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The Kindness of Comedians

I'm just now catching up with Vanity Fair's January special comedy issue guest-edited by Judd Apatow (props to VF for not using the word "curated"!). I'm somewhat bemused by Apatow's having assumed the position of comedy's capo di tutti capi; his funniest movie by far, in my thinking, is "Superbad," which wasn't even really his movie.

And that Was Just the Girls!....

As it slowly recedes into the past, the wonders of twentieth-century American popular culture appear ever more wonderful, and remarkable. Jazz, musical comedy, Hollywood movies, popular song, and rock and roll deservedly get a lot of attention. But not so much for another uniquely American creation, standup comedy. It takes many forms, of course, as is merely suggested by listing such names as Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Henny Youngman, Lenny Bruce, Woody Allen, Rodney Dangerfield, Robert Klein, Richard Pryor, and Jerry Seinfeld.

Watching the telecast of the Golden Globes Awards this past Monday