Think no one cared when vaudeville comics recycled jokes? “That’s so friggin’ wrong,” Patton Oswalt told Time. “Vaudeville, as far as comedy’s concerned, was like gangsta hip-hop. W.C. Fields would wait outside the stage doors for guys who would do his act and beat the living s**t out of them.” Here, then, is a list of comics who should maybe watch their backs.
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The traditional sitcom never would have died without the early aughts Fox series choking the life out of it with its brutal honesty and unadulterated laughs. Now, creator and star Christopher Titus, along with the rest of the show’s cast and crew, share how they found poetry and humor in his pain — pissing off network executives all along the way