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Notebook on Cities and Culture S1E13: The Trash Compactor of Reality with Scott Jacobson

Colin Marshall sits down in Atwater Village with comedy writer and music video director Scott Jacobson, who has written for programs like The Daily Show, Squidbillies, and Bob’s Burgers, and made videos for artists like Nick Lowe, Superchunk, and The National. They discuss the comedic style of George Herriman’s Krazy Kat and whether a place exists for it today; expectations, the enemy of comedy; what it means that the likes of Adult Swim and Tim & Eric can thrive in today’s world, or if they indeed thrive in it; The Daily Show‘s rise alongside George W. Bush’s, and the trickiness of presenting its voice as the voice of reason; the feeling of finally getting a foothold in New York, and the sense of personal failing that comes from not loving it; whether anyone else misses the obscure cruelty of Craig Kilborn’s Daily Show; the “journalistic vamp” and other news filler, up to and including Glenn Beck’s moment of popularity; the “trash compactor of reality” that is political coverage, and the solace offered by a Squidbillies or a Bob’s Burgers; his childhood love of the divisive Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist; the way critical opinion eventually came to elevate Carl Barks’ Scrooge McDuck Comics, and the joy of bringing something in “low art,” like Hospitality’s “Friends of Friends,” to the public’s attention; using ridiculous contexts to smuggle genuine content; New York’s manic energy that insistently pushes you forward; and the phenomenon of “really smart people doing really stupid things” that, championed by the David Lettermans and Conan O’Briens of the world, has risen to prominence in modern comedy.

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