1. At The Just For Laughs Festival in Comedy’s First CityReclamation of The Second City as Chicago’s once pejorative nickname happened long before I developed an interest in comedy. And as an avid […]
  2. Talking to Chris Lilley about Angry Boys, Summer Heights High, and We Can […]Subtlety is probably not what you’d expect from a comedian who trades in fat suits and black face, but it’s the medium in which Australian […]
  3. The Year’s Best Humor Writing 2011It’s a good thing I enjoy humor because, if I had to estimate, I’d put the number of humor pieces I’ve read this year somewhere in the low […]
  4. Watching Stoner Movies as a Lifelong Non-Smoker Never have I found myself defenseless against the undead, or an ex-pat African prince, a thirty-something careerist shopping for surrogates, […]
  5. A Guide to Comedians in Commercials: ‘Hey, It’s That Guy!’Comedians in commercials are definitely a thing. I’m no good at trivia, but I can always impress my (non-comedy nerd) friends and family […]
  6. Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason: The Intersection of Fantasy and Harsh […]“Like blurbs, an author’s choice of title is very important… Take Gravity’s Rainbow. That is a terrific title. Why? Because it tells you what […]
  7. The Onion News Network’s Spot-On Evisceration of Cable NewsMost people tuning into Friday’s premiere of The Onion News Network on IFC probably knew what to expect. For over 20 years, The Onion’s brand […]
  8. The Year’s Best Humor WritingSave the occasional illustration, picture, or creative departure from form, print and web humorists are charged with making us laugh without […]
  9. The Depressive’s Guide to Comedy: Laughing to Keep From CryingI often joke about being depressed and uninsured* because laughter is literally the best medicine I can afford right now –- and I’ve shopped […]
  10. Where Have All the Humorists Gone?, Part 2: Conversations with Modern […]Be sure to check out Part 1 of Where Have All the Humorists Gone?, Robert Benchley, S.J. Perelman and the Decline of Modern Humor […]
  11. Where Have All the Humorists Gone?, Part 1: Robert Benchley, S.J. Perelman […]Among aspiring comedy writers, the would-be print humorist seems rare. Though The Onion, McSweeney’s, and The New Yorker are high-profile […]