Humor Hotel: Diane Farr, Mark Bazer, Greg Schwem

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  • Frequency: 1/wk
  • 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

The ghosts of New York

I spent most of my 20s and half of my 30s living in New York City, the years of my life I now refer to as the "before." But I come back to The City frequently for work and when I do I am generally alone. My most recent trip was even stranger.

I'm gonna be a professional tweet reader

My preparation is nearly complete: I have been building up strength in my index finger by moving it back and forth in a horizontal motion countless times daily. I utter "hashtag" aloud whenever possible.

Charger recall: a "powerful" disease

I applaud the 7 million plus Americans who acquired insurance under the Affordable Healthcare Act before the March 31 deadline.

Planets can be positively perplexing

I still remember the mnemonic as if it were 1972 and I was sitting in fourth grade science class. My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas.

A requiem for my snowblower

The wake was beautiful. "How wonderful that it waited until spring to say goodbye." "Nothing could have prepared you for these past few months." "I was never the same after I lost mine. May my snowblower rest in peace.

When sports become hobbies

I could barely watch the Winter Olympics last month because at 44-years-old, I was finally aware that I would never win a gold medal at the half pipe. Which is not to say that I ever really dreamed of being at the Olympics for anything.

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