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

An almost "Deadhead" demands one more show

Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, stop unpacking. For years I dreamed of experiencing one of your shows. For starters, July 3 is my mother-in-law's birthday. "After all she's done for us, you'd rather be there than with the family?" she'd say.

My personal 'Brian Williams Apology Tour'

When it comes to trust, I sympathize with Brian Williams.

A pause on the way to transgender awareness

I'm thrilled that Caitlyn Jenner is on the cover of Vanity Fair's July 2015 issue and that she looks astoundingly beautiful. But I am concerned about putting it in the hands of Vanity Fair, with "vanity" being the literal and meta name of their game.

Cycling (mostly) naked good for the brain

I took up cycling several years ago after reading multiple scientific studies concluding that the simple act of repetitive clockwise leg movement while hunched over and struggling to breathe improves memory and concentration while reducing stress ...

Mother Nature's a predictable party crasher

Attention professional weather prognosticators, TV meteorologists, National Hurricane Center forecasters and anyone whose number one conversation topic involves current and future atmospheric conditions.

Nana's becoming a graffiti artist

Dad's been gone over a year now. "How about returning to golf, Mom?" "My knees are acting up. OK, not a good launching point. "You've always enjoyed cooking, right?" "Cooking for one is not exactly a joyous activity." I couldn't argue with that.

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