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I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost — Except for Spooky Ones in Books!

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“If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!” On June 8, 1984 the world was introduced to the supernatural comedy known as Ghostbusters. I can still remember my favorite scene of the green blob-slob, Slimer, shoveling a tray of room service sweets down his gullet and onto the floor. But the most important part of the film is the cast, the classic comedy crew of Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver just to name a few. Jump forward 30 years and now we find ourselves with a new team of ghost exterminators: Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon lead the pack, shall we say gracefully? This movie may seem…

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5 New Opinions After Rewatching Gilmore Girls in My 30s

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I first watched Gilmore Girls when it premiered on The WB in 2000. I was 16-years-old. Rory and I happen to be born in the same year, only 6 months apart, and her journey became my journey: traversing high school and boys and colleges and deciding what we both wanted out of the future. I grew up with Gilmore Girls, and it will always be one of those defining television shows in my life. Despite its importance, I never rewatched an episode after the show ended in 2007. Stars Hollow was frozen in time for me, marking the end of high school and my college years. But when I heard that Netflix is bringing back Rory, Lorelai and the gang…

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Melissa McCarthy’s “Spy” is a boon for women in comedy

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Shouldn’t the hardest part of comedy be having to keep a straight face? Not fighting to climb the sexist career ladder. There’s nothing funny about gender inequality. Despite many strides made for, y’know, basic human rights, women are still treated like second-class citizens. This gender gap (more like a gender Grand Canyon) has always been enormous in professional comedy to the point that people asked if women even have a sense of humor. Is it any wonder that the early pioneers—Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers—weren’t allowed to attractive or confident? Luckily, along came intellectual comedians like Elaine May and Lilly Tomlin in the early 60s, followed by the badasses of Saturday Night Live, and finally today’s Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler,…

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