Parody in Practice: The Gentlemen of Humans of Higher Ed [Interview]

Last week, we discussed the nature of parody, the challenges associated with doing it well, and why it feels like the type of comedy we really need right now. This week, I want to take an in-depth look at a higher education-specific example of the form, in  (the award-winning) Humans of Higher Ed. Developed earlier this … Continue reading Parody in Practice: The Gentlemen of Humans of Higher Ed [Interview]

Surely You Can’t Be Serious: On the Necessity of Parody

What's it called when you read a diagnosis and its symptoms, and immediately determine that you have the disease in question? Whatever the technical name, I've got an ailment to add to my hypochondriac's litany of likely diseases: witzelsucht.  Witzelsucht is a neurological condition in which the sufferer is essentially a nonstop fountain of jokes and … Continue reading Surely You Can’t Be Serious: On the Necessity of Parody

Drunk History’s Guide to Black History

One of my favorite, and most popular, posts is about the empowering nature of Derek Waters' Drunk History for women. It creates a safe space for them to drink without the dire consequences frequently befalling women on television, and positions them as both reliable narrators (for the storytellers), and as figures of historical significance (for the story subjects). … Continue reading Drunk History’s Guide to Black History

The CATASTROPHE of Creative Relationships

I spent three hours of my past weekend laughing at the smart and wickedly funny Catastrophe (now streaming on Amazon Prime). Starring a comedian I have expressed my appreciation for previously, Rob Delaney, and Sharon Horgan (of the UK's Pulling, IFC's deliciously awkwardThe Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, and a cameo on Moone Boy), it … Continue reading The CATASTROPHE of Creative Relationships