Together We Rise! (…for a superb & necessary cause)

Whatever your personal stance happens to be the fact of the matter is that very many vulnerable groups in Boston and country are going to be made more vulnerable by the incoming presidential administration.

As such a group of local activists (and me) is organizing an event at the historic Strand Theater in Dorchester on Thurs 1/19. It’s called Together We Rise: a Counter-Inaugural Celebration of Resistance. The event is a multi-genre show (music, dance, spoken word poetry, comedy), an art gallery show, and an activism drive (16 local groups will have tables set up where you can learn about what they do, grab some literature, and sign up to either join or learn more).

It’s all about coming together in a positive way to do what we can to prepare for what will be a very rough 4 years (at least) for a lot of people. There’s a GoFundMe for the event to assist with venue/promo/security costs and a donation of $10 will also get you access to the event but in truth, given its community nature, absolutely no one will be turned away if unable to pay. Hope to see you there!

In order to donate and learn more about the show please click HERE

The results are in! My Book in The Washington Post

Some sweet news: My book Questions For Terrible People was featured last month in The Style Invitational, the weekly humor/wordplay contest of The Washington Post. Columnist Pat Myers provided some sample questions and asked readers to write their own.

It was pretty cool to see so many submissions, and after writing 250 of these questions myself it was extremely interesting to see what readers came up with themselves. I had no part in the judging but the selections were uniformly intriguing. More than anything I was struck by just how…personal…a lot of these were. I mean, some of these folks were very clearly working out some life problems via submission to a humor column and I’m totally OK with that. Here are some of my potential-TMI favs:

* Have you ever hoped your kid’s team would fail to make the playoffs so you could have your weekends back again? (Jeff Contompasis, Ashbury, Va.)

* My teenager is consistently surly and rude, and says he wishes I weren’t his mother. Would putting him up for adoption be considered rewarding bad behavior? (Hilda Zampella, Falls Church, Va.)

* In a bargain with Satan, the funny anecdote you submitted to Reader’s Digest in 1982 will finally be published, but for the rest of your life you must shout out incorrect “Jeopardy!” answers at TV screens in airport bars. (Sandy Moran, Santa Rosa, Calif.)

You can check out the full list of notable submissions HERE.

You Can Check Me Out On The Story Collider!

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I was thrilled to be featured on a recent episode of The Story Collider podcast where I talked about comedy, Crohn’s Disease, my guts, and the night I came closest to death. I’ve linked directly to the episode on The Story Collider site HERE but it’s available anywhere you get your podcasts. I hope you enjoy!

Ethics

What kind of awful are you? Would you rather give a bunch of unwitting preteens an Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test or Do the Dew out of a marsupial? I asked this crowd and…it was NOT close.

Just one of the 250 dilemmas, conundrums, and ethical moments of truth from my new humor book Questions For Terrible People available now from Amazon and at Barnes & Noble locations nationally!

This Halloween There Was a Reckoning…

Who’s your favorite talking magical black cat from the 90s? Most people choose wrong. I had to school this crowd. You might not agree but these are the facts. And remember: Melissa Joan Hart must be stopped.

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