Tag: Comedy and Humor

‘Good Boys’ Ends Hollywood’s Comedy Drought

LOS ANGELES — Universal Pictures and a gaggle of foul-mouthed 12-year-olds proved over the weekend that, even in the Netflix epoch, comedies can still pack a box-office punch. “Good Boys,” about the R-rated misadventures of three preteen buddies, collected an estimated $21 million at theaters in the United States and Canada, according to Comscore. That […]

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Blackface, Staple of Arab Comedy, Faces Surge of Criticism

CAIRO — On the Libyan comedy show, the punch line was in the baby carriage. An elevator door slams shut, separating the mother — an actress in blackface — from her babies. A hidden camera shows unsuspecting passengers trapped inside with the baby carriage. “Watch my babies!” the mother calls out in mock horror. But […]

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‘The Amazing Johnathan Documentary’ Review: The Joke’s on Who?

I’m too trusting to make documentaries. But I’d like to think I’d see a red flag if the subject of my hypothetical documentary was dying of heart disease yet started smoking meth for the camera. I’d talk to a doctor — maybe his. But just before the dying illusionist-comedian John Szeles inhales in “The Amazing […]

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Can Netflix, the King of Stand-Up Specials, Be Dethroned?

Imagine Netflix died. What happens to stand-up comedy? This may seem like an outlandish hypothetical since Netflix is the most powerful player in comedy today. But in the current media landscape, when major new streaming services will be entering the market in the new year including Disney and AT&T (which owns HBO), uneasy lies the […]

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Yasuhiro Takemoto, Anime Director, Died in Kyoto Arson Attack

In the opening sequence of “Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid,” a hungover computer programmer sets off to her dreaded office job, only to encounter a five-story-tall dragon waiting outside her door. Before Miss Kobayashi can decide whether she’s in a dream, the dragon has transformed into a young woman in a maid’s costume. Fans of the […]

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Satire or Deceit? Christian Humor Site Feuds With Snopes

It’s a fake-news feud made for 2019. On one side is Snopes, the influential fact-checking website founded 25 years ago. On the other is the Babylon Bee, an upstart Christian satirical website that lampoons progressive ideas, Democrats, Christians and President Trump. Image They are fighting over how Snopes characterizes stories published by the Bee, which […]

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Opportunity Is Knocking!

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Review: Is Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Douglas’ Stand-Up? Theater? Yes, Please.

“Hindsight is my gift,” Hannah Gadsby announces halfway through “Douglas,” her startling new stand-up show and unlikely follow-up to the groundbreaking “Nanette.” In context, the claim is a nugget of self-deprecation; she has been talking about her autism, which often leaves her feeling confused in present-tense social situations, like the “only sober person in a […]

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For Women Comics, Peak TV Has Its Troughs

One morning last fall in Los Angeles, the comic and actress Kate Micucci sat chewing over a pitch for a television series with her writing partner, Felicia Day. How conventional would the gender roles have to be, they wondered, before a studio would bite? Their basic premise was “manic pixie dream girl grows up”: Suppose […]

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Marc Maron on ‘GLOW,’ His Podcast and ‘Swords of Trust’

After four seasons of his namesake IFC comedy, and copious soul-searching, Marc Maron wasn’t clamoring for another series, let alone a character so neurotic, so angry and compulsive, so exactly like him. But when he first read the script for “GLOW,” and the role of Sam Sylvia — the dyspeptic B-movie director hired to create […]

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‘American Pie’ at 20: That Notorious Pie Scene, From Every Angle

There had been other raunchy sex comedies — “Porky’s,” with its memorable, ouch-inducing locker-room scene, and “Animal House,” which showed the extremes of frat life. But “American Pie” set a new standard for the genre when the world watched an apple pie become a vehicle to manhood. Centered on a group of high school friends […]

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Aziz Ansari Addresses Sexual Misconduct Accusation in ‘Right Now’

Crossing the street to the BAM Opera House while a moody Velvet Underground song plays, Aziz Ansari tentatively pokes his head past the stage door at the start of his new special, “Right Now,” then walks in to a roaring crowd and tells a story about a guy confusing him for Hasan Minhaj, another Indian-American […]

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Her Kind of Comedy: Lewd, Vulnerable and Self-Aware

The comic Jacqueline Novak doesn’t like the term “oral sex.” “It’s very dental,” she said with a note of disdain over lunch near the Cherry Lane Theater, where her solo show “Get on Your Knees,” a cerebral stand-up meditation on the sexual act, begins performances on July 10. “It’s also like saying, ‘You know how […]

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Arte Johnson, ‘Very Interesting’ Comic Actor, Is Dead at 90

Arte Johnson, a comic actor who won an Emmy for playing a diverse troupe of characters on the groundbreaking comedy show “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” died on Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 90. His death was announced by a spokesman, Harlan Boll, who said Mr. Johnson had bladder and prostate cancer. A diminutive, bespectacled […]

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‘The Real Debate Is Will They All Fit on a Stage? Dems a Lot of Folks’

As pundits prepped to dissect the first debate of the 2020 election, Jason O. Gilbert, a comedy writer, poked fun at the pageant with a haiku roast of the Democratic candidates. The Opinion staff offered a challenge to readers: “Think you can do better?” The result was a mix of haikus and other wordplay — […]

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What Happened at the Democratic Debate? Jimmy Fallon Will Let You Know

On Wednesday and Thursday nights, as the first two Democratic debates wind down around 11 p.m. Eastern, viewers seeking postgame reaction can watch supersize panels on cable news or scroll through Twitter. Or they can tune into the late-night shows. Back in the old days — that would be four years ago — the presidential […]

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