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Chris Gethard Wrote a Brave, Insightful Piece About the UCSB Tragedy

"There was no they. No one was ever out to get me. They never held me back, only held me back. And eventually I realized that. And I found a lot more friends. And they were friends I felt more comfortable around. And all the things I thought I wanted when I was an angry young man – I either got them all or realized along the way that I never really wanted them. All the things I was angry about… as I’ve lived my life, I’ve come to realize that the world wasn’t making me feel that anger. I was making me feel that anger. The world couldn’t do anything to right its wrongs; only I [...]

Comedian Dave Shumka Was Shot in the Head But Is Luckily All Right

Canadian comedian Dave Shumka, perhaps best known for co-hosting Stop Podcasting Yourself on Jesse Thorn's Maximum Fun network, wrote a blog post yesterday evening detailing a tragic event that occurred last week:

At around 11:15pm on July 4th, I was leaving a comedy show with about 50 other people. A man ran into the crowd with something concealed under his shirt. He then walked up to me and my friend and said, “Hey, how’s it going?" He pulled out a handgun, lifted it up to my head, and fired point blank. I didn’t realize what was happening at the time, but I ducked. I ran away and heard [...]

The Delicate and Vital Role of Comedy After a Tragedy

Okay, this was a tough week for political comedy. If nothing else, it confirms something about the nature of comedy that we know deep down: it plays a major role in our healing process after national tragedies.

Immediately after something as disastrous as the shooting in Tucson happens, comedy just feels inappropriate. That makes sense. How could we be so insensitive as to laugh? That's how it is until suddenly it's the opposite, and laughing about that same event suddenly feels like a welcome relief. Even if we're not conscious of it, we begin to demand laughter. When we laugh, does that mean the worst is over?

It's not [...]