Shon Arieh-Lerer
Shon Arieh-Lerer

Shon Arieh-Lerer is a writer, producer, and comedian.

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June 15 2018 7:59 AMWhy Do So Many Hollywood Villains Look Like Cancer Patients?The reasons are disturbing—but they can be fixed.
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May 8 2018 7:59 AM The Hidden Edits Movies Use to Avoid Sex and Swearing Rules From the MPAAYou can get away with boobs and F-words if you follow the rules.
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April 2 2018 7:35 AMWhy Democrats Are Blue and Republicans Are RedAnd why it’s the opposite everywhere else.
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Feb. 15 2018 12:45 PMThe Hidden Formula Behind Almost Every Joke on Late NightOnce you know it, you’ll see it in every punchline.
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Jan. 30 2018 8:02 AMThe Racist History of CartoonsMany classics have disturbing roots.
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Dec. 21 2017 11:24 AMWhy Is It So Hard to Make Realistic Snow in the Movies?A fake snow specialist explains.
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Nov. 8 2016 6:04 PMNothing NewsWatch Election Day cable newscasters telling it like it very literally is.
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Oct. 31 2016 9:37 AMThus Didn’t Spake ZarathustraWhat Hitchcock, True Detective, and maybe Kanye all get wrong about Nietzsche.
Brow Beat
Sept. 26 2016 11:42 AMTig Notaro’s One Mississippi Is Funniest When It’s Most Painful
Five-ring Circus
Aug. 18 2016 4:42 PMA Tribute to Sprinters’ Jowls at the Rio OlympicsA supercut of the world’s floppiest faces.
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July 26 2016 8:13 PMTrump’s RNC Speech, by the NumbersAn updated version of the Republican nominee’s recent ad.
Low Concept
July 11 2016 12:57 PMIf Donald Trump Tweeted About Triumph of the WillThe ugly, crooked media wants to make it about Hitler. Sad!
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April 21 2016 8:00 PMHow to Save a Baby BirdAnd how to know when to leave it be.
Books
Jan. 6 2016 5:33 PMGroucho Marx’s Comedy Is Pure, Bleak Nihilism  So why does it make us laugh?
Brow Beat
Nov. 13 2015 2:35 PMHere’s What ​The Princess Bride​ Would Look Like if All the Voices Were Done by Ted Cruz
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May 30 2018 10:01 AMHow to Tell a Realistic Fictional Language From a Terrible One Game of Thrones has one of the best. Star Wars has some of the worst.
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April 19 2018 12:29 PMBack to the Future Gets Time Travel Wrong. The Terminator Gets It Right.Here’s the difference.
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March 16 2018 11:39 AMMeep Meep!The surprising history of how the Road Runner—and other classic cartoons—got their sounds.
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Feb. 1 2018 10:56 AMWhy Do So Many Wizards, Kings, and Romans Have British Accents in Fantasy Movies?It’s not just because they sound grandiose and glorious.
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Jan. 1 2018 2:00 PMHow to Know Who’s Going to Win The BachelorIt’s all in the limo arrivals.
Brow Beat
Dec. 12 2016 5:55 AMLucy, You Got Some ’Splainin’ to Do!The hidden formula that unites I Love Lucy, Seinfeld, Arrested Development, and Rick and Morty.
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Nov. 8 2016 10:55 AMThe Election in Facial ExpressionsGulian-eyes is just the beginning.
Books
Oct. 5 2016 11:21 AM“I’m Glad That I Don’t Have to Figure Out the Meaning of Life”A conversation with Max Ritvo.
Five-Ring Circus
Aug. 22 2016 12:48 PMWho Did It Better: Olympic Rhythmic Gymnasts or the Harlem Globetrotters?
Five-ring Circus
Aug. 12 2016 10:41 AMI Just Won at the Olympics. Now What Am I Supposed to Do With My Hands?A comprehensive taxonomy of acceptable gold-medal-winning gestures.
Moneybox
July 20 2016 4:50 PMAn Exciting New Business Opportunity From Your Friends at Slate!Sell, recruit, and go broke in our interactive simulation of Donald Trump’s get-rich-quick scheme.
Brow Beat
June 30 2016 7:32 AMThe One Scene In Tig Notaro’s Memoir That Captures What Makes Her Comedy So Unique
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March 23 2016 10:05 AMThe Wide, Weird World of Food-Processing VideosYouTube’s oddest and most satisfying rabbit hole.  
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Dec. 15 2015 2:51 PMDonald Trump’s Debate Strategy Is Stolen From 8-Year-Olds and Cicero“I’m not going to say it … ”
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Nov. 10 2015 8:02 AMWhere Do I Start With Mr. Show?

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