Day: August 23, 2010

Mark Malkoff kicks off My Damn Channel partnership with five days of technology silence

Mark Malkoff has generated plenty of attention before with his sociological stunts — in January, I wrote about his attempt to traverse Manhattan from south to north only through the kindness of strangers carrying him along the way. Previously, Malkoff has visited and consumed purchases at all 171 Starbucks locations in Manhattan within 24 hours, lived in an IKEA in New Jersey for a week, and spent a whole month on an AirTrans Airways plane to get over his fear of flying. For his first achievement on his own channel on My Damn Channel, Malkoff is attempting something simpler, yet perhaps more difficult in this day and age, particularly for someone with an Internet channel. About an hour ago, he entered his own bathroom, and plans to stay in there until 10 a.m. Saturday. No Internet. No email. No Facebook. No Twitter. And also: No TV. No laptop. No iPhone. No news sites. At least he has his bathroom, right? He also has his wife, Christine, who can relay emergency messages to him, but also, I suppose, tempt him with information from the world outside of the bathroom. Mark tells me he compiled a to-do list of things he has been putting off, that now, finally, he may be able to accomplish during a five-day stint in his bathroom. He wrote to me before entering his sanctuary: "A few...

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Ted Leo and the Pharmacists do a music video with Paul F. Tompkins, Julie Klausner, John Hodgman

What do Ted Leo and the Pharmacists need to do to get their music noticed by the people? In the official music video for their song, "Bottled in Cork," Paul F. Tompkins plays Reginald Van Voorst, who thinks what the band needs to do is to turn their album into a Broadway musical. To help them, they'll get tips from Julie Klausner, and need a good review from the theater critic, played by John Hodgman. What, was this music video written by Tom Scharpling? Why, yes. Yes it was. Roll the...

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Pee-wee hitches a ride with Funny or Die to Sturgis

Remember all the way back a couple of weeks ago when Pee-wee Herman filed a correspondent report for Jay Leno about his trip to the Sturgis motorcycle rally? Whether you've seen that or not, here's a second perspective on Pee-wee's weekend with the hogs of Harley-Davidson, courtesy of Funny or Die. Similar, yet totally different. Roll...

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