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Catching Up With The Guinea Pig Himself, A.J. Jacobs

jacobs.jpgLast night, we stopped by Hurley’s near Times Square to celebrate A.J. Jacob‘s latest book, The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment.

Though we arrived a bit too late to claim a free copy of Jacobs’ autobiographical tome, we did manage to score a blow up of the book’s cover, which Jacobs graciously signed. (And if you can’t read the inscription, it advises us to carry the poster — which is almost as tall as we are — around everywhere.)

We also managed to get Jacobs to open up about his next project. After conquering the mind, when he read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica front to back in The Know-It-All, and the soul — with his book The Year of Living Biblically — Jacobs said he is now ready to conquer the body.

“I have a trainer and I’ve been trying to eat healthy,” Jacobs told us. “I’ve been drinking goat’s milk because some people say that’s good for you.”

Jacobs also told us about these special shoes he’s been wearing that fit like a glove around the feet, “because some people believe you shouldn’t wear shoes.”

We can’t wait to read how that turns out.

In addition to Jacobs, we also chatted with Mediaite.com‘s Rachel Sklar, Emmy-nominated “Daily Show” writer Kevin Bleyer and Twitter Wit author Nick Douglas. We also made sure to say hello to Jacobs’ son Jasper and wife Julie, who wrote a rebuttal chapter in Guinea Pig Diaries and was celebrating her ninth anniversary with A.J. last night. Congratulations all around!

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America’s Funniest Writers Talk Politics

abrambrigade.jpgDoes Dan Abrams have a future in comedy? Based on his very fun moderating skills during a panel of comedy writers at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater on Monday night it’s certainly not out of the question. 23/6.com (one of our favorites) hosted the packed event “Pencils Down: America’s Funniest Writers Talk Politics,” in which comedy writers from The Daily Show, The Onion, and 23/6 discussed the ever-growing role comedy shows have been playing in this year’s election. Participants included Dennis DiClaudio (Indecision2008.com), Kevin Bleyer (The Daily Show), Baratunde Thurston (The Onion), Jason Reich (236.com). Did you know that The Onion has a fact-checking department!

After the panel Abrams spoke to TVNewser: “The election has never before been seen through the prism of comedians, there’s a deep sense the news media is sort of saying, ‘My big brother can play great baseball.’”

Sundown on Sunset: Shaky

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Salon’s readership just gets weirder and weirder: PhD candidate addicted to Potter fan fiction.

Ron Rosenbaum needs to stop with the conspiracy theories already. First he stepped into the Theresa Duncan morass and now the Presidential sex scandal.

Amy Goodman admits to Bell’s Palsy.

Stephen Colbert is not a candidate.

Slate V picked the winners of their Comedy News Contest–judge Kevin Bleyer must not want any competition from amateurs.

Slate V Joke Contest: Read the Fine Print

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The Daily Show’s Kevin Bleyer awaits your entries in Slate V’s Comedy News Contest.

Users can submit their best joke on a news story for their chance at $500 and to be featured on Slate V. Famous among dozens.

But judging by one of the rules, Bleyer himself might have some trouble with eligible material:

It must not be derogatory, generally offensive, threatening, sexually offensive, defamatory, libelous or otherwise cast the celebrity in a negative light

Way to kill the inspiration, buddy. Only good clean wholesome topical fun. Mean jokes about the nonfamous are acceptable, but since no one knows who you’re mocking, there’s a risk of losing relevancy points.

Also, just by entering, you’re giving Slate some new ideas:

GRANT. By entering, you grant Sponsor the unrestricted, royalty free, perpetual right to display, modify, perform, copy and create a derivative work from your Recording.

So, if your video is funny, but you’re ugly, Slate can rework the joke. And you can get a little rush, knowing that you helped.

Go get that camera, and keep it clean!