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  1. Watching Patrice O’Neal Surprise His Audience - and Himself - in ‘Elephant […]Towards the end of his last television appearance before his death, the Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen, Patrice O’Neal does something […]
  2. Revisiting ‘Shameless,’ Louis CK’s First Stand-up SpecialFor a stand-up comedian there is, it turns out, a fate worse than bombing. Though enduring the heckles and hostile silences of a belligerent […]
  3. The Prescient Celebrity Obsession of ‘Being John Malkovich’I have been to the dark side and back! I have seen a world that no man should see! —John Malkovich, Being John Malkovich It’s been over […]
  4. The Before-Its-Time Raunchiness of ‘Slap Shot’We can do anything we want. We’re college students! –Tagline for Animal House, 1978 So went the battle cry of the Deltas, the “worst” […]
  5. Gods of Rock (In Their Own Minds): The Early Days of Tenacious DOne night in 1996, Jack Black and Kyle Gass — the rambunctious, rotund frontmen for the mock rock outfit Tenacious D — stood on […]
  6. ‘Kingpin’: The Farrelly Brothers’ Biggest Flop and Greatest TriumphThere are few locations in the landscape of American sports that evoke as distinct a sense of mediocrity as bowling alleys. As arenas of […]
  7. The Perfect Misanthropy of The Foot Fist WayIt’s a rare phenomenon that a film so completely decimates an audience’s understanding of civility that it forces them to recalibrate their […]
  8. Zach Galifianakis Shows the Rawness of Standup at the Purple OnionAbout a third of the way through The Comedians of Comedy, the 2005 documentary chronicling the indie band-style stand-up tour Patton Oswalt […]
  9. Revisiting ‘Funny People’“You cannot make friends with the rock stars.” — Lester Bangs to William Miller, Almost Famous It’s difficult for me to think about the […]
  10. Revisiting Marc Maron’s Darkest Days on Final Engagement“Surely all art is the result of one’s having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go […]