• Review: New ‘Believer’ book with Sedaris, C.K., Oswalt and more, gives life to old tradition

    Ask a comedian for advice, and more likely than not, you’ll get a joke. Editor Eric Spitznagel at The Believer knows this, so he and Amy Sedaris started a humor/advice column and called it “Sedaratives.” In each issue of the magazine, “Sedaratives” is taken over by a different guest “advisor” who responds to several Dear Abby-ish prompts. The column has been popular enough to warrant two collected volumes from Vintage

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    Mike Birbiglia nominated for literary award in humor

    Comedian turned author and recent WTF with Marc Maron guest host Mike Birbiglia has been selected as a finalist for the 2011 Thurber Prize for American Humour. Thurber House, now in it’s 27th year will be presenting the award Oct. 3 in New York. In 2008, Birbiglia teamed up with award-winning director Seth Barrish and Broadway legend Nathan Lane on his one-man show Sleepwalk With Me. The show was nominated

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    Alan Zweibel talks Saturday Night Live, Larry Sanders and Garry Shandling

    In four decades of comedy writing, Alan Zweibel’s work has provided an enormous range of good answers to the constantly shifting cultural question of “What’s funny?” From the mainstream to the bizarrely experimental, Zweibel has written a number of plays, novels, films, sitcoms, one-liners, and sketches. He sold jokes to Catskills comics for $7 a piece in the early ‘70s before he was hired by Lorne Michaels to be one

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