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One Week To Book Release / Debt Ceiling Debacle

This is my book. It comes out August 2nd. It is a nonpartisan look at politics in the U.S.A....Read on...

A Primer In Politics For The Incredibly Disenchanted

Alas, I'm afraid my blog is more neglected than one of Charlie Sheen's children. There are several reasons. Babies,...Read on...

Reading at KGB

Tonight I will be reading at KGB, an East Village bar named after Russia's hilarious secret security apparatus. My...Read on...

A Tour Of Glenn Beck's Office

This is a tour I did of the offices of Glenn Beck. He is the most loved man in...Read on...

Deposition at the Durango Independent Film Festival

Do you live in beautiful Durango, Colorado? Are you going to the Durango Independent Film Festival this weekend? OH...Read on...

Must Be A Good Casting Director

A "breakdown" is industry parlance for a list of the characters in a script that a casting director is looking...Read on...

Deposition at Connecticut Film Festival this Saturday

The Deposition of Lou Bagetta, the short film I made that I won't stop talking about much to your...Read on...

Deposition in the LACSFF "Best of Fest" Tour

My short film The Deposition of Lou Bagetta will be making the film festival rounds again as part of...Read on...

My Swear-Laden, Violent Mob Comedy Is Busy

The Canadian premiere of Deposition took place on Thursday, July 23rd at the Just For Laughs film festival, which...Read on...

Common Sense Man-On-The-Street Interviews

For this, we wandered around Bryant Park with a tiny camera and a karaoke microphone, giving us a nice...Read on...

Deposition at Dances With Films, Los Angeles

My violent, swear-laden mafia comedy screens Sunday, June 7th at Laemmle's Sunset 5 movie theater in Los Angeles. It appears in Competition Block 4 as part of the Dances With Films festival that I am accidentally not at. Read on...

As "Fear Consultant" on Glenn Beck - 04-12-09

Doing my part to make commercial air travel even more uncomfortable. A big shout out to my brother for...Read on...

The Deposition of Lou Bagetta - Trailer

The trailer for my comedy short, The Deposition of Lou Bagetta. It's currently doing the festival circuit.Read on...

Deposition: Sarasota Film Festival Screen Times

The Deposition of Lou Bagetta screens at the Sarasota Film Festival this Sunday and again next week. This is the third public screening of the film.Read on...

Not A Doctor But Play One on Glenn Beck - 03-19-09

My favorite part of these things is the automatically generated transcript, which the Fox site warns "may not be 100% accurate." I'd say. More like the ramblings of a guy wandering down the middle of Fifth Avenue.Read on...

In The Event Of My Untimely Demise - Bendable Version

It seems like only a year ago that my book, In the Event of My Untimely Demise, came out in paperback form. But it was about 11 months. On April 28th the paperback will be released. Although the hardcover version will always have a place close to my heart, the paperback is really swell. Read on...

Deposition @ San Luis Obispo Film Festival

The Deposition of Lou Bagetta, my film which you will be hearing about for the better part of a year while it does the festival circuit, will screen at the San Louis Obispo (California) Film Festival in a block of shorts called Best of the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival.Read on...

As "Fear Consultant" on Glenn Beck - 03-12-09

My first appearance as "Fear Consultant" on Glenn Beck's show on Fox News Channel. Read on...

Film Festival Tips

If you find yourself talking to an actress who you'd just seen naked in a screening, try to pretend that you didn't just see her naked in a screening.Read on...

New Season: Not Just Another Cable News Show

The new season of CNN Headline's Not Just Another Cable News Show starts up this weekend. This screenshot is from the story of the couple who turned those cute little doggies behind me into sweaters. Yes. Sweaters. Read on...

Deposition @ Sarasota Film Festival

The Deposition of Lou Bagetta will be in the line-up at the 2009 Sarasota Film Festival, which takes place March 29 - April 9. Screening time forthcoming.Read on...

Deposition @ LA Comedy Shorts Festival

I was notified that The Deposition of Lou Bagetta has been selected by the LA Comedy Shorts Festival, which runs March 5-8 in Los Angeles (obviously). We have not been assigned a screening time yet but when we have I will announce it with blaring trumpets and whatever else you use to announce things. Read on...

The Deposition of Lou Bagetta

Ages ago I wrote a short story and someone said, "Gee, that'd make a great film," and I said, "Oh." But they kept saying that to the point where I was finally compelled to put it in script form.Read on...

Reader Demographics

For authors, Barnes & Noble's handy in-store kiosks make it easy to paint a picture of your readership. For better or for worse.Read on...

A Gathering of Potentially Humorous Radio Commercials

Some work from Sixty Second Airborne, the radio advertising agency I co-founded. Remember radio? Read on...

Angry Independent Segment - "Polytykes as Usual"

This is my most recent "Angry Independent" segment on Glenn Beck - and actually the last installment of the "Angry Independent" segment on Glenn Beck for now because Glenn's moving the show to Fox in February. I learned this only when somebody emailed me to ask me if I knew Glenn was moving to Fox. That's how out of the loop I am.Read on...

Angry Independent Segment - Glenn Beck

My weekly segment on Glenn Beck, CNN Headline.Read on...

Paul Reddy Show (Full)

The Paul Reddy Show with John Mayer (Full) from Banterist on Vimeo. The Cliff's Notes version of The Paul...Read on...

Fox & Friends Interview

Because of Tim Russert's untimely demise this interview was rescheduled for the weekend I was out of town - so I had to drive four hours back to the New York I'd just left, do the three-minute interview, and drive four more hours back whence I came. Fortunately Red Bull exists, even though no one knows the long-term effects of drinking Heart Attack In A Can.Read on...

CBS Up To The Minute Interview

Ms. Stassou was mighty nice. I love how she was genuinely traumatized by the word "sex". I managed to...Read on...

Dave the Marketing Guru

David is in marketing. He thinks outside the box. But technically so does the guy on my corner who lives in one.Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 06/02/08

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Reading at KGB: Tonight, Friday 30 May at 7pm

I'll be reading from IN THE EVENT OF MY UNTIMELY DEMISE tonight at KGB, the East Village bar named after the hilarious Soviet security apparatus.Read on...

This Book is Red and Tastes Great

An old friend, a book, and some variety of psychological dysfunction.Read on...

Closet Testimonials - Julie

Another testimonial for IN THE EVENT OF MY UNTIMELY DEMISE. Shot in a closet. WARNING: Contains moderately-priced Chardonnay and a three-year old.Read on...

Closet Testimonials - Mike

A book testimonial shot on location in a closet.Read on...

Radio Interview Tips

Wherein I get schooled in the art of book interviews in the world's longest, oddest book interview.Read on...

Real and Virtual Appearances

Yesterday was exciting. It began with the longest book interview in the history of radio and ended with me kicking two pedestrians to death.Read on...

Book Report: Launch Day

Today, April 29, is officially launch day for the book although a reader in West Virginia emailed me to say she got hold of it a couple days early. Always jumping the gun, West Virginia, you!Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 04/24/08

Having a TV personality plug your book is an author's dream come true. Having him tell people to go to a library to read it? Not as much, but still it's mostly music to your ears.Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 04/10/08

t's a shame the segment was only three minutes long because I could have told some great immigration & naturalization stories. In fact, I could fill a whole hour show with nothing but insight and complaining.Read on...

Not Just Another Cable News Show

Tonight is the debut of Not Just Another Cable News Show on CNN Headline. Read on...

Wherein I Am Delicately Probed By Glenn Beck

Under heavy sniper fire, CNN Headline host Glenn Beck asks me questions about IN THE EVENT OF MY UNTIMELY DEMISE while I attempt to stay on message like a savvy politician. Read on...

The Atlanta Radio Experiment Concludes

In early September I was asked if I'd consider hosting a morning show in Atlanta. I said no. Morning radio was something I'd wanted to try my hand at in the '90s when I actually lived there and worked for radio station 99X. It seemed like an unnecessary diversion at this juncture. Plus I'd have to leave New York and move to a city that has no water.Read on...

Showbiz Tonight Appearance

I will be on CNN Headline's Showbiz Tonight offering insight on a topic I know next to nothing about: celebrities. Read on...

The Pope Is A Jew, and Your Bag's On Fire

Some select clips from my DAVE-FM morning show audition wherein we learn that the Pope is a Jew and that airline personnel are quite capable of setting your luggage on fire and not noticing.Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance

Discussed: Glenn's oratory panache, behind the scenes, bat crap, bat snot, shtick-blocking, Glenn suggests he may be illiterate, Glenn says "fart."Read on...

And Then There Were Galleys

I really like the way the color red screams Achtung! at you. That's what you want in a cover - something that's roughly the equivalent of setting a small signal fire over in the corner of the book store. I have no doubts that this design will at the very least cause someone to go, "What the hell is that over there?" And really - getting a potential reader to say, "What the hell is that over there?" is the name of the game as far as I think I understand it.Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 10/11/07

Discussed: Ron Paul, Angry Glenn, Crazy Glenn.Read on...

After the Atlanta Radio Experiment

The morning show tryouts were loads of fun. The station has a very advanced coffee-making machine that helped ease the pain of being up from 1-4am. Read on...

The Atlanta Radio Experiment

For the next three days I'm here in a market that is, according to those in the know, terribly under-served in the radio morning show department. In a wise effort to correct that problem I've been tasked with seeing how I might put on a morning show.Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 09/26/07

Discussed: Fall TV Preview, Dirty Sexy Money, Cane, Kid Nation, Viva Laughlin, Bionic Woman, Chuck, the word "mélange", and Cavemen.Read on...

Book Report: The Red Pencil Stage

This past week the HaperCollins folks had meetings and made decisions, and on Friday I received the copyedited manuscript for IN THE EVENT OF MY UNTIMELY DEMISE, my book. This is a milestone of some sort: the writing part is essentially over. I merely need to look at the copyeditor's grammatical tweaks such as whom not who and suggestions like maybe lose the third paragraph. If I disagree with anything I can write "stet" in red pencil. Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 08/30/07

The Public Viewer segment is unscripted. Instead, my producer Eric and I map out what we're going to talk about, and try to imagine the route we'll take to get to our planned bits by guessing what Glenn will say in the segment. Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance

Do you mind waiting for Billy Ray Cyrus? is a question I never thought I'd be asked. Nevertheless, he seems to have de-mulleted from his Achy Breaky days and I had no problem sitting back while he finished up in the studio. Read on...

Glenn Beck Interview: An Inconvenient Book

I interview Glenn Beck regarding his forthcoming book, "An Inconvenient Book" and then give him a very uncomfortable hug.Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 06/21/07

Glenn Beck appearance. Topic: Politics.Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 05/24/07

On the Glenn Beck show reminiscing about previous Public Viewer segments, inappropriate questions, Glenn giving detractors useful soundbites, transexuals and seamen.Read on...

Talking Wolfowitz for CNN

Having been given the new job title "humorist" I am now required to offer my opinion on things to CNN and others.Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 05/08/07

Discussing the year anniversary of the show with Glenn, something most folks didn't think we'd get around to doing.Read on...

Book Report: Writing Am Hard!

In the interest of maximizing my productivity and meeting my deadline with HarperCollins - the kind folks who bought the book I am contractually obligated to deliver in two weeks - I locked myself in a house with no other humans, no internet and no TV for nearly two weeks. During that time I wrote quite a lot and learned many things.Read on...

The Paul Reddy Show

In the absence of new material (writing a book, you see) I am forced to reflect on old material. In this case, a reel of some highlights from my interview with John Mayer.Read on...

Old School Hip Hop Course Guide

Before 50 Cent was worth a nickel, he had to get his study on. My curriculum for the aspiring...Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 12/11/06

Jolie, Damon, De Niro and King in the make-up room. A smoking baby, a popping baby and the bacon of the month club for Christmas.Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 11/30/06

On the Glenn Beck program discussing the fate of any political candidates who appear on the show, and playing "Netanyahu or Bonaduce." And running out of time as always.Read on...

More Accurate Wikipedia Warnings

A little thing I did for Cracked online....Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 11/07/06

Interview with the Green Party's Howie Hawkins, and visual proof that Kevin Federline touched me.Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 10/26/06

Alex Kaczynski in the makeup room, and an interview with Ed Forchion, Senate candidate and Legalize Marijuana Party member. Read on...

The Lost Nostradamus

How would Nostradamus have predicted George Michael's downfall?Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 10/05/06

My "Public Viewer" segment on the Glenn Beck program. With technical boo-boos. And Andy Dick doesn't wash his hands.Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 09/21/06

Topics: A Christmas Story, Pete Rose, Showtunes, Reason MagazineRead on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 09/13/06

I am another blathering, blowhard, talking head on TV chattering incessantly about politics. Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 08/31/06

John Bolton in the house.Read on...

Your New Face

My article About Face, in the newly-launched Cracked Magazine.Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 08/10/06

As seen on TV.Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 07/27/06

As seen on TV.Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 07/20/06

As seen on TV.Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 06/29/06

As seen on TV.Read on...

Reporting From the World's Flashpoints

One of the great things about working on the Glenn Beck show is you never know when you might get sent to Fort Wayne, Indiana.Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 06/08/06

As seen on TV.Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 06/02/06

As the title implies, another appearance on CNN Headline.Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 05/26/06

Another appearance on the Glenn Beck program.Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 05/19/06

Another appearance on Glenn Beck.Read on...

Glenn Beck Appearance 05/12/06

Appearance on CNN Headline's Glenn Beck show.Read on...

The History of My Traveling Pants

The story of the pants heard 'round the world.Read on...

Shopping For God

What happens when you run four belief systems through Amazon.com's "Text Stats"?Read on...

Johnny Berlin

Please come see Johnny Berlin, a refreshing documentary directed by Dominic DeJoseph, executive produced by Michael Stipe and Jim McKay, and produced by Ted Green and Brian Sack.Read on...

Wiki Whacked

What happens when the world can edit the encyclopedia entry for Richard Gere?Read on...

Black Gold vs. Black Angus

An attempt to comfort those reeling from high gasoline prices by exploring what other liquids cost by the gallon.Read on...

Fortune's 25 Biggest Fools

Who's more seer-like, Nostradamus or The Bard?Read on...

No One Loves Them Like You Do

An original piece for Radar Magazine.Read on...

Spoilt Brats

An original piece commissioned by The Independent (UK). Humorous parts removed to satisfy space issues....Read on...

The Missing Instructions

THE BARE MIDRIFF If the midriff hangs over the top of the pants, consider not exposing it until that doesn't happen any more. Because of egregious abuse, it is illegal to expose the midriff in Holyhead. The midriff is a privilege and not a right.Read on...

The State Of Our Union Address

An original piece in the Feb 2005 issue of Glamour. Reaching out to the ladies.Read on...

I Do (for the time being)

Ashton wheels his beloved anywhere she wants to go without complaint, which would be pointless because her hearing went a few years ago. When they kiss, there is an electricity in the air, caused in part by Demi's polyester gown.Read on...

How Do You Want Me?

Commissioned by London's daily newspaper, The Independent.Read on...

Election 2004: The Foodservice Analogy

Politics, over easy.Read on...

Saddam's Interrogation Logs

Excerpts from the ongoing interrogation of Saddam Hussein. One of the most popular McSweeney's pieces.Read on...

I Am A Corrupt Catholic Priest

In an ongoing effort to further tarnish the Catholic church, I appeared on ABC's All My Children as a...Read on...

About Banterist

About Banterist is about Banterist, as the title implies.Read on...



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