So how could McGruder give up the strip, and voluntarily relinquish some of the spotlight we’re all supposed to want? Didn’t he get the memo? Well, maybe he did. But maybe it was the same memo Dave Chappelle got."
aesthetics  identity  television  humor  comedy  fiction  newspapers  sustainable  creativity  work  jobs  copyright 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Psychology Today: Humor's Sexual Side
"Men taunt other men with clever nicknames and insults. That isn't something that women do. They don't tend to play practical jokes, or engage in humor that humiliates or puts somebody down."
marriage  friendship  comedy  culture  gender  health  humor  love  men  philosophy  psychology  relationships  science  sex  society  women 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Independent UK: Marjane Satrapi: Princess of darkness
"'I put it in my mouth. The smoke enters my body, through an orifice. It gives me pleasure. And it leaves...' She exhales. 'By the same orifice. I think it reminds them of... something.'"
comedy  fiction  graphicnovel  iran  france  uk  cigarettes  smoking  sex 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
The Raw Story | Dirty jokes
"And I recognize it is a bit odd to complain about my exclusion from juvenile locker-room type talk, but it is a form of bonding, a form of camaraderie. And if women are excluded from it entirely, it is just one more room we are shut out of."
men  women  gender  social  comedy  humor  public  story  culture  aesthetics  identity  relationships  power  love  pron  ritual 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Chris Rock
"What do taxes buy you? All the free streetlights in the world? I say give everybody a candle and gimme my $50 back."
comedy  taxes 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Neil Young's "No Wonder"
"I'll always remember something Chris Rock said / Don't send no more candles / No matter what you do"
songwriting  comedy  taxes  neilyoung 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: It's stupid and I love it
Eddie Izzard on "The Goon Show": "It wasn't until years later that I worked out that you can only do an ethnic-minority accent if you give the character high status."
comedy  radio  uk 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge
the agony booth: "Leonard Part 6" review
Forget about it, I'm not telling you how I wound up here
cinema  1980s  comedy 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Cancer? Suicide? Politics? That's Hilarious!
"The small world is what's in your refrigerator, how you drive, your pet's behavior, your stuff. [...] The large world is the big issues that will never be solved — race, politics, government, religion, business, culture. That's where I've headed more."
comedy  writing 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: "The real king of comedy"
"Why should manslaughter be the least form of homicide? It's the slaughter of a man. They should call it involuntary snuffing out or something." "Perhaps they could call it 'I can't believe it's not murder.'"
comedy  seinfeld  television 
november 2004 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Zero Calls, And One Cruel Answer
"He's just not that into you. The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable."
comedy  men  psychology  women  writing 
august 2004 by allaboutgeorge
SFChron: With his heavy-metal children's songs and a shot at TV, here's a 40-year-old comedian who's still one cool daddy
"The security guard says, 'Excuse me. I'm going to have to take your chain wallet.' So I ask, 'Why, because of the recent terrorism and the upgrades in security?' And he tells me 'No, because you're 40.'"
comedy  music  writing 
august 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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