Here’s What We’ll be Listening to at Tonight’s Premiere of Special Relativity

No, not the show. I mean, a few dozen people will be listening to the show at the premiere tonight. And it’s better than I ever hoped. But if you don’t know how to sneak through the magic bookcase behind which the premiere is being held, you have to wait until tomorrow to hear it. (Keep an eye on Special Relativity Radio .com).

To tide you over, and to prove that if I could I’d shove you right through that bookcase, here’s the music we’ll be listening to at the party. It’s a Spotify playlist I put together with a pretty obvious theme.

Special Relativity Premieres April 15, 2015

My radio comedy Special Relativity 1Starring Alex Borstein, Dee Bradley Baker, James Urbaniak, and Ted Travlestead! has an official release date: April 15, 2015 at Special Relativity Radio .com. To work yourself into a froth of anticipation while you’re waiting, adorn your phone or computer with one of the show’s beautiful wallpapers perfect for installing on every terminal in your office while your coworkers are at lunch. Previews below, full-size versions available on the official site.

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1. Starring Alex Borstein, Dee Bradley Baker, James Urbaniak, and Ted Travlestead!
South Africa Officially Says Its Best Show is the One I Write Jokes For

Huge congratulations to Puppet Nation on its near sweep of the TV comedy categories at the 2015 South African Film and Television Awards yesterday. The political satire with puppets — for which I’ve contributed American segments since 2013, like this one and this one — raked in a huge seven awards from 10 nominations, meaning that right now seven evil extraterrestrial tyrants are embarrassingly trying to menace Flash Gordon with tipless scepters. Among the show’s wins were awards for directing, design, and the biggie: Best TV Comedy. Sadly the small minority of losses included the writing award. I take full responsibility for that. It’s because I insisted on having Vladimir Putin say “leathery ass cheeks:”

Special Relativity Has a New BFF

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My radio show Special Relativity already has a cast, but now it has a new BFF and mascot, the chrono-weed. What’s the chrono-weed? I’m not telling. But I will tell you that it’s beautifully illustrated by Andrea Tsurumi, whose lovely drawings you’ll soon see on

Oh, and since the show now has a logo and web site, it’s now promoting itself. Literally. It made the image below all by itself. I found a print-out of it on my face when I woke up this morning. Please share it, or who knows what I’ll find on my face tomorrow morning.

Meet the Stars of My New Web-Radio Series SPECIAL RELATIVITY

I’ve been hinting for weeks that my web-radio series Special Relativity would have an incredible cast. Today, with my groin all a-tingle, I can introduce the people telling the story of the most evil woman on Earth traveling back in time and kidnapping her younger self to foil her own plan to destroy the Universe. Please meet the stars of Special Relativity:

Alex Borstein Starring as Nox, the most evil woman on Earth,


Alex has spent the last 13 seasons at one of the most continually popular shows on TV, voicing Lois Griffin on Family Guy. She also leads the cast of the truly exceptional HBO comedy Getting On. Despite of all that, she’s of course most famous for the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers episode “Bloom of Doom.”

Vulva Man

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I Read Uber’s New Magazine for Drivers So You Don’t Have To

Momentum - The Magazine for Uber PartnersAmerica’s leading pleonexia concern, the evil Objectivist “ride-sharing” service Uber, has issued a glossy, full-color fuck you to its drivers in the form of Momentum, “The Magazine for Uber Partners.” This sub-airline-grade magazine comprises a tight 15 pages, not coincidentally the perfect size for Uber’s exploited non-employees to roll and shove right up their asses.

Uber — whose myriad inequities I’ve chronicled, and whose services you should never, ever engage, even if you’re stuck rideless in the middle of a blizzard today, especially if you’re stuck rideless in the middle of a blizzard today, because the company’s “surge pricing” policy will wrap you in the welcoming warming comfort of a $450 bill for a three-mile ride — has demonstrated its utterly backwards priorities in this latest suck-up to the “driver partners” it abuses.

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I’m Unemployed, But I Still Pay the Artists Who Work With Me. Why Can’t This Hollywood Mogul?
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The Internet it buzzes this morning about a “bootleg James Bond” video by producer Adi Shankar, creator of other “fan” videos based on copyright properties, including a Power Rangers homage/parody/rip-off that’s garnered 18 million play-presses. The premise for “James Bond: In Service of Nothing” actually sounds fascinating for a committed pan-media Bond-liker such as me: 1I do, after all, even have a 007 tag on my blog. a retired 007 struggles to figure out how to live when he no longer has to kill. I don’t know if the short lives up to the premise, though, because it’s already been yoinked from YouTube due to a (valid) copyright complaint from MGM.

But that doesn’t matter, because I’m less interested in Adi Shankar’s movie than I am in something he said to Deadline Hollywood while promoting it:

[Shankar] said it was done mainly with all volunteer work, favors and an animation collective. He said the costs were minimal. “When people are passionate about something, they just want to do it,” he told Deadline. “These are the same models that these digital artists are doing. They are doing things for the collective good.”

Adi not only didn’t pay the artists who worked on his movie, he also thinks asking people to work for free for his betterment is a legitimate business model.

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1. I do, after all, even have a 007 tag on my blog.