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'A Christmas Story,' 'A League of Their Own,' 'Slacker' Selected for Preservation by the National Film Registry

Today, the titles of 25 films selected to be preserved in the Library of Congress's National Film Registry were announced by the Librarian of Congress (yes, that's a real job/person), and a few well-known comedies made the list. Six of the 25 films this year were comedies (or comedy-dramas), and they are A Christmas Story (1983), A League of Their Own (1992), Slacker (1991), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Sons of the Desert (1933), and Born Yesterday (1950). Also, a bunch of non-comedies like The Matrix and some other stuff made the list too, but that junk doesn't concern us here because this is a comedy website, and we [...]

More Than 'A Christmas Story': Remembering Jean Shepherd, Radio's Great Teller of Tales

You probably know Jean Shepherd as the narrator and writer of A Christmas Story, the 1983 Yuletide comedy which is (over)played every holiday, and has become such a beloved classic that it’s easy to forget how cynical it is.  But as fans never get tired of explaining, there is a lot more to Jean Shepherd than that.

The reason so many people remain interested in Jean Shepherd, the reason the guy has inspired scarily-detailed websites and a full-length biography, is not because of one yuletide film. It’s his work on radio. He also wrote books, articles, and other films—but the best way to experience Shepherd was to hear [...]

A Christmas Story, From Movie to Touring Musical to Broadway?

Did you know that A Christmas Story is now a $5 million musical on tour in five cities and hoping to end up on Broadway? This article is an interesting look at how holiday comedy franchises like Elf and How the Grinch Stole Christmas march towards the Great White Way. Also, the show was composed by a pair of 26-year-olds, who are now working on a musical version of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach and yes, this must happen immediately, along with musicals based on every other Roald Dahl book also, and I will not end this sentence until I can go see The BFG on [...]