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The Truth About 'The Interview'

Susan Silver | Posted 01.06.2015 | Comedy
Susan Silver

The movie insults anyone who has ever written a script that couldn't get made. OK, I'm bitter. Anyone who shares Guild membership in Writer's and Director's Guilds, can we take away people's membership? Take those cards, please!

Death of a Salesman

Marcia Liss | Posted 01.02.2015 | Fifty
Marcia Liss


Auld Acquaintance

Marcia Liss | Posted 01.01.2015 | Fifty
Marcia Liss


10 Basic Trends 2014 Can Keep

Mark Taylor | Posted 12.31.2014 | Comedy
Mark Taylor

In the hopes of achieving success and getting things on the right track, let's all agree to say goodbye to the following 10 things. Like American Idol, Grey's Anatomy and Glee, they had their time in the sun, but let's face it, it's over.

I Was a Teenage Fundamentalist: How I Resolved the Conflict Between Jesus and My Sexuality

Kevin Thornton | Posted 12.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Kevin Thornton

It was the early '90s. Southern Indiana. My entire world revolved around Jesus, and I was hiding the darkest secret. "I'm gay." I remember scribbling those words into my cheap, paperback journal.

The Yearly Obituary - Things We Lost in 2014

Dan Miles | Posted 12.31.2014 | Comedy
Dan Miles

This was the year that someone finally found a way to use social media effectively by encouraging people to sacrifice a touch of dignity along with a bit of cash by dumping a bucket of ice cold water over their heads.

Vote in Lester and Charlie's Annual Prediction Poll

Lester & Charlie | Posted 12.30.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

For more years than we care to count, you readers have helped us bet on what the big news stories of the next year will be. Sometimes, to our astonishment, we get something right.

Killing Two Birds... and I Don't Mean North Korean Leaders

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 12.30.2014 | Los Angeles
Nancy Cohen-koan

I didn't find anything particularly funny despite being a Rogan fan. I like crude. Just last night I saw National Lampoon's Dirty Movie and ashamedly found myself howling. But The Interview's script didn't hit any of my bones.

The Darndest Things Kids Said This Year

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

My son was helping make up the weekly shopping list. His items included Oreos, chips, tomato soup and-surprisingly-Weight Watchers meals. I told him that he really did not need to eat diet foods. He answered, "I know; those are for you."

Who's The Fairest?

Marcia Liss | Posted 12.30.2014 | Fifty
Marcia Liss


The Best of 2014 in 'Best of 2014' Art Exhibition Lists?

Annabel Osberg | Posted 12.29.2014 | Arts
Annabel Osberg

Like holiday gifts, year-end "Best of" lists present us with subjectively curated highlights constrained by the artificial receptacle of a calendar year and embellished by dazzling superlatives, parceling the events of the past twelve months into neat little packages around which we may easily wrap our minds.


Marcia Liss | Posted 12.29.2014 | Fifty
Marcia Liss


My Top Ten 'Top Ten Critics List' Critic's List

John K. Herr | Posted 02.26.2015 | Comedy
John K. Herr

It's the end of the year, which means endless end-of-the-year lists, especially for TV shows. And I didn't watch TV this year. Seriously. I cut the cable cord in 2008. Yes, I am superior to you, thanks for asking.

Alright, I Have Bad Taste

Anthony Romeo | Posted 02.21.2015 | Comedy
Anthony Romeo

It's practically 2015, and we mustn't forget the Tiffany Pollards and Brooklyns of the world. It was the perfectly highlighted and coiffed Todd Chrisley who said, "You don't ever go out of the house with your snapdragon snappin.'" I will buy a round of beer for anyone who can translate that.

Cancer, Cinema, Crowdfunding and Twitter

Mike Craycraft | Posted 02.21.2015 | Impact
Mike Craycraft

I realize that cancer, cinema, crowdfunding and Twitter don't usually go together. Especially, cancer and a film called Funeral Day. However, about a month ago I followed a tweet and several clicks later found myself on the crowdfunding page for Funeral Day on Seed&Spark.

8 Signs You May Have A High Need Baby

Holly Klaassen | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents
Holly Klaassen

Having a baby can be such a wonderful, rewarding experience! Except when it's not. High need or not, we all love our babies. However, these extra-sensitive, passionate little babies do make life... interesting, to be sure.

Rudolph Dance Off: One Of The Most Festive Things To Hit Chicago This Season

Greg Archer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Chicago
Greg Archer

Forget those 10 Lords a Leaping. This season, Chicagoans only need two. Meet co-workers and pals Matt Monnin and Peter Frederiksen. The spunky and...

The Best Christmas They Ever Had

Randy Turner | Posted 02.16.2015 | Comedy
Randy Turner

As the officers took the jolly fat man out of their home, Jimmy and Jenny began opening their gifts. It was the best Christmas they ever had.

Ask a Lesbian

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 02.17.2015 | Comedy
Helen Eisenbach

The long-awaited Lesbian ID is now available to American citizens, undocumented residents, and loud if wealthy non-American visitors. To find out whether you are eligible to receive your Lesbian ID, consider the following questions.

How to Not Be a Bitter Old Queen

Kevin Thornton | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Kevin Thornton

I'm in my 40s; that's about in the middle of life if I'm so lucky. As I look back through time, I sense the 20-year-old version of me back there in the past, judging me. I was cocky then. It's easy to imagine oneself as the winner before the contest has even started.

Wrestling With Squirrels

Gina Jacobs Thomas | Posted 02.17.2015 | Comedy
Gina Jacobs Thomas

There have been times in my life when I had to take a stand for what was right, even when sitting there and taking the unfairness would have been easier. Even when it meant getting physical.Even when there was a chance of getting rabies. Let me explain...

Sony's Act of Cowardice That Betrays 2000 Years

Peter Paskale | Posted 02.17.2015 | Entertainment
Peter Paskale

a cowardly Sony Pictures just betrayed not only its audience, but the entire tradition of comedy, and all those brave men and women who for 2,500 years have used comedy to speak truth to tyranny. Terrorists and Despots 1; Humanity 0.

Dear Hairdresser

Nancy Roman | Posted 02.16.2015 | Fifty
Nancy Roman

I like bangs. Long, but not too long. And fringy. You know, like that actress. You know... her. But only in that one movie, not the other one.

I Just Got Back From Italy... And America Is the Best Food Country in the World

Lewis Krell | Posted 02.15.2015 | Travel
Lewis Krell

I certainly am not stupid enough to think that eating in Italy is anything short of an incredible and life-altering experience. What I do think however is that Europeans and the rest of the world complaining about American cuisine is a comically misguided argument.

Theater Etiquette For Dummies

Mark Brennan Rosenberg | Posted 02.15.2015 | Arts
Mark Brennan Rosenberg

It's that time of year: the time of year when millions of tourists decent upon New York City to celebrate the holidays. While there are an endless amount of sights to see while visiting New York, almost everyone coming to town this holiday season will want to take in a Broadway or Off-Broadway show.