Posts Tagged: comedy

The Best Time I Worked As a Cruise Ship Comedian

“Excuse me? My sign-on sheet has a mistake on it.”

It is not yet 8 a.m. and I’m blinking desperately at the stranger holding my passport in one hand and a leashed, drug-sniffing dog in the other.

“My date of birth is wrong?” I continue. “It says I’m 45. And also that I’m a man from Tampa.”

Taking his blank stare as an invitation to keep talking, I explain, “It’s just, I’m 25 and from Chicago. And also not a man.”

He takes the sheet, annoyed, and makes a series of illegible scribbles: “Just sign it. Welcome aboard.”

It is from these humble beginnings that I, Carley Moseley, née a [...]


Comedian Aamer Rahman on "Reverse Racism"

"I could be a reverse racist if I wanted to. All I'd need would be a time machine, and what I'd do is get in my time machine and go back in time to before Europe colonized the world and I'd convince the leaders of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America to invade and occupy Europe, steal their land and resources… In that time I'd make sure I'd set up systems that privileged black and brown people at every conceivable social, political and economic opportunity…"


A Mournful Meditation On The State Of Being A Girlfriend

From Chicago actress Rebecca Loeser, a short monologue: "Girlfriends do uncreative Facebook statuses, whereas my Facebook statuses are robust. And bizarre. What if the identity changes don't stop there?" Girl, we feel you.


'The Exquisite Corpse Project' and an Interview With Splitsider's Adam Frucci

Edith Zimmerman: Adam! You run Splitsider, which is also in the Awl network, and you're doing a cool thing where you're launching your own distribution label (!), Splitsider Presents. Your first output is a movie called The Exquisite Corpse Project, which is available on your site as of today. First things first: Please rank all the Awl sites in order???

Adam Frucci: That's a pretty mean first question, Edith, since you're asking me to actively insult my friends and co-workers. So instead I'm going to list them alphabetically, since you didn't specify by what rubric I'm supposed to order them: The Awl, The Billfold, The Hairpin, Splitsider, The Wirecutter. [...]


Consensual Comedy: An Interview with Comedian Heather Gold

Heather Gold is a comedian living in Oakland. She’s shared the stage with (among others) Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, Margaret Cho, Bill Irwin, and Judy Gold. She’s best known for her one-woman hit show “I Look Like an Egg, But I Identify as a Cookie”, an “interactive baking comedy” that’s made the rounds in Austin, New York, and most recently played to sold-out audiences in Berkeley. So far she’s baked over 50,000 cookies with audiences.

She also co-hosts the weekly web series Morning Jew with NYC-based comic Katie Halper.

I asked her to talk with me about she’s messing with the hyper-masculine conventions of traditional stand-up [...]


Start Your Day Laughing: Sasheer and Nicole's "Pursuit of Sexiness"

Here's the hilarious first episode of "Pursuit of Sexiness," a new web series written by and starring Hairpin favorites Sasheer Zamata and Nicole Byer as two goal-oriented young women who are "looking for good men, easy money and free meals but would be satisfied to break even and find a guy who doesn’t prematurely ejaculate." (Warning that certain parts are NSFW.)


What It's Like to Audition for Saturday Night Live

At the New York Times, 22 cast members (and Marc Maron, who almost made it) look back at their SNL auditions, starting from the beginning:

MOLLY SHANNON I heard that Lorne Michaels was looking at tapes. I used my waitressing money and made a tape of my characters. I was on a pay phone across from an El Pollo Loco, and I found out that he had passed on it. I was crying. I was devastated.

TRACY MORGAN I was married, I had three sons, and I was on welfare. I didn’t want that no more. I knew that if I got “Saturday Night Live,” it would change me [...]


Are We Terrorists?

Here is Brain of Terror, a masterful comedy short by actress Kathreen Khavari, who plays 11 different characters contemplating their ethnic identity after a particularly rough Homeland binge. Beware the binge.


A Conversation With Adrienne Truscott, a Performance Artist Doing a One-Woman Show About Rape

In my most feverish anxiety dreams, I'm at work facing a tribunal of scary bosses, not naked but totally bottomless, and somehow more-naked-than-naked as a result. For performance artist Adrienne Truscott, dreams like this are the stuff of inspiration. In her new solo show, "Adrienne Truscott's Asking for It! A one-lady rape about comedy starring her pussy…and little else!"  Truscott wears a cropped denim jacket, boots, a wig, and, well, not much else.

The setting’s not within everyone’s comfort zone, but Truscott’s audience is in good hands. She’s a seasoned performer with a history of naked feminist shenanigans (notably as half of the Wau Wau Sisters) and her [...]


Lil Women: The Vlogs

The backward-gazing historical improv comedy group PERIODS. ("I get my PERIODS.") bring you Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy if they were on the computer making beauty tutorials. The short videos play in succession above, or you can toggle among them on Nerdist's YouTube page.

Previously: "Is this a new pelt?"

(See also: Texts From Little Women.)