The American Meme: Netflix doc whitewashes meme culture (Opinion)

I have a secret. I love Vine. When Vine shut down last year, I turned to endless compilations of six-second comedy on YouTube. In the right circles, you will hear quotes like, “Stop. I could have dropped my croissant!” or, “Can I please get a waffle?” Which is probably why I was so excited for The American Meme. The Netflix documentary from director Bert Marcus came to the streaming platform last week

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Equity in comedy: How financial struggles limit comedian upstarts and how we can help (Opinion)

This year, more than any other before it, popular culture turned its eyes to the equity problem in entertainment. There were discussions about representation in all facets, from the imbalance of power in Hollywood based on gender to an analysis of LBTGQ roles on TV to reports about the sparse and inauthentic representation of minorities on screen. Like most sects of the entertainment industry comedy suffers from a diversity problem too. Comedy is mostly white and

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This Week at the Comedy Cellar shows off the unpolished part of stand-up comedy

As the first season of This Week at the Comedy Cellar wraps up, the show has established itself as a true look at the craft of stand-up comedy. Sure, the show can be a little forced at times with the “comic’s table” banter, but it still illustrates a side of comedy that most people don’t get to see. On This Week at the Comedy Cellar, comedians get up and do

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The Case for Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland from Oh, Hello To Host the Oscars (No, Seriously.)

The hunt for a new Oscars host is back on and, apparently, no one in Hollywood wants the gig. For a hot second, it seemed as though Kevin Hart would host the awards ceremony until negative backlash erupted over past tweets featuring homophobic slurs. Now the hunt has resumed and, over the weekend, the Twitter account for Oh, Hello has been claiming that Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland (played by

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The Hollywood Reporter can do better than Lena Dunham (Opinion)

I love women: being a woman, writing about women, supporting art created by women. So when I heard that The Hollywood Reporter was releasing its annual Women in Entertainment: Power 100 issue, I was jazzed. But when I learned that Lena Dunham would guest edit the issue, I was…well let’s just say that I was less than jazzed. This is because everything I’ve come to know about Dunham—everything I’ve read,

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Viral humorists like Megan Amram rise from the Twitter trash heap (Opinion)

Ten years ago, you could be a comedian without a social media presence. Back in 2008, saying, “Oh, I’m not on Twitter,” or even, “What’s Twitter?” was commonplace. If you can believe it, there were comedians wary of putting their material on the internet for free or worried someone across the country would steal their jokes. But something has changed. While those who achieved celebrity status before the mid-2000s can

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Nick Di Paolo calls 12-year-old girl ‘dumb cunt’ on Twitter

Comedian Nick Di Paolo took to Twitter Friday afternoon to shame one of the nine covers released by Glamour for their Women of the Year edition. The cover features five of the student activists behind March for Our Lives, a group formed to combat gun violence in schools in the wake of the Parkland shooting. One of those students is 12-year-old Naomi Wadler. Di Paolo tweeted, “Fuck these dumb cunts and

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Why those Hallmark Christmas movies are accidental comedic gold

Some of the best comedy out there is created on accident, and few movie genres prove this theory more than those comforting yet corny Hallmark Christmas movies. You don’t even have to watch A Boyfriend For Christmas to know there’s a scene where Santa earnestly tells an adult man named Ryan (the titular boyfriend) to live in the moment and let love in. The movie itself centers around a woman

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The Louis CK problem: Three things we need to stop doing (Guest post)

Stop pretending club bookers have an ethical puzzle on their hands. For the love of comedy, please stop interviewing club owners about their Louis CK “dilemma” as if it’s some kind of Sophie’s Choice. It’s a business decision. To state the obvious, club owners own the club. They can—and do—decide to turn comics away from their stages for any number of reasons; reasons, by the way, they’re not required to

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Why Lena Dunham thinks Daniel Tosh is a misogynist

On a recent appearance on Andy Cohen’s gossipy blabfest Watch What Happens Live, wherein the Bravo king instructed her to “name one celebrity in Hollywood who you think is the biggest misogynist,” Dunham selected the Tosh.0 comedian. After performing what could be described as a moist inhalation of thoughtful contempt and measured dread, Dunham answered. “This is a roughie because there’s so many.” After a brief laugh, the celebrated actress,

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