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News, Feature What Makes You Laugh?: How to Decide What Kinds of Shows You Should See During SF Sketchfest

What Makes You Laugh?: How to Decide What Kinds of Shows You Should See During SF Sketchfest

This is a definitively non-definitive guide to the three weeks of Sketchfest. Problematically, on most nights, there are too many events — too many events with the potential to be good, funny, and one-of-a-kind — to recommend one over another.…
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Culture, Art Television: Children with Knives, Adults with Fangs, People with Histories, and Sex

Television: Children with Knives, Adults with Fangs, People with Histories, and Sex

While every network is scrambling to create a faux Game of Thrones that stars a bloodthirsty anti-hero robot who'll surprise you with his love for the tender art of Japanese flower-arranging, we've sifted through the dross and come up with…
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Culture, Stage One-Manly Show: Nick Offerman Talks Acting, Woodworking, and Bear Fights

One-Manly Show: Nick Offerman Talks Acting, Woodworking, and Bear Fights

If you're like me, you probably remember Nick Offerman best as the environmental activist from a 1999 episode of The West Wing, during which he tried to convince Allison Janney that the government should fund a highway just for wolves.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Hilarity, Meat Sincerity

Hilarity, Meat Sincerity

Nick Offerman’s no luddite, but as a woodworker he’s wary of the ways 3-D printing technology could diminish the authenticity of craft. “There’s nothing more exciting to me than a human being standing on stage with lights on them, because…
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Film, "Celeste and Jesse Forever": Ladies Sure Are Silly, Eh, Fellas?

"Celeste and Jesse Forever": Ladies Sure Are Silly, Eh, Fellas?

In Celeste and Jesse Forever, the titular, newly-separated female protagonist's un-flamboyant queer co-worker (Elijah Wood) tells her "it's time get your fuck on," and then immediately apologizes: "Sorry, I was trying to be your saucy gay friend." Co-written by and…
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Film, The Late Bloomer: Rashida Jones Steps Out on Her Own

The Late Bloomer: Rashida Jones Steps Out on Her Own

In terms of looks, charisma, and talent, Rashida Jones should have been a star a long time ago. But in terms of what she's ready to offer Hollywood (and what Hollywood finally might be ready to let her accomplish), her…
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Calendar, Night&Day Snarks and Rec

Snarks and Rec

Aziz Ansari enjoys a successful career as a sitcom actor, portraying a government employee with uncharacteristic swagger on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. He has also achieved stand-up comedy’s equivalent of pop star status, while still in his twenties, for his…
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Calendar, Night&Day Sold Aziz

Sold Aziz

Is this country in a magical time for comedy, or are we just in a good mood? San Francisco has Ali Wong, Kamau Bell, Brent Weinbach, and Beth Lisick. The greater U.S. has Zach Galifianakis, Wanda Sykes, and Aziz Ansari.…
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