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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“Millennials Can’t Take a Joke” Is the New “Millennials Are Lazy”

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Sometime in the last couple years, the generation gap thinkpiece entered a new stage in its evolution. Baby boomers, and even a few senior statesmen of Generation X, are still vocally displeased with their successors. But since 2013, the case against snake people has shifted from an economic argument — We’re lazy! We’re entitled! We’re responsible for the impact of the recession on our futures! — to a cultural one. And over at The AtlanticCaitlin Flanagan has delivered as explicit a case against the snake person sensibility we’ve seen yet.
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‘Documentary Now!’s’ “Dronez” Is a Deadly Vice Parody You Can Watch Right Now

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IFC has released the second episode of Documentary Now! for free viewing online. A new mockumentary series, the show will take Saturday Night Live alums Fred Armisen and Bill Hader on a satirical tour through every style of documentary imaginable. The series is hosted by Dame Helen Mirren herself, with an intro that makes you think PBS, and while it goes for a veneer of verisimilitude, it has an extremely silly core.
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