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Topics: Telling Jokes
Topics: Telling Jokes
In either ninth or tenth grade, my friend Dan and I found a book of “Truly Tasteless Jokes” on the cafeteria floor. Our teenage psyches were quickly mesmerized, and we spent the majority of lunch reading it cover to cover. I laughed at one dead baby
I got one for you: It’s 1990, and there’s this group of 27 people who go to a six-week law enforcement leadership course in Ottawa. The first day, the newly elected class president announces that at the start of class each day, he wants someone to te
The show is funny because it's about the power of humor—and the absurdities of faith.
The awkward silences. The everyone-talking-over-everyone. Here's how to take control.
On Facebook, iPhone messenger, and What’s App, conversation is often silent and devoid of body language. Emotions are condensed to icons on a screen: a happy face, a wink, or a kiss blown to a loved one through LTE and pixels. These emoticons (a port
It can be foolish to anthropomorphize the natural world. Perhaps the most frequent version of this failing is when people attribute human thoughts and emotions to animal behavior. Look at that adorable polar bear caressing that sled dog! Clearly that
A conversation with Matt Novak, who’s been counting down to the inauguration on Twitter for a year and a half.
Follow these tips and you'll be laughing all the way to the bank.
The White House is making a habit of labeling outrageous claims “jokes” after the fact.
Comedian Iliza Shlesinger's standup is physical. She contorts and snorts and stalks the stage as she becomes the characters in jokes that explore what it's like to be a woman in today's society.
The indignities mount. First, Murr is told that he has to compete in a bodybuilding competition. And to be clear, Murr is nobody’s definition of fit. Stripped down to an American flag Speedo, he looks like a fillet of cod -- a soft, slender, floppy w
Ghosts and schmaltz haunt George Saunders’s first novel.
What all 495 pitches say about wowing investors.
If the Internet has shown me one thing, it’s my own astounding capacity to waste time. The rabbit holes online are deep and rich and usually absolutely fruitless. But I’m fascinated by anything that’s addictive, and my personal black tar heroin is, w
After leaving a successful career in Israel to earn his place in New York's jazz scene, the guitarist proudly bears the fruit of his labor on his first self-produced album.
When it was published in 1947, Gerard Reve’s The Evenings was considered shocking for its portrayal of youth in a postwar Netherlands. Now beloved in its home country, the novel is arriving stateside for the first time.
Local singer Tameca Jones takes a break from the festival's bustle to perform two songs and discuss the Austin music scene with NPR's Michel Martin.
He became a TV icon on Growing Pains, but the star’s favorite role was as a real-life father of 3
The video game of the future just might remind you of toys of the past. Sifteo cubes give tactile appeal to technology.
A Time story got pilloried for focusing not on the speech the human rights lawyer delivered to the U.N., but on her “baby bump.” It deserved the mockery … and, in another way, it didn’t.
KATHERINE RICHTER You just got an Oscar nomination for Moonlight! What drew you to this film? I cried about three or four times just reading the script. Then I watched director Barry Jenkins’s first film, Medicine for Melancholy. I thought, if this
Fans of the Los Angeles native's work with Kendrick Lamar may be surprised to hear the old-school pop sensibilities that define his latest album.
Barris died of natural causes Tuesday at his home in Palisades, N.Y., according to publicist Paul Shefrin. Critics called Barris "The King of Schlock" or "The Baron of Bad Taste."
On returning to The Cherry Orchard.
“I WANT TO MAKE THIS VERY CLEAR,” ISSA RAE SAYS AS SHE DESCRIBES Insecure, the HBO comedy she created and stars on. “This is not the quintessential black-woman experience. It’s a very specific experience.” The emphasis is unnecessary. Rae, whose pop
LAST YEAR’S EMMY AWARDS WERE A SATISFYINGLY well-made TV spectacle. Fans of Game of Thrones, TV’s signature hit, got to see their favorite stars celebrating the show’s first Best Drama win. Acting winners Viola Davis, who gave a moving speech about t
Forty years after she was in any position to make the sounds, the dead woman's laughter remains infectious, which is why you can still hear her distinctive "Uh-oh! Huh-huh-hoo!" as the fussy radio psychiatrist rhapsodizes over a bottle of Chteau Chev
In a video for "Limonium," Brooklyn-based composer Kelly Moran interrupts the stretched piano wire with corkscrews, forking the paths of sound.
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