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Ahora que Jerry Seinfeld es cuatacho de Netflix (más bien que la plataforma le llegó al precio), el comediante le entregó su proyecto de los últimos cinco años. Se trata de “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”, una serie web bastante relajada en la que el propio Seinfeld recoge a famosos comediantes en algún impresionante vehículo (por lo general carros clásicos hermosos) y los lleva a cafeterías o restaurantes a tomar café. Desde 2012 existe este proyecto, que inicialmente se transmitía por Crackle y que ahora podemos encontrar en Netflix.
En México tenemos nuestra propia versión –más raza, por supuesto– gracias a Alex Montiel y su personaje del Escorpión Dorado, enmascarado que transporta a famosos o los pasea por Ciudad de México, los insulta entre bromas y los deja explayarse sobre lo que les dé la gana.
Bueno, el concepto de Seinfeld es extremadamente fresa, si lo comparamos, pero para el caso es lo mismo. Sus invitados, comediantes famosos gringos (Ricky Gervais, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, David Letterman, Jim Carrey, Jay Leno, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jon Stewart, Amy Schumer, Jimmy Fallon, Steve Martin, Will Ferrell, Larry David y muchos, muchos más), acompañan a Jerry a pasear por las calles de la ciudad y luego toman café y comen algún platillo suculento que siempre se antoja.
Para disfrutar esta serie hay que conocer en algún nivel las carreras de estos comediantes, pues claro, se la pasan hablando sobre sus proyectos pasados… muy pasados y hasta de bajo perfil, en algunos casos. Son como charlas cortas entre amigos que nos revelan algún detalle de la vida o los pensamientos de los comediantes que admiramos; nos ponen al corriente de sus excentricidades (como con Jim Carrey), familias, pasatiempos o ideas sobre la vida. En lo personal, algunos episodios han llegado a sorprenderme, pues ves actores que parecen no salirse nunca de su papel (como Alec Baldwin), y otros que hasta parecen algo nerviosos en una conversación sin guion.
Por su formato web se trata de episodios cortos, que van de los 13 a los 20 minutos como máximo. Su lado más interesante e inteligente es cuando los invitados –y el propio Seinfeld– sueltan dos o tres comentarios reveladores, sobre su vida, el amor, el éxito, la familia, la espiritualidad o los complejos.
Son pequeños instantes que caben en un formato que se acopla muy bien al nuevo mundo de la inmediatez. Si son fans de la comedia estadounidense, ya sean series, late shows, películas o stand-ups, ver esta serie es casi una ociosa obligación.
- New Year Eve’s Over, But There’s Still Vodka Left In The Bottle. Here’s What You Should Do
New Year Eve’s Over, But There’s Still Vodka Left In The Bottle. Here’s What You Should Do
Mix it with your shampoo.
Did you party hard on the New Year’s Eve? Duh! Why am I even asking. Of course, you did party hard and then also had a hangover the next morning. Probably it even lasted till evening. As much as we enjoy that glass at a party, the following day or the coming days are about all kinds of detox procedures, gymming, and what not, to tackle side-effects like beer bellies, extra centimetres around the waist, etcetera.
But, the celebration’s a must, and especially if you belong to the millennial generation, you might probably say – Who cares! And continue with your lives the way you do, sipping all the liquor that is there in the world.
Our body doesn’t metabolise liquor the way it does with other edibles we consume. So, does that mean a “No” to buying vodka from tomorrow? I don’t think so.
Because it may be hard for you to believe, but there are a few benefits of vodka:
Russians’ association with vodka goes long back in time. Though there isn’t much of empirical evidence, they believe it helps in keeping the drinker’s skin healthy and abets in hair growth. Also, when consumed (in moderation), it acts as a disinfectant for the body and relieves a person from toothaches when taken with a pinch of salt.
Surprised? Well, I’m not done yet, and by the time you scroll to the end, you will come across seven more surprising facts about vodka and what you can do with it.
Long live the flowers
So, apart from getting high on vodka, you can always keep your flowers fresh for a longer period by adding a teaspoon of sugar with a few drops of vodka.
Vodka is lighter…
…than water. A litre of vodka weighs 953 grams while it is 1,000 grams for water.
If you’re stung by a jellyfish, someday, on your Goa trip then don’t forget to apply some vodka to it. Vodka soothes it and also acts as a disinfectant to the wound alleviating some pain.
If you’re already high on vodka, then it wouldn’t make a difference, but if you’re not then while peeling off a band-aid, you wet it in vodka. It will help take it off quite quickly and cause less pain. Scientifically, vodka carries the characteristics of dissolving adhesive.
Cleaner and shiner
Do you face trouble in cleaning chrome, glass, or porcelain fixtures? Well, dip your cleaning cloth in some vodka (because the rest is for you to drink) and get the job done easily.
Moderation is the key when talking about vodka. It is efficient enough to remove the hard water minerals from your hair if a shot is mixed with shampoo. But, it can also damage all the natural oils your scalp has if used in excess.
To my surprise, now even Bollywood is crazy around the idea of vodka, and Kushal Srivastava has actually come up with a directorial debut Vodka Diaries. The film stars Kay Kay Menon, Mandira Bedi and Rimi Sen, to name a few. It’s a thriller drama film full of mysteries and series of murders which Menon is trying to solve as ACP Ashwini Dixit.
The film hit the theatres on January 19. Are you excited? I am and who knows the film might give you a similar high that you get from vodka.
Drink responsibly and keep in touch at email@example.com
Academy Award winning actress and comedian Mo’Nique took to Instagram on Friday to ask her fans to boycott Netflix, following a pay dispute in which she says she was offered a fraction of what the streaming service has paid other comedians for their comedy specials. According to Mo’Nique, Netflix offered her $500,000 to tape a special for them—but reportedly paid Amy Schumer $13 million and Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle each $20 million for their own Netflix specials.
“I am asking that you stand with me and boycott Netflix for gender bias and color bias,” said Mo’Nique in a video she posted on her Instagram. “I was offered a $500,000 deal last week to do a comedy special. However, Amy Schumer was offered $11 million, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle $20 million.”
Mo’Nique explained that Schumer had originally been offered $11 million to do a special, which she renegotiated with the streaming service to $13 million. “She said, ‘I shouldn’t get what the men are getting, because they’re legends, but I should get more,’ and Netflix agreed,” Mo’Nique said.
“When we asked Netflix to explain the difference, why the money was so different, they said, ‘Well, we believe that’s what Mo’Nique will bring,’” she said. “We said, ‘What about my résumé?’ They said, ‘We don’t go off of résumés.’ Then we asked them, ‘What was it about Amy Schumer?’ And they said, ‘Well, she sold out Madison Square Garden twice and she had a big movie over the summer. Is that not Amy Schumer’s résumé?’ And then Netflix said, ‘By the way, we believe Mo’Nique is a legend, too.’ Why shouldn’t I get what the legends are getting?”
Mo’Nique has been outspoken against inequality in Hollywood since 2015, when she said director Lee Daniels had told her she’d been “blackballed” by the industry after her Oscar win for not playing the “game” of awards show campaigning. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter he said he’d told her that Hollywood’s perception of her was “difficult” as a result of refusing to campaign for herself, and that she’d lost out on work because of it.
Netflix has not yet responded to a request for comment.
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“I’m not just a nerd,” proclaims a bespectacled 13-year-old named Thea, speaking into a microphone on stage. “I’m also a geek.” The audience laughs.
She’s performing a set as part of a workshop run by Gold Comedy, a New York-based startup that coaches girls in the art of stand-up. Being different is a common theme among the jokes, which the students write themselves after mining their life experiences for material. They’ve been able to find the funny in everything from body insecurities to being Muslim to shopping for clothes with Mom.
Whether the goal is to be a professional comedian, Snapchat star or to simply disarm a bully one day, the process of learning comedy can be an incredible confidence builder for those in the trenches of tween and teen life. “Comedy is power,” explains Gold Comedy founder Lynn Harris, a veteran standup comic and author (and former Tonya Harding lookalike—“a long story,” she writes in her bio). Growing up as a bookish kid, Harris gravitated to humor early: “Being at some level aware that I could not compete in traditional popularity, I let my goofball flag fly.”
Harris wants girls to know that the things they might feel ashamed of, the things that make them unique or maybe even weird, are the very things that make them funny. And when they own those qualities—or “double down” on them, as she likes to say—they put themselves in a new, amazing spotlight, one that they get to define.
Anyone can take a Gold Comedy course (“like, even straight white dudes named Norm are more than welcome,” Harris says), but the curriculum was created to help fill the void of women in comedy. “Girls still get the message that comedy is something dudes do and girls laugh at,” Harris says. “I want to give girls the chance to amplify their voices—literally, with a mic.”
The workshop, which is currently offered as a $19 online course, delves into the mechanics of comedy, teaching students how to structure a set and throw a wrench into a joke (take for instance, the “understatement wrench” in this Garry Shandling bit: “I broke up with my girlfriend. She moved in with another guy, and I draw the line at that”). There are tips on when to pause, when to throw in some physical movement, and how to ease the showtime nerves (pretend like you’re talking to your BFF when you’re on stage). For inspiration, students watch YouTube videos and study the techniques of famous comedians—the measured, deadpan pacing of Tig Notaro, and the way Ellen Degeneres begins her jokes with simple premises and builds up from there.
Eighteen-year-old Brianna Allen, who participated the workshop, told me that when she first got on stage, she was terrified. “But once I started talking and letting it flow, it was amazing,” she says. As part of her set, she recalled an exchange she and her mom had while picking out new clothes at a store: “‘Mom, would you wear this?” “Of course I would, honey!” She immediately put the item back.
Allen says she notices that there are different standards for women and men. “If you curse, people look at you and think, ‘That’s not ladylike,’” she says. “But if a guy does it, it has a different effect.” She says she’s learning not to worry what other people think, and comedy is helping her do that.
Ultimately, Harris says that by giving people comedy skills, she wants to help change the face of comedy. “More diversity in comedy makes comedy better for everyone,” she says. “And better comedy—breaking stereotypes, expanding perspectives, hulksmashing power—makes us all better people. I really believe that.”
Here are some things you can do to help children and teens find their voices through comedy:
Help Them Find What Makes Them Different (Because What Makes Them Different Is What Makes Them Funny)
There is a myth that you need to be a certain “type” to be successful in comedy. That you must be loud, naturally charismatic, and always the center of attention. So people who are not those things try to invent a new comedy persona, but it’s not authentic, and audiences can tell. The workshop teaches kids that instead, “your persona is who you already are.” Just imagine a turned-up version of that. “The thing you don’t like about yourself might actually be your persona, or at least a window onto it,” the online course explains. “Let’s say you said, ‘I wish I were less timid.’ Guess what: Your comedy job is not to be less timid! Your comedy job is to be timid! To talk about being timid. To tell us and show us on stage what it feels and looks like to be timid. Timid is funny, when you write jokes about it! So listen to that voice inside, and then be all, ‘Voice, that thing you’re criticizing about me is actually what’s potentially most funny about me.’”
Pinpoint the Topics That Trigger Big Emotional Responses
Before the workshop, students fill out prompts such as, “I hate _____. I love _____. I’m annoyed by _____. I’m terrified of _____. I’m embarrassed by ______.” Then in class, they talk about what gave them the most visceral responses, what made them want to write more. Harris found that what sparks the strongest feelings is what often leads to the best material. Together, they home in on what gives the student a unique command of the topic. Harris remembers Tess, a girl in the class who started out with the activity just sort of complaining about her annoying dog. “After digging a little, we found out that the really funny part was that she is the only one in her family of six who doesn’t like dogs. Bingo. Anyone can write about annoying dogs, but only Tess can write about that.”
Read the Day’s Headlines With Them
A great way for kids and teens to keep up with current events is to practice giving their take on them. Here’s an exercise from the Gold Comedy website:
X thing happened. If that happened to me/in my life OR if I did that…
Example: [Wily politician or powerful person of choice] lies and no one punishes him. If my mother found out I lied about something like that [she would/I would]…”.
Write 10 of these a day. Don’t try to be funny. Let them be funny when it happens, which it will about 1 percent of the time. The practice is what matters. As you do it more and more, you’ll see the funny and make associations faster, and your percentage will go up.
If students wonder if they should really “go there,” as in tell edgy jokes, the answer is maybe. “I have always said you can write a joke about any topic,” Harris says. “September 11, rape, the Segway. What matters is: who is the joke on? It’s inherently less funny to make fun of someone with less power than you, and—yes—it’s inherently less funny to knowingly/potentially make your audience uncomfortable with an ‘offensive’ joke. This isn’t your journal. They’re paying. Be generous.”
Harris adds that there is an exception for teenagers: “You can totally throw your younger sibling under the bus,” she says.
Encourage Them to Keep Going
Most of the material that your budding comedian will write won’t be funny, and that’s okay. Comics must practice, revise, and practice again, in front of a mirror, in front of friends, in front of Grandma. Some local comedy clubs will let those under 18 perform on certain open mic nights—call and find out. “Even the most practiced comics … practice,” the course explains. “They need to make sure that what seemed funny to the people in their head is actually funny to the people in the audience. They need to tweak it and play around and make it funnier. That’s all part of the process, and now it’s part of your process, too.”