Day: March 5, 2013

Going Hollywood: Meet Sean O’Connor

People were going Hollywood long before Bing Crosby starred in the 1933 film musical Going Hollywood. Certainly, though, countless unknowns have packed their bags and moved to Los Angeles in the years and decades since then, hoping for show business to discover them and make them a star! New York City may be the city everyone goes to make it there before making it everywhere, but Hollywood remains the place where stars are born and made. It’s Show Business, USA. This is a recurring feature, a complementary West Coast version of Meet Me In New York, The Comic’s Comic’s...

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Leadership through humor, the comedy theories of Dr. Shaquille O’Neal, Ph.D.

“Happy employees = happy customers. Happy customers = happy shareholders.” That’s what Shaquille O’Neal told CBS News he had learned by May 2012, when he received his Doctorate in Education degree from Barry University, a private Catholic college in Miami. Casual observers — such as the upward of 6.8 million who follow @Shaq on Twitter, or the millions more who’ve seen Shaq’s TNT basketball commentary, Shaq’s All-Star Comedy Jam on tour, TV and/or DVD, or even now, too, on truTV’s Upload with Shaquille O’Neal — can see and could have seen long ago that the big man has a sense...

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Inside inside joke shirt: The Simpsons’ meta product placement for JeShirt

A few months ago, comedy director Jason Woliner decided to launch his own novelty T-shirt business, selling a parody of the red Che Guevara T-shirts that replaced Che’s face with that of Jay Leno. But he quickly backtracked from his “Che Leno” shirt, replacing it with a “Jay Guevara” shirt, and then detailing  one setback after another on his Je Shirt company Tumblr, that all seems really traumatic if it only seemed real. What is real? People buying the shirts from for $18.99. They may not be spending the $155,000 for the “cool, collectible JeShirt mug!” But they have...

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