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  1. Breaking Down the Role of Each Belcher on ‘Bob’s Burgers’In a 2008 interview, Kerri Kenney described her role on Reno 911! thusly: Certain characters’ job is to move things along. Tom [Lennon]’s job, […]
  2. How ‘King of the Hill’s ‘Meet the Propaniacs’ Accidentally Predicted Meme […]A recurring theme throughout King of the Hill’s run is that Hank and Bobby had little in common. The show made it clear that the pair loved […]
  3. Of Lamestains and Wack Slacks: The Elaborate Joke That Was Grunge-SpeakIn 1992, the rock bands of the Seattle “grunge scene” won over Americans’ hearts and minds, overtaking slick and cheesy metal groups from the […]
  4. 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 […]
  5. 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 […]
  6. 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.” […]
  7. 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 […]
  8. ‘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 […]
  9. On Ilana Becker and That IBS Pill CommercialSo 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 […]
  10. 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 […]
  11. Defending ‘Mortdecai,’ the Best Comedy That Critics Love to HateThe 2015 Johnny Depp movie Mortdecai is a wild, madcap character comedy powered by the presence of a leading man who loses himself with gleeful […]
  12. John Cena, The Miz, and the Prophetic Comedy of ‘Total Bullshit’ Record-tying sixteen-time World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion and comedy role model John Cena made headlines this weekend when he took a […]
  13. You Don’t Have to Love ‘Banshee’ to Love the ‘Fanshee’ Episodes of ‘High & […]As I have documented endlessly in my Pod-Canon column, podcasting lends itself to intensity and fandom on both sides of the coin. Podcasters […]
  14. How ‘Simpsons Shitposting’ Brilliantly Recontextualizes the Show’s Best […]If you’re reading this, you’re probably quite familiar with The Simpsons. After all, this website looks at the world of modern comedy, and it’s […]
  15. Five of David Letterman’s Best Late Night Donald Trump Takedowns Each time Donald Trump appeared on a late night show during his presidential campaign he often left unscathed. Stephen Colbert made a […]
  16. Almost 20 Years Later, ‘Dick’ Still Holds Up There has never been a better time to watch Dick. Just kidding, it has ALWAYS been a great time to watch Dick, but at least there’s now […]
  17. Those Times ‘Don’t Get Me Started’ Got Started on Improv If doing improv is your dream, there’s never been a better time to be alive. There are more resources than ever to consume if you want to […]
  18. Revisiting Larry Miller’s Classic Bit ‘The Five Levels of Drinking’How could anybody have anything new to say about the near-universal human experience of getting drunk and acting stupid? Larry Miller found a way.
  19. In Defense of Cruise Ship Comedy I was talking on the phone with veteran comic Ritch Shydner when he mentioned that he was currently in Mexico taking a daytime break from a […]
  20. The Prescience of Nathan Fielder’s Summit Ice Nathan Fielder made a quiet return to social media last weekend, playing an overly holistic pharmacist in a short Instagram video and […]
  21. There’s Never Been a Better Time to Watch Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Great […]As the ugliness of the Trump administration’s nationalism and hate has roared into office in the last six weeks, it’s drawn more than one […]
  22. For Your Consideration: Bruce McCulloch’s Wonderful Autobiographical […]Last fall, the day after the election, I went to Canada. These events are unrelated—the trip was pre-planned, but I got to experience a very […]