Like retrograde mercury, Twitter becomes obsessed three or four times a year by the idea that comedy is a form of dying entertainment and that the smoking weapon is that of politically correct. Before his new film, Joker, director Todd Phillips (The Hangover, Hangover 2, Hangover 3) noted the alleged disappearance of the comedy in actor Joaquin Phoenix’s profile for Vanity Fair. The adaptation of the comic strip is a break with Phillips’ past, mainly devoted to the production of major studio comedies, which he attributes to “the awakening of culture”.
“Go and try to amuse yourself today with this culture of awakening,” Phillips said. “Articles have been written about why comedies do not work anymore, and I’ll tell you why, because all the cool guys say,” Fuck shit, because I do not want to offend you. “It’s hard to argue with 30 million people on Twitter, so you can not do it, can you?” So you just have to say, “I’m out.”
The appointment of Phillips prompted a new but familiar debate in the online sessions. Is this another example of someone blaming the game for their own individual failures, or the guy who honestly drove Road Trip to something here? Is the culture of awakening a poison that actively kills comedy?
No, of course not, Todd. You are only lazy.
Well, I have a word count and, instead of spending more time on Todd’s nonsense, I’d rather spend it on something that’s worth it: brigadeiro.
What is brigadeiro? Oh, sir, it’s a wonderfully simple Brazilian chocolate truffle that does not require real cooking and only four ingredients. I can do it, an open microphone can do it, John Mulaney can do it, I’m sure.
Forget everything I talked about earlier and look at this recipe (from Bake Off’s Crave book, competitor / human-angel Martha Collison).
Here’s what you need:
25 grams of cocoa powder (yes, we use grams, buy a kitchen scale and stop playing with pesky measuring cups, which is good for Mary Berry is good for all of us).
25g of butter (like, almost 2 tbsp.) Just buy a scale!
1 can of 397 g of condensed milk (standard size)
Long chocolate chips also known as chocolate jimmies (Seriously, why steal the simple joy of calling them “jimmies”?)
Cook the condensed milk and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat (do not adjust too high, otherwise the mixture will burn). Sift the cocoa powder and mix. Continue stirring with a silicone spatula, scraping the bottom of the pot regularly to avoid any risk of sticking, until the mixture is thick and shiny. People say it should only take 10 minutes. People lie. In fact, stoves and ovens simply differ and “average heat” is a vague term. It can take about 20 minutes.
Anyway, once the mixture can be cleanly separated from the walls of the pot, or if a spoonful can keep its shape for a few seconds after it falls into the dish, that’s it. Remove from heat and spread on a plate with butter, casserole or baking sheet. Refrigerate about 30 minutes. When it’s completely cold, spread your hands and tear and roll the chocolate mixture into balls (or fat, as you do). Finally, roll the balls in the chocolate jimmies until they are well covered.