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Are North Carolina writers and comedians redefining American humor?

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Slate.com has an interesting essay asserting that North Carolina comedians are redefining American humor. It's a flattering premise, and the author (Evan Smith Rakoff, a Manhattan writer who as far as I can tell, isn't a closet Tar Heel is from Asheboro and graduated from UNC-Greensboro) makes his point by tracing North Carolina comedy influences from Andy Griffith to David Sedaris and Zach Galifianakis. And it's not just about those guys, who are pretty much household names, but lots and lots of other actors and writers and directors and producers with North Carolina ties who are plenty current and influential.

It's definitely worth checking out.

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Brooke Cain isn't always proud of the number of hours she logs in front of the TV, but her loss of brain cells can be your gain. From reality shows to sitcoms to the more serious stuff, Brooke keeps her DVR smoking so that she can help keep you in the know. Brooke also tweets for Happiness is a Warm TV (you can follow @WarmTV) and updates the blog's Facebook page.