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This Column Has Seven Days #138 // White Rabbit

Devin R Bruce is a friend to Variant Edition and to all good-hearted creatures who roam the Earth. In each installment of This Column Has Seven Days, Devin discusses his favourite pop culture experiences of the past week in an effort to share the joy of an overlooked gem, an old favourite that’s bubbled up to the surface, or a classic work that he’s finally gotten around to. Comic books, movies, television, novels, podcasts, music, Old Time Radio: there’s something for everyone. Here’s what he’s been up to this week.

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Heyyyy folks. This week has been not good for your old buddy Devin’s physical shell, and I’m only just now getting back on track. This week: two quick pops, inspired by one of last week’s selections.

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Since I got Back To Back last week, I’ve gone on a bit of a Rhea Butcher/Cameron Esposito binge. The first thing I wanted to highlight is Butcher, Rhea Butcher’s comedy debut album from 2016. It is a strongly engaging and funny album, with Butcher commanding the stage and the audience with a sure and steady hand. It’s a very personal album, the comedy coming from her personal history as well as things that are important to her, namely dogs, vegetarianism, being a lesbian, and baseball. The way she crafts each story and each joke is masterful, but she also shows a deft hand at engaging and improvising with the audience’s reactions as well. It’s engaging and smart and one of only two albums this year that I’ve listened to every day since I bought it (but more on that next week). Butcher takes everything I liked about what I’d experienced of Rhea Butcher’s standup, adds even more, and then turns it up & throws away the knob.

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And now, to go further down the Butcher/Esposito Rabbit Hole: Queery is Cameron Esposito’s newest podcast and it’s fantastic. An hour long show featuring interviews from the LGBTQ+ community, Queery is Esposito’s self-described dream project and it shows. She takes great care in talking with each guest, digging deep on their personal histories and perspectives. It’s often funny, but also enlightening, especially to someone like me with little understanding of what it’s like to be queer in our current society. The show features interviews from a slew of interesting and creative people, including Rhea Butcher (natch), musician A.W., Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s Stephanie Beatriz, and Tegan and Sara Quinn. The show is currently on a short break as they try to find a new podcast distributor, so it’s a perfect time to catch up.

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That’s all this week. My body is weak from lack of comics, which I will remedy in an upcoming column. Until next time, take care of yourself, and remember to keep your subconscious open to pop culture connections. I’ll see you in seven days.

AUTHOR: Devin R. Bruce
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