Laughed to Death

Laughed to Death is a monthly column in which Brianna Zigler explores the way comedy and existentialism go hand-in-hand in seemingly unlikely ways.

Explore the Laughed to Death archive below

After Hours Martin Scorsese

‘After Hours’ in the Afterlife: The Case for Paul Hackett’s Hell


In Martin Scorsese’s 1985 black comedy, a man’s desperate quest to get home after a night gone wrong is actually his eternal damnation.

Palm Springs time loop sex

The Thorny Sexistentialism of ‘Palm Springs’ and ’50 First Dates’


We examine how these two time-loop comedies deal with sex, free will, and the multiverse theory.

Popstar Never Stop Never Stopping

Are We Human, or Are We Pop Star?


Through the mockumentary ‘Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping’ and the documentary ‘Miss Americana,’ the limits of humanizing the pop star persona are tested.

Tim And Erics Billion Dollar Movie

Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Consumerist Hellscape


In the alt-comedy duo’s foray into the world of feature filmmaking, the absurdity of American capitalism is a deadly part of our reality.

Eric Andre Show Abby Lee Miller "the mortifying ordeal of being known."

The Horrible Human Self and ‘The Eric Andre Show’


What does it mean when the performance ends for the performers?