Some Jokes I Wrote are Nominated for an Emmy

Early in my career I decided I’d only ever write for one South African political satire puppet show. I picked the right one. Puppet Nation is on a global tear. After seven wins at the South African Film and TV Awards, it’s now nominated for best comedy in the 2015 International Emmy Awards.

The show’s up against heavyweights like Sensitive Skin, a Canadian comedy starring Kim Cattrall and Elliott Gould by the co-creator of the beloved Slings & Arrows.

Anyway, this very funny hot mix from the Academy includes some jokes I wrote.


BTW I Make Web Sites

Web Site of Jason Miller, Author of Down Don't Bother MeHere’s a web site I designed and built for the talented crime writer (and excellent tweeter) Jason Miller, author of Down Don’t Bother Me, the first book in the Slim in Little Egypt Series. The second book in the series, Red Dog, is due next year, and Jason posted this excerpt to his new blog.

I spent a long time as an Internet Professional, and I still enjoy making custom sites for artists, writers, and other creative types who otherwise wouldn’t have the means to have them. 1I also designed and built the site for my radio show Special Relativity. If you’re one of those people and would like me to help make your web dreams come true, email me.

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1. I also designed and built the site for my radio show Special Relativity.
Keep Your Public Domain Off of My Stuff

backOffReading Leslie S. Klinger’s The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes before bed last night, as all the swingers do, I was reminded how Klinger’s successful lawsuit that brought Sherlock Holmes fully into the US public domain had prompted a friend and I to debate the proper length of time before creative works become public property. This friend thought 20 years from publication/distribution was plenty long. I, being a working (albeit not working) artist, found that unacceptable to the point of insulting. With it being hotter than livestock interior in LA this week, I then laid awake dripping, giving me time to belatedly formulate this argument as to why creators should retain control of their work during their lifetimes:

Let’s use as an example my radio show, Special Relativity (a comedy starring Alex Borstein, which well over one million people have enjoyed not listening to). I wrote and produced the first episode at my own (significant) expense and released it to the world for free on April 15, 2015. (Click here to listen to it and you will surely appreciate the argument below even more.)

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Meet the Guy Riding 10,000 Miles to Save the Lives of Veterans
Second Update, 7/31/2015: After nearly losing his life, John lost his bike. But he’s refusing to quit. Here’s his video diary explaining his adventure through the California mountains. Please support him.
Update, 7/28/2015: Those of you asking, “What’s the big deal about a 10,000-mile solo motorcycle ride?” should note that yesterday, atop a mountain with this hell road in front of him, John’s brakes died. Luckily, he didn’t. Here’s a post he wrote on the other end. “I’m in some sort of diabetic shock because I just ate a ton of Reeses pieces and I have the choco shakes and my ex girlfriend is texting me ‘OMG COME HOME NOW.'”

Original Post, 7/24/2015

22 American military veterans die by suicide every day. That’s the statistic that got John Veon onto his bike.

A vet himself, of the 82nd Airborne in the first Gulf War, John came out of the army still a kid and developed into one of the most thoughtful and earnest people I know. I met him maybe eight years ago when we were both working at Nickelodeon. In an office full of know-it-alls (myself included) John was the one guy you could pose a question to and be answered with silence, because he was genuinely thinking about what you asked. He also had tattoo sleeves and a rocket-tail goatee and, when he wasn’t between a pair of headphones pumping out sludge metal, he’d come into my office to talk about how to find satisfaction in life.

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Here Are Your Newest Reasons Never to Use Uber
photo © Adam Fagen

photo © Adam Fagen

It says plenty about Uber, our nation’s most beloved villainous corporation, that the newswire documenting its iniquitous deeds fires so frequently that I can’t report them all and instead have to compile the highlights in these occasional digest posts. If you’d like a primer on how Uber exploits its driverscheats and gouges customers, flagrantly breaks the law, and endangers public safety, you’ll find some links to my earlier rants at the bottom of the page. Meanwhile, here’s the latest on Uber’s flagitious 1A word I had to look up because I ran out of synonyms for “evil.” doings:

  • Uber knowingly deceives its customers with the map of available cars users see when launching its app. As uncovered through exceptional reporting by data researcher Alex Rosenblat and published on Motherboard, the map consistently shows cars around the potential rider that don’t actually exist. Despite presenting the screen to users as an accurate representation of drivers available to pick them up, Uber considers the map a “screen saver,” a mere “visual effect letting people know that partners are searching for fares.”

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1. A word I had to look up because I ran out of synonyms for “evil.”
The Battle of the Seths: Final Four

The Battle of the Seths: The Final FourThe round of 16 and quarterfinals of the cataclysmic Battle of the Seths have left standing the least likely clutch of Seths to emerge from the smoke and blood. Heavyweights like Seth MacFarlane and Seth Meyers have fallen to four guys you’ve never heard of, myself included.

The Seths in the semifinals, as in previous rounds, are facing off in multiple Tests of Sethness. Pick your winners, submit your bracket, then do it again for as many as the 101 Tests of Sethness as you want. The two Seths that win the most face-offs before August 3 will duel in the final for Ruler of all Sethness.

Vote as many times as you want and share the battle with friends.

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