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Interview: Dan Savage

Dan Savage is tired. Not because of his many jobs — nationally syndicated advice columnist, podcaster, LGBT political activist, editorial director for Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger, cofounder of the immensely popular It Gets Better Project for LGBT youth — but because he’s doing a phone interview shortly after sunrise to accommodate the time difference between […]

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Interview: “Weird Al” Yankovic

When comedian, musician, and parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic broke through to the mainstream in the ’80s thanks to hits like “Eat It” and “Fat” (parodies of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and “Bad,” respectively), it was something of a coup for nerds. There on MTV, wedged between Madonna and Bruce Springsteen, was a frizzy-haired, four-eyed oddball […]

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Interview: H. Jon Benjamin

I grew up in Worcester, so I’m depressed a lot. There was a bleak quality to it. But I have fond memories of Worcester, too. I grew up Jewish, which was depressing, too, but Worcester had a pretty tight Jewish community. You know how they stick together, the Jews. Like kosher glue. [ Click here […]

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Interview: Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt’s new memoir, “Silver Screen Fiend,” describes the stand-up comedian’s five-year, almost-daily habit of watching movies at LA’s New Beverly Cinema in the mid- to late-’90s. The book — his second, after 2011’s essay collection “Zombie Spaceship Wasteland” — details his efforts to overcome the obsession, his growth into adulthood, and the then-burgeoning alt-comedy […]

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Interview: Bob Newhart

Talking to Bob Newhart on the phone is strange at first. You half-expect the comedian, whose stand-up act has long featured imaginary phone conversations about bizarre situations, to act like the Empire State Building security guard responding to King Kong’s arrival, or Abraham Lincoln’s press agent giving feedback about the Gettysburg Address. [ Click here […]

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Interview: Eugene Mirman

My parents brought me here [from Russia] in the late ’70s, and I grew up at a time when there was a stand-up boom. We came here with the idea of becoming anything we wanted and genuinely believing and pursuing the American dream. Not to say that [my parents] probably weren’t concerned, but they let […]

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Interview: Real Estate

It’s hard to hear Alex Bleeker, traveling by van on tour with his raucous bandmates, somewhere between San Francisco and Portland, Ore. “Sorry,” he says sheepishly, “I’m gettin’ ribbed.” Bleeker is the bassist for the popular indie-rock band Real Estate, which just released its third record, “Atlas,” to very positive reviews. The band performs at […]

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Interview: Hannibal Buress

A typical Hannibal Buress joke is so deceptively simple that you don’t realize its complexity until later, long after it comes together in a weird, hilarious ending. “Whenever people are going through something in life, they get really cliché,” starts one joke. “They say stuff like, ‘I’m takin’ it one day at a time.’ You […]

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Interview: Sue Costello

The first thing you notice about Sue Costello is her voice. It’s a loud, smoky thing, full of strength and vulnerability, simultaneously world-weary and ready for anything. In those ways, it mirrors Boston itself, and especially Savin Hill, the Dorchester neighborhood where the stand-up comic and actress grew up. [ Click here for more ]

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Interview: Kurt Braunohler

Comedian Kurt Braunohler has a podcast, excels at self-promotion, and once staged a one-man show. Nothing out of the ordinary for a comedian, right? Not until you consider the particulars: his podcast, “The K Ohle,” includes a regular segment that offers fake boat knowledge; recent self-promotion efforts included skywriting that asked, “How do I land?”; […]

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Interview: John Hodgman

Humorist John Hodgman has had many show business personas. Though initially known to most as “PC” in Apple’s famous Mac vs. PC television commercials, the Brookline native’s career has included three books of fake — and hilarious — world knowledge, a stint as “resident expert” on “The Daily Show,” and a Netflix comedy special entitled […]

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Interview: Pete Holmes

Lexington-born comic Pete Holmes—perhaps best known as the voice of the E*Trade baby—is debuting a late-night TV show. “I remember growing up and thinking I was on TV when I was 8 years old and wanting something called The Pete Show,” Holmes says. “The fact that here I am, 34, on something called The Pete […]

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Interview: Lyle Lovett

Hurricane Sandy had Lyle Lovett on edge. He was not only concerned for all his friends and fans on the East Coast, but unsure about his shows in New England. “We were talking to our promoters today,” said Lovett, on the phone Monday from Nashville as Sandy raged in Boston, “trying to figure out what […]

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Album review: Slave Ambient by The War on Drugs

The War on Drugs’ music is hard to categorize, but its influences are fun to identify: a little Springsteen here, some Dire Straits there, a pinch of New Order. But “Slave Ambient’’ is no ’80s nostalgia trip. It’s a rock album that mixes 30-year-old influences with the deep, hazy production of indie synth-poppers like M83. […]

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Interview: Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann is no stranger to contradiction. Some of her most biting songs, such as the lacerating “How Am I Different,’’ are also her prettiest and most melodically satisfying; and her most relatable work was done on artistically and financially personal terms. So it’s perhaps fitting that Mann is simultaneously writing a stage musical and […]

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