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Jeffrey Fleishman

Jeffrey Fleishman is a senior writer on film, art and culture for the Los Angeles Times. A 2002 Nieman fellow at Harvard University, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in feature writing. A longtime foreign correspondent, he served as bureau chief for The Times in Cairo and Berlin, and was previously based in Rome for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has been a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and a finalist for the Center for Public Integrity’s Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting. He is the author of two novels, “Shadow Man” and “Promised Virgins: A Novel of Jihad.”
What's funny now? Three ways of looking at comedy's shifting landscape

Comedians have never been more willing to get political. But as Roseanne Barr, Kathy Griffin and Kevin Hart know, not everything goes. And in the era of #MeToo, our ideas of who deserves to be a punchline have changed. As big money collides with changing values, comedians are self-censoring.

How comedy impressario Brian Volk-Weiss navigates the nexus of big-money stand-up, streaming and #MeToo

Brian Volk-Weiss, self-acknowledged white dude in his 40s, has produced comedy specials for Ali Wong, Tiffany Haddish, Jim Gaffigan and more. He's an important player at a time when streaming platforms, comedy clubs, big money and the #MeToo movement are reshaping the world of stand-up.

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