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Cameron Esposito on Taboo Joke Topics: "The Best Defense Against Criticism Is a Better Joke"

"IN THE END: Tell the jokes you want to tell. But know that feedback isn’t censorship or persecution, especially when it comes from a group more affected by the topic of your joke. The best defense against criticism is a better joke."

- Cameron Esposito explains how to joke about Bill Cosby and other taboo standup topics in her latest column for The A.V. Club.

'The A.V. Club' Celebrates 'All That' as "the 'SNL' for Kids"

"All That's attempt at giving children of the '90s their own SNL began with the masterstroke Lorne Michaels hit upon nearly two decades earlier: If your comedy show is supposed to reach a certain generation, let that generation tell the jokes themselves. … If Roundhouse was a community-theater production parents dragged their kids to, All That was like those kids keeping themselves entertained in the darkened playhouse: Passing private jokes, engaging in light slapstick with siblings, generally ridiculing the stuffiness of grown-up life."

- The A.V. Club examines the impact of Nickelodeon's All That as the SNL for kids of the '90s.

The A.V. Clubs Ranks the "10 Most Representative Episodes" of 'The Simpsons'

As part of The A.V. Club's ongoing series "TV Club 10," they tried to rank the 10 most "representative" episodes of The Simpsons today, choosing a string of episodes that best summarize the show. These aren't what they find to be the best episodes; they're the ones that best sum up everything the show can do (and can't do). With 500+ episodes to choose from, it's a rather daunting task (The A.V. Club calls it a "fool's errand"), but here's their list:

  • "The Way We Was" (Season 2)
  • "Lisa's Substitute" (Season 2)
  • "Marge Vs. the Monorail" (Season 4)
  • "Last Exit to Springfield" (Season 4)
  • "Bart Vs. Australia" [...]

'The Onion,' 'The A.V. Club,' and 'Clickhole' Are Prepping for a Sale

Funny or Die isn't the only comedy site considering a big sale this week. Bloomberg reports today that Onion Inc. — owner of pop culture and satirical sites The Onion, The A.V. Club, and Clickhole — has also hired a financial advisor for a possible sale of the company. Onion's CEO Steve Hannah declined to comment on the news, but the company is reportedly working with an investment bank to look into their options. Like Funny or Die, it's unclear how a sale would affect Onion Inc's sites. Hopefully The Onion's news item about God's plans to kick off humanity's mass extinction next [...]

Daniel Radcliffe Explains His Love for the American 'Office'

"When something is successful in Britain, we go, 'Okay, let's stop it before we screw it up.' And when something is successful over here, they go, 'Okay, let's keep making this a success until it's not a success.' And I think that it is a kind of very different attitude, but I'm actually really glad for that, because as I said, when the idea of an American version of that program came out, it sounded like sacrilege. And now, frankly, I look at those final episodes and they are so emotionally satisfying and grounded in a way that I don't think the British Office ever got the chance to be."

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Larry the Cable Guy Denies His Jar Jar Binks-ness

Feel free to read the Larry The Cable Guy A.V. Club Interview in it's entirety to get an in-depth look at Dan Whitney's influences, new History Channel show Only In America and thoughts on dropping character. Or you can read this pull quote about his Cars 2 character: "The dumbest statement I read this year was, 'Congratulations, Pixar, [Cars 2 character] Mater is your Jar Jar Binks.' I just want to confront the guy and go, 'Yeah, did Jar Jar Binks make $10 million of merchandise sales?'” Either way, we can all agree on one thing: both Cars 2 and The Phantom Menace made more money than [...]

Maura Tierney Shares the Sweetest Phil Hartman Story Ever

"I do remember one thing he said to me. Joe Rogan was being so fucking mean to me one day—and mostly we were all friends, but Joe could be a weirdo—and I was sort of upset about it, so I was just sitting over in the corner. And Phil came over and put his arm around me, and he said, 'You know, I just want to tell you you're loved.' Isn't that really nice? I know you expected me to tell some wacky story about Phil, but he was like that, too. He just put his arm around me and said that. He was so sweet. He was a really [...]

Check Out Cameron Esposito's New 'A.V. Club' Column

"Now, I understand that for many of you this wouldn’t be a big deal. For me, this was heart-stopping, and her arrival brought up the question: At what point when meeting a new friend do you let that person know in casual conversation that you own them as an action figure? I’m talking mint on card."

- standup Cameron Esposito tells the tale of meeting the Terminatrix in the first installment of her new A.V. Club column Who In The World Is Cameron Esposito?