April 17 through 23, 2009.

Report gives new detail on approval of brutal techniques,” New York Times, 4/22/09.
Interrogation tactics got the OK early on,” LA Times, 4/23/09.
Accused Somali arrives in US to face piracy charges,” Christian Science Monitor, 4/20/09.
Ahmadinejad calls Israel ‘racist’ in U.N. rant,” Wall Street Journal, 4/21/09.
Pakistan deal with Taliban emboldens militants,” USA Today, 4/23/09.
GM considers shutting factories for nine weeks,” Washington Post, 4/23/09.
US eases access to morning after pill for some teens,” Reuters, 4/22/09.

April 10 through 16, 2009.

Portuguese water dog ‘Bo’ joins first family,” USA Today, 4/13/09.
US ship captain held hostage by Somali pirates is freed,” the Guardian, 4/13/09.
North Korea forces out nuclear inspectors,” CNN, 4/16/09.
Obama lifts broad set of sanctions against Cuba,” Washington Post, 4/14/09.
Iran says it plans new nuclear offer,” New York Times, 4/15/09.
U.S. phone intercepts go beyond legal limits,” Reuters, 4/16/09.
“Obama opponents rally at tea parties,” BBC, 4/16/09.

Best Readers Poll 2009

A HUGE thank you to everyone who voted for me!  I’m so grateful.  And big ups to Tim, Jon and Jeff at Mottley’s Comedy Club, which won Best Comedy Night.  I’ll be hosting there on 5/1 – the best comedy evening a Phoenix reader could ask for.


Comedy supernova Myq Kaplan was recently interviewed on “In the Tank,” the podcast of comedian Jon Fisch.  There’s an extensive discussion of me (and my rap name) starting at about 4 minutes and lasting till about 7 minutes.  Give it a listen, all the while enjoying the hilarious and personable Myq; also check out his blog, Godzillionaire.

Stuff@Night Magazine says I’m a “rising star.”  Check it out!  Here’s the article, and they took a picture of me from an interesting angle:


I think “jokez” says comedy + hip-hop very succinctly, and would be a point bonanza if a) you could lay it down on a triple word score and b) it were a real word.

The eagle-eyed viewer will spot a piece of framed art hanging on the wall behind me.  It is a sketch of a troll looking guilty because he has just been caught masturbating, and it was drawn by friend and Renaissance man Aaron Kagan, of Tea and Food.

Thanks to Sara Faith Alterman for the write-up and the special favor.  (She would make an off-color joke if she read that, but she would know what I meant.)

March 27 through April 2, 2009.

Conceding US lapses, Obama resists new bank rules,” New York Times, 4/2/09.
North Korea threatens to shoot down US spy planes ahead of missile launch,” the Guardian, 4/1/09.
US and Russia outline new arms control negotiations,” New York Times, 4/1/09.
Pistachios recalled in US over salmonella fears,” AFP, 3/31/09.
Apology offered at Khmer Rouge Trial,” New York Times, 3/31/09.
Obama threatens auto industry with bankruptcy,” the Guardian, 3/31/09.
GM to resign at White House’s behest,” Washington Post, 3/30/09.


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