Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Black Mass, the Second City’s approach to sketch comedy, and Donald Trump.

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Black Mass, sketch comedy, and Donald Trump.

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss Black Mass, the story of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. Does it transform or conform to the genre of the gangster movie? Next, Lisa Beasley and Scott Morehead from Chicago’s the Second City join to perform and discuss sketch comedy. How do Second City actors write and perfect a sketch? Finally, the critics weigh in on Donald Trump. Will ignoring his impact diminish it, or will it simply turn him into more of a right-wing superhero?

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

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Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.