Humor Hotel: Diane Farr, Mark Bazer, Greg Schwem

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  • Release date: Tuesdays
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  • Available: International, 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.”

Humor Hotel Samples

I refuse to shower with the EPA

As a frequent hotel guest, I used to look forward to flopping down on my freshly made bed, resting my head on up to four pillows and feeling, if only for one evening, that I had nestled into the lap of luxury.

Presidential candidates, will you accept this rose?

President Obama may no longer be a candidate for public office, but you'd never know it judging by the recent White House schedule.

Dinner with diet and exercise 'junkies'

My husband and I recently had a date with our neighbors, who I learned over dinner are on The Paleo Diet and faithfully do the workout sensation CrossFit.

Would you like a dictionary with your beer?

I grabbed a stool at the Madison, Wis., tavern. Gesturing to the numerous taps, I asked the bartender the draught selections. "Maibock, Lady Luck, Fat Squirrel, Nightfall, Snug Oatmeal Stout and Golden Booty," she rattled off.

What happens when an avid flyer boards a long-distance train?

The diagnosis? No flying for three weeks. "But I have a show on the East Coast," I pleaded. "Cancel it." "Driving?" "Out of the question." Long pause. "I'll allow that.

Upon my death, please continue to 'like' me

My immediate family huddled on a couch in the funeral home's parlor room. A kind looking man emerged from a small office. I reached for a tissue.

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