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May you and Portlandia be very happy together!

Thanks to Portlandia I now know way too much about you guys and your grody inner lives. It's not the show itself — it doesn't have that power. It's your horrifying enthusiasm for the show that has granted me this mirror.
O! Lucky you!
By CHRIS BRAIOTTA  |  February 17, 2012
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Review: The Smurfs

It may be a 3D movie set in a world populated by computer-animated blue-skinned natives, but this isn't Avatar .
An uninspired rip-off
By BRETT MICHEL  |  July 29, 2011
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Obama's year two to-do's

This week marks the one-year anniversary of Barack Obama's inauguration. Can you believe it?
What Have You Done for Me Lately Dept.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 22, 2010
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The Funn(k)y Drummer

Johnny Carson was revered for his impeccable comic timing. It was "so precise," wrote one newspaper in his obituary, "that we wouldn't be surprised to find buried in his skull a quartz crystal." And why might that be? Perhaps because Johnny Carson was a
What's the connection between comedy and percussion?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 14, 2009
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Christmas On Mars

Stylized after the sci-fi B-movies of yore, the film recycles Atomic Age angst: a group living in a space station on Mars have run out of spare parts, and it seems that everyone’s doomed.  
Begins as an assault and ends as a charming fable
By MEGAN V. BELL  |  October 28, 2008
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Fred Armisen (Again)


  We spoke to Fred Armisen of The Rocker and Saturday Night Live again. We played the edited version of the interview on the air....
By Charlie  |  August 19, 2008


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Funny business

“Ashlee Simpson’s new album sold so poorly,” snorted the headline on Yahoo! this past week, that “it was beaten by a comedy album.”
As the AltCom Festival arrives at the Somerville Theatre, we look at the roots of the indie comedy boom.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 07, 2008
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Yule appeal

Aimee Mann has written many songs about heroin addiction so it’s pretty remarkable — even comic — that she launched a Christmas variety show last year.
Aimee Mann’s Christmas show hits the road
By COLE HADDON  |  December 10, 2007
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Stand-up guys

“In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world,” wrote Schopenhauer, “and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.”
Tim and Eric’s 15 minutes
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 04, 2007
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iFun for phone nerds

Apple’s iPhone was unveiled last week to much chattering and drooling.
Dept. of new stuff
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 17, 2007
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Cheap cheer

Why bother caroling when you can spike your eggnog and sing karaoke? Heck, why venture into the windy streets when you can snuggle next to the radiator with a six-pack of cheep beer?
The Scrooge – lovers guide to seasonal fun
By VANESSA CZARNECKI  |  December 12, 2006