Posts Tagged Comedy

Dear SNL: You should learn about #latinafeminism

To Lorne Michaels,

I am writing with regards to this past week’s SNL skit “Jewelry Party,” in which Lena Dunham and Cecily Strong explained on national television what a Men’s Rights Activist is in a pathetic attempt to commemorate International Women’s Day and hop on that trendy feminist wagon.

Here in the feminist blogosphere we have a saying, coined by Flavia Dzodan, that goes like this: “My feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit.” Here’s a version you might understand: My feminism will at the absolute minimum not be blatantly racist or it will be bullshit. And sir, your “feminism” is bullshit. 

To Lorne Michaels,

I am writing with regards to this past week’s SNL skit “Jewelry Party,” in which Lena Dunham and Cecily Strong explained on national television what a Men’s Rights Activist is in a pathetic ...

Flashers, sexual violence, and racism: SNL’s new cast member, Sasheer Zamata, takes on serious issues

Joining the cast of Saturday Night LiveSasheer Zamata will become the first African-American woman to grace the show in six years. You mean there are actually funny people who are simultaneously female and African American? Who knew? (Not SNL, apparently.) It’s truly mind-blowing! Where did SNL find this person? Really, though, SNL got the memo that their lack of diversity–which Syreeta and Juliana have written about recently–was unacceptable and in no way a reflection of the lack of talent of people of color. Because there is no lack of talent among people of color; there is just lack of opportunity, thanks to places like…SNL, to come full circle.

Anyway, not only is Zamata hilarious, but she’s a smart cookie and talented writer and uses humor ...

Joining the cast of Saturday Night LiveSasheer Zamata will become the first African-American woman to grace the show in six years. You mean there are actually funny people who are simultaneously female and African American? Who ...

How Louis C.K. helps the domestic workers’ movement by showing that parenting is work

Ed. Note: This is a guest post by Sheila Bapat. Sheila is a former employment attorney who now writes about gender and economic justice. Her book about the U.S. domestic workers’ movement will be released by Ig Publishing in 2014.

I saw American Hustle on New Years Day. I was pleasantly surprised when comedian Louis C.K. popped onto the screen. In the film he plays the role of police chief Stoddard Thorsen who spars with an overzealous cop Richie DiMaso (played by Bradley Cooper).

This role comes just months after C.K. showed up in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine. Meanwhile, his critically acclaimed FX television show, Louie, is about to begin its fourth season.

Louis C.K.’s cultural capital is rising alongside a social ...

Ed. Note: This is a guest post by Sheila Bapat. Sheila is a former employment attorney who now writes about gender and economic justice. Her book about the U.S. domestic workers’ movement will be released by Ig Publishing ...

SNL’s unfunny, racist White Christmas sketch tops off a year of embarrassing white pop culture

Saturday Night Live is really running with their jokes about how they’re aware of the criticism that their cast is super white and male. They think it’s hilarious and edgy to joke about that while not actually recruiting women of color to join the cast. Their latest not remotely funny bit of hipster racism came this weekend (after an opening monologue that featured the white guys from Anchorman 2 and the almost all white guys from One Direction. It was really white and dudely) with this White Christmas sketch. Warning: it’s racist.

Saturday Night Live is really running with their jokes about how they’re aware of the criticism that their cast is super white and male. They think it’s hilarious and edgy to joke about that ...

Aamer Rahman is your new comedy crush

Comedian Aamer Rahman has been getting a little bit of American internet love in the last few days; his bit about what reverse  racism actually means has been circulating quite a lot since it was posted at The Huffington Post. Hate to break this to you, America, but you’re late to the Rahman party. In Australia, we’ve been fans of Rahman and his partner in crime and Nazeem Hussain for quite some time. The two make up the duo Fear of a Brown Planet and together, they’re doing what is arguably the funniest and most incisive political comedy in the country right now.

Here’s one of my favourite Rahman bits for your viewing pleasure.


Transcript below the jump.

Comedian Aamer Rahman has been getting a little bit of American internet love in the last few days; his bit about what reverse  racism actually means has been circulating quite a lot since it was

Video: The U.S. is worse for immigrants than immigrants are for the U.S.

Confusing, right? We are so used to listening to rhetoric about how immigrants are bad for our country that we never consider whether their lives here are worth all the sacrifices so many make to come to our country.

The Daily Show does a great piece here on what academics call the “immigrant paradox,” wherein immigrants tend to have better health outcomes than their native-born counterparts.

Confusing, right? We are so used to listening to rhetoric about how immigrants are bad for our country that we never consider whether their lives here are worth all the sacrifices so many make to come to ...

A Gynotician: “A BA in Biologicalish Studies and Rhetoric”

Amazing. Thank you, Amber Tamblyn and David Cross.

h/t Raw Story.

Apologies folks – no transcript yet. If someone could put on in comments, that would be so great!

UPDATE: Amanda MThanks to Amanda M. we now have the transcript to the video. Hurrah!  Check it out below the jump.

Amazing. Thank you, Amber Tamblyn and David Cross.

h/t Raw Story.

Apologies folks – no transcript yet. If someone could put on in comments, that would be so great!

UPDATE: Amanda MThanks to Amanda M. we now have ...

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