The First Episode of ‘Hard Nation’ Is a Relic of a More Hopeful, Less Terrifying Era
Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time Here at Pod-Canon, we like to commemorate endings and/or milestones by traveling back to the very beginning to the kick-off episodes that launched some of our favorite podcasts. Sure enough, E... [Read More]
@AyoEdebiri on Everyday Absurdity and Cool Teens
Ayo Edebiri is a Boston-born, Brooklyn-based comedian and writer. She wasn’t good enough for the Celtics but is making this comedy thing work. She’s in the sketch group Lo-Fi and currently works at The Rundown on BET.  This week, Edebiri talked to me about finding absurdity in every... [Read More]
@AyoEdebiri on Everyday Absurdity and Cool Teens
Ayo Edebiri is a Boston-born, Brooklyn-based comedian and writer. She wasn’t good enough for the Celtics but is making this comedy thing work. She’s in the sketch group Lo-Fi and currently works at The Rundown on BET.  This week, Edebiri talked to me about finding absurdity in every... [Read More]
‘Beethoven’s Producer’ Shows the Changing Tide in Digital Comedy
It’s been nearly two years since we featured Chuck Armstrong and Charlie Stockman’s work, and in that time, digital comedy’s landscape has changed quite a bit. “Our new sketch is specifically about a content gatekeeper ruining an artist’s work in the name of commercial ... [Read More]
Long Works of Literature Made Shorter—and Better—with the Addition of Dinosaurs, by Matthew David Brozik
Atlas Shrugged “Who is John Galt?” The light was ebbing, and Eddie Willers could not distinguish the bum’s face. The bum had said it simply, without expression. But from the sunset far at the end of the street, yellow glints caught his eyes, and the eyes looked straight at Eddie Wi... [Read More]
‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Boils Down the Justice System in a Moving Bottle Episode
Genie in a Bottle is a recurring feature where each week a different bottle episode (an episode set entirely in one location, often designed to save money) from a comedy series is examined. “Man, this guy is a good murderer!” “There’s got to be some way to break him.” B... [Read More]
Orli Matlow’s (@HireMeImFunny) Tweets are Jokes and Cries for Help
Orli Matlow is a New York-based comedian and writer who has performed at the Brooklyn Comedy Festival and is headed to the Women in Comedy Festival this year. She is a staff writer at Someecards and once contributed to New York magazine by translating the Hebrew edition of Playboy. Along w... [Read More]
Garry Shandling and Ricky Gervais’s Epic Sparring Match
Judd Apatow’s two-part documentary on Garry Shandling, The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling, was released this week on HBO and it is, in a word, beautiful. In several more words, it attempts to paint a complete picture of a man who seemed to refuse to allow anyone to ever see the whole thing. It... [Read More]
‘Triple Kiss’: Billy Scafuri Goes Solo
With these ten minutes of sweet absurdity, the longtime Harvard Sailing Team (HST) member has flexed his muscles as a solo creator with an unmistakable directorial voice. The groundwork has been laid for a longer-form Billy, a Billy that — like other members of HST — spreads hi... [Read More]
I Am Gareth the Bold, and I Fear No Confrontation, by Graham Techler
I’m going to stop you right there, and it won’t throw me one bit. I ordered this meal with the Dressing of a Thousand Islands and this is plainly ungarnished. You’ll have to send it back, and I don’t even mind saying so, for I am Gareth... [Read More]