Archive for the 'Comedy' Category

Happy and really healthy at (almost) 52-years old...what's working, why and how. What would you do if $120,000 accidentally ended up in your bank account? Plus, circumstances, timing, and eight (!) discerning months. And an obscure and absolutely incredibly awesome song.

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AUTHOR/JOURNALIST GREG PRATO returns to talk about his great new book, KING'S X: THE ORAL HISTORY. Its the definitive story about a great band, in the members' own words, along with a slew of hard rock luminaries. We also discuss Greg's next book, TAKE IT OFF: KISS TRULY UNMASKED, out November 19, 2019, which is all about when KISS was sans makeup, 1983-1996. PLUS, semi-coherent ramblings about the new season of Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee and the great Gary Gulman's new comedy special, The Great Depresh, which will premiere on HBO this fall. AND a new Obscure And Cool Song.

To buy KING'S X: THE ORAL HISTORY and pre-order TAKE IT OFF: KISS TRULY UNMASKED, both published by Jawbone Press, click here.

For occasional ramblings, podcasts and more visit www.weaponofselfdistraction.com.

  

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The new Chevrolet Corvette makes it's debut on July 18, the Bagel Boss is loose on Long Island and an Area 51 meetup! Plus, the David Bowie Barbie doll and a new feature, an obscure but awesome song.

For the occasional missive and bon mot, the Weapon of Self-Distraction blog

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Episode 96: Surviving & Thriving

Friend of the Podcast Barrie returns and we discuss how to survive - and possibly thrive? - the often mind-numbing online dating process. Things to do, first date ideas, what to watch out for, and more. Plus, quitting Diet Coke/Coke Zero, at least for a month. And, all about Kima, the awesome pitbull. 

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Going overboard without the benefit of a life raft over the seventh and final season of VEEP. It's snarky, rude, profane, mean, vicious, audacious, brilliant, hilarious, and one of the greatest sitcoms ever. Plus, some sage advice from a comedian.

For more about VEEP and additional trailers visit the official website.

For additional distractions and podcast episodes visit the Weapon of Self-Distraction blog.

 

 

Veep, Julie Louis Dreyfuss, HBO, Netflix, Barry, Russian Doll, TV

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This week we've got an interview with multi-talented standup comedian and musician Phil Johnson.

Phil and his band Roadside Attraction are based out of the San Jose, CA area and Phil has brought his comedy to clubs nationwide for a decade. We discuss comedy influences, how Phil writes his material and how it continues to evolve, making music, his upcoming comedy special and...his pirate podcast, Under the Crossbones. Yes, a pirate podcast, and its awesome. For more on Phil Johnson including where he's gigging, check out RoadsideAttraction.com and at Facebook.com/PhilJohnsonComedy 

Plus, rockers are retiring and there's a bevy of farewell tours of late. But one band keeps rocking, killing it nightly, with no farewell tour in sight.

For more distractions, assorted writings and podcast episodes visit WeaponofSelfDistraction.com

 

 

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The Super Bowl (sure, two weeks later) was better than you think and nipple parity. Valentine's Day w/o a Valentine, and that's fine. Plus dating app mistakes, an idea for a new TV network, and...a kidnapped monkey!

For more distractions and other odds n' ends visit www.weaponofselfdistraction.com

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Happy Hanukkah, why episode number 74 sucked, breakups can be a good thing, and the"Baby It's Cold Outside" backlash. Plus, Creed II and the most metal band breakup ever.

Visit the Weapon of Self-Distraction website for more ephemera and other distractions.

Holiday music Hanukkah Christmas heavy metal radio Creed II movies

 

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A deep and rambling dive about the new Cheap Trick album of rarities and b-sides, The Epic Archive: 1980-1983. First Ford, now General Motors: GM's layoffs and their essentially ceding the sedan market to European and Asian automakers. And two Netflix series, The Kominsky Method and I'm Sorry

For more about Cheap Trick visit www.cheaptrick.com

Jalopnik and Vox have some great insight and details about General Motors' big layoffs and vehicle changes.

More distractions and other ephemera is at www.weaponofselfdistraction.com and at www.facebook.com/weaponofselfdistraction

 

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Thanksgiving is around the corner, family and traditions beckon, as does the legendary, now 40-years old (!) WKRP In Cincinnati episode about the holiday. Also 40 years ago: Alice Cooper's From The Inside album came out. And seeing one of the funniest - and bravest - comedians, Gary Gulman. Plus, a new book on the history of Hot Wheels toy cars.

 

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Here's some more Thanksgiving fun from that WKRP In Cincinnati episode

For more about Gary Gulman and where he's playing visit www.garygulman.com.

A great story about Alice Cooper's From the Inside album is here.

Find Hot Wheels: From 0 to 50 at 1:64 Scale at Amazon.

 

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