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The Era of the Epic Failson

On the eve of impeachment, the emergence of a new and horrific sociological trend will make you even sadder for America and the world than you were before. 

My Christmas Gift: The 12 Days of Impeaching Trump-Mess

Here's to enjoying the spirit of the (impeachment) season.

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.

Delhi Smog: The Toxic Gift That Keeps India Laughing

Despite all the choking, an ongoing environmental tragedy somehow inspires comedic gold.

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.

Broadway’s ‘Slave Play’: A Free (But Costly) Racial Satire

Harris' play is so scattershot that his many points, and the fireworks that generate, remain unhappily in chains.

The Audacity of Hype: The State of Narcissistic Trump Art

To the degree that Donald Trump has taste in art, it reveals his vanity. Of course.

12 Plausible Creators of the Deplorable Coin

Yes, the Deplorable Coin is a real product! Who designed it? No one knows! Or maybe we do...

A Little Bird Told Me: Announcing the Trump Presidential Aviary

To be located in a drained swamp surrounded by a big, beautiful wall, paid for by Mexico.

Who Are The 1491s and What Is ‘Between Two Knees’?

An intertribal, Indigenous sketch-comedy troupe exposes a deep cultural scar.

What ‘Ain’t No Mo’ Taught Me About 400 Years of Inequality

Audiences laughed. But no one will ever understand the pain of African Americans.

For Hnath, ‘Hillary and Clinton’ Are a, If Not the, Real...

Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow cannonade a gratifying 90-minute, intermissionless play.

Mr. Trump, Tear Down This Wall

Notes from the latest government shutdown, now at Day 100.

Mike Hot-Pence by Day, VP Mike Pence by Night

After creating a satirical character, actor Glen Pannell never expected to play the real VP.

How to Serve Children, From the White House Cookbook

A new plan puts the tots back into Tater Tots, and the kid in Steak and Kidney Pie.

The 2018 National Summit and Expo on Diversity in the Arts

A conference to tackle the difficult questions. Here's what you can expect.

Remember How ‘This Is America’ Distracted Us?

Americans don’t have amnesia about mass violence, we have no attention span.

How I Found a Flicker of Art in the Artless Soul...

"Transparent Falsehood" is a satire full of “outtakes of humanity” for a man who has none.

It’s Me! Will Shakespeare! Come ‘Measure’ My New Musical!

"Desperate Measures"? You could have knocked me over with the feather that I still write with.
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