Tag: Comedy and Humor

When We Laugh at Nazis, Maybe the Joke’s on Us

Even if Max Bialystock hadn’t gone to prison for embezzling from the backers of his hit Broadway show, trouble would have found him one way or another. Didn’t he slap his business partner, the accountant Leo Bloom, after dousing the poor man with a glass of water during working hours? And while Max’s hanky-panky with […]

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The ‘Office Ladies’ Return to Dunder Mifflin

For a show that was never a ratings smash during its nine-year run, “The Office” has experienced an astronomical afterlife. In fact, it had a second season thanks only to an NBC executive staking his reputation on its potential. But “The Office” — a drabby workplace sitcom that debuted in 2005 and was adapted from […]

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John Hodgman on the Two Celebrity Corgis That Shattered His World

The moment I stopped understanding how entertainment worked anymore happened when I was invited to a party in Adam Savage’s secret workshop. Adam Savage used to be a MythBuster on the show “MythBusters,” but his passion has always been prop replication. This means he would take his mythbusting money and funnel it into, say, building […]

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Scandalized by Ali Wong’s Stand-Up? Brace Yourself for Her Book

When Ali Wong is testing new jokes in front of an audience, she does something strange. “I talk very quietly in a monotone voice where there’s almost zero performance in there, to see if the material holds up,” she said. Purposefully boring an audience might sound like career suicide for a stand-up, but Wong insists […]

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How We Went From ‘Soup Nazis’ to Real Nazis

If you watch “The Handmaid’s Tale” on basic-subscription Hulu, the fraught dystopian narrative is periodically interrupted with advertisements, one of which promotes “Seinfeld” episodes available on the company’s streaming service. The ad is a rapid-fire montage of famous clips from “Seinfeld,” and it marks the show’s 30th anniversary. Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer laugh, quip […]

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Rip Taylor, Flamboyant Television Comedian and Actor, Dies at 84

Rip Taylor, a flamboyant mainstay of the comedy circuit who was known for his gags involving confetti, his brand of self-deprecating humor in which he would remove his toupee and his extensive voice work, died on Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 84. His publicist, B. Harlan Böll, confirmed the death and said Mr. Taylor […]

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‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Review: Eddie Murphy, Raw and Cooking

“Dolemite Is My Name” starts out as a comedy of failure and foolish hope. When we first meet him, in Los Angeles in the early ’70s, Rudy Ray Moore is a multi-hyphenate might-have-been. As he slides toward middle age, popular culture seems to be running in the other direction. His novelty R&B singles can’t even […]

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Utkarsh Ambudkar Finally Gets His Broadway Shot in ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’

LOS ANGELES — In 2004, Utkarsh Ambudkar completed the acting program at N.Y.U.’s Tisch School of the Arts feeling disillusioned. He’d spent his days in class but his nights at clubs in the East Village, freestyling and battle rapping — in his mind, he was much more of a rapper than an actor. A life […]

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Can We Talk About Biden’s Age?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is Joe Biden’s shakiness on the stump a sign that he’s just too old to run for president? Or is it just proof that some of his critics are ageist? This week on “The […]

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Chris Rock Is Writing a Book on Race and Relationships

Chris Rock, the Emmy-winning comedian and two-time Oscars host, has been talking about race and relationships since he began doing standup in the 1980s. Those who haven’t had seen him onstage will soon be able to read his thoughts on these perennially thorny issues in “My First Black Boyfriend,” a collection of his essays set […]

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Andrew Yang Knows You May Disagree With Him About Shane Gillis

Shane Gillis, a 31-year-old stand-up comedian who was named last week to the “Saturday Night Live” cast, has mimicked caricatures of Chinese accents. He has called it a “hassle” to have to speak with a waiter in a Chinese restaurant. He has used a racial slur to refer to the entrepreneur Andrew Yang. And in […]

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Shane Gillis Dropped From ‘S.N.L.’ Cast Amid Criticism of Racist Slurs

Shane Gillis, a comedian named last week to the “Saturday Night Live” cast before videos surfaced in which he used slurs and offensive language, will not be joining the show, the program announced on Monday. “After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining ‘S.N.L.’” a spokesperson for the show […]

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Shane Gillis’s Jokes Went Too Far. Should That End His ‘S.N.L.’ Career?

The new season of “Saturday Night Live” will not begin for two more weeks, but the long-running sketch comedy series is already drawing scrutiny for a new hire who has yet to appear on the show. On Thursday, “S.N.L.” said that it had hired Shane Gillis, a 31-year-old stand-up comedian, to join the program as […]

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New ‘S.N.L.’ Cast Member Used Racial Slur in Podcast

A comedian named on Thursday as one of the newest “Saturday Night Live” cast members made racist remarks mocking Chinese people and used a racial slur in a podcast episode last year. The comments were uncovered by a comedy journalist several hours after NBC announced that the comedian, Shane Gillis, 31, would be joining the […]

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‘S.N.L.’ Has Long Lacked Asian Players. One Just Joined the Cast.

For all the comedians and actors who have come and gone from “Saturday Night Live” in its four decades, there has been a near-complete absence of Asian performers onscreen. The NBC show is taking a step toward rectifying that. Bowen Yang — the son of Chinese immigrants and an “S.N.L.” writer — will be one […]

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25 Years Later, It Turns Out Phoebe Was the Best Friend

So much of the humor on “Friends” stems from hyperbole. Joey breaks a chair and it’s “the best day ever!” Chandler and Janice have “the worst breakup ever.” Monica’s co-worker is “the funniest guy she’s ever met.” Of America’s mostly beloved sixsome, Phoebe Buffay, the corkscrew blonde, guitar-playing masseuse played by Lisa Kudrow, would seem […]

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