Jen Kirkman on what makes her laugh, from Caddyshack to “Adele Dazeem”

With her second book, I Know What I’m Doing—And Other Lies I Tell Myself: Dispatches From A Life Under Construction, out this week, Jen Kirkman is pushing even further into the literary world. This time around, the comedian and I Seem Fun podcaster is both examining her own life, which she says is “permanently in…

Scandal’s abortion made the show actually political

A few months ago, on the midseason finale of ABC’s Scandal, Olivia Pope had an abortion. The scene not only played out under the choir version of a Christmas carol (“Silent Night”) but overlapped with a monologue of her father proclaiming that “family does not complete you, it destroys you.” This was a shocking moment…

Take a deep dive into the dramatic history of TV’s “very special episodes”

Today’s Great Job, Internet! is taking time away from posting mashups and funny cat photos to deal with a very sensitive topic: very special episodes of TV shows. Those were the awkwardly earnest episodes of sitcoms seen mostly in the ’80s and ’90s that highlighted important social issues in a somber way while still…