Day: February 19, 2016

CBS Cares: A very special PSA about addiction following “Mom”

A very special PSA followed last night’s episode of Mom on CBS, in which one of the supporting characters dies suddenly from a drug overdose. Mom‘s stars, Allison Janney and Anna Faris, flanking U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, remind viewers that addiction is an illness, a disease, but “not a moral failing.” We all need to look out for one another. The nationally-televised message comes on the one-year anniversary of the death of comedian, actor and TV writer Harris Wittels. I’ve published a speech his mother, Maureen Wittels, delivered at a Facing Addiction comedy benefit last fall...

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Facing Addiction: Maureen Wittels’s letter for her late son, Harris

Harris Wittels died a year ago today. The comedian and writer was only 30. He’s one of far too many victims of addiction to drugs and alcohol. Last October, surviving family members of Wittels and the late Greg Giraldo — along with comedians and thousands more living in recovery or living with the painful memories of those who didn’t make it — convened in Washington D.C., to unite to face addiction. They met on a Sunday on the National Mall, between the White House and the Washington Monument. They laughed and shared memories the Saturday night beforehand at an...

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Episode #64: Trump vs. Bernie (Anthony Atamanuik and James Adomian)

When comedians Anthony Atamanuik and James Adomian first met up to redefine the term mock debate during an October 2015 late-night comedy showcase at the UCB Theatre, few people really believed that Donald J. Trump and Bernie Sanders were more than passing fads. But as primary voters have made their voices heard in this 2016 presidential campaign, Trump vs. Bernie seems more plausibly ridiculous than ever before. Before it becomes too real, Atamanuik and Adomian and their pitch-perfect impersonations of Trump and Bernie are taking their messages – which are more enjoyable and more substantive than the actual debates...

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