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Chris Gethard’s Favorite Comedy Albums

Chris Gethard, a comedian, author, television personality, and all-around Internet hero, releases his first stand-up comedy album today. My Comedy Album is 45 minutes of laughter, punctuated with awkward moments and a little bit of public crying. It’s available on iTunes (and was also released on vinyl by Don Giovanni), and I can’t recommend it enough. Because My Comedy Album is sure to become one of your favorite comedy albums, we talked to Chris Gethard about his favorites. … Read More

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The Sad Truth About Why People Dismiss Bill Cosby’s Accusers

This week, the internet’s been discussing older allegations against America’s Dad, i.e. Bill Cosby. Tom Scocca at Gawker was the first to point out that Cosby has been accused of some pretty serious harassment in the past. After setting out the allegations as reported in the mid-2000s, Scocca notes that they had little impact on either Cosby’s standing in the culture or on his new development deal for a sitcom:

Basically nobody wanted to live in a world where Bill Cosby was a sexual predator. It was too much to handle…

Conceptually, it was the sensible way to deal with it. No one was talking about it anymore. The whole thing had been, and it remained, something walled off from our collective understanding of Bill Cosby.

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The 50 Funniest Stand-Up Specials of All Time

This Saturday night promises to be a big one for comedy geeks. First off, Comedy Central is airing Bill Cosby: Far From Finished, the legendary comedian and sitcom star’s first new comedy special in over 25 years. Meanwhile, over on HBO, Sarah Silverman is starring in her first special for the network, We Are Miracles. Though the two comedians couldn’t be more different, both specials feel like landmarks: innovative, intelligent, and brilliantly funny. To celebrate this big night for televised stand-up, here’s our definitive ranking of the 50 greatest comedy specials created for television, home video, or… Read More

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10 Cult Film Fathers We Love

Happy Father’s Day! We’re celebrating the holiday by taking a look at our favorite cult film fathers. These movie dads are flawed as can be, but their dysfunctional parenting, bizarre personality quirks, and quotable lines are meant to entertain us. Let’s just ignore the fact that their kids don’t stand a chance. Head past the break for a look at 10 loving, but demented dads from cult cinema. Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments section. … Read More

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The 10 Best Sitcom Finales in TV History

Last night, NBC brought down the curtain on The Office in rather a lovely fashion, with a series finale that was warm, nostalgic, and plenty funny. Bringing a long-running sitcom to a close is a tricky bit of business (how ya doin’, Roseanne), but The Office joins a handful of shows that have done it very, very well. Here are some other examples. … Read More

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The Most Notorious Feuds in Comedy History

Last night in Beverly Hills, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, and their Wayne’s World director Penelope Spheeris reunited for a screening of that 1992 classic, in what has been reported far and wide as a public “burying of the hatchet.” Great comedy doesn’t always come from harmony; Myers and Spheeris reportedly clashed over her directorial and editing choices (as a result, he demanded she not return for the sequel), while tension was high between Myers and Carvey on set, since Carvey — the bigger star on Saturday Night Live — was playing a decidedly supporting role. Their rift is rumored to have widened in the years after their Wayne’s World collaboration (the bone of contention is whether Myers stole his Dr. Evil character from Carvey). But it was all smiles and laughs and good times at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, and while their conflicts weren’t directly addressed, Spheeris recently shrugged off the feuds, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “We’re all getting too old to pissed.” True enough, but comedians have never exactly been known for their thick skin; here are a few of the most contentious feuds between funny people. … Read More

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The Most Bizarre Celebrity PSAs of All Time

As our friends at Open Culture recently pointed out, the heyday of the public service announcement has passed. The Internet is our new gateway for learning about social issues — once you sort through all the false information, of course. When we saw a cheeky anti-smoking PSA from John Waters, we got a hankering for more vintage awareness videos with a bizarre twist. Go henceforth to see what the Pope of Trash had to say about cigarettes, and enjoy other PSAs that mesmerize with their well-intentioned weirdness. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to (Holiday) Movies You Need to Stream This Week

Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, we’re all about the Christmas spirit, with an assortment of ten holiday movies and TV shows for your Yuletide viewing. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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