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The life and work of Robin Williams should therefore serve as a reminder of the importance of laughter, something that can seem in short supply in thecorporate world, yet is known to reduce levels of stress, boost engagement and drive creativity – all valuable business benefits.

The life and work of Robin Williams should therefore serve as a reminder of the importance of laughter, something that can seem in short supply in thecorporate world, yet is known to reduce levels of stress, boost engagement and drive creativity – all valuable business benefits.

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When they do give a note they give very specific notes, and then only when they think they need to and I’d better let them because these people know what they’re doing. And usually it’s a good, really smart emotional or logical note. One time I was told not to have arching semen across the screen, and then when I thought about trying to fight that note, I was like, “No, they’re right.”
Lena Dunham, on working with HBO.

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themeltdownwithjonahandkumail:

Go behind the scenes of The Meltdown in this exclusive origin story featuring Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Natasha Leggero and T.J. Miller, with cameos from Jim Gaffigan, Neal Brennan, Maria Bamford, Kyle Kinane, Nick Offerman, Todd Glass, Tom Lennon, Michael Ian Black and many, many others.  The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail premieres on Comedy Central Wednesday, July 23 at 12:30a/11:30c.

themeltdownwithjonahandkumail:

Go behind the scenes of The Meltdown in this exclusive origin story featuring Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, Natasha Leggero and T.J. Miller, with cameos from Jim Gaffigan, Neal Brennan, Maria Bamford, Kyle Kinane, Nick Offerman, Todd Glass, Tom Lennon, Michael Ian Black and many, many others.  The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail premieres on Comedy Central Wednesday, July 23 at 12:30a/11:30c.

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(He [Seinfeld director Tom Cherones] also adds that guest star Lawrence Tierney, who played Elaine’s father, scared him, “That guy was scary. He stole a kitchen knife out of Jerry’s set. Everybody knew he took it. I said, ‘I’m not going to take it away from him.’”)

A parenthetical about the Lawrence Tierney knife-stealing story from today’s article about the Lost Episode of Seinfeld.  In the middle of an interview about a completely different episode, Cherones— who is 75 years old— stops and mentions that Lawrence Tierney stole a knife and scared everyone on set!!!  This is great.  I don’t know what it is about this story, but I just really love hearing about it— it really speaks to me…

It’s in the episode wikipedia page, which I didn’t check before, but of course it is:

Various cast members remember Seinfeld encountering Tierney and stating “Hey Lawrence, what do you got there in your jacket?”. Tierney, realizing he had been caught, tried to make a joke about how he thought taking the knife would be funny, by reenacting a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960), holding the knife above his head and making threatening motions towards Seinfeld. Tom Cherones, Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfus saw this happen, and, as Alexander recalled, it “scared the living crap out of all of us.” Cherones stated that, afterwards, Larry David would jokingly threaten to have Tierney back on the show if Cherones did his work badly.

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