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UK leader hopefuls jostle as Johnson digs in for final weeks
"London woke up with mixed feelings after British prime minister Boris Johnson announced his resignation as party leader but vowed to stay on as the prime minister until a replacement is found I heaved a great sigh of relief I really did I thought he should have left earlier Much earlier Resident Ernest William Lee wants to see the back of boys Johnson as soon as possible while Julie firestone a tourist from Toronto thinks it's a tough time to stage a change of leadership Well I think he's been very supportive of the Ukraine I think it's really hard at this time because there's so much going on Meanwhile a field of candidates to replace the departing prime minister has begun to take shape even as some lawmakers push to get the scandal tarnish Johnson out of office before his replacement is elected in the next couple of months Charles De Ledesma London
"firestone" Discussed on I Said No Gifts!
"Plus in Apple podcasts or the wandering app. Okay, I'm happy to get into this. It's a little envelope, as I said, it's red, and it has both of our addresses on it. Which I will politely not share publicly. Your choice? There's a little, there's a beautiful stamp on it with a black cat and a Raven, which I love. It's a little spooky. Little Halloween. Yeah? And so now we're just going to try to get some envelope noise. Let's see if that it's too bad. I don't have an envelope letter opener. Sword.
"firestone" Discussed on I Said No Gifts!
"Are just kind of meeting as of right now. But I was aware of you from afar, we have a lot of mutual Friends and what have you. And I've always loved Joe firestone from afar. And so I was so excited when you agreed to be on this podcast. I said, no gifts. I thought Joe's going to come on. She does it all. She knows it all. She'll be the perfect guest. Nothing will go wrong. We won't come close to blows. And then eventually maybe we'll meet in person and continue to have a pleasant time. So I was a little upset. Yesterday, you know, I went out to the mailbox as I do. And you never know what you're going to find in the mailbox, something stressful, something exciting, maybe the weekly circular, and I opened it and found a little red envelope, addressed to me. And the return address, I will say, says, firestone. And I thought, that's strange. Joe, or at least someone with the last name firestone, will be on the podcast tomorrow. I put it away. I didn't give it a second thought. And now just talking to you here, I'm kind of having a flashback to yesterday and I'm thinking, oh, maybe I should just approach you and ask you, is this a gift for me? Yeah. I know you said no gives. But sometimes, that's all you have to say for yourself. Well, you know, I heard you the host with the most, and I couldn't come into handed. Well, should I open it here on the show? I suppose. The FBI arrested actor Zachary Joseph Horowitz accused of convincing several investment firms to give him nearly a quarter of a $1 billion over the course of 5 years. A con man who swindled over $11 million by posing as a Saudi prince. Prosecutors say he used the character to victimize and scam investors from around the world. From one tree, I'm saatchi Cole. And I'm Sarah haggie, and this is scam influencers, where each week we dive into stories about the power of influence taken.
"firestone" Discussed on I Said No Gifts!
"I spilled a little water on my shoe a few minutes ago and I thought it was a little bit of water and now I feel it's soaking through to my sock which is something that I'm just going to let happen for the next hour. There's nothing I can do at this point. Maybe I'll slowly I'm slowly taking off my shoe with my other shoe. We're just going to take my shoes off. And my sock is wet, that none of this matters. None of it matters to you the listener I'm so happy you're here. And I'm so happy our guest is here. Everybody loves Joe firestone. Joe, welcome to I said no gifts. Wouldn't it be amazing though if my name was Raymond? Everybody loves Raymond. It's Raymond, everybody. Raymond. How are you? Well, I'm good. I just had dinner right before this and I, you know, we don't really talk during dinner. We watched television in our home and I just watched the first 20 minutes of a juicy episode of the building age. Oh. Wait, the very first episode of that show? No, the 8th episode. Oh, so you're deep into it. Yeah, have you seen this show? I've seen half of the pilot. Okay, you know exactly what it's about. It doesn't change from there. That's it. I've seen the first season of Downton Abbey. And then just heard what happened through the rest of the 14 seasons or whatever. Car crashes, amnesia, whatever. And then watch the first half of this. And I was like, oh, so this is just kind of an American version with more CGI. Okay, there is more CGI, but one big difference, and I don't know if you have familiars in Britain or whatever insight on this. Here's the thing. In Downton Abbey, whenever somebody does something bad, somebody's always watching. So there's consequences to every bad thing that they do. But in America, that a lot of things go bad and nobody sees it. People are just going hog wild. Yeah. And there's like, there's kisses and there's sexual overtures and bad business deals and nobody sees it. So it's just kind of chaos, anarchy. Yeah. Yeah, there's no consequences, but do you think there's something there about the cultural differences? What do you think? Absolutely. I mean, I think we're getting a nice look at two different countries and how they deal with manners. And.
"firestone" Discussed on Good One: A Podcast About Jokes
"We're back with Joe firestone. So there's things that happen in a Joe firestone idea. And the first is you're often not the one doing the performance. Okay, yeah. Yeah. It's like there's a punk competition that you laugh, you make faces while people are doing it. Yeah, yeah. And this, right? This you are on the hook to say almost none of the jokes and but you're, you know, it's your thing. What is going on? Okay. Yeah, this is yeah. Is that how you make it? You make a good point. This is something that I've been told this before. This is problematic and pretty fucked up. But yeah, this is I think. Okay, in. Okay, best case scenario, best case scenario, I'm like, in my brain, I'm thinking, well, but these people could do it better than I could. They don't want to hear from me. They want to hear from these people. And the truth be told it's like, I'm not a good clown. You know, like I'm not good at committing to a bit. I back out immediately, I'm a coward. I'm not good at being a character. I think what would happen. I think basically all I can really focus on and commit to is setting up this situation and actually participating like I actually, I would do it badly. I think that yes, it does look bad and yes, it is, it's pretty wrong. And I think that deep down, I think I am trying to serve the show by supervising and not doing anything but supervising. The way you describe it reminds me of, you remember when I had you act in that play that I wrote and then I rewrote it and there was a part where they were singing and you were like, I can only do bad singing. I can't yes. This is the problem. This is why I can't be in place. This is a lot of I have very few actual talents and one of them is putting on putting other people into a situation. But I was, I was surprised that I was asked to be in that play because I am very bad at committing to something committing to the bit as they say. You did a great job. You remember all the words? I didn't remember all the words. I still like most of it. I still remember the words. No, well, I think about there was a one section about a mochas and salt bagels. Yeah, I think about that a lot. In the paper, there was a lot of senses evoked in this play and whenever I see a salt bagel, I'm like, Jessie David Fox. I really appreciate that. You're a great member writing about salt bagels and mochas. Honestly, no. I remember that the hulk and seat was at one person didn't know what a play was and plays were all musicals. And then for some reason then they started being in a play. And then it was set at a breakfast and they discussed the weather and then one person. And then you switch characters back and forth. And they say, I love you a million times, and then there was a kiss and I remember being like, it's so weird to make people kids each other. And then and then at the end, they sang that song from Wizard of Oz that you. So there's something about salt bagels with mochas as like a chocolate and salty thing. I just remember that was their regular breakfast. That was like their breakfast. The characters breakfast. I love this. This is great. I'm like, that sounds good. I think that you told me that you had that at some point. That was like your order at some point. But I am always kind of wondering how people eat salt bagels. The salt is so sharp. Yeah, the problem is it's not just salt bagels. It's like rock salt. It's like the salt you'd like put outside if it's gonna. No, it's like how you make ice cream. It's not edible salt. It's really hard salt. It's like peppercorns. It's not edible, so I don't know how people do this. So the other element and we talked about it, which is there's a chaos aspect to it. When things are being chaotic in whatever way, when you know it happens in live shows, it happens like on doctor game show where the game gets away from you, often will happen. Why does it feel like what do you like about chaos? What does it feel like to be in that for you? Why is that a sort of a sweet spot for you comedically? I think it's, I think it's really funny to me. I mean, I think it's like some of the things I've left the hardest hardest. I'm like, I think it's really funny if I'm carrying a heavy box up the stairs. Like if moving makes me laugh so hard 'cause it's just so hard and uncomfortable and terrible. You're just carrying this heavy shit upstairs and nobody knows where they're going to everybody's pissed off. I'm sure there's something to do with childhood getting yelled at or something. But and now I laugh at it. Is that are you calm when things are chaotic? Like when a show is going not even badly because this is what the shows are supposed to go. But like when shows are when there's all these things happening, are you like, this is exactly I'm at peace in this right now. Yeah, I think so. I think that makes me feel pretty good. Like I did this one show called zingers. And this was a big this was a flap. But so what I was like, the whole premise was like, I didn't explain the premise to the people playing the game, but basically they had to say these zingers. And once they said the zingers it would cause a reaction to happen. And if they guessed all 7 zingers, they won the game. Sure, of course. And one of the reactions whenever they said the word points, Gary Richardson would come out into the audience to start talking to people. And Gary thought his bit would be to ask different audience members if they didn't wipe because it smelled like shit in different places in the audience. And he, you know, if you get Gary go and he's gonna go hard. So he was asking everybody if they didn't wipe. And it was like, he wouldn't stop. He was to come out and come back, but he wouldn't stop. He kept asking people whole swathes of people if they'd wiped and how good they wiped and not that that was like the best it could possibly go 'cause the point's not to guess the zingers that'd be so boring. I'm going to ask you, this is going to be I think it's going to be the most controversial question of the interview. I want to ask you about two words and I want to hear honest reaction to these words, which and these words are. Whimsical, and quirky. Okay, yeah, I mean, that's the top two words that they put to me. And that's okay. I did once I remember one time I went to a general at IFC and they were like, we do not do quirky. And I was like, well, me neither. But that's, I think that's when, you know, it's kind of like if you want to call it wins physical and quirky, then that's okay by me. That's not what I'm trying to do, but I understand it comes off as Zooey Deschanel kind of style vibes. Again, I wasn't calm as other you hear the words that people use. No, I understand why it happens. And all I could do is keep making the stuff that's true to me and you just hope that people stop using those words, but there's nothing I can do about it. Maybe I'll go for next time I'll go for wicked and satirical. To bring it back to the special, I want to tell you a little bit about my experience, which is like I feel like I watched it at a time really, really needed it. I was feeling really bad about comedy after watching a certain stand up special that came out fairly recently. That made me very upset. And I don't know, there's something really inspiring and it was like a great reminder of what comedy can mean for people. Your students like loved laughing and having comedy and.
"firestone" Discussed on Good One: A Podcast About Jokes
"So, you know, I can understand why it would piss people off or it would make people feel uncomfortable, but the hope is that everybody's kind of in this and kind of feeling like a kind of like a wild bride. What does it feel like when you have an idea that is like any of these things? And to be like, I'm going to do it. And I'm going to see it through what is that? People have ideas sometimes maybe like, and I saw a lot of convenience like, what if we did a show and there's no audience, but then whatever. And then they don't do it. How does it feel like in your head and you're like, what if there's a comedy club of dolls? What would it be? And then you sort of spend a month until then you do it. And then what does that feel like? Okay, so you just, I think of something, and then I do it immediately. I don't think it through as much as I should, and I do it immediately and try to get it up. And then and then I guess when it's being released to the public, that's when I start to think, oh, this was a mistake. And then yeah, that's when I started to regret it and really think about what I've done. But the beginning stages are very quick for me. It's the regret afterwards that stays longer. The thing that I feel like knowing you're doing these shows and the time that there's happening, it always felt like I related to this, I don't know what it is. You have an idea and there's something there's so much momentum to having that idea and all you can think about is that idea. And if there's any roadblock, then you're like, why am I gonna do that idea? But if you can, like, this podcast was sort of like, what if I did a podcast? And everyone was like, yeah, all right, and then sort of next thing you know that I've been doing podcasts. Yeah. It's that what it like. It's like it's like it's kind of compulsive, but it's also like, oh, I'm not think about anything else and only think about this idea. And then this is like great. I love an idea that I can sort of like obsess over like that. Yeah, I think that's true. I don't think that anything that you make is gonna be perfect, right? And it's like there's always gonna be ways to tweak it and I think that tweaking and editing and is really important. And I think that there's probably a middle ground between what I do and what some of it takes a long time, thinking about something does, but I think that it's like, I think there is something that helps your speed and helps you actually accomplish something if you do. If you try to get through these initial stages quicker. Yeah. Because then at least you have something that you've made and then you can say, okay, this is what didn't work about this. This is what I'll never do again. This got somebody physically injured. This is what I will never do. And so then it's like, you learn from your mistakes and that sucks, and that's it's unfortunate to make mistakes, but it does seem inevitable for somebody learning how to make comedy or learning how to make art is just you're gonna fuck up? Yeah. But the idea, I mean like I like following through, but having ideas and knowing that people are gonna do it, it's like the most exciting thing in the world. I remember we did a vulture festival, and I was like, what if a lot of Casey Wilson and Adam Paley did a bus tour? If something was like mentioned, and I was like, oh, what if we did it? What if we literally force them to do it? And then they said they agreed to do it, and I wasn't on the bus, and they had to do it, but it's just like it was so exciting to know that we're going to do it. Yeah, and they were probably excited. I don't know them, but they were probably excited to have something different to do. And I think that those ideas that I think people have those out of left field ideas more often than they say they do. And it's like if you tried those ideas like, what would your stuff look like? If you tried two more of those weird ideas. What do you think it is about you that doesn't have the part that is like oh, I shouldn't do that. Do you have any sense? Some kind of lobe or something, I think, probably. I think I just, I always feel like there's a sense of urgency. It's like, oh it's gotta be done right now. And yeah. I think that way with errands too. So it's like it's just as a bad part of my brain. But if it's like, we're at a dish soap. And I was like, every day, I was like, we gotta we gotta get this shop right now, and then that was like Tuesday. It was just like, I gotta find this soap and then I was like, I went to CVS and budget so I crossed off the list. I was like, that was, that was it. And I think it feels like that way with anything. Yeah. Before I go forward, just in case they're listening, the original idea to do the bus tour was terror ables, and I don't want to take full credit for everyone. And I don't want to think about constantly that anyway. She worked at Boulder at the time. You know? I know. I was like, oh no, I actually took credit for it, and then next thing you know you talked about how you're in the 9 11. Anyway, we'll be right back with more Joe firestone. Good one is sponsored by.
"firestone" Discussed on Good One: A Podcast About Jokes
"Eat pussy, it's organic. Eat what? Come on, barber and make her say it again. Everybody make her say it again. Did you. Have you done like performing arts or anything? No. So what got you to sign up for the class? Oh, I saw that. And I said, right away, I just, I would love to do that. And you never done it before. No. In elementary school, I was always the one laughed and said funny thing. Got in trouble for laughing all the time. Once a teacher wrote giggles on my report card or whatever. So what do you like about the comedy class? I just like that we're all together. We all contribute. It's just fantastic. Sometimes I am so awed by the answers that people give. Really, they fantastic. I love those bar jokes. Oh, God. Who do you think would play you in a movie? Oh, you know who just came into my mind. I don't know if it was because I thought of it or I just got a Sandra Bullock. Is she funny? I am here with Joe firestone. Thank you for joining me, Joe. Thank you, Jessie. Thank you, Jessie. Thank you Jessie. You're welcome. I don't want to so let's start with this class. When did you start teaching the class? I started to teach in the class I think three weeks before the pandemic hit. But I think the first class was maybe it must have been march or late February of 2020. And then how? How? Why? How did this happen? Well, what? Yes. So I wasn't working at the time. And I had no, you know, it's like you don't have any prospects, you think I will. The time is endless, and I will never get a job again. And then I thought, oh, I moved to this new neighborhood and I was like, well, they don't teach, because I've taught comedy before. I taught at a senior center I've taught at various places and so I thought, oh, maybe I'll start a class because it seems like they have programming. And so I started teaching a class and. I didn't realize, I think the commitment was actually 13 weeks, which has surpassed a long time ago because we just keep going. But yeah, recently, I had this, one of the participants in those special and in the class wrote a letter about her experience in the class and in it, she describes meeting me and she was like, the first class we were asked to be put on the spot and it was difficult. And then stretchers seemed young. Very young. Uh oh. But now we're in pretty good terms now. Yeah, now they know you're old, very, very old. You said you've taught classes before. What maybe what makes you even interested in teaching classes and also simply like why older people then like teaching kids comedy? Regardless of teaching like 20 year olds, but assuming that's the two options. Kids, you know, I think kids are very, very funny, but and I know there's a kids in comedy program that a few of my friends have worked at and it's a really cool program. And so yeah, I think with kids, it seems like you have to be really like there's a lot more organizing that goes in, whereas I feel like with adults, it's a little bit easier to kind of just hopefully be yourself and they'll just be like, okay, yeah, I mean, I guess we'll give you the benefit of the doubt. And I think generally if you taught a comedy class to 20 year olds, they'd probably be wondering how to it seems like it would be more of like how to get successful in comedy and I question that a lot and I don't know how I sometimes don't know how it's very hard to tell anybody how to do it 'cause it's a miracle that it happens for anyone and am I doing it? And so I think that I was hoping to teach a class for people that maybe had already done a lot with their lives and maybe were just looking for something entertaining to a way to spend their time and to low pressure and some of them are comedians they do a lot of stand up and classes and stuff, but for the most part it's people that maybe worked for the government for 50 years and now are like, yeah, why not? How many total people are they in the program in your program? In the program, there are, I think. I think there's like 20 four people that regularly show up, but in a few of them had pride. And so it only 16 people in a discussion. So these classes, you know, what since you're still doing it, but what were they like? What are the classes? What are you doing? How do you teach these people to do comedy? And at this point where you're teaching the same people, how are you training them to sort of be an artist? Yeah, I mean, I'm not teaching stand up by any means I wouldn't claim that. I'm not, I don't even know how to do stand up at this point. But I think that I'm encouraging them to feel comfortable with themselves into say whatever they're thinking and be as honest as possible and usually that gets a pretty good response in the group. And yeah, I mostly just do exercises that I think it's basically like a panel show every Monday morning at ten a.m. where I'm like, okay, what's the worst thing you'd say to a new bride? And then everybody says something horrible and then it's like, there should be a laugh track, but it's like, yeah, it's basically just like activities like that. And then there's a homework assignment and then they share the homework assignment..
"firestone" Discussed on How to Be a Better Human
"That it lightens my mood in it. It brightens my interactions. In a i think that laughing with people in hearing other people laugh in gives me more joy than anything when i first moved to new york and was doing comedy professionally for trying to do comedy professionally for the first time. You're probably my first real like comedian friend. And so i've known you for a long time and one thing that i think everyone who's performed with you over the years would say. Is that your comedy in a way. That unique is you create a lot more events and more silly opportunities for other comedians than just about anyone else a lot of comedians. They don't have ideas that involve. We need sixty people in a loss right. A lot of comedians are just like. How can i get myself on tv and that's gonna be extent whereas you are one time. Legendary one is It was around the holidays. There was so much stress and you ever in stressed. I need to create a show where there's a way for people to to get rid of their stress so you had a of balloons that people could pop you had pinatas and then you asked me and someone else to wear helmets and let children hit us with with wiffle ball bats to get out there just dress and so i think that like those moments where you're like maybe we need to ask friends to be beaten by children. It was a very long time. And i had to say the basical helmet did not really do what i was expecting it to at the end i was like oh i am. I am loopy. I've been struck by a whistle bat over and over. But i think there's this you create these moments that are other than you know possibly causing a lifelong brain injury. I do think. I do think you create these mullets. That let people connect in a in an unexpected way and are memorable. I think that's a big part of your comedy right like it's like it's not just another boring day. I don't know. I think that maybe That's what makes me laugh a lot. So is that like i dunno. I think just like the chaos of like you going into a room in getting even making me laugh right now. It's just you being sold down to be to just like put on yet helmet and go in there and then you're being chased around by children for. It's pretty funny. But i i know it's like sometimes i really wish that i could blake sing and dance. Beat like you tell a joke like that. My grandparents would be like. That's a joke not like. What is that as. I think that that's something that i sometimes when i get down on myself. I'm like oh. I wish i was just like at talent but i think that it at other times. It's like that you're kind of going back to honest. You like what you honestly find funny. Would you get inspired by For me Chaos is my young. Yeah definitely. I've always thought of like a good natured. Like kind. chaos is definitely. Your is what i think of. When i think of your comedy we're gonna take a short break but when we come back one of the senior citizens from joe's comedy class is gonna join us to talk about their new comedy special and what it is like to learn about jokes from professor joe. Firestone that is after this. Don't go anywhere okay. And we are back. We're here with comedian joe. Firestone who's new comedy special features her and a class of senior citizens that she has been teaching comedy too so joe. I'm wondering from teaching that class. Would you get out of it. What did you learn from them. Well i guess what i like. I learned a lot about like what gets them talking like. That's been a really cool thing to learn. Like took just in terms of like activities and stuff like what makes them excited to talk about like they have a lotta stories and like a lot of really strong memories and they're also like have a lot of jokes about new york. They've lived in new york and they think about new york eleven. They think about the neighborhood in the end so that's always really fun to hear about in like that also feels like another piece of what regular people can use for finding humor in themselves. It's like what is it that you have really strong opinions about. And what is something that you know more about than anyone else. I don't know. I really respect everyone in this class and like i can't believe they still come back i like. I can't believe they're there every week. I can't believe like they're still going in do the assignments and stuff and I guess i just like learned a lot about their individual works in like how charming in lovable each of them is in like like a lot of them had not been outdoors of the their permanent for so long and the fact that they were like willing to laugh and have a good time in willingly. Participate in zoom that. Nobody wants to be zoom anymore. They're still going. And i think that's it's really inspiring to just kind of like say like oh. This person really wants to enjoy their life and make jokes like that's yet makes you wanna make jokes too. I i. sometimes there's this concept that people sometimes stock about in comedy of punching down right like attacking people who are more vulnerable or making fun of marginalized groups or something like that. Some people think that punching down his comedy. How do you make comedy. That does the opposite the punches up. That makes fun of people who are more powerful rather than less powerful. I think what I try to recommend people do. And what i tried to myself is kind of base your comedy off of your personal experiences in like what you know to be true. And so like yeah. We weren't trying to make fun of like anything that was happening to anyone else. But just trying to say like okay. Well here's a joke about the inside of my apartment. Here's a joke about like what my body looks like. Now what they consider things like this is. This is what you mean. Obviously comedies subjective. But i personally always like. It's the funniest jokes are the ones who are only. You would be able to make that joe. That's my personal opinion. O other thing. That's kind of like amazing about this group and like it's a good definitely a generation gap if somebody says something that is offensive to somebody else. They just say that offends me off. And then the person who says it says i'm sorry and they. It's okay and then they just keep going. Oh so what do you do. Like you've talked about how a lot of times comedy can be a great thing where when you're feeling down or you're feeling low it can be a way of finding some some bright spots or kind of bring yourself a little bit back out of it. What's something that made you laugh recently. Yeah no i mean. I think that You know. I spend a lot of time at home now and i think the dog. I have a dog who's been pretty quiet quiet. Yeah i've ever heard dugout bark but yes. He makes me laugh a lot like. I think it's like it's very helpful to have either a really good show or like a book or a pet or a partner. That really makes you laugh a lot and my partner makes me level too but yet the dog really just makes me laugh all the time. What's what's the last thing that loaf did that made you laugh. Loaf is your dog. Yeah he really is. He's really clumsy. So hill really. He'll walk into things a lot or fall down he. He's too long to scratch himself so he tries to scratch himself but he cared so then i could go in there. you know. he's pretty much. Classic dog is so you know. Sometimes he'll i don't like he'll look at me while he's pooping in. That really makes me laugh plattling. I'm like why you need to look at me right now. But he'll kinda turn so that he's like making eye contact with me while he doesn't and i think.
"firestone" Discussed on How to Be a Better Human
"And use it for your identity as well. I think a lot of people discover that that can be really hard and maybe it makes them like the thing that they started out with less. But one thing that. I've always admired about your particular stand up comedy is that you do you do a ton of crowd work and you do a ton of things. That are unexpected. Where you don't know what's going to happen. So how do you trust that. You're gonna make something good or funny happened with an audience and i. It's it's turned back a really really bad. The question is why do you do this kind of company. Like what are you looking for. And how can people find that too. I think what. We've talked about this before but i think the funniest thing to me is the yes absolutely. Yes that is your word. That's the defining word of joe. Firestone comedy so i come up with these prompts. And i'm not teaching them. Stand up come like i don't even know how to do. State of combat basically just like teaching them to like say whatever. I think just kind of thinking on your feet and showing how you think is so funny especially like if you're if you hear what anyone's thinking it's usually very very funny you know if they're very comfortable in like i came up with an activity. That was so bad. The activity was to come up with a way to play your body like an instrument so bad and all of them on the zoom. We're like okay like they were like a. I mean we'll try it. But it's a like it'll like they were all doing like these kind of kind of like just playing along Indulging me and indulge each other. It was very stupid. Okay so thinking about how a regular person who's not who doesn't already identifies a comedian. How can a regular person incorporate more comedies. Their lives or or be funnier. It feels like you've hit kind of two of the big things already there. Which one of them is showing your honest reactions to things right saying what you actually think because we're all so fascinated about like what another person actually says but then the other is like just being willing to follow the thing that's happening. Well i think a big part of I think a big part of comedy. And i really do believe this. I'm saying this as somebody that presents very uncomfortable. But i think a huge Comedy is feeling comfortable and insulate feeling like the people people are listening to you. People wanna listen to you and like what you say will be accepted. I think a big part of comedy is being comfortable with yourself in trying to get more comfortable with yourself as you grow in like the confidence of just like saying what you really feel. I think that that is i mean. There's also like jokes structure and all these things that you can learn that her like you could read a book about but i think internally the best thing you can do is be comfortable with yourself and your own thoughts. Yeah it's interesting. I feel like sometimes people have this idea of like comedy as truth telling relic comedians or truth tellers. Which i'm like. I'm skeptical of. Because i spent a lot of time with comedians and a lot of people are saying is not the truth so i'm not sure that like truth telling is really the center of comedy but i do think that honesty is the center of comedy right and there's a difference in between honesty and truth relic being honest about what you feel. In your own opinion. I think is kind of the center of what makes things funny. And whether that's the truth you know you can honestly wrong all the time. I am almost a hundred percent of the time but It seems like that's a piece of it so okay. So here's a piece that whenever people ask me about asked me about getting started in comedy one of the big things that i always tell them you probably already think a ton of hilarious things every single day and the difference between you and a comedian is some of that structural south that you were talking about like. How do you actually like write a joke. But i bet you a lot more of it is. How do you documented. Keep funny stuff. So what's your process when you have a funny thought or when you think of something like there might be something here. How do you keep it is. I'm really unorganized in bad at this. But i like. I've heard other people have like binders and zip ties or what is true. Idea died in like a little plastic handcuff other handcuffed to their notebook. That no i think that. Like i think if i'm like at my best behavior I think i would try to write down the joke in full a used in like usually it's like i raped joke in full or i'll say something out loud that somebody laugh said among the joke. It's that part. My brain is broken. Because it's like you should really just have conversations with people. But like i like sometimes if i'm talking to somebody like they're laughing. I'm like that's what it is case. I guess i can say that to strangers. Then yeah then kind of you say that the first show and it goes well and then you save that stuff. You really bad. Not funny at all and you're like what what happened. Then you're like you just kind of keep saying it allowed at different chosen trying to figure out what exactly will. This is the big thing that i think. A lot of people. Don't remember at the beginning is like you actually have to a a process where you have to do it over and over again and it works and then it doesn't work and you have to just keep tweaking it until it does thinking about a a regular person. Who's maybe not like actually going go and perform at a standup show Maybe that's not what they want out of comedy. If you just want to be funnier how can people be funnier and their day to day lives. Well so what Likes during the dirt the darkest weeks of the pandemic so i give assignments every week and they do come back but like so basically one week i was I said like just look for one funny thing to happen and so like if you just kind of like if you're like okay. This whole week. Monday through sunday. I just have just like see one funny thing that happens to me or to like around and like if you train yourself to be like that. That's such a low level assignment right you just like. I tripped over a sandwich just being conscious about. I'm going to look for the funny stuff. I'm gonna look for things. They make me laugh like for me. One thing that always makes me really laugh. Strange signs signs. That are weird and bizarre. And so i'm just because that makes me laugh because i like to share them with people then i now like everywhere i go. I'm always paying attention. And so i will often be with someone who's like. How do you find this thing. And i'm like well. We were walking together. I was just looking at every sign kinda like casually being like. Is there funny one. And then there is a funny one right like i. I went to the airport. And i'd net at the burbank airport in in hollywood which i'd never. I'd never seen the senator airport but there was a big sign outside. It said like no jokes allowed. And i'd never see that other effort. It really made me laugh. And i was there with a bunch of people and no one else saw the side and then when i pointed out they were like that is bizarre. How did you even notice that. And i was like. Oh i'm just always paying attention to that. So what kinda keeps you coming back to humor and comedy given that it can be really difficult. I think if i was like left to my own like if you put me in a cave in shut it was like a rock. I would be like i kind of tend towards being very sad. Break the guy thing. Probably within about forty five minutes. Be pretty sad. No that's just been shut in a cave with a large so let's lake megan nicer second. Nice cave. I think that like i think that in general i've found that it is a tool that i can use. That makes me feel.
"firestone" Discussed on How to Be a Better Human
"We're talking about comedy and humor and personally. I rely very heavily on jokes and laughter to get through hard times. I rely on jokes and laughter to get through all time. But especially when things get stressful. When they're uncertain right. Now i feel like we sometimes really need to puncture the seriousness and the stress with a good deep laugh. I am a big believer. That i literally have a piece of paper taped up above my desk. That says laugh hard every day. I love that. I try so hard to seek that out for myself and i also try really hard in my work to give that now at the same time. I often have doubts about the power or the necessity of comedy when there are so many huge problems in desperate need of being fixed it feels kind of ridiculous to be like what the world needs. Now are my little jokes. I am basically a hero. I don't think that that checks out. That's not how i feel but based on the conversations that i've had with all of the incredible guests on this show. I do think that it's striking that the best humans. They're able to do both. They work on the real problems. They don't ignore them but they also were able to find ways to laugh and to connect with other people and our guest. Today is joe. I i think she is one of the absolute funniest comedians around. And she's so good at this. She not only makes me laugh. She also uses her comedy to connect people and to point out the ways that we could be doing better jobs. One of my first friends. That i met when i started doing comedy professionally and i am a huge fan of her work okay. So here's a great example of what joe does so well in her tech stock instead of just listing the ways that she thinks people could be better she instead call talk. Everything is terrible and she lists the ways that she personally is falling short and ask the audience to respond when they related that they also fell short in that way is so funny and so perfect. Here's a clip. So maybe you've never broken heart or maybe you've never gotten mad at traffic. Maybe some of the following checklist. I'm going to ask show you this checklist. And then i'm gonna ask you say check if you've done it after i read it first one going through plastic cups like they're made of leaves thinking about you people on the subway customer service reps even know. You're just mad at the product by stuff. You don't even need kitchen appliances only make pancakes making plans. You know you're gonna cancel on being road to your good friends family because you know they aren't going anywhere. Your phone important family functions a check. How many likes you. Got on a mediocre. visa tweet. I'm at this family wedding. The single as fbi. Say take beyond saying meet who said. Check your honest spending all days. You networks when you could be doing anything decent for society running over animals with your car even if it's an accident. Rollerblading is an adult and toilet seat. Hovering isn't a bad bad behavior. Okay yes. I completely agree. That is bad bad behavior in just a moment. We're gonna have joe firestone here and we're gonna have a conversation all about the ways in which we are currently terrible but could be slightly better in the future by using laughter and copy. That is after this short break. So don't go anywhere. We will be right back how to be a better human is brought to you by progressive. Have you tried the name your price tool yet. It works just the way it sounds. You tell progressive how much you wanna pay for car insurance and they'll show you coverage options that fit your budget. It's easy to start quote and you'll be able to find a rate that works for you is just one of the many ways you can save with progressive. Get your quote today. Eh. progressive dot com and see. Why four out of five new auto customers recommend progressive progressive casualty insurance company and affiliates price and coverage match limited by state law. And we are back. We're talking about comedy and humor on today's episode with joe firestone high. I'm joe firestone. I'm a comedian. So you have a new comedy special coming out. That's called good timing. It's not just your comedy. It's also a class of senior citizens who you've been teaching comedy to. How did this come about. So i started teaching a couple of weeks before the pandemic in person at the greenwich house. Senior center then The pandemic hit and then we were told. The senior center was closed. And then We started up zoom. How did you decide to work with seniors in the first place. So i i've been teaching like comedy on enough for the less might be fifteen years. I think i was getting really really disillusioned with comedy like two thousand nineteen like i just thought it was so horrible and it brought out the worst in people in it turned bitter and horrible and as well maybe if maybe by teaching a group of people that just want to laugh and have fun and they're not like competing with each other and not like there isn't like that competition in there. It's kind of way to laugh and enjoy oneself. Maybe that'll be a way to enjoy comedy into like. Use my skills in a way. That won't make me feel weird and so it was like it was got was just hoping for some hope and some laughs and then it became as most things do it became its own enterprise. I feel very connected with them I think they feel really connected with each other. It's kind of. It's just been nice to have a designated time till i joke around and every week in just hear different perspectives than my own and just see how different people make jokes has just been very enlightening and refreshing. Yeah it's interesting to hear you say that you this kind of all started because you were feeling really disillusioned with comedy and feeling like it lead people to just be bitter and kind of just be looking for like the way to scheme into their next professional opportunity Because you know you you gave this satirical ted talk about how everyone is terrible and you're highlighting all the ways in which we're all not so great right like spending days watching netflix. When you could be doing something decent for society. So i i wonder. Is there a way that like making fun of ourselves or just making jokes in general that. Help us to be better. I think that Life is really hard for everyone. I think that It definitely helps to be able to make jokes. I think even if you're like. I see this person at work and i don't like them just being able to make a joke about it feels so much better than saying like i don't like i don't like them. I don't like them and it's i think i think comedy offers a release. That is a very important valve. You and i have obviously talked about this before of the idea of like. How do you keep the joy of doing this thing when it becomes something that you do for a living and professional and. I think that a lot of people have this. A lot of creative will have this issue where you start doing something because you love it and you do it on the side and money's not involved and there's no pressure on it to like be your whole thing. It's just something that you really love doing and brings you joy and then you kind of get the dream which. I wish i could only do this and when you do that then all of a sudden all these other responsibilities that come along with it you have to make money. You have to figure out how you're going to grow.
"firestone" Discussed on Talking Lion
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"firestone" Discussed on Talking Lion
"Would a pirate okay. Well there's a lot of like consideration that goes into this right. Yeah okay. I am guilty by nature about all things all the time. I'm not sure i'd be able to steal from anyone in like live with myself for a long time. I think i could definitely be a pirate for like six months. And then i'd be like but think of all those rich people i took money from. I'd probably be very very guilty about it in. I'd have to stop doing it. I think i would definitely be compulsory to be a pirate especially knowing what i know about. Pirates of the caribbean. Like obviously after seeing that. Yeah i wanna be pirate. I'm not sure that i could be right. I also don't like violence in. I'm not very good with war. The i feel like i feel like That's like the misconception is historically pirates weren't necessarily a majority of them weren't we're pretty peaceful. it'd be more sort of like like psychological combat best and people were like. Yeah it's like it's like oh you've heard the pirate legends like the legends would sound sort of more gory. So that if you were stopped by a by a pirate ship you'd be like i don't wanna fuck with them because they left no survivors. But that's just the stories you know. Yeah like helped with the set of soccer. i love the pr pr aspect of the pie of piracy. Yeah i am. I mean the the mine. Knowledge of pirates goes as far as having seen the entire pirates of the caribbean franchise movies while having seen none of the harry potter movies. I just watched deadman tell no tales last night. It is so bad i will okay. This is the hill. i will die on. Those movies are amazing. Even the bad ones even the bad ones all of them are very good. The cgi amazing the characters. Amazing the costumes amazing. I will die on this hill. You can say it's bad. I'm sure it was watching it now. But i remember it being good so i will die on that hill now. I think the original trilogy is phenomenal. Like actually spellbinding. It's still holds up. The havi bardem johnny depp in this. You know in this decade like all of that like that. It's not it's not working for me..
"firestone" Discussed on Talking Lion
"That's like lyrically an insane song. I love how you like again. Us all the sort of language around the concept to get all these pieces together while also sounding really really personal and also extremely lived in. What inspired that okay. Yeah so i've only ever been broken up with in when i okay well. Red flag number one. I've only ever been broken up with. But i've also never i've i've never dated anyone. It's always been like talking stages and then they don't like me anymore and so That's you know what that is. What is but basically. I was his funny. I came up with a song in my car on the way to record something else. I think it was like. I think it was high or something i was like. I was on my way to record something else. And i was like going through my whole mental acrobatics. Of like everything is my fault. All the time and Yeah you know anxiety as it goes and we love aspire we love a good spiral on. If i ruined the car and so i was i was thinking to myself and i was like dang they really only liked me because i like them and i kind of got into this like previous relationships that had happened. I was thinking about like literally everybody that had ever loved me and wondered if they had only ever loved me out of feeling as though they were obligated to because i loved them. And so i got into this whole you know being in love with me must've felt like some sort of like chore job that you had to do and you didn't really want to do but like there were certain benefits of like being in love with me that were really good and really awesome but they eventually didn't outweigh you. Know that the pay was shit or that the manage the quote unquote pay. The management was. Should the the job was bad. You know and then you leave and you turn your two week notice..
The Alexa Prize Story - Professor Jan Sedivy on Winning the Alexa Prize SocialBot Challenge and 40 Years in Voice Tech - Voicebot Podcast Ep 225 - burst 05
"I start date group and there were many students who got through Applause am giving the who worked with me. Owner fees asuncion Step by step We have been following the progress in the industry and i was You know get inca people who are more and more interested than who are willing to cooperate and in some i would say like plenty fourteen. He decided to do question answering. So he did the Different knowledge database as son view slowly but surely giving questions like typing questions Did voice until Land the very basics of or the students learn the very basic so unhappy like do data extraction duties on the And then sunday in twenty sixteen. All's own came up with this competition and the competition or the main task of the competition was to create a social boat. Which would engaging louis and also entertainingly talking to users so and the target or the goal of those to talk as long as possible to survey difficult to convert into functional end to any a system function so it was something which is a entertainment as well as mathematics and many many different algorithms in it and a deadline We once of the road is meant a muslim put on there but they just resold so we should try and the weaver very pessimistically plus weaver. starting beautiful He can do these universities. We are admiring from here that they have a much better team. Sunday would be those who would lead. But the thought okay. Let's give it a try so we put together a proposal and the we mainly based on our work in the question onset. Inca believe me or not. We made between the top twelfth. Who was elected as these semi-finalists that time and is brought us like two fifty For students and This money this was something fantastic because this monday helped me to keep the key people on board and no students receive money therefore four day fully concentrated on the problems. We were interested in which was the social. We stopped the to put it together. In a very practical by firestone stopped with trying cody allies debts time grew and neural networks and after a few attempts we thought. Okay that is. This does not work. It's very difficult. And we opt for very simple based system and started to grow a simple system and it worked it did something is and people were able to talk to it so we went on indie competition. The uber very surprised that we were doing very out. We saw on the leaderboard by Even two or the competing sites and we've had been we have been leading so we continued. We ended up in the final on the second sports which was unbelievable. Fantastic success v about twice in seattle Received the mind price in In las vegas so unbelievably nobody for a while. I was in las vegas but none of the students was ever in las vegas. Which is again something you cannot note. See anywhere else. Except in las dos.
"firestone" Discussed on Unhappy Hour with Matt Bellassai
"Do next okay. i'll tell you something else. That's really good before it gets cancelled. Okay amazing all right. I'm back no thank you joe thank you thank you all right. We're almost there. We're almost at the end of the show. But i are chasers. Chasers are the good step that helps other batch go down easier starting with do better white people where we highlight some racism resources and other. We can take to make our world a little bit better. Berry what are we highlighting. This week i wanted to highlight juneteenth because it was just this past weekend happy juneteenth. It just became a federal holiday. And i've mentioned this podcast before but with britney pack net has an amazing interview with opel lee as she's known as the grandmother of juneteenth openly is an author and an activist and she's been one of the people fighting to make juneteenth a federal holiday for many many years and i just thought that i would mention that because it's a great interview that gives a lot of context around the holidays so especially if you like got the day off of work or something like you can spend sometime doing a little bit researcher listening to this interview to really take stock and why you get this day off why. This important day has become a federal holiday. So we'll have a link to that in the show notes. Yeah also fully ridiculous us has been pointed out by other people that juneteenth has a federal holiday and there are people trying to make the teaching of why it is a federal holiday illegal. How insane so all the more reason to learn about it all right. Let's get into the tv. We're watching this week barry. What you've been watching. I have been watching a show. That's been on for a little bit but the third season's coming out and enough people have said like they love it that i'm finally finally in and that is what we do in the shadows. You can watch on hulu. I loved the movie. I've seen the movie multiple times For those who don't know it's jemaine clement from flood the conchords tyco. It and they co created it and then it turned into a tv series. It's just it's just a half hour comedy. It's so ridiculous it's mockumentary style about vampires that exist And it's just it's just ridiculous and fun and funny. I especially love that like. It's not the type of comedy where like there's a huge overarching plot that you're watching. It's like no each episode has like its own little plot and you just eat it up and it makes me laugh. And i'm really enjoying it. So that's what i'm watching this week. What about you. I really haven't watched anything new again. I have been in a. I've been in more of a reading mood better than you. I'm also reading still the same book i've been reading same. I'm like so determined. I've been reading the magicians which is a trilogy and it is each book is four hundred pages long. Which when you go into it. You're like oh this is like a normal sized book this this one buck and then you realize oh i have to read all three and that's over a thousand pages in this will take up a good chunk of my life so i've been very determined to finish that and i haven't really been watching anything new. So veep veep still love it always What's your non t chaser mine on. Tv chaser is that we did spontaneous carry. Yes and it was. Oh my god just real. Nature is healing return. Situation like we both had just seen in the heights separately but around the same time. I texted you right after being like anthony. Ramos is a god. I believe that was my exact text and you texts backing like yes. Dive karaoke bar. I was like wait. Yes and we did it and it just felt so good. It felt so good. I loved it so much and it really brought me a lot of joy. It was nice to be. I mean talk about a full like anti pandemic activities on you're just in a room full of people spewing your droplets all over the place yeah matt's performance of and i'm telling you like people were literally on their feet screaming. It was so beautiful it was he started sitting. And then you know at a specific queue went to standing like it was. It was a whole moment. It was beautiful. Do you have another chaser or was that yours as well. I might as well be. Yeah i've been readjusting as we all have back into being more social and Yeah i think for me. Because i don't have an office job so i feel like i've been trying very hard to get back to like stay on the rails as much as possible when i'm going out and being social and it's like okay i'm gonna go out and have some drinks with people. I still gotta get up in the morning and be productive. I can't be like off day. so yeah that's not really a chaser. It's it's mostly just me being trying to keep a schedule. Yes my chaser Waking up in the morning so that you can more and more deeply appreciate your chasers when those chasers are going out.
"firestone" Discussed on Unhappy Hour with Matt Bellassai
"Lettuce lethal. But yeah you find a group of bunnies under a slide. You know that scenario sure sure do not give them iceberg. They will explode. You gotta give him the darker lettuces. Okay it gets too full. They get to full. They keep nigga to full. I mean the rabbits are kinda wild if you think about it what they're capable of in terms of assisting magicians you know delivering easter eggs. They take it no they their waste. You know what i mean. Everybody's got it. They pick him back on. Put it in their mouth. No day put put back. But i refuse to believe it's not done that. Put it back in their mouth. Chewed again back out. This happens like four times until it's essentially just dust. You're telling me. Ravitz are human centipede in themselves. Repeatedly why could there possibly be of nutritional value their second. The last jewish at that thing you know. I mean it's like it's really pretty impressive if you think about it. What is the point of way that to me says that their body is not extracting the nutrients as it should be the first paths yet. No that's actually very interesting interpretation. Anitta kinda thought. It was like just like they're so thorough they're gonna get in. You know turned into. Dust knows the opposite. They're not thorough the first time around and so they had to. It's like sifting through the garbage. Which i have done that. Yeah i mean it's not pleasant to think about eating once feces until it turns to dust. No yeah no. I wouldn't say. I want to wanted to have that image in my head when i pressed record this morning but here we are always also seeing that on in that video you you basically said that you have to kind of meals that you are capable of cooking has your cooking capacity expanded at all in the last year. You're not coming anything more than you were say. Nine months ago unfortunately. Yes that case is not. 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If i'm a kind of vigil purchaser. Obviously i would buy frosted flakes because he is a tiger on his hind legs. Tony the tiger. I don't know if you're familiar sometimes. Frequent some some of the less Savory parts of the internet frosted flakes had to like admonish. The the community of frosted flakes fans because the tiger was being overly sexualize. D- how you think of tony ways. If you had to guess. I would put tony. See the thing is. Here's a tiger. He has a lot of mass but he also is fairly lean but muscle weighs more than fat. So i would put them. Maybe at like two to sixty to seventy yeah. Would you got more or less. Yeah i would put him at two sixteen for sure that i could see him. Wearing new really told pants yet. I'm getting. I'm getting confirmation. That a tiger okay. This is a wildly tiger weight in pounds ranges from one hundred forty three to six hundred eighty three big difference yes we were in that range but also that is back could be anything. Well i mean while you're getting confirmation. Why don't you go ahead ask whoever. How much baby ways baby tiger baby human baby humid right. The i bet it's wildly you know at various okay. According the who the world health organization F the average birth weight for male babies is. Do you have a guess for pound announces. I five pens zero announces. Yeah wrong it is seven pounds. Six ounces status the average for a for a male a female baby seven pounds two ounces. So babies are bigger than we think you know. I say this with wide truly compliments in my heart but for what i knew. I bet you were a long baby. I am currently six feet three inches tall along you long. I could confirm my length up birth because my for some reason my birth certificate is within You know basically arm's reach. But i don't know exactly. I don't know exactly how long i was nor. Do i know what you would consider a long baby. I know what. I would consider a long baby. How long is long baby okay. We're getting visual estimation that could be. That's about twenty inches. Yeah it's usually pretty long babe a horrifically long baby a monstrously along baby. Why would i don't even know where to where we go from here. Besides the fact. That now i am compelled to find out how long i was at birth. Tell us are you off to give me like one second. Ed go to wrap my birth certificate. You really wanna know ends one. Okay will ask while. I go grab that is i was watching. You did a little segment called rate this cookie. Right were you had strangers rate cookies but really. It was an attempt to try to make friends. Would you consider that a success out j. Most people you know they ad choices taking fifty dollars from becoming my friend. Most people did take the hours. Okay i see. I see which is his a tough time right now so i understand why people would opt yeah. It's so learned a lot about. Yeah right right. Did you learn anything about your your own personal cookie preference s i will say that You know what's the best to kind of cookie is one. That's kind of you know it kinda comes off waxy and you think it's gonna be kinda from pleasant than it. Turns out to be alicia waxy cookie. Yeah i've never encountered a waxy cookie. I can't think of one describe. What a waxy cookie is like in mid vindman is not a waxy cookie. Giving it would melt. Do you think it would milk. Is that our definition of waxy. You if you put up in mid in your mouth doesn't taste like anything for a couple minutes right. I mean there is yeah. There is a kind of coating on it on identifiable substance. But i wouldn't. I wouldn't call it. Waxy thought tough. It's just kind of media. I guess yeah well done well done cookie. Okay have my birth certificate. I cannot wait to find out your. Let's see how much i weighed. Does this information. Even exist on your. I don't know if it does well. What is it ham on. What our choices to find out information about you. Okay at has my birthday time of birth. My name my blood type. Where i was born where was signed. Wow this is disappointing. It does not have my weight or length. i guess. birth certificates. Don't have the information curious. There's no way of knowing. Now that was you know it's kind of an interesting thing because a lot of people would say. I'm really wet down by that but also it's kind of a to be continued. I mean now now. I'm on sort of a hunt for that information. I mean you turn this podcast in the riverdale. that's true. Yeah figure glasses as a baby. This is the first accessory they put on me even before i got swaddled in a blanket. They put on a pair of war. Be parkers imagine i mean. Can you imagine. just. I'm just thinking of long baby Glasses what a horrifying i. I don't really know where to go from there. Or if we or even should we waxy cookies long babies with classes. I feel like on that. No you know what where can where can people find you and your work. Well yeah. I don't know exactly at this point. That's a good question are you doing shows. Are you starting to do shows or is that still. It's up in the air. I don't really update my website. Who does it's hard to say who does but Yeah i mean. I'm gonna yemen pan trying to spend a lot of time at panera. There's a couple of them. Yeah there's only one i know of..
"firestone" Discussed on Unhappy Hour with Matt Bellassai
"The has the taste like soup and has a bunch of free little snacks but is true. I will say the more. I think about it the more. I'm like if you're going to get any drink as virgin. Drink a bloody mary. Like honestly the vodka's the weirdest part of a bloody mary i saw you also had an item on your list abou- Not being sure if your clothes are shrinking. Okay talk me through that struggle on closer kinder ah-ha rhonda closer tighter right over the last year. No just yet the last couple months. Yeah really tight. The calm logical solution is that they all must be shrinking. Yeah ah over gathered. nobody's right right. There are two options here. Yeah you're either getting bigger the closer getting smaller. Yeah it's kinda hard to know. Is there an experiment probably. Yeah yeah maybe you just have to measure your clothes you know. Get out the tape. Measure measure the short. Yeah i can tape. Measure my shorts. Yeah freeway right. it's lhasa. It's less invasive than measuring yourself. If you mentioned your shorts you can see whether the short size changes at all you know in a lot of people say weigh yourself the scale no matter where you put it is eighty pounds different. If you lean too far to the left or right you're going to get a vastly different number than the day before. I mean truly unlike going on this thing i'm saying oh out cole makes me sick. Oh my parents don't fit someone's going to be like you are pregnant and what that would be scary Yeah i've never found out. A guest is pregnant on your show. No this could be a i. I did have someone. I was doing a standup show in detroit. And someone asked me to tell their mother after the show they were pregnant and that was too much responsibility. I don't know if you've ever been asked to do some type of announcement like that but it was. I absolutely ruined it in a way that i was like now i feel bad that you put that pressure on me and i league botched your moment i just like i just blurted it out. There was no fanfare to at there is no build up and i and then i had to stand there while they like had. A moment was very uncomfortable does it does seem like a lot of responsibility but you know that it came from web for sure joe. Well it came from love. I don't know if it ended with love is possibly didn't end with loaf. I you know when. I was doing these for a while doing kind of any job that came to me and i did take job where it was a fake audition okay. Did you know it was a fake audition. Yeah i was a fake casting director. Okay for these. Two one actor was proposing to the other actor. Okay okay so. I was like a was next. Did this one actor comes in. And then we're supposed to be like. Oh would you mind reading with this other actor in there a couple and they do the same. We'll say okay. Start the scene and then they start the scene and then the one actor propose to the other actor okay and you just kind of had to sit there and continue pretending to be a casting director but then after he he was an will you marry me. And she was like i. Don is this part of the scene. it did. She was like isn't real and then they. They started a home kissing. Did we get we get concept. I don't. I don't wanna be parv anybody's intimate moment ever it moment because you can't believe we haven't been paid yet you understand about stir. Yeah yeah you have to wait at least until you get the check. Yeah but it is an intimate moment. It's you know it's kind of like you. It makes you realize why they do those disney weddings at six in the morning your three. Am that kind of thing arm familiar. With that time you're gonna get married at disney by duet three. Am six am dragging other park over into your moment. They don't want anybody else have to witness but make sense to get married to cinderella's castle you get enough you get up at three to get you know face on never have to worry about that you don't want get married at disney You know what what little girl has not dreamed of that. Dr pictures of myself under you know drawing i did when i was four or five in the castle shirt but the older. I get the more realistic you know. My dreams have become. Oh dear yeah you know it's good. It's good to revise the dreams for sure but yeah ok. Different topic okay. I was listening to you on a mike. Douglas podcast Where you mentioned that you believe people should be eating pizza crust. I which does seem like a hot take for all pizza or do you stand by this opinion. Where do you hold the pizza from okay. That people at all oh is so may seek to hold sure nicer to hold this bread. I would say that's pretty accurate. Yeah i i would agree with that sentiment season. Beat you hold it like this right. You're kind of gripping the what would be the bread back of it with the what would be the point towards her mouth like an arrow. Yeah but usually people are holding one on the side one on back. I've never gone fingers into the cheesy oily. Top of a piece of pizza. Not once using. You're using a napkin no matter what you use a napkin no matter what you think. You're holding the bread and you're not going. I'm.
"firestone" Discussed on Unhappy Hour with Matt Bellassai
"Because literally blue jeans and cowboy boots and mike not at all in on like this is camp. It's like it was like camping right. I find it very hard to believe that anna winter would have said yes to that. He had gone rogue next also. What time are you supposed to show up at these things. Do you arrive on time or do arrive fashionably. That is the question always never early. Don't show up earlier unless unless you're working this event do now show up early. I would say commonly. Everybody believes that it is better to arrive. Fashionably late because then you can make an entrance. Okay then the party has gotten going. You know you kind of santorin you can make. You can make your impressions. Then i would say it's better to get there on the earlier side because then you can set up camp. You can hit the bar you know. Take advantage of that open bar sooner start. Start that relationship with the bartender so that they get to you faster than other people because you guys are in the know right i do. Yeah but the the tipping situation is always difficult up things. Because i'm like. Is it insulting ever really insulting to somewhere. Money's always good. But i always feel a little bit like a declaration of power. I just need someone to tell me. I understand if you don't have the tip jar out but like you can have like a little sign. That's like appreciate it and it's like great now. I know. I don't wanna look like a dick. And finally i just really don't miss in general waiting for drinks at a bar Which is now a feeling that. I have been re accustomed to multiple nights and i hate it. I don't like waiting for anything. How long are we at at bar over the last year not long i went from zero to blackout and less time than it takes me to order one water of this point. Yeah the fun thing about re re going out again is remembering that so many bars like they never want you to ask them for water. They'll just put out like a trough with a ladle in it and you're just was to scoop your own water. I hate that he when you're out of place and i'm a away and they'll ask for a water and they're like oh. There's a gatorade jug in the corner and you'd like you have to go to the end and fill up like a little cone.
"firestone" Discussed on Unhappy Hour with Matt Bellassai
"Deep. Tiny tiny tiny tiny tiny. Oh all right well. Society is opening back up. And you know what that means these leg. Am i right ladies summer but also events are happening. You know events. They're like a step up from gatherings but not quite like the level of a party usually during the week day. It's less than like a full-blown night ow. But it's more than just a happy hour events premieres book releases gallery openings adult circumcision. Ooh love those ones. Yeah the events there. There's things that you don't necessarily want to go to but you get invited to any way. And now you're here in a room full of strangers guzzling down as much of an open bars. You can get your mouth on but right apart from free booze and finger foods neither of which are even guaranteed yeah events. They do have their drawbacks. You really never truly know what you're stepping into until you get their case in point this week i was invited to an event. Let me just read the invite okay. It says the invites you and a guest are invited to join director and actor at a special screening of the man's wife's body guard cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at six thirty pm screening begins at seven thirty pm. That was but said the location. That was a whole whole email. And i guess i should. We should clarify sometime in new york. It's like you get invited to like a screening or something. It's like a press screening. Exactly like yes. I am in that weird kind of middle ground where i do like i'll attend something as like a comedian and an influence but then also as the host of a podcast and someone who has worked at media like you get invited just like a quote unquote journalists until like then maybe right about the movie or something we can. He were very wrong Now one i was famously we both agreed beforehand that we were dressed casually nothing about this invite made it sound like it would be a formal event it was the screening not a premier. I actually was wearing something even less casual and i was like. Is this okay. And you're like like something a little nicer. And i was like okay so i switched from a t shirt to a button-down yeah i i was wearing a pair of dark jeans and a sharp t shirt i would say. I haven't washed my hair in approximately five days. I think Put on this headband. It'll be totally fine because it's a screening room. It'll be dark and this is not an event. I was wearing a baseball cap. Which is probably i think. If i hadn't been wearing the hat it would have been fine. But also i was wearing the hat for a specific reason which was that i got a very weird sunburn on the thinning hairline in my front. It's like you know when a little kid goes as dracula for halloween. And they like a little black like v on their forehead. That was what my airline looked like except it was just tomato red. The rest of my face was pale. So i had to cover that up with a hat and then we get there. We arrived outside of this hotel where it was happening which was a very nice hotel which probably should have tipped us off. Maybe immediately see this woman in a stunning dress. A woman who i looked up later turns out. She's miss universe twenty twenty. We were fully a address fully under under prepared for this was again. No indication that this was going to be some type of formal event. No anyway we get inside. I will admit the outfit choices all over the place. Some other people were in casual jeans and t that kind of situation. One person wasn't a floor-length down prom and she definitely i think went in the far other direction probably fell just as ridiculous. I don't think so. I think that she felt fantastic. I do forget. I guess like this is new york. Every time you go to buy like toilet paper right you have to dress in assume that like people are going to see you but yeah. I really spanned the whole spectrum of fashion options. Also one guy was clearly a male model and he was in black jeans and a tank. Top ended worked because he was hot enough. It's so rude how that happens. I mean it just goes to show. It doesn't truly matter what you're wearing as long as you're hot enough to pull it off. Which was our first mistake. Not being hot enough but the point is this night was was full. Opa multiple faux pas. Besides all of this. I wanted to go through some of the ways. That events in general are just terrible. You know invite meteor shit. The movie was a lotta fun. You know i. I wouldn't do anything differently. I honestly same but like i've loved to attend events. Okay that being said there are a lot of things that are going to take a little bit longer to get used to again. So let's get into at fast. The or d'oeuvres situation can really be hitter mass. The amount of cachet better. The order situation holds in terms of my opinion of the night is like ninety percent. I was gonna say ninety five but it's like yeah. Do i eat beforehand to take the risk in show up hungry and then be disappointed by a trayful of tuna tar tar which i would i would rank down at all the way at the bottom. Yeah that's not a good finger. Food unequivocally the worst. Roy d'oeuvres tuna tartar. What's the best everybody knows. Mac and cheese balls or supreme. I also think that like when you're serving something on a little tray and you're expected to just plop it in your mouth. It needs to be very clearly a one byte situation. You can't be second guessing. Is this going to take two bites or not. And then if you put the whole thing in your mouth and then suddenly like can't like speak or like do anything and you have to put your hand in front of your mouth because you're embarrassed you can't be embarrassed eating food at an event because everyone should be eating these little hors d'oeuvre i will also say that the people very clearly new to come up to us because we kept taking the food. Where's everyone else's like. no thank. You absolutely come this way. We'll take seconds. Don't even worry about it. we got you next. We kind of covered this but it is very frustrating. Whenever there is not an agreed upon dress code events should specify what the dress code is. Just tell me what to wear. And i will deliver. Tell me what the theme is and our show up ready to go okay. Everyone should take a lesson from miss. Santa winter okay. The mac gala. It's got a theme every year. Very specific instructions. Yes and she has to approve it. All exact grad. I think like had you been able to email back and be like cool. I was planning on wearing this. They would have been like. Oh no honey like address out more. And then we've been like great fantastic would have loved to know that ahead of time. Yeah this way. I'm only embarrassing myself. In front of one person on the computer and not a room full of people that includes nieve from catfish. Yeah i forgot that noaa turn approves everyone which really makes me question some the outfits i've seen i mean i think some of it is her being like i wanna see you or that. The mind honestly davos as like the biggest fail. Is that when the theme was camp. And arnold schwarzenegger son was there who's like an actor shared his name. Patrick maybe it. He was dressed as like a cowboy. As if you were taking the word camp literally camping because literally blue jeans and cowboy boots and mike not at all in on like this is camp..
The Most Common CRO Blind Spots
"Someone approaches conversion rate optimization their first instinct is to do what the first instinct to syrup off everyone else. Okay see things that they think work. They think everyone else's smarter than them and so they take these ideas. No doubt looks interesting. They hear about a blogger. Doing something like oh. That's interesting and then or this this worked for this other store our competitor and they they take that and they run with it and it doesn't work for them and they're like line and this work well. There are a lot of reasons why it might not have worked. Main thing is that you didn't think about what really worked for you right. You didn't go back to first principles and think about the customers. That are coming into your store. I think it's a huge problem. So you it's it's shiny toy syndrome. It's the grass is always greener. So i go outside. And i see. Oh well this across the street. This other store has this way cooler side than me. And i perceive them as being more successful reality i have no idea what their businesses like it all but i just perceive them as being more successful for whatever reason and i say all right well then i just attribute that to whatever thing i notice unlike yeah and thus we have some shiny toy syndrome action happening and i think that is where people get in trouble yeah. I think that's right like what ends up happening. I had this conversation with a client a few months ago where they were like our biggest competitor is doing this. We should do this. I'm like well. How do you know that they're doing it right. And they were just like just like shocked. And what do you think they're conversations were internally that led them to this decision and then the response to that was they. Didn't yeah exactly right. What you don't realize is that everyone is a group of smart people on a zoom call trying to figure it out in the dark like everyone else. Yes we're all in a cave with a candle and maybe there's eight people with candles. They might do slightly better but we still. It's such a young industry and it evolves so quickly that i literally. I don't think anybody knows what they're doing. No one knows what they're doing right. What i'm doing to go back to as we're firestone at a series. I think he's still has a series. This is called now right. And that's wildly popular because it gives you clarity and safety and a sense of strategy for cheap right like you can. Just go and look at this without works okay. Great and a lot of it actually does work because the problem with conversion rate optimization is that in many ways it's like getting to just basic first principles getting some best practices in place getting something that's familiar for customers and that makes sense to people right but then when it comes to doing something that's more like custom tailored to the specific needs of your customers. Everybody just like. I do what they don't know what to do with it. And that's where i come in So what should people be doing instead. So we've established that like the shiny toy syndrome. The grass is always greener. that is problematic. And you're just kind of when you're doing that you are. You're blindly throwing stuff against the wall which there could be. You're gonna get success some of the time but we need a. We need a framework. We need a better approach here. So how should i be approaching it and then we'll get into the most common pitfalls or missed opportunities. Yeah i'll tell of an anecdote that i like to tell my clients especially when they first come in the door if you ran a physical store right assuming those still exist. I don't even know but if you ran a physical store people come in right and there's some about a foot traffic and you. The owner of that store are behind the counter. And you can observe right or you can talk to them. And so the problem is twofold number one. You can't. you aren't observing them and the second is that you can't talk to them necessarily can be like hey. Do you have any questions. And what happens in that. Process of observation conversation in a physical store is that you understand the customer's needs a little bit. Better you may not close the first few sales but eventually understand. Oh people are coming in for this. I should be making a couple changes to the store. Changing the way that i'm marketing myself or putting the this stuff over here or whatever it is right and so there's something that's observable that you can see right now. How do you take that process and apply to e commerce. Well i think that you can actually look at what customers are doing and ask them. What motivates them. I don't think that's difficult the problem that when you're stuck behind a computer all day and your as nerdy as i am you. It's not your default to go out and talk to customers. It's not your default to go out and observe what customers are doing. And when you try to do that you're stuck in an application like google analytics which is bad so the process of understanding what customers say and what customers do is a little bit more slippery and difficult but no less essential right. So how do you go about doing that. Well a lot of the tech industry has figured this out and it's using a lot of unsexy terms like research analytics and data right. I like these things. I'm getting excited. I like these things. Because that's why i get up in the morning i get up to research customers right and you may not. You may be if you're listening to this in your store owner. You're probably waking up to ship product to customers grow. The store grow the business. You might be thinking about stuff. If if i'm lucky and you're my client and i think that for me like the fundamental answer is that you need to go out and understand what your customers are doing. And you need to be a little bit more proactive about it. And it doesn't come naturally in retail as an industry right because normally the people come to you and you can just look at them and that's the research. The research already just happened because people were shopping with you and you understood what made them really light up and buy your stuff and you got that feedback on a daily basis but really all you're getting feedback as people complaining about that where their order is and occasionally anecdotes from your friends about the products. That's like your research process. And maybe if you're lucky you go in and look at g. nathan. Conversion rate is bad today. That's it but nick. I'm my best customer. I know what they want. I don't don don don right. I know what i want in my world view has quickly been wildly warped by being so close to everything. Yes the business owner. Yeah exactly like you are. Actually it gives me no pleasure to report that you are maybe the worst example of a customer. The storm okay. You're yeah and once we accept when you're starting out and you have no customers like you don't have a choice but like at some point you have to move beyond that and then that's where you start you need to start figuring out your customer and you're right online. It is so impersonal divorce that it gets strange. And so you need to go through and do the customer research talked to your customers on the phone. Oh my gosh. Pick up the phone call and try and uncover okay. How do they see themselves. Why do they buy and then also do it at a larger scale through customer surveys and what they have heard you say that i love and because i have found exactly the same thing to be true. Is you do a customer survey and often you could find that like that one magic phrase that suddenly becomes the headline on the website. And that's the thing that really increases conversion rate
Betty Ford's Healing Legacy: A Conversation with Susan Ford Bales
"Today, we're joined by Susan Ford Welcome. Susan. You are aid author, photo journalist. The youngest of four children to President and Mrs Ford. We are appropriately here at the Betty Ford Center, where you're also on the board of trustees of the Hazel Betty. Ford Foundation. Your mother's legacy. was as a breast cancer survivor and advocate, and as a woman in recovery, and as an advocate for being a woman in recovery. How has the legacy of your mother? Affected your role here at the Betty, Ford? Center. Wow Her shoes were really big to fill your So when she stepped down from the board and I became chairman. I. Think it was harder than living in the White House actually because. We mother and I come from two different parts of recovery. She is a patient and the family member. So we have very different opinions of things than and what's important to us One of the things that she made me do, which was extremely painful with sit on every city every single committee. And participate on my witness finance. Finance. But I learned it. Sure. And so I feel like she did a great job of preparing me to be chairman. So it's it's just we come at it from a different angle in a different perspective family and children's services is extremely important to me because that's how I was affected by this disease. Did you come to the the role of being the chair here at Betty? Ford, did you come to that reluctantly? No because I had been on the board for cheese, probably fifteen years I'm it had just been a long process Mother was gracious and allowed me to raise my children before I came on the board because I was pregnant when the. Betty. Ford. Center open. So. I don't think I came on the board until my youngest was first grade or second grade, and so she gave me some time to get my children raised in at least in school because it required several days travel and all of that in childcare and all the complications that we go through to participate in something like that. Let's go back a little bit and talk about the history of the Betty, Ford Center there's a lot of people who think that when your mother found her own recovery in the late seventy s, she went to the Betty Ford Center. It wasn't even here now was, how did the Betty Ford Center come to be. Johnson from Eisenhower Medical Center decided that. They wanted to have a treatment and it had been in the plan at Eisenhower for some time, they wanted to have an alcoholic treatment center on the campus. and. So Leonard firestone mother's dear, friend was also on the board of Eisenhower. And so Johnson Leonard. Kinda. Tag. Team. Durham. and. She was really in a recovery about four years. But she agreed and I and I thought that was a very courageous step to be so early recovery. So she came to all of us children and she said. When I'm long gone. You're the ones that are going to have to live with the fact that your mother had A. Drug and alcohol treatment. Centre, named after you. How do you feel about that? Wow, and we also we don't care. I mean. It's what a great Lexi you know. She was one of the first to step out and and share her story So once we got past that it was just a matter of mother and Leonard Raising the money. To get this place started and of course. Way? Back, then in the early nineteen, Eighty S. The Hazel and foundation played a role also in the birthplace. Can you share just a little bit about that? Well, mother spent quite a bit a time when to Hazelton, because Hazelton had done it. So well, they were probably the leaders in the in the sense that they had been around the longest And it was successful There's lots of treatment centers that haven't been successful. Some other went back and spent probably close to a week there visiting with counselors visiting with a staff talking, how do you do this? What did you do? Right? What did you do on? Why? What makes Hazelton successful because we basically wanted to copy what they had done, but in a different location sure who would have ever imagined decades later. The two organizations would come together and I WANNA to come back to that in just a minute. But First Susan I want to address an issue that. Always bothers me and then set the the Betty Ford. Center is seen as a place for. The rich and famous for the exclusive for those who can pay out of pocket. But that's not at all what's happening here is no and less than one percent of the patients here are what we would think of as celebrities. Yes. We've had some celebrities, but so was Hazelton I mean. So as other places everybody needs treatment, it doesn't matter what you do that determines you need treatment. So, and they don't get treated any different than. My Mother didn't get treated any different Long Beach. The women, she shared a room with. So it's the same.
Military Role Widens in Pandemic Response
"Do you see the military on a path to contain the outbreak in its ranks well sort of two parts of this one is what are they doing to protect their own personnel and they're I think they're they're they're doing it immediately good job I mean they have the enormous advantage that they have a younger healthier population as we know the Firestone you know tends to target less healthy older people it gives them an advantage shows the outbreak of the Roosevelt that got out of control but again you know we got one one sailor die and I think at this point so twenty percent that is the main factor biting if there was a huge challenge here for everybody I think they are they're doing okay on that and learning as they go the big challenge for me is using the defense production act and DOT's unique talent when it comes to production distribution and logistics the bill but we need to build in there I don't think our federal government has done what he could do it nationally on P. P. and now on the critical shortages existing supplies we get to that testing regime just about everybody says we need without build more stuff than we not responded I think that the federal government was fast enough to meet that responsibility let's talk about what that stuff is personal protective equipment you alluded to there and of course there's test kits there are ventilators which have been in short supply in some places but it's interesting when we asked the secretary asked for a few weeks ago about that about you know mobilizing defense industries in particular he said that's not really that's not really our job it's not really that kind of industry this is a presidential authority that he would use on other kinds of industries but not necessarily something that defense department would concern itself with yeah mark and I've had that conversation a number of times and and I well I I disagree with him the following sentences initial matter yes this is supposed to be FEMA and HHS that are taking the lead but just like with the field hospital the gun bill which would done largely by the army corps of engineers DHS and FEMA made the request into your T. took the lead because they have the capability and that is my strong belief is that the defense department of the department of like three hundred million dollars and procurement a year nobody in the federal government comes close they are the ones with the skill set to tell manufacturers we need ten million swaps we're gonna we're gonna figure out a way to make you build them we need a million caskets same thing so I think the DOD both in terms of logistics and production should be much better used by the federal government we get a dusting capacity we let's talk about testing capacity for the military before I let you go because we just heard that they are about a quarter of the level that they want to be by the end of may they want sixty thousand tests per day just for the military what's holding that up well the same thing and that was a big part of the argument I had with the secretary was okay yeah forget about the country for the moment DOT said two million employees helpless contractors that they depend on still protesting capacity for them and I think the fact that they're not there even in that critical he shows you the lack of a capacity that
Joan Rivers: Can We Talk?
"Joan rivers career spanned nearly six decades she started with cabaret and off Broadway shows in the late fifties and then became a star of late night television hosting the tonight show and the late show with Joan rivers and eventually the daytime Joan rivers show in the nineties. She was best known for her comedic and sometimes mean-spirited interviews with celebrities on the Red Carpet John. Style was self deprecating abrasive. Everyone was fair game including herself. She charted new territory and comedy by telling stories from her own life combined with her willingness to talk about taboo subjects like hot flashes sagging bodies bad sex and marriage problems. You may have noticed that we borrowed our podcast. Name can talk from this hilarious. Talented and complex Jewish woman. Can we talk? Was Jones signature. Tagline sometime. She's it as a punchline. Sometimes it was a setup. It was an invitation to her audience. A signal that she was about to confide in them. Here's Joan on the show in the early. Nineteen Eighty S. I would not cheat. I would not cheek Maine because nobody asked me but I not because I think why we talk. I think my husband's spooner man okay. Which is very hard to save. I feel very close to you. I especially if you can. We talk was also Jones way of calling attention to her flaws and other people's her way of saying let's stop pretending and tell the truth here. Can we talk? Let me tell you something. The reason I have nothing happy the way I'm blessed is because I'm getting older at least seven very drop because Oh oh you don't know what it's like to get older too. You know what it's like to go in the morning to take facial mask and realize you're not wearing what so. Why did we borrow her? Tigon FOR OUR PODCAST. When we started the show Joan had recently died and we were all steeped in the debate about her role and her complicated legacy as brilliant and hilarious. But also crass and sometimes cruel. We love that. She had so many dimensions and that she believed in telling the truth about women's lives and expanding the range of models. We see all things we knew we wanted to do to. We also liked that. Can we talk was an invitation to our audience to join us in this project of storytelling and with that. Here's a wonderful interview from J W as archive recorded in two thousand six for our documentary. Jewish women in comedy making trouble. Joan talks about her early days at the Chicago. Comedy Clubs Second City being a woman on Johnny Carson's tonight show and playing midwestern clubs as New York Jewish comic later in the interview. She talks about going back to work after her husband's suicide in nineteen eighty seven. She starts by telling Interviewer Rachel. Talbot about a fight. She had with her parents over her decision to go into comedy. I left my house in pedal pushes enter old car that I used to drive and went to New York in speaking of the year and it was just awful and my dad wrote me a letter say that we are going to You'd better come home or we're going to have you committed. I was living in the bars on hotel for women and my dad wanted says and pulled me out. It was a scene. I think they ever forgot dragged me out. It was just horrible scene Harles. They just thought I was really life as though question about it. They just couldn't accept that. This is where I was going to end. This is all I could do so the I went back home and then I went away. Yeah it was just awful and then Pity yes that was great. Second City was very competitive. It was six of US thrown on stage. And it was make up your own lines and get your own scenes going and everybody wanted to be the star second city and everybody wants to get their stuff and so it wasn't like being gracious. It was like I got a better idea I wanted. It was very competitive and that was great too. I learnt in second city. You have to talk up and I learnt the freedom of you. Think it's funny try it. Don't wait don't think about it. I still do that if freed me. It taught me to be tough. It taught me to fight. If you thought you're Si was good you went into four four and a taught me co with your instinct. Only do what you truly think is going to be funny. It changed my life and then you you came back to New York Nissan. You learn so much from second cities are how had your comic persona change came. When I came back with second city I was myself onstage. Good bed or different. I was what I was and I was a divorced when no Jewish smart college graduate not particularly attractive girl on stage and I was telling you about my life. It wasn't about my mother-in-law was about what I'm going through my mother's hysterical because I'm single and I'm having an affair with a married man and my gay friends. What happen to my gay friends and it was all about truth. The first routine that really worked. I had a WIG hairpieces. I was driving into New York to perform at this club. And the WIG flew out of the window and a car drove over it and I said there I was walking on the west side highway. With a dead Wigan my arms had says firestone on and no one stops and all the truth and taking the truth and exaggerated and it just opened me up. I never went back. I never went back to. He's so fat that unless I really believe when did you find out Johnny Carson? Nothing in my career. I think that's why I was that you log come easily ever. I've never been the first on anything all my friends. And that time I was working the village with my George Carlin and Richard. Pryor all these wonderful men everybody got through everybody was on Carson and on Griffin and I was brought up seven different times to the Carson show. I was finally rejected by Secretary. Who is eating lunch while I was performing? I mean beyond humiliating. I got on because the night before some comic bom so they called me up and they said you can come on but not as a comedian. They had no faith in me. They brought me on as a girl writer and at the end of the show at the end of that night on air. Johnny Carson said to me you're going to be a star it was maisy and I look behind me. I couldn't believe and the next day. My life change changed overnight. They were getting all these calls and stuff. Was there ever a feeling of like? Oh you're to New York reports. I was doing costume regularly. I don't think it was hosting really I was you know the Golden Girl Carson and the ages come back and say you to New York to Jewish you to New York and my husband was married by that point. Ed You said this is ridiculous. He said picked the worst city in the country. And they said Milwaukee they still have been meetings. This is nine hundred seventy. There's still enclaves. They dress up Nazi uniforms and saw Adolf stand. He said center Milwaukee. And let's see and they sent me to Milwaukee and I was. They had to change the size of the room and put in the ballroom. Our I put originally in a little hotel the pfister in their little comedy room and they had to over the ball and put me in so that changed everything they said. Okay America will get her. I mean people begin to put little pockets and it's so stupid because funny is funny. You're minutes was using back on state. What was that decision? The decision was very simple. One I know money I had to go back to work. I didn't have the luxury of being the widow in the house on the hill so I had to go back to and nobody wanted me and Vegas gave me back my contracts. 'cause isn't nobody wants to see anybody that has that kind of you would just fired. would terrible glistening one out that. I was very hard to work with It was just all wrong all wrong. I was banned from late night. I've never been brought back ever not one late night show So I was really struggling my career and I had all these bills. Listen was in. It was just a bad time so I went back to little nightclubs. I said well I'll start again. I went back and started doing little like us and out of that came the red carpet
Hot Seat Szn: The NFL Coaching Carousel
"Dan You talked about. How if it's only been a year? Sometimes a team will say. Let's give this guy a chance to turn things around. But it's been a couple of years in in Detroit with Matt Patricia. Why do you think that team came out before black Monday? And said we're going to hang onto him despite the fact that he's one In two seasons as many games as Jim Caldwell one in a single season before he was fired in Detroit I think the key is bob coined the GM right he comes from New England. He gets rid of Caldwell he goes and six out Patricia who knows from New England and he has sold ownership on. We can build this thing. Long-term here's what Martha firestone foreign said about her decision to bring back both former patriots quote. We expect to be a playoff contender. We expect to play meaningful games in December as she's referring bring to next season when she brings him back whatever he's told them about here are signs that it can work. They've bought whether they're correct or not. I think you know the former New England crew. That's running the Detroit. Lions has convinced Detroit Lions Ownership. Here's why this can work here. We're sorry it hasn't worked right away but two years isn't long enough. Give us another chance. And we'll see how much does the GM matter when we're looking at these teams in trying to evaluate whether or not they're going to move on from their head coach well matters a lot. It commensurate a couple of different ways one. How tied together are they did the GM hire the coach? And right now when when Quinn goes Detroit cold wells already there. You figure we'll cold well. It's not going to last because Quinn's GonNa WanNa bring in his own Guy Lo and behold that happen happen so if you are the guy that the GM hired that might help you if you are the guy that GM hired but it's going poorly and you're the the first guy the GM hired then. Recent history has shown us that you are the one in trouble and the GM is not there are coaches out. There that will tell you that. GM sits in the owner's box. He talks to the owner all game. He's the voice he hears while the coaches are down there on the field losing and it's pretty easy for the GM that kind of position himself. Like hey this isn't my fault. Let's make a change and try it another either way. I do think there are situations where you see more and more around the league where it goes in the other direction where. The coach kind of picks up in San Francisco. John Lynch came because Kyle Shanahan wanted wanted him in Buffalo Brandon. Beane came because Sean McDermott wanted him so I like that. Formula Teens are using now or they get the coach. I coach brings in mm somebody. He knows he can believe in. They understand the salary cap in the same way and can do all that administrative stuff together. I think that's that's a formula that looks like it's working in a few spots.
Henry Ford's Rubber Utopia
"It all started in in nineteen twenty five. Henry Ford was having lunch and his Dearborn Michigan Mansion with his good friend business partner entire magnate Harvey firestone Harvey. RV and Ford had been friends and partners since Ford started building cars decades earlier. So yeah just remember like he invented the model t which I like cheap car and basically he brought the car to the mass. Exactly Mr Firestone had begun ranting this time primarily focused on the impending rubber cartel that had been proposing England by one Winston Churchill. I am not a crooked. You know that payments de Yeah with a cigar and he's like on this day I I am not a crook and it will live in infamy. Yep that's him. The purpose of also the was Churchill. The king no the purpose of the rubber cartel was to limit the export of rubber in order to not overextend national resources. In case there was another World World War One thousand nine hundred eighty five probably a good idea but harvey firestone didn't like that idea. He believed that rubber prices were going to spike in the US as a result and therefore negatively affect firestone tires. Not some things never change Harvey firestone was not alone in this fear even even presidential candidate. FDR feared the effects of a rubber tariff. Remember was viewed. As the automotive industry's chokepoint seen as even more crucial than oil it's crazy. The the automotive industry relied on vulcanized rubber for literally everything from tires to hoses gaskets. A price increase of any kind could sink the young business so there there was a legitimate fear of turtles. Pain passing seems somewhat reasonable. Also it's it's it's kind of like okay here newsflash guys. If you're listening to this this might lose some you know in. I believe in climate change. And it's SORTA like yeah making some changes like you know not dumping tons of poisons into rivers and stuff might be more expensive for some people but in the at the end of the day. It's good not to have poisoned rivers and it's also probably good to have like rubber to defeat the Nazis. Yeah Germany was totally destroyed and they were afraid of something all of Europe. Yeah they're afraid of something like that happening again because those wounds had not been healed all and Churchill was just saying like hey fellers hello. Hello how does he talk. Talk like this is how are we talk again elegant. Listen listen fellows. That women's of all are still fresh insulting. I say that maybe we just save some of US supplies in case of fruit bikes out to again rubber. Blow Hurrah. Yes that's always saying always saying. Hey guys the whole world was just at war four. I think it might happen again. Maybe we should just like chill and be ready and these guys are like a money so harvey firestone was fed up with living in constant fear of their so he decided the best course of action would be to grow his own rubber smart. This wasn't the first time he had some some crazy idea. In fact Harvey tried to declare economic independence from the UK and fly rubber under the American flag. A few years earlier but that was truly the ramblings of a madman who doesn't seem to understand that you can't just not claim another country's resources by saying this cheaper so I'm just going to say it's it's American now although now that I think back on it that's kind of how we did a lot of stuff so yeah but harvey actually had a plan. He decided that he was going to start his own plantation in Liberia where the conditions were almost perfect for growing rubber trees by keeping the production in house he could avoid all the access fees associated with importation from other countries. Henry Ford had also tried growing his own rubber a year earlier. In one thousand nine hundred eighty four he had purchased this large quantities of land in the Florida everglades only to eventually do nothing with them. It was cheaper for four to import. The rubber. The idea of dramatic price is increase was still only speculation. But Still Harvey's plans had peaked and reports interests and after the lunch meeting was over. He requested that it's personal aide aide Leopold would find out where the best place to grow rubber Leopold come over here boy. Where's the best place to go? Rob A AH go find out how Liberia was the obvious choice. Harvey firestone discovered. It had the perfect climate when he put his plantation there but unfortunately Henry Ford word was very very very racist and he would not dare step foot in such an uncivilised and African society so they came to the conclusion. I mean that the rubber should be grown where it originated in the Amazon. So rubber comes from both vines and trees and you let it grow and then when you chop it you squeeze the vines and Latex Literal Latex comes out trees yeah so it's a liquid and then they they put out onto like big flat drying areas than when it dries. You can pull it up like a sheet of Latex and then you take a bunch of latex yeah stack stack into bales. And then that's what gets shipped out to like Volkan Ization plants and stuff like that. So these plantations are really only concerned with drawing the vines and extracting latex from okay okay and Liberia had the per client. But what about the Amazon Amazon also. Very clearly great. Climate only problem. It's a lot harder harder to get into the rainforest than it is in Africa. Got You throughout the nineteenth century. The Amazon River Basin supplied all of the world's rubber and made up forty percent of Brazil's exports sports at the height of the rubber boom in the second half of the nineteenth century but the Amazon's rubber room quickly turned to bus as plantations in Asia and England. Were able to go. Rubber and much denser populations and much more efficiently in Amazon many natural species that are not present in other countries limit the growth of trees so but organizing united plantations and other countries the efficiency was greatly increased. Henry had another incentive to go to South America besides his racism in End Theodore Roosevelt's book through the Brazilian wilderness. He accounts his experiences traveling through the Amazonian rainforests. One of his most significant observations is that many fast-flowing rivers could provide an almost perfect power source for any industry bold enough to be born there. He claimed that the right kind of senators such his enterprising businessmen of foresight coolness and suggest city who would be willing to put migrants to work for an advantage that would be mutually beneficial will give rise to a a great industrial civilization money. If anyone thought they could fill that description it was Henry Ford art now. Henry Ford did not really make cars. Henry Ford thought that he made men the maker. Men's like me. This builder of meant the cars they produced produced were simply a byproduct of his training. He was praised as a sociologist manufacturer. If anyone could reshape the native Brazilians into prosperous factory workers it was Henry Ford. They don't want to be or so he thought they don't want that.
And then you shake the can
"We'll get oh boy dave. How many beers have you tried so far just this here well? You know I haven't been any festival so that's really you know dampen now what I've done but I'd say between the daily beer reviews. Just you know my day drinking stealing beers from other people when they're not looking around three hundred. Is that Elvis who ooh. Let's not bad I mean that's the only half how about some some of the rescue. What's what's your number just for the year? Yeah it's probably be about three hundred. I probably do about five hundred a year. But of course I can drink mobile and you come on now. How would say that I drink a couple of two three hundred a year? Maybe this year maybe a little ahead of the curve because of been to a few extra festivals but yeah seems to be average here for me. I'm not so sure what it is this year but I'm looking at archive in terms of beers that that I have and divided it by the years I have been archiving beers and so on average per year three hundred and forty nine as wow calculator for that is like yeah brought in the math. He's he's got the slide one ounce officer true true but a lot aren't confessed to the vast majority of the beers that I have are probably probably less than four ounces on average. I view spews yeah. There's the power of the drain. Spit takes probably on average two to three thousand every year. That's if between industry tastings beers. There's that get sent to us. sometimes you know more than once yeah the Armadillo beer not going to happen not gonNA make the show more years. Here's the great American Beer Festival. I mean you're going to drink a few hundred. Yes definitely when we've been to things like that that have you know probably fifteen hundred beers alone. You know at that that we're probably hammered down but I don't know. Would you say that tasting more beers actually do you like that better or would you rather just have like a hundred really good beers. You know every year I'd like to do both both is that you had to go. We have three hundred good beers through the bad ones to know the good good ones that you'd like to stay exactly right. I mean there's beers you. You know you try when you're going out to place and there's beers like if you go festival and then there's beers at a tasting bottle share air but then there's just like beers when you're sitting around having dinner or you know mowing the yard or whatever you know waking up first thing in the morning you know get ready to go. Oh wait never mind and then there's the beers that are available to you on Friday afternoon after you bought your lottery ticket in the refrigerator there behind the counter no just kidding well. It's football season in my beer actually increases with each week so consumption cause very good. It's it's fabulous drowning of sorrow thinner. Today is the day of hope. It's the first game match well. Let's definitely add to those totals today. Good Will Kendall. I'd like for you to read our son's ratings for our audience today. We'll be discussing in writing these beers with the suds ratings plus plus. Our signature belching sounds here those ratings now one that sucks Gimme anything about too do was that about three or four Abbadi should really not make that sound and five listen to that time Gimme another war well done all right thanks Kendall. I appreciate you reading surgery today. So this is a blind tasting so like I said each host has brought one or in the case of kindle is brought to beers and we're just GONNA GONNA go around and for each host and we're going to talk a little bit about that beer what it tastes like and then we'll rate it and then we'll tell you a little bit about that beer as well so hang tough with us through this I think find it rather informative by the way we do this an awful lot and so we really enjoy a tasting like this to do yeah. It's a lot of fun yeah all right kindle. What's happening in my currently beer number wine? Let's see here number one. My the first impression was it was kind of multi and hoppy that was tastes which makes it's a family only hoppy definitely yeah. I know you're a Sierra Nevada free so it's a good malt cascade came out of California. -FORNIA is yes yeah but it is not Nevada. Okay we as a Sierra Nevada shirt on being in front of me to throw us off. Every spare thing about kindle is a swerve is a firestone Walker. Oh Oh I'm GonNa say this is from the Lago Nita's family wow yes oh I know close log Anina serve drinking beer so is this little something it is not like a description sure hit a slips rated. Did I okay okay. I'm sorry anymore comments. I lots of comments but not about this subject suck. I wasn't ready fallacy. Let's let's figure out a rating severe here. I give it a four so so four it is here for kindles first beer. Somebody shake GRANDPA. He's sleeping again. This is a kind of a classic west coast. Ip and the reason I picked this. It's not a new beer but the format was new to me. The description is this beer was
Inside Donald Sterling's Clippers Era
"Grew up in los angeles in the eighties and i remember watching clipper games on t._v.'s a kid. The games themselves weren't weren't really anything to talk about. I mean the team almost never won and yet the voice of the clippers ralph lawler. Somehow made me care well. That was my job and part of the craft. I just felt that was my job to find a way to keep people interested did in a game. That very often wasn't very interesting because we had a lot of those lottie years. That weren't very interesting but there's always a story to tell if fifteen win season there's some young player or players that you've got a story to tell about them that that humanizes them. That makes people likes them makes people root for them. How rookie was a master at making the clippers likable no matter how much they lost honestly think a lot of fans tuned in for ralph more than the basketball because god knows there was no one at the actual arena except for penny marshall and billy crystal. How did you become a clipper fan because no one was a clipper. They asked me to play. They said listen. We only get four guys tonight. Can you still dribble sports arena. Yeah i had tickets for awhile and we they were great but there was no challenge you know and then a friend of mine calls it's come on. Do you want to go see the clippers play as a all right. There was nobody there. I mean it was a triple double meant. There were three couples. Uh at every level the clippers screamed not showtime but that didn't seem to bother donald sterling or at least it didn't seem to register register. He got a lot of negative press but it was attention. People knew his name and he liked that. That's kind of all. He really wanted to be the center center of attention. That's why he started throwing his party's. They were fabulous donald and shelly sterling's infamous white parties so called because i guess we're expected to come wearing white. Everybody came in white except for donald who got to wear black. L. is just fabulous. It was just a big white party. The biggest white party took place at the end of summer as a way to kick off the basketball season. We'd have the players there. They'd get up on stage and a lot of the fans and a lot of ticket holders. Were there down in the white. Show intel tell don casey attended the party's when he was a coach for the clippers westie cups like this high so you can't drink too much wine little hotdog sticks in a multi-million ekberg. His bailable white party is notorious after uh-huh one time with my wife i i was never allowed to go again. It wasn't quite my style anyway but was so seedy an oily about it is he'd have forgive me but it's true he'd have like grade c actors and actresses. The hangers on the people wanted to get back in show business but he'd also mingle mingle with people who were stars. Billy crystal was one any hired more than just impersonators. There were some lovely ladies walking turnaround. Donald called them hostesses. He had them at every party. He threw he'd actually advertised for them in the paper looking for california model types but they were glorified. Call girls there to look good and entertain. The male guests and shelley had to smile and endure it another public humiliation at the hands for husband too much one. The shelly said maybe not enough. There was always a photographer roadster. He had to have a private photographer for everything everything he did. Give a hand to america where he were walking around him. His voice was talking. He was like yes fabulous. This the mirror quentin richardson was drafted by the clippers in the first round of the two thousand draft he was from chicago played college ball there and then declared for the draft after his sophomore year he was barely twenty years old when he landed in los angeles inexperienced his first donald sterling party. We know we were there whereas the is is his guest athletes but then you had i guess you would say his friends and his normal guest is like you know definitely not the same type hyper looking crowd is we are and so for us. We will kind of standing there and just check everything out and it's like you know. This is for a lot out of us the first time this is the first preseason team type owners meaning or house or any of that. We've ever been to have been involved in so i'm i'm dislike. I'm be respectful say will serve because then i'm over here may want it all and we wanted with player los angeles. This was the best part of the party for donald sterling showing off his players. Don't need have the individual players. Stand up and tell why they love l._a. One of his favorite questions and so you'd have all these guys standing ended up you know danny manning and charles smithson yom mark jackson and stand up and say why they i love l._a. And there's a lot of beautiful girls aren't there and i'm you hong. Come on please. I remember four wilt chamberlain who was getting up there and he was almost at the end of his life and he looked very rail thin to me but he says what what am i doing here. I see you you tell me he goes. I don't even know this guy. It was almost heartbreaking. I was just like okay. I'm ready for somebody to make the first move so soon as somebody else leave. I'm gone like i just don't want to be the first one to leave but from out of here he would hold your hand and just would not let go was it was really really uncomfortable. I mean all my god you. He just wanted to someplace else. The thing is as awkward as these parties were. Donald never seemed happier. He got to be the bell of his own ball and for a few hours a captive audience had to at least pretend to think it was really cool that he owned the worst human basketball because in real life no one was donald sterling so donald found ways to manufacture that for himself to force the conversation to the fact that he he owned the clippers whoever happened to walk up he would ask him advice about the team he would go to the airport after a game and the baggage handlers i would say donald sterling over to me and said. Do you think we should trae. Danny manning you talk to the waiter to restaurant talked to usher at the games is famous. This thing is what i think of my coach just as likely he'd be listening to a cabdriver as he would be to a general manager a scout in bach loud he would call me sometimes was late at night. You know i'm roy firestone. You know everybody. You've watched all these interviews. Tell me about larry brown and why he should be the coach of our team. It's ten hindu eleven at night. It's the owner of the clippers. I'm not a basketball coach analysts. He goes roy. Your opinion matters you know he called billy crystal said. What do you think of larry brown. If you say i should hire him. I'm hiring them. Billy crystal must've told him to hire larry brown because he did and it was a good higher in one thousand nine hundred and again in nineteen ninety-three brown actually led the clippers to the playoffs for the first time since before donald on the team but then
Florence could be costliest storm ever to hit the U.S.
"Path of hurricane Florence to prepare for a massive storm associated administrator. Jeff Baird says Florence is dangerous forces is the strong storm to target the Carolinas in this part of our country. In decades, we will experience power outages, we will have infrastructure damage. There will be homes damaged. They will be debris on the roads, and Bayard says the country will not recover in just a few days. This storm is not a glancing blow. The storm's going to be a direct hit on our coast. And I want to set the expectations. Now, it is going to be a long time and a long term recovery. When we when we talk about the effects of flaws over a million, people are evacuating and rights Ville beach, North Carolina's city manager, Tim O and says they've started preparations last Friday. We knew this is a really bad storm. We are under voluntary evacuation. Al turns mandatory tomorrow at eight AM and after about eight PM nobody's gonna come on. And off the
Elliott, NASCAR and Watkins Glen discussed on Hugh Hewitt
"In NASCAR ninety nine the. Charm chase, Elliott was on cloud nine is he. Swears I where women the NASCAR Cup series by holding off Mark tricks junior for the final twenty two laps at the iconic seven turn. Watkins Glen, international road course Elliott had. Been close to a wet several times with eight runner up finishes in twenty seven top, fives with those, stats he said. He, never doubted that sooner or later he would breakthrough for a win the victory also locked him into the postseason playoffs and guarantees a shot at, the NASCAR championship Astra tricks he said no matter what he did he couldn't force Elliott into a mistake that will, allow him to take over the lead Jerry Jordan Watkins. Glen New York Justin Thomas earned his third PGA title of the year capturing, the Bridgestone invitational by four strokes over Kyle Stanley at the Firestone country club in Akron he captured his first world golf championship now heads into his title. Defence at.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Don't Call Themselves Married
"Is brought to you by firestone heather locklear spacing possible lawsuit from an emt who claims locklear kicked her during a recent incidents what authorities were called to locklear's house that same one where locklear allegedly punched a police officer according to tmz the emt has been assigned to desk duties due to injuries to her neck and her head yeah the emergency worker is hired a personal injury lawyer to handle the potential lawsuit she's working for compensation to pay medical bills she also wants money for pain and suffering as well as emotional abuse get paid celebrities are going to behave badly i want mine duly noted inviting celebrity to come and beat bradley trainer up outside on the corner of university avenue and whatever all right will smith and jada pinkett smith they're making headlines today because they don't call themselves married will smith says the label of husband and wife don't mean much and in a new interview will explains quote we don't even say we're married anymore we refer to ourselves as life partners where you get into that space where you realize you are literally with somebody for the rest of your life will smith continues quote there are no dealbreakers there's nothing she could ever ever nothing that would ever break our relationship she has my support till death and it feels so good to get to that hear about their relationship so much because people keep asking them about it yeah likes to fire those people because they're lazy all right a little notable obituary that happened late tuesday afternoon when i mentioned it today one of the dogs who played duke the talking dog in the bush's baked beans commercials has been put to sleep due to cancer his name was sam he lived in florida and bush's baked beans did release of official response on their facebook page saying we are saddened by the news of his passing and are grateful to have had him to pick they roll that beautiful bean footage one last time for duke i hope so will they said they're going to continue the character duke in their commercials because you so beloved and finally kylie jenner showed off part of her daughter stormies shoe collection on snapchat and word is that it's worth twenty two thousand dollars kylie said quote stormy can finally some of her sneakers so i'm about to see if she likes shoes still cute this is horrible children should not have schuch elections no barbie collections or transformer collection not shoe collections what if they really liked shooting thanks.
LeBron James agrees to 4-year, 154 million dollar deal with the Lakers
"Is the news that is gripped the nba the sports world the brian james is going to los angeles he will join the lakers he's agreed to a four year one hundred fifty four million dollar deal espn stephen a smith reports this is the entire length of the deal there were no optouts very similar to what he did in miami going for a four year deal espn's brian windhorst notes this is also going to be a longer process for lebron in l a that it was in miami's not just about what the lakers have today this is as well as mentioned this is a more of a wide ranging deal that is involved with lifestyle involved with business interests involved with the lakers can be and they have options to address the add star players and they've options to add key role players that lebron will be connected to and it's probably gonna take them a while two years so maybe to build up to what they can be that is bryant away and horst espn nba insider among the flyers who have joined kentavious caldwell paul gets a one year twelve million dollar deal in the breaking news moments ago lance stevenson has decided to join the brian james with the los angeles lakers nba free agency it's what to watch for yes the big domino is falling but what comes next what to watch for is brought to you by firestone complete auto care keeping cars running newer longer whatever you drive driveafirestone we had you back to.
Seattle Mariners just keep winning
"Eleven fringe open championship dominic team in straightsets he's danced morgue record for the most major major titles in one event ceac safety earl thomas says he will skip this week's mandatory minicamp won't be back dillas contract is resolved he also said he wants to remain with the seahawks for the rest of his career baseball mariners continue to roll up the wins three one delivering on and thrilled the right field is way back way back god nearly off the store board that was just straw kyle seager eight two run blast and the mariners have the lead it is five to three touch them all kyle that was crushed seven ten espn with a call kyle seager go ahead two run homer in the seventh seattle is one seventeen of their last twenty two after a five four victory at tampa bay in other action bluejays found the orioles thirteen to three curtis granderson editor threerun homer at three hundred ninety six reds take down the cardinals six to three indians no problem with the tigers nine to two white sox defeated the red sox five to two at fenway twins top the angel seventyfive snaps the angel six game winning streak san diego's clayton richard loses at no hit bid and the seven padres still be the marlins three to one the phillies take down the brewers freight pirates lead the cubs seven to one in the night that wrigley astros a seven six lead on the rangers in the seven doll final round of the saint jude classic and memphis dustin johnson has the lead at seventeen hundred support shot lied about new york yankees about new york mets bus subway series returns coverage begins today at seven eastern on espn radio and on espn presented by firestone figure senate hood that with you on espn radio espn app you also get our show on.
Bill Cosby, Oklahoma and Gm discussed on The Phil Valentine Show
"Going to complete the mission the judge hearing the retrial of bill cosby on sexual assault charges has now approved seven jurors for the case he also ruled that a friend of cosby's accuser will be allowed to testify about hearing the accuser talk about a big payday the major school districts in oklahoma have cancelled classes for tomorrow as a teacher strike will go on for a third day being greedy what we're fighting for is our kids that's why we're here we're that voice for those kids they deserve better jennifer thomas in her colleagues say yes they want more money but they also want more for their schools good news for the bottom line of the big three gm posted a sixteen percent year over year sales increase fiat chrysler reports sales this march were fourteen percent better than last march and ford posted a three point four percent gain wall street it was down and up and up nicely the dow is closing up about three hundred and ninety points the nasdaq hit hard by the amazon selloffs he's up seventy one the firestone dot com from the.
Actor Corey Feldman claims he was stabbed; police investigating
"You by firestone corey feldman claims he was stabbed multiple times by a quote wolf pack out to get him feldman tweeted a picture of himself in the hospital this morning saying that three men approached his vehicle last night then attacked him while his security was distracted a rep for the lapd depar los angeles police department however tells page six that they never considered the matter and attempted homicide and that feldman didn't have any visible lacerations really weird it's like the time that i said i got that by a dog but i didn't typify dog and just been my own excuse you other this is a real story for teenagers lost you were a teenager and corey feldman is what in his late forty avenue but i think our mental capacities probably going to say he has some arrested development i think given some of the stuff he's experienced i'm i'm not saying i'm just saying i'm not i'm not a psychologist treating him but that's my nonprofessional opinion tyra banks has confessed to getting a nose job early in her career bank says that she had quote bones in my nose that were growing itching so she got those fixed said she added cosmetic surgery when she corrected the issue banks is talking about her surgery now because she feels every sponsor ability to tell the truth also she has a book to sell right also bones were growing in itching that's what she said is that a condition birthday party no way yes way i mean i think we might as well just go ahead and confirm this first comes love comes mirror then comes the baby in the baby carriage in the bourbon key and finally martha stewart she says she kisses on the first date because quote how else are you going to get to know them fast she's also been on more than one date and a single night oh let's not unbelievable.
NASCAR - 2018 Kevin Harvick wins Phoenix ISM Raceway third straight Cup series race sends a message to 'all you haters'
"Kevin harvick grace to his third straight nascar cup series victory on sunday holding off kyle busch whereas record extending ninth career win at ism brace we in phoenix coming off victories at atlanta in las vegas harvard got in front of bush on the last series of pitstops on the mileoval harvick took the lead for good with twenty two laps to go the winner on egmore and radio yeah definitely was a it was a battle today a lot of fundraising with with kyle and danny and chase therefore the way in an in our car just kept getting better look like kyle started to get loose out the corner the nine was definitely to lose as we got towards the end of the race kyle busch wild up second through much of the race today i actually thought we had a chance to outrace a and beat them you know there with the eleven when the eleven was kind of holding up the four i had an opportunity to get to his outside and make a threeway battle for the lead and take the lead before he get before the forgot clear of traffic in you know wants to four gets clear traffic and he's in his own air there's there's heartbeat that guy chase elliott denny hambledon polesitter martin treu ex junior rounded out the top five sunday in nascar race in phoenix the rest of the top ten included clint bowyer aragon merola daniel swore as eric jones and kurt busch also sunday sebastian board a one of the variety indycar series season opener the firestone grand prix of saint petersburg a victory handed to him when alexander rossi and rookie robber wickens crash with two laps to go or day running third takes over the lead when onto the win talked about it on abc tv is one is emotional messages went to overcome a few bumps in roles than of all fire and if you broken bones to come back in this victory circle and couldn't be any happier for the whole a del cohen racing bassar sullivan and nco master and and everybody on board an older boys and mean that they work so hard it's it's a tiny group you know the oregon entails often who didn't enough the fastest car today but with consistency and which is you know we pulled it together we're going to get.