How to Irritate People

Despite our ever-shifting cultural norms, Monty Python remains the epitome of British comedy- the innovative trailblazers that set a standard even today's best sketch comedy fails to hit. You can watch their early training grounds on old BBC shows like Do Not Adjust Your Set and At Last the 1948 Show, which are fun and … Continue reading How to Irritate People

The Naked Civil Servant

Quentin Crisp may have been somewhat forgotten in today's mainstream culture, even though a lot of mainstream culture owes its current shape to him. An unabashedly and flamboyantly gay man living in an era (starting with the 1920's) and a place (England) where such an orientation was not only unaccepted, but expected to be kept … Continue reading The Naked Civil Servant

The Confessions of Robert Crumb

What role does Robert Crumb play in a 21st Century, post-#METOO America? On the surface, the answer is "not much"- his openly misogynistic hostility towards women, his Sambo-influenced depictions of African Americans... it's hard to imagine any self-respecting Millennial making it through a single of comics without going into convulsions. And yet, Crumb is arguably … Continue reading The Confessions of Robert Crumb