The Kids Are Gonna Be Alright, But No One Else Is


“Because you can no longer gather thirty people to make one funny thing anymore — they’re all busy making their own funny things, online and alone. The Internet changed music because it gave us new ways to acquire it, but the songs and the bands remained more or less the same. The Internet changed sketch comedy because it exploded it into a million downloadable shards.”

Adam Sternbergh at The Walrus writes about how the Internet destroys the “Canadian contraption” that is sketch comedy groups and why he is thrilled The Kids in the Hall are getting another show on the CBC.

Seth Fischer’s writing has twice been listed as notable in The Best American Essays and has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize by several publications, including Guernica. He was the founding Sunday editor at The Rumpus and is the current nonfiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown. He is a Dornsife PhD Fellow at USC and been awarded fellowships and residencies by Ucross, Lambda Literary, Jentel, Ragdale, and elsewhere, and he teaches at the UCLA-Extension Writer’s Program and Antioch University, where he received his MFA. More from this author →