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This Professor Created a Whole College Class About Anthony Bourdain

Like many grizzled academics, Professor Todd Kennedy doesn’t get too caught up in celebrity. But when Anthony Bourdain died, something stuck with him, something he didn’t expect — and…

On Frank Gallagher of ‘Shameless’ and Loving Deadbeat Dads

I’m not sure that you can call him a patriarch, but Frank Gallagher is the fictional character whose sperm made most of those wayward kids…

A Grieving Patton Oswalt Returns to the Stage, With or Without Laughs

During the 2011 HBO special Talking Funny, Jerry Seinfeld acknowledged a core component of every stand-up show: Fear. “I think we deal with fear more…

A Conversation with Langston Kerman, the ‘Insecure’ Star and Slam Poet-Turned-Standup-Comic

Langston Kerman is an L.A.-based comedian who tours the country performing stand-up and is on the verge of starring in his own cable sitcom. But…