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Devon Murphy

Associate Blogs Editor, Huffington Post Canada

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Joan Rivers Paved the Way For Female Comedians

Joan Rivers paved the way for female comedians like no one before her. She was the first female comic to perform at Carnegie Hall. Many famous funny ladies cite Rivers as their inspiration, and with good reason. Looking at the festival line-up for late-September's JFL42, TO's answer to Montreal's Just For Laughs comedy festival, you can see the influence Joan Rivers had on the comedy world.
09/05/2014 08:55 EDT
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#JFL42: Todd Barry Works the Crowd in a Festival Preview

The good folks at JFL42 must have known Toronto was getting antsy for comedy, because they offered up a taste of the festival -- an amuse-bouche, if you will -- just this past week. I was ever-so-lucky to see one of the best in the biz, festival alumni Todd Barry.
07/22/2014 03:26 EDT
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I'm Addicted to Binge-Watching TV, and I'm Not Sorry

Bingeing is one of the more popular ways to watch TV these days. Might explain why I watched the entire second season of Orange Is the New Black in just two short days. Binge-watching is not all fun and games -- they don't call it a marathon for nothing. But I think it's the best way to watch TV, especially for a show you love. Here's why.
06/24/2014 05:32 EDT
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Elliot Rodger Proves the Danger of Everyday Sexism

This "give me what I'm owed" attitude is prevalent -- ask any woman who's ever been to a dance club and been cornered and made to chat, had her ass grabbed, her tits groped. I'm talking about literally every woman I know. What's interesting is that this attitude is rarely articulated quite so clearly by the actual person perpetrating the violence -- in many ways, Rodger was more upfront than most about his sexist ideology. He admitted to it, then he acted on it, and the consequences were enormous. Now that #YesAllWomen has shown the world what it feels like to be female, I hope that the little, "insignificant" instances of everyday sexism are no longer brushed aside.
05/27/2014 05:33 EDT
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Why I Won't Tell You You're Pretty

After reading Lisa Bloom's "How to Talk to Little Girls," I put a lot of effort into steering my comments away from children's looks. But a recent article on Slate called "How to Talk to a Woman Without Saying 'Great Boots'" was a reminder that it's not just little girls who need to be told they're worth more than their big blue eyes and stylish attire.
01/23/2014 08:27 EST
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I'm Putting R. Kelly's Music Back in the Closet, Forever

We all know the allegations against R. Kelly (a.k.a. Robert Sylvester Kelly) -- his "exploits" are widely catalogued in pop culture. But now that the Village Voice has published all the gory details about how he abused young women, I can't separate this artist from his actions any more. So I vow to leave the room when "Ignition (Remix)" comes on. I vow to never watch Trapped in the Closet again (though, to be honest, once was probably enough anyway). This is it. I'm done. It's a small step and by no means do I think it will change the world, but it's something I can do to honour the women whose lives were shattered by Kelly's actions.
12/18/2013 05:23 EST
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Hey Chip, Stop Selling Us Sex and Calling it Health

If Lululemon founder Chip Wilson truly believed that "Friends are more important than money" -- one of the many points of the athletic-wear brand's "manifesto" -- he probably wouldn't have alienated so many of his customers with his recent comments. My real problem with the whole thing is the fact that Lululemon's brand is based on healthy living and self-empowerment, and that's not something that only comes in sizes 1-3-5.
11/08/2013 12:38 EST
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Since When Do Plagiarists Deserve Praise?

When someone steals, it's not often they get called "a strong person," or told that they have guts. That's why it's so shocking to see to see an outpouring of support, some of it downright flattering, for a Toronto Star summer intern who wrote a confessional blog explaining how and why he plagiarized. Posts like Ellison's don't feel honest to me. In fact they ring of the worst kind of self-promotion. Since when do people get a gold star for admitting they did something bad? Certainly people make mistakes or have lapses of judgment -- no one is perfect. But the thing is, journalists aren't asked to be perfect, just honest and accurate.
10/08/2013 12:27 EDT
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Oh, Canada: Are They Laughing At Us, or With Us?

I love seeing non-Canadian comedians in Canada, because they always let the nation-specific jokes fly. Sure, we're easy to laugh at -- if you don't actually know anything about us. Some people, however, like Janeane Garofalo are up on their Canadian trivia.
10/01/2013 02:41 EDT
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Pedophiles Need Help More Than Handcuffs

Maybe, just maybe, pedophiles -- especially the ones who manage to live their lives without offending -- deserve our sympathy. Imagine being born into this sex-obsessed world with one of the only universally unacceptable sexual desires, and no way of talking about it without incriminating yourself.
08/30/2013 05:46 EDT