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Are women funny? Mindy Kaling’s final answer

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Mindy Kaling, best known for playing Kelly on (and writing for) The Office, recently published a funny quasi-memoir called Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) I thought it was interesting, funny and enjoyably easy to read. But Mindy’s book also had the misfortune, publicity-wise, of being published out shortly after the release of […]

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I couldn’t agree more: It’s funny that 30 Rock is up against that other show — you know the one. The one with much better ratings; the one about nerds. Answer me this, though: did that show feature an Ewok, lyrics to the Mos Eisley cantina song, a Dungeons & Dragons room, and a completely […]

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Patrice O’Neal’s amazing crowd work

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

In its review of Mr. P Patrice O’Neal’s latest and final album, Slate reminds us that at the end of his career, Patrice liked to open his sets with an extended series of crowd work. He makes it hilarious, and he makes it look easy. It is not. New comics, do not try this at […]

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Comedian Patrice O’Neal, 41, died in November after complications caused by a stroke. While Patrice was tremendously well-respected among other comics, and had earned a decent amount of TV exposure, he wasn’t especially famous yet with the public at large. Before his untimely death, Patrice O’Neal was basically Zach Galifianakis right before The Hangover. I […]

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Louis CK on bank fees

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

“I hate my fucking bank,” said my friend. He was pissed off. “Which bank?” I asked. “It’s…” he started to reply, then paused and looked at me. “Does it really matter? It’s a fucking bank.” I conceded the point. A series of new debit card fees has stirred up new outrage at banks — and […]

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