Comedy

“Always Be My Maybe” Lets Its Asian Characters Simply Exist

Always Be My Maybe features characters that are only incidentally Asian.

Teenage Kicks: “Booksmart” is an Earnest, Affirming Fantasy of Feelings

Booksmart devotes itself more to the strange, transcendent kind of intimacy that can develop between teens during a singular night. Read more »

(Un)smart Buddies: “Booksmart” Is an Adorably Gawky Entry into the High School Comedy Canon

If “Booksmart” endeavors to make an argument for what youthfulness can be, and for all the messy hope entangled in it, then it must unearth the muck, too. Read more »

On Our Radar—Feminist News Roundup: R. Kelly Hit with 11 New Charges of Sexual Abuse

This includes four new felonies that carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. Read more »

Popaganda: Fear

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself? Give me a break. What about being afraid of murder? Indefinite detention? Stand-up comedy? On this episode, we explore some of the many things that make us afraid. The show begins with a story from filmmaker Assia Boundaoui, who grew up in a mostly... Read more »

BitchWatch: 13 SXSW Films Directed by Women

These 13 movies directed by women are bold, provocative, and give a peek into the future of film and women’s stories onscreen. Read more »

Every Rose Has Its Thorn: How "Schitt’s Creek" Mastered the Sharp Sitcom

It’s an honest depiction of a family employing productive optimism and pessimistic humor to survive. Read more »

#MeToonys: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and the Challenge of Making Harassment Hilarious

Kimmy Schmidt’s handling of Titus’ #MeToo storyline feels clumsy. Read more »

Bonged For Glory: “Broad City’s” Final Season is Ballsy and Bittersweet

It’s hard to maintain characters so strongly identified with their real-life creators when those creators have firmly and successfully individuated. Read more »

What Happens When Men’s Careers Are “Ruined” by Sexual Misconduct Allegations

As we now know, Aziz Ansari, like so many other predatory men in Hollywood, is doing just fine. Read more »

Oh, the Places Rage Will Take You: “Last Woman Standing” Reckons with Comedy’s Predators

As a culture, are we fully invested in seeking justice for women who have suffered at the hands of men? Read more »

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