ADDJ – PLEASE help me make this a thing

It you haven't gone to a lot of dance clubs lately, you're fortunate.  DJs are the new rock stars, and I hope the rock stars were never this douchey, but Spinal Tap tells us otherwise.  I guess we get what we deserve ... I dislike most Top 40 music.  I don't really like Kanye West or Taylor …

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I saw “IT!” I saw “IT!”

I've been obsessing over the film version of "IT" that came out recently, and have watched with delight as it has shattered box-office expectations to become a star performer for the year and the highest-grossing horror film of all time.  It has a ways to go before it outgrosses The Exorcist (adjusted for inflation) but I …

Review: “Bojack Horseman,” Season 4

BoJack Horseman is my kind of show.  On a regular basis it is raunchy, hysterical, ridiculous, dramatically heavy, and devastatingly sad. If this sounds like a strange description of a cartoon about a talking horse trying to revive his acting career in a parallel Hollywood where humans and anthropomorphized animals coexist ("Hollywoo"), after being typecast …

How to Be More Funny: My 15 Favorite Jokes to Drop in Conversation

Good writers borrow from other writers.  Great writers steal from them outright. I stole that line from Aaron Sorkin and one of his "West Wing" scripts, like I pilfer so much of my sense of humor. I always wanted to make people laugh.  So much of whether or not someone laughs at your jokes depends …

Screenplay Fragment: Untitled “Dunwich Horror” Adaptation (Horror/Thriller/Mystery)

INT: STATE POLICE HEADQUARTERS - CHAD'S OFFICE - DAY The massive, crumbling BOOK that was found in the Dunwich house raid is spread on the desk.  Police analyst CHAD, 20s or 30s, pudgy and frumpily dressed, sits behind the desk, addressing FBI SPECIAL AGENT FRANCES "FRANKIE" MORGAN.  A small POMERANIAN DOG named Pablo yips around Chad's …

Tina

At 17 I learned to partner-dance, and it was spectacular. It was 1998, the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies were popular for some reason, and I was friends with a lot of Mormons, so naturally I needed to learn to swing dance. As happens more often you would think, our high school lunch-club of nerds included one …