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‘Ted 2’ Is Smarter and Smuttier Than Your Average Bear

Ted 2 is uproariously funny, with just enough sprinkling of social satire to stretch this already thin premise into a satisfying sequel.

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What’s So Funny About Atheism?

Since New Atheists have done a stand-up job of elucidating the illusions of religious belief, why not point out some of the logical absurdities of atheism?

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‘Dope’ and the Adventures of Nerds in the Hood

The kitchen-sink plotting of Rick Famuyiwa’s antic retro-nerd teen comedy borders on the desperate, but its brash, can’t-box-me-in spirit wins out in the end.

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9 Jun 2015 // 4:00 AM

Twenty Years Into Her Career, Margaret Cho Is Just Getting Started

From her standup tours to the Golden Globes to her new comedy Tooken, Margaret Cho is an unstoppable force, and one that tells us she might be going behind the camera soon.

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Comedy No Longer Central to TV Networks’ Prime-time Programming

Here’s a telling fact: This will be the first time since 1949 that CBS hasn’t kicked off Mondays with a comedy.

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‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Is a Nonsensical Copy-and-Paste Job

Pitch Perfect 2 is not very new, seeming awfully like a combination cover and mash-up of the first movie.

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Amy Schumer Parodies ‘Friday Night Lights’ and Skewers Rape Culture in “Football Town Nights”

The excellent third season of Inside Amy Schumer features this gut-bustingly funny segment that exposes the absurdity of rape apologia.

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‘Hot Pursuit’ Substitutes Hate for Humor

Hot Pursuit is a sexist screed in which women are reduced to ridiculous gender stereotypes all for the sake of laughs -- which are nonexistent.

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Comes Back for a Third Season on Netflix This June

Netflix's highly successful comedy/drama series documenting the lives of women inmates will kick off the summer TV season on a wave of anticipation.

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The ‘Entourage’ Movie Is the Essence of Axe Body Spray in Film Form

HBO's eight season series Entourage now has a film, which answers the question: "How can one transform cocaine into cinema?"

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HBO Picks Up Vimeo’s Pot Comedy ‘High Maintenance’

What began as a surprise hit for Vimeo is now becoming a potential winner for HBO: the premium cable network has picked up High Maintenance for six new episodes.

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Scharpling & Wurster: The Best of the Best Show

Numero Group’s 16-disc box set of phone calls featuring Scharpling & Wurster is both the sort of product that might have been lampooned on The Best Show on WFMU as well as a great monument to their first, weird era together.

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You Can Tell Where ‘True Story’ Is Going Five Minutes In

No matter how much the ruthless male leads of this film (Jonah Hill and James Franco) try to control the narrative, it's all too obvious where their lie-fueled story is going.

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13 Apr 2015 // 11:15 AM

Double Take: Raising Arizona (1987)

There's what's right, and there's what's right, and never the twain shall meet. Double Take tries to meet in the middle of Raising Arizona, which was released this week 28 years ago.

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In ‘Vampire’s Kiss / High Spirits’, Horror and Comedy Clash but Don’t Always Mix

Scream! Factory's horror/comedy "double feature" doesn't truly fit into either genre.

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‘Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXXII’ Gets ‘Marooned’ With Bad Cinema

Despite what seems a one-note premise, the Mystery Science Theater 3000 legacy has thrived because of the deep love and relationship the cast has with movies.

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‘Top Five’ Is the First Film to Fully Showcase Chris Rock’s Genius

Top Five is one of the most original and satisfying comedies in years.

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‘The Devil Wins’ Gives Us the Honest Truth About Lies

This is an interesting historical survey of how Christian theologians have handled the thorny issue of truth and lies.

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In Defense of the Chris Rock Renaissance

Chris Rock transcends generations of fans with a signature combination of intelligence and contemporary comedy.

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24 Oct 2014 // 2:30 AM

The Commandments of Lenny Bruce

Lenny Bruce made the stage his pulpit, the audience his parishioners, and stand-up the sermons for his alternative secular faith.

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