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

Defending myself from the knee defender

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once uttered the phrase, "The best defense is a good offense." By now everybody is familiar with the brouhaha over personal space aboard airliners.

Tell the chef to separate my food

As the summer winds down and my stomach thanks me for my generosity during three months of barbecues, graduation parties and neighborhood festivals, I am still proud of myself for shunning a food group that has burst into the culinary world and re...

Is it morning TV news if nobody laughs?

WRITER'S NOTE: This column was written after a summer spent traveling the country and watching random morning news shows. "Rise and shine. "And I'm co-anchor Teri Sullivan." "We've got Gerry in the weather center..."

Russian gangsters, please return my passwords

When it comes to international relations, I've always preferred to sit on the sidelines and let experienced politicians like John Kerry and Hillary Clinton negotiate with everyone from Israeli military leaders to Venezuelan dictators. No more.

Who's the old guy at Lollapalooza?

Last week I briefly stood outside the gates of one of the year's biggest music festivals, wrestling with my age. "What's the old guy doing at Lollapalooza?"

If my kids ever appeared on Shark Tank

My kids' current favorite show is "Shark Tank," where budding entrepreneurs pitch ideas to a team of corporate tycoons who double as potential investors.

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