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Aug 23, 2014
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Anonymous said: The way you say "interesting" after listening to other people is so great and also incredibly sexy.

This is the most specific compliment I’ve ever received to the point that I’m sure it’s sarcastic. But, I’m going to ignore that instinct and choose to live in a world where someone finds something about my repetitive rambling speech patterns appealing. Thank you for this very specific flattery.


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Jul 17, 2014
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EVOLVE OR DIE: This summer we BURN DOWN THE CHRIS GETHARD SHOW

thechrisgethardshow:

So I’ve been thinking a lot about The Chris Gethard Show lately. Its very existence. Why we started doing it. Why we’re doing it now. I’ve noticed a few things.

And it is time for us to BURN IT DOWN. It’s time for us to set a FOREST FIRE to this show, that might be the end of it but might just be the thing that allows new growth to happen.

In short, the motto for the rest of this summer when it comes to TCGS is EVOLVE OR DIE.

EVOLVE. OR. DIE.

That’s the new mantra. This thing has to grow, or it has to go. Those are our options.

This will be a community discussion and we’ll all find the best landing spot together.

Be prepared - a long manifesto is about to unfold below.

Here are some of my concerns. I’m sure you have your own:

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We’ve decided it’s gut check time.


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Jul 8, 2014
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elllena on Instagram »

curtisretherford:

ellena:

Scrolling through the webpage for the first time, and I’m really happy with it.

About once a month or so I look through Ellena’s entire instagram, because it always makes me feel great for some reason. Something about the fact that I’m friends with so many of those people makes me smile.

(Early on, she took my picture for this when I wasn’t looking, which is for the best.)

Ellena projects speak quietly and directly.

I remember when Ellena decided she was going to start doing this and I said something to the effect of, “not everything needs to be a project” and over time the beauty of scrolling through this page (which I frequently do) is a quiet reminder of how much I disagree with the past version of myself.


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Jul 5, 2014
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coyness said: If a person can't sleep, is it better to lie awake hoping for sleep to come, or to get up and do something in an attempt to make him/herself more tired?

In my darkest days I had some very serious sleep issues, so I know how easy it is to spin out of control— and while it’s still not something I’m great at, there are a few things that helped me get out of the danger-zone.

First, if you can’t sleep, don’t worry about it. Try to find some pleasure in the fact that you now have some extra awake time to do something you like. Go for a night walk, work on that hobby you otherwise don’t do, watch a movie you’ve never gotten around to seeing… just don’t spend your time not-sleeping worry about the fact that you’re not sleeping.

Beyond not letting it create anxiety, the other important thing for dealing with lopsided nights is having a rounded day. I have a series of rules I have to follow each day and they are the only thing that can right the ship once it’s become stuck in the waves of sleeplessness. These are rules I follow pretty strictly and when I don’t follow them I can feel myself get out of whack:

I have to eat two full meals a day and ideally three

I have to spend time outside just being outside

I have to have full conversations with at least two people

No working after 8pm

No eating after 10pm

No setting unrealistic alarms for the morning

I’m sure these rules don’t apply to everyone since they are pretty focused on the things that keep me from having a normal sleep cycle. But, the point is that having weird nights is usually associated with having weird days. Create reasonable guidelines for yourself and you’ll find it’s much easier to manage your nights.

I know you didn’t ask for all of this, but sleep is a ghost that haunts my every step and so I’ve spent a lot of time trying to be friends with it so it’s more like the Maitlands and less like Reverend Henry Kane.


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Jul 5, 2014
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Anonymous said: What do you notice first when you meet someone new?

I notice everything at once and then learn over time what things I got wrong.


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Jul 2, 2014
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twelvehourday:

12 Hour Day - Episode 4 - June 23rd, 2014



J.D. and Connor and friends are overcome by Business. It’s Summer and Connor and J.D. are determined to ride the Staten Island Ferry but are sidetracked by technical difficulties, conversations with friends, and the overwhelming anxiety surrounding the secrecy of Business. This episode has long conversational guests, a new “segment” as created by Connor, and J.D. taking lots of work phone calls. You get public time, private time, and maybe even some boat time.
Listen on Podbean: http://twelvehourday.podbean.com/e/12-hour-day-episode-4-june-23-2014/
Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/12-hour-day-j.d.-connor/id793389879
12 HOUR DAY WITH J.D. AND CONNOR is twelve hour long podcast in which comedy friends J.D. and Connor spend twelve hours together and record the whole entire thing without stopping.




Today the fourth episode of 12 Hour Day is available.
I know a lot of people still assume that they aren’t supposed to listen to this podcast— that it’s meant to exist more than it’s meant to be consumed. But, without irony or comedic hyperbole I can easily say that this podcast is one of my proudest creations. It’s a project that in almost every other multiverse Connor and I never got around to making and as such were robbed of the meaningful experiences we never predicted it would create.
The most common question asked about the podcast is, “how many people actually listen to it?” And the answer is less than would impress a stranger, but more than you think. The people who listen to this podcast and interact with us are the element that I never could have predicted. Our audience have struck a nuanced balance of objective listenership, personal empathy, and genuine engagement that has added meaning to this experience far beyond what I anticipated. It feels like we’ve found the one spot in the rainforest where you can let go of a balloon and it won’t get snagged on branches or be popped by creatures.
So, despite the fact that it seems daunting or overwhelming, I would love for you to listen to an episode of our podcast if it feels like something you could use. I think you’ll find that the way you are expected to listen to our podcast is different than how you watch Game of Thrones or how you listen to Radiolab. Thank you to everyone who already listens and have made this such a fun tiny community and I hope you all enjoy episode four.

twelvehourday:

12 Hour Day - Episode 4 - June 23rd, 2014

J.D. and Connor and friends are overcome by Business. It’s Summer and Connor and J.D. are determined to ride the Staten Island Ferry but are sidetracked by technical difficulties, conversations with friends, and the overwhelming anxiety surrounding the secrecy of Business. This episode has long conversational guests, a new “segment” as created by Connor, and J.D. taking lots of work phone calls. You get public time, private time, and maybe even some boat time.

Listen on Podbean: http://twelvehourday.podbean.com/e/12-hour-day-episode-4-june-23-2014/

Subscribe on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/12-hour-day-j.d.-connor/id793389879

12 HOUR DAY WITH J.D. AND CONNOR is twelve hour long podcast in which comedy friends J.D. and Connor spend twelve hours together and record the whole entire thing without stopping.

Today the fourth episode of 12 Hour Day is available.

I know a lot of people still assume that they aren’t supposed to listen to this podcast— that it’s meant to exist more than it’s meant to be consumed. But, without irony or comedic hyperbole I can easily say that this podcast is one of my proudest creations. It’s a project that in almost every other multiverse Connor and I never got around to making and as such were robbed of the meaningful experiences we never predicted it would create.

The most common question asked about the podcast is, “how many people actually listen to it?” And the answer is less than would impress a stranger, but more than you think. The people who listen to this podcast and interact with us are the element that I never could have predicted. Our audience have struck a nuanced balance of objective listenership, personal empathy, and genuine engagement that has added meaning to this experience far beyond what I anticipated. It feels like we’ve found the one spot in the rainforest where you can let go of a balloon and it won’t get snagged on branches or be popped by creatures.

So, despite the fact that it seems daunting or overwhelming, I would love for you to listen to an episode of our podcast if it feels like something you could use. I think you’ll find that the way you are expected to listen to our podcast is different than how you watch Game of Thrones or how you listen to Radiolab. Thank you to everyone who already listens and have made this such a fun tiny community and I hope you all enjoy episode four.


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Jun 29, 2014
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patrickcotnoir:

Jump On Three had one of my favorite sets of the weekend. So good. #dcm16 (at UCBeast)

This was a blast. Thanks to Impro(vs)standup for having us. If you missed this improv set, then you probably also missed the first ever stand-up set Maelle Doliveux did after we told her she was doing stand-up five seconds before she went on.

patrickcotnoir:

Jump On Three had one of my favorite sets of the weekend. So good. #dcm16 (at UCBeast)

This was a blast. Thanks to Impro(vs)standup for having us. If you missed this improv set, then you probably also missed the first ever stand-up set Maelle Doliveux did after we told her she was doing stand-up five seconds before she went on.


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Jun 16, 2014
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Footage of me in second grade dressed as an astronaut giving a report on Neil Armstrong (as Neil Armstrong).

My parents are in town and brought with them a stack of VHS tapes from my childhood and so I’ve been sifting through them. I don’t know why our teacher filmed these reports, but our family wasn’t camcorder-crazy so this is a rare glimpse into my school-life.

I like how excited I get when I say X15 Rocket airplane. I like my embarrassment about the size of my Neil Armstrong photo. I love my classmates’ questions. I only wish I had stayed in character more (and worn the helmet I made).


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Jun 6, 2014
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thechrisgethardshow:

Hannibal Buress joins the cast of TCGS to have genuine phone sex with callers. Truly erotic and crazy.

This ended up being a really fun episode. One of my favorites.


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Jun 3, 2014
@ 4:45 pm
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gifintcgs:

JD Amato: 
Hilarious.
Ridiculously handsome.
Almost never on camera.
(Kinda busy being the show’s Director though I guess)

Hey, these are nice things! My first TCGS GIF collection that doesn’t use the words “serial killer”, “psychotic”, or “evil” to describe me… or allude to those ideas through juxtaposition.