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Weighty Matters, Light Verse: John Lithgow Inks ‘Dumpty’

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One day, reaching for this book will be a good way to revisit the escapades of the Trump presidency -- and to be glad that they're over.

Putin — and the Pecs That Launched a Million Memes

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According to "Putin Kitsch in America," those beefcake shots not only boosted Putin’s image, they sexualized his public image.
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For Quality Cultural Diplomacy, Watch Hulu’s ‘Ramy’

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With laughter and understanding across religions and culture, 'Ramy' is the future -- for the next generation and beyond.

Kevin Allison Took a Chance — and the RISK! Paid...

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An evangelist for telling our uncomfortable truths wasn’t always so comfortable with it.

Maz Jobrani Uses Comedy to Tell the Immigrant Story

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Why Donald Trump is bad for comedy and what makes a good joke.

The Whim and Whimsy of James and Jamesy

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They're more Beckett than bonkers.

Geoffrey Owens, Working Artists, and Me

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Artists should start forgiving themselves -- and each other -- for wanting to pay their bills.

Is the Humor of Barry Humphries Out of Time?

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The days of performing witless, morally objectionable material under the guise of being "in character" are over.

10 Nominees for Trump’s Chair, National Endowment for the Arts

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There's a deep, eclectic bench ready to lead the agency.

Barr None: Crotch-Grabbing Comic Sabotages Stupid Sitcom

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Next time, ABC, if you don't want to put the "big" back into bigotry, don't green-light a bigot.

No, Claire Berlinski: #MeToo Isn’t Going Too Far

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Not when there are restaurant rape rooms and Louis C.K. is just fine.

Mia Dolan Sucks, But Jimmy Fowlie Will Leave You Laughing

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The fictional character played by Emma Stone in "La La Land" finally performs her one-woman show for all the world to see.

Amy Schumer Does Edward Albee, Courtesy of Steve Martin

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Amy Shumer, Keegan-Michael Key, Laura Benanti, Jeremy Sjamos spark a play giving marriage the once-over.

With “Vacationland,” Comic Liar John Hodgman Spills Truth

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The onetime "Daily Show" player turns serious in a new collection of personal essays.

After Mass Shootings, Late-Night Hosts Are Our Best Politicians

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How is it that the late night TV is the only place still outraged by mass shootings?
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Comics in ’70s LA: “I’m Dying Up Here” Just Misses the...

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Struggling stand-up comics in LA in the early 1970s? Should be a surefire hit, right?

Alt Satire? Here’s “Me The People: The Trump America Musical”

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"We have a lot of characters you would know..."

Network TV Needs to Stop Doubting Its Best Comedians

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Networks keep assuming audiences can't handle smart, fast humor. Ratings prove otherwise.

Ives Revives a Comic Liar (And It’s Not You-Know-Who)

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Cliton and Sabine? Cliton and Isabelle? Don't ask me. Events were moving fast.

Pantomime: The Perfect Tonic for 2016? Oh Yes!

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If we can't laugh at the past 12 months, what can we do?
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Which President Ignored Bounties on Our Murdered Soldiers?

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Either the ignoramus president was told the intelligence and did nothing about it or no one on his staff told him. Which sounds worse?