Lori Beth Denberg: An Appreciation
When I was 8 years old I had very concrete goals: I was going to move to Orlando, join the cast of All That, and marry Josh Server. I was going to wear the flyest scoop-neck velour dress from The DEB, our cake would be shaped like the giant ear of corn, and Da Brat […] [Read More]
Revisiting ‘The Critic’s “All the Duke’s Men”
If you’re like me, every once in a while you stop what you’re doing completely and say to yourself “holy crap, Donald Trump is President.” It’s been over three months since his inauguration, but it still feels surreal. This is primarily because until November 8, 2016, c... [Read More]
Aimee Mann’s Best Comedy Crossover Moments
Before deciding on a title for her new album, Aimee Mann told a friend that her record was full of her “usual songs about mental illness.” Mann, whose songs often delve into life’s melancholies, began to see the humor in another friend’s suggestion that she call the album Men... [Read More]
Aimee Mann’s Best Comedy Crossover Moments
Before deciding on a title for her new album, Aimee Mann told a friend that her record was full of her “usual songs about mental illness.” Mann, whose songs often delve into life’s melancholies, began to see the humor in another friend’s suggestion that she call the album Men... [Read More]
A Recommendation: ‘Cosmic Bowl’ from ‘The Flop House’
I will concede upfront that I am a soft touch for Cosmic Bowl, the maiden entry in what will hopefully be an ongoing series of horror-anthology comic books from Dan McCoy, Stuart Wellington, and Elliott Kalan of beloved bad-film podcast The Flop House, because it combines three of my favorite t... [Read More]
‘Bob Roberts’: From 1992 Mockumentary to 2017 Reality
If you want to be disturbed and yet also oddly reassured that American politics cycle through the same themes again and again, look no further than the 1992 political mockumentary Bob Roberts written, directed by, and starring Tim Robbins as the eponymous Pennsylvania senatorial candidate, a Yale ed... [Read More]
On Ilana Becker and That IBS Pill Commercial
So I was watching the season finale of Crashing, the one where Pete Holmes goes to a big outdoor adult baptism. One of the people getting baptized is Ellen, a woman visibly miffed when the ceremony gets hijacked by Pete and his estranged wife’s marital drama, and she does a lot of facial expre... [Read More]
On Ilana Becker and That IBS Pill Commercial
So I was watching the season finale of Crashing, the one where Pete Holmes goes to a big outdoor adult baptism. One of the people getting baptized is Ellen, a woman visibly miffed when the ceremony gets hijacked by Pete and his estranged wife’s marital drama, and she does a lot of facial expre... [Read More]
On the Surprising Heart of ‘The Comedy Jam’
The connection between musicians and comedians is long-established, with the idea often being that each group wants to be the other. Comedians long for the joy of being rock stars, while our favorite musicians often want people to know they’re funny. As Madonna’s disastrous attempt at st... [Read More]
Defending ‘Mortdecai,’ the Best Comedy That Critics Love to Hate
The 2015 Johnny Depp movie Mortdecai is a wild, madcap character comedy powered by the presence of a leading man who loses himself with gleeful abandon in the absurd and wacky title role. Depp and Mortdecai is right up there with Mike Myers and Austin Powers, or Will Ferrell in Anchorman, which... [Read More]