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.

I Met Santa in Rural Tennessee

So I recently enjoyed a brief but packed weekend trip to eastern Tennessee. Had a lot of fun but some of the highlights included: 1.) Visiting my first ever drive-thru liquor store 2.) Taking 2nd place at the story slam of the National Storytelling Festival 3.) Seeing my new book “Questions For Terrible People” on the shelf at a Barnes & Noble in Johnson City 4.) And best of all: meeting the “Blue Ridge Santa” off duty after the show. I noticed a very Santa-looking gentleman in the crowd but did not assume he was actually in the game. Afterward he introduced himself and we had a great chat. I’ve talked live performer shop with comics, poets, actors, magicians, musicians, burlesque performers, storytellers, & strippers but NEVER have I had the chance to get insight into the professional Santa game. It’s real out there. Best part was when he gave me his card and said “now, that number on the back is *protected*. Please be careful. If any kids get a hold of it it’s all over.” The secret is safe with me dude. To my people in the southeast: if you need a Santa hit up www.BlueRidgeSanta.com Until next time Tennessee!

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