Archives: 2014 November

Archive for November, 2014

Let’s Start A Band Called Beach Batman

Too Many Cooks

Perhaps the finest viral video of 2014 (The Year of Our Gourd):

Thanks, Logan!

Issa Rae Built An Awkward Empire But She Just Wants To Rap

(via sideshow)

Issa Rae spent most of her youth feeling awkward, and she’s never gotten over it. The awkwardness started in Senegal, where her father was from, and continued once she moved to the suburbs of Washington, DC. “Coming from West Africa to Potomac, Maryland, was pretty jarring, and I just didn’t know how to be black,” she says. She felt like a token minority at school, and her older brothers would tease her, “‘You’re kind of a white girl, a Jewish girl.’” Then she went to a predominantly black school in Los Angeles and didn’t know how to fit in there.

Those awkward interactions were formative for Issa Rae – and they were gold. She channeled them into sketch comedy, uploading videos she made with her friends to YouTube. In 2011, the first episode of her web series The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl made her internet famous.

RIP, Clack.

Be The Change

A Squirrel’s Guide To The Universe

The Missing Scarf was one of the unexpected thrills of the program of Oscar-nominated shorts that screened in (a few) theaters early this year. The only problem was, you couldn’t really watch it anywhere. That changed this last month when Eoin Duffy posted her existential epic to Vimeo.

George Takei narrates the story of a boxy squirrel’s journey into the unknown. The animation stays playful and nothing is as it seems. Treat yourself.

Here’s A Joke

This weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live wasn’t terribly funny, but Bill Hader hosted a few weeks ago and dropped what was easily the best sketch of the season so far: the return of “Puppet Class”: