On Comedy: The Science of 'Too Soon'

In general, there are few things less funny and interesting to talk about than the science and psychology of humor. While there have certainly been some insightful and captivating think pieces on humor over the years (my friend and colleague Lindy West's being chief among them), most reflections on the topic tend to… » 3/06/14 3:00pm 3/06/14 3:00pm

Kids Reacting to Rotary Phones Will Either Entertain or Depress You

This video of adorable children dumbfounded by old rotary phones will either make you chuckle because rotary phones are ridiculous and weird or it will make you burst into tears, especially when they start talking about how this is like the old phones their mom probably learned to use when she was little. Oh sigh. » 3/03/14 3:15pm 3/03/14 3:15pm

Filthy Jokes on 2 Broke Girls Result in Outraged Viewer Complaints

From the beginning, 2 Broke Girls has attempted to push the envelope, with hipster jokes, racist jokes, and sex jokes. But newly public documents via the FCC show that some viewers cannot handle the ribald humor. » 1/06/14 1:10pm 1/06/14 1:10pm

'Ugh, What's Up With All These Feminists Being Funny?' Says Chronically…

This is a serious post, you beer-swilling, har-harring feminists. An adult is concerned about you guys. Please, take a break from lying about your rapes for a second to listen to this urgent announcement: Feminists used to be all earnest and dour and serious, back in the 90's when grunge and Katie Roiphe were relevant. … » 10/01/12 4:20pm 10/01/12 4:20pm

Dear Beyoncé, Thank You for Inviting Me to Dinner

I always do my best not to brag about celebrity encounters because, frankly, it comes off as a little gauche. Believe me — I would love to talk up the time that I saw George Wendt coming out of TJ Maxx or the other time I stood in line behind Andrew from Buffy to buy a smoothie, but I don't. It's rude to make other… » 9/13/12 6:30pm 9/13/12 6:30pm

Daniel Tosh Reportedly Scrambling to Find Non-Rape Joke Before New…

Comedian Daniel Tosh, fresh off opening a squirming can of rape worms by telling a female heckler that it would be funny if she got sexually assaulted by, like five guys, has a bit of a problem on his hands. His new show's first episode is scheduled to be shown at ComicCon today and according to a source, the whole… » 7/13/12 11:10am 7/13/12 11:10am

Pour One Out for Your Horrible Menstrual Cramps

If music is supposed to be a reflection of life's most profound experiences (love, death and calling someone, maybe), then musicians — at least, lady musicians — have continually skipped over a pretty big one in women's lives. While there have been many a song about "goin' out tonight an' feelin' alright," there have… » 7/05/12 3:10pm 7/05/12 3:10pm

I Can't Have It All, But I Can Have This

Every couple of years (every couple months, every couple weeks, every couple hours), a new article is released asking that same old post-feminist question: Can a woman truly have it all? Probably not (it's unlikely that you'll ever grow eagle wings, though, please, prove me wrong), but that doesn't mean that there's… » 6/22/12 4:45pm 6/22/12 4:45pm

Trending Topic #AbortionClinicPlaylist Has Something Terrible for…

This morning, another charming Twitter trending topic climbed forth from the butthole of culture and began to senselessly gnaw on the face of human decency. #AbortionClinicPlaylist gives regular ol' non comedians a chance to show that they're not afraid to really go there on the internet by providing a forum for… » 5/30/12 10:25am 5/30/12 10:25am

Ashley Judd and Friends Teach Rick Santorum a Lesson About Aborting…

Sure, Rick Santorum did some serious thinking before ending his ill-fated presidential candidacy, but did he really think hard enough about aborting such a vital force for change? Just in case, Ashley Judd, Michelle Trachtenberg, Katy Mixon, and Eliza Coupe have made this enlightening video for Funny or Die that walks… » 4/20/12 10:00am 4/20/12 10:00am

Adorable Babies Have Adorable Social Strategies

Babies are pretty fun as it is, but now a new study has found that they might be even more entertaining than we thought—we just haven't been paying close enough attention. Researchers at Charles Sturt University in Australia wanted to study how babies interact with each other while in childcare. So they strapped tiny… » 2/22/12 10:40am 2/22/12 10:40am