comedy events

  1. Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast with Robin Williams
  2. Disney’s Aladdin as the Genie
  3. Good Will Hunting, as psychologist Sean Maguire
  4. Good Morning Vietnam, as Adrian Cronauer
  5. Comedy Set at Nerdist: Stand-Up Without a Net
  6. Dead Poets Society, as teacher John Keating

In no particular order, this short list summarizes my favorite Robin Williams’ moments, although it by no means resembles a comprehensive list of his work. I am feeling particularly moved and saddened by his death, and find myself distracted from my daily routine and responsibilities. I can’t help ruminating about the way a world is moved by the struggles of celebrities, and Mr. William’s own public challenges with mental illness and addiction. And, undeniably, I am thinking about my own struggles with mental illness. I don’t feel quite ready to write much about my own personal diagnoses or its effects, and/or what might be the appropriate forum.  Because she is my writer-idol, and can always say things better than I could ever hope to, I have decided to re-post Anne Lamott’s words from Facebook this morning. Read it at the Magpie Blog.

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  1. Calvin and Hobbes
  2. Radiohead
  3. ”Paper Bag” by Fiona Apple
  4. Pulp Fiction
  5. Arcadia
  6. The Onion
  7. Rushmore
  8. Elliott Smith
  9. Infinite Jest
  10. The Sopranos

Sean is one funny dude, check out his site and laugh at(with?) him and ask him how he can love Elliot Smith and be a comedian. (Just kidding.)

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  1. The Jerk
  2. The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, Paul Goble
  3. “Series of Dreams,” Bob Dylan*
  4. The Red Pony, John Steinbeck
  5. OdettaW
  6. In Living Color*
  7. RumiW
  8. Mermaids
  9. Happy Days, Samuel Beckett
  10. Nina Simone – Live at Montreux 1976 (follow the link to watch right now!)

*follow to youtube!


Kiva Garber-Maikovska   Artist   Los Angeles, CA
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  1. “Maps & Atlases,” The Charm
  2. Dawn of the Tinman,” Rig 1
  3. Young Guns
  4. Elephant Eyelash, WHY?
  5. ”You’re Going Back,” Tallest Man on Earth
  6. Pars Vite et Reviens Tard, Fred Vargas
  7. Limitless
  8. Pablo Francisco
  9. Tombstone
  10. Lugano, Switzerland
Harrison Crosby     Lugano, Switzerland
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  1. WTF with Marc Maron
  2. WFMU: BD Best Show Gems
  3. “Mother and Son Skit” by Nichols and May
  4. Beastie Boys lyrics explained
  5. “UK surf wave of mutilation,” Pixies
Hannah     New Mexico
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  1. Beyond the Mountain, Steve House
  2. Snatch
  3. Pineapple Express
  4. Katy Perry
  5. Blueberry Pie
  6. Tea
  7. Flight of the Conchords
Azhar Zaheer     Lahore, Pakistan
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  1. David Sedaris
  2. Transcendental Meditation
  3. Frank’s Wild Years, Tom Waits
  4. Woody AllenW
  5. Kristen Wiig
  6. Maria Bamford
  7. Mitch Hedberg
  8. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  9. Debbie HarryW
  10. Candace Bushnell

Melinda Hill is one funny lady; click on her name, below, to see her website, and read her blog, “Marriage Material!”

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  1. The Horrors
  2. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
  3. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
  4. The Mighty Boosh
  5. Little Britain


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  1. “Purple Rain,” Prince and the Revolution
  2. Saturday Night Live (The Early Years! )
  3. Licensed to Ill, The Beastie Boys
  4. Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
  5. On Writing, Stephen King
  6. Shopgirl, Steve Martin
  7. “Hotel California,” The Eagles
  8. Cool Hand Luke
  9. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  10. Adventures in the Screen Trade, William Goldman
Trevor Baierl     Playa del Rey, CA
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  1. The Best Show on WFMU with Tom Scharpling
  2. All the Real Girls
  3. Miss Misery,” Elliott Smith (live performance at The Academy Awards)
  4. The Story of Everest
  5. Late Night With David Letterman
  6. Oh You’re So Silent Jens, Jens Lekman
  7. The Goonies
  8. Mutual Appreciation
  9. All Hail West Texas, The Mountain Goats
  10. Bioshock for XBOX 360
Joey Devine   Comedian   San Francisco, CA
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  1. My Neighbor Totoro
  2. Boxer, The National
  3. The Mercy Seat, Neil LaBute
  4. Richard III, William Shakespeare
  5. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  6. The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Martin McDonagh
  7. There Will Be Blood
  8. Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson
  9. It’s Blitz!, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  10. That Mitchell and Webb Look*
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  1. The Coen BrothersW (especially Fargo, No Country…, Raising Arizona, Blood Simple, The Big Lebowski…?)
  2. The WireW (especially seasons 3 and 4)
  3.  Wendell BerryW (essayist/poet/farmer… How cool is that?)
  4. Radiohead
  5. The Office (BBC)
  6. Kurt VonnegutW
  7. Catherine O'HaraW
  8. Steve Martin
  9. Warner Bros. cartoons (especially Chuck Jones stuff)
  10. Michael Chabon

Watch John and his wife, Celia Keenan-Bolger, try to collaborate on a list on MagpieTV: Episode 2! (sometimes magpie lists are best kept… separate.)

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  1. The Dramatic Imagination, Robert Edmund Jones
  2. Introspective, Pet Shop Boys
  3. Deadwood
  4. Adagio for Strings,” Samuel Barber*
  5. Babette’s Feast**
  6. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  7. Extras / The Office / Stand-Up, Ricky Gervais & Steve Merchant
  8. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
  9. The Little Sister, Raymond Chandler
  10. A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle

*follow the link to hear an NPR story discussing the impact of Barber’s “Adagio for Strings!”

**why not watch it now?

“This was fun! I so wanted to be pretentious and intellectually superior. Hopefully I failed.”

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  1. Friends
  2. Saturday Night Live
  3. The River, Bruce Springsteen
  4. Blue Collar Comedy Tour
  5. Blowin’ in the Wind,” Bob Dylan
  6. Life Goes On,” Tupac
  7. Magnolia
  8. Eminem
  9. The Killers
  10. Coca-ColaW

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  1. Jesus is Magic, Sarah Silverman
  2. Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome, Maria Bamford
  3. Houston, We Have A Problem, Greg Proops
  4. Six Feet Under
  5. Strangers with Candy
  6. Choke, Chuck Palahniuk
  7. Me Talk Pretty One Day, David Sedaris
  8. Official Book Club Selection, Kathy Griffin
  9. The 40-Year-Old Virgin
  10. “Losing My Edge,” LCD Soundsystem

laugh with some of Steve’s own comedy in the Magpie Blog!

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