Saturday, November 01, 2014

Harris Challenge 10/31/14

This week's Harris Challenge -- the most fun you can have with your radio on -- includes trivia categories "Madisons Not Named Bumgarner," "The Women of Horror," and "I Want Candy." Listen and play along, then click here to subscribe to these podcasts via iTunes!

Knuckleheads In The News® 10/31/14


My latest batch of Knuckleheads In The News® stories include a man betrayed by his dog, a bank robber who paused for a smoke, and a destructive Teletubby.  Listen, then click here to subscribe to these podcasts via iTunes!

Friday, October 31, 2014

KTRS Friday

I'll be back my KTRS show today (3-6pm CT) with another chance for you to play my Harris Challenge (the most fun you can have with your radio on), a brand new batch of Knuckleheads In The News®, plus Colin Jeffery and I will review "Nightcrawler," "Whiplash," "Before I Go To Sleep," and other movie/showbiz news. You can listen over the air, via the station's free smartphone app or via KTRS.com.

The Halloween Column

One of the most popular columns on this website is a piece I wrote 13 years ago called Halloween Harris Style. Read it here.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Harris Challenge 10/27/14

This week's Harris Challenge -- the most fun you can have with your radio on -- includes trivia categories "Vulture's Most Valuable Movie Stars," "Classic Rock Trios," and "Other Oscars." Listen and play along, then click here to subscribe to these podcasts via iTunes!

Knuckleheads In The News® 10/27/14


My latest batch of Knuckleheads In The News® stories include a cigarette headache, chainsaw revenge, and the wrong text to send to your probation officer.  Listen, then click here to subscribe to these podcasts via iTunes!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Harris Challenge 10/24/14

This week's Harris Challenge -- the most fun you can have with your radio on -- includes trivia categories "Baseball Slang," "Eighty One to Ninety Nine," and "Not A Good Week." Listen and play along, then click here to subscribe to these podcasts via iTunes!

Knuckleheads In The News® 10/24/14


My latest batch of Knuckleheads In The News® stories include a couple literally stuck in love, a woman who spent a week in a KFC, and a con artist in a coma.  Listen, then click here to subscribe to these podcasts via iTunes!

Best Thing I've Read Today

Jim Nelson, managing editor of GQ, remembers his days in Hollywood as assistant to a team of comedy writers...

Across the hall, through the glass door of the reception room, I can see my bosses laughing hysterically in their office. They sit facing each other at two massive wooden desks, howling and hooting and idle to all the world, like senators-elect without a mandate. Their desktops are covered with toys—wind-up fruit, plastic swami snakes, a clattering set of dentures. They sit with their feet up, shoes off, reading Variety or leisurely gazing out the window at Gower Street, occasionally winding a toy. And they laugh. They crack each other up. This is what they are each paid hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to do. This is called comedy development.

And it is comic. This is the era of extravagant development deals. Columbia, home to Married…with Children and Who's the Boss?, is signing up writers left and right—playwrights, performance artists, mildly successful sitcom staffers—to sit around all day and dream up premises for TV series. When the writers come up with what they think is a brilliant concept, they pitch the Columbia development executives, and if the execs like it, the studio pitches the idea to the networks. If the networks bite, the writers become producers of the series, and everyone gets rich.

What, you might ask, have my bosses done to deserve their deal? They worked on a show called The New Leave It to Beaver. Oh, you don't remember that one? It was a groundbreaking series—for Jerry Mathers. Born on the Disney Channel in 1985 as Still the Beaver. Died on TBS the Year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and eighty-nine. My bosses act as if the Beaver reboot were the modern comedy equivalent of Monty Python, as if everyone in Hollywood were hyper-aware of the brilliant Eddie Haskell subplots they wrote. The way they move through the hallways at Columbia, the way they verily strut into pitch meetings, you can tell they're still drinking in the mediocre success of The New Leave It to Beaver.
Read Nelson's full piece here.

Monday, October 27, 2014

KTRS Monday

I'm making a special appearance 3-6pm CT today on KTRS/St. Louis, filling in for Frank O. Pinion.

In the first hour, my old friend John Marshall (The King Of Collectible Records) will be back to do on-air appraisals of those old vinyl records you have stashed in the basement and run down the top ten Most Valuable Halloween Records. I'll also have a brand new batch of Knuckleheads In The News®, plus Tech Talk with Jose Hernandez. You can listen over the air, via the station's free smartphone app or via KTRS.com.

Another Embarrassment for Dr. Oz

The green coffee bean extract that he promoted on his TV show as a "useful tool for weight loss" suffered another setback last week when the authors of the study who made the original claims about it retracted their paper. The company that sold the extract has been fined $3.5 million by the FTC, whose director said, "Applied Food Sciences knew or should have known that this botched study didn't prove anything."

Now Dr. Oz has removed every mention of green coffee bean extract from his website, including the episode he devoted to touting the product and an "independent" experiment he claimed to have conducted that proved its weight-loss effects. This is the nonsense he was berated about by Senator Claire McCaskill during a Senate hearing a few months ago.

Picture Of The Day

Imagine showing up at your Halloween party in this costume, which the company describes as a "Sexy Ebola Containment Suit" (definitely the first time "sexy" and "Ebola" have been used together). Also perfect for going bowling with Dr. Craig Spencer! Bodily fluids sold separately.