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Here’s the formula for writing a generic late-night joke

Talk shows require an insane amount of material. Four nights a week, late-night writers have to produce a monologue’s worth of jokes, plus desk bits, sketches, remote pieces, and whatever else the host is supposed to say. It’s a job that doesn’t exactly jive with the phrase, “I don’t feel funny today.” So, rather than…

Internet, start your Game of Thrones-Altered Carbon shared-universe engines

It’s pretty easy to see shades of Game Of Thrones in Netflix’s new cyberpunk series Altered Carbon, which explores a world in which consciousness has been digitized. For one, the streaming juggernaut has funneled boat loads of cash into the show. For two, there are a shit-ton of characters and they’re all killing and…

The Wire's "fuck" scene originally contained even more "fucks"

As of today, Jonathan Abrams’ highly anticipated oral history of one of TV’s most lauded series, HBO’s The Wire, is now available. We were big fans of it, but if you’d like a little taste of the book before scooping it up, Vulture has published an excerpt chronicling one of the series’ most memorable scenes. That…

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Children: Please do not run away from home and sleep inside of IKEA

Just when you thought telling your kids not to eat laundry detergent was the dumbest thing you’d have to do this year, it’s time for the terribly named “24 Hour Challenge.” According to U.K. police, this particularly inane social media challenge “encourages members of the public, particularly youngsters, to hide and…