Jen Kirkman does not want kids. She's a stand-up comedian with a lot of good gigs on her plate—she appears on Chelsea Lately, makes the late night talk show rounds, and has released two successful comedy albums.
She's a busy lady, ok? But so many people asked her, "How could you NOT want to have kids?" that she actually had to write an entire book explaining the reasons why not. The book is called, "I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales from a Happy Life Without Kids."
Ali asked Jen what the biggest misconception was about women without kids. “It’s that I have all this free time,” said Jen. “That we don’t have enough stuff to fill our time with or that we’re not busy.”
Another annoying misconception? That people who don’t have kids are selfish. “To me, selfish just means you do what you want. So if you wanna have kids you do that, and if you don’t, you do that. So everyone’s selfish.”
Jen says she learned the hard way that having kids DOESN’T guarantee you won’t d...Read More »
- Daily Shot | Daily Shot | Fri, Apr 19, 2013 2:51 PM EDT | Comments
It's hard enough getting a first date, and if you want to make it to the second date, relationship expert Matthew Hussey from NBC’s ‘Ready for Love’ has five easy tips.
First, he says don’t overprepare for a date because you’ll just be self-conscious and uncomfortable. “Sometimes going straight from work is good.”
Once you get there, be tactile immediately. Reach out and touch their shoulder or say hello with a kiss on the cheek. That lets your date know that this is not just an awkward business meeting.
And once you sit down, don’t do the obvious ‘sit across the table from one another’ thing. Sit side-by-side, because that creates a more intimate vibe.
In conversation, don’t try to be everything all at once. Matthew says, “Don’t be like, ‘I’m indoorsy but also outdoorsy. I’m a guy’s girl and also a girls’ girl.’ It looks like you’re trying too hard to please.” Be honest about what you’re actually interested in.
Who does Matthew say should pay on the first date? C...Read More »
Everyone makes fun of crazy cat ladies, but did you know they come in MALE versions too? Comedian Michael Showalter is a crazy cat man, and he stopped by Daily Shot to tell Ali why we shouldn’t make fun of him and his kind.
Michael emphasized that while he lives with four cats (Billy, Louise, Sally, and Tim) he likes all animals. But what specifically makes him a ‘cat person,’ is his devotion to the species. He doesn’t just care for his indoor cats, he looks after a parade of outdoor cats. “I built some boxes outside for them to live in that I also put heating pads in, and I feed them every day.”
He also volunteers to help strays. After taking a course at the SPCA, he learned how to humanely trap feral cats so they can be neutered, as part of an effort to control New York City’s feral cat population.
Ali asked Michael why cats get a bad rap, and he had no idea. In fact, he explained that a cat man makes a great boyfriend because, “he’s in touch with his sensitive side and...Read More »
There’s a new tabloid rumor every day about when Jennifer Aniston will marry her hot boyfriend Justin Theroux. And while no one can figure out when the wedding will actually take place, they’re all saying that the actress is planning to take her boyfriend’s last name. So Ali sat down with comedian Ophira Eisenberg to talk about the pros and cons of changing your name when you get married.
A recent survey found that fewer than ten percent of American women plan to keep their names after getting married, down from 23 percent in the nineties.
Both Ali and Ophira kept their last names when they got married. Ali says she kept hers because, "I can't spell my husband's name to save my life." (If you didn't already know, Ali's husband is George Stephanopoulos.) Ophira kept hers because, "it never occurred to me once to take my husband's name."
Both women agreed that the case for taking a husband’s name, these days, often comes down to convenience. Ali always says, “Ali Stephano...Read More »
- Daily Shot | Daily Shot | Tue, Apr 16, 2013 2:01 PM EDT | Comments
If you use twitter, there's a good chance you're following today's guest. Kelly Oxford literally tweeted her way to success, 140 characters at a time. The Canadian blogger had been telling stories online for years—stories about her life as stay-at-home mom of three in Edmonton. But when she joined Twitter in 2009, her witty observations started attracting the attention of people in very high places. People like Jimmy Kimmel, Jessica Alba, and the late Roger Ebert started following her. Hollywood came calling, and she ended up selling two TV pilots to the networks, and, more recently, a movie script to Warner Brothers.
These days, Kelly and her family live in LA, where they hang out with Kristen Bell and Mindy Kaling. She has over a half a million followers on Twitter, and this month, she added ‘bestselling author’ to her resume. Her new book of essays “Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar," is flying off the shelves.
To see Kelly’s conversation with Ali about her new book,...Read More »