Comedy and the Giant Squid

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wyatt Cenac (Photo by: Martin Crook/Comedy Central)

The Daily Show’s John Hodgman and Wyatt Cenac kick off today’s show with a chat about the 2012 Presidential election and a preview Comedy Central’s upcoming “Indecision in the Park.” We’ll take a look at one of the world's most mysterious creatures, the giant squid! Vikram Gandhi tells us about the unexpected places his film on the yoga industry took him. And word maven Patricia T. O’ Conner takes your calls on our perplexing language.  

The Daily Show's John Hodgman and Wyatt Cenac

The Daily Show’s resident expert John Hodgman and Wyatt Cenac, Emmy Award-winning writer and correspondent on The Daily Show, talk about political humor, the election, and about what goes on behind the scenes of the show. And they'll talk about Comedy Central’s “Indecision in the Park,” which features stand-up performances by Daily Show correspondents, including Wyatt Cenac, Al Madrigal, John Oliver, contributor Kristen Schaal, and others, and is hosted by John Hodgman. “Indecision in the Park” takes place June 20, at 8:00 pm, at SummerStage in Central Park.

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The Elusive Giant Squid

Dr. Joy Reidenberg talks about one of the most elusive and mysterious creatures on earth, the giant squid. The documentary “Inside Nature’s Giants: Giant Squid” follows Dr. Reidenberg and a team of scientists as they investigate the sea creature, which has a razor sharp beak, teeth on its tentacles and tongue, a throat that dives through the middle of its brain and three hearts that power blue blood through a muscle filled jet-propulsion cloak. “Inside Nature’s Giants: Giant Squid” airs on WNET June 23.

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Vikram Gandhi discusses making his film “Kumaré.” Starting out as a documentary about the yoga industry, Ghandi changed his tactics, creating an alter ego, growing his beard, dressing in robes and moving to Phoenix to become Kumaré, a wise guru from the East.  “Kumaré “ opens at the IFC Center on June 20.

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Word Maven Patricia T. O'Conner on Being "Gruntled"

Our word maven Patricia T. O'Conner wonders: Are we ever “gruntled”? She looks at the words “gruntled” and “disgruntled” and answers questions on English language and grammar. An updated and expanded third edition of her book, Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, is available in paperback, as is  Origins of the Specious, written with Stewart Kellerman.

If you have a question about language and grammar, leave a comment or call us at 212-433-9692!

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