Two all-time comedy greats, Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara, have just taken their first steps into the world of internet media. This comes, of course, thanks to a bit of pull from their famous son, Ben. Ben has said that he wishes he could spark the same sort of career resurgence for his mother that his father enjoyed thanks to Seinfeld, and it's Anne that gets in the biggest laughs in this video. I'm looking forward to more.
I couldn't find any clips of their many appearances on Ed Sullivan, but below, you can check them out on What's My Line in 1968.
I was lucky enough to go to a high school - School of the Arts in San Francisco - where GLBT students were supported and even celebrated, at least in school. It was great for me, as a straight guy, since I had and have a lifestyle and mannerisms and so on that frequently led people (mostly straight jerks) to assume I was gay. Outside of school, I still had to deal with the occasional homophobic BS, but really, I was very lucky.
Many folks don't have that experience, though. Even in 2010, adolescence can be incredibly difficult for young people who identify as GLBT, and for those who are struggling with their identities.
That's why I think Dan Savage's project "It Gets Better" is so wonderful. Savage has always advised young people going through identity struggles of all kinds that it's much easier to find a place in the larger world, and this is a wonderful distillation of that. In the video above, Savage and his partner talk about their lives and how they made it through the toughest parts.
Anyway, enjoy the video above and share it with a young person you know. Or, if you're a young person yourself going through trouble like this - even if it's because you're a geek or a religious minority or whatever else - know that it gets better.
Our close personal friend Mr. John Hodgman is taping his first-ever television pilot in New York tomorrow (Tuesday). The show will feature another friend of ours, The Great Sarah Vowell, as well as Nick Mangold, who is a New York Jet.
The venue seats 1700 (!) people, so John &co need as many folks to come as they can. You can find time and location details here. You simply need to send an email to an email address, then show up.
If you live in New York Or Environs, and you don't go, then I will put it simply: YOU ARE A TURKEY AND A FOOL.
Flying Lotus is a critically acclaimed music producer. His sound lies somewhere between progressive hip-hop and dance music. This year he's released an LP, Cosmogramma, and an EP, Pattern+Grid World.
FlyLo talks with Jesse Thorn about how he found his aesthetic, about his Aunt, Alice Coltrane, about how his mother convinced him to submit music to Cartoon Network's [adult swim], about the influence of the late hip-hop producer Jay Dilla and more.
Comedian Kyle Kinane joins us to talk trampolines, bed bugs, and parental exclamations.
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The filmmaker, actor, artist, and writer, John Waters, needs no introduction. He joins Jesse on TSOYA to discuss his latest work, Role Models. Composed of essays on individuals beloved by John Waters, Role Models brims with charm and insight, just like the author himself.
Coyle & Sharpe ponder the implications of the newest breakthrough in cranial expansion.