letdown comedy

Nicola Bozzi
Thinking about comedy in disappointing times.
Created 12 Oct 2020
  • LC#20: The Edge of Comedy
    18 Oct 2021 • 8 min read
    Hello folks, as promised I am keeping up with the new monthly delivery of the newsletter. As it often happens in letdown comedy, I discuss comics whose work I have loved and respected for a long time,...
  • LC#19: Comedy and Death
    20 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    Hello folks, happy to be back typing this up. A break from the newsletter was needed, but since it was way longer than anticipated I do apologize to those of you who missed it. Important update: I jus...
  • LC#18: The Comedy of Waste
    05 Jul 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    Hello folks, just a quick heads up: I am taking a short summer break (as every human should), so don’t get scared if two weeks from now you don’t receive your beloved bundle of comedy critique as usua...
  • LC#17: Inside
    14 Jun 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    Cliché alert: is there such a thing as being too talented for your own good? Personally, this question went through my head as I was watching Inside, Bo Burnham’s latest Netflix comedy special. Apart ...
  • LC#16: Waiting for the Punchline
    31 May 2021 • 9 min read
    If you read me elsewhere you might know I also listen to rap quite a bit. In fact, there are so many cultural and artistic overlaps between rap and stand-up comedy I decided to invite a long-time frie...
  • LC#15: Laughter, or Lack Thereof
    17 May 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    Every once in a while I talk comedy in other places, so this week’s edition is based on a recent piece I wrote for LINK. The original is in Italian, but given the relevance I am adapting it for you fo...
  • LC#14: The 1st LC Stand-Up Dump
    01 May 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    We’re now 7 months into this newsletter, so I’m mixing things up a little. First: this is the last edition I send on a Saturday. From next time, letdown comedy will be “a case of the Mondays”. Second:...
  • LC#13: Nerd Politics — The Black Nerd
    17 Apr 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    I dedicated the past month to dissecting the figure of the Nerd in a range of media. Some of it was problematic, some of it a bit depressing. This week, I’m closing the Nerd Politics three-parter with...
  • LC#12: Nerd Politics — White and Nerdy
    03 Apr 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    Last time I introduced this series on nerd politics by discussing the relationship between the nerd and something we could broadly call “the tech bro” — an alliance that helped shift the former’s stat...
  • LC#11: Nerd Politics — Revenge of the Bros
    20 Mar 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    After dedicating the last three newsletters to comedy and Italian identity, I’m doing another three-parter. This time we talk about the figure of the Nerd, a long-standing comedic trope and pretty muc...
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