New Yorker: Zadie Smith Writes About Comedy & Class Issues

Wunderkind novelist Zadie Smith has a personal essay in this week's New Yorker that's ostensibly about British comedy of the Basil Fawlty "laugh-or-you'll-cry-genre," but is actually about her father and about class. » 12/15/08 2:00pm 12/15/08 2:00pm

Ricky Gervais learned recently what Americans expect of celeb smiles when a journalist complimented his willingness to wear unflattering false teeth for his role as a dentist in Ghost Town » 9/29/08 3:30pm 9/29/08 3:30pm — though they were actually his natural teeth. While bad British teeth are a comedy cliché in the U.S., the Brits find our…