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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, it sounded like you were mocking me.'"

- Aubrey Plaza talks about her voice, being in a constant state of sarcasm, and her latest film projects in a new interview with NY Times Magazine.

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 serves the dual purposes of protecting the privacy of the party under discussion and lending an illusion of truth to the narrative. Behold: a story so painful, so juicy, so heartrendingly true that the author feels uneasy disclosing real names. That the author feels driven by basic human decency to shield the individual (whom she has rendered in maybe not-so-flattering prose, but for whom she still maintains lingering affection) from potential violence on the part of her readership who may [...]

Do Your Part and Vote for the 'New York Times' Comedy Challenge

The New York Times is holding its 2nd Annual Comedy Challenge this week. Six different comedians each tell their best clean joke, and then voters like you get to pick the winner. Last year, Jim Gaffigan won, with then-unknown Michael Che taking second. This year, Andrew Santino (who's appearing in the latest seasons of The Office and Arrested Development) is in the lead so far, with Last Comic Standing's Carmen Lynch in second. Kate Berlant, Chris DiStefano, David Agyekum, and Jim Tews are also in the mix. Vote now, it's the most important ballot you will have cast in almost a full week.

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 like the most reasonable place for it all.”

- standup Tig Notaro talking to The New York Times about her newly-announced book, a collection of autobiographical essays set for release in 2015

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 sudden, dramatic move." - The New York Times' Jason Zinoman on the risky hilarity that is long-form improv. 

Nathan Fielder on Embracing His Own Awkwardness for 'Nathan for You'

"Usually if someone gives you a social cue that he feels uncomfortable with something you've said, you'll jump in with a caveat and move on. Everyone's default state is this pleasantry state. My goal in the show is to undercut that as quickly as possible. If you really do let it sit, it's sometimes amazing what comes out of people."

- Nathan Fielder explains why he's embraced his own awkwardness for Nathan for You in a new and lengthy New York Times profile called "Nathan Fielder's Ingenious Dumb Humor" that's well worth the read.

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 Trek Into Darkness which doesn't even get them out of the month of May. The merits of 3D and 4D movies are also argued as well as an agreement that all movies should be much, much shorter.

Also Tim's feeling great this week after a visit to his doctor reveals a health concern which is delivered to him in the middle of the night.

This week's [...]

How Much Do Your Favorite Comedians Make?

Jason Zinoman and Megan Angelo over at The New York Times have a great piece today detailing how much money several different types of comedians make. They talked to a road comic, a UCB solo performer, a podcaster, a Comedy Cellar regular, a cruise ship comic, and Eugene Mirman. Bad news: Everyone except TV star Eugene Mirman makes less money than the cruise ship comic.

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 habit? 'There’s no such thing as a bad idea to a cokehead,' Mr. Hart explains. Among the downsides? When your dad shows up stoned to a spelling bee and roots for it like a sporting competition." – The New York Times profile of the soon to be world dominating Kevin Hart.

There Is A Play About the 'Cape Feare' Episode of 'The Simpsons'

Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play is the name of a real play currently running in Washington. It tells the story of a future where there is no longer electricity and the "Cape Feare" episode of The Simpsons grows to become the new Passion play. The whole thing climaxes with a monologue, in which an actor just steps on rakes for 10 minutes.

Catching Up with Mike Myers After Six Years Out of the Spotlight

"I don’t have a normal career. I never have and never will, and I’ve been happy with that since the beginning. It’s a world of quirk."

-Mike Myers in a New York Times profile that covers the new documentary he directed called Supermensch and where he's been the past six years.

Andrew Santino Wins The New York Times Comedy Challenge But No Cash

Standup Andrew Santino has just been voted the winner of The New York Times 2nd Annual Comedy Challenge, in which six up-and-comers all perform their best jokes and viewers to select a winner. Santino narrowly beat out Last Comic Standing's Carmen Lynch. It's good news for Andrew Santino, even though there's no official prize – cash or otherwise – because The New York Times hates supporting struggling artists.

'NY Times' Writer Really, Really Hates the Overuse of the Phrase "Really?"

"I could successfully argue that the 'Really?' epidemic on scripted shows is lazy writing; why do the hard work of spinning meaningful dialogue when you can grab a cheap laugh with a single word? But I’m more concerned about the role these TV 'Reallys?' are playing in the continuing collapse of society."

- New York Times writer Neil Genzlinger singles out SNL, The Daily Show, and The League, amongst other shows, in his piece about the overuse of the phrase "Really?" in scripted television. Good thing Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler are too busy to make a "Really!?! with Seth and Amy" spin-off because it would cause this columnist's [...]

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 with Algernon, Tim orders a breakfast wrap and learns that he's an old man, and a long, in-depth dissection of the New York Times' latest style piece about Williamsburg.

Read along with Tim and Tom here.

The writer of the New York Times article has responded to jackass critics like us! Read about how people like us don't understand irony here.