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Notebook on Cities and Culture S1E11: How Serious Are You? with Megan Ganz

Colin Marshall sits down in Larchmont with comedy writer Megan Ganz, who’s written for the Onion and Important Things with Demetri Martin, and now writes for NBC’s Community. They talk about easing her transition from New York to Los Angeles with the Coen Brothers’ Barton Fink; Los Angeles as an unfurnished apartment to New York as a furnished one; her fond memories of aimless subway trips; what we don’t know about growing up in Michigan, especially regarding the preparation of vegetables and local pride in Tim Allen; the Onion as something to aspire to in adolescence; the best comedy’s tendency to happen naturally, without being in on its own jokes; what one would get wrong by assuming Community, the “show that can get away with anything,” represents a model of sitcoms today; her use of the voices of various characters and institutions rather than he own; the comedy gold to be mined from misalignments between tone and content; community college-going as a hobby; and the lingering question that hangs over certain people, places, and operations: “How serious are you?”

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