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Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Annual

Kevin Cole: Woody Allen is 77!?


Were you aware of that? You might not be. After all, he was only 76 yesterday.

Sarah Silverman’s a year older. Richard Pryor’s been gone for some time, but he’d be a year older if were he still with us.

Oh, and appropriately enough The Annual reached it’s goal of $1,500 just this morning. Perhaps the Comedy Gods smile upon December 1st, it would certainly seem that way. 

It’s strange to articulate how this feels, which creates an emotional layer of strangeness upon strangeness. I’ve never done something like this before. When pitching a new humor magazine in a world where print is on the decline there’s a level of uncertainty as to whether or not your project will ever see the light of day. This paired with my Allen-grade Neurosis that would tap on my shoulder, five days into the campaign, 45% funded and tell me there was no way we’d raise the remaining $900 in time. Yet The Annual has surpassed our goal with 13 days remaining. 

It feels incredible. It’s what I imagine Dan Harmon felt like after Remedial Chaos Theory was so well received. Suddenly this strange humor magazine written by a bunch of relative unknowns has some degree of a following, enough of a following to validate it’s physical existence. 

The Muppets once sang that “If just one person believes in you…” and now more than ever that song rings true. One person on the Kickstarter staff believed in us enough to make The Annual their Project of the Day. Every person who gave whatever amount, and every person who didn’t but just as easily spread the word around. The Annual wouldn’t exist without these people and I am immensely thankful for these people. People who believe in comedy and laughter. This is starting to get sappy, but I owe that to the donors right?

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to get to work uncovering Obama’s college transcripts and passport information, as promised. 

Happy Birthday Woody, Sarah, Richard, and anyone else celebrating a birthday today!

Kevin Cole: Woody Allen is 77!?

The Annual’s Tips and Tricks for Surviving Thanksgiving


  • Graciously accept a glass of wine whenever your host (or hostess) offers one to somebody else.
  • Don’t skimp on the Turkey, there’s a smorgasbord of side dishes that everyone’s clamoring for-but none with enough tryptophan to put you out before halftime.
  • Try to picture your boring, naggy relatives in their underwear and watch them become your boring, sexy relatives.
  • Start a controlled fire in your deep fryer and enjoy the chaos that ensues.
  • Respect the post-thanksgiving feast nap, especially if the person taking the nap is your cousin who just got out of jail.
  • Always keep your keys in your pocket, you’re going to need them for a fast get away and for security when your uncle has had seven bud lights.
  • Beware of the over indulgent forks. You’ll know you have one when you feel full within five minutes of starting dinner.
  • Dress up like a dead turkey and stuff yourself in the oven. As a joke.
  • Don’t be afraid to let your rage fester, it’ll come in handy on Black Friday
  • If any of the following topics come up during dinner, retreat to the kids table:
    Who will carve the turkey, what gravy really looks like, who gets the last crescent roll, vegetarianism, veganism, abortion, The election, Israel, gay elmo, your grandmas toenail, tissue boxes, Lost, what was found in your baby cousins diaper, facebook pokes, “Kid’s don’t know the value of a dollar”, 4000 calorie dinner, running sports, jumping sports, fake sports, the favorite grandchild, “Justin Beiber is a lesbian”, “Lesbians aren’t real”, The lesbian your brother is dating, The color of grandpas booger which has just landed in the cranberry sauce, “How do I turn on my iPad?”, Steve Jobs ghost is possessing your aunts right pinky, When, where and how your mother lost her virginity, diabetes induced exercise, “Do you think Donald Trump’s pubes look like his hair?”
  • Invest in a pair of thanksgiving pregnancy pants available anywhere baby clothes are sold or in your 16 year old sister’s closet.
  • Remember that no one wants to know how the turkey carcas is perfect for your sculpture about meat eaters.
  • Tie your pets together and hold your own parade.
  • Burn the turkey; it will insure you don’t host thanksgiving next year.
  • Do an Al Roker impression. It’s the only day such an impression is relevant.

The Annual begins its Kickstarter Campaign


I hope you aren’t sick of campaigns, because the next one starts today!

That’s right, today marks the beginning of The Annual’s Kickstarter campaign. That means we have 30 days to raise $1500 to bring our first issue to print. Help us bring laughter into at least 500 homes (one of which could be yours).

Simply click the picture to be taken to our Kickstarter page, OR follow this link:

Illustration by: David Luna