Stuart Scott has long been one of the best anchors on ESPN. He’s charming, funny, witty, charismatic, and a host of other fun qualities. His comedic timing in ESPN commercials is always spot on (check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4HBEat2H_s).
As with most public figures, we rarely get a glimpse into their sensitive side or their personal lives - with the exception of trashy reality stars. Last night at the ESPYS, Scott welcomed the world into his battle with cancer and showed a depth and presence we don’t often see on SportsCenter. It’s one of the best moments I’ve seen on television. We need more honesty in this world.
Media Announces LeBron James’ Silence Means He Plans to Retire
The media of the Associated Press has announced LeBron James’ plans to retire from basketball this summer. For the past 10 days, LeBron has remained exceedingly quiet about where he plans to play next season. Though LeBron himself has said nothing, leaks keep coming from his camp, from potential cities, from media insiders, and from my grandmother that he plans to play in Miami, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Dallas, or the National Junior Basketball Association chapter of Redwood City. It seems every 10 minutes another report comes out that he has changed his mind and is going somewhere else to play.
After 10 days of LeBron frenzy and speculation, Chris Broussard of ESPN said today that he “expects LeBron to announce his retirement by the end of the week.” When asked for details, Broussard simply said, “Well he’s giving me nothing. I’m freaking out over here!”
It wouldn’t be the first time an athlete retired at the peak of his game. In 1999, Barry Sanders shockingly walked away from football even though he remained one of the best running backs in the sport. It brings new light to the 2007 LeBron interview when, after losing the NBA finals, he said, “I want to be the Barry Sanders of basketball.” At the time, everyone assumed that meant he wanted to be a legend in his sport, but apparently he wanted to quit while he was ahead and go out on top like Seinfeld.
When asked for comment, the entire city of Cleveland wept silently.
In honor of Independence Day, here’s a clip of me improving with an audience about fireworks. If you didn’t know, I have a firework addiction problem. Like the kind of problem where I’ve been arrested multiple times for fireworks. The handcuffed, put in cop cars, court dates, hire a lawyer kind of problem. Here’s hoping I don’t get arrested this year. Some of you might say, “Just stop doing fireworks.” To that I say, America never gave up, neither will I.
I definitely have World Cup fever! I have watched part of every game in this World Cup so far. I can’t get enough. It’s ruining my life. I’m not being productive, but my excuse is it only happens once every four years, so back off. In honor of the World Cup, here’s some video of the greatest goal I’ve ever seen at a World Cup. Thank you Mr. Bergkamp. You are forever in my dreams.
At the Venice Music and Arts Festival in Venice Beach, this creepy bald guy in a wetsuit danced his heart out, acted inappropriately with women, and then gave up. It was pretty hilarious to watch. Awkward dancing is my favorite.
Who is the “Slenderman” character that allegedly inspired 12-year-old girls to stab a classmate near Milwaukee?
Slenderman is like the Bloody Mary of my generation for kids today. When I was 8, we’d look into the mirror and say “Bloody Mary” three times fast in the hopes that she’d appear. When she didn’t appear, we’d giggle heartily and accuse other people of being wimps. We rarely heard stories of what others did to impress Bloody Mary because we didn’t have the internet. Now, the internet spreads stories like wildfire, and it can turn into a horrify game of one-upmanship.
In the new web series Roustabout, Kurt Braunohler will jet ski the entire length of the Mississippi to raise enough money to send 500 goats and 1,000 chicken…
This is one of the coolest things any comedian has ever done. Kurt Braunohler is jet skiing the length of the Mississippi. That’s pretty cool in and of itself, but what I think is really cool is that he’s doing it to raise money for Heifer International, the non-profit aid organization that helps send animals to those in need in Africa. An animal like a chicken, goat, or cow can change an entire family’s existence by providing milk, eggs, and cheese.
I’ve long believed that comedy has the power to improve the world. It’s great that as a comedian I can brighten up someone’s bad day with some jokes. That’s one of my favorite parts of being a comedian. But I want to do more than that to improve the world, and Kurt is showing me that it’s possible to use comedy to do more. As Uncle Ben said, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” As public figures, comics have the ability to influence how people think. We can highlight social injustice and make people think about it in a different light. We might affect the way some people think for only one second, but we might affect others for a lifetime. I’d rather use that power to support things like gay marriage than to make fun of gay people because it’s an easy life. Jet skiing the Mississippi is ridiculous and stupid, but if it gets people thinking about sending aid to Africa, then it’s the smartest thing anyone is currently doing. We can use comedy for the greater good.
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I went to the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles last night and my brain hurts. The universe is big. Like bigger than the Pacific Ocean. Sometimes I watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean and think there’s nothing bigger than that. Turns out, that’s pretty much the smallest thing. It’s hard to wrap my brain around. The universe is unending, ever expanding, and unquantifiable. I’m so glad I wasn’t high when I went into the planetarium or my brain would have exploded.
Here’s the thing that struck me the most; in a universe so vast, our thinking is so small. How can you worry about gay marriage when everything you can imagine exists somewhere in the deep recesses of space? There’s a planet where people marry clones of themselves, and somehow you think you’ve figured it out. How can you argue you have the one right religion when you gaze at the myriad stars in the night sky? In that wide expanse, God wouldn’t be so narrow minded to create only one to enlightenment. How can you not be good to the people around you? I can’t wrap my head around the nothingness and everythingness of the universe, but I know I can impact the lives I touch by being joyful and generous.
The world of most individuals is tiny. Every day we go to the same place of work and back to the same place we sleep. We go to the same restaurants over and over because we know them and there are no surprises. We pick the same beer because we like it and it’s safe. Our place in the universe is tiny, but our existence doesn’t have to be so small. There are billions upon billions of galaxies, and each galaxy has billions upon billions of stars. If everything is possible out there, it inspires me that anything is possible down here. Dare to try new things, dare to push your limits and test your boundaries, dare to be good to others even when you don’t feel like it, dare to be the best version of yourself.
The actress Helen Mirren said it best when she said, “Everything is completely accidental and random. Sometimes bad things happen to very good people and sometimes good things happen to bad people. But at least if you try to do good things, then you’re spending your time doing something worthwhile.”
My flight got cancelled at the airport recently and the entire time I was waiting to get rebooked on a new flight, this girl was dancing on the moving walkway. She didn’t give a fuck who was watching, she wanted to dance. And she never stopped. I stood in line for 90 minutes and she kept going back and forth, back and forth, dancing the whole time. To be honest, I was jealous. I want to dance in public whenever I feel like it, but I don’t because then other adults think I’m a crazy person. So I say dance crazy girl, dance.
I just learned about finger butting and it’s hilarious. Everyone should be doing this! Just bend your index finger and hold it in front of the camera on your phone and position your subject in the middle. It looks just like someone looking at a naked person. It’s my favorite thing. I’m immature.
San Francisco Weekly describes Grant Lyon as “a hilariously sharp observer, not one of those tired white-guy bellyachers.” Born in Los Angeles, taken to Chicago for middle school, high school in Sacramento, college in Santa Cruz, Grant has been around. He is a practitioner of sophisticated immaturity - his comedy blends intelligent wit with pure silliness all while maintaining a relaxed surfer-dude personality. A history major in college, his infatuation with this nation’s past and present stand out throughout his show.
A former collegiate soccer player with UC Santa Cruz, Grant decided to pursue a career on stage instead of on the field. He was a featured performer at the Asheville Comedy Festival, winner of the Colorado Mile High Comedy Competition, finished 2nd in the Ice House Comedy Competition, appeared in the prestigious San Francisco Comedy Competition, and has opened for names like Bobby Lee and Robin Williams. He is a member of the sketch comedy group Four In The Back, performs improv regularly, and is an accomplished actor. His comedy is clever and honest, a unique combination of social commentary and ridiculous observations.