Humor Hotel: Diane Farr, Mark Bazer, Greg Schwem

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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.”

Humor Hotel Samples

Greg Schwem: Time to call the YouTube cleaning crew

I always reserve January for some early spring cleaning.

Diane Farr: To be a Charlie, or not?

It's hard to be a journalist these days. Today even if you asked the roommate or friend of the kid dreaming of journalism school, their peers might also tell the writer who dreams of telling news from around the world, to consider something else.

Greg Schwem: I don't want Maroon 5 at my little girl's wedding

At the risk of sounding like a curmudgeon, I have a message for all superstar rock groups fronted by charismatic lead singers who are thinking about crashing my daughter's wedding. Back off.

President Obama better bring his "A game" and "best stuff"

It's no secret President Obama is a sports-minded individual; video of him playing golf and basketball are ample proof. "Dang, I knew I should have drafted Andrew Luck before Pelosi swooped in. Now I'm stuck with Cutler."

Bouncer, please remove that songbird from the bar

The next time you are traveling through Oregon and spot a zebra finch, or what non-ornithologists call "a bird," it's best to stay away. The creature may be drunk.

Your missing Christmas gifts can be found here

Somewhere in one of this world's four hemispheres there lies a land mass void of a human populace but littered with cardboard UPS boxes, puffy FedEx mailer envelopes and baskets stuffed with now inedible holiday delicacies.

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