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The Culture Of Now

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    It's difficult to describe Netflix's “BoJack Horseman” – and, more importantly, the show's genius – without sounding high at best, insane at worst. It's a surreal cartoon series set in a universe where humans mingle with (and frequently date and marry) anthropomorphized animals like the title character, voiced by Will Arnett, who's still living off the fame and fortune from his stint as a '90s family sitcom star.

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    Living in LA is enormous fun. Or at least, the potential for enormous fun is always there, provided you actually pay attention and go to things and get out of the house and actually take advantage of the various amazing opportunities that are around. The UCB Theater is a place I should spend more time. No two ways about it.

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    It's been a week since Netflix released season 2 of “BoJack Horseman.” After watching the season's first six episodes, I raved about how the show continues to maintain an improbable balance of surreal comedy and unflinching melancholy, and that balance remained steady throughout the season's second half. ( Spoilers following, for those of you who have watched the whole season.) It was at times ridiculous, at times tragic, and the show remained unflinching in its commitment to portraying BoJack himself as a character we can feel sorry for while also being aware – as he eventually becomes – of how awful he is to those around him.

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    Even before the days of Peak TV in America, it was impossible for everyone to watch everything on television. We all have pop culture gaps. One of mine is “Mr. Show with Bob and David,” the HBO sketch comedy show, created by and starring Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, that aired from 1995-98, and that employed Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Paul F.

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    Paul F. Tompkins' show “Speakeasy” is a great interview show that's featured folks like Marc Maron, Busy Philipps, Lizzy Caplan, and Bob Saget. You know, celebrities who can actually speak well. It's nice. This week Tompkins invited on John Mulaney, the “SNL” writer and new “Mulaney” star who apparently wanted to be Desi Arnaz growing up.

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    Welcome to The Morning Read. As I was working yesterday on some articles, I was inspired by the “10 best man-in-gorilla-suit movies” list by Mr. Beaks at AICN to throw on some Three Stooges shorts.  Those guys knew the value of a good man-in-a-gorilla-suit gag, and sure enough, about two shorts into the disc I randomly picked, there was an entire bit about a mad scientist who wanted to put Curly’s brain in a gorilla’s body.  Good stuff.

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  • (*Sigh*)  People.  PEOPLE.  What am I going to do with you?  Last time Uproxx did a Buyers Guide, I did America a favor and recommended the hilarious Comedy Death Ray Radio Podcast .  This was supposed to enlighten the masses, and trigger a popular comedy revolution that would lead the pandering, cut rate hacks of the world on a path to irrelevance.  Yet here we are, three months later, and I’m still see being ruthlessly assaulted news to the contrary.  For example, did you know that the kid from “Two and a Half Men” makes $300,000 AN  EPISODE ?

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    She’s a maniac, a maniac on the floor Lost And Found: 50 Of The Internet’s Greatest Missing Posters [ Uproxx ] This Week In Review: Let Us Take You On A Warm And Fuzzy Internet Journey [ Uproxx ] 50 Examples Of Very Interesting, Unusual Athlete Fan Art [ WithLeather ] On Princeton University, “Hip-Hop 2.0” & Dr.

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    Funnyman Paul F. Tompkins is developing a scripted comedy series entitled “Evil Genius” for Comedy Central, according to Deadline.com . Tompkins will star and co-write the series with “Monk” veteran Tom Scharpling. Tompkins will play Professor Tiberius Lynch, an arch-criminal who conquers the world, and then has to deal with all the mundane bureaucratic tasks that come with that responsibility.

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    IFC released the first footage from their upcoming “Comedy Bang! Bang!” TV show based on the podcast of the same name. The show premiers in June and is hosted by Scott Aukerman ( Between Two Ferns , Mr. Show ). It includes a mix of interviews and sketches with improvised elements and plenty of surreal humor.

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    Veep/Girls (HBO, Sunday) – “Veep,” the new political comedy created by Armando Iannucci and starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is getting great reviews. I’m definitely looking forward to it. Also, I am pleased to announce that the prestigious Danger Guerrero’s Least Favorite Internet Person of the Week Award has been given to Angry Dude Who Hates Everything About Hipster Culture but Watched “Girls” Anyway for Some Reason and then Declared That It Sucked Because the Characters Were Unlikable Hipsters and Used the C-Word a Bunch While Doing It.

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    It’s time to snuggle with one of the best Zach Galifianakis interviews since his Between Two Ferns days: Galifianakis recently spoke with Paul F. Tompkins for the Speakeasy web series from Made Man . He was there to promote The Campaign , but things veered far off the typical press junket canned answers, to hilarious results.

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    Around midnight last night, comedian Paul F. Tompkins tweeted that he was on a plane with wi-fi, so he’d be live-tweeting the Skymall catalog. As a Paul F. Tompkins fan who has a love-hate relationship with the Skymall catalog, this made for a great evening. Especially when read while listening to his recent cover of Adele’s Skyfall at a Largo show.

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    It’s impossible to cover each bit of new music that comes out during the week, so every Friday, we’ll be doing an end of the week music roundup. It’s called Final Track, and we’ll count off a few songs released during the week that are worth giving a listen to. ( Banner via ) Today, we’ve got selections from Free Energy, Fuzz, Paul F.

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    The Internet’s 10 Best Tributes To Bill Murray’s ‘Groundhog Day’ | UPROXX | Tumblr Hero Has Been Leaking Pages From The ‘Entourage’ Movie Script | Warming Glow | Rampage Jackson Is Acting Like Rampage Jackson With The Ladies Again | With Leather | Gas Up the Van: Spring Breakers has a restricted trailer | Film Drunk | “Bi-Racial” Is The Best Pop-Locking Ode To Mixed-Race Women You’ll Hear Today | Smoking Section | Go Sports Team!

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    The Mad Men and Community star imitates Grumpy Cat, Overly Attached Girlfriend, and other memes for Paul F. Tompkins.

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    Fashion and comedy: it goes together like peanut butter and whatever else you happen to have leftover in the fridge. Whether a component of an onstage persona or just a touch of personal flair, there is a long tradition of comedians performing in wild and sometimes eye-searing costumes. Here are 12 comics from stand-up history who have brought grand sartorialism to the stage.

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    How would Zack Morris deal with modern day problems involving Facebook, Cross-Fit, iPhone apps, and gluten-free pizza? Mark-Paul Gosselaar himself delves deep into his character for Paul F. Tompkins to come up with solutions.

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    Let me begin by disclosing my biases here: I am an unabashed lover of fake mustaches. I have seen every episode of Saved by the Bell multiple times and have written thousands and thousands of words about it. I started watching Franklin & Bash semi-ironically and it has somehow ended up becoming a part of my soul.

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    Jonathan Banks reads fairy tales as his notoriously gruff Breaking Bad character,  Mike Ehrmantraut. (NSFW language.)

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