Today is the birthday of famous comedian and LGBTQ activist Margaret Cho! She was gracious enough to set time aside form an interview with CULTURE back in 2010 for the 14th issue. Her comedy often delves into the reality of racial stereotypes, LGBTQ humor and social justice—and even today, her interview still holds up.
Feel the Influence of Jenny Wakeandbake
Jenny Wakeandbake is exactly what the world needs. YouTuber, photographer and Instagram influencer, Wakeandbake provides helpful and informative cannabis reviews, tutorials and more on her YouTube channel. Her photos and videos are professionally executed and are entertaining, and she has a style that’s polished but approachable. CULTURE chatted with Jenny about her hustle, her life and her influence.
How did Jenny Wakeandbake come to be?
I was living in Colorado at the time, and it was the first time in my life that I felt open and free about being a cannabis patient. When I moved back to Massachusetts, the answer was really simple. I became a medical cannabis patient, and I was really one of a kind here. So I wanted to educate and show everybody what I do as a photographer and videographer.
How did you build your following?
I found as many other people like me on social media based platforms as I could, and started engaging with them. Also just engaging with different groups and tribes on Instagram, Happy Tokes and the Happy Tokes tribe has done so much for me, and the cannabis community. So I really just followed in those footsteps of being myself, and sharing myself with the internet. The people followed, the more open and honest I was, the more people could relate.
Has being a cannabis influencer affected your everyday life, if so how?
I wake up every day blessed. I have a house, a roof over my head, food in my refrigerator, my dog has food in his bowl, and I get to spend my days creating cannabis content. I’m no longer in the dark place I was before I found this wonderful opportunity to have a career in cannabis.
What do you hope to accomplish with your work as a cannabis influencer?
Just really help to break the stigma. To show everyday people that may not use cannabis, or may have negative feelings towards cannabis, that just because I smoke weed everyday doesn’t mean that I’m not a professional and not worth hiring. Or that anybody who is like me, and uses cannabis cannot be professional and just as capable as someone else in the conference room. To show that cannabis is not a scary thing, and that it can be so helpful to so many people. It took me years to convince my mom that CBD helps with inflammation and pain, and she now uses CBD cream on her knees and happily walks to work.
Jenny Wakeandbake is constantly posting fresh, original content to her accounts, so give her a follow, or subscribe.
Does Super Troopers 2 Live Up to the Hype?
Comedy sequels are a hard trick to pull off. Many don’t know where to draw the line between new material and recycling the hits that made their predecessor a success. So, when compared to other comedy sequels, Super Troopers 2 is a victory. However, when compared to the comic mastery of the original, it leaves a lot to be desired.
The film reunites our favorite former Vermont highway patrol officers: Thorny (Jay Chandrasekhar), Mac (Steve Lemme), Farva (Kevin Heffernan), Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske) and Foster (Paul Soter), 15 years after the events of the original film. The group has been fired from the Spursbury Police Department after a mysterious disaster involving Fred Savage. They’re given a new lease on life when it’s discovered that a Canadian border town is actually part of the United States, and they have been chosen to patrol the new area. Unsurprisingly, the locals are not keen on becoming Americans, and whacky mayhem ensues. Throw in some disgruntled Mounties and a cache of smuggled goods and you have all the makings of a great comedy.
Of course, like all of Broken Lizard’s films, the main through line is rarely of any consequence. For the most part, it is used to get us from one absurd encounter to the next. The film revels in making Canada the punchline of many of their jokes without seeming mean-spirited about it. It’s more akin to picking on a younger sibling.
For their part, the Broken Lizard quintet do more of the same from the original, yet this time around it seems a little more forced. A standout of the film is Rob Lowe, who plays the mayor/strip club owner of the town. He seems to be having a blast with his outlandish character who is equal parts goofball and antagonist. Mad TV alum, Will Sasso, also shines as one of the Mounties constantly butting heads with the team.
Where the film seems to lack is in its execution. Sure, the pull-over gags are there, but with the exception of a great French-Canadian exchange, the others seem far less inspired than those of the original. And that is where the problem lies. Anyone who sees the film will inevitably compare this to Super Troopers, and if you are seeing the sequel, it’s safe to assume you were a fan of it. Such a comparison is not fair to this film. We’ve had 16 years of “meow,” “shenanigans” and “liter of cola” to enrapture the film as one of the all-time comedy greats. We often forget that the original film was only a moderate success originally. It didn’t find mythical status until it was released on home video. Needless to say, it is impossible to evaluate the sequel on its own merits, without comparing it to the original. Also, things that worked sixteen years ago don’t necessarily work today. And even if they do work, they seem less special because we have seen them before.
In the pantheon of comedy sequels Super Troopers 2 fairs better than major stinkers like Zoolander 2 and Caddyshack 2, and lands more in the Wayne’s World 2 or Hangover 2 territory. It pales in comparison to the original, but has enough laughs to make it worth checking out.
Read CULTURE‘s exclusive interview with four of the five members of Broken Lizard here.
Test Your Skills with CULTURE’s 420 Cannabis Word Search
Test your knowledge of your cannabis-related vocabulary with CULTURE‘s exclusive 420 Cannabis Word Search. Find the words below horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Or print this out and circle the words with a pen. Go!
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