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Aubrey Plaza Insists She’s Not Always Mocking People

"I think it’s just the tone of my voice that throws people off. Zooey Deschanel recently told me, 'Everything that you say to someone sounds like you’re mocking them.' I was like, 'But I’m not.' And she was like, 'Even when you just said that, [...]

By Megh Wright

Postmodern Love, by Erin Somers

The writer Erin Somers sits down to write a "Modern Love" column1. The subject is the truncated, never-realized dalliance between herself and D.2 The convention of masking identities in essayistic, first person writing with a single initial [...]

By Brian Boone

The Complete Guide to Everything: Summer Movies 2013

Even though it's Spring, it's still time for this Summer's blockbuster movies to premiere and Tim and Tom are here with their preview. This week they look at Oblivion, Iron Man 3, Hangover Part 3, Fast and Furious 6, The Great Gatsby and Star [...]

By Splitsider Editors

Tig Notaro Releasing a New Book of Autobiographical Essays

“Living my normal life, I already had plenty to write about. Now after experiencing the highest of highs and lowest of lows of a lifetime, crammed into a four-month period, I have a lot more to say and it’s got to go somewhere. A book seems [...]

By Bradford Evans

Kevin Hart: Turning Personal Tragedy Into Comedy Superstardom

“'When you first hear it,' says Mr. Hart, a compact, energetic comedian, 'you’re like: "What? Your dad was on drugs? That’s crazy."' Still smiling, he adds: 'It’s not that bad. I’m going to tell you why.' Among the advantages to his father’s [...]

By Jesse David Fox

The Complete Guide To Everything: The New York Times’ Williamsburg

A spoiler-free review of The Dark Knight Rises, how old is Alfred, a lesser IMAX, the problem with Baskin Robbins inside of Dunkin' Donuts, peeing during a movie, novelty home signs, a preview of The Complete Guide to Everything: After Dark [...]

By Splitsider Editors

The Tightrope Act of Improv Comedy

"An art form without an author, improv comedy is sometimes compared to a high-wire act, but truly to understand the level of difficulty, imagine a team of tightrope walkers chained together. Then every few seconds one daredevil must make a [...]

By Jesse David Fox

Comedians Be Writing Memoirs

For the New York Times, Jason Zinoman writes about the post-Bossypants world of comedian memoirs, which I assume is in honor of the recently launched Splitsider Comedy Book Club. Mentioned are the new-ish books by Mindy Kaling, Rachel Dratch, [...]

By Jesse David Fox

Telling Stories in New York

Over at the Times, comedy critic Jason Zinoman takes a look this week at the flourishing storytelling scene in NYC, talking about stories and shows by Ophira Eisenberg, Dave Hill, Kevin Allison and others. It's worth a read if you're interested [...]

By Adam Frucci

Yeah, Why Don’t Comedies Win More Oscars?

Well, the Oscars are this Sunday and it's starting to look like Bridesmaids really isn't going to get that surprise last-minute Best Picture nomination we were all counting on. So the New York Times has put together a thorough examination of [...]

By Hallie Cantor

Talking to Jason Zinoman, the New Comedy Critic for the New York Times

A couple weeks ago, the New York Times debuted its newest column, one focusing on comedy. Previously, the paper's coverage of comedy generally stuck to major TV and film releases, with the occasional profile or trend piece throwing a bone to [...]

By Adam Frucci