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A talk with Benjamin Apple, 'Cubed' star, 'comedy person'
A talk with Benjamin Apple, 'Cubed' star, 'comedy person'

A few weeks ago I devoted my entire weekly Critic's Pick to self-described "comedy person" and video maker Benjamin Apple, whose dry, deadpan sketch series "Cubed" (brief encounters in a faceless workplace) I had seen on the YouTube channel Above Average, a division of Lorne Michaels' Broadway Video. I followed Apple's trail in due course to his own, less illuminated corner of YouTube, Channel "Ben," where he posts videos with astonishing regularity, usually in weeklong thematic groups; overall, I find them brilliant, original and very funny. Although these pieces were made as comedy, or a kind of comedy, they also have unusual formal ambitions....

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