Once Upon A Time, Claire Danes Sat In A Chair 12 Different Ways

Question: Have you ever … sat in a chair? Did you find this page by Googling “how do I sit in a chair”? Rather, do you consider yourself a chair expert? Are you only here to get new sitting ideas?
Whatever your needs, here are 12 innovati…

Question: Have you ever … sat in a chair? Did you find this page by Googling “how do I sit in a chair”? Rather, do you consider yourself a chair expert? Are you only here to get new sitting ideas?

Whatever your needs, here are 12 innovative chair poses, brought to you by none other than “My So-Called Life”-era Claire Danes.

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Here’s Why Zach Galifianakis Won’t Have Trump On ‘Between Two Ferns’

Almost 10 million people have watched Zach Galifianakis interview Hillary Clinton for “Between Two Ferns,” but the comedian has no time for Donald Trump. 

Galifianakis spoke with the Los Angeles Times about his viral interview with the Democratic presidential hopeful, which hit on everything from sexism to pantsuits to her losing Scott Baio’s vote. While the Trump campaign might be interested in jumping on the bandwagon, Galifianakis is not interested. Mainly because of Trump’s “psychosis.” 

“No. That doesn’t interest me. Doing it the other way doesn’t interest me,” he said. “He’s the kind of guy who likes attention — bad attention or good attention. So you’re dealing with a psychosis there that’s a little weird. I wouldn’t have somebody on that’s so mentally challenged. I feel like I’d be taking advantage of him. And you can print that.”

Zach Galifianakis on why he won’t feature Donald Trump on “Between Two Ferns.” pic.twitter.com/gqeSmV1td0

— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) September 26, 2016

Apparently, much of his skit with Clinton was improvised, and it was the former Secretary of State’s idea to go on the show in the first place. 

“A lot of times with ‘Between Two Ferns’ if it’s someone in entertainment, their publicist will reach out,” director Scott Aukerman told the Daily Beast. “Or in the case of Obama, the White House reached out, and you never quite know if the person knows that their people are reaching out about it. But in this case, Mrs. Clinton is the one who reached out about doing it, as she was a big fan of the Obama one.”

Doesn’t look like Trump’s political aspirations will land him any Funny or Die airtime. 

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Almost 10 million people have watched Zach Galifianakis interview Hillary Clinton for “Between Two Ferns,” but the comedian has no time for Donald Trump. 

Galifianakis spoke with the Los Angeles Times about his viral interview with the Democratic presidential hopeful, which hit on everything from sexism to pantsuits to her losing Scott Baio’s vote. While the Trump campaign might be interested in jumping on the bandwagon, Galifianakis is not interested. Mainly because of Trump’s “psychosis.” 

“No. That doesn’t interest me. Doing it the other way doesn’t interest me,” he said. “He’s the kind of guy who likes attention — bad attention or good attention. So you’re dealing with a psychosis there that’s a little weird. I wouldn’t have somebody on that’s so mentally challenged. I feel like I’d be taking advantage of him. And you can print that.”

Apparently, much of his skit with Clinton was improvised, and it was the former Secretary of State’s idea to go on the show in the first place. 

“A lot of times with ‘Between Two Ferns’ if it’s someone in entertainment, their publicist will reach out,” director Scott Aukerman told the Daily Beast. “Or in the case of Obama, the White House reached out, and you never quite know if the person knows that their people are reaching out about it. But in this case, Mrs. Clinton is the one who reached out about doing it, as she was a big fan of the Obama one.”

Doesn’t look like Trump’s political aspirations will land him any Funny or Die airtime. 

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5 Ways Self-Esteem Kills Your Soul

I’d like to know who added me to the email list for the defeated. Last week I was given reasons I must try online dating now and this week I was asked, “How low is your self-esteem?” It isn’t whether I suffer from a lack of self-esteem, oh no. This s…

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I’d like to know who added me to the email list for the defeated. Last week I was given reasons I must try online dating now and this week I was asked, “How low is your self-esteem?” It isn’t whether I suffer from a lack of self-esteem, oh no. This survey assumes my self-esteem festers in a subterranean viper den of self-loathing. The question is how deep is my snake pit. Here is a smattering of the questions:

1. How much do you dislike yourself?

It’s hard to be objective in this situation, so I find it helpful to step back and try to see me through someone else’s eyes, preferably George Clooney’s. On a good day, if I were a recently widowed Mr. Clooney with cataracts and a sinus infection, I’d squint at me and think she’s not half bad. With a good personality and the right accessories on her arm (such as myself, George Clooney) she’d be okay.

I could live with that.

Another way to gain perspective while I’m trying to calculate how much I dislike myself is to think about those I really dislike, like Pablo Escobar, Joseph Kony and Heather Bresch, the Mylan CEO who jacked the price of the EpiPen and gave herself a gazillion dollar raise. Compared to the animus I have for those creatures, I dislike myself almost not at all, except for when I eat too many potato chips and yell at Aaron Rogers on TV.

2. How inadequate do you feel compared with others?

Which others–the people in Denmark who are thought to be the happiest folks on earth? Compared with them I don’t feel inadequate so much as aggressive. I’m competitive by nature, so the Danes just make me want to work less, play more and binge watch The Vikings. That’ll show ’em.

Who are the others then, to whom I should compare myself–celebrities who “have it all” or millions of Sub-Saharan refugees without food or clean water? I suppose I could keep it close to home and stack myself up against my next-door neighbor, but how do I know she isn’t battling mental disease, a broken heart or cancer? She may have won the lottery, bought a yacht and written this decade’s Harry Potter, but I sometimes laugh so hard tears roll down my face, and I’ve never seen her do that.

A better question than ‘how inadequate do you feel compared with others’ is ‘why the f*ck are you comparing yourself to anyone else, snowflake?’ Knock it off already.

3. How difficult is it for you to express yourself in company?

Like where, in an Apple Store overrun with customers, when I yell “ARE YOU KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW?!” as the clipboard guy tells me I am 87th in line for an appointment with a genius, it’s 9:03 in the morning and the store’s only been open for three minutes?

Or does the question refer to something less shrieky, such as making a suggestion in a business meeting, drawing personal boundaries when someone steps on my rights, or sticking up for myself when people are rude and inappropriate?

Like a lot of you, I always have the absolutely perfect comment, comeback, retort and clever bon mot for every awkward situation–an hour after it would have been perfect to say it–usually while I’m driving home with the radio on.

The rest of the time I use little tricks to overcome fear, uneasiness and anxiety when I need to express myself in front of others:

*I think ahead thirty years and ask myself whether I will even remember this moment, and if I do, which will I regret more, having stood up for myself or having remained silent?

*I consider the worst that is likely to happen. It is rare for anyone to jump up, point at a person and say, “That is the stupidest idea ever!” What do we fear then? We are afraid of what people will think. Holy smokes, there is no way to control that, and better yet, there is no way to really know what another human has rattling around in his brain.

Example: Kreckel in HR may look like he wants to throw personnel files at you for suggesting Casual Fridays and flex-hours, when in reality he is wondering whether the people at One-Hour Martinizing think it’s weird he has a human-sized squirrel costume dry cleaned twice a week.

*I picture Kreckel in a squirrel suit.

4. How much do other people tend to dislike you?

Shit tons, of course. You can’t go around exuding self-confidence in your car on the way home from a sales meeting or boast to your cat you have just made a perfect grilled cheese sandwich and not expect there are going be haters.

The thing to remember is that it really has nothing to do with you or me, and everything to do with them. Why on earth would the Swedes despise the Danes when the Danish are the chillest people on the globe? One’s got killer meatballs and massages while the other does world-class pastry. They’re all beautiful, speak at least five languages and excel at math, so what’s the beef? The Danes are too quiet on public transport. Seriously. It’s a real thing.

If people can boo an entire nation for not being rambunctious dolts on a train, what chance do you and I have? Unless we are flaming a-holes who go around smacking people with trout, stealing their lunch money and financially raping Americans who are deadly allergic to bee stings and peanuts, chances are there is nothing we can do to alter whether, or how much, anyone dislikes us.

5. If you do badly at something, do you believe it’s all your fault?

Who should I blame if I can’t parallel park for shit, sink a 40-foot putt to save my soul or style my hair to look like it does when the hair stylist does it? Is Ford at fault when I roll up onto the curb? Are the folks at Titleist responsible for every six-putt? Does David at Hive Salon intentionally arrange my tresses to look like a million bucks knowing full well I will never as long as I live be able to replicate it? (Yeah, he does. I am so onto you, David.)

The question itself mitigates personal responsibility, and suggests instead that we are all just perfect and wonderful, and if we fail at something it cannot possibly be our own fault. But if that were true, then who’s to blame for failure? It doesn’t just happen, like shit, or jowls.

Several years ago when I was a freelance producer for an ad agency in Los Angeles, a young account executive screwed up a massive list of telephone numbers that were supposed to match 100 commercials I was editing. When I caught the mistake and realized it was going to put the agency tens of thousands over budget, my first thought was to devise a plan whereby we could work into the wee hours and over the weekend, something, anything, to make up for the mistake and not cost the company additional money. The account executive had another idea.

“Who can I blame?” she asked as innocently as a newborn lamb that can talk.

Self-esteem? It’s a soul-killer. Give me integrity any day, snowflake.

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Keith Olbermann Lists ’74 Terrible Things’ Donald Trump Did This Month

Since his return to commentary on the GQ web series “The Closer,” Keith Olbermann has focused on exposing Donald Trump.

Olbermann put his barbed tongue into overdrive on Monday with a commentary posted just hours before the first presidential debate. It’s titled “74 Terrible Things Donald Trump Has Done…This Month,” and it follows a Sept. 13 video from Olbermann called “176 Shocking Things Donald Trump Has Done This Election,” in which he called the Republican nominee a “demonic messiah.”

That earlier video was pretty impressive in its scope. But Trump and those in his orbit have produced so much fresh material in the past few weeks that a follow-up was in order, Olbermann said.

In this latest video, Olbermann, formerly of MSNBC, ESPN and elsewhere, reminds viewers that Trump “attacked Hillary Clinton for contracting pneumonia”; that he once described poor people as “morons”; that Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, recently balked at calling the white supremacist David Duke “deplorable”; and that Trump has lied about President Barack Obama not being born in the United States, and then lied about lying, and then lied about his lies about lying.

Think of this as a refresher course in case you want to do your own fact-checking Monday night.

Watch the full video above. 

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Since his return to commentary on the GQ web series “The Closer,” Keith Olbermann has focused on exposing Donald Trump.

Olbermann put his barbed tongue into overdrive on Monday with a commentary posted just hours before the first presidential debate. It’s titled “74 Terrible Things Donald Trump Has Done…This Month,” and it follows a Sept. 13 video from Olbermann called “176 Shocking Things Donald Trump Has Done This Election,” in which he called the Republican nominee a “demonic messiah.”

That earlier video was pretty impressive in its scope. But Trump and those in his orbit have produced so much fresh material in the past few weeks that a follow-up was in order, Olbermann said.

In this latest video, Olbermann, formerly of MSNBC, ESPN and elsewhere, reminds viewers that Trump “attacked Hillary Clinton for contracting pneumonia”; that he once described poor people as “morons”; that Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, recently balked at calling the white supremacist David Duke “deplorable”; and that Trump has lied about President Barack Obama not being born in the United States, and then lied about lying, and then lied about his lies about lying.

Think of this as a refresher course in case you want to do your own fact-checking Monday night.

Watch the full video above. 

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There’s A New Trump-Flavored Ice Cream Called ‘Make America Orange Again’

One of the best ways to deal with the debacle of our current political climate is to gorge yourself on ice cream.
The owners of Ample Hills Creamery decided to pounce on this fact and crafted two confections that are, well, definitely up for debate, a…

One of the best ways to deal with the debacle of our current political climate is to gorge yourself on ice cream.

The owners of Ample Hills Creamery decided to pounce on this fact and crafted two confections that are, well, definitely up for debate, according to a press release.

Touted as “Madam President” and “Make America Orange Again,” the creamery’s new creations are flavors it believes “all voters can get behind.”

Madam President, made for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, is a combination of Hil’s two favorite foods: chocolate and hot peppers. The flavor contains chili pepper-infused chocolate with chunks of chocolate chip cookies (made from her own recipe!). It’s supposed to be indicative of Clinton’s “sugar and spice” personality.

For everyone’s least favorite GOP candidate, Donald Trump, Ample Hills decided to go postal and use artificial coloring (something the creamery usually avoids). Trump’s Make America Orange Again is a “shamelessly orange marshmallow creamsicle flavor with chocolate brownie bricks (to build a wall).”

You can snag either of these flavors at any of Ample Hills’ New York City locations through Election Day or on their website. If you purchase a Scoop The Vote 4-pack ($40), you’ll get two pints of each flavor and three campaign buttons.

All of this isn’t even the best part: A portion of all election flavor proceeds will go to Michelle Obama’s organization Let Girls Learn. 

How’s that for sweet, sweet victory?

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar,rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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How ‘Doonesbury’ Creator Garry Trudeau Saw Donald Trump’s Candidacy Coming A Mile Away

Last week, Twitter retrieved the comic strip above — a 1999 “Doonesbury” classic in which Garry Trudeau, the strip’s creator, saw Donald Trump The Candidate coming a mile away.

Trudeau has been drawing the racist GOP presidential nominee since 1987. This strip appears in an anthology of cartoons called Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump, which came out in July. Trudeau responded to questions about the viral strip, his career and the book by email on Friday. 

Your 1999 strip went viral, so much so that the myth-busting site Snopes created an entry to dispel the rumor that you predicted the Trump presidency. You’ve been drawing Trump for almost 30 years. Could you talk about the first time you drew him? What in particular made you want to satirize him? 

I’ve never had a strip fragment go viral before, so maybe punchlines are overrated. This one appeared 12 years after Trump made his initial head-fake toward the White House, which is what first prompted me to write about him. He’s been running election simulations in his head his entire life, but it took Twitter to put the dream within reach. My first raw impression? Biggest. Asshole. Ever. Must draw.

I’ve always felt that this election comes down to a referendum on mental health.
Garry Trudeau

Over the summer, you published an anthology of your Trump cartoons, Yuge. What observations did you make going through those old strips? How has Trump’s narrative changed through the decades, if at all? Or how has he not changed?

The underlying pathology has been remarkably stable. Trump himself has said that he’s changed little from grade school, where he punched out his music teacher. I’ve always felt that this election comes down to a referendum on mental health. The GOP candidate displays the classic symptoms of a sociopath — grandiosity, manipulative behavior, chronic lying, lack of empathy, etc. — whereas Mrs. Clinton does not. It’s true that I’m not a trained psychiatric professional. But I’m also not a trained ornithologist, and yet I know a duck when I see one.

Let’s talk about caricatures. There’s so much to exaggerate in Trump’s physical appearance. Can you speak to the nuance of that from an artist’s point of view? What about his physicality stands out, and how do you interpret that in illustration? 

My approach has evolved — a journey, not a destination. Trump used to have medium brown hair, which everyone knows turns a lovely shade of strawberry blond as one ages. Well, actually, I didn’t know that, but it’s been fun to observe. At some point, he rebuilt the underlying structure of his coif, using some combination of combover, weave and taxidermy. Meanwhile, his face has melted into a waxy pile of gilded bloat, held up by pouts and scowls and a contemptuous tilt of the head. I’m afraid I still haven’t quite done it justice.

Where is political cartooning happening today? We ask because the once obvious place, the daily newspaper, has declined, and political satire, especially in cartoon form, lets the public see the truth in a way that words can’t communicate. Tell us about cartoonists you admire today and why, and where we can find them.

Look for Ann Telnaes and Tom Toles, both masters, both at The Washington Post ― but as you might imagine, this is a subject that saddens me. When I first started out, the only rapid-response satire in the culture was provided by editorial cartoonists. Now there’s a surfeit of political satire, much of it brilliant, on late-night TV, online and elsewhere. The instantaneous Twitter response to Donald Trump Jr.’s Skittles bowl, for instance, had me laughing all morning. But it’s true our craft has become marginalized — there’s only a small band of survivors who can still make a living at it — and as much as I miss the days when newspapers set the agenda, the comedy-craving consumer is being better served than ever. There’s a lot of funny out there.

With the country as bipartisan as ever, any temptation to bring back a daily strip? If so, what issues would you tackle that we are not talking about enough?

There’s always been a misperception that “Doonesbury” is primarily a political project, when in fact, 90 percent of what I write about has no overt political content. What I miss is not the opportunity to engage more broadly politically, but the space to tell stories with my cast. The Sunday sections are more like mini-essays; it’s hard to move things forward narratively, unless your feature has a rigid serial structure like “Prince Valiant.” So I do miss engaging more completely with the characters.

Want more Trump or “Doonesbury”? Start here.

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Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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Last week, Twitter retrieved the comic strip above — a 1999 “Doonesbury” classic in which Garry Trudeau, the strip’s creator, saw Donald Trump The Candidate coming a mile away.

Trudeau has been drawing the racist GOP presidential nominee since 1987. This strip appears in an anthology of cartoons called Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump, which came out in July. Trudeau responded to questions about the viral strip, his career and the book by email on Friday. 

Your 1999 strip went viral, so much so that the myth-busting site Snopes created an entry to dispel the rumor that you predicted the Trump presidency. You’ve been drawing Trump for almost 30 years. Could you talk about the first time you drew him? What in particular made you want to satirize him? 

I’ve never had a strip fragment go viral before, so maybe punchlines are overrated. This one appeared 12 years after Trump made his initial head-fake toward the White House, which is what first prompted me to write about him. He’s been running election simulations in his head his entire life, but it took Twitter to put the dream within reach. My first raw impression? Biggest. Asshole. Ever. Must draw.

I’ve always felt that this election comes down to a referendum on mental health.
Garry Trudeau

Over the summer, you published an anthology of your Trump cartoons, Yuge. What observations did you make going through those old strips? How has Trump’s narrative changed through the decades, if at all? Or how has he not changed?

The underlying pathology has been remarkably stable. Trump himself has said that he’s changed little from grade school, where he punched out his music teacher. I’ve always felt that this election comes down to a referendum on mental health. The GOP candidate displays the classic symptoms of a sociopath — grandiosity, manipulative behavior, chronic lying, lack of empathy, etc. — whereas Mrs. Clinton does not. It’s true that I’m not a trained psychiatric professional. But I’m also not a trained ornithologist, and yet I know a duck when I see one.

Let’s talk about caricatures. There’s so much to exaggerate in Trump’s physical appearance. Can you speak to the nuance of that from an artist’s point of view? What about his physicality stands out, and how do you interpret that in illustration? 

My approach has evolved — a journey, not a destination. Trump used to have medium brown hair, which everyone knows turns a lovely shade of strawberry blond as one ages. Well, actually, I didn’t know that, but it’s been fun to observe. At some point, he rebuilt the underlying structure of his coif, using some combination of combover, weave and taxidermy. Meanwhile, his face has melted into a waxy pile of gilded bloat, held up by pouts and scowls and a contemptuous tilt of the head. I’m afraid I still haven’t quite done it justice.

Where is political cartooning happening today? We ask because the once obvious place, the daily newspaper, has declined, and political satire, especially in cartoon form, lets the public see the truth in a way that words can’t communicate. Tell us about cartoonists you admire today and why, and where we can find them.

Look for Ann Telnaes and Tom Toles, both masters, both at The Washington Post ― but as you might imagine, this is a subject that saddens me. When I first started out, the only rapid-response satire in the culture was provided by editorial cartoonists. Now there’s a surfeit of political satire, much of it brilliant, on late-night TV, online and elsewhere. The instantaneous Twitter response to Donald Trump Jr.’s Skittles bowl, for instance, had me laughing all morning. But it’s true our craft has become marginalized — there’s only a small band of survivors who can still make a living at it — and as much as I miss the days when newspapers set the agenda, the comedy-craving consumer is being better served than ever. There’s a lot of funny out there.

With the country as bipartisan as ever, any temptation to bring back a daily strip? If so, what issues would you tackle that we are not talking about enough?

There’s always been a misperception that “Doonesbury” is primarily a political project, when in fact, 90 percent of what I write about has no overt political content. What I miss is not the opportunity to engage more broadly politically, but the space to tell stories with my cast. The Sunday sections are more like mini-essays; it’s hard to move things forward narratively, unless your feature has a rigid serial structure like “Prince Valiant.” So I do miss engaging more completely with the characters.

Want more Trump or “Doonesbury”? Start here.

Go Behind The Scenes With Other Reporters: 

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly
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and is a serial liar,
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,
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,
.com/entry/18-real-things-donald-trump-has-said-about-women_us_55d356a8e4b07addcb442023″>misogynist
and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Did Not Throw Away His Shot To Perform ‘Yoda’ With Weird Al

Nothing gets a crowd riled up quite like a surprise appearance by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and that’s exactly what happened at a Weird Al Yankovic show. 

During his performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Saturday night, the parody singer brought out the “Hamilton” creator to help him sing “Yoda,” a riff on “Lola” by The Kinks. Yankovic played most of the tune solo, pointing his mic at the crowd and inviting them to sing along toward the end.

Then, to the audience’s surprise and delight, the singer announced, “Okay, now just Lin-Manuel!” And out came the Broadway star. 

Following the performance, Miranda expressed his excitement over Twitter.

1) In 9th grade I sat in an upper box of the Beacon with @AlexSarlin & Emily Pinkowitz & we screamed “Yoda!!”
It was @alyankovic‘s encore.

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) September 25, 2016

2) We truly believed our screams made Yoda happen.
It was, at that point, the best moment of my life.
Today was a VERY close second. pic.twitter.com/aUq9QKDXU2

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) September 25, 2016

And when one fan wrote that he’d seen the whole spectacle from the audience, stating, “I’m OFFICIAL DEAD,” Miranda responded wonderfully with this: 

NO I AM https://t.co/AjwHM1dQIs

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) September 25, 2016

So when’s the “Hamilton” parody album coming out, Weird Al?

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Nothing gets a crowd riled up quite like a surprise appearance by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and that’s exactly what happened at a Weird Al Yankovic show. 

During his performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Saturday night, the parody singer brought out the “Hamilton” creator to help him sing “Yoda,” a riff on “Lola” by The Kinks. Yankovic played most of the tune solo, pointing his mic at the crowd and inviting them to sing along toward the end.

Then, to the audience’s surprise and delight, the singer announced, “Okay, now just Lin-Manuel!” And out came the Broadway star. 

Following the performance, Miranda expressed his excitement over Twitter.

And when one fan wrote that he’d seen the whole spectacle from the audience, stating, “I’m OFFICIAL DEAD,” Miranda responded wonderfully with this: 

So when’s the “Hamilton” parody album coming out, Weird Al?

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Trump Motors

It’s by no means berating Donald Trump to say that he looks like a car salesman and it’s not to cast any aspersions on car salesmen to say that Donald Trump looks like one of them. But if you were going to engage in profiling wouldn’t the blown dried …

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It’s by no means berating Donald Trump to say that he looks like a car salesman and it’s not to cast any aspersions on car salesmen to say that Donald Trump looks like one of them. But if you were going to engage in profiling wouldn’t the blown dried hair and the portly physique, perhaps covered by a shark skin suit and patent leather loafers, fit the type? Indeed some of the turbulence of Trump’s personality and that part of him which seems to be perpetually about to go out of control may result from his missing his calling. You’ve heard of the four humors, bile, phlegm, yellow bile and blood. Could Trump’s misplaced energies have caused a war between phlegm and bile? Just place him in a Chrysler show room and all the blusteriness, the malaproprisms and misinformation will all soon make sense. He’ll be in his proper habitat. Trump Motors even sounds like the name of a dealership, no? Looking at this another way, Donald Trump has never really broken away from his oedipal relationship with his father, who quashed his son’s great potential to run an automobile dealership by luring him into real estate. And then came leading Trump University and finally the presidency. Who the hell knows how this last happened (though Ike was president of Columbia before he landed in The White House)? But now he’s stuck again and the shoe obviously doesn’t fit the foot. Once the elections are over and he loses to Hillary, he may secretly breathe a sigh of relief when he realizes he is now free to embrace the profession for which he was always destined. He will become the greatest car salesman this country has ever known.

{{This was originally posted to The Screaming Pope, Francis Levy’s blog of rants and reactions to contemporary politics, art and culture}

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