Wednesday, April 11, 2007

laughter


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I love to laugh. It is probably the only part of my uber depressed personality I've been able to retain, and I hope I never lose it. Though I like to think I am fantastically hilarious when I break off jokes at my husband's expense, often in an effort to distract from my nervousness in group settings, there are much funnier people than me out there. Here are some of my favorite places to find humor that makes me laugh out loud. In no particular order:

links

dooce

Go Fug Yourself

Overheard in New York

the Best of CraigsList

Mortified
While it has taken many incarnations (stage, book, web, etc.), the core of Mortified has always remained the same: personal redemption through public humiliation. The intent is to create an experience that is equal parts comedic, cathartic and creepily voyeuristic.
'Mortified' Finds Success in Public Humiliation

Stephen King in EW
Yes, that Stephen King.

tv on dvd

Arrested Development
Pure genius.

Curb Your Enthusiasm

The Office

Sex & the City

films

The Opposite of Sex

Tommy Boy

Sideways

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

Best in Show

The Royal Tenenbaums

comedy

Dane Cook's Harmful if Swallowed

Denis Leary's No Cure for Cancer
A modern classic.

books

Magical Thinking: True Stories by Augusten Burroughs
I adore Burroughs sarcastic, mean, ego-centric way of looking at the world. I can only hope to achieve this level of wit in my own head, let alone in my writing.

Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
I found this unique memoir utterly charming. See if you can get the hardcover version at the public library - the clever features of the dust jacket and inside covers are not to be missed.

Boondocks: Because I Know You Don't Read The Newspaper by Aaron McGruder

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