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Links & Longreads: It’s Been Awhile

It’s been awhile since I shared the sharpest essays in the humor writing biz. I’m sorry. I lost sight of what was important.

1. Boyish Girl Interrupted Tour: Am I never not on a Tig kick? (That’s Tig Notaro, for the uninitiated, the deprived, the depraved). Here’s a brief exclusive interview Tig did about her current stand-up tour. I know what you’re thinking: DID YOU MEET TIG WHEN YOU SAW HER AT THE BENTZEN BALL IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AT THE LINCOLN THEATRE? Yeah, yeah, I did. Yeah, it was transcendental. Yeah, the poster she signed for me is what I would save if my house were on fire.

2. Sense of Humor Changes With Age: Duh, but why? Why doesn’t Mom-maw like Michael Scott?

3. Scientists Sneak Bob Dylan Lyrics Into Articles as Part of Long-Running Bet.

4. “Try showing off your sexy body. Bend your elbow so the crease looks like a butt. He’ll love it! You should always assume that all men want to potentially have sex with you. If this makes a guy uncomfortable, then, LMAO, PRUDE!!!!!!! *high fives everyone on our Fantasy Football league*” – The Official Rookie Guide to Female Pickup Artistry

5. ‘Twilight’ to be Revived as Short Films on Facebook: I feel like this headline raises more questions than it answers.

LOL w/ Longreads: OITNB, tour diaries, brunch etc.


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1. When Netflix crashes because everyone’s watching “Orange is the New Black” at the same time, take a few minutes to read this interview with the show’s talented & adorable writer, Lauren Morelli. (Brittani Nichols, Autostraddle, January 2014)

2. Read this as you wait for your friends to show up to brunch. They’re always late; there’s always a wait. It’s okay. Your Brunch Order is the Window to Your Soul is here for you. (Bennett Madison, Gawker, June 2014)

3. The comedic minds behind and stars of NBC’s “Undateable” took to the street to promote their new show. Read creator Bill Lawrence’s tour diary: The “Undateable” Comedy Tour: How to Launch (or Not Launch) a TV Show in 2014. (Grantland, May 2014)

4. Check your mailbox. No, not the one in front of your house — you, know, the other mailbox. The one where you’ll find The Illuminati Summer Newsletter. (Will Stephen, The New Yorker, May 2014)

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LOLing With Longreads 5/30/14

Kevin Cole

Once again, I’m here for some reason. Specifically, Emily Perper has been more than busy with In The Next Room Or The Vibrator Play at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre, which I highly recommend you see if you support the female orgasm, a stand point I presume our readers are savvy enough to get behind. So in wake of week filled with bad news, I give you two longreads from funny people on a devastatingly serious topic.

1. Overcome your Programing and Become a Better Man – Chris Gethard

We can logically place the blame on these mass shootings on a number of things, gun laws, mental health, misogyny, but at the end of the day it comes down to the individual. In this piece, Chris Gethard opens about his past, entertaining the idea of shootings, feeling rejected, alone, much like Eliot Rodgers. But Chris offers a solution, a solution outside of gun restrictions or mental health evaluations. This piece is about looking inside yourself and finding a better you. Realizing that while you may feel alone and rejected, there’s a community out there for everyone and if you start think less and less about your selfish ideals about who “owes” you what, you’ll begin to find that things aren’t nearly as bad.

2. #YESALLWOMEN – Jackie Kashian

I didn’t chime in on #YesAllWomen. Not to say I didn’t support it 100%. BUT as a man, I didn’t feel it was my place to chime in (Okay, I chimed in this morning after Emily informed me that the woman who started the tag was getting death/rape threats and every degree of not cool) on what women are going through because frankly, I don’t know. A lot of us don’t know, that’s why this thing is so important. That’s why we should be reading about it, to become informed. Jackie writes a great piece about the importance of what’s being said and why we should take the time to listen rather than jump to our own defenses simply because not all men are rapists.

Well, I hope I did an adequate job summing up these pieces. Em will be back next week, and I’ll return on Monday with an explanation as to why posts were so scarce this week.

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LOLing With Longreads 5/23/14

Kevin Cole

I know what you’re thinking, what happened to Emily Perper, I thought this was her thing? Well, you thought right. It is her thing, given the speed it takes me to finish reading anything it’s a mystery as to how I started a humor magazine. That said, Emily has been swamped this week between her new job and assistant stage managing In The Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) for the Maryland Ensemble Theatre. With all this and the idea for a longreads list in the back of my head, I gave her the week off. Hopefully I can do longreading justice.

How To Lose Your Show.

1. My Television Show Was Cancelled. Fuck. – Justin Halpern

The shows featured in this list are in bizarrely different stages of cancellation, logic would dictate-it’s cancelled and it’s done. This is the case for Surviving Jack, FOX’s short-lived midseason replacement. It didn’t have the time to gain a cult following but people watched and enjoyed it. Justin doesn’t begrudge the network here, but he chooses to look back on the good times he had while making Surviving Jack, he reflects on the cast and crew with admiration and he’s proud of what he put out.

2. More Than a Tweet – Dan Harmon

This isn’t the first “losing your show” blog from Dan Harmon. As many of us remember, he was famously fired from Community after the third season and then brought back like a christ-like showrunner for fifth season. When NBC chose not to renew the show just short of its sixth season (and a movie) fans were outraged… heartbroken… I’ll admit to getting emotional about it, as I do with most things. But thanks to the modern conveniences of Netflix resurrection, the question was, would Community get a Season Six? And what could the fans do to make it happen? Dan writes this post for the fans, to lift the burden of worrying about things they can’t really control. There’s a message of hope somewhere in there… I think. Did I make too many allusions to the Jesus story with this one? Christ, I’m sorry.

3. Comedy Central Has Decided Not To Pick Up The Chris Gethard Show – Chris Gethard

I love this piece. The Chris Gethard Show has an insane following and is without a doubt one of the weirdest, most honest, entertaining shows on public access. It’s a show that’s been struggling for mainstream attention for years. This was their shot to finally get it, last spring they shot a pilot for Comedy Central and as you can tell by the title… it didn’t get picked up (I used the ellipsis for suspense, in case you were craving it). But rather than declaring war on Comedy Central, or going up on the show and railing against them, Chris thanked them for giving this group of wonderful weirdos a shot, and got his entire fan base to do the same. Best of all The Chris Gethard Show still lives on, with new episodes airing live every Wednesday at 11pm (est).


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LOLing With Longreads 5/16/14

Emily Perper

1. Rolling Stone offered 20 Best Comedy Podcasts Right Now (oh, the urgency!) Take this opportunity to discover a new favorite podcast. I, for instance, will tune into Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction. The Annual has had the privilege to feature one these comedic minds on its pages: read our interview with Greg Proops (#8).

2. The New Yorker presents Missed Connections for A-HolesOur eyes connected but you just kept walking. If I had the chance to see you one more time, I would roll down my windows and call you a dick.”

3. Being a Comic & a Punchline by Cameron Esposito is about being a gay lady comedian in front of a hostile, hetero crowd and combatting the ignorance of comedians who use sexuality as a punchline.

4. I found My Ideal Weddings, By Age to be inspiring because a) my best friend is getting married on Saturday and b) I NEVER imagined my wedding as a child, so I can live vicariously through Maris Kreizman.

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LOLing with Longreads 4/25/14

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“Terms and Conditions for Watching Your Stuff.” (Eliza Berman, The Rumpus)

“Hey, would you mind watching my stuff while I run to ___________ real quick?”
“Yes. Here’s my contract.” As Berman says, “Sign here, bitch.” 

“How Amy Schumer Gets Guys to Think Feminists are Funny.” (Eliana Dockterman, Time)

Like, part of me doesn’t care if men think women are funny? Because, like, screw those guys? And not literally? But this is a good analysis of Schumer’s comedic process and made me want to watch her show. In addition, I agree with the author: “the female [insert male-centric show here]” is SUCH a lazy way to describe anything. Especially awesome comedy.

“The Beards Are a Joke.” (Justin Heckert, Atlanta Magazine)

I started to read this piece, saw it was 10 pages, and almost went to bed instead. I’m glad I didn’t. The story’s premise–four bearded dudes from Atlanta climbing into an SUV and touring the country and doing standup all over the West Coast–is deceptively simple. This piece is immensely readable. I couldn’t stop. It’s a delight.

LOLing With Longreads 4/18/14

Emily Perper

I Was an Arcade Fire Bobblehead Decoy.” (Amos Barshad, Grantland)

“The top secret missive came from deep within the Arcade Fire camp — we’re bobbleheading tonight. We need an extra bobblehead. Are you ready, willing, and able to assist in the case of bobbleheading?”

“The Unruly Stoner Girl: What Makes Broad City so Radical” (Anne Helen Petersen, Los Angeles Times Review of Books)

Broad City is one of those unexpected yet universally beloved shows. If you’ve seen any or all of the episodes, you’ll have noticed that, as Petersen points out, Broad City has a lot in common with dude-centric tropes (pot! casual sex! etc.) and this places it in a category of women performing transgressive comedy (see: Gilda, Lena, Lucille). Spoiler alert: It’s awesome. And important for Feminism. 

“I regret pairing Ron and Hermione together (because Ron is a time-traveling Dumbledore),” JK Rowling Admits.” (Mallory Ortberg, The Toast)

God, I love The Toast. It might be the One True Website for up-and-coming writers/lady power/funny everything. I tangent. The omnihilarious Mallory Ortberg explores the possibility that Ron is Dumbledore and Dumbledore is Ron BECAUSE TIME TRAVEL. (Read “The Secret Ronbledore Pages” here.)

LOLing With Longreads 4/11/14

Emily Perper

What the Hell is Harmontown? (Ben Kirby, Empire)

Everyone’s talking about Colbert (including our editor-in-chief), but let’s take a look at the empire of Dan Harmon: “Community” creator, “Rick and Morty” co-creator, star of an upcoming documentary and host of a raucous podcast. He also might be a genius. One of those tortured-but-in-love-with-life geniuses.

Life Sentences: Dinosaur Erotica (Michael Reid Roberts, The American Reader)

What happens when you take a Stanford-standard syntactical study and apply it to … DINOSAUR EROTICA?

Adventures With UPS Man (Roxane Gay, The Hairpin)

Let Bad Feminist and all-around badass Roxane Gay regale you with tales of her intimate/unrequited relations with her UPS man.

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LOLing with Longreads 4/4/14

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 or @Emily_Perper!


“New Leadership at Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center Looks to Turn it Into National Comedy Center.” (Tim O’Shei, Buffalo News)

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.

“Comedy Crush: Liza Dye, ‘SNL’ Ready.” (Brittani, Autostraddle)


“So Funny It Hurts.” (Eric Anthony Glover, Racialicious) 

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.

“What Out-of-Town Writers Need to Know About San Francisco.” ( Joe Garofoli & Peter Hartlaub, SFGate)

The authors want to help you write your best trend piece. You know, the one that’s been written literally dozens of times already: We know why you’re here. Your editors want the story, it’s freezing where you’re from and you want that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expense a night at Mission Control, the sex club for techies.”