The problem with hating hipsters

People love attacking "hipsters" yet no one self-identifies as a hipster. Important lesson: Start getting more specific with your insults.

That's when things get a little more challenging...

"Hipsters = skinny jeans" Eurodudes have been rocking those for decades.

"Hipsters = indie rock fans" Plenty of douchey bros love The Black Keys and Spoon.

"Hipsters = facial hair" Every goddamn dude in NYC has a beard now.

"Hipsters = hating on everything" If you're hating on hipsters, then that's kinda the most hipster thing of all.

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Barry Katz on how much comedians make, finding a manager, etc.

Barry Katz did an AMA at Reddit. ("I've managed, developed and produced for Louis CK, Dave Chappelle, Tracey Morgan, Jay Mohr among others and host the Industry Standard podcast on the business of comedy. Ask me anything.") In it, he breaks down the typical rates that comedians get paid...

If you're going to a comedy club in your city and seeing a person headline that you don't know that well, he's probably making between $1500-$3000 a week. The person going on before the headliner is probably making between $500-$1000 a week. The person MCing probably $300-$500 a week. If you go to a special event with a name that's a household name, you can probably figure out how much they're making by looking at how much you paid for the ticket and the people in the room, and normally the artist is making 50% of that gross, up to 100% depending on their pull. It the tickets are $25 apiece and 300 people in the room, you're talking about $7500 for that show. 6 Shows, about $40-$45K coming in. Chances are a headliner of that nature could make $20K or even up to $50-$60K that week, maybe more. That's usually how it works.


...and gives his advice on finding a manager (hint: don't).

Don't worry about finding a manager. When you're doing the right thing, when your comedy is undeniable, when you go to your home comedy club ten times in a row and you have the best set of the night by a landslide every, single, time and every bartender, every waitress, every manager, every comedian that hates you, every audience member if they had a truth serum in their veins would say you had the best set of the night. If you can figure that out, and do the kind of comedy that you love, embody the kind of material that blows you the fuck away when you watch it, when that starts happening, managers like me will chase you like your ass is on fire. But until then, keep working hard, keep doing the right thing and don't lose faith in yourself. You will prevail.


Katz also has a podcast where he interviews industry types.

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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict explained in baseball terms


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Louis CK and Howard Stern wind up crying/laughing together



At 31:20 into this interview, Howard presses Louis CK to talk about having a dog lick cottage cheese off his balls. They both completely lose it. It's pretty cute.

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Key and Peele's "Insult Comic"

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Why clapter – clapping plus laughter – is the enemy

SNL's James Downey on Working with Norm Macdonald:

To tell you the truth, Norm and I had done Update for three and a half seasons. I felt like we had made our point. What I did like about the way we approached Update was that it was akin to what the punk movement was for music: just real stripped down. We did whatever we wanted, and there was nothing there that we considered to be a form of cheating. We weren’t cuddly, we weren’t adorable, we weren’t warm. We weren’t going to do easy, political jokes that played for clapter and let the audience know we were all on the same side. We were going to be mean and, to an extent, anarchists.


I enjoy how "jokes that played for clapter" is the enemy here.

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People who use Airbnb love to smile. You like smiles!


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Vooza: "Earnings Call"



I channel my inner Donald Trump on this one. More at Vooza.com.

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Alan Watts on technology's "fantastic vicious circle"

Orgasm Without Release: Alan Watts Presages Our Modern Media Gluttony in 1951.

The “brainy” economy designed to produce this happiness is a fantastic vicious circle which must either manufacture more and more pleasures or collapse –providing a constant titillation of the ears, eyes, and nerve ends with incessant streams of almost inescapable noise and visual distractions. The perfect “subject” for the aims of this economy is the person who continuously itches his ears with the radio, preferably using the portable kind which can go with him at all hours and in all places. His eyes flit without rest from television screen, to newspaper, to magazine, keeping him in a sort of orgasm-without-release through a series of teasing glimpses of shiny automobiles, shiny female bodies, and other sensuous surfaces, interspersed with such restorers of sensitivity — shock treatments — as “human interest” shots of criminals, mangled bodies, wrecked airplanes, prize fights, and burning buildings. The literature or discourse that goes along with this is similarly manufactured to tease without satisfaction, to replace every partial gratification with a new desire.


More Alan Watts.

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Upworthy is piousbragging


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