4:32 PM, Apr 2, 2015 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
Several months ago, comedian Patton Oswalt, theretofore a favorite among the bien pensant Internet types, angered the online left with a plea for satire over self-victimization. After being accused of all manner of horribles, from “victim-blaming” to “victim-shaming,” he attempted to win back his former fans with some good, old-fashioned pandering. Oswalt went after Ted Cruz and even trotted out a hoary old chestnut about Dinesh D’Souza. (It was a bit surprising that, from what I can tell, he didn’t make fun of Dan Quayle’s spelling of potato.)
But now Oswalt has realized it: there’s just no pleasing the angry mobs of Twitter. And so, like an unhappy wife who realizes she’ll never be able to make her husband happy no matter what she does, Oswalt is striking out on his own–and loving it. In a long series of tweets this week, Oswalt mocked the hair-trigger left and defended the current subject of their ire: Trevor Noah, the South African comedian who has come under fire for “insensitive” tweets.
It seems, therefore, that Patton Oswalt has officially moved on from his former circle. At this rate, he’ll be headlining CPAC next year.
'Democrats tend to take it personally; Republicans think it’s funny.'7:24 AM, Feb 3, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an interview with Vulture.com, Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels concedes that mocking Republicans is easier than going after Democrats.
"Republicans are easier for us than Democrats," says Michaels. "Democrats tend to take it personally; Republicans think it’s funny."
The importance (?) of being Stephen Fry. Jan 23, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 18 • By KYLE SMITH
What makes Stephen Fry so (his words) “slappable . . . odious . . . punchable”? Part of it is the smug expression, the striped socks. We may also curse the ubiquity. Here he is on dramatic television (Bones), film (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), hosting documentaries, whipping up novels, sprawling across newsprint. He turns up like the Cheshire Cat—and supplied the voice of that elusive feline in last year’s Alice in Wonderland film.
10:06 AM, Apr 22, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Across the Great White North, "Human Rights Comissions" are running amok and making a mockery of the Canadian Charter of Rights, which guarantees "freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication."
Will you or will you not LOL?Jan 17, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 17 • By LIAM JULIAN
I Found This Funny
My Favorite Pieces of Humor and Some That May Not Be Funny at All
A Lesson in Cultural Geography from Steve Martin.5:13 PM, Dec 3, 2010 • By PHILIP TERZIAN
I record with interest and, perhaps, a measure of surprise and sorrow a brief dispatch from the frontiers of culture—in this case, the hallowed precincts of the 92nd Street Y on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Suffice it to say that the 92nd Street Y is the sort of place where Charlie Rose might talk to Anna Quindlen before an appreciative audience, or Leon Wieseltier might interview himself. Culturally speaking, this is important business.
Saturday's National Mall event wasn't a rally, it was a cult meeting.5:16 PM, Nov 1, 2010 • By ALEC MOUHIBIAN
Ever since then-CNN president Jon Klein declared himself “firmly in the Jon Stewart camp” after the comedian's bombastic appearance on Crossfire in 2004, something like an anti-cult has formed around that very camp—including as it does The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and the many books and franchises of its hosts. When the CNN anchor Rick Sanchez exploded against Stewart recently on the radio, he became only the latest public figure to join this anti-cult, and not the first to do so in a slightly deranged manner that ended up costing his job.
Academic overanalysis strangles ‘The Big Lebowski.’May 24, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 34 • By ZACK MUNSON
The Year’s Work in Lebowski Studies
by Edward P. Comentale
and Aaron Jaffe
Indiana, 512 pp., $24.95
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