• Punchline Magazine analysis: Jim Gaffigan is more subversive than you think

    When you think of a comic who really speaks the truth, who really tells it like it is, when you think about a subversive comedian, who do you envision— leftist folks like David Cross or Janeane Garofalo; maybe libertarian Doug Stanhope? You know who you probably don’t think of is Jim Gaffigan. Gaffigan is a subversive voice, for the reason others consider him so middle of the road: He’s able

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    Dane Cook chats with Marc Maron: A study on first impressions and the 'real' self

    I just listened to Marc Maron’s incredibly enlightening Dane Cook interview from this week’s episode of WTF with Marc Maron. It got me thinking about my own experiences getting into comedy under the shadow of Cook. Shortly after I started doing stand-up, I was talking shit about Dane Cook. It seemed, at the time, a rite of passage for new comics. It seemed that people, who, when they were 14

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    Jim Gaffigan plays Israel; we analyze the hell out of it

    It’s common wisdom that some of the best comedians are outsiders, standing at the fringe of society lobbing critiques inward. But it’s also common wisdom that white, tall, blond, Catholics are not outsiders, at least not in America, at least for another year or two. In fact they’re pretty much the norm. But Jim Gaffigan, the platonic ideal of whiteness itself, has made a career out of proving just how

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    What if… Pandora Internet radio had a comedy section?

    I can’t tell you how much I love Pandora. For the uninitiated, Pandora is a music service in which you identify a song or artist that you like and then Pandora will create a radio station based on elements found in that song or artist’s oeuvre. You then get to give those songs a thumbs up or thumbs down, further refining Pandora’s understanding of your taste. See when you say

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