Day: December 2, 2016

Patton Oswalt’s GQ essay on suddenly becoming a single parent

The December issue of GQ includes its annual “Men of the Year” profiles, and among them, this essay from Patton Oswalt on becoming both a widower and a single father when his wife suddenly died in her sleep in April. Here’s an excerpt: “This is my first time being a single father. I’ve missed forms for school. I’ve forgotten to stock the fridge with food she likes. I’ve run out of socks for her. I’ve run out of socks for me. It sucked and it was a hassle every time, but the world kept turning. I said, “Whoops, my...

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Sebastian Maniscalco on Conan

Sebastian Maniscalco wonders why it’s now such a big trend for weddings to include choreographed dances, because he couldn’t imagine figuring that out with his buddies for his own wedding. On Thursday’s Conan, Maniscalco also joked that too many people use Facebook to share too much information, when he can just tell you in person — or on TV — that he and his wife are having a baby. Roll the clip! Maniscalco also joined Conan O’Brien for a panel chat afterward in which they joked about spending Thanksgiving with relatives. For more, check out Sebastian Maniscalco’s third and...

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TBS orders animated series, “Final Space,” set for launch in 2018

This just in. TBS has ordered up a new animated comedy series, Final Space, created by Olan Rogers and produced by Conan O’Brien Conaco with New Form. It’ll launch in 2018. Final Space revolves around an astronaut named Gary and his adorable, planet-destroying friend, Mooncake, as they embark on a quest to figure out where the entire universe ends. “Olan pitched us Final Space voicing all the characters and dancing around the conference room,” said Thom Hinkle, senior vice president of original programming for TBS. “It was kind of like a comedic Moon – genuinely funny and oddly heartfelt. We...

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The comedians and comedy behind chatbots such as Amazon’s Alexa Echo and Google Home Assistant

Perhaps your friends already have shown you this video from the past month of someone activating both an Amazon Echo and a Google Home device, and then standing back as the two products of artificial intelligence, Alexa and Google, talk to each other in an almost infinite loop. But someone programmed these devices to come up with appropriate answers. Our world in 2016 isn’t quite what filmmakers imagined in 2001: A Space Odyssey (“Open the pod bay doors, HAL”), or even the 2013 movie, Her, in which a human fell in love with his AI operating system, but it...

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