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The Daily Show Correspondents Explain Our Political Parties

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I always go through withdrawal when The Daily Show is on hiatus. Last week, however, the show's correspondent team (John Oliver, Jason Jones, Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac and Aasif Mandvi) provided a soothing relief for my deprivation in the form of a web series that purports to explain the core philosophies underlying various political parties and movements, including the Democrats, Republicans, Socialists and Tea Partiers. It really hit the spot.

The Daily Show returns to its regular schedule this evening.






Alumni Newsletter: August 29, 2011

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This Week Live: August 29th to September 5th, 2011

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Here's where you can catch some of your favorite MaxFun performers this week:

Jon Ronson: "Esc & Ctrl: Stories About People Trying to Control the Internet"

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Author and filmmaker Jon Ronson has started a fascinating documentary series called "Escape and Control". It's going to explore who controls the internet and how they do so. That would be interesting enough, really, but the manner in which he is making the documentary is equally intriguing. As you can see from this trailer, he will be releasing bits and pieces of the film as he makes it.

You can look for future episodes on his You Tube page, "Esc & Ctrl: Stories about People Trying to Control the Internet". In the video, Ronson says he will release the first hunk when he has something interesting to show; but his website says that his "first adventure will launch in early September."

Considering the number of compelling recent new stories on the subject, it's bound to be must-see web viewing.

Nick Kroll Offers Sound Advice on Social Networking

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Nick Kroll has some excellent advice to offer on the proper use of Facebook, Twitter and texting. His article in this month's Details magazine includes tips that we would like to see everyone adopt, such as:

"2. Don't give me constant updates of where you are eating or shopping. The only person who cares about that is your stalker, and the real joy for him is the hunt."

Also, "10. Let's take it easy on the hashtags, folks. It's fun to build on others' ideas, but the long-hashtag-as-a-punchline needs to be well thought out. And, BTW, capitalize the first letter of each new word. #AmIRightLadiesWhoAmIKiddingNoOneWillReadThisArticleImSoDesperatelyAloneWhatShouldITweetNext"

Kroll has also integrated this expertise into his stand-up material. His first DVD, "Nick Kroll: Thank You Very Cool", will come out on September 13th and includes this terrific bit from his Comedy Central special on award-worthy texting.


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Marina Franklin on Craig Ferguson

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More Saturday stand-up! I liked this recent set by Marina Franklin on Craig Ferguson. Probably the best luge pun ever.

The Venture Bros. Special: From the Ladle to the Grave

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This Sunday at midnight, Adult Swim will air a 15-minute Venture Bros. musical mockumentary called From the Ladle to the Grave: The Story of Shallow Gravy. Hardcore fans who need an immediate fix can download the Shallow Gravy EP Jacket now.


"Graham Clark: Beard Paintings" at Vancouver's Olio Festival

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On Thursday, September 22nd, the Little Mountain Gallery in Vancouver will host the opening reception for an exhibit of beard paintings created by our own Graham Clark of Stop Podcasting Yourself. What is a beard painting? Well, as the name suggests, it's a work created by the application of paint to canvass using facial hair. Although Graham has been creating paintings this way for some time, it's his first show exhibiting this methodology and the money from any painting sold will go to a charity of the purchaser's choice.

After the opening, the exhibit will run until September 27th. You can find all of the details, including the time and location, here.

Jesse Thorn is "Torn Apart and Devoured by Lions"

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Be sure to catch this week's episode of the Machine of Death podcast as it features Jesse reading my absolute favorite story from the first Machine of Death volume, "Torn Apart and Devoured by Lions" by Jeffrey Wells. Although the title doesn't suggest humor, I giggled incessantly while reading this and I know that Jesse's rendition will heighten the humor and bring out the story's many literary delights.

Move This to the Top of Your Queue: Five Must-See-Now Comedy Classics

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It's so frustrating. All week long you've been looking forward to Friday night so you could relax and watch that special comedy film that's been sitting in your queue for months - the one that your friends constantly quote and praise. But just as you settle in and bust out the popcorn, you notice that the movie has disappeared from your queue. The streaming service of your choice no longer has the rights to show it.

Okay. Now you're feeling disappointed. Somewhat like Otto (Kevin Kline) in this scene from "A Fish Called Wanda."

Thankfully, there is a solution. Multiple services have been granted access to the Netflix API and publish information from the company's database about which movies and shows will soon be added to or depart from the streaming lineup. (And they seem to be publishing this information with the company's tacit approval). So now you can discover in advance when the streaming rights to your film will expire.

But what's that you say? You don't have time to scan all of those services each week? That's why you have friends like us!

A team of intrepid MaxFunsters has joined together to sort through those listings, identify the gems that you shouldn't miss and - most importantly - tell you when you need to watch them in order to avoid DISAPPOINTMENT.

Click here to see our list of five great must-see-now comedy classics, along with clips, the reasons why they are unmissable and the date when each will disappear from your queue. Happy streaming!

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