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Chatting with Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara

Ben Stiller's parents are the funniest couple. They've been married for 57 years and have been performing improv together for decades even appearing frequently on the Ed Sullivan Show back in the day. Their son is now taking their comedic charm to the web with a Yahoo! series called Stiller and Meara. Here's my skype chat with them for CBS News. Remember, I post awesome stories there throughout the week so GO THERE and subscribe!

A Look at The New Kinect on IFC's "The Grid"

Stan Lee is the Man!

I had the opportunity to talk to Stan Lee in this week's episode of IFC's, The Grid.

His energy and creativity still remains incredible!

Final Episode of MSN's The Tastemaker


After 6 weeks, 6 contestants and 3 challenges, we ended The Tastemaker competition today. The 11th and final episode was posted on MSN announcing the winner. For those of you who may be out of the loop, I've been hosting, The Tastemaker web series on MSN for the past 2 months and I must say it's been a blast. I've been able to flex a different muscle hosting this show and feel so fortunate to have worked with an incredible team of people. From the contestants who literally gave up their lives to partake in our time consuming social media savvy challenges, to our 3 awesome judges (biz guru Kelly Perdew, Twitter maven Stefanie Michaels and filmmaker Jason Pollock) and the wonderful crew. Our EP Scott Ehrlich is also the wiz behind the incredible franchise launched on Hulu, The LXD. An additional shout out to MSN and Reed Price for supporting this project completely!

Looking back, there's a lot that we could improve on, but I do believe this is a concept that resonates in this world where we're all looking towards social media and the online space to connect and create new opportunity. When describing the show, I would tell people--"it's like The Apprentice, but for social media". I really do believe the time is now for a show like this and it's something the public not wants to watch but participate in as well.

If you missed the series, you can still watch it in its entirety at TASTEMAKER.MSN.COM. In the meantime, the finale is below. Enjoy and remember to stay connected... at least until you're done watching the video ;)

IFC's The Grid

Recently, I've had the opportunity to join the fun IFC family doing some segments for their new weekly show, The Grid. I have to say, I happen to also be a big IFC fan. Their randomly awesome films, Freaks and Geeks reruns, Food Party and new David Cross show, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, all rock!

In the segment below I talk to Mikael Hed, CEO of Rovio.com the company behind the biggest app in the world right now- Angry Birds:

Here's some behind the scenes from the shoot too:

"Ask A Ninja" Cameo

I made a fun cameo on the popular "Ask A Ninja" web show last week. Here's my behind the scenes vlog from the shoot and you can see the entire bit below too!

Live from the White House with the Secretary of Education!

I had the honor of going to the White House last week to interview the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. We took questions beforehand and during the live stream, which aired on MSN.com and WhiteHouse.gov. It was such an incredible opportunity to do live chat (which I already love doing), but to do it from the White House and talk about such an important and relevant issue on the minds of all Americans right now might it that much more special.

You can also read the transcript of the interview HERE.

KTLA Interview On "The Social Network"

Tastemaker and the "Get Schooled" Campaign

I'll be honest, a big reason I wanted to be involved with "The Tastemaker" is that I was really drawn to the 2nd challenge, which contestants are taking on right now. Education is very important to me. My mom is a coordinator for children with special needs so I was lucky enough to grow up in an environment where learning was supported, nurtured and well, cool! While we have so many tools today that allow anyone to do anything and really manifest their destiny in so many ways without a formal education, we can't forget the importance of knowledge and curiosity. That's something that begins not only at home but at school.

For the 2nd challenge, we have teamed up with the "Get Schooled" campaign.  With assistance from Viacom and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the "Get Schooled" campaign is working to engage and empower Americans to help improve high school graduation rates, improve college readiness and raise college completion rates. Each team of two has been given the task to create a PSA and urge their fans to create and upload their own as well. They were also given a director's toolkit including graphics and celeb messages from Fantasia, Ludacris and Shaq to include in their videos. The winning PSA will not only appear on the show but on MTV. I have to say, I'm impressed with what each team produced. Watch the episode below and be inspired to submit your own video too by Tuesday Oct. 5th at midnight!

<br/><a href="http://tastemaker.msn.com/?vid=ca7428c3-ed53-4b6e-87fe-0c19f49559ec&#038;fg=sharenoembed" target="_new"title="The Tastemaker - Episode 6">Video: The Tastemaker - Episode 6</a>

Live Chat at The White House

I couldn't be more honored and excited to be hosting a live-stream at the White House this coming Friday with Arne Duncan, The Secretary of Education. The chat will be hosted live on MSN.com and WhiteHouse.Gov- submit your questions now RIGHT HERE.