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Two Distinct Holidays: Celebrating Secular Xmas with Connor Ratliff

Connor Ratliff is a writer and improvisor in New York City. He is best known as a member of The Stepfathers, the warm-up comic for The Chris Gethard Show and the host of The George Lucas Talk Show. Ratliff’s holiday special (made with the help of Chris Gethard Show cohorts Keith Haskel and Rob Malone), The Spirit of Ratliff, goes online December 21. Ratliff is agnostic and perhaps the most passionate fan of Xmas I’ve ever met.

In your Tumblr post detailing the origins of the Spirit of Ratliff EP, you never spell out the word “Christmas.” When we transcribe this interview, should we do the same?

I think so. It’s funny, I was talking to someone last night and they were asking me about the whole special and the EP—I remember as a kid, people would say they didn’t like it when people spell “Christmas” with an X. I don’t know what the actual origin of it is, but I remember hearing so much the people didn’t like it because they felt it was X-ing out Christ, and they felt it was sacrilegious. That seems like a hostile act, whereas we were writing the songs I was making a point of what I celebrate being secular Xmas rather than the religious holiday. Even though they’re obviously connected, I do believe they are two distinct holidays that people celebrate.

It’s a visual shorthand, even though they’re pronounced the same way. I never say “Xmas” as a word. The X in Xmas is pronounced “Chris.”

The Spirit of Ratliff special is a spin-off of the Spirit of Gethard specials. In the past it has felt as though Chris [Gethard] was at the whim of whatever Keith Haskel and Rob Malone had planned, will this special have a similar feel or will it be entirely different?

I was making a joke that the first three Spirit of Gethard movies were like the first three movies in the Bourne Identity trilogy, and this one is like that fourth Bourne movie that Matt Damon wasn’t in and Jeremy Renner was. It’s of the world, but clearly not the same. Not a straight continuation.

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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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