The week of May 31, 2015

The Comedy Issue
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Inside the fleeting world of Snapchat comedy

By Dave Infante

With short, grainy videos that promptly vanish, comedy hopefuls cultivate a surprisingly large audience.

Features

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The elegant dance of ‘The Best Show’

By Audra Schroeder

Live from the Internet, it’s Scharpling and Wurster.

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Why Netflix is winning the battle for standup

By Josh Katzowitz

The streaming service has gone all-in on original stand-up specials.

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Vine and the art of the 6-second punchline

By Audra Schroeder

There’s a thriving comedy scene on Vine—if you know where to look.

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Every single variation on ‘lol’ in one definitive glossary

By Miles Klee

Laughing terminology has gone haywire. We’ll break it down for you.

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What really makes us laugh

By Aaron Sankin

Peter McGraw, a professor of comedy, talks Internet outrage, the illusion of LOLcats, and the subtle joys of explaining jokes.

Opinion

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How fast, cheap, and online became the new king of comedy

By Ryan Carey

Prestige drama wins all the critical acclaim, but online comedy is riskier and more fun.

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The 5 unfunniest men on the Web

By Miles Klee

Why are you still following these people?

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Cards Against Humanity isn’t funny anymore

By Jaya Saxena

The problems should be obvious.

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The future of the Internet is up Heidi Klum’s skirt

By Monica Riese

This doesn’t have to be how we roll.