How Animated Cartoons Are Made: A Vintage Primer Filmed Way Back in 1919

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Many techniques shown in Bray Studios’ 1919 short How Animated Cartoons are Made, above, were rendered obsolete by digital advancements, but its 21-year-old star, animator Wallace Carlson, seems as if he would fit right in at Cal Arts or Pratt, Class of 2017.

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Deconstructing How Louis CK Writes a Joke

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Those who subscribe to the notion that deconstructing a joke ruins it may consider making an exception for the Nerdwriter (aka Evan Puschak).
His careful parsing of Louis CK’s Monopoly joke, above, takes rhythm, word choice, and the importance of a clearly stated premise into account.

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Bill Murray & Gilda Radner Deliver the Laughs in Two 1970s Skits for National Lampoon

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Bill Murray is America’s kindliest, most eccentric, best known secular elf, spreading joy throughout the year, as he treats strangers to impromptu birthday serenades, poetry readings, and bachelor party toasts.

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When William S. Burroughs Appeared on Saturday Night Live: His First TV Appearance (1981)

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If you have any problems watching this video, you can find a grainier version below.

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The Science of Why We Laugh

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Laughter is universal. And yet strange when you think about it. One moment we’re doing nothing particularly noteworthy. The next moment we’re convulsing and making these loud staccato guffaws. Odd that.

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Tim Robbins’ Improv Classes Transform Prisoners’ Lives & Lower Recidivism Rates

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If a 20-something, Yale-educated New Yorker reporter feels nervous stepping in to her first ever improv class, imagine the stakes for your average inmate, whose survival depends on a successfully monolithic projection of toughness and control.

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A Whiskey-Fueled Lin-Manuel Miranda Reimagines Hamilton as a Girl on Drunk History

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Back in July of 1804, when Vice President Aaron Burr fired a fatal round into the abdomen of former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, I wonder which scenario would have seemed more implausible: that these political rivals would one day be resurrected in the form of a black guy and a Nuyorican, or as two young women in revealingly 

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The Only Surviving Behind-the-Scenes Footage of I Love Lucy, and It’s in Color! (1951)

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The enduring popularity of comedian Lucille Ball’s 6-season sitcom, I Love Lucy, has resulted in so many full-color collectibles, occasional viewers may forget that the show was filmed in black and white.

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Watch Dave Chappelle’s Saturday Night Live Monologue: “We’ve Elected an Internet Troll as Our President”

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Dave Chappelle hosted SNL last night and gave us the comic relief we needed. And also a few heartfelt thoughts about what a Trump presidency means for our imperiled nation. The most poignant part comes at the very end:
You know, before I go, I do want to say one thing, and this is not a joke.

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The Power of Conformity: 1962 Episode of Candid Camera Reveals the Strange Psychology of Riding Elevators

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Watch television creator Allen Funt predict flash mobs in the 1962 episode of Candid Camera above, filmed some forty years before Harper‘s magazine editor, Bill Wasik, founded the movement with anonymously e-mailed instructions for a coordinated public action.

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