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So, Why Does Anyone Like David ​Sedaris?

He finds people who find his writing offensive interesting. He feels the pressures of a right-wing and left-wing audience equally. And the lines for book signings go on, and on. As do delightful interviews with this irrepressible man, such as this one.

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The Threat Down: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's Ten Biggest Controversies

Although Stewart and Colbert both ended their runs with their reputations largely intact, one can't forget the duo's most controversial moments. This is the "Threat Down" Count Down.

Sports

Super Blah: Super Bowl XLVIII

Despite high expectations, TV’s biggest event didn’t bowl us over.

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The Great Gatsby Re-Incarnated a la Don Draper and Barack Obama

It’s human nature to Gatsby-ize others, whether it’s for the pleasures of unsatisfied curiosity, or slander, or just plain sport.

Television

Political Humor and Its Diss Contents

Political humor brings a lot of joy and laughter into our often humdrum lives, but is our national laugh fest a good thing for the nation at large?

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Maurice Sendak: A Fable-Maker for Our Times

The 20th century did its best to dismantle innocence and inflict ideologically based suffering on children so as to darken human psychology for generations to come. Sendak dealt in honesty to make sense of bleak legacies.

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In Praise of Silliness

They say you gotta laugh to keep from crying. A simple dose of pure silliness taken on a regular basis is much needed, these days.

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At the Rally to Restore Sanity, We Were 'It'

PopMatters' Kirby Fields travels to Washington -- with two-year-olds wearing matching Colonial Boy and Colonial Girl outfits in tow -- to find sanity amidst the massive event that was 'The Rally to Restore Sanity'.

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The Dana Carvey Show

Dana Carvey had beloved characters like Garth and the Church Lady, and bankable impressions of George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot in his repertoire.

Andrew Winistorfer
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Monsters vs. Aliens

Monsters vs. Aliens is both a spoof and celebration of mid-century creature features, offering positive, if well-worn, "messages for the kids."

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CSNY / Déjà Vu

Neil Young's politically-charged documentary is moving without being cloying, dark without being despairing, and clever when it could have been just plain obvious.

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The Funniest One in the Room by Kim 'Howard' Johnson

Close moonlighted as a fire-eating carnival performer, an LSD test subject for the US military, a film cameo artist and a producer of psychedelic light shows.

Jenny Carlson
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High Redefinition: The 30 Best TV Shows of 2007

In memoriam of a TV season cut down before its prime time, PopMatters staff celebrates the Top 30 TV Shows of 2007. Some are old favorites. Others have barely made their impression felt. But at a time when all broadcast fortunes are up in the air, they definitely deserve the recognition.

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The Best Of The Colbert Report

The “Best of” collection is just too flimsy to really earn the title of “must-have” even for die-hard fans, who will be happier finding their fix online.

Rachel Kipp
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I Am America by Stephen Colbert

The sneaky antagonism of Colbert's insufferable character is what makes him palatable, it reminds us that the shortsighted conservatism is the joke.

Jodie Janella Keith
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Part 4 - Feasts from the Fringe

Cable created supply where there was little or no demand. Out of the myriad of subject specific programming, a few gemstones managed to shine.

Television

The Simpsons: Season 19 Premiere

Springfield, destroyed at the end of the movie, is still in ruins, and Bart careens off of pieces of the dome that had quarantined the city.

Tricia Olszewski
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Net-Works: The Best TV of 2006

You won't have to look far along your television dial to discover the Top TV picks from PopMatters staff. From 20 upward, each entry represents the boob tube at its best.

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The Great New Wonderful (2005)

This 9/11 film is subtle to a fault; this is a quality you may not expect in a film from Danny Leiner, master of the vehicular stoner comedy.

Jesse Hassenger
Film

The Great New Wonderful (2005)

Lack of understanding will be a sort of theme for Danny Leiner's film, uneven but full of rewarding subtleties.

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Strangers with Candy: The Complete Series

Not only does the humor hold up with amazing buoyancy, but it also remains edgier and more topical than most current programming on basic cable TV.

Daynah Burnett
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Strangers with Candy (2006)

Jerri Blank repeatedly acts like a feral white trash child, a sort of spiteful id.

Daynah Burnett
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Strangers with Candy: The Complete Series

Not only does the humor hold up with amazing buoyancy, but it also remains edgier and more topical than most current programming on basic cable TV.

Daynah Burnett
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The Colbert Report

What The Colbert Report ridicules, then, is our tendency to listen most closely to those with whom we agree, whose shining unrealities make us feel good.

Jesse Hicks
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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Indecision 2004 (2004): Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, Steve Carell, St

While Stewart makes no bones about his own preferences, Republicans, Democrats, and reporters all come in for the same rowdy treatment.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Wigfield: The Can-Do Town That Just May Not by Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, Stephen Colbert

But one of the most intriguing things about Amy Sedaris is her absolute lack of vanity. A gym-toned, beauty pageant blonde, she routinely adds pimples, hairs and warts to her pretty parts, wears fatty suits around town, and gleefully contorts herself in all sorts of grody ways. She's an enigma wrapped in a satire, wrapped in mock-irony, wrapped in a spoof.

Teresa DiFalco
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