Comedy

Tig Notaro Elevates Awkwardness to an Art Form in ‘Boyish Girl Interrupted’

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While watching Tig Notaro’s new hourlong standup special, I couldn’t help but think of another comedian who’s currently experiencing a career peak. In Joel Lovell’s stellar GQ profile, Stephen Colbert expounds on the role of discomfort in his life: “I like to do things that are publicly embarrassing,” he tells Lovell, “to feel the embarrassment touch me and sink into me and then be gone. I like getting on elevators and singing too loudly in that small space.” This idea’s role in Colbert’s comedy is obvious. But in Boyish Girl Interrupted, Notaro might just embrace Colbert’s life philosophy even more than Colbert.
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New App Howl Aims to Be “Netflix for Podcasting”

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Announced jointly in the opening monologue to today’s episode of WTF with Marc Maron and an article in Fast Company, “podcast discovery and listening app” Howl aims to be, in Maron’s words, “Netflix for podcasting,” cementing Netflix’s status as the Uber of entertainment ventures—the game-changing gold standard that instantly communicates a product is new and ambitious.
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Jen Kirkman Clarifies Comments That May or May Not Have Been About Louis C.K.

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Comedian Jen Kirkman attracted attention from the blogosphere — first Death and Taxes, then Jezebel — for posting and subsequently deleting an episode of her podcast I Seem Fun in which she describes declining to go on tour with a “very famous comic” and “known perv… because I knew if I did, I’d be getting more of the same weird treatment I’d been getting from him.” At the time, it seemed fairly obvious she was talking about Louis C.K.; she references the comedian’s habit of releasing “new material every year” and describes him as “basically a French filmmaker,” which many interpreted as a reference to C.K.’s critically lauded series Louie.
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