(Posted the following on Facebook moments after I heard of Robin Williams’ passing. As I note, I don’t like these “personalizations,” but it did help and many asked me to share more widely and enough time has passed that I doubt anyone will even see this….)
I’ve always thought it in poor taste to publicly tie oneself to a tragedy, but maybe today I understand why some do it. It helps heal. This legitimately hurts.
About 2 years into doing comedy in San Francisco, I got bumped from a set at the Mock Cafe by Robin Williams. He was just getting back into standup. I chatted with him. Told him how I’d once had a locker next to him at a gym on a family vacation when I was about 10. How I wish I could tell him that made a big impact on my life, but that it didn’t really… but was still cool. We chatted. He destroyed the room. That placed was packed for about 6 months. He injected life into that scene & we all benefited.
I’d been lucky to cross paths with him many other times - often at (more…)
Ever wonder what it’s like to tell jokes about heart surgery, the cult of technology, higher education & the Soviet suppression of dissent in front of Jerry Stiller and his family at a Lower East Side jazz bar after eating too much herring?
Taped this important piece - comedy, but important - about Iranian nuclear talks. Sounds hilarious, doesn’t it. I played the worn-down, disheveled straight man. As you can see… Nailed it! (In part because we taped 48 hours after I had heart surgery).
Upworthy and all them goody-too-shoes type places are featuring it, so do yourself a favor and watch now, so you, too, can learn to Get To No!
Today is the 5 year anniversary of HarperCollins publishing my first book, “Get Rich Cheating.” I’ve got mixed emotions, mostly because I can’t believe it’s been 5 years (and then some, if you include the long inspiration, research & writing process).
The book has done amazing things for me: A regular spot on a TV news show, an appearance on a bestsellers list, and great reviews from people like Rachel Maddow, Terry Jones & Penthouse… a live show that sold out theaters, became a TED talk, took me around the country and the world & got more kind words from the likes of The New York Times… pitches for TV shows, books & other projects that have been requested, rejected and rejoiced… plus all the immeasurable benefits that have surely helped make possible the other pretty cool things I’ve done in the last 5 years.
But, of course, I can’t help but sometimes wish it could have done more. It deserved to do more. Maybe if the news every single day didn’t so easily flow through the “Get Rich Cheating” filter, I could more quickly let it go. But I’ve got to let it go, and embrace the other inspirations and creations I’ve completed, begun, or am stumbling towards now.
Five years ago today, my book was born.
Exactly half that time ago - two and a half years today - this guy was born.
So I think I’m doing okay. Thanks for your support.
So they published this book called “Legendary Locals of Hoboken.” Frank Sinatra’s hometown, you know? Nice book, legendary people. Until you get to Page 102 and realize they must’ve had a word count requirement because they scrape the bottom of the barrel pretty hard.
On the plus side, it’s a better bio than I’ve ever been able to write myself.
I don’t think I’ll rock anyone’s world by saying that this 5′8″-ish swarthy male comedian is M.O.T., so you’ll understand that this video is the culmination of my life’s work.
Thanks to the Y&R ad agency, I play Santa, ruining X-mas for the children.
If it is, indeed, all down hill from here, it was the highest of heights.
Merry Happy, everyone. Merry Happy.
Hi all. I don’t have enough time to post all the awesome things in the world, but I’ll share this: The Final Edition’s YouTube Channel is taking off.
Please check it out, share, & subscribe.
I’ll post some of our thrice weekly videos here more frequently, but, in the interim, here are a few that have been featured on Huffington Post.
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After nearly three years (geesh!), I finally updated my TV reel. It’s mostly punditry type stuff - my pure silliness is elsewhere - but take a look and tell me what you think.
Also, really, I’m more on Twitter and Facebook than here, so, you know, come over.
We had fun. We did man-on-the-street, we did a big speech at the 2012 DNC, we did jokes and bits and segments and there were tears and laughs and feelings and we moved the world forward just a teeny tiny bit.
My last on-air segment for Current TV. On Viewpoint a few weeks ago. My show, The War Room - with Jennifer Granholm and/or Michael Shure - bowed out last Thursday. ONWARD!!!!