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The Genius of Bob’s Burgers: Comedy, Culture and Onion-Tended Consequences
On reality TV, you can be a Survivor, Top Chef, or The Biggest Loser.
You can Say Yes to the Dress, go Below Deck, learn What Not to Wear, get Punk’d or Chopped, and hang out with an eligible Bachelor in Paradise while Keeping up with the Kardashians or Making the Cut in Laguna Beach, The Hills, or The Real World.
Reality TV lets us focus on other people’s drama, distracting us from the routine or disorder of our own daily lives and proving, yet again, that truth is often stranger than fiction. It’s a guilty pleasure—being Alone or Naked and Afraid, hanging out … » More …
Q&A with Margaret France
Margaret France (’02 MA English) wrote the book on Bob’s Burgers.
Here, she talks about the show’s beloved characters, her favorite season, her top ten reasons to love Bob’s Burgers, and more.
What are your top 10 reasons to love Bob’s Burgers?
Its characters are weird and sad, but the show posits that they are still worthy of love, a message I appreciate hearing on a regular basis.
Routinely excellent original songs.
The shifting dynamic between family as employees and family as family.
A fancy toilet speaks like Jon Hamm.
The siblings act like siblings.
Young … » More …
Reel deal videos of Clark Pederson
A few snippets of Clark Pederson (’10 Comm.) on the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch
Reel deal: Clark Pederson of Deadliest Catch
Video: Ask Dr. Deb
Dr. Deborah Christel explains the 6 types of fat shaming commonly seen on TV.
Christel ’08 is a cofounder of Kade & Vos, a company promoting more range in women’s clothes sizes. In her blog and videos, Christel covers a lot of topics around weight bias.
Read more about Christel and Kade & Vos cofounder Ashley Scott ’16 in “Fit for every body.”
A formula for funny
When Kelsey Cook ’11 was a junior in college she delivered her first stand-up performance during an open-mic night at a campus dining hall.
“You’re basically intruding on everyone’s dinner,” she recalls. Even if the crowd thought something was funny they had food in their mouth so she couldn’t really hear their reaction.
Cook has since made a name for herself in comedy and last spring made her stand-up debut on The Tonight Show and earned her first credit on Comedy Central.
She was also back on the road performing stand-up, including a weekend last April at the Spokane Comedy Club where a … » More …
Welcome Back, Kotter—and George
George Hollingbery ’76 studied education at an interesting time, as the profession underwent significant change in the 1970s. Teachers began asking where the classroom began and ended, and how could they better reach and help students who learn in different ways.
During that time, Hollingbery says they all faithfully watched the TV sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter. Set in a Brooklyn remedial high school class, the show offered a glimpse into how “difficult” students could defy expectations.
Hollingbery, a fourth-generation Coug and grandson of legendary WSU football coach Babe Hollingbery, started teaching high school sociology and other classes in Lacey. Although he had all kinds … » More …