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

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

According to "Putin Kitsch in America," those beefcake shots not only boosted Putin’s image, they sexualized his public image.
Ramy

For Quality Cultural Diplomacy, Watch Hulu’s ‘Ramy’

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...

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

Maz Jobrani Uses Comedy to Tell the Immigrant Story

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

The Whim and Whimsy of James and Jamesy

They're more Beckett than bonkers.

Geoffrey Owens, Working Artists, and Me

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

Is the Humor of Barry Humphries Out of Time?

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

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

Barr None: Crotch-Grabbing Comic Sabotages Stupid Sitcom

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

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

Mia Dolan Sucks, But Jimmy Fowlie Will Leave You Laughing

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

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

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

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

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...

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”

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

Network TV Needs to Stop Doubting Its Best Comedians

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)

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

Pantomime: The Perfect Tonic for 2016? Oh Yes!

If we can't laugh at the past 12 months, what can we do?

Ms. and They: Coming to Terms with Terms of Identity

Throughout rehearsals, she constantly defaulted to “he,” followed by stuttering apologies. Aidan always said, “That’s OK.” She always felt terrible anyway.
América

América the Beautiful

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