Comedy

Louis C.K.’s ‘Live at the Comedy Store’ Is a Special With the Spontaneity of a Workshop Set

In Louis C.K.’s (second) email accompanying the announcement of his surprise new special Live at the Comedy Store, the comedian talked about small comedy clubs (as opposed to the larger theaters he’s been performing in) and why they have been — and remain — so important to him as an inventive, constantly performing comedian. Live at the Comedy Store was, as the title suggests, filmed at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, one of the many smaller comedy clubs where C.K. paid his dues as a comedian, and one that he still goes back to. Available via his website for $5, the special is something of a tribute to these clubs. It is also, of course, uproariously funny. … Read More

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Stream Bastardized Version of Father John Misty’s New Album Through His Fake Streaming Service, SAP

Josh Tillman, AKA Father John Misty, is releasing his new album I Love You, Honeybear via Sub Pop in the… Read More

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Glamorous Pin Ups of Your Favorite TV Characters, from ‘Twin Peaks’ to ‘Broad City’

New York City is a tough, demanding home, leading Broad City‘s Abbi and Ilana into the sort of grungy and gross scrapes that means that they’re rarely seen as glamorous. But through the eyes of artist Emma Munger, Abbi and Ilana are worthy of a bicep tattoo in her series of endearing portraits of pinups. She renders your favorite TV shows and films in sharp and curvy lines, charming portraits that show iconic characters in bewitching style. Munger has great taste and your favorite show is likely included in the below series, from Broad City to Twin Peaks (she’s also selling Men of Twin Peaks Valentine’s Day Cards) to Orange Is the New Black. Here are some of our favorites: … Read More

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Fey, Poehler, Maron, and Apatow Begin Stand-Up’s Overdue Reckoning With Bill Cosby’s Comedy Legacy

Last week, I was reading (and enjoying) Patton Oswalt’s new book Silver Screen Fiend, a memoir of his four-year film addiction, which occurred as he was simultaneously finding his footing as a comedian. In describing the latter progression, he writes: “I’d spent the first nineteen years of life memorizing every comedy album I could play on my parents’ turntable. I knew the exact timing for the pause between the words ‘waited’ and ‘July’ in Bill Cosby’s ‘Revenge’ routine.” That line, the first of several examples of his comedy obsession, jumps out and jars — due, of course, to timing beyond Oswalt’s control. The book was presumably put to bed long before the accusations of Cosby’s decades as a serial rapist resurfaced last fall; the line serves as a reminder not just of his vaunted position in the comedy community, but of how slow that community has been to react to the accusations. This week, the tide began to turn, first with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s jaw-dropping Cosby jokes in their Golden Globes introduction, then with a candid conversation the next day between Judd Apatow and Marc Maron on Maron’s WTF podcast. … Read More

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