Cute and Unlikely Human Companions, by Ralph Gamelli

Stepping out her door, Helen Malloy was completely unprepared for what she saw. There on the front yard, her husband Gus—famous for angrily warning kids away from his beloved lawn—was playing baseball catch with a ten-year-old boy from the neighborhood. Stunned, she took out her phone and began recording as the two natural adversaries continued to play. After several […]

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Men Find Me Intimidating Just Because I’m a Sentient Robot Sent Here From the Future to Destroy John Connor, by Erica Lies

When I first arrived at these time-vector coordinates to stalk and kill John Connor, future leader of the human resistance, I didn’t realize just how hard dating in 2018 would be for a futuristic annihilation machine. As a T1000 Terminator programmed to identify as a heteronormative cis female, I’m literally ahead of my time — […]

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Bridget Christie: ‘I don’t do jokes about my personal life. Just my husband, my kids and my polyps’

The comedian Louise Reay is being sued for allegedly defaming her estranged husband on stage. So should standups keep their private lives to themselves?

I’m not a confessional standup. I don’t know what I am. On the whole, I haven’t mined my personal life or relationships for comedy. Yet. Who knows what direction my work will take in the future? There is still time. I am only 46.

Not that I don’t love confessional standup. I do. It’s given us some of the most groundbreaking, pioneering comedy we’ve had and it’s hard to imagine what standup would look like now if Richard Pryor had never existed. It’s just not something I’ve felt hugely comfortable doing. I’ve told the odd routine about my “husband”, “children” or “upbringing”, but they’ve generally been lighthearted, hugely exaggerated, or untrue, and even then it makes me feel uneasy and anxious.

We should be able to express opinions however we choose – through words, mime, origami or baking

Related: Standup comedian’s husband sues for defamation over ‘provocative’ show

When I stumbled across Naked Attraction and saw six vaginas on display, I knew I was out of step with the modern world

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An Excerpt from ‘Hey, U Up? (For a Serious Relationship): How to Turn Your Booty Call into Your Emergency Contact,’ by Emily Axford and Brian Murphy

How to Pick the Perfect Blood Diamond for Your Engagement Ring So, the two of you are ready to make a lifelong commitment, and you’ve decided to forgo a blood oath ritual in favor of an engagement ring. Don’t worry, you’ll still have plenty of blood on your hands! A diamond ring is the perfect […]

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How to Stay Friends Once Your Girlfriends Settle Down with Their Pet Rocks, by Ginny Hogan

Growing up is difficult. We all reach adulthood at different points. For me personally, a lot of my friendships started to change at that awkward age where my friends settled down with their pet rocks. I learned a lot about myself and how to keep my friendships intact, and I wanted to share some advice […]

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KRAMER (on Behalf of Herself and All Others Similarly Situated) vs. KRINGLE, by Lauren Krueger & Matthew David Brozik

’Tis the last day of trial, and to all in the court, I now offer this argument sounding in tort: My client, Miss Kramer, and others aggrieved Have sued to recover for gifts unreceived From defendant Kris Kringle—a/k/a “Claus,” Whose actions should give you, the jury, some pause. But before we indict him for being […]

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Kurt Braunohler and Lauren Cook on Parenthood, ‘Wedlock,’ and Sex Dungeons

The couple that visits a BDSM dungeon together stays together. At least that’s what Kurt Braunohler and Lauren Cook are trying to prove in their podcast Wedlock with Kurt and Lauren. What started as occasional chats between soon-to-be-weds on Kurt’s multi-format K Ohle podcast became a fully produced audio series from Audible. Today Wedlock has […]

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Edinburgh’s double comedy winners mix humour with darker takes on life

Shows about relationship breakdown and homophobia pick up a prize – or two – for John Robins and Hannah Gadsby

The longest ever shortlist. The first ever joint winners. And clearly, the most indecisive judging panel ever.

It was indeed, as the publicity would have it, an “unprecedented” year for the Edinburgh comedy awards. But, if there’s a worry that the currency of these awards is being devalued, there can be no real complaints about this year’s champs: probably the two most audacious stand-up shows on the fringe, and certainly among the funniest.

Related: Are they having a laugh? Edinburgh comedy judges give prize twice

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My Imaginary Boyfriend Josh, by Hana Michels

My grandfather has gotten to that point where he knows he is not going to live forever. In most people’s cases, this is a time to revisit your will, or spend time with your loved ones. In my grandfather’s case, this is a time to get really, really invested in my sex life. I guess […]

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My Husband Tim, Who Is My Husband, by Jamie Loftus

In case you did not receive my embossed card in the tangible mail, this is a digital copy of a photograph of me and also of my husband Tim, who didn’t used to be my husband, but now is my husband and is named Tim. It follows that Tim and I live in the same […]

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