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  • Comedians and cartoonist gather to discuss satire and censorship

    Comedians and cartoonist gather to discuss satire and censorship
    Comedians, writers, satirists and a cartoonist gathered Thursday night at Hollywood's Upright Citizens Brigade to discuss censorship and satire in the wake of the killings at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris. But while part of the debate mirrored some of what has been said already on the case — and included a broad condemnation of the violence — there was also an expression of discomfort with the racialized nature of the cartoons that have appeared in Charlie Hebdo.
  • 'The Interview' to get a live reading at New York theater

    'The Interview' to get a live reading at New York theater
    Sony's theatrical release of "The Interview" is officially kaput, but a small New York stage company is taking up the cause by hosting a live reading of the movie's screenplay. The reading, which is being mounted by a group of three New York-based...

    A talk with Benjamin Apple, 'Cubed' star, 'comedy person'

    A talk with Benjamin Apple, 'Cubed' star, 'comedy person'
    A few weeks ago I devoted my entire weekly Critic's Pick to self-described "comedy person" and video maker Benjamin Apple, whose dry, deadpan sketch series "Cubed" (brief encounters in a faceless workplace) I had seen on the YouTube channel Above Average,...

    Ty Burrell Signs Overall Deal with Twentieth Century Fox TV

    Twentieth Century Fox TV has inked an overall deal with actor Ty Burrell. Under the terms of the deal, the "Modern Family" star -- who will remain exclusive onscreen to the ABC comedy hit -- will write, co-create and develop his own comedy projects, as...

    Review: 'Yes Please' by Amy Poehler

    Review: 'Yes Please' by Amy Poehler
    I wrote this review for Amy Poehler's "Yes Please" on the Red Line to my cubicle job in the South Loop. I wrote it on a plane to a conference in Nashville, Tenn. I wrote it in the car, waiting for my 6-year-old son to finish school. I kept trying to...