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Eddie Brawley

  1. Explaining the ‘Chapo Trap House’ Podcast to the Uninitiated If you’re as online as much as me, you’ve surely heard of the Chapo Trap House podcast. It’s the new big thing with politics/media people who […]
  2. A Slightly Depressing Walk Through Forbes’ List of the Highest-Paid […] Trawling YouTube is a weekly look at one interesting story or oddity from YouTube. You ever go down a YouTube rabbit hole and suddenly you’ve […]
  3. Like ‘Real Life’? You’ll love ‘Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Two Takes’ Trawling YouTube is a weekly look at one interesting story or oddity from YouTube. You ever go down a YouTube rabbit hole and suddenly you’ve […]
  4. Is it Possible to Be Funny in North Korea? Trawling YouTube is a weekly look at one interesting story or oddity from YouTube. You ever go down a YouTube rabbit hole and suddenly you’ve […]
  5. That Time Negativland Trolled U2 Into Suing Them Trawling YouTube is a weekly look at one interesting story or oddity from YouTube. You ever go down a YouTube rabbit hole and suddenly you’ve […]
  6. The ‘I Love Lucy’ Chocolates Scene Is the Most Apt Possible Metaphor for […] Trawling YouTube is a weekly look at one interesting story or oddity from YouTube. You ever go down a YouTube rabbit hole and suddenly you’ve […]
  7. Who Is Drake Sather? Trawling YouTube is a weekly look at one interesting story or oddity from YouTube. You ever go down a YouTube rabbit hole and suddenly you’ve […]
  8. Cause Trouble and Sell Tickets: Louis CK on the Radio, 2004-2014 Trawling YouTube is a weekly look at one interesting story or oddity from YouTube. You ever go down a YouTube rabbit hole and suddenly you’ve […]
  9. The Strange Phenomenon of Just For Laughs’ Canadian Prank Series Trawling YouTube is a weekly look at one interesting story or oddity from YouTube. You ever go down a YouTube rabbit hole and suddenly you’ve […]
  10. Hamburger Jones, Unique in the Game Trawling YouTube is a weekly look at one interesting story or oddity from YouTube. You ever go down a YouTube rabbit hole and suddenly you’ve […]
  11. A Brief Taxonomy of Roasts Trawling YouTube is a weekly look at one interesting story or oddity from YouTube. You ever go down a YouTube rabbit hole and suddenly you’ve […]
  12. The Videos of Donald Barthelme “It’s a very particular kind of sense of humor and if it happens to get your funny bone, then it’s ridiculously funny.” -Salman Rushdie on […]
  13. Around the World in 80 Clicks Trawling YouTube is a weekly look at one interesting story or oddity from YouTube. You ever go down a YouTube rabbit hole and suddenly you’ve […]
  14. Modern Comedy Owes a Lot to Those ‘This Is SportsCenter’ Commercials Trawling YouTube is a weekly look at one interesting story or oddity from YouTube. You ever go down a YouTube rabbit hole and suddenly you’ve […]
  15. Marbles in the Ass: A Brief Look Into the Hilarious History of The […] Trawling YouTube is a weekly look at one interesting story or oddity from YouTube. You ever go down a YouTube rabbit hole and suddenly you’ve […]
  16. Funnyball: Can Improvisors Benefit From Using Data and Analytics? First of all, I just want to say right up top that I know this is all very uncool. Improv is supposed to be fun, like all entertainment is, […]
  17. ‘Neal Brennan 3 Mics’ Combines the Depth of a Podcast with the Craft of […] Over the past few years I’ve noticed that I somehow enjoy listening to a comedian talk on a podcast even more than I like listening to their […]
  18. This Election’s Best Pundit Is a Fake Columnist Named Carl Diggler You know when you want to tell someone about a really cool podcast or Twitter account that you discovered, but first you have to get through […]
  19. Mike Birbiglia’s ‘Thank God For Jokes’ Is a Deceptively Loose Meditation […] Mike Birbiglia’s latest one-man show Thank God For Jokes, which yesterday began a six-week run the Lynn Redgrave Theater, is about faith. The […]
  20. 6 Excellent Standup Albums You May Have Missed in 2015What’s the deal with these “Best Comedy Albums of the Year” lists, am I right? Wow: Louis CK, Jim Gaffigan, and Sarah Silverman? The 90s called […]
  21. Highlights From the ‘Oh Hello’ Press Conference George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon, two aging writer/performers, best known for their work on Comedy Central’s […]
  22. Kliph Nesteroff’s ‘The Comedians’ Untangles the Roots of American StandupProbably the hardest I’ve ever laughed was at an improv show at the Under St. Marks theater in New York in, I think, 2010. UCB improviser and […]
  23. Calvin, Hobbes, Twitter, and CopyrightThere is a battle going on between good and evil – right at the nexus between art and commerce, between the old way and the new, between […]
  24. Donald Trump, PFT Commenter, and Political Satire on the InternetI’ve been saying it for years: every generation gets the Father Guido Sarducci it deserves. And when Stephen Colbert stepped down as America’s […]
  25. ‘The Big Lebowski’, Wittgenstein, and the Garbage Pile That Is Online […]Recently Slate tech writer David Aurbach wrote a fascinating column about how Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophy of language can account for much […]
  26. The ‘Mr. Show’ DVD Commentaries Are the Funniest Sketch Comedy Masterclass […]First of all, I’m very sorry for writing a thing about a DVD commentary. I know they are kind of a silly thing to begin with, and many people […]
  27. How Jim Norton, of All People, Taught Me Trans Acceptance“A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet,” Juliet argues in that one Leonardo DiCaprio movie. Now I heard the first draft of that […]
  28. Obama Shouldn’t Be a One-Off: Why Comedy Podcasters Should Embrace […]A few days after interviewing President Obama on his WTF podcast, Marc Maron traveled to New York and did some press about the historic […]
  29. Bill Burr, Renaissance ManWhen historians discovered Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks, they found plans for a flying machine very similar to modern helicopters. We all know […]
  30. Gordon Lish and the Meeting of Comedy and Contemporary FictionAfter you read a certain amount of interviews with John Lee and Vernon Chatman, the main writer/directors of PFFR, a certain pattern emerges. […]
  31. Patrice O’Neal Is Mother Theresa: The Fast-Track to Comedy SainthoodOn his album Mr. P, Patrice O’Neal asks an audience member his name, and the man responds “Tolu.” O’Neal is caught off guard and pauses, and […]
  32. A Short History of Opie & Anthony’s JocktoberEach day in Jocktober, which takes place in October, Opie & Anthony producer Sam Roberts picks a different radio show from around the country […]
  33. Boxing Rants Are My New Favorite Genre of ComedyThe sport of boxing has been in the news a lot lately because of the upcoming Mayweather/(conspicuously correct Hispanic pronunciation) […]
  34. Marvin Gaye, Robin Thicke, and Why Nobody Cares About Stolen JokesOn Tuesday a jury in Los Angeles found Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams guilty of copyright infringement and ordered them to pay $7.3 million […]
  35. Bob Odenkirk and the Integrity of IdeasIn the recent broadcast of Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary, there’s a moment where the camera catches Joe Piscopo from behind as he […]
  36. ‘I Was Just Kidding!": Offensive Humor and the Benefit of the DoubtLast week, BuzzFeed reported that Jace Connors, the man who supposedly crashed his car on the way to terrorize feminist video game developer […]
  37. A Look at the 2015 Oscar-Nominated Animated ShortsIt’s a strange thing to see the 2015 Oscar-nominated animated shorts and Mortdecai on the same day. But that’s what I did a few days ago, for […]
  38. This Russian Filmmaker Invented Response Memes 100 Years AgoAh, internet memes. Depending who you are, they’re what you make online and talk about with your buddies at school, what your goddamn kid won’t […]
  39. Louis C.K. and His Dedication to Experimental FilmLast year when Louis C.K. released his 1998 feature film debut Tomorrow Night, it seemed like a move that didn’t quite add up. Here’s this guy, […]
  40. There Is No Such Thing as a Smart Fart JokeIt’s kind of good and fun, or at least strangely comforting, to have this positivist attitude about comedy and comedy writing, that if you just […]
  41. The 7 Best DIY-ish Comedy Albums of 2014This is a collection of the best comedy albums I heard this year that aren’t by like huge rich comics like Jim Gaffigan or Aziz Ansari. Not […]
  42. Tim & Eric, PFFR and the Art of the Non-InterviewAt a certain point in the recent WTF episode with Tim & Eric, Maron brings up how sometimes they fuck around in interviews and do bits and […]
  43. Louis C.K.’s ‘Dianetics’: Inside His Weird and Wild Three-Hour Radio Show26 minutes into a three-hour advice show Louis C.K. hosted in 2007, a guy named Blake calls up. Blake says he’s driving solo from Dallas to […]
  44. Why Chris Rock’s 1991 Debut Standup Album Is as Relevant Today as EverChris Rock’s first standup album, Born Suspect, was recorded in 1991, but it seems like it could have been recorded last month. Sure, comics […]
  45. 37 Is Objectively the Funniest NumberIn his classic book A Theory of Justice, philosopher John Rawls argues for liberalism as a political ideology with a thought experiment. The […]