Interview: Iliza Shlesinger talks Canada, cannabis and comedy
Her fourth and latest Netflix special ‘Elder Millennial’ was released this week, and her second movie ‘Instant Family’ with Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne premieres in early 2019. Last year she published her first book, ‘Girl Logic,’ and hosted a limited-run talk show on Freeform called ‘Truth & Iliza. See alsoHaving distinguished herself as the winner of NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing’ in 2008, Iliza’s success comes well-earned with three previous specials under her belt. Iliza is performing a single show at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal this upcoming Friday – and those who have already watched her latest Netflix special can be assured that the live show is full of new material. Despite the quick stop this trip, Iliza has travelled to more places in Canada than most Canadians.
Men are super manly, the women are beautiful, it’s super clean, there’s a lot of room and they’re very kind,’ so of course as Americans we make fun of something that secretly we wish we had more of. Iliza lives in California where cannabis has been legal at a state level for some time, so she’s unfazed by Canada’s cannabis legalization plans. When asked for advice on what Canadians should keep in mind come October 17, she simply suggests that they stay considerate of others. I grew up when it wasn’t legal so it feels like oddly taboo. She may be a weird stoned person, but she’s a very funny comic. ‘Elder Millennial’ is a slightly more mature departure from Iliza’s previous work, but she hasn’t lost her edge – she’s just proving that she’s can capably mould her talents however she sees fit.
Iliza will also be performing at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver on October 13.
Why Marijuana Makes Things Funnier, Medically Speaking
About half of the U.S. population has personally experienced the effects of marijuana on the body’s delicate equilibrium. Maybe go to the gun range and just laugh and laugh, together! Marijuana obviously does change the way you think, but we don’t completely understand how. As a bonus, the same paper found that in most studies there were no actual structural differences between the brains of marijuana users and nonusers.
Still, the better part of the answer is probably that marijuana elevates your entire mood and, thereby, inclines you to laugh more. Our generation is totally accustomed to this sort of instant gratification/very little work paradigm, so we’re like putty in the hands of marijuana salespeople. So you’re in a great mood, your brain has you feeling like you’re in love and on top of the world, and you didn’t even have to try hard to feel that way – of course you’re going to be inclined to laugh and be generally merry. Marijuana causes this reflexive laughter, like how you laugh when someone is tickling you, even if nothing is being perceived as funny. In closing, this seems like a pretty simple explanation for why you’d be inclined to laugh more and find things funnier when you’re high.
Plus, there may be other strange sensory issues at play, like whatever is behind the fact that people on marijuana will reliably report that colors are brighter and music is more vivid. Also there is at least a correlation between marijuana use and mental illness, including earlier onset of schizophrenia. If you’re using marijuana and noticing problems with your mood, relationships, health, job, etc.
Kevin Smith needs fans’ help for new weed comedy Hollyweed
New Jersey native, filmmaker, Kevin Smith signs autographs for fans at his comic book store Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. Highlands native filmmaker Kevin Smith wants to get a new series made, and he needs your help. Fans and potential backers can view the series’ previously unreleased 2016 pilot episode at rivitTV, and then decide if they’d like to pledge their support for a six-episode season at a cost of $1.99 to $5.99 per episode. WEED, GRASS, REEFER: Check out the 350+ names the DEA has for marijuana. California became the latest state to sell legal weed for recreational purposes in January, joining states like Colorado, Nevada, Washington and Oregon that adopted marijuana legalization in the past few years.
HIGH HOPES: Legal weed changed everything in Colorado & California. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has made marijuana legalization a priority and lawmakers expect to sign a legal weed bill this year, though progress largely stalled during the budget process. Over the last 10 years, Smith has become an outspoken marijuana user and marijuana legalization advocate. Last month, he credited weed with saving his life during his February heart attack, as the drug kept him calm.
In addition to his work as a filmmaker, podcaster and author, Smith is also the proprietor of Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash comic book shop in Red Bank.(Watch a video of Smith’s most recent Red Bank appearance in the player at the top of this story.
Jason Sklar on High Culture in Comedy, John Elway’s Horse Teeth, His Newest Comedy Project
Unless you’re a knowledgable comedy fan or watched a lot of Cheap Seats on ESPN Classic during the early 2000s, you may not recognize the Sklar brothers by name. The six-hour special includes more than forty minutes in Denver and Boulder, where the Sklars visited local landmarks like Casa Bonita, Comedy Works and Ballpark Holistic Dispensary. To find out more about how the brothers enjoyed the Mile High City’s skunky characteristics and how its comedy scene stacks up nationally with other cities, Westword sat down with Jason Sklar to talk about the brothers’ time in Denver. Jason Sklar: First of all, there’s a great comedy scene there. I want every other comedy club owner in the country to come to Denver for a couple weeks and watch how they run those clubs, who they book and how they set up the club.
It’s why so many comedians record their albums in Denver. I think high culture certainly lends itself to comedy. I don’t know that I can really tell the whole audience is high, but I do think that culture is another positive in the corner of comedy when you think about Denver. Our shows all sell out in Denver now, and that’s just a great feeling. That’s why there’s so many great angles to dig into when you’re in Denver.
The weed laws are really interesting, and we liked trying to understand how that culture changed Denver for the better and for the worse. It’s like something people in Denver are simultaneously proud and embarrassed about, and those are comedy goldmines.