Lydia Towsey: how I discovered the Venus in me
From Botticelli to glossy magazines, women have been idealised and misrepresented for centuries. Performance poet Lydia Towsey reveals how her own near-fatal eating disorder set her on a path to explore new ways of looking at female bodiesBotticelli’s painting of the Birth of Venus was the fir... [Read More]
Standup is an unpretentious art but too often it's anti-intellectual too
Comedians tend to apologise for making any highbrow references in their material. I wish more felt at ease quoting poetry like Liam WilliamsI’ve been listening to Liam Williams’s recent Comedian’s Comedian podcast interview with Stuart Goldsmith, which is packed with interesting st... [Read More]
Tim Key, the superstar standup poet, on fishcakes, Footlights and the fringe
Tim Key was a standup going nowhere fast until one day he took out a notepad and poetry spilled out of him. Now he’s one of the hottest comics around. As his show Work in Slutgress hits Edinburgh, he talks about fooling Footlights, dying on stage – and the power of late-night fishcakes.&... [Read More]
Carl Reiner reads his 70-year-old poem, “Ode To the Buttocks Bountiful,” on The Arsenio Hall Show
Carl Reiner appeared as a guest Tuesday night on Arsenio, and when he saw Arsenio Hall welcome a spoken-word act to the program, Reiner wanted to read a little something of his own. This is "Ode To the Buttocks Bountiful," a 70-year-old poem the young Reiner wrote and still remembers. As he does wit... [Read More]
Samuel L. Jackson treats us to a slam poem about ‘Boy Meets World’
Last night Mr. Samuel L. Jackson stopped by The Tonight Show to not just give an interview but also some slam poetry too, ya dig? Jackson gave us a real gem with his slam poetry session about classic 90s show, Boy Meets World. Seeing as though The Tonight Show is live, he didn’t drop his [&hel... [Read More]
Bo Burnham
The most informative bit in Bo Burnham’s book of poetry, Egghead: Or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone, comes at the end in the acknowledgments, in which Burnham thanks George Carlin and Shel Silverstein. Both had a deep appreciation of language and love for playing with it, a quality Bu... [Read More]
Bo Burnahm Shares A Page From Upcoming Poetry Book, Fingers Crossed
Bo Burnham shared an actual page from his upcoming poetry book EGGHEAD or You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone on Tumblr. It’s a cute, one sentence story. Seems like the [...]Author informationJazmine HillAssociate Editor at Serial OptimistFuture writer director. 22 year old girl with the se... [Read More]
Bo Burnham's Poetry Book, 'Egghead,' Is Out October 1st
by Bradford Evans Comedian Bo Burnham is putting out a book of poetry. Called Egghead: Or, You Can't Survive on Ideas Alone, his first book is set for an October 1st release, and it's a mix of poetry, writing, illustrations from his friend Chance Bone. In an interview with Splitsider earlier this su... [Read More]