• bender flexo

    Celebrities I Keep Getting Confused

    Brie Larson vs. Alison Brie So one person’s first name is the other person’s last name. And the other names have that “li-son” sound. How can I not be confused? Doesn’t help that they’ve both been on the same show (Community). And that I’m more familiar with the roles where they played against type (Captain Marvel and G.L.O.W.). Gillian Jacobs vs. Gillian Anderson I have no reason to get these two mixed up. One’s an established television icon famous for a decade-long sci-fi series in the 90’s. The other’s a fresh face comedian known for a sitcom. I also get Allison Brie and Gillian Jacobs confused–they both played the “love…

  • groucho glasses

    Where Does Comedy Live?

    Where am I supposed to go for comedy these days? I used to go to movies, but it’s not there anymore. When I grew up, there was great stuff like Airplane! and Ghostbusters and The Naked Gun and Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Tommy Boy and Galaxy Quest and American Pie, then started transitioning into Mean Girls and Napoleon Dynamite. Now we have Borat and Trainwreck and Neighbors. Just gross-out and drugs (I guess American Pie was like that, but you can’t win them all). Crap like Macgruber and The Lobster. It’s like all the comedy drained out of the theater. What happened? Did the writers and creators go…

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    How I Plan to Answer the Common Author Questions

    “How do you become an author?” You become a writer when you first start trying. You become an author when you get published. When your words are on pages and those pages are between two pieces of cardboard, then you become an author. Authors evolve from writers. Writers are the Pokemon who fight the battles, one at a time. And if they keep working, they get to become authors. At first, they just press the A button over and over. Attack, attack, attack. And that’s fine. Because as you go on, you learn new things from the other Pokemon–tackle, quick attack, scary face, hydro pump, dodge, sand gust, psychic, sleep,…