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Thursday, September 22 2016

Make It Quick: The Art of the One-liner

Some may dismiss the one-liner as an easy gag, but a good one requires real skill. Luckily, there are comedians out there who have mastered the art.


Wednesday, September 21 2016

Thursday, September 15 2016

Domestic Infelicity: ‘Way Out’ Is Lost and Found on YouTube

Roald Dahl's short-lived anthology feels like a merging of Rod Serling's horror and sci-fi with Alfred Hitchcock's obsession with unhappy marriages.


Thursday, May 19 2016

Vic and Bob: A Love Story

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer may be comedy legends, but at the heart of their success lies a romance that's real and true.


Wednesday, May 18 2016

Stephen Colbert’s Consumption of Junk Food Is Deeply American—and Catholic

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert examines food in a manner that is Catholic. But also, it engages with food in a manner that is catholic.


Friday, April 8 2016

On Entertaining Terror: Film v Television

While United 93 was released "too soon" for viewers' comfort, a mix of critically derided films and critically acclaimed series continue to depict the age of terror.


Thursday, March 10 2016

On the Disturbing Disaster Pornography That Is ‘Knife Fight’

Watching the Esquire television network's food show brings to mind how Jean Baudrillard was so right about the ugliness in our reflections of reality.


Tuesday, March 8 2016

Corn in the USA: Hee Haw, Buck Owens and You

Whether he wanted it to be or not Hee Haw was the vehicle that imprinted Buck Owens into the minds of millions of music lovers around the globe.


Wednesday, February 24 2016

Jimmy Fallon and SNL With French Subtitles? Oui, Please!

Live from New York it’s Saturday Night Live (albeit broadcast one week later, with French subtitles on an obscure cable channel)!


Tuesday, February 2 2016

Is Miles Jupp On Your Guest List?

Miles Jupp excels at many things, but he earns special top marks for his ability to be both an engaging guest and host of comedy panel shows.


Thursday, January 7 2016

The Gospel According to Ricky Gervais (in 140 Characters or Less)

One of today's most accomplished and revered comedic minds has jettisoned himself onto the frontlines of the culture wars where he wittily battles on behalf of humanism, reason, and secularism.


Wednesday, December 2 2015

‘Catastrophe’ Takes on the Horror That Comes With Love, Marriage and Babies

Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan are funny people who have made a funny sitcom that's laced with an honesty that hurts.


Monday, November 30 2015

Aziz Ansari Reverses Gender Roles in ‘Master of None’

Master of None was made for millennial men who can relate to Dev’s relationship struggles.


Wednesday, November 18 2015

Land of Soap and Glory: An Ode to British TV

If you type the word “doctor” in the Wikipedia search box, “Doctor Who” appears ahead of “doctorate”. Now that’s cultural relevance for you.


Tuesday, October 20 2015

Bill Maher and the Perils of the Commentator-Comedian

To offend is inevitable for the socio-political commentator-comedian, and to suffer the slings and arrows of backlash should be equally expected.


Wednesday, October 14 2015

Night-Wing Media: Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart’s Lessons in Discourse

Through the levelling power of humour, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report cut through the culture's sensationalism and panic to remind us of the baseline of normality beneath all the hysteria.


Thursday, October 1 2015

‘No God But Funny’ and ‘Earth Angel’ Are Preaching to the Choir

It's challenging enough to write good comedy. It's nearly impossible to do so burdened with an agenda, even one as innocuous as featuring a "likeable atheist" as the protagonist.


Friday, September 25 2015

In France They Kiss on Netflix

What does the French version of Netflix look like? How much gratuitous nudity can you expect to find in the French Netflix catalogue? Isn’t “French movie” code for “mild erotica”, anyway?


Monday, September 21 2015

If We Lose BBC Three, Will We Lose Our Sense of Humor, Too?

With the apparently inevitable closure of BBC Three, comedy lovers will mourn the loss of an important television ally. Will the Internet save it?


Wednesday, September 16 2015

Fighting the Battles of ‘Jericho’, the Show That Came Tumbling Down

Jericho wore the influence of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. on its sleeve, but that didn't protect it.


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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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