Among the many tributes to the nine-year run of The Colbert Report, which aired its final episode last week, comes Vulture’s tip of the hat on behalf of “book nerds.” The Colbert Report interviewed two authors a week, on average, introducing their work to what was arguably the publishing industry’s best audience; Boris Kachka reports that, aside from Oprah’s Book Club, no other celebrity endorsement delivered such a reliable bump in sales....more
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Inconceivably, unexplainably, and, inevitably, thankfully, Bill Cosby’s on tour again. But even off-stage, he’s been there all his life:
In 1976, Cosby earned a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts, after writing a dissertation about whether teachers found “Fat Albert” useful.
Over at the New Yorker, read an excerpt from Mike Sacks’s upcoming Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today’s Top Comedy Writers. The selection features an interview with George Saunders, in which the writer talks about his upbringing, getting inspiration for characters from working in a restaurant, Mark Twain, comedy, and humor versus satire....more
Think Wilde, Wodehouse, Carroll, Cervantes—comedy has a thousand-year-old affair with literature. That said, what makes people laugh is as elusive and surprising as it is fascinating. Have you heard of the 1962 Tanganyika laughter epidemic?
We’re here in East Africa on the trail of the so-called 1962 Tanganyika laughter epidemic.
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Hello, and welcome to my week-by-week review of everything in the world. Today I am reviewing Instagram....more
Rumpus pal W. Kamau Bell got all fancy and moved to New York to host his hilarious TV show Totally Biased.
But we haven’t forgotten his San Francisco roots, and neither has he—he’ll be performing tonight at The Chapel on Valencia St with Karinda Dobbins and Nato Green, another friend of the site....more
The Franklin Park Reading Series welcomes a killer line-up featuring The Rumpus’ Roxane Gay, Karen Russell, Elissa Schappell, Leigh Newman, and Michael Heald....more
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
A Bad Idea I’m About to Do.
I Feel Bad About My Neck.
The titles of comedy books almost make a good blog post just by themselves. But if you want to learn more about books to laugh to, check out this Splitsider list, “The Ultimate Comedy Library.” It includes fiction, nonfiction, memoir, oral history, and an afterword by God....more
“Why take to the streets when Stewart and Colbert are on the case? It’s a lot easier, and more fun, to experience the war as a passive form of entertainment than as a source of moral distress requiring citizen activism.”
At The Baffler, Rumpus columnist Steve Almond takes on comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, arguing that the comedians serve, largely, to mollify the public by staunching desire for active action against unjust power structures by engaging in acts of essentially harmless ridicule....more
Two of our favorite comedians, W. Kamau Bell and Nato Green are teaming up to present Comedy SuperPAC: Promoting Good Comedy & Great Causes Since 2012! The weekly stand-up comedy showcase will be held at San Francisco’s Hemlock Tavern on Mondays from March 12 to May 7....more
KGO News’ Finch Files features comedian W. Kamau Bell, who discusses his use of humor to get people thinking about–and discussing–racism. Also, if you are in San Francisco, take note: this Thursday, Bell will be performing with Laughter Against the Machine at the Eureka Theatre as part of SF Sketchfest....more
Louis CK has revealed the results of a social experiment in which he directed, self-produced, and sold his show Louis C.K. Live At The Beacon Theater. By doing it all himself and avoiding a big company, he was able to make the show available internationally, free of restrictions, and only five dollars....more
“Well, excuuuuuuuuuse me!” my mother says from the kitchen when we complain about baked chicken again. “Well excuuuuuuuuuuuse me!” grumbles my father when we change the channel from the Auburn game to Elvira’s Movie Macabre....more
Funny man Michael Showalter sits down with Rumpus Radio host Stephen Elliott and co-host Nato Green. Michael Showalter is one of the founding members of the comedy troupe Stella and The State. He also co-wrote and co-produced the cult comedy classic Wet Hot American Summer. To top it all off he’s just released a book, Mr....more
This week in San Francisco, Quiet Lightning moves to North Beach, Janine Brito and Emily Heller get hilarious at the Punchline, Andrew Sean Greer’s The Islanders takes to the stage, and Rumpus Managing Editor, Isaac Fitzgerald, gets his literary Casanova on at Fivepoints Arthouse’s Tales of Tail....more