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How 'The X-Files Files,' 'Mission Log,' and 'Go Bayside!' Are Introducing a New, Long-Overdue Breed of TV Critic

The recent launch of The X-Files Files, Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani's second comedy podcast, was both unsurprising and surprising. Fans of Nanjiani's standup act who follow his Twitter feed – one of the most consistently funny feeds written by a standup – have known of Nanjiani's genuine love for The X-Files because of his tweets about the 1993-2002 sci-fi classic ("The single greatest television show ever made. For the first 6 seasons."), so that's not the surprising part.

The surprising part is the shape that his X-Files fandom has taken, as if it's super-stretchy, shape-shifting X-Files serial killer Eugene Tooms. After Nanjiani tweeted that he was [...]

What Tosh-Gate Says about the State of Comedy Appreciation and Criticism (Some of It Is Good!)

When the Daniel Tosh firestorm started my initial reaction was to shrug and say "who cares?" It was a comedian making an off-hand offensive joke not on television, not on a CD, but to a live audience. The jokes weren't great and they weren't in any way PC, but I felt like they were a non-issue; I had seen many comedians say worse things to hecklers. (I thought it was much worse when he encouraged his fans to “Lightly Touch Women's Stomachs While They're Sitting Down.”)

But then it became a discussion that was being had everywhere by comedians and non-comedians alike, and I started looking at the [...]

Lena Dunham Kind of Enjoys the 'Girls' Criticism

"People are ultimately threatened by young people taking positions of power. But there's also this feeling of 'I could do that, too.' People don't feel rabidly jealous of Larry David or Salman Rushdie because they don't think, I could do that. And with what I've done, I think a lot of people think, 'I could do that in my sleep. If I'd just met one person along my path, I would have that TV show'… I kind of get off on it because I had a liberal-arts education… It's a really self-righteous, annoyed, argumentative world. And I loved it. But I don't wanna engage with people. I think you look [...]

David Foster Wallace and the Comedy Nerd

Mike Schur, showrunner of Parks and Recreation, is obsessed with David Foster Wallace. At Harvard, he made Wallace an honorary member of the Lampoon and wrote his thesis about Infinite Jest. He directed a music video depicting a scene from IJ. His wife banned him from discussing the book at social gatherings.

It’s not just Schur — a ton of comedians share David Foster Wallace enthusiasm. Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, Rob Delaney and a bunch more comedians read monologues from Pale King after its 2011 release. Tina Fey mentions Wallace in Bossypants. Anecdotally, a lot of my comedy friends are into Wallace. I read Infinite Jest while [...]