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

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Compiled by Emily Perper

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 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 perper.emily@gmail.com or @Emily_Perper!

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“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)

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“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.”