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Haven't You Learned How to Take a Joke? The Comedy-on-Campus Debates

The college comedy deficit means that we are neither taught how to take a joke nor how to interpret one.

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The Not-So-Global Globes: International Tensions in the Film Industry

Now that The Artist gave the Golden Globes a distinctly French flavor, and Meryl Streep fueled the controversy in the British camp, a simultaneous rapprochement and tension defines the relationship between the European and American film industry.

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Humor vs. Religion: An Unholy War. Part Two: Dispatches From the Front Lines

For comedians like Ricky Gervais, Bill Maher and others, the non-rational beliefs and behaviors that religion fosters are, from a “material” perspective, manna from heaven.

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Humor vs. Religion: An Unholy War, Part One

Even within the US, where democracy and political openness have fostered a rich tradition of rebellious humor, stains still linger from those periods when “God-is-on-our-side” attitudes swept the nation into a mass hysteria of obedience and fear.

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The Marriage Ref: NBC's Next 10 p.m. Revolution?

When NBC moved Jay Leno to ten, the network thought it was going to change the very face of TV. The goals in developing Jerry Seinfeld's The Marriage Ref were undoubtedly more modest. But Jerry may yet succeed where Jay failed.

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The New Golden Age of British TV Comedy

America can import as many shows and actors as it wants, but there's one thing that it will never be able to fully capture about this New Golden Age of British television comedy, and that's the sense of community and camaraderie that surrounds it.

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The New Golden Age of British TV Comedy

Every once in awhile, Britain rules over America. The Office, Spaced, Coupling and other British shows are gradually narrowing the Atlantic-sized gap between the United States and England.

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Ghost Town

As you endure Ghost Town's unfunny "unfinished business," you can't help but be thankful for Téa Leoni's precision and classically screwballish physicality.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: September 2008

From wars both past and present to a number of nail-biting thrillers, September is sizing up as a potentially profitable one.

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Digital Dynamite: The 30 Best DVDs of 2007

It was the year of the behemoth box set, the multi-disc triumph that tried to give long suffering fans everything their demanding little digital hearts ever desired. Here are PopMatters' 30 picks for the best DVDs of the year.

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Extras: The Complete Second Season

Extras is filled with celebrity cameos, pratfalls, bawdy jokes, shameless mugging, and larger than life idiots.

Michael Buening
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Stardust

Where and when, exactly, did Neil Gaiman earn all his geek love credentials?

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Stardust

What Stardust wields in star power, it lacks in original, or even interesting, storytelling.

Daynah Burnett
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Night at the Museum (2006)

A digital love letter to the fine art of F/X, a celebration of promotion and publicity, and a lot of misguided arrogance.

Film

Monkey Business (Part 4: August)

In past years, Hollywood purposely counter programmed these renowned Cineplex dog days, trying to offset the perception that cinematic scraps were all the studios had to offer. From the look of this lame list, it's apparently back to the filmic fridge for some patently warmed over offerings.

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Extras

Andy returns to the people who admire him unconditionally -- just because he's on TV. There's sadness in his smile as he hoists a pint with the madding crowd.

Jesse Hicks
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Night at the Museum (2006)

Worried that his dad's dreams are getting in the way of his present life, Nicky asks, "What if you're just an ordinary guy, who should get a job?"

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Extras

Extras finds a rich vein of comic agony in the world of film and television background players.

Tim Whitelaw
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Valiant (2005)

Though Valiant is cheerful enough, its actors, animators, and audience have all been let down by its lack of ambition.

Roger Holland
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The Office

The humor [of 'The Office'] is as dry as vermouth; next to it, the 'Dilbert' comic strip is 'The Man Show'.

Christopher Sieving
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