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- Release date: Tuesdays
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- Available: International, U.S. & Canada
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 recently took a business trip to Poznan, Poland, a city renowned for having the world's longest street names. I have always prided myself on the ability to navigate strange cities, either by foot, car or public transportation.
I approached the reception desk at the large, Chicago-based technology firm, paper bag in hand. "May I help you, sir?" "Yes. "We are indeed. "First, I'd like to learn about benefits," I said.
Numerous studies suggest Americans are getting dumber. Perhaps such a study exists; I'm just too stupid to know where to look. So let's assume our brainpower meter is plummeting faster than congressional approval ratings.
My daughter sat on her bed, awash in a sea of glossy college brochures filled with photos of smiling sorority girls, strapping football players and freshmen chemistry students who, judging by their joyful expressions, had just cured the Ebola virus.
I am tired of having my heart broken online.
By now the iPhone 6, named for the six mile line of customers waiting to purchase it, has hit Apple stores around the country. Based on the September 9 launch event, I honestly thought this would be the version I had waited for.
Licensing and Reprints
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TMS reprints: We grant websites, newsletters, books and other publications permission to reprint any of the 150-plus columns, cartoons, magazine articles, photos and graphics found in our catalog. This content also can be used in corporate communications and training materials.