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

The Grinch in me

In a house with young kids, all the shopping, spending, wrapping and merry-making that goes in to Christmas Day -- which takes weeks to prepare and often twice as much money as originally planned -- gets largely credited to Santa Claus come Decemb...

It takes a nutjob to provide good customer service

It Takes a Nutjob to Provide Good Customer Service. For publication 12/17/14. My 17-year-old daughter recently obtained her first job at a nationally known retail chain.

Everything I know about parenting I learned at the movies

I have never been a big fan of resorting to the Internet when it comes to parenting.

Oh how I yearn to bury Black Friday

I am in no hurry to obtain "Grandpa" status. However, I am looking forward to that day when I can gather my children's children around the fireplace on Thanksgiving and regale them with a tale about a strange tradition that no longer exists.

An Rx for the common wedding cold

I am sneezing in between paragraphs, coughing at the completion of each sentence and wiping my bloodshot eyes as I proofread this column. The symptoms always dissipate approximately one week after I have attended a wedding.

Pardon me, the Father of the Year award goes to...

"Hello, you've reached the Christie residence. "Uh, Governor Christie? "We know, you're probably thinking, 'Arkansas? Pardoning his 34-year-old son Kyle." "You see, in 2003, Kyle was convicted of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

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