Miriam Katz

Supreme Being

The 2nd Festival Supreme in Los Angeles

November 2014 LOS ANGELES

“FUCK THIS VIP SHIT—I want some real California dick!” cried a braless Bridget Everett as she made her way toward the general admission section of the crowd. Everett eventually found an object for her affection, a masked dandy she … READ ON

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Riot On!

The RIOT festival

February 2014 LOS ANGELES

“GUYS, you just saw a baby deer bouncing through the forest for the first time—how am I supposed to follow that?” It was 1 AM on a Friday night in a packed dive bar during the second annual RIOT Alternative Comedy Festival in Los Angeles,… READ ON

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A Supposedly Funny Thing

The Atlantic Ocean Comedy & Music Festival

October 2013 ATLANTIC OCEAN

“IT FEELS LIKE we’ve inserted a bizarre multiverse within the ship.” Comedian Kurt Braunohler and I stood on the aft of the Royal Caribbean cruise liner, gazing out at some heat lightning scarring the horizon on the third and final … READ ON

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Laugh Track

The 2013 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal

August 2013 MONTREAL

“DO YOU UNDERSTAND HOW LUCKY YOU ARE? I’m eighty years old—I could die at any moment,” bellowed Joan Rivers to a crowd of five thousand during the 2013 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. “Never mind all this shitty comedy. You… READ ON

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Just for Fun

The 5th MaxFunCon

July 2013 LAKE ARROWHEAD, CALIFORNIA

FOR YEARS NOW I’ve heard about MaxFunCon, a mythical mountain retreat for comedy creators and lovers in Lake Arrowhead, California. Instead of a “fan con” where people migrate to some loathsome locale to froth and idolize with like-minded… READ ON

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Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer on her Kickstarter campaign and new work

August 2012

Last April former lead singer of the Dresden Dolls Amanda Palmer launched a month-long Kickstarter campaign to fund an album, a book, an art exhibition, and a live music tour. Here, the performer discusses the successes of the campaign, which… READ ON

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Funny Business

The 30th Just for Laughs festival

August 2012 MONTREAL

“IF YOU WERE being raped and you saw a shooting star, would you use your wish to stop the rape? Or would you look at the bigger picture?”  The question came courtesy of twenty-four-year-old LA-based comedian Jerrod Carmichael during his… READ ON

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William Wegman

William Wegman discusses “Hello Nature”

July 2012

Throughout his career, William Wegman has consistently created drawings, paintings, photographs, and videos about and within the natural world. From July 13 to October 21, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art will present “Hello Nature,” an… READ ON

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Ann Liv Young

Ann Liv Young talks about Sherry

December 2011

Since graduating from Hollins University’s dance program in 2003, Ann Liv Young has riled and thrilled audiences with her performances. Integrating music, movement, and direct engagement, in recent years Young has begun to make work that … READ ON

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Nathalie Djurberg

September 2011

In Nathalie Djurberg’s frenzied stop-motion animations, even innocuous actions—a kiss, a lick— quickly turn violent.… READ ON

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