The Dark Psychology of Being a Good Comedian
Saturday Night Live, whose 27th season started 18 days later, featured a somber cold-open with Lorne Michaels asking New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, "Can we be funny?" The staffers of The Onion, the satirical paper that had just relocated ... Too edgy ...
New Yorker (blog)
What's So Funny About “True Detective”?
New Yorker (blog)
For such a thoroughgoing downer, “True Detective” has nonetheless moved both fans and detractors online to respond with humor. Something about it just makes us want to laugh. A tattoo on a murder victim looked a lot like the Time Warner Cable symbol.
The Final...*Sob*...True Detective Nerd-Out
Sonny Garrett: Drama is easy, but socially acceptable comedy is hard
It's getting so that even subsets of social groups apparently must be considered when attempting to be humorous. What was funny a few years ago may not be funny now. For example, Foster Brooks' drunk routine no longer is acceptable as humor because ...
EMTs With a Funny Bone
New York Times
In seven seasons of “Rescue Me,” Denis Leary proved he could do drama with humor. In his new show, “Sirens,” he changes it up, proving he can do comedy without humor. It's not clear why you would want to do this, but there it is. “Rescue Me” (2004-11 ...
Theater Review: 'Good People' reflects humor and pain of poverty
The Northern Stage production, directed by Carol Dunne, the company's new artistic director, proved wickedly funny, heartbreaking and richly rewarding at Friday's performance. There were minor missteps, including a silly tableau at the end, that ...
Corruption serves as inspiration for humor despite pressure
A comedian and a scriptwriter who wants to remain anonymous due to the “delicate” agenda of the country says that many people who come from the same ideological background as the government are refraining from making fun of the corruption due to a ...
LEND A HAND 3/9: Comedy fundraiser to fill Bama Theatre with laughter
“We will feature local comedians or guys who just think that they are funny,” Suzanne Dowling, co-chair of the event, said, laughing. Tickets are $30 each or two ... “We try to find the humor where we can in day-to-day life,” Dowling said. Some of the ...
Mike Birbiglia interview: Two-time LaughFest comedian finds humor in hardship
That true tale and the comedic angle Birbiglia took to find humor in a dark time in his life are his comic calling cards. “Taking something worrisome, emotional or sad and making it funny by slipping the tragedy into comedy is a cathartic experience ...
SXSW: What's Funnier Than the Hilarious "Neighbors"? Seth Rogen During Its ...
Foul-mouthed, kinetic, and lean (clocking in at a just-right 95 minutes), it's consistently hilarious—come May 9, when Neighbors officially opens theatrically, it will be the funniest movie a major Hollywood studio (in this case, Universal Pictures ...
Review: Matuszak stunning in 'Macbeth' - no joke
Duluth News Tribune
Brian Matuszak is not a man easily parted from his Rubber Chicken Theater T-shirt. The comedic actor with the comedic theater company favors localized humor and funny voices. So the person who decided he should play the darkest character in one of ...