| Mar 11, 2012
| 11:07 AM
After weeks of partisan sniping, the public finally gets to judge HBO's Sarah Palin docudrama "Game Change" for itself this weekend. But the campaign for more politics as TV drama has only begun.
Aaron Sorkin's"The West Wing"notwithstanding, prime-time...
| Apr 19, 2012
| 6:37 PM
Vice President Selina Meyer is just a heartbeat away from the most powerful position in the world in HBO's cynical, hilarious and profane political satire "Veep" (9 p.m. Sunday, HBO; 3 stars). I hope that heart never stops beating.
As played by the...
| Dec 6, 2012
| 10:26 AM
“I'm about to do it for the first time,” chirps goofy Mormon missionary Elder Cunningham. “And I'm gonna do it with a girl!”
The young man in a white shirt and tie isn't singing about a lusty encounter, but a holy rite of passage...
| Nov 24, 2012
| 12:05 PM
In 2010, before I visited my late father's native village in China's central province of Henan, a friend recommended that I read Yan Lianke's books to prepare for my trip. Yan, one of China's eminent and most controversial novelists and satirists —...
| Nov 13, 2012
| 9:43 AM
Now that the election is really (really) over, the producers of “Laffing Matterz” can finalize their dinner theater show.
The musical comedy revue opens its seventh season tonight in the Abdo New River Room in the Broward Center for the...
| Nov 14, 2012
| 12:06 PM
Now that the election is really (really) over, the producers of Laffing Matterz can finalize their dinner-theater show.
The revue opens its seventh season Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts with...
| Nov 17, 2012
| 12:47 PM
“Totally MAD: 60 Years of Humor, Satire, Stupidity and Stupidity.” Edited by John Ficarra, c. 2012, Time Home Entertainment, $34.95/$37.95 Canada, 256 pages.
There are many things you still wish you had from your childhood.
| Aug 29, 2011
| 11:53 AM
About the blogger: Amy Bree Becker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mass Communication & Communication Studies at Towson University. Her research considers the impact of political comedy and political entertainment on everyday life. She...
| Jun 30, 2011
| 1:01 PM
Amy Bree Becker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mass Communication & Communication Studies at Towson University. Her research considers the impact of political comedy and political entertainment on everyday life. She also studies public...
| Sep 28, 2011
| 4:33 PM
A bake sale at University of California at Berkeley that charged students different prices based on race and gender prompted heated debates yesterday about affirmative action and college admissions. Berkeley College Republicans staffed the event —...
| Sep 27, 2011
| 4:22 PM
Known both for its skewering social and political commentary as well as a breeding ground for famous comedians, from Chris Farley to Stephen Colbert, Second City will now bring its funhouse-mirror worldview to Chicago's rich history. Director T.J. Shanoff...