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As a country, we have a number of places to look to for reactions after something like the past week's heinous events in Charlottesville, Virginia. We can read stories; we can read commentary. We can watch the news. But in such a harsh political climate, comedy shows have become ever-so-involved in shaping the conversation had all week long at the office, on the basketball court, wherever. This week, not only did the usual suspects—Seth...
It’s not exactly tough, per se, to watch The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as an Asian-American, but it’s eyeroll-worthy, at least for its first season. Dong (Ki Hong Lee), the Vietnamese love interest of one Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper), has a funny name, he delivers Chinese food, he’s an undocumented resident, and he’s good at math. Also, Kimmy is into all of that. In the first season, the way Dong is written and the humor...
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa Opens March 4 “It is funny, but not overly so, which seems fitting,” wrote Kim Barker in the New York Times about this filmed version of her 2011 memoir The Taliban Shuffle, which details the journalist’s years embedded in war-torn Afghanistan and Pakistan. That’s bang-on on all accounts—the laughs are sparse but usually solid when they hit, and the sparing application of comedy is appropriate for yet...

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