Lynda Barry is a self-identified "freak", a cartoonist, a writer, and for the last couple of years, she's also been a college professor teaching interdisciplinary creativity at the University of Wisconsin.
What does that mean? Well, she encourages students to abandon their fears of creating and embrace their work and process.
Lynda talks with us about using monsters as a tool, why we're sometimes afraid to draw, and working with Matt Groening in high school.
Lynda Barry’s book The Greatest of Marlys is now available in hardback
Our friends Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson from Pop Culture Happy Hour give us some pop culture recommendations during a live show in Washington, DC.
Jesse heartily disagrees with A.O. Scott's review of the film version of MacGruber. In short: MacGruber exists, and the world is better for it.
"THE REEFER MAKES THEM CRAVE THE NEWTONS!"
Every time Will Forte comes on Conan as Ted Turner, I laugh at full volume in my house like an asshole. Full belly laughs. It is the funniest thing on television, and each new iteration gets funnier and funnier.
"WHEN I BOUGHT TBS IT WAS JUST A TRASH BAG FULL OF WRASSLIN' TAPES BEHIND A DAIRY QUEEN!"
"SHADDAP YOU WIG STAND!"
"YOU COULD BOUNCE A QUARTER OFF THAT WOMAN'S ASS, WHEREAS TODAY IT WOULD SINK... LIKE A PENNY IN LAVA!"
I tend not to watch episodes of Saturday Night Live that aren't hosted by funny people, so if I hadn't read this list on Best Week Ever I might never have seen this sketch, called Potato Chip. Blake Lively is not especially funny, but oh man are Will Forte and Jason Sudeikis funny. I'm not going to say that this is the new Tales of Fraud and Malfeasance in Railroad Hiring Practices, but it's right up there with the crazy-ass wedding speech sketch with Hugh Laurie for greatest thing that's happened lately.
Also: Stefon. I literally have tears forming at the corner of my eyes, and I watched this alone at my computer at 4 in the afternoon.