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New Atheism's Gender Problems

Can critical humorists help combat the sexism inherent to both religious and secular organizations?

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Tig Notaro: Good One

A nonstop laugh fest, Good One proves that Tig Notaro is one of the funniest comedians currently on the market.

Television

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 Best Of Dr. Katz

There aren’t many DVDs that can offer such a variety of established comics doing what they do best.

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The Sarah Silverman Program: Season One

Silverman's show is smart and self-conscious, but I wonder if maybe -- when all the tics and clever bits are pushed away -- it's also without a humorous center.

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I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With

Instead of neuroses that are black-tinged and deep-seated, most of I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With's navel-gazing is genial to the point of being childlike.

Tricia Olszewski
Television

Lisa Lampanelli: Dirty Girl / The Sarah Silverman Program

We all make catty, hurtful remarks from time to time. Some are especially adept at devastating putdowns, and a select few have parlayed such skill into careers.

Michael Abernethy
Film

School for Scoundrels (2006)

Amanda is demoted from object of desire to prop, so wan and undirected that she'll fall for whoever happens to be winning the boys' contest at any given moment.

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Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson Uncensored!

About as funny as anything involving Andy Dick has ever been: this sums it up for this whole roast experience, really.

Roger Holland
Film

Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (2005)

Sarah Silverman's character is a spoiled, suburban princess, which allows her to deliver offensive one-liners with an unnerving mixture of naïvete and self-assured ignorance.

Kevin Wong
Film

Rent (2005)

The song, 'Rent', names its own dilemma, how to make melodrama and artifice compelling when experience has turned so sensational and illusory?"

Cynthia Fuchs
Film

The Aristocrats (2005)

The sheer number of performances wears thin by film's end.

Kevin Wong
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The School of Rock (2003)

'I'm always going 10 miles too far over the top, and sometimes I have a tendency to go crazy ham and cheese,' says Jack Black.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The School of Rock (2003)

A welcome reminder that studio comedies need not be shoddy, dumbed down, vulgar, and impersonal, the movie is unimaginable without Jack Black.

Elbert Ventura
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