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 »
- Daily Shot | Daily Shot | Mon, Apr 15, 2013 12:50 PM EDT | Comments
At age 19, Andrew Jenks moved into an assisted living facility in Florida in order to capture "the meaning of life" from its elderly residents. What started as a simple, low-budget documentary turned into an international hit, Andrew Jenks, Room 335.
Since then, he’s lived the life of a 96-year-old, an NFL Cheerleader, a rapper and a homeless person--among many others--on his MTV show World of Jenks. He brought Ali a copy of his new book, My Adventures As a Young Filmmaker, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at Jenks’ childhood, his early success, and his most meaningful projects.
Ali asked him which of his many experiences affected him the most, emotionally. He told her about one night when he was filming in the nursing home, and the power went out. Many of the senior citizens were frightened and confused. “Some of them had dementia, they didn’t know where they were walking, they were peeing in their bed, they didn’t have proper oxygen,” Jenks remembered. “The next day, I co...Read More »
- Daily Shot | Daily Shot | Fri, Apr 12, 2013 12:13 PM EDT | Comments
Just when you thought it was safe to forget about that wacky horse dance everyone started doing this past July, South Korean YouTube sensation Psy is officially releasing a follow-up to his worldwide hit "Gangnam Style" today. (The song actually leaked online Thursday.) He’ll perform his new song, “Gentleman,” for the first time live in a YouTube broadcast airing early Saturday morning here in the states.
Whether or not the latest track hits the same level of success as Gangnam style, the fact that Psy has signed with Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, shows that there’s an appetite for Korean Pop music here in the states. Actress Anna Kendrick just did a Funny or Die sketch with the K-Pop group f(x).
So Ali asked music journalist Sam Lansky, of idolator.com to explain the phenomenon known as K-Pop.
While Psy is the best known K-Pop singer, Sam explained that he’s more “the court jester” of the genre. “There’s K-Pop that’s more serious, there’s K-Pop ballads, it doesn’t...Read More »