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use, and suicidal ideation—and manages to wring laughs from it all. Note: A DeStefano documentary is in production now. Learn more and pitch in at mikedestfanodoc.com. Louis C.K.: “Everything is Amazing, and Nobody’s Happy” This 2009 bit, as told on Conan, went viral quickly—perhaps because it nails down that sense of unsatisfactoriness we know all too well but rarely put words to. Mocking how spoiled we’ve become, C.K rails: “People come back from flights, and they tell you their story: ‘They made us sit there, on the runway, for forty minutes!’ Oh, really? What happened next? Did you FLY, through THE AIR, incredibly, like a bird? Did you partake in the miracle of human flight? You’re sitting in a chair, IN THE SKY.” Tig Notaro: Live Not enough can be said about this incredibly frank and funny post-cancer-diagnosis performance. Seek it out. And to hear Tig and the rest of her Professor Blastoff crew discuss enlight- enment, catty Buddhists, and more, visit earwolf.com/episode/ enlightenment. Arj Barker: “The Sickest Buddhist” This parody music video, shot at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California, replaces your typical, commercial hip-hop bling- and-party vibe with clever (though not always spot-on) jabs at spiritual materialists. A sample couplet: “I look so serene when I bust a lotus, but I don’t have an ego so I wouldn’t even notice.” Portlandia: “Meditation Crush” Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have offered a seemingly endless parade of lovingly-rendered semi-stereotypes on their widely-enjoyed IFC show. So it was only a matter of time before they got to meditators. This look at how easily we can be carried away by our thoughts while on the cushion will ring true for many of us—whether we’ll admit it or not. Pete Holmes: “Google and Not Knowing,” from his album, Impregnated with Wonder In this brilliant bit, Holmes, whose work is at turns observational and absurd, gets right to the heart of the difficulties that our so- called conveniences bring us: “Having Google on your phone is like having a drunk know-it-all in your pocket. There’s no time for mystery, or wonder... The time between knowing and not- knowing is so brief that knowing feels exactly like not-know- ing... So life is meaningless!” Also recommended: Garry Shandling and crew’s Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show DVD set and Sarah Silverman’s autobiography, The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee. Visit ShambhalaSun.com for more on the Buddhism/ comedy connection. ♦ ROD MEADE SPERRY is asscociate editor of the Shambhala Sun and the editor of A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation, to be published by Shambhala Publications in early 2014. SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2013 65