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The Best Twitter Comic on the Planet?: An Interview with Rob Delaney

He looks like a regular dad. What you don't know about him, however, is how he is one of the funniest (and dirtiest) comedians alive, and owner of one of the funniest Twitter accounts of all time. Rob Delaney talks about the roots of his comedy, his pending lawsuit against Kim Kardashian, and more.

Film

No Formula for Funny: An Interview with Nick Kroll

Given the sheer number of hit films and TV shows he's been in, Nick Kroll could be listed as one of the most successful comedians of his generation -- yet there are some who don't know who he is. In speaking to PopMatters, he reveals how he creates his celebrated characters.

Music

The Hippie That Wasn’t: An Interview with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips have spent the past year doing off-beat collaborations, releasing songs in skulls both Gummi and real, and creating songs that last up to 24 hours. In this extensive interview with PopMatters, frontman Wayne Coyne discusses all of this... as well as his peacocks.

Books

Absurdity Writ Small: 'Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010'

In his new book, the bright light Michael Kupperman has shown so readily in the comic strip form dims considerably for being written into prose.

Television

Michael Has Issues: A Sad Sad Conversation with Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black -- of The State, Stella, and Michael & Michael Have Issues fame -- discusses his new album, Very Famous, and connecting to people through sad, sad conversations ...

Books

Trickster-Heroes in 'Buffy' and 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight'

While Spike represents a moral alternative to Buffy’s heroism, the Arthurian Green Knight's tricks -- including a gruesome beheading -- end as mere a parlor game. Spike is the superior trickster.

Television

'Childrens Hospital' Season Three - Alicia Silverstone Arc

As if to underline the show's awkward angle on humor, the characters here are extremely abstract, referencing stock players from famous medical dramas, but twisted.

Film

'Attack the Block' Engages the Brain and Quickens the Pulse

A remarkable film, Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block turns a popular science fiction sub-genre, the “alien invasion” story, into a complex, thoughtful statement on contemporary urban life.

Television

'Shark Week 2011' (24th Annual)

The savvy horror movie fan can see that the unstoppable force of the shark will soon collide with the immovable object of Dr. Skomul’s dopiness. And do they ever.

Theatre

Voluntary Amnesia in 'Dollhouse' and 'Pygmalion'

Long before Dollhouse's Echo submitted herself to five years of memory loss, Eliza Doolitle of Pygmalion experimented with some personal tabula rasa.

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'The Closer' Season Seven Premiere

As always, Lt. Brenda Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) is navigating a bureaucratic police culture by means of her signature spunk and feminine know-how.

Music

Bright Future: An Interview With Starscream

Writing songs for hit MTV shows, spearheading one of the most danceable subgenres in recent years, and all because of music recorded ... on a Gameboy. Welcome to the wild world of Starscream ...

Music

Starscream: Future Toward the Edge of Forever

Like the music of Sigur Rós and Explosions in the Sky, Starscream's Future Toward the Edge of Forever is a perfect soundtrack for sitting and imagining things.

Music

Motorcade of Consistency: An Interview with John McCrea of Cake

Even after scoring their first #1 album, Cake aren't taking it easy. In this fascinating, downright philosophical discussion with PopMatters, frontman John McCrea talks about misguided youth culture, genre as satire, and oh so much more.

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The Man Who Fell to Earth (35th Anniversary Re-Issue)

Featuring strong imagery, The Man Who Fell to Earth ultimately rewards the audience for slogging through long patches of disjointed narrative.

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Rialto Pictures

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Frameline35: 'Bob's New Suit'

In Bob's New Suit, many explanations are offered by the narrator, an Italian suit who reduces all characters to the clothes they happen to be wearing.

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Rowan Pictures

Books

Reality, and Then Some, as Conveyed in 'The Wire' and 'Oliver Twist'

The spoonful of sugar that The Wire employs in relating its harsh theme is all wrapped up in that medicine's themes of fatalism. The humor employed in Oliver Twist highlights the opposite: the needlessness of the system that allows orphans to starve to death.

Music

Incidental Music: An Interview with Mark Oliver Everett of EELS

Parallel universes, profound family tragedies, yelling at cats and releasing three albums in just over a year. EELS take their act out on the road one more time, but not without talking to PopMatters first.

Music

Making Peace With an Emo Past: An Interview with the Get Up Kids

PopMatters recently caught up with the Get Up Kids lead singer Matthew Pryor about connecting with fans, influences both incoming and outgoing, and how country music doesn't use metaphors.

Reviews

Colin Firth's Poor Little Rich Boy in 'The King's Speech'

Bertie’s feeling of being trapped in a code that has time and time again failed him is gut-wrenchingly clear, perhaps never more than when he is trying to be funny. His are jokes that would break your heart.


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