The first time I saw Kristen Bartlett was in The Dead Dads Club, a show she wrote and performed with her husband, Jason Gore. Their fathers had died only months apart but, after dealing with some peculiar characters, they found a way to turn their grief into comedy. The sketches were as funny as they were touching. I left the theater and called my parents right away. Read more…

Despite the Supreme Court later allowing parts of the travel ban to take effect, I still have faith in the courts. I’m suing President Trump with six other individuals because I believe that in blocking us, he violated our First Amendment right of access to a public forum. He violated the Constitutional rights of others to hear our views. Among us are writers, professors, singers, veterans, and surgeons. Our voices have been silenced and we’ve been locked out of the room. Read more…

When Michel Atieh decided to go to school in the United States, he chose the University of Michigan for a specific reason – it was close to Chicago, the home of Second City. Atieh, a Syrian national, was a regular performer at the Courtyard Playhouse, one of the premiere performance venues in Dubai and the only improv training center in the country. “With everything going on in Syria, I didn’t have a lot of opportunities in Dubai…” Read more…

Richard Nixon was a political monster and a very dangerous enemy. He could shake your hand and stab you in the back at the same time. He lied to his friends and betrayed the trust of his family. He has poisoned our water forever.

And Donald J. Trump is worse. Read more…

Nick Pappas always thought Donald Trump was “dangerous,” but it wasn’t until Trump won the election and tweeted about expanding the United States’ nuclear arsenal that he felt the need to push back directly. Read more…

Well, first of all, that was a great punch. That punch was bigly. Barack Hussein Obama could never have landed a punch like that. Let’s be clear that Trump could have punched anyone, and he punched me. He’s taking his message to real people and dealing with it the same way real people do. You know who also threw a few punches? Hillary supporters! Read more…

If you were one of the 63 percent of white men or 53 percent of white women who voted for the President-elect, you may wonder why you feel attacked. If you voted against the President-elect but now feel we should “give him a chance,” you may be confused why your friends are concerned by your actions. Though you have forgiven your President-elect for his past transgressions, you may still feel emotional or physical pain from his words. If this sounds familiar, you might be in an abusive relationship. Read more…

Take a deep breath. Do you feel that? There’s still air in your lungs. You can still breath. You can still feel. And you can still fight. First off, we have no time for a shortsighted blame game. This isn’t Trump’s fault. He’s only the outcome. This isn’t Hillary Clinton’s fault. This isn’t Bernie Sanders’s fault. This isn’t third party voters or Florida or Paul Ryan or James Comey’s fault. This is the fault of aging, white Baby Boomers. Read more…

Writing is easy. Coming up with good ideas is hard. You already know how to write. You write a series of letters, those letters become words, and those words become sentences. Without realizing it, you’ve written an entire article, a short story, or a YA novel that might make a great movie. It probably won’t make a great movie, but you get the picture. Read more…

Imagine that a House Republican is left in a steel chamber with the following device: a direct feed of Donald J. Trump’s Twitter account, that, perhaps from now until the election, explodes at 3 a.m. with statements that the House Republican considers so inflammatory that he cannot vote for Mr. Trump, but also, with equal probability, contains only statements that are mildly inflammatory, of which the House Republican has already forgiven his party’s candidate. Read more…

So, you married a man child. He got down on one knee at the Red Sox game and slipped an onion ring on your finger. The pressure of a sold-out crowd chanting “Do it!” at your anxious face on the Jumbotron was a bit too much. After you said yes, he sure looked happy high-fiving everyone in your row. And everyone in the next row. And most of the people in the parking lot after the game. Read more…

“How does the bastard, orphaned, son of a Queen and a Sith Lord, dropped in an ignored spot deep in the outer rim by Obi-Wan, a lonely son, a zero, grow up to be a Jedi and a hero? It’s a question at the heart of the Star Wars original trilogy and also at the beginning of this very clever, very silly, very fantastic Hamilton mash-up tune written by Nick Jack Pappas.” Read more…

“When I say I discovered Mitch, I mean I discovered how he did it. Many believe he created a persona onstage, but, deep down, it was mostly him. He proved you could be yourself and still own the room. You could relax and let the writing speak for you.” Read more…

“After events like these, we are filled with so much emotion. It can take everything we have not to curl up in a ball and cry. What a wonderful gift to let it all swell out of you in laughter instead of tears.” Read more…

“After I was selected for the NBC Late Night Writers Workshop, people started asking me how I come up with monologue jokes. Many people don’t think they can do it themselves, or feel they aren’t naturally funny, but it’s not as hard as you think. It’s finding simple associations.” Read More…

Comedian Lee Camp never pulls a punch. Back in 2008, he was invited on Fox & Friends to tell jokes from a liberal perspective. Instead, he took the opportunity to ask an important question.

“What is Fox News?” Camp asked. “It’s just a parade of propaganda, isn’t it? It’s just a festival of ignorance.”

He wasn’t invited back. Read more…

Mike Sacks is a comedy historian. In his fourth book, Poking a Dead Frog, he interviewed some of the greatest comedians of all time. My copy is dog-eared and highlighted, with quips from comedy writers I consider heroes and nuggets of knowledge on every page. Read more…