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I am a woman. I am a practicing attorney. I am the only woman in my office over the age of 35 who doesn’t color her hair. I have some gray, but not a lot yet, and I never seriously considered coloring my hair until this job. I don’t want to: it’s expensive and a pain in the ass to keep up. About a year ago, I was in court, and a female attorney walked in with curly, bobbed, naturally gray hair, and her mere act of publicly displaying her natural hair color seemed not just unusual but defiant. Meanwhile many men in my office and in the courts have gray hair, and I doubt anyone thinks twice about it.

These looks so cool

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Dating is weird.

Score one for another Matt and Mary!

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Tośka and her owner Ewelina [flickr]

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Man Says He Was Detained For 6 Hours Because Police Wouldn’t Watch The Video Proving Him Innocent

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Hook + The Graduate

I want to say one word to you, Benjamin. Just one word. Never-Plastics. Read more about this comic

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A lot of great people in this!

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Lennon Parham & Jessica St. Clair’s delightful and fun sophomore series Playing House is waiting to hear news about a much-deserved 2nd season from USA Network.

We are living in an era when really great shows are actually sometimes getting the chances they deserve to continue past the point where they might previously have been axed. Community just got saved by Yahoo after most people had written off #sixseasonsandamovie as a dream never to be fulfilled. Shows like Breaking Bad are allowed to survive past their low-rated first seasons to grow into cultural juggernauts. We live in a cultural landscape where it’s now more difficult for a Freaks & Geeks to be ignored and disposed of quite so easily.  

The tricky part is that there are SO MANY SHOWS now. Good CHRIST it is hard to keep up. I get it. You’re watching a lot of shows, you just don’t have time to see them all.

The good news is that if maybe you missed Playing House when it aired recently on USA, you can now spend the month of July catching up and loving it. It’s hot outside: stay indoors, keep cool and binge-watch some of the most enjoyable TV that’s been made in 2014.


  1. Go to Hulu and watch all the episodes for free!
  2. Better yet, those of you with 20 dollars of disposable income can buy a Season Pass on iTunes and have all the episodes in HD.

I sort of consider the latter choice to be a way of “voting with your dollars.” It’s how you can show the folks at USA that people care about this show beyond whatever their flawed weirdo Nielsen numbers are telling them. Lord knows if Twin Peaks or Arrested Development had had a “buy this show on iTunes” option back in the day, the fan base could have rallied in a way that might have kept them on the air a little longer.

Also, do all that social media stuff. It can’t hurt and it might just help. Tweet about the show (@PlayingHouseUSA) and tell the folks in charge how much you love it, "like" the show on Facebook and post nice things. Go to their YouTube page and like the blooper videos and leave comments. One engaged viewer is worth two dozen do-nothing viewers who don’t give a crap about what they’re watching. 

I posted something similar to this— I probably even used a few of the same turns of phrase— back when Parham & St. Clair’s Best Friends Forever was on the bubble at NBC. And obviously, it didn’t work back then, but BFF DID help them get a chance to make another show for USA.

But I remain an optimist. I believe that when funny people make great shows eventually someone will be smart enough to let them KEEP making those shows for a long, long time. Those smart people will be rewarded when those shows blossom from critically acclaimed cult shows into full-fledged hits. Fingers crossed that the smart people at USA Network are about to make the smart decision with Playing House.

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So, these are the Dukes of JMU?


As an alumna of James Madison University, let me just say: Go fuck yourself, JMU.

One of your students - a young woman who put her trust in you and your student body - was sexually assaulted by 3 male students while she was blackout drunk, they videotaped and distributed it, and their punishment…

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I don’t know who makes these, but it’s fun to be a part of a gif

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  • Question: what's your take on sexism? lots of nice liberals in the improv community didn't know it existed and unknowingly ARE sexist. Men still dress up as woman in sketch instead of inviting a woman to join the team. Some guys form indie teams based on who they want to fuck. Funny weird girls are tolerated by funny weird guys are respected. Too many dudes on stage. Girls have to work harder to get the same recognition. Not too many strong, brassy types on harold night anymore. UCB-NY seems different. - Anonymous
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    Well, first off, let me just say that I’m a heterosexual, cisgendered, white 32 year old male. When I turn on the faucet, privilege comes out. So I don’t know that I have a particularly unique or novel take on sexism, nor do I know if I have anything particularly productive to add to the conversation. Though I consider myself a feminist (or at least an ally), sexism is not something that is ever directed at me, and so, I cannot presume to understand the experience of anyone on the other side of it.

    But, with that said, my take on sexism is that it is bad. I don’t like it. It saturates our culture in ways both obvious and subtle. I think it exists in the actions of many people (probably myself included!) who would never in a million years consider themselves sexist or misogynist, and that the only way that that can be fought is through discussing it and pointing it out when it rears its gross lumpy head, and appealing to us guys’ empathy to help stamp it out. And that’s what it takes: Empathy. I think most modern, subtle sexism stems from a lack of awareness or a lack of empathy. Lack of awareness can be fixed easily. Lack of empathy, I don’t know. If someone honestly can’t put themselves in someone else’s shoes (in this case, someone of another gender), then I have no idea how to deal with that.

    Reading your message, though, indicates to me that you’re really asking about sexism in the comedy community? Or, probably, even more specifically in the UCB community? It was a very open ended question!

    I think the entire comedy world going right on up the food chain from the shittiest of basement open mics to the execs that are going to approve the next Parks & Rec or Silicon Valley (shows I love), is set up in such a way that it is significantly easier to be a dude. I flat out accidentally stumbled into a comedy directing career. For real. And I’m 100% certain that the fact that I have a penis (Mom, I know you read my blog sometimes, so sorry if you unsuspectingly came across me referencing my penis here) has made it easier. So, I actually don’t think the UCB world is different in that regard. The whole system is messed up, and women have to do more to get to the same level as men, on average, and that’s pretty much the definition of systematic sexism.

    Do I think it’s improving? Absolutely. Do I think we should all wander around patting ourselves on the back about that? No. When I first started at UCB, right after it opened up out here in LA, there were FAR fewer women in the community. And I’m proud of the steps the community has taken to make the place more inviting and welcome, as well as encourage different experiences and voices to be represented on stage.

    To talk about a few of your other statements though…

    I can’t speak to dudes starting indie improv teams as a way to sleep with girls (even removing the grossness of that, it seems like a truly terrible idea. No one is at their most attractive doing crazy eights in someone’s poorly ventilated living room at 9pm on a Sunday night.) Guys playing women in sketches doesn’t bother me, as long as it’s done well, and for a reason. Big Grande’s Secrets sketch is a great example. The Birthday Boys have some as well. My improv group Convoy is all male, and we frequently play women as well… I think guys playing women will continue even if only because sketch and improv groups come together in different ways… the three of us in Convoy went to college together then moved out here and started performing. We never really “formed” a group. Big Grande are all friends that happen to share the very same comedic sensibilities. If someone is putting a team together out of a class or just from funny people around the scene, then, yeah, I think they should try to be inclusive, even if it’s just so that they can cover more ground in their comedy. But I think it’s not a one-size-fits-all situation. Shelby Fero wrote a good post about this a while back (coming from a different perspective, but also loving that Big Grande sketch) and I tried to find it and failed because Shelby posts a lot. How DOES she find the time? So, I guess try to track that down too!

    I, perhaps, don’t buy your “Funny weird girls are just tolerated” argument, at least in the context of the alt/UCB community… I can rattle off many amazingly funny AND weird (and I mean that as the highest compliment… people that aren’t weird are boring) women that are really really held in high esteem. Mary Holland, Lauren Lapkus, Betsy Sodaro, Eliza Skinner, Lennon Parham, Gilli Nissim, Suzi Barrett, Stephanie Allyne, Jess Mckenna etc, etc. I’d argue that it goes the other way… that it’s EASIER for a guy that just kinda blends in (an “unweird” guy) to be successful at sketch/improv/stand up than for a woman… for a woman, I think being “funny and weird” is a benefit. But, that’s only my observation… I’ve never lived a moment as any kind of woman whatsoever, so what the fuck do I know?

    As for the difference between UCBLA and UCBNY, I’m not familiar at all with their harold teams, so I can’t speak to that. Though a glance at the performer pages seems to indicate that harold night, on average, has about the same percentage of female performers on the East Coast as on the West Coast (31% to 29%  to be precise!) Of course, a: this isn’t an issue that can or should be boiled down to just numbers, and b: these number should be higher. And I’d be very interested to see what the statistics are on the gender break down of the student body. But I think all that really shows is that the entire community should keep working on encouraging diversity and being encouraging to women comedians, NY and LA. As should the comedy community at large. And I also take issue with your declaration of a lack of “Strong, brassy types” on harold night. I’m not entirely sure where that’s coming from… I think every single woman on harold night is a kickass, strong improviser that earned their way there through their talent.

    Lastly, this question was sent to me anonymously, and that bums me out. Because I have to assume that the anonymous poster sent this to me without their name because they thought there would be judgement or blow back or they’d have to deal with shitty internet people sending them hateful messages or something along those lines, and that’s shitty. This is a conversation that I would be excited to have (despite the fact that Tumblr is a truly terribly place to try to have a back and forth on anything.) And I’d be excited to have it with someone to listen to their experiences, but as long as people feel afraid or worried about having this conversation in the open, then that becomes much harder to do.

    I don’t know, I might have said a whole lot of nothing in this post. I wasn’t sure exactly how to respond to the question. I also didn’t check for typos.  I hope I at least addressed what the anonymous asker wanted me to, or was at least moderately clear.

    I’m all for calling out sexism, and re-examining how we’re doing diversity-wise, but fuck you there aren’t too “many strong, brassy types on harold night”! 

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