Saturday, November 21, 2009


Here is compendium of photos I have taken of depressed, anxious or angry stuffed animals.

Found at a Hallmark Store, here's a Christmas turtle that seems to be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder.

(If you don't adopt these Rescue Pets, are they put down with My First Intravenous Euthanasia Kit?)

This is the least carefree-looking unicorn I have ever seen.  And I have seen many a unicorn.

If you're looking for a murderously angry polar bear, FAO Schwartz is the place for you. 
The Mr. Bump doll has the distinction of being the only children’s toy that suffers from a traumatic head injury. 

This is a puppy dog doll. A puppy dog doll that was born with a disease whereby his skeleton is on the outside of his body.  Perhaps we should keep an eye on children who like playing with Skelanimals, the only stuffed animals with exoskeletons.

Monday, November 16, 2009


Ken Ober died this weekend. Ken was a former stand-up comic who was probably best known for hosting MTV's Remote Control.

News of his death broke the way many stories do these days — from a Facebook status update. I first read about it on Lou DiMaggio's Facebook page. Lou, a TV writer and actor (he played one of Larry David's restaurant co-owners on Curb Your Enthusiasm), was a longtime friend of Ken's (and a friend of mine since the late '90s).

About nine years ago Ken and Lou had a radio show on Comedyworld, and they would invite me to appear as a guest occasionally. They gave me the honorific of "The Smartest Man In Television." In truth, they were just trying to find a way to billboard a mediocre guest in a more exciting way than "TV writer friend of ours."

I would tell stories about working in reality TV, a genre which at the time was a novelty. It was a thrill for me, and I envied Ken and Lou — they got to hang out and make jokes for several hours a day without a TV executive giving them notes in advance of airing their comedy bits. Plus they were so damned funny.

Ken was always incredibly nice to me and had a wicked sense of humor. The long list of great people who were friends of Ken Ober's is a testament to what a outstanding guy he was.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


I took a look at a place on Sunset a few weekends ago. I suspect the owner might have resided there for a long, long time...