Twin Peaks and Hamlet are two of my favorite stories. They have a lot in common: both are murder mysteries with far too many characters and subplots; both deal with themes of corruption, mortality, domestic violence, and the terrifying unknowability of nature and of the life to come; both prominently feature the troublingly fetishized body of … Continue reading Twin Peaks Characters as the Cast of Hamlet: A Listicle
Hey Niche Readers! Like many TV fans, I'm sure a lot of you have seen Season 2 of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. Like us, I'm sure your hearts were warmed by the themes of friendship, found family, and the power of love to conquer adversity characteristic of the show. However, also like us, I'm sure many of you were dissatisfied by the show's heteronormativity and slightly overdone 1980s Spielberg Kitsch aesthetic. Never fear! Here to help are Hannah and Seph, with an LGBT-friendly spinoff known as the Boy Actor AU, or Trans Elizabethan Stranger Things: The Musical.
Greetings Niche Nation, and welcome back to our ongoing quiz series/hyperfixation dumping ground. Once again, we're here to test your wits and ask the question on everyone's mind: is this a quote from that one gay play we're all weirdly obsessed with, Angels in America, or from Emmy Award winning satirical series The Colbert Report? Confused? Keep … Continue reading I Am Angels in America (And So Can You!) : A Niche Quiz
You know, it's been a great while since a 1 A.M. mood of mine actually arose at 1 A.M. Today, though, the stars have flung themselves out of alignment to project chaos and je ne sais quoi into my life. Here's how that chaos has manifested itself tonight: Just a list of every "Going to … Continue reading What We’re Reading at 1 A.M.
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners at goat herding, I wish someone told me. All of us who herd goats, we get into it because we love animal husbandry. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you herd, it’s just not that good. It's trying to be good, it has … Continue reading Closing the Goat Gap: 7 Tips from Ira Glass for Taking Your Herding from Good to Great
THE FULL SCREENPLAY About two hours into a very long car ride to see Tegan and Sara in Portland, Maine, and one hour into the High School Musical 3 soundtrack, I turn to my friend Sam and say, "You know, when you think about it, Troy's struggle in the first movie is really emblematic of … Continue reading HTB (Helen “Troy” Bolton), or High School Lesbian Musical
Dear the Brothers Duffer, Hello, good sirs. You have made a really neat television series. The plot is a living, breathing homage to eighties genre greats with enough twists and 21st century updates to keep things fresh. Your casting directors just crushed it, and I love every character more than the last. You even get … Continue reading We Need A Musical Episode of Stranger Things and We Need It Now
Like anyone with a bad childhood and worse posture, I like to think of myself as an aspiring comedian. Accordingly, I try to model my own maladaptive public displays on those of the industry legends— legends such as Louis C.K. After all, who could be a better inspiration than Mr. C.K.? The man is a stand … Continue reading How to Succeed in Comedy Without Your Pants On: The Louis C.K. Method
As seen on BroadwayWorld, Mel Giedroyc will be taking to the stage next spring as Beatrice in the Rose Theatre's production of Much Ado About Nothing. Further casting has yet to be announced, which puts the Rose Theatre, and director Simond Dormandy, in a unique position: They have the opportunity to finally do the text of Much Ado a … Continue reading Please Cast Sue Perkins as Benedick Opposite Mel Giedroyc’s Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Thank You
I have a very active thought life, and I have a game that I like to play. It is called "What If Taylor Swift Made the Album I Am Listening to Right Now?" Here's how you play: you take whatever album you're presently listening to, and you pretend that Taylor Swift is performing it. It … Continue reading Seven Albums That Taylor Swift Should Release Instead of the Unholy Monstrosity Portended by These Godawful Singles