"It's good to see you, Professor Dumbledore. Sorry that I asked you here to help hunt down your old boyfriend."
"Not at all, Newt, not at all. The follies of youth can come back to haunt us. When I was in love with Gellert Grindelwald as young man, I never could have guessed that his face would come to be one of the most despised in the world."
Before the reality of Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort (and associates) being indicted came to pass, director Ava DuVernay tweeted a short video that I promptly sent to everyone I know with the message "This is the best thing I've ever seen."Read More
Following the advice of Lin-Manuel Miranda, with an assist by @loudlysilent on Twitter. Sí se puede!Read More
Please find my invoice attached.Read More
The Onion has long been a high marker for American satire. But what is a site to do when they have a stated rule of "no low-hanging fruit" at a time when all fruit in sight seems to already be rotting on the ground? How do you make clever satire of Donald Trump, a distinctly and proudly unclever man?Read More
Donald Trump can maybe make that claim once Jared Kushner joins up with 60 of his frenemies to stab him to death, but not before.Read More
Or: how Donald learned to love the bomb.
Today the U.S. dropped the GBU-43, nicknamed "the mother of all bombs" as the biggest non-nuclear weapon in the American arsenal, on a suspected ISIS network of tunnels in Afghanistan. We're pretty sure we know how the decision came about.Read More
Is Dan Rochkind, in this article that introduces his fiancé as "isn't a bikini model" before it mentions her name, actually onto something?Read More
Applications to Knowledge College ACCEPTED.
Larry Wilmore's take on slut shaming on The Nightly Show is spot-on.Read More
Many folks on this side of the Atlantic woke up this morning to news of a violent attack on Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper with offices in Paris.Read More
Stand down, Weird Al. Sorry, Idina.
Holy crap. Emily Mandelbaum is clearly some kind of satirical songwriting genius.Read More
Satire Is the New Fact
"Came"? D'ya get it? Huh? Huh?
David Wain, director of Wet Hot American Summer and Role Models, is back in snark mode (though he never really left) with They Came Together, a feature-length skewering of every rom-com cliché known to man starring Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd. But is the film better than some of the the saptastic treacle it mocks? Happily, yes.Read More
EVERYONE PANIC! Solar Panels Will Drain the Sun of Its Power! Internet Freaks Out Over Fake National Report Article
Good. Something else for gullible idiots to believe.
The National Report is a satirical website that publishes fake stories the Internet loves falling for. Its latest hit is an article claiming solar panels drain the Sun's energy and that they could kill the Sun within a few hundred years. THAT IS NOT TRUE, but it sure hasn't stopped the story from spreading.Read More
Thank god! It's been a full half hour since I was objectified!
The Internet is in a 100% justified uproar right now over a new website of dubious veracity. The premise behind Code Babes is basic (also disgusting): the site teaches male users to code by having a traditionally attractive woman remove enough clothing to keep "things interesting."Read More
Spoilers gonna spoil.
People on the Internet sure do hate spoilers. They even hate things that aren't really spoilers. To try to make those people happy, here is a review of a movie we watched that is 100% free of any spoilers about the film including its title, cast, plot, setting, and crew. Enjoy!Read More
At first glance, it would seem that Kickstriker, a website from three graduate students at New York University, is a platform designed to mimic the incredible success of Kickstarter. Digging a little deeper reveals that these projects aren't exactly in the same vein. Of the projects currently on the site, one is for a mobile interrogation unit and another is to help fund the Tibetan militia resist Chinese rule. Essentially, it's for publicly-funded warfare.Read More
Some of today's musical artists just don't seem to understand that it's an honor when "Weird Al" Yankovic parodies one of your songs. Back in 1985, Madonna was canny enough to slip the suggestion to Weird Al that "Like a Surgeon" would be a humorous title for a "Like a Virgin" parody. But her would-be successor, Lady Gaga, humorlessly shot down a Weird Al parody of "Born This Way" called "Perform This Way," according to a posting on Yankovic's blog which documents the bizarre saga. You can read the whole thing there, but to make a long story short, Yankovic sent the following pitch for the song to Gaga's camp:
I’d like to do a parody of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” called “I Perform This Way.” The basic concept is that I, as a Lady Gaga doppelganger of sorts, describe the incredibly extravagant ways in which I perform on stage. Meat dresses and giant eggs would most likely be referenced, but also much more ridiculous made-up examples of bizarre wardrobe and stage production. As with all my parodies, it would be respectful of the artist, while having a bit of fun with her larger-than-life image.Gaga's camp proceeded to stonewall Yankovic, then ultimately shot him down. (Luckily, he released the audio to YouTube, and you can hear it below.) Read More
There are few works of greater scope or structural genius than the series of fiction pieces by Horatio Bucklesby Ogden, collectively known as The Wire; yet for the most part, this Victorian masterpiece has been forgotten and ignored by scholars and popular culture alike. Like his contemporary Charles Dickens, Ogden has, due to the rough and at times lurid nature of his material, been dismissed as a hack, despite significant endorsements of literary critics of the nineteenth century. Unlike the corpus of Dickens, The Wire failed to reach the critical mass of readers necessary to sustain interest over time, and thus runs the risk of falling into the obscurity of academia. We come to you today to right that gross literary injustice.You can read the whole essay, "When It's Not Your Turn," over at the Hooded Utilitarian. (via BoingBoing) Read More