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Weird Press Releases, Volume II: Phone-a-Celeb



Note: You can get in on the ground floor of this exciting series by reading Volume I here.

I'm in for an interesting Veteran's Day, if everything goes according to plan.

Here's a press release we received today. My comments are italicized, and in parentheses.

"Hi! You should be receiving you" (sic) "press kit for truTV's new series CONSPIRACY THEORY starring Jesse Ventura" (whaaa?) "premiering Dec. 2 at 10pm ET/PT. "

(My late grandmother's birthday, appropriately enough.. .wait, no it isn't. Though she did like Terry Bradshaw, to whom the Predator-era Ventura bears slight resemblance. Maybe I should watch Ghost Hunters on Dec. 2 instead of Conspiracy Theory, and see if my grandmother tries to make contact about this whole thing. If one of the Ghost Hunters searches the old Liberace Show set and becomes enveloped by a cloud of Estée Lauder Youth Dew parfum, that's my grandma's spirit! Or Liberace's. Or both of them, ghosting it up together. She would love that. But I digress)

"Jesse will be available for a conf. call on Wednesday, Nov. 11th at 1:30pm ET/10:30am PT. "

(Oh Dios Mio. How many people will be on this conference call? Will Kinky be on it?

What about Mr. T?

or this celebrity?

short skit taken from imaginary "Conspiracy Theory starring Jesse Ventura " conference call

Predator: Mr. Ventura, if I might just break in for a second.

Jesse Ventura: Sure, go ahead, Predator.

Predator: Did you happen to catch my appearance on Alex Jones' Infowars, calling out the Lizard People?


"We'd love for you to talk with him. With such a varied career from pro-wrestler to Mayor, to Governor to conspiracy theorist — he will definitely be an interesting interview (I speak from personal experience!)" (<--that's the PR lady, not me.)

"Below is a little info. on the show and a promo to whet your appetite — you should receive the kit and screener in the coming days." (I am waiting with baited breath, and I am not even kidding.)

"Let me know if you are interested in speaking with Jesse."

(a more recent photo than previous ones)

"CONSPIRACY THEORY WITH JESSE VENTURA — One-hour series premiering Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 10 p.m.

Former wrestler and politician Jesse Ventura sets out to uncover the truth behind the most compelling modern day conspiracy theories." (Lizard people lizard people oh please oh please lizard people)

"In this brand-new truTV series, he will travel across the country investigating cases from the perspective of both conspiracy believers and skeptics." (Actually, that sounds kind of fun. I wonder if I'm in on the call and ask him, if he'll let me come along for one of the road trips maybe.)

Ventura is executive-producing the series along with A. Smith & Co.'s Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Frank Sinton, as well as Michael Braverman and Barry Bloom of the Braverman/Bloom Co.

Heather Sautter
TNT/tbs Public Relations"


So there's that, in the afternoon. And by the time that happens, I will have interviewed (by telephone, as he lives in Los Angeles) Richard Lewis.


This Richard Lewis.

From Curb Your Enthusiasm and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.

Men in Tights photo strip from this blog. He's appearing at a new comedy club called Laugh Out Loud from Nov 19 — 21.

If you have any particular questions for Richard Lewis, let me know. I was hoping to use the exact same questions Bryan Rindfuss asked Peaches, especially:

"Being a gay icon must be exhausting. I'm curious how you would prioritize the following “club-members” for a girls' night out or a quiet evening at home: Sandra Bernhard, Donna Summer, Madonna, Grace Jones, Ellen DeGeneres, Barbara Streisand, Rachel Maddow."

I'll let you know how it goes.

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