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Erich Origen
Erich Origen is a comedy writer, performer, and New York Times-bestselling author. His books include The Adventures of Unemployed Man,Goodnight Bush, and Don't Let the Republican Drive the Bus!. Check out for more.

Entries by Erich Origen

Fossey-Fosse: Let's Get Animal

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 1:42 PM


My fellow primates, I'm pleased to announce the new musical comedy Fossey-Fosse. Son of famed zoologist Dian Fossey and celebrated choreographer Bob Fosse, Fossey-Fosse is Master of the Mating Dance.

Fossey-Fosse's unique childhood, spent with both the...

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Enjoy Fine Dining at Fiscal Cliffs

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 8:29 AM

At the new Fiscal Cliffs restaurant in Washington, the astounding seasonal menu highlights the vast disparity between would-be cuts to spending and enormous troves of lost revenue. Diners can choose from small plates like "Cold Medicare Cuts" and very large plates like "Prime Tax Cuts with local vulture urohydrosis trickle...

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Living and Dying by Who's President

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 10:03 PM

I was just talking to an uneducated older white man (the sole demographic going all in for Romney) who told me he's voting for Romney -- but doesn't really care either way, because he doesn't "live and die by who's president."

Well, sir, I do live and die by who's...

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A Hurricane: Obama's First Term

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 12:01 PM

Hurricane Sandy is a microcosm of Obama's first term.

In his response to crises, we see a stark difference between the competence of Obama and the malfeasance of his predecessor, whose contempt for government doomed everything from the start.

The damage from the storm is visible and widespread,...

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What's the Problem With the Poor?

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2011 | 11:24 AM

The New York Times recently did a piece on the "near poor," those who live just above the official measure of poverty in America. 

Predictably, some convenient ideologue was trotted out from the Heritage Foundation to say, “I don’t have any objection to this measure if you use the term...

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Buying Back Our Employees in Congress

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 1:02 AM

Would you knowingly hire someone who was going to spend most of the time working for someone else instead of you?

Hell no, you wouldn't.

That is precisely what all of us are allowing to happen with our employees in Congress. We pay them to do the work of the...

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Unemployment: What Is Obama's Plan B?

(35) Comments | Posted June 22, 2011 | 5:35 PM

(Image above from the graphic novel The Adventures of Unemployed Man, featuring Obama, Unemployed Man, and his aging sidekick Plan B.)

With unemployment remaining a major issue in the 2012 presidential campaign, it's clear that Obama needs a Plan B...

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What is Gratitude? Well, Here's What It's Not

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2011 | 4:16 PM

So far I've written over 100 entries for the Encyclopedia of Gratitude, a wide-ranging compendium of things to be grateful for. Over the course of this project, I've learned a bit about gratitude.

Asking "What is gratitude?" is not that different from asking "What is...

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Good Idea: Reward Losers That Produce Winners, Like in College Sports

(7) Comments | Posted May 14, 2011 | 2:42 PM

In college sports the winner takes the trophy, the glory, and the inherent rewards of being the best. Financially, though, it's a different ballgame.

When any college team wins the national championship, a large portion of the winnings are distributed among all league members. The winner gets a good chunk,...

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Help Make the Encyclopedia of Gratitude Happen

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2011 | 3:03 PM

I'm happy to announce the launch of the Encyclopedia of Gratitude -- a reference that changes how you experience life by giving you a world of things to be grateful for.

A couple of threads weaving through my life inspired this idea.

To promote The Adventures of Unemployed...

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