America was originally a spinoff of the long-running England. Airing from the 1776-77 season through today, America focuses on a small ensemble of white people using things in the ground to become rich or kill brown people. A sprawling dramedy, it combines all of the loose plot points of a Tyler Perry sitcom with all the fun of being white.
It has widely focused on the themes of war, freedom, sitting, Fenway Park, maps, the one true Christian god, rugs, pregnancy tits, Vice magazine, butterfaces, coal, butterdicks, “Where’s the Beef?,” Chicago, Larry Flynt, colonialism, Terri Schiavo, NBC single-camera sitcoms, toddlers, suicide pacts, Atari, penny farthing bicycles, SpaghettiO’s (Cool [...]
TIME magazine released a list of "The 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013" this week, and a lot of comedians made it in this time around. The list features an entire comedy category and also a ton of boring non-comedy categories like "science" and "art." Amongst those who made the comedy portion of the list are Mayor of Twitter Rob Delaney, SNL writer Chris Kelly, Parks and Rec writers Chelsea Peretti and Megan Amram, and Jake Fogelnest's fake account for the musician Prince. Folks like Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein, Lena Dunham, and Apatow spawn Maude made it in under the "Celebrities" category, while stand-up and Parks and Rec star [...]
Everybody is a comedian on Twitter, but only a select few are worthy enough to have all of their witticisms transmitted to you, the ever busy comedy fan trying to navigate through an increasingly congested internet. Every Friday we'll make your life a little bit easier by introducing you to an individual who consistently makes us laugh. You're welcome.
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Odds are that you already are familiar with Megan Amram's twitter account. From around June of 2010 through now Amram has amassed over 228,000 twitter followers just by [...]
Here's Twitter's Megan Amram's newest video, in which she raps about Ariana Huffington and her Post. Sample lyric: "If I got you a nametag, it'd say, Arianna Huffington/Boys wanna bang you twice because they gotta smell that muff again." I'd love to see that up in some nice 62-point font, right?
You probably won't get any useful advice out of Megan Amram's stain removal article in this month's Vice, but that's OK. There's more to life than stain removal, such as complete insanity: "Either way, fashion is a big part of this season. It’s always 'Who are you wearing?' this and 'Where did you get your two top hats that were made for worms?' that and 'Ma’am, are you kissing a bee?' this and 'Ma’am, are you open-mouth-kissing that bee?' that. But, IMHO opinion, experts are neglecting the most important part of fashion: the part where you DON’T HAVE STAINS ON ANYTHING. That’s not an acronym, I’M JUST MAD."
Vine is a toy from Twitter that challenges users to make the most profound work ever committed to video in exactly six seconds. Or at the very least, challenges comedians to bring a little more laughter into this world. Every Tuesday we showcase five of the funniest short shorts of the past week.
Your RSS feed might be difficult and not show the videos, but trust us – they are there.
Vine came around to Androids last Monday, resulting in some awkward first posts. Dan Harmon is probably going to be too busy to learn how to make more visually stunning effects than in his initial effort:
Megan Amram, Jerrod Carmichael, Arthur Meyer, Sean Patton, Rebecca Delgado Smith, Joe Mande, Ilana Glazer, Lauren Lapkus, Sheng Wang, and Betsy Sodaro were named by Backstage as "Comics to Watch." So, if you see any of these comedians walking around, watch them closely because their big break will happen literally any second now.
At around 2:00pm today, Joe Mande announced via Tweet (check it out below) that he was hired as a writer on Parks & Recreation and he'll be moving to LA. This is big news for Joe, who has been a fixture of the New York comedy scene for years. When Mande was on WTF in January 2011, Maron speculated that writing was the natural path for him. He has since written on this season of Delocated and the yet to debut The Nick Show Kroll. The position will reunite Mande with his former college sketch group teammate Harris Wittels, who has been writing on Parks since the second season. Joining Megan [...]
"Internet person" and Twitter heroine Megan Amram got the profile treatment last night on Last Call with Carson Daly. It's a fun piece in which she talks about Twitter, her comedic sensibilities, and her weird interaction with Rosie O'Donnell. For more from Amram, check out our recent interview with her right here.
Megan Amram is writing a book about science. Publisher's Weekly reports that Amram, a comedy writer who amassed hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers before landing a job on Parks and Recreation's writing staff, sold a book to Scribner Publishing. Called Science…for Her, the publisher describes it as a "faux-expert compendium of scientific knowledge" that plays with the “satirical conceit that ‘science is hard for most people, let alone women.'" Here's hoping she gets to keep her intentionally gross Twitter picture, which she describes as "Jabba the Hut on his Quinceañera," for her author bio.
In honor of its 236 seasons on air, Megan Amram reviewed the hit series America. As she writes: "It may not have the staying power of perennial favorites such as China or the credibility of indie darlings such as Finland, but America has proven that it can at least make some cultural impact. It’s not the best, but hey, they can’t all be Louie." She's right, they can't. Read the full review here.
Twitter: rejuvenating the field of comedy, leveling the playing field for all, sharpening comedians' writing skills. OR IS IT? This debate between comics Christian Finnegan and Megan Amram has convinced (as of this writing) 18% of voters that the site is not a boon but a boil on the backside of comedy. More specifically, Finnegan argues that Twitter fosters a narrow definition of comedy and hurts writers whose talents don't skew towards short, punchy jokes. Go read both sides of the debate and then report back: has Finnegan changed your mind a little bit, too?
It's pretty obvious to anyone who's been paying attention that Twitter is no longer just for reading about Kanye West's frustration with velvet pillows that can't be dry-cleaned. It's now the universally-accessible arena for established and unknown comedy writers alike to show their stuff. And it's led to huge notoriety for Megan Amram, who graduated from Harvard in 2010, moved to LA, and started a Twitter account. In just over a year, she's amassed nearly 90,000 followers and written for the Oscars and Disney's A.N.T. Farm.
Amram's Tweets showcase her signature twisted, dark humor: "I've got some terrible news: FOX." "I think one of my dads might be [...]
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