Jodie Levine: WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT WORKING AT TCR?
Brendan Hurley: I love this job, I’m proud of it, it gives me purpose, and I feel I’m good at it, so that’s one of the best parts, but also the people I work with, I would say a lot of us are very, very close. And Stephen pushes the envelope in a way that makes us all realize that there’s stuff that we can do that we wouldn’t have thought we could do before that. He makes the group as a whole stronger, and he just brings out the best in the people that work here. He thinks anything is possible, and he hasn’t been wrong yet.
Thought you knew comedian and actor Steve Carell? Think again. Did you know he is also a very prolific author who has written over 5 books, including the new smash hit ‘Hot Enough for You? A Book I Literally Wrote Today’. When not taking the literary world by storm, Steve also dabbles in film, such as ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the World’ co-starring the lovely Keira Knightley, which is in theatres Friday, June 22nd.
Hit the link for Steve’s appearance on ‘The Tonight Show’ and ‘The Late Late Show’.
Frank Lesser’s latest humour piece for The New York Times is a guide containing some stress-free suggestions for anxious people considering getting inked.
If you’re worried that you’re not cool because you don’t have a tattoo, and also worried about everything else, here are some stress-free suggestions for getting inked (after you’ve researched the ink to make sure it isn’t carcinogenic).
— A heart with “Mom” written inside, beneath the words “In case of emergency, contact.”
— A chubby toddler. It would have been an angel, but heaven is merely a construct to distract us from the inevitability of death.
— Tub of Ben and Jerry’s Chubby Hubby. To calm you down when you start thinking about whether heaven is merely a construct to distract us from the inevitability of death.
— Teardrop tattoo. It will distract everyone from your nervous crying (see above). Plus people might think you killed a guy in prison so they won’t mess with you by making eye contact.
— A mole that’s irregularly shaped. At least you know this one’s benign.
— Tattoo of someone else’s face over your own. Hopefully this other person will be better prepared for life’s disappointments.
Full Article: The New York Times.
Rob Dubbin, writer for ‘The Colbert Report’ and ‘Kill Screen Magazine’ talks to Al Lowe creator of the adventure game series “Leisure Suit Larry”, published by Sierra from 1989 – 2009, about the metaphysics of jokes, building model railroads, and how games don’t get published.
Kill Screen Magazine: Issue 3: Intimacy.
Help “Make Leisure Suit Larry Come Again” a reality.
“Care To Make Love In That Gross Little Space Between Cars?” originated as a monthly humour/advice column in ‘The Believer Magazine’, created by Amy Sedaris and editor Eric Spitznagel, in which the column, known as “Sedaratives” is taken over by a different “advisor” each week, featuring a veritable who’s who of notable comedians and comedy writers, including Zach Galifianakis, Weird Al Yankovic, Louis C.K and Amy Sedaris, Allison Silverman, Dan Guterman, Kristen Schaal and Flat Points own Jerri Blank.
Care To Make Love In That Gross Little Space Between Cars?: A Believer Book of Advice.
The Believer magazine presents a compendium of advice from producers, writers, and actors of The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, Late Show with David Letterman, The Hangover, and The Colbert Report, along with other musicians, cartoonists, New Yorker writers, and those similarly unqualified to offer guidance.
Here Amy Sedaris describes the perfect murder for unwanted hermit crabs—you will need a piece of meat and a brick. Simon Rich explains how to avoid being found dead in your underwear by firemen—buy some long johns. Zach Galifianakis provides insight into how he changed his name without a social security card—he just started calling himself Adam Zapple, and it stuck. Bob Saget finally illuminates what “friends with benefits” really means—a nonsexual relationship wherein your ex makes monetary deposits into your bank account.
“Advice columns aren’t exactly hard to come by. Advice columns managed by celebrities are a little tougher. But advice columns managed by comedians who may or may not have the slightest idea what they’re talking about? Now we’re getting somewhere. How about advice from a surlier-than-average Louis C.K., an enthusiastically verbose George Saunders, or a delightfully befuddled Fred Willard? Care To Make Love In That Gross Little Space Between Cars? is a collection of some of the best responses from The Believer magazine’s advice column. Guest-managed by some of the sharpest stand-up comics and writers working today . . . it is jam-packed with silliness, sarcasm, and wit. . . . The overall effect is a lot of chuckling and some well-deserved laugh-out-loud moments. . . . A perfect flip-through book for the comedians you know and love, and a solid introduction for those you don’t.” — Glenn Dallas, San Francisco Book Review
If there’s anyone you can trust for sage counsel, it’s celebrities of every sort. Actors, comedians, writers and musicians, have all the answers for the problems of life you didn’t even know you were worried about. . . . Oh, wait, were you wanting real advice? You’ll find none of that here, but you will get a criminal amount of laughter.” — Andy Bockelman, GALO Magazine
Amy Sedaris, who contributes twice – once under her own signature, and once as Jerri Blank the unforgettable drug-addled, middle-aged high school student she played on Strangers with Candy – provides some of the book’s best moments. One of these is Blank’s response to a writer whose birthday is overshadowed by the holiday it falls on. She responds with a story that begins one night after a cockfight, when “some words were exchanged between me and a wily one-legged Mexican named Vasquez… Let’s just say I soon found myself with a corpse… I had to drag him about twelve blocks so I could dump him in an incinerator. So my advice to you, Fred, is to save those tears for a real problem.”
Source: Laugh Spin.
16 student Commitments to Action will be presented at the fifth annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), which will be held at George Washington University in Washington D.C., March 30 – April 1. President Bill Clinton and Jon Stewart will announce the winner on March 31.
“More than 3,000 commitments have been made since the first CGI U in 2008, and I look forward to learning about the new solutions students will bring this year,” said President Clinton.
More than 1,000 students from around the world representing more than 250 universities will attend CGI U to discuss global challenges, create action plans, build relationships, and participate in workshops. To date, CGI U has convened more than 3,500 students from 641 schools in 110 countries and all 50 states.
The event includes a 45-minute compilation of Dinello’s films, edited by Dinello’s son Bryan (also a “Colbert Report” staffer), featuring excerpts of roughly half the 30 or so films Dinello has made since signing on with Columbia College in 1979. We’re talking about documentaries (including 1991’s “Chicago Halloween” about the many varied ways Chicago celebrates All Hallow’s Eve), music videos (including an MTV-featured 1984 interpretation of African music legend Fela Kuti’s “Army Arrangement”), and a comic treasure-trove of sardonic shorts, many featuring early performances by Second City performers Colbert, Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello.
Date: Thursday, March 22nd at 6:00PM.
Facebook Event: Dan Dinello RetireSpective.
Website: Shock Productions.
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