Welcome to Laughing with Longreads! Here you’ll find an essay by a famous comedian, or an interview, or a piece of fiction. Sometimes there will be philosophy or history or satire. There may be discussions about the intersection among comedy, race, queer identity, feminism, poverty and more. You’ve been warned.
By the time you’re reading this, the editor-in-chief of The Annual and I will be en route to Georgia in search of river monsters and pimento cheese sandwiches and rumored warm weather. Try to contain your jealousy, and check out these pieces about comedy. And send me your suggestions via firstname.lastname@example.org or @Emily_Perper!
Small-town Jamestown, NY garners big-name support (think Seinfeld, Aykroyd, Burnett) in pursuit of its dreams: transforming the museum dedicated to hometown hero Lucille Ball into a million-dollar home for contemporary and up-and-coming comics.
In the wake of the #CancelColbert fiasco, I searched for solace and found this thoughtful piece written earlier this month before by a queer black man who loves comedy and likes Louis C.K. Here, he writes about C.K.’s occasional use of slurs in his stand-up. It explores the messy lines between identity, intention and the things we love.
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