Lady Gaga “Til It Happens to You” Live at the Oscars Video feat. Kevin Kantor!!!!

I didn’t watch The Oscars last night, but I did see Lady Gaga’s powerful performance of “Til It Happens to You” from the campus sexual assault documentary The Hunting Ground. And I was so happy to see poet Kevin Kantor among the survivors that took the Oscar stage with Lady Gaga. Kevin’s own spoken word poem about sexual assault, “People You May Know,” was included on our for RAINN benefit album and he was a great support during our fundraising campaign. Kevin Kantor is an incredibly talented poet (and a very nice, humble man) and his should be a household name.

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DVD: Young at Heart

Young at Heart is a heartwarming, bittersweet, and highly entertaining documentary about a senior citizen choir in Northampton, MA who cover pop, rock, and punk songs by bands like Talking Heads, Sonic Youth, Coldplay, The Clash, and Ramones. Director Stephen Walker moves between scenes showing the choir’s rehearsals and stage performances, interviews with the aging singers, and impressive music videos featuring the group.

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DVD: Make ‘Em Laugh

Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America is now available as a three-disc DVD collection from Rhino Entertainment. The six-hour documentary series originally aired on PBS and chronicles the history of comedy in America. The set features host Billy Crystal and narrator Amy Sedaris, with a plethora of interviews and brief clips of comedians, films, and tv shows.

Make Em’ Laugh is divided into hour-long episodes that examine different genres of comedy, from slapstick and satire to stand-up and sitcoms. The first disc opens with cheesy jokes courtesy of host Billy Crystal, but quickly takes off with clips from various Judd Apataw films. The series eventually moves back to the silent film era and early slapstick comedy before progressing into McCarthy era censorship and groundbreaking standup comics, then onto the modern age with The Simpsons and Family Guy.

Among the many interviews, appearances, and clips shown are Charlie Chaplin, Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Sid Caesar, Judd Apatow, Woody Allen, Larry Wilmore, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Richard Lewis, Jon Stewart, Roseanne Barr, Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, Joan Rivers, Bill Cosby, Cheech Marin, Lenny Bruce, and George Carlin. My personal favorite special feature of the DVD collection shows various comedians – including Jerry Seinfeld, Phyllis Diller, Richard Belzer, Lily Tomlin, and Mickey Rooney – sharing their favorite jokes of all time.

As a child of the ’80s, I was able to see reruns of classic shows like The Honeymooners, I Love Lucy, and Carol Burnett. But a lot of younger generations seem to be missing out on the great comedies of the past. This is a great lil collection to introduce new fans to such shows and stir up nostalgia for the rest of us.

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