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Posted Saturday 7/28/18 at 12:28AM EDT
This Is Us is proof that TV is terrible at portraying overweight people
Comedian Guy Branum, host of truTV's Talk Show the Game Show, tackles the problematic portrayal of overweight people on TV and in pop-culture in his new memoir, My Life As a Goddess: A Memoir Through (Un)Popular Culture. As he points out, Chrissy Metz's character Kate can't be seen as content with her life unless she's losing weight. "Kate, the fat sister on NBC’s This Is Us, is a fictionalized version of a Biggest Loser competitor," Branum writes. "She has no qualities. She’s thirty-seven years old and is wholly devoid of skills or passions other than kind of liking singing. While one of her brothers earned a graduate degree and the other bounced between acting jobs, Kate did nothing of note or merit. We can assume her time was spent romancing wheels of Camembert and being too scared to talk to a boy because she knows she’s too fat to be loved. Have any of these people met a fat girl? A real Kate, in the real world, would be awesome. She’d have tons of gay friends and go to drag bingo a lot. She’d have learned to be fearless with fashion, because people are going to judge her anyway. She’d have a joke to make when she’s too sweaty. She’d have broken a chair before, and she’d know what to do when it happens the second time. Chrissy Metz gives great soul to the character, but as she’s written, Kate is a cul-de-sac of a human being who has tasted nothing of the world except cheesy fries. That ain’t any of the fat bitches I know. The reason the writers of This Is Us cannot imagine Kate doing anything valuable is because her existence as a fat person means she is doing things that are unvaluable. If Kate is fat, she cannot have been journeying toward unfatness with all of her power ... Happiness and success are there for Kate, but only in her future, only as part of her narrative of losing fat, and only if she doesn’t fail. And we need fat people to fail. We need them to be so dumb and lacking in willpower that said salvation is never actually achieved. We need to know that their immorality is inherent so we can believe our own thin morality is inherent." (Disclosure: Guy Branum and I worked on our college newspaper at the same time when the Secret Service visited him, but we barely knew each other then and don't know each other now.)
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 9:42PM EDT
Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell was a show five years ahead of its time
Source: The New York Times
Bell, now host of CNN's United Shades of America, had a Chris Rock-produced FX (and, later, FXX) late-night talk show that ran for two seasons, from 2012 to 2013. Yet its legacy lies in the rising stars it showcased, including comedians Guy Branum (now host of Talk Show the Game Show), Hari Kondabolu (of The Problem with Apu fame) and Aparna Nancherla (who is "everywhere right now") -- not to mention Bell himself. As Jason Zinoman notes, Totally Biased's "legacy has only grown thanks to the success of its on-air talent, particularly its crew of progressive, diverse stand-up correspondents, many of whom got their first major national exposure on the show." Bell's show, Zinoman adds, was unlike other shows at the time: "Less wonky, more polemical and eager to engage in debate. Unlike many hosts, he was not afraid to cede center stage, putting the spotlight on an exchange about rape jokes between Lindy West and Jim Norton, for instance." ALSO: W. Kamau Bell discusses his new Netflix special, Private School Negro.
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 5:26PM EDT
Alec Baldwin says there have been "several" past gay SNL cast members, who "were not out then and are not out now"
Baldwin responded to comedian James Adomian's criticism that Saturday Night Live hasn't had an out gay male cast member in three decades by tweeting "consider the source." When asked by comedian Guy Branum, who is gay, "Well, Alec, can you identify a gay man he (Lorne Michaels) did hire?," Baldwin responded: "I can identify several. But they were not out then and are not out now. You realize that possibility, right?" To which Branum responded: "That’s the point, Alec. Opportunities are denied us for being out. The fact that gay men get cast on SNL when they stay closeted and play ball doesn’t make the show inclusive. But please say 'Hi' to your secret gay friends for me!"
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 10:47PM EST
Talk Show the Game Show host Guy Branum to release his memoir
Mindy Kaling wrote the forward for Branum's book, My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir Through (Un)Popular Culture, which will tell the life story of the former Mindy Project writer, Chelsea Lately regular and Last Comic Standing alum. Branum's memoir will also recall the time the Secret Service searched his apartment after he wrote a satirical column for his college newspaper joking about murdering Stanford freshman Chelsea Clinton while also naming her dormitory.
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 2:57PM EST
TruTV sets premiere dates for Adam Ruins Everything, Talk Show the Game Show and more
Guy Branum’s Talk Show the Game Show returns Feb. 1, while Adam Ruins Everything will be back on March 20, followed by The Chris Gethard Show. Meanwhile, the scripted anthology series Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters debuts this summer.
Posted Saturday 11/11/17 at 3:34AM EST
Louis CK’s “these stories are true” statement contains "several deliberate lies"
"Nestled into CK's admission of fact—'these stories are true'—are several deliberate lies," says Christina Cauterucci. The statement the comedian released Friday represented the “lowest possible bar,” which seemed to appease some reading his statement, she adds. “We have become so accustomed to powerful men calling accusers liars, money-grubbers, and too ugly to assault that a simple admission of truth strikes us as alarmingly mature,” she says. But Cauterucci says if you parsed Louis CK’s statement, you would see that his “phrasing is cunning and specific: Perhaps he did ask each woman if he could take out his penis before he showed it to them, but he doesn’t say they said yes, because many didn’t.” She adds: “What makes this statement even worse is CK’s carefully crafted reputation as a self-aware, self-deprecating guy who’s given a lot of thought to gender dynamics and exploitation.” And to top it all off, she adds, “C.K. never says he’s sorry in his statement. The closest he comes to apologizing is 'I have been remorseful of my actions.' His decision to blanket over his history of abuse with explanations and justifications instead of offering a straightforward apology probably means he’s looking for a way back into the good graces of his audience.”
- Why FX cutting all ties with Louis CK is a big deal: “CK’s firing marks the effective end of one of the young century’s most consequential TV careers, one that endlessly made grist of sexual anxieties and peccadilloes about which it’d seem impossible to laugh, now.
- Louis CK shouldn’t be praised for making “one not-totally-god-awful PR move,” then covering "his a** legally by implying a level of consent from his victims"
- What do we want in an apology?: “Is a good apology enough if it only comes on the heels of mounting and irrefutable evidence against you?”
- Louis CK’s sexual harassment problem actually makes his work make more sense
- A sex therapist explains why men force women to watch them masturbate
- Confessions of a former Louis CK fan, who admired him 85% and loathed him 15%
- Louis CK and, allegedly, Matthew Weiner didn’t just sexually harass women — they silenced them
- Standup comedian and Conan writer Laurie Kilmartin: “The moment a female comic steps offstage, her power dissipates. She is a woman, again. A famous comic can masturbate in front of her and his powerful manager can tell her to stop complaining about it.”
- Questioner who tried to get Jon Stewart to speak about the Louis CK rumors last year responds to The New York Times bombshell
- Many critics considered Louis CK one of the greatest living comedians — so what happens now?
- Tear down the “Boys’ Club” that protected Louis CK: He was able to thrive amid the sexual harassment rumors because his "behavior didn’t hurt the system," says Guy Branum, host of TruTV’s Talk Show the Game Show. “It maintained the system. It alienated women from careers in comedy and allowed everyone to continue to live in a world where they could believe that the table, the Official Council of American Funny, was a place only straight men were worthy of reaching."
Posted Monday 10/02/17 at 8:13PM EDT
Talk Show the Game Show is returning to truTV
Source: Broadcasting & Cable
Comedian Guy Branum will bring back his talk show/game show hybrid for 16 episodes next year.