Exciting News!!! Due to the popularity of my Girls post, the New York Times asked me to weigh in on television and race in their section called Room for Debate. This is my second article for the Times; the first one was about Bridesmaids being snubbed for the Best Picture Oscar. You can read that here. At any rate, it’s always nerve wrecking writing for them, because it’s the Times, hello! They’re an institution and you don’t want to be a dud when you’re featured in the Gray Lady. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to be asked back. I was doubly thrilled to learn that my blog post re: Girls was read by them, so they wanted me to chime in one more time about the show and race. People at the Times read my writing? Heart boner! Now, I’m sure you can imagine how horrified I was when I was alerted by one of the editors that they were cutting a joke from the article because, fair Blaria, referenced the word “pussy.”
Ay dios mio! Lately, there’s been more melodrama in stand up comedy than a telenovela and, sadly, 100% less attractive people in habits (seriously, like every nun on Spanish soap operas is an undercover Sofia Vergara). And all the drama makes me feel like I’m strapped down to a chair a la Alex from A Clockwork Orange and forced to watch this on an endless loop:
Recently, articles, podcasts, and interviews have been tracking and analyzing stand up comedy’s every move. Even the NY Times got in the mix by having writer Jason Zinoman, who may have written like five sentences about me once (#MeanToBrag), cover stand up and its nuisances like preparing a late night set for shows like Conan. This positive attention means more exposure for comics. However, when comics air their dirty laundry, that also gets attention and the in-fighting can look like the kind you’d find on The Jerry Springer Show. Hence the melodrama.
For instance, one of my all-time favorite comics, the hilarious Bill Burr, launched into a NSFW six minute crunkalicious and intentionally over-the-top rant on his weekly Monday Morning Podcast a month ago about alt comics versus club comics and Huffington Post, Laughspin, Splitsider, to name a few, picked up the clip. Take a listen: