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Greg Archer
Greg Archer—author, TV host, award-winning journalist, editor, culture vulture, and profiler of celebs and advocates for change near and far. Professional mood swinger.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Greg is the author of the forthcoming memoir, "Chasing Grace," a compelling tale of one Polish family's odyssey surviving Stalin's wrath during the 1940s and the under-reported events of the 2 million Polish deportees sent into Siberia labor camps. ("A captivating 'Eat Pray Love' meets Carrie Fisher by way of a Polish Alex Haley!'")

Loves adding zeroes at the end of numbers in his checkbook and moving the commas to the left. Co-author of "Shut Up Skinny Bitches!"

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Email him at greg AT gregarcher DOT com or visit his web site.

Entries by Greg Archer

Robin Williams: An Agent of Change on Many Levels

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 3:11 PM

Courtesy: HBO

Robin Williams. So much will be written about the man in the coming days in the aftermath of his sudden death on Monday. Mr. Williams was a legend, after all; he was a resilient actor and a comedic genius...

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Jeff Ross on Roasting, Comedy and His Brand-new Material

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 3:56 PM

Photo: Courtesy CC

Verbal spars often make for great comedy and if there's anybody who can give good comedic tongue, it's Jeff Ross. Dubbed Roastmaster General by Comedy Central after numerous gut-busting verbal assaults on the network's popular...

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Once Hits San Francisco: The Surprising Backstory of the Tony-winning Musical

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 3:54 PM

Courtesy: TheaterWorld

I often write about agents of change. You know, those enterprising souls whose work in the world somehow makes a positive difference. So inspired am I by the rare posse of filmmakers, authors and health advocates I come across,...

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Kelly McGillis: 'I Have to Be True to Myself'

(4) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 5:22 PM


Back in the '80s, Kelly McGillis found fame for her roles in Witness, Top Gun and The Accused. She was one of the darlings of Hollywood, but by the '90s, she was ready to take a break from Tinseltown and...

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Agents of Change: 5 Inspiring Men Worthy of Your Attention Right Now

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2014 | 12:31 PM

Joe Putignano

They walk among us--those agents of change--but sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are. Meet five souls who rise above the masses.

5. Joe Putignano
The man turned heads and...

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Joan Collins: The Mother of All Confessions Continues

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 6:53 PM

Courtesy photo

On-screen bitchslaps aside, Joan Collins' six-decade career stands out as one of the more colorful, eventful romps to emerge from the annals of Hollywood. From 1950s ingenue to scene-stealing Alexis Carrington Colby on TV's Dynasty in the...

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Agents of Change: 6 Inspiring People Worthy Of Your Attention Right Now

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 7:17 PM

Viktor Kee

They walk among us--those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are. Take note of six noteworthy souls that strive to make the world a better place.

6. Viktor Kee

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Hope for Ukraine: Amidst a Mounting Crisis, One Man Fights Back Creatively

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 3:31 PM


photo: The Huffington Post

Several weeks ago, when Ukrainian-American Viktor Kee decided that he would embark on a cross-country road trip to generate support for his troubled homeland, he had no idea how unpredictable the headwinds of fate could...

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Agents of Change: 7 Inspiring People Worthy of Your Attention Right Now

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 2:20 PM

Masha Alyokhina (left) and Nadya Tolokonnikova of the band Pussy Riot chat with Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report. Photo: Comedy Central

7. Pussy Riot
True, the six members of Pussy Riot -- that wildly fascinating Russian...

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5 Unforgettable Carmel Check-ins

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 10:58 PM


Those people who still consider Carmel just a place for the 55+ crowd, think again. In just the span of a few short years, the famous town-by-the-sea has gone through a makeover nobody saw coming. Swimming nicely into its rushing creative stream...

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Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna: 5 Things That Make It Stunning

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 12:26 PM


Cirque du Soleil's breathtaking "Amaluna" pushes previous creative boundaries and establishes itself as one of the most captivating and enterprising outings to unfold under the big top in some time.

And that is no easy feat, considering the fact...

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Super Bowl 2014 Ads: Five That Will Blow You Away

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 10:31 AM


Forget the real field goals for a moment and savor the creative touchdowns several advertisers hope to make in Super Bowl 2014 on Sunday, Feb. 2.

True, the giant platform allows for mega brand exposure -- and around...

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Leslie Jordan: Confessions of a Modern-Day 'Fruit Fly'

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 5:12 PM


Leslie Jordan's voracious comedic appetite is on vivid display in his one-man show Fruit Fly, but the Emmy winner, who recently had a stint on American Horror Story: Coven, is hungry for an answer to a very pressing...

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Betty Buckley: Ready To Take On San Francisco

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 1:41 PM


She's a Tony Award-winner, a TV star, a celebrated singer/performer with commanding vocals, and, apparently, a woman who loves horses. This is Betty Buckley--a big, bold, lover of life.

True, my first glimpse of Ms. Buckley arrived back in the '70s...

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The Golden Girls: Drag Ensemble's Holiday Show Adds Sizzle To A TV Classic

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 4:49 PM

The gals return with all-new "episodes."

Before the world insisted on Facebook friends, we settled for quality one-on-one time. Or, at the very least, something that loosely resembled the likes of Dorothy, Sophia, Rose and Blanche, the beloved characters on the classic,...

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5 Unforgettable San Francisco Check-ins

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 3:58 PM

Waterbar in San Francisco

As 2013 speeds rapidly to a glorious fork in the road and the path to 2014 comes into much clearer view, reflection seems to par for the course around this time of year. Deep personal insights...

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Mountaintop Removal: Two Ecosexuals Fight Back Hard

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 6:05 PM


Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the most revered American essayists and lecturers and the man at the helm of the Transcendentalist Movement of the mid-19th Century, was reportedly fond of the Appalachian Mountains. In fact, he once mused: "Here among the...

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Bobby Lee On Comedy, Survival And Being 'A Big, Sweaty Ball Of Flesh'

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 9:57 PM

Photo: LiveNation

Being a comedian isn't always that glamorous. It's common knowledge that, for the most part, comics endure an excruciating ride professionally and emotionally. All those years of having to prove yourself--the highs, the lows, the gigs you get, the gigs you'll...

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Willie Nelson: A Highly Irreverent Deconstruction Of The Music Legend

(2) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 5:49 PM


WARNING: This article contains mood swings, deep, sometimes haunting personal confessions and occasional marijuana usage. On the flipside: No animals were harmed during the creation of this story.

Willie Nelson is a bona fide music...

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James Franco: Comedy Central Roast Packs Some Punch (VIDEO)

(24) Comments | Posted August 31, 2013 | 10:51 AM

Revelers and roasters hit the Red Carpet for The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco with spunk and fervor recently and their target was clear: To poke fun at the eclectic Oscar nominee/filmmaker/artist/Yale student/teacher/esoteric, creative beast.

The Roast airs at 10 p.m. (9 p.m. Central) Sept. 2 (Labor Day).

The outing boasts a more youthful demographic with Roastmaster Seth Rogen at the helm alongside SNL alums Andy Samberg and Bill Hader -- watch him bring down the house with his bit. Other notables, including Jonah Hill, Sarah Silverman, Natasha Leggero, Aziz Ansari (nice book deal, man!) and über roast meister, Jeff Ross (aka The Roastmaster General), brought some new zest into the franchise and the show could go down as one of CC's finest--humorous, outlandish and surprisingly grounded.

Things to expect: Roasters ripped Franco for his Oscar hosting performance (easy target!), his varied film roles, his Yale virility, his sexuality, his art and much more.

"It didn't hurt," Franco mused after the show, which was taped at Culver Studios. "If you're going to do this kind of thing, you should just be ready for whatever. It's not like I haven't heard criticism about my performance in the Oscars. Or jokes about my choice of gay roles. I feel great and I feel everyone was awesome."

Interactive play and Social Media fodder won't hurt, either. Comedy Central has unleashed some inventive games and videos on its website. (Hello XBOX!)

I hit the Red Carpet prior to the Roast's taping. Take a look (above) at the gaggle of celebs who zipped by--including Franco's grandmother, Mitzie.

Onward ...


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