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22 Jul 2016 // 3:00 AM

Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything

Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David: "like Harold Pinter or Samuel Beckett for television." What more does one need?

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Roadies: Season 1, Episode 4 - “The City Whose Name Must Not Be Spoken”

They would drive 100 miles, and they would drive 100 more, just to break the curse that could bring down the tour in a fun episode that combines sex, former drugs, and superstition.

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Richard Herring Proves That Talk Is Cheap and Incredibly Entertaining

Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast gives comedians a chance to be honest and the audience a chance to laugh like hell.

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‘Two Guys and a Girl’ Is Amiable Enough

Helmed by a young Ryan Reynolds, Two Guys and a Girl is a consistently fun if rarely thrilling find.

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18 Jul 2016 // 2:15 AM

Double Take: ‘Sideways’ (2004)

In Sideways, the two Steves find hints of satire, legs of oaky '70s cinema, a bouquet of gender commentary, and a chewy finish.

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‘Ghostbusters’ Pays Homage to the Original, But Fails to Forge Its Own Identity

Like Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens before it, Ghostbusters relies on a familiar formula to ensure the safest product possible.

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BrainDead, Season 1, Episode 4, “Wake Up Grassroots ...”

Threats, public television, ants, and a knife: BrainDead's uneven fourth episode sets up what should be an important episode five.

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Stage 773’s Comedy Ensemble Unlikely Company Finds Their Footing in Farce

Unlikely Company’s talented ensemble finds both the humor and the melody in adult life, urging us to laugh at our own indulgent banality.

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‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ Is a Crash Course of Self-discovery and Independence

Richard Linklater's spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused hits the '80s with a little education and a lot of partying: self-discovery lies somewhere between.

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Roadies: Season 1, Episode 3 - “The Bryce Newman Letter”

It's all fun and games, until a wild critic is sent into the midst of the Fellini meets The Monkees tour of the Staton-House Band.

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James Thomas Shares His Oddball Sensibilities in Book Form

Why the Long Joke? is the perfect anecdote to all of the sad and terrible news and information with which we are pummeled on a daily basis.

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11 Jul 2016 // 2:15 AM

Double Take: Dr. Strangelove (1964)

With its obvious satire of male aggression and its parallel with today's news headlines, why aren't students 'getting' this classic ultimate black comedy?

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‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ Abandons Comedy at the Altar

A collection of stupid people doing stupid things that even the stupidest person wouldn’t do.

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Robert Altman’s ‘The Player’ Is Art—Now More than Ever

Robert Altman's multi-layered sarcastic skewering of Hollywood culture still has to be seen to be believed, from the first moment to the last.

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Roadies: Season 1, Episode 2 - “What Would Phil Do?”

Roadies shifts from the magic-surrealism of music love to the down-to-Earth mishaps of a road comedy in a big, entertaining step up from the pilot.

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That’s Keaton, Buster: The Complete Silent Shorts

These 32 shorts are often ingenious and for some reason rely frequently on cross-dressing.

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Roadies: Season 1 Episode 1 - “Life is a Carnival”

Rock 'n' roll is still the untellable enigma that us plebes will never understand in the pilot for Cameron Crowe's show about the backstage lives of our idols.

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5 Jul 2016 // 10:00 AM

Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle: Seasons 1 to 4

Stewart Lee's series offers rare fidelity to the "warts and all" of live comedy.

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Strained Sweetness Leads to a Bitter Feeling in ‘No Stranger Than Love’

Obsessing over gross small town stereotypes, facile symbolism, and mawkish philosophical exposition, this is an uneven mess, and misses opportunities.

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5 Jul 2016 // 9:00 AM

Lady Dynamite: Season 1

Lady Dynamite is wonderfully weird, brutally honest, and always very funny.

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Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

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"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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