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Karma Chesnut

Karma writes about Culture, Movies, and TV for Rhombus Magazine. A native of Seattle, fan of all things nerdy and graduate of Anthropology from Brigham Young University. She can be found on twitter @KarmaMarieC.
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SNL: Surviving without Wiig and Samberg

Written by Karma Chesnut on . Posted in TV

Saturday Night Live lost two prominent cast members in 2012 when Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg both left to pursue other projects. Before these two joined the cast (Wiig in 2006 and Samberg in 2005), the show was in a downward spiral. I certainly didn’t watch SNL and no one I knew did either.  It wasn’t just that  the sketches weren’t funny, they were borderline tedious. Then Wiig and Samberg came on the show, breathing new life into the sketches. These two were fresh and, more importantly, funny. So when Wiig and Samberg both left the show within two months of each other, my first thought was, “Well, I guess I won’t be watching SNL anymore.” Yet here we are almost a year later and I am pleased to say that SNL is still just as hilarious.

When I say that Wiig and Samberg saved SNL, please believe that I honestly mean it. Lets start with Wiig. Tina Fey first introduced the world of comedy to the idea that women are funnier than men in drag, an idea for which we as an audience are very grateful. Wiig further proves that Fey is right. Having seen Wiig’s work on SNL (her Drew Barrymore impression will leave you crying with happiness) as well as her movie Bridesmaids, which she also co-wrote, I am convinced that she is one of the funniest women currently in show business. Her fresh style and laugh-at-herself attitude brought a level of light-hearted fun to SNL that had been missing on the show since the days of Will Ferrel.

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Good Things That Came From Bad People: Hitler’s Anti-Smoking Campaign

Written by Karma Chesnut on . Posted in Culture

The popular consensus is that Nazis are bad. Maybe I’m over-generalizing, but I’m inclined to think genocide is looked down upon in most societies. Also continuously losing popularity? Smoking. What do these two menaces have to do with each other? Wait for it…

Apparently, Adolf Hitler use to smoke. That is, until he realized that it was having negative effects on his health. (Sorry, Hitler, but for some reason I don’t feel that bad for you.) Thus began the Nazi anti-smoking campaign. Starting in the mid- to late-1930’s, this happened to be the first public anti-smoking campaign ever. Hitler is quoted as referring to tobacco as “the wrath of the Red Man against the White Man.” Of course, only Hitler could find a way to make not smoking seem racist.

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Review: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Written by Karma Chesnut on . Posted in Film

In the third installment of the Narnia series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, we once again meet up with Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, who have been trapped in the real world since the second installment. Surrounded by logical (a.k.a. boring) people doing logical (a.k.a. boring) things, these two find themselves frustrated and highly suffocated by the mundane nature of their lives and the contempt with which their peers esteem them.

But not to worry, this liminal phase only lasts about ten minutes before Edmund, Lucy and their obnoxious, know-it-all cousin Eustace Scrubb are transported to the magical land of Narnia and find themselves in the company of Prince Caspian aboard the Dawn Treader.