Why Comedy Is More Important Now Than Ever
It’s been just a few months since Trump took office, and Netflix has released a weekly comedy special and late night talk shows are up to their ears in political satire. Coincidence? We think not. In this hyper-polarized political climate, it’s no wonder we turn (sometimes desperately) to comedy. We love the witty people who, on the daily, are taking social commentary by storm with total comedic finesse. From Trevor Noah‘s satirical news reporting on The Daily Show to SNL‘s Kate McKinnon and her spot-on HRC impressions, we just can’t get enough of the talented, young, and hilarious comics that are making the political world as we know it just *slightly* more palatable.
To explore the broader, and gender shifting (you go, girls!) world of comedy, we caught up with Colossal Clusterfest‘s event organizers — Steve Raizes, Senior Vice President and Head of Operations and Strategy at Viacom Music and Entertainment Group, and Jonathan Mayers, Co-founder of Superfly. Clusterfest is taking place in San Francisco in early June and will feature performances from some faves like Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of Broad City and Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams of 2 Dope Queens. See what Raizes and Mayers had to say about the rise of female comics and why we all could use a little laugh right now.
Brit + Co: Why is comedy valuable?
Steve Raizes: More than anything else, comedy makes you feel good. Laughing makes you feel good. And the ability to laugh in a space with a lot of other people, there’s something wonderfully communal about that. It’s a shared experience that you come out of feeling a bit better about the human condition in general.
B+C: Do you think it’s becoming more important now?
Jon Mayers: With today’s political climate, satire has really become an important medium for delivering and discussing news and other topical issues in an entertaining way, that connects with people and catches their attention. The popularization of The Daily Show is probably the greatest example of how comedy has revolutionized the news.
B+C: How has comedy evolved in the last 20 years?
SR: It’s been a huge renaissance for comedy in the past 5-10 years. [We’re] seeing how comedy reacts in the world of social media and talent that gets its start from different areas. For example, Broad City started as a web series out of the Upright Citizens Brigade. It’s an incredibly strong and vibrant scene right now with an amazing mix of both new and more established voices, and I think Clusterfest is working really hard to be a showcase for that. So you’ll be able to go and see masters like Sarah Silverman and Tig Notaro and then also the next generation of stars such as Abbi and Ilana from Broad City, 2 Dope Queens, and a whole lot more.
B+C: How are female comics, specifically, changing the face and direction of comedy?
SR: The past few years have had some incredibly powerful moments in comedy in general that just so happen to be from female comics. Tig’s set about her mastectomy in New York was one of the most profound bits of standup I’ve ever seen. Sarah continually pushes what the conventions of traditional standup are, as has Amy Schumer in her last special. I think all of that continues to further redefine the concept of standup itself, making it personal, more introspective, and more challenging.
B+C: What factors are contributing to women’s voices becoming more prominent in comedy?
SR: [It] feels like part of a broader social and societal shift. And given our current political and social times, I think that this shift will continue, that people will always want to seek out voices that they feel represent them and what they are feeling in the current times.
B+C: Which female comics coming to Clusterfest are you *most* jazzed about?
JM: I’m a huge Broad City fan, and we’ve created some unique programming with them that I’m particularly excited about.
Are you going to Clusterfest? What comics are you most excited to see? Tweet us @BritandCo!
(Photos via Comedy Central)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)