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Identity Crisis, part 413

Written by Alison | January 7th, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Comments

So yet again I’m wondering how I should be labeling myself. I’m wondering this specifically because I’m on Red Eye tonight and they’ve taken to referring to me as a self-professed pop culture expert and contributing editor to Page Six Magazine. And I am both those things but I’m also a blogger, writer and sort of comedian. I mean, I’m funny. Like really fucking funny. Sometimes I look at myself and just laugh and laugh. Sometimes I drink milk and think of something I said and then shoot milk out my nose. Then I drink coke and think about the milk and the coke comes out my nose! Seriously, you should never sit across from me. I’m like Gallagher but with beverages. Also, I’ve never really shot drinks out of my nose. Who does that? So should I be introduced as a blogger and comedian? A writer, blogger and comedian? And fake body language expert.

While in Canada, DJ from Roseanne (ok fine, his name is Michael Fishman) said “so, what are you?” and I hemmed and hawed (note: I’ve never written hawed before. It looks wrong somehow. It looks wrawng) and then Amelie Gillette whose name I’m likely misspelling suggested I be a “fun-dit.”

I liked it until my brain started hearing fun-dip and then I got distracted.

Anyway, yesterday I ran into an editor-in-chief in the bathroom, which is truly my favorite place to run into people I’m slightly intimidated by and she asked me what my plans are for 2009. “Was thinking I’d put on some lip gloss and get the fuck out of here!” I didn’t say. Instead I hemmed and hawed (TWICE in one blog post!)

Maybe I should just put it out there to the universe? That I’d like to one day host my own funny late night talk show that doesn’t have to be late at night and I’d also like to write more cover stories for well-paying national magazines and I’d like to finally master these splenda meringues because sometimes the egg whites aren’t as voluminous as I’d like?

Do I dare say all this?

Oh, also, I’d like to write a book, write comedy and nail the Russian shuffle. (so-called because one card is “rushin‘” right after the other. TRULY! I KID YOU NOT! I WOULD NOT LIE TO YOU!)

I’ve spent more time today on the shuffle than on the book. See, the other night I was watching Red Eye, the one with the BEST OF 2008 segment, which is essentially like googling yourself except less instant feedback and more fast forwarding and I had to put up with the first half which had real guests and stuff. I think the topic was New Year’s resolutions and Clayton Morris mentioned that he wanted to shuffle cards in a cool way and I think Bill maybe said he did too and that reminded me that that was once MY dream. And yet I abandoned it like a newborn in a dumpster. See this blog post for what happened.

But in the years since, the internet has improved when it comes to card shuffling and now I don’t have to settle for magic tricks. So I’m teaching myself how to do this stuff. I’m at about 55 percent at this point, meaning I can shoot cards all around the room and then roll over them with a computer chair.

Also, who can almost do the ribbon spread? I so almost can! And the one-handed fan. But the Russian shuffle is really the piece de resistance. I mean, once you master that bad boy you won’t even mind that you don’t have any dates.

The Ribbon Spread

Between this, raising each of my eyebrows individually and blowing spit bubbles off the end of my tongue, how can I fail?

letters? send them!

Written by Alison | January 14th, 2008 at 10:25 pm | Comments

Greetings lovelies. I just got back from doing Red Eye. At the table and everything! Today was crazy so I apologize for the lag in posting comments! Thank you Ted for your brainteasers! I got the ONE WORD one but the shark one stumped me. More brainteasers! And now, a request: if you like the movie segment I’ve been doing and want to see it continue please please please email redeye [at] and say as much. Then get your friends to write in (if they sincerely like it too). Lots of letters! Oodles of letters! I will be forever grateful!

Also, I passed Tonya Reiman, the real body language expert (from O’Reilly) in the lobby tonight and she smiled at me and I thought “Hi. I’ve parodied you.” It was a weird little moment. Also, she’s quite statuesque. As is Megyn Kelly. And Angelica Bridges, who was on the show tonight.

I guess that’s all.

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And here’s my movie segment from last night’s Red Eye

Written by Alison | January 5th, 2008 at 5:31 pm | Comments

If you get bored just scroll ahead to the post-game wrap up part! Also, I’m noticing I lapse into this strange way of speaking when I do these segments (these and the body language ones). It’s my smarmy and somewhat clipped faux official news voice. The first thing to go, apparently, are the contractions.

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Last night’s Red Eye

Written by Alison | November 1st, 2007 at 8:20 pm | Comments

I feel like I should explain, but I’m too tired.

Here’s the clip though.

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Showing off my acting chops

Written by Alison | October 17th, 2007 at 6:10 pm | Comments

Get this, people: my vision is 20/20 and I wasn’t really talking to Rupert! I was pretending!

Body Language segment 10/16/07

Written by Alison | October 17th, 2007 at 9:37 am | Comments

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This one’s like the one below, only with the tease at the beginning

Written by Alison | October 6th, 2007 at 11:21 am | Comments

It sounded less tawdry in my head, I swear!

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The segment formerly knows as "bawdy language"

Written by Alison | October 5th, 2007 at 12:20 pm | Comments

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