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How Cameo is booming in the pandemic era

When it comes to relevant 21st-century comedians, Gilbert Gottfried wouldn’t be the first name to come to mind. The loudmouth, who last made national headlines in 2011 when he was fired from his gig as the Aflac duck, wouldn’t even crack the top 100. But Gottfried doesn’t need a Netflix special or a credit-card commercial to be considered one of the most sought-after funnymen in America today. He has Cameo. 

Since 2018, the 65-year-old comedian has earned more than $1 million by recording birthday wishes, holiday greetings, and other messages on the video-sharing website. “It’s insane that anybody wants me,” admits the comedian, who charges $150 a pop for the chance to hear his nails-in-a-blender voice. Gottfried is a little embarrassed and mystified by his good fortune. (The day before this interview, he shot 40 Cameos.) “It doesn’t make sense. You look at some of the people [on the site]

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Little Fish: Read the short story that inspired the movie

Before Aja Gabel made waves with her debut novel The Ensemble, she wrote a short story about an Alzheimers-like memory loss that sweeps the globe, crippling travel, disrupting society, and threatening our very way of life (sound familiar?). The novel was optioned, with The Batman screenwriter Mattson Tomlin tackling the script, and Little Fish was filmed almost a year ago. The flick finally hits viewers on February 5, but EW is exclusively reprinting the story for your reading pleasure (or, your nightmares).

Little Fish

August, twenty-six months ago.

This is my earliest memory. I was twenty-nine. The last waterslide park in northern California was closing at the end of the summer, and I felt I owed it to my childhood to take one last run. I shivered in the wind at the top of the snarl of the plastic slides, picking at my old, too-small bathing suit and clutching

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Breakout stars of 2021: Paul Mescal, Simu Liu, more

Breakout Moment: Dublin’s Gate Theatre can claim credit for discovering the actor, but the BBC/Hulu adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People — streamed more than 62 million times in the U.K. alone — made Paul Mescal, 25, a household heartthrob.

Lessons From Quarantine: Alone time, especially in Sydney, where he’s prepping for a film shoot, tested Mescal — “I lost my mind a lot” — and offered the chance to deepen his résumé. “Seeing everybody learning new skills, I was like, ‘Jesus, I’ve got to do something,'” says the actor. “So I bought a nice guitar and I’m learning now.”

2020 Highlight: “To see the final figure [of Normal People‘s reach] was quite amazing,” says Mescal. “[As was] working hard with people that you adore, achieving the things you dreamed up in your head.”

When the World Is Back to Normal: You’ll find Mescal at the pub: “I can’t

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