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Amy Sherman-Palladino won both the comedy writing and directing awards at this year’s Emmy Awards for the pilot episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, reports Variety. She is the first woman to win both awards in the 70-year history of the Emmys, as well as the first person to ever win both awards in the same year. As a long-time super-fan of her beloved show Gilmore Girls, I believe she deeply deserved those awards. In my humble and unbiased opinion, Gilmore Girls is one of the smartest,...

Growing up, I was afraid of everything. And to this day, there are still fears that permeate my skin like needles with ink. The fear of driving on the highway, the fear of moving out of state, the fear of failing are all still there. As I look back on the exhausting 27 years of my life, I am thoroughly disappointed in myself. I have allowed all my fears to rule over me, and I have become someone I don’t believe I was meant to...
The 70th Creative Arts Emmy Awards was this past weekend, celebrating the unsung heroes of TV –production, editing, producing– alongside the celebrities. Though the Emmy Awards are still a weekend away, the Creative Arts was packed with historic moments: titles won, ceilings shattered, minorities represented, stereotypes-slayed with a fabulous dress (and dominatrix-worthy boots). Here are the highlights we're still talking: Image via NBC 1. Black Actors Make History Tiffany Haddish, Ron Cephas Jones, Samira Wiley, and Katt Williams snag the creative Emmys for their respective roles–and make history. This...
  Michaela Coel, the brilliant actress and screenwriter behind the award-winning comedy TV series Chewing Gum, spoke out this week about her experience working in the industry following a sexual assault. As the Telegraph reports, Coel said she was sexually assaulted by strangers while working to finish the second season of Chewing Gum. After waking up from the violent assault, Coel said, “The first people I called after the police, before my own family, were the producers.” She requested that her writing deadline be pushed back and...
Michaela Coel, the multi-talented mastermind behind the E4 comedy Chewing Gum, will be writing and starring in an upcoming BBC series about sex and consent, reported the Guardian this morning.  January 22nd, as the show is tentatively titled, will be a “fearless, frank and provocative” portrayal of “the distinction between liberation and exploitation,” a BBC representative told the Guardian. Coel’s character, Arabella, will reckon with “new codes of sexual conduct” and what these mean for her—and her friends’—sexual experiences. “I feel weirdly overwhelmed and honored to be making something again,...
I’ve spent a lifetime attempting to find my face in other women as a means of self-assurance. As a lesbian with a U-Haul full of mental health issues, I’ve always had the nagging sense that I was different from everyone else. Finding women who identify as “others” has been the way in which I can momentarily soothe my unwavering angst and feel like I do in fact belong to this world. As a kid, I found my face in Matilda as she lost herself in...
 Carol Cleveland is a face you’ll recognise if you’re a British comedy fan. She’s been in SO many comedy shows and sketches throughout her career, including Monty Python’s Flying Circus.  Carol!!! We are not worthy! Born in 1945, Carol caught the performance bug at a very young age. After all, both her parents were actors, and so from the age of just two, Carol was out booking modelling gigs (because hey, two is a totally normal age to be earning living). Carol’s parents divorced when she was four,...
If you haven’t watched the complete Hannah Gadsby comedy special Nanette—as in, you shut it off partway through because, though her comedy was amusing, it just didn’t speak to you—you’re about to miss yet another not-so-subtle stake-in-the-ground in this watershed #MeToo, #TimesUp, #UsToo cultural moment (along with Gadsby's recommended remedy for the societal ills causing it). Young, old, comedy fans or not, women, and yes, especially men—hell, everyone should probably see this. Just don’t expect it to be any good. Or at least, "good" in the...
To celebrate BUST’s 25thanniversary, we’re bringing some of our favorite cover stories online. Here’s our interview with Amy Poehler from our December/January 2010 issue. For the past 10 years, Amy Poehler’s comedy career has been unstoppable. And from the improv trenches to Saturday Night Live to her current incarnation as a 38-year-old movie star and prime-time darling, she’s remained a relatable gal we’d love to pal around with. Here, we get a peek at what being friends with Poehler is really like, as she chats it up with...
The Bold Type, Freeform’s breakout series about the women working at fictional magazine Scarlet, is changing feminist television, and it’s largely thanks to Nikohl Boosheri’s character Adena El-Amin. Adena, introduced in the show’s pilot episode, is a queer Muslim photographer who forms a friendship-turned-romance with social media manager Kat (Aisha Dee), and both Adena and her relationship have gained a massive fanbase—not only because Adena’s so kickass, but because she’s a character so rarely represented onscreen. “Adena drew me in because I had never seen a character...