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

Pardon me, the Father of the Year award goes to...

"Hello, you've reached the Christie residence. "Uh, Governor Christie? "We know, you're probably thinking, 'Arkansas? Pardoning his 34-year-old son Kyle." "You see, in 2003, Kyle was convicted of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Make the most of the next polar vortex

The initial warning bell sounded in early August. And then I heard the commercial, or rather, the first line of the commercial: "GET READY CHICAGO! My back tensed, my toes curled inward and, despite the humidity, a chill ran the length of my body.

Lame duck

Poor Mr. President. Even if that is the case, is that really Obama's fault? But even more confusing is this general tone in the press that we are going to consider President Obama's reign as the years when "nothing got done."

Trying to deal with the world's most annoying individual

I often wonder what it would be like to meet that guy from the beer commercials, dubbed the "World's Most Interesting Man." Instead, I keep meeting "The World's Most Annoying Individual," hereby referred to as TWMAI.

All the things I'll buy when I cancel my cable subscription

Two hundred and fifty dollars a month I pay for cable channels that I never watch because of the one or two I love -- on televisions in my house that I rarely watch either, which each need their own cable box.

A "must have" app made entirely of paper

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.

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