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

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.

Affordable living in great Amazon rainforest location

The property market in Brazil appears to be heating up and, mark my words, I plan to dive in with the zeal of seasoned real estate pros like Donald Trump or that Barbara woman from "Shark Tank."

What I learned in therapy this week

My husband and I are in couple's therapy again. Keeping up with the math, that would mean we had three children in a year and a half, within our first two years of marriage.

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