Comedy Central promoted the first season with the tagline “If you don’t watch this show, you’re a racist,” but “Key and Peele” rarely resorts to the kind of binary racial humor so appreciated by Homer Simpson—black people do this, white people do that—and the color line is far from being its sole concern. (Nor is it all pathos, pathos, pathos. One sketch ponders the eternal question “What if names were farts?”) Where the comedy is racial, the familiar, singular “race card” is switched for something more like the whole pack fanned out, with the focus on what Peele has called “the absurdity of race.” “I always look back at standardized [...]
Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams, queens, have made this informational video on Kwanzaa, the redheaded stepchild of December holidays. "So Kwanzaa only looks crazy because there are still people alive who know the dude who made it up, and because he looks like he's playing Old Rick Ross in a Jay Z biopic?" Exactly.
AMIRIGHT, ladies?!? Thank you thank you I'll be here all week.
The business case for making an Asian-American show is simple: Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the country, they earn and spend more than the average American and they are overrepresented in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-34-year-old demographic. But if the case were really so strong, surely two decades would not have passed without some network making a bid for this audience.
ABC's Fresh Off the Boat, a sitcom loosely based on inspired by chef Eddie Huang's memoir about growing up with Taiwanese parents in Florida premieres tonight. It's the first Asian-American sitcom on TV in 20 years (!!!!!!!!!!), so people's expectations are high, especially since there's already been a [...]
Here’s a hot tip: if you're interviewing a comedian over the phone, don't do the transcribing yourself.
First, you'll experience lots of technical difficulties, because your laughter will have made the comedian's responses inaudible.
Second, you will have to live with every dumb joke you made in a vain attempt to impress said comedian, and you will never be able to look at yourself in a mirror again without flinching in shame. I learned this the hard way.
“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 [...]
GUYS! Tonight, the simultaneously "deeply stoned" and "super powerful" women that masterminded Broad City are back with a second season. Rachel Syme has a profile of them over at Grantland:
“Look, sometimes it is still hard,” sighed Glazer. “Some people are scared of us, and some think we are dumb little girls. But the way we combat that is just being ourselves in meetings. And having a partner makes that so easy, because when all else fails, I’ll just talk across the table at Abbi like we are chilling by ourselves.”
“Honestly, we regularly forget that other people are in these meetings with us,” Jacobson said.” [...]
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 [...]