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Dave Barry Conventions Package

As Dave Barry makes his way from the Olympic press office in London to the floors of the Republican (8/27-8/30) and Democratic (9/3-6) National Conventions, there is still time to take advantage of our pre-convention rates for this package.

Barry will be filing 4-5 columns from Tampa (8/27-8/30) and 4-5 columns from Charlotte, NC, (9/3-6)--all with his usual "I'm not making this up" candor. We will post these columns below as he files, which will likely be 12 noon ET starting Sunday for Monday. You may also review his commentary from Olympics below.

For rates and availability, contact: Desiree Dawson or Patricia Patino or call 800-637-4082.

Available: U.S. & Canada

Dave Barry's Holiday Gift Guide and Year In Review

Once again, Dave Barry will grace us with his annual dose of humor by writing his 2013 Holiday Gift Guide and Year In Review. Long and short versions are available. The Gift Guide moves with photos and the Year in Review moves with illustrations.

Holiday Gift Guide:
– Text and photos post Nov. 7, 2013
– Embargoed for release Nov. 24, 2013

Year in Review:
– Text and illustrations post Dec. 12, 2013
– Embargoed for release Dec. 29, 2013

For rates and availability, contact: Desiree Dawson ddawson@tribune.com or Patricia Patino at ppatino@tribune.com or call 800-637-4082.

Available: International, U.S. & Canada

Diane Farr

Diane Farr, known for her roles in “Californication,” “Numb3rs” and “Rescue Me,” and as the author of “The Girl Code,” also provides a unique view of the world as a mother of three young children.

Her column is distributed as part of the Humor Hotel feature.

Available: International, U.S. & Canada

Greg Schwem

Standup comedian, author and technically challenged family guy Greg Schwem thinks everything is funny. Whether he’s writing about the pope’s first tweet, smartphones that make him feel dumb or any of the many ways that modern society can drive a person nuts, Schwem plucks chords of hysteria that resonate with all readers. See Greg's take on technology vs. baby in this video.

His column is distributed as part of the Humor Hotel feature.

Available: U.S. & Canada

Humor Hotel

No fancy doorman, no mints on pillows or gold seals on the toilet paper … only guaranteed entertainment from three talented “Hotel” guests: actress Diane Farr; columnist Mark Bazer; and standup comedian Greg Schwem.

For something completely unique on the humor scene, TMS’ Humor Hotel each week plays host to one of these talked-about writers. Their 600-word columns rotate through the package on a monthly basis, covering pop culture, current events, relationships, the workplace, personal narratives and some out-of-the-blue takes on contemporary society. They’ll make a four-star connection with readers navigating the vagaries and absurdities of day-to-day life.

Diane Farr: Best known for her appearances on TV’s “Californication,” “Numb3rs” and “Rescue Me,” Farr is also the author of the best seller “The Girl Code” and writes for many national magazines, including Mademoiselle, Marie Claire and GQ.

Mark Bazer: A nationally syndicated columnist who examines cultural trends, politics and the eccentricities of family life with a dry wit and unexpected perspective, Bazer also hosts Chicago’s popular live “The Interview Show” and guest hosts on WGN radio.

Greg Schwem: Greg Schwem is a husband, father and veteran standup comedian who specializes in finding funniness in how we cope with technology and the stresses of modern life. He frequently performs his show, “Comedy With a Byte,” for Fortune 500 companies, and recently published a book, “Text Me if You’re Breathing: Observations, Frustrations and Life Lessons From a Low-Tech Dad.”

Available: International, U.S. & Canada

Mark Bazer

A new-generation humor columnist, Mark Bazer examines cultural trends, current events and personal experiences with a dry wit and deft touch.

His column is distributed as part of the Humor Hotel feature.

Available: International, U.S. & Canada

Today's Chuckle

These daily one-liners stand as an island of good cheer in the sea of daily news events. Great for comics pages or at the end of a column.

Available: International, U.S. & Canada

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TMS Licensing: We license popular cartoon characters, puzzles and content from renowned creators for print, interactive, TV and film, mobile and board games. TMS also licenses unique commentary in politics, travel, health, business and other categories.

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