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The Answer Is Maeby: Concerned Over Christmas

The Answer is Maeby is an advice column run by a street smart, ham-loving pooch with a positive outlook on life and a desire to help humans.

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The Answer Is Maeby: Claustrophobic in Colorado

“The Answer is Maeby” is an advice column run by a street smart, ham-loving pooch with a positive outlook on life and a desire to help humans. Claustrophobic in Colorado […]

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The Answer Is Maeby!

“The Answer is Maeby” is weekly advice column run by a street smart, ham-loving pooch with a positive outlook on life and a desire to help humans. If you have […]

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The Cover Letter, or An Act In Passive Aggression

In a few weeks, Jamie Loftus will graduate from Emerson College and dive into the world of rejection and constant anxiety. Jk! Not constant anxiety. Jamie is a writer/comedian who […]

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Ron Swanson Understands Me

Those of you that know me, understand my hatred of bananas. I’ve certainly written about it before. (Check out “Why Bananas Suck” on Rebellious Magazine.) For #tbt, I’d like to say […]

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Reading David Foster Wallace For The First Time

One of my work daydreams is writing a 5,000-word story about how people with mental health problems write. It’d be called Me Write Crazy One Day, a play on David Sedaris’ Me […]

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Sarah Silverman’s ‘Obituary’ For Her Dog Is So Beautifully Touching

Really there aren’t any words. If you know anything about SO or myself (or follow us on Instagram) then you know how obsessed I am with my own dog. I […]

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INSIDE A COMIC’S PROCESS: What Do You Do When You Bomb On Stage?

Bombing sucks, but it’s something every comedian has gone through… many times. In an improv group you can blame the other performers, in a play you can blame the writer, […]

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INSIDE A COMIC’S PROCESS: How Does Knowing Someone In The Audience Change Your Performance?

“You’re a comedian? Tell me a joke!” is a sentence every comic has heard. Apparently people think the break room is the place for improv or one-liners. Look, if you […]

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The 10 Different Kind Of Dicks

The Cell Phone Dick At restaurants, a movie, the grocery store, shopping, the dog park, PUBLIC PLACES, this dick wants you to know he knows people and HE BE TALKING […]

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How To Be A Good Person Everyday

Some days are good, some days are bad, but remember for every good day you’re having, someone else might have just stubbed their toe, spilled coffee on their shirt en […]

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Positive Thoughts To SO Favorite: Adam Cayton-Holland

Denver based comedian Adam Cayton-Holland recently posted a tragic story on his website. It’s a well written true story of feeling cursed and the unfortunate events surrounding his sister Lydia. […]

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Are You Doing What You Love?

When I’m frustrated with work or one of the creative endeavors I’m involved in (often one in the same), I have to remind myself “This is the life I chose.” […]

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Kids Or No Kids? That Is The Question For Many Women Comedians

While I haven’t decided yet whether I want kids or not, I fully identify with this article. First, I recognize that deciding whether to become a mom or not is […]