SPIN magazine is just one publication that has recently dedicated one of their issues to comedy and its performers. Recently, comedian, Aziz Ansari graced the May 2011 cover of Under The Radar magazine and also a special comedy edition of Rolling Stone in October. GQ magazine contributed to this trend as well by featuring actress Mila Kunis for the cover of their comedy issue.
Oswalt jumps right into his antics through his introduction where he writes that because of how finance, religion and government have made matters so grim, there has never been a better time for comedy. Oswalt writes: ”If you want any say in running things, in being prominent, in being taken seriously, then you’d better make fun of yourself. The next president not only will have to have the best economic plan, but he’ll also need to be the funniest in sketches and YouTube videos. No one will respect you until you willingly take yourself down a few dozen pegs. The public no longer wants to be bothered with pulling the exalted from their pedestals — they’d better do a belly flop, of their own volition, preferably into a wading pool of pudding. And then wrestle a porn star.”
SPIN‘s special “funny issue” contains plenty of contemporary comedy goodness, including interviews with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein of Portlandia, a profile on comedian Natasha Leggero, a piece on Parks and Recreation actor Chris Pratt’s soundtrack to life and a Q&A with music comedian Weird Al Yankovic.
For a magazine that specializes in music, a comedy issue didn’t seem like an option. However, with input from Oswalt and content that adds music and comedy together, the publication seems to have hit a home run.
Check out some stand-up from Oswalt here, courtesy of YouTube:
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