Show Notes for Saturday, May 06 & Sunday, May 07, 2023

Today we visit with Nate Sherman and Nick Vokey about their animated existential workplace comedy set on the Martian campus of a modern tech company. FIRED ON MARS is on HBO Max.

Jeff Cooper (Luke Wilson) has it all: a fulfilling career as the graphic designer for space start-up, a relationship with his soon-to-be Red Planet-bound girlfriend, Hannah, and… well, maybe that’s it. But when his bosses unceremoniously eliminate his role, Jeff finds himself jobless and unable to return to Earth. Adrift aboard the sprawling office colony, Jeff is forced to reinvent himself as he attempts to find meaning in a dangerous, alien, yet all-too-familiar corporate landscape. An existential and irreverent animated comedy series, FIRED ON MARS explores the precarious relationship between work and self... light years away from Earth.

Nate Sherman is the co-creator of HBO Max’s FIRED ON MARS. From upstate New York, he moved to Los Angeles in 2010 to produce film and tv, working for Barry Mendel and Judd Apatow before co-creating WET CITY for Adult Swim. He’s also worked as an advertising creative, including designing the STRANGER THINGS logo and key art in 2016.

Nick Vokey is the co-creator of HBO Max’s FIRED ON MARS. Originally from Massachusetts, Nick co-created the shorts WET CITY and DUNE HARDCAR plus he created the comic COACH BIRD MD. Nick resides in Los Angeles, CA.

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May 06

National Play Outside Day

International No Diet Day

National Fitness Day

Kentucky Derby

Free Comic Book Day

National Bombshells’ Day

National Start Seeing Monarchs Day

Join Hands Day

National Crepe Suzette Day

National Beverage Day

National Nurses Day

National Homebrew Day

National Scrapbook Day

May 07

National Tourism Day

National Packaging Design Day

National Barrier Awareness Day

National Lemonade Day

National Roast Leg Of Lamb Day

National Paste Up Day

National Infertility Survival Day

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A survey said the average little kid will watch his or her favorite movie over 244 times before giving it up.

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Covid-sniffing dogs can help detect infections in schools, a new study suggests. By simply smelling ankles and feet, canines are already being used to screen for Covid infections in sports venues, airports and other public settings. Now, research, published this week in the journal JAMA Pediatrics says the sniffing technique should be incorporated in grade schools as a fun way to detect traces of the disease. It has been found that dogs alerted their handlers to infections with an accuracy rating of 90%.

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Michael J Fox has shared an update about his health condition, admitting that living with Parkinson’s disease is “getting tougher” every day. On CBS Sunday Morning, he sat down with Jane Pauley to talk about the increasing obstacles that come with the disease as he ages. During the interview, the “Back to the Future” star said his condition is “getting worse”, and saying: “You don’t die from Parkinson’s. You die with Parkinson’s. So, I’ve been thinking about the mortality of it. I’m not gonna be 80. I’m not gonna be 80.”

Comedian and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” actor Richard Lewis has revealed in a social media post that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 2 years ago. He began his video by sharing that he was just wrapped Season 12 of Curb Your Enthusiasm a few of weeks ago and expressed his gratitude for being a part of that great show, “But,” he said, “the last three and a half years I’ve had sort of a rocky time.” He went on to detail how he had back surgery, shoulder surgery, shoulder replacement surgery and hip replacement surgery “back to back to back to back,” then came his Parkinson’s diagnosis. On the positive side, the 75-year-old said he “got it late in life, and they say you progress very slowly if at all.”

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If a friend or co-worker makes a joke at your expense, or comes up with a “fun” insult, how should you respond? The problem is that is you act as if the comment didn’t offend you, that may invite a repeat performance — but taking exception might result serious conflict. This is where Harvard-trained etiquette expert Sara Jane Ho comes in. Ho is not only the founder of a finishing school, she also has her own Netflix show, called “Mind Your Manners”. She says that when someone is rude to you, you should use this 3-word response: “Are you OK?” According to her, saying ‘Are you OK?’ signals that even if you don’t take the comment personally, you didn’t appreciate it. In order not to be offensive back, you should say it in a friendly way, so it “sounds as though it is coming from a place of care, and that’s usually (enough) to put the person in check.” One more thing: Regardless of who made the negative comment, remember to not let it control your mood. Ho says: “The greatest power is showing that the other person doesn’t have power over you.”

You may have already heard this, but it’s definitely worth mentioning, because how often does Mark Zuckerberg hand out money? A massive $725 million settlement involving Facebook’s parent company Meta was tentatively approved by a judge last month, paving the way for users of the social media platform in the US to apply for a chunk of the payout. Meta has agreed to the payment to settle a class action lawsuit claiming Facebook allowed users’ personal data to be shared with third parties, harvesting the data of as many as 87 million people. Facebookers have until Aug. 25 to submit a claim online or via snail mail. (And when you get your money, be sure to post about it!) LINK:

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Every time you shuffle a deck of cards, you get a combination that’s probably never existed.

When pitched, the average Major League baseball rotates 15 times before being hit.

From a complete stop, a human is capable of outrunning a Formula One Race car for about 30 feet.

Boring, Oregon, Dull, Scotland, and Bland, Australia are sister cities.


Question: What is the most used word that moms say to their kids?

Answer: No

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A drunk student has been busted for allegedly peeing on a business-class passenger during a 15-hour flight from New York to India. 21-year-old Aryan Vohra was arrested in Delhi late Saturday as he stepped off a flight, after the pilot had radioed ahead to warn of a “disruptive customer” who “was heavily intoxicated”. Officials said: “He was repeatedly arguing with the operating crew, was not willing to be seated and continuously endangering the safety of crew and aircraft. After disturbing the safety of fellow passengers, [he] finally urinated on a passenger.” Vohra told cops that he’d tried to go to the bathroom, but the door was locked.

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TikTok’er Kat Kamalani is a flight attendant who shares all sorts of advice for flying that only a person in her job would know. Here are some things she does now when flying, thanks to her on-the-job experience…

1. Try lifting your carry-on at home to see if you can put it in the overhead compartment. If not, remove some stuff. (And remember – you’ll probably have more stuff for the trip home…)

2. Look at the placard on the airplane. It’s a little diagram that tells you whether the luggage should be stored vertically or horizontally. This saves so much time.

3. Ask for assistance. Although it isn’t the flight attendant’s job to lift your carry-on, they are happy to assist you.

And here are some more of her travel tips…

Always try to get a middle or an aisle seat (for safety purposes).

Always bring a treat for the flight attendants (A $5 Starbucks card, lip balm, candy, any little treat will ensure you are treated royally by the flight staff).

Always bring a little bag for your essentials (just in case “something happens”).

Never travel with a purse (use a fanny pack instead).

Always wear your seatbelt (even if the seatbelt sign is off).


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At every party there are two kinds of people – those who want to go home and those who don’t. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other. - Ann Landers

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