Riding Horses Above the Clouds

I’m not a trained equestrian by any stretch, but I did ride horses occasionally as a kid on my Uncle Dan’s farm, and even got a merit badge in horse riding as a Boy Scout. As an adult I have lost forty or so dollars betting on them in small increments at the Remington Race read more »

The Rainforest, And Other Water-Related Tirades

The thing about rainforests is: they are always raining. In retrospect Young and I probably should have packed raincoats or umbrellas or something, but how could we have possibly known that the Cloud Forest would be perpetually moist? There is no way we could have foreseen this. As it is, we’ve more or less been read more »

“La Vida Pura” and other Helpful Costa Rican Phrases

It’s helpful to learn a local catchphrase when you’re traveling. For example, tourists visiting Detroit should learn how to say “Just take the money! Don’t shoot!” before leaving the crumbling ruins of their hotel. I don’t know exactly where people yell “YOLO!” but apparently that’s a thing. Maybe in Boulder, Colorado while rock climbing? Or “YOLO!” might 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 »

I’ve Got a New Book!

My next novel comes out this January 8th, and it combines my sense of humor, my folksy disposition, and also werewolves. You can pre-order a copy for your Kindle by clicking this link. If you live in New York, come out to my book launch at The People’s Improv Theater on January 12th at 7:00. read more »

Money News Around the World

Please tell the Pulitzer Prize committee to give me an award for doing an entire story not based on a Donald Trump tweet. Maybe a new category? In any case, the latest episode of Mostly Weekly explores money around the world, from Britain’s new vegan-friendly £5 note, to Venezuela where inflation is so rampant shopkeepers read more »

Fake Newsameggedon

One of the fun things about 2016 is that every week we get a fresh new Dire Threat to Civilization. In fact we could have made a pretty awesome wall calendar with a little foresight. This month, as folks in media struggle to figure out how we got everything so completely backwards in the 2016 election, we’ve sounded read more »

Globs of Optimism In Spite of the Election

Most of my liberal friends are still sitting Shiva for the ascent of Donald Trump and four years of rule from the new and improved Republican Reality Television Party. So I’d like to remind everyone that the 2016 Electionmageddan also had some terrific silver linings. In the latest Mostly Weekly we cover a few of read more »

The President Doesn’t Matter As Much As You Think

Worried about Trumpocalypse? Stop stockpiling your IUDs and investing in Spiked Bats! The truth is–the President can’t actually do as much as you probably think. And don’t worry- Congress is probably more inefficient than it is racist. Sooooo, yayyy!?  He can’t shuffle dissidents into FEMA camps or force us to read Twilight. He can’t declare read more »

First Reactions to the Trump Victory

It’s been over a week and Donald Trump still hasn’t admitted his campaign was a prank, so I think we have to accept this as reality. Like most cosmopolitan media elites and members of the Illuminati, I got this election completely wrong. How wrong? I bought stock in Smith & Wesson in preparation for a Clinton administration read more »

Astronauts Have Fears of Commitment Too

Have you ever wondered if I could combine my own innate fear of emotional intimacy and commitment with zero-g weightlessness and strict NASA professionalism? Well check out this video! Special thanks to Andrew Young, who not only directed it, but also added the incredible special effects. &nbspAndrew Heaton is a writer and standup comedian in read more »

What the Hell is the Electoral College?

We are now about three years into the 2016 election and we’re down to the wire. Next week America selects its next president. So you’re about to hear a lot about the Electoral College. That’s why we’ve made a video explaining what the Electoral College is, and also, why it’s terrible and should be replaced. My read more »

Conscripted Candidates: An Update from Scandinavia

Take a break from this Dumpster Fire of an election! From the region of the world that brought you Bjork, Nobel Prices, and Neutrality, comes a new phenomenon: forced political service. A town in Norway elected a heavy metal rocker to city council… against his will. Nor-frickin-way. Iceland elected a comedian as Mayor. And I read more »

Meanwhile, in Florida

I respect that, mere weeks after a devastating hurricane, Florida can steel its will and double down on crazy news stories. In this week’s installment of Mostly Weekly, we learn about the intersection of politics, graffiti and crabs, as well as an aspiring tale of a man trying to walk to Bermuda, plus a feel-good read more »

The IDK Candidate and Aleppogate

  In the latest installment of Mostly Weekly we explore libertarian candidate Gary Johnson’s geography gaffe, wherein the governor didn’t know what “Aleppo” was. (I personally thought that a “leppo” was one of those buzzy things you get at a restaurant to let you know your table is ready, but apparently it’s a city in Syria.) Then, read more »

Why American Trains Are So Slow

  I love trains and I think most folks do as well, so I was surprised to learn that we have slower and more expensive trains than we did in the 1930’s. Mobile phones used to be large gray bricks, but now I can fit six or seven of them in my pocket as I leave the gym every read more »

None of the Above Option

I use Lovecraftian monsters and a dead gorilla in this episode of Mostly Weekly to illustrate why every ballot in America should have “None of the Above” listed as a candidate. We didn’t have time to include the last Staten Island congressional election in the video, although it’s a perfect example of when a None Of The Above option would have read more »

Star Trek: The Libertarian Edition

It’s Star Trek’s Fiftieth Anniversary! To celebrate half a century of terrific science fiction I teamed up with the good folks at Reason to make “Star Trek: The Libertarian Edition.” It turns out when Reason wants a funny person with boundless depths of sci-fi knowledge, I’m on the shortlist. In fact my pervasive knowledge of Star Trek is a little read more »

The Olympics: A Soberly Objective Review

  Mostly Weekly returns with a 2016 Olympic Wrap Up, including some issues I don’t feel the media adequately covered. Even in this latest Pulitzer-worthy piece, I wasn’t able to cram in all of the fascinating stuff I learned about the Olympics. For example, apparently the “country” of Monaco had three Olympic participants this year! (Normally they read more »

“Stay at Home Stepdad”

  In retrospect I don’t think we’re likely to get this particular sitcom picked up by a major network, even though we added a laugh track in for the mouthbreathers. J. M. Jennings came up with the concept for it, I wrote the script, and Andrew Young both directed the piece and also tweaked the read more »