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What You Missed Last Night: Andy Kindler talks to college grads

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 23rd 2009 11:33AM
I'm not sure how Andy Kindler came to be the guy who does out of the studio bits for The Late Show with David Letterman (other than being on a show Letterman's company produced, Everybody Loves Raymond), but he has done some great stuff. Last night he gave advice to new college graduates. His talk with Nick (don't call him Nicky) is particularly funny.

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Sarah Silverman gives you sex advice

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 23rd 2007 1:07PM
Sarah Silverman and kidThe Onion's A.V. Club is inviting readers to ask Sarah Silverman for sex advice. Post your question to the site, and the best questions will be forwarded to Ms. Silverman. Her answers will be included in an upcoming feature on the The Sarah Silverman Program, set for its Comedy Central debut on February 1st. Several clips from the show were recently posted online. It looks something like the non-stand-up portions of Jesus is Magic with lots of Mr. Show alums and Sarah's sister Laura in supporting roles.

I personally recommend that you seek Sarah's sex advice. She and boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel were recently featured in Esquire's "What I've Learned" issue, and they had plenty of useful relationship tips to share. For instance, pretend your parents are someone else's. This makes you more tolerant of their eccentricities. That's great advice, and when you're done gleaning all the knowledge you can from Sarah, you can send a letter to Amy Sedaris care of The Believer for further enlightenment.

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Mr. T still pities the fool

by Anna Johns, posted May 3rd 2006 10:26AM
mr. tWow. TV Funhouse cartoons really do come true. Last week's episode of SNL had a cartoon about Mr. T dispensing his unique advice to people ("Don't do milk. Drink drugs."), and now he really is getting an advice show. TV Land just had its Upfronts where it announced a show (previously mentioned here) called I Pity the Fool, starring Mr. T "in the unlikely role of a social scientist traveling across the country to dispense his own classic Mr. T-style advice." He's going to insert himself in some sticky situations and help people work to a conclusion. It's like Dr. Phil with bling!

It premieres in October.

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Jerri Blank offers advice in The Believer

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 11th 2006 5:30PM

amy sedarisWait, some of you are saying, don't you mean Amy Sedaris, the woman who played Jerri Blank on Strangers with Candy? The same Amy Sedaris who had been doing an advice column for the magazine for some time now? Well, yes, I was. Except I'm not. Maybe. Kind of? Anyway, here's what The Believer has on its site: "Amy Sedaris remains on sabbatical from her column-writing duties, but she’s just announced that Jerri Blank has agreed to take over Sedaratives for the summer." They're looking for people to write in who want advice on drugs, prostitution, being a total slut -- you know, stuff Jerri knows a lot about. If you have a problem you want Jerri to answer, send them to sedaratives@believermag.com. As anyone who saw the Strangers with Candy episode "Ask Jerri" knows, this woman knows how to provide sage advice to her readers, even if it might result in teenage pregnancy and the attempted murder of your lover.

[via AmySedaris.com]

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Hey kids! It's Warren Buffett!

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 9th 2006 8:53AM
warren buffett cartoonBillionaire investor Warren Buffett has some financial advice... for kids. He is going to provide the voice for a kids' cartoon series that provides basic lessons about finances and economics. Thirteen episodes of the cartoon, called The Secret Millionaire's Club, are already in production. The premise of the show is about a group of kids in Omaha who find a box of sports memorabilia that turns out to be very valuable. After making millions on the sale, the kids each become secret millionaires, investing their money based on advice from Warren Buffet. The company behind the project is DIC Entertainment and they're not sure yet if the cartoons will go directly to DVD or if someone will actually want to air them on television.

I'm not sure what age of kids these cartoons are supposed to target. One of the creators said it's important for kids to understand basic finance so, when they graduate high school, they don't make the mistake of getting a bunch of pre-approved credit cards. I agree. But, do kids watch this kind of stuff? Really?

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Dating advice from Dr. Phil

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 13th 2006 9:33AM
dr. philDr. Phil is giving advice to people who are trying to find a mate on the internet. He's signed on to dish out pearls of wisdom to potential couples on Match.com. Subscribers who pay $13/month for premium service will have access to McGraw's tips. Of course, they won't be in written form. Dr. Phil's written words just don't deliver without his incredulous looks and his Texas accent. His tips to daters will be in the form of 50 video clips, covering topics from communication, first impressions, and meaningful conversations. One of Dr. Phil's tidbits: "If you want to be a winner in love, you want to be a winner in relationships, then do what it takes." People have to pay $13/month for that crap?

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