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The SAG Awards

I’m a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), so every year at this time I get to vote for my favorite performances. The SAG Awards program airs on national television tomorrow night. Here are my picks to win: Of … Continue reading

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I Am a Novelist!

When I was a kid I wanted to be everything. I practiced tight rope walking on the chain-link fence behind my buddy Jeff’s house in preparation to join the circus; explored the city sewers, preparing to become a world-class archeologist; … Continue reading

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Writing Checks in the New Year

I still send physical checks to pay some of my bills (you too?). And sure enough, at the start of each year I end up writing the wrong date on them. For example, today I mailed a very large payment … Continue reading

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Beginning Again

Resolution (with apologies to the Beatles): “You say you made a resolution, well, you know, We all want to change our ways, But to really be a resolution, well, you know, It’s got to last more than ten days.” Pray. … Continue reading

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Reality 2.0

Reality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Our external senses don’t tell us everything, just enough to function in the world around us, to pretend it’s orderly and makes sense. In a way it does–in a way. But meanwhile, … Continue reading

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How to be Funny

How to Get a RISE Out of Your Audience In Four Key Elements of Humor, we learned that a funny story begins with a crisis. Now we’ll talk about how to build on that crisis so your story will RISE … Continue reading

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How to be Funny

Four Key Elements of Humor* In Why Funny Matters we looked at the what of funny. Now let’s look at the how. First and foremost, comedy feeds on conflict, or at least the potential for conflict. It can be an … Continue reading

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