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Jon Hotchkiss is a 14 time Emmy loser and host of the new series, Pizza With Writers.

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I Was Pranked By Muhammed Ali

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2016 | 5:00 PM


In 1993, I was a page at NBC in New York. Most of the job was to give tours of the building and seat audiences at TV shows. A small part of the job was much more complicated. Shooing Al Roker from the cafeteria buffet. I'm kidding. Al...

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Endemol, World's Biggest TV Producer, Bullies World's Best Dad

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 1:56 PM

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Hi. I'm Jon Hotchkiss, a 14 time Emmy nominee (really) and I make TV shows.

I've worked on quite a few... some you've liked (Politically Incorrect, Penn & Teller, Curb Your Enthusiasm)...and some no one liked, like The Late Late Show with Craig...

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10 Things That Will Improve Your Happiness

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 12:29 PM

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What is happiness?

Some might say:

  • It's sipping mai-tais on a Hawaiian beach at sunset.
  • Or, it's watching your kid hit the game winning homer in the bottom of the 9th.
  • A surprise party where all your friends dress up as you...
  • ...
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Surviving A Crash & Avoiding Hypothermia (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 3:16 PM

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On January 15, 2009 US Air flight 1549 took off from New York's LaGuardia airport headed for Charlotte, North Carolina. Three minutes into the flight, the plane hit a flock of geese that crippled both of the jet's engines. Captain Chesley Sullenberger...

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Women, 'Hysteria' and Vibrator History

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 12:46 AM

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As Solicitor General from the state of Texas in 2007, Ted Cruz supported legislation that banned the sale of sex toys, vibrators and plastic vaginas. Why? Because sex toys represent two things Ted Cruz is against: 1. Sex. And 2. Fun.

In...

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Does Supporting Trump Make You Less Attractive To The Opposite Sex?

(1) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 10:03 AM

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In just a moment, you'll get to see an experiment to determine if support for Donald Trump makes you suddenly less attractive to the opposite sex. But first, some background.

According to a Princeton University study, when we meet someone...

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Diets Don't Work -- Here's Why

(1) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 8:04 AM

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According to the National Institutes of Health, 68 percent of Americans are either overweight or obese. The other 32 percent have been contestants on America's Next Top Model.

Thanks to America's weight obsession, more than 110 million of us...

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My Donald Trump Conspiracy Theory

(11) Comments | Posted March 1, 2016 | 4:24 PM

I don't believe in conspiracy theories. I don't believe the moon landing was a hoax. I don't think the US government had anything to do with crashing airplanes into the Twin Towers. I don't believe our President is a Muslim from Kenya.

I believe in science. I trust science. And...

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On Joke Theft and Amy Shumer: Thoughts From a 14-Time Emmy Nominee

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 7:00 AM

Thanks to a judicial order, I can't tell you why I know a little something about idea theft in Hollywood. If I do tell, I'll have to give back all the money I've saved for my kid's college. And I don't want to do that. So, you'll have to trust...

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This One Guy With 14 Emmy Nominations and a Pizza Started a New TV Network

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 11:30 AM

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I just did something stupid. No, I didn't donate my kid's college tuition money to Donald Trump For President. That would be "monumentally stupid."

What I did was start a...

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World's. Best. Travel Tip. Ever! I Promise.

(2) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 4:21 PM

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Before I tell you the world's best travel tip -- and I will, I promise -- I need to give you some context.

In the summer of 2014, my family (wife, two kids ages 9 and 13 and me, age, 48) went to...

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Thanks to David Letterman, I Have a Wife, Job and Best Friend

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 4:11 PM

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Five words. Just five words: Revolutionary. Hilarious. Mischievous. Subversive. Anarchical.

At age 14, I would have had no idea what four of those words meant, but looking back, that is surely why David Letterman's short lived 1980 morning show enthralled me. It's why...

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My Wife Ruined Dinner

(2) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 9:12 AM

There's one thing all Americans, regardless of race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation or political affiliation can agree on: Christina Hendricks character Joan on Mad Men is the sexiest TV character. Ever!

The other thing Americans agree on is that dinner is the best meal of the day.

Everyone loves...

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I Was Robbed: Literally

(1) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 11:14 PM

I was the victim of a burglary. I know this because that's what it says on the copy of the Los Angeles Police Department Investigative Report I was given by Officer Norman of the Van Nuys branch of the LAPD (note: the officer's name has been changed)

The burglary happened...

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That Cat Call Video (#Analysis & #Video #Response)

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 5:22 PM

By now everyone has seen that cat calling video, right? The one with the young woman in New York City who gets cat called about 100 times over the course of 10 hours while walking alone through various parts of New York City. As of Oct 30 at 1:30 pm...

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Revenge Porn and the Failure of 39 U.S. States

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2014 | 12:07 AM

Of all the types of porn there are -- amateur, B&D, S&M, A&E, three-way, girl-on-girl, three girls, one guy, his mother, and her sister, that crazy shit they do in Germany -- my least favorite is something called "revenge porn."

But, you won't find a revenge...

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Texas Court OKs "Up Skirts": WTF?!

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 4:19 PM

This week, the Texas Court of Appeals made a ruling that is both outrageous and grotesque... and for the first time in recorded history, it has nothing to do with either abortion or the death penalty.

Rather, the court handed down a ruling in a case in which a photographer...

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Ringling Brothers vs Animal Activists (VIDEO)

(60) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 12:29 PM

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Elephants perform at the Ringling Bros circus, July 15, 2014

"Ladies and gentlemen... boys and girls... children of all ages...." There is no phrase in the English language filled with more genuine enthusiasm, anticipation and excitement... and that includes both the other...

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The Perks of Fame Revealed: A Second Piece of Costco Sample Sausage

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2014 | 12:02 AM

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You've been to Costco, right? You've seen the people who set up a stand and give away samples of meatballs or fish sticks or crab dip, right? You know that the people giving out the samples will often say if you ask for...

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7 Simple Things I Do That Greatly Improved My Life... That You Should Do, Too

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 1:04 PM

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The author poses with Miss USA 2011, Alyssa Campenella. This photo hangs on the wall at Mullberry Street Pizza in Sherman Oaks, CA. It's captioned "Thanks for the great pizza. Sorry I ruined the photo."

Below, a list of seven simple things...

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