Category Archives: History

War of the Roses Improv

My long-time friend and accomplice Andrew Young and I created an improv team which performs alternate history based on a suggestion from the audience. Recently in New York we asked the audience for a prompt by requesting an event or person that people enjoyed studying in high school. Two people simultaneously shouted “War of the Roses!” I read more »

A Brief History of Costa Rica

So it looks like my ambitions of becoming a colonel in some gritty banana republic militia have been squashed. Because it turns out Costa Rica disbanded its army in 1948, making it one of the few nations on Earth to function–even thrive–without a military. That’s terrific for Ticos, but decimated one of my four vacation priorities before the plane even read more »