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IN HARRIET “HARRY” DODGE and Stanya Kahn’s short video Let the Good Times Roll, 2004, a depressive, effusive woman named Lois sits in a motel room telling an unseen cameraman about a party she once attended. Initially she’d been reluctant to go out, but the hosts looked just great in these “little black shorts” and “rubber boots,” she earnestly explains, adding that their names were Wolf and Dandelion, “so right off the bat I’m feeling at ease.” Lois gets stoned, mingles, and then Dandelion asks if she’s ever done an anal douche: “‘Oh sure,’ I say, which must have been the grass talking.” After a contretemps involving a shower nozzle and a bit of confusion over “just how high” she’s supposed to turn on the water, she finds herself facedown, receiving an Ecstasy enema.

If comedy in contemporary art seldom appears without qualifiers like deadpan, concrete, or conceptual, Dodge and Kahn’s

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