Greg Behrendt
American comedian
Greg Behrendt
Gregory Behrendt is an American stand-up comedian and author. His work as a script consultant to the HBO sitcom Sex and the City, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, paved the way for co-authoring of the New York Times bestseller He's Just Not That into You (2004), later adapted into a film by the same name. Apart from that he also hosted two short-lived talk shows, The Greg Behrendt Show (2006) and Greg Behrendt's Wake Up Call (2009).
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What to Get Your Divorcing Friend for Christmas: 20 Best Divorce Books
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It's down to the wire. You've only got a few days to figure out what you can give your divorcing friend for Christmas. You don't want to get too personal, yet you don't want to seem insensitive either. You want to be helpful, but you don't want to meddle. So, what is the perfect gift? How about a book to either help them through their divorce, or forget about it for awhile? Here are a list of 20 of the best divorce books that can inform, distract, and advise anyone going through a divorce, or trying to rebuild their life after divorce. Best Divorce Books 1. Too Good to Leave to Bad to Stay, A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping You Decide Whether to Stay in or Get Out of Your Relationship, by Mira Kirshenbaum. This book should be required reading for anyone struggling with the decision to divorce. Written with wisdom and compassion, this classic text on deciding to divorce guides readers to decide which direction to take their relationship, or to realize that they actually don't ...
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What to Get Your Divorcing Friend for Christmas: 20 Best Divorce Books
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It's down to the wire. You've only got a few days to figure out what you can give your divorcing friend for Christmas. You don't want to get too personal, yet you don't want to seem insensitive either. You want to be helpful, but you don't want to meddle. So, what is the perfect gift? How about a book to either help them through their divorce, or forget about it for awhile? Here are a list of 20 of the best divorce books that can inform, distract, and advise anyone going through a divorce, or trying to rebuild their life after divorce. Best Divorce Books 1. Too Good to Leave to Bad to Stay, A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping You Decide Whether to Stay in or Get Out of Your Relationship, by Mira Kirshenbaum. This book should be required reading for anyone struggling with the decision to divorce. Written with wisdom and compassion, this classic text on deciding to divorce guides readers to decide which direction to take their relationship, or to realize that they actually don't ...
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Rocktober's Festival Supreme Chock Full of Comedy
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Is it possible to have too much comedy? Festival Supreme seems to be insistent on testing that limit, adding a fourth stage this year. The third annual Festival, which took place at the Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles, was chock full of comedians, sketch acts, rock bands, and oddities this past weekend. Even with Jenny Slate, Good Neighbor, and Adam Devine dropping out, Supreme lords, Jack Black and Kyle Gass would never let the crowd down, and quickly replaced them with Reggie Watts, Henry Rollins, Greg Behrendt, Bill Burr and Tig Notaro. This added to an already jam-packed schedule, which created some conundrums. Who do you watch? Who do you leave behind? It was a veritable comedy Sophie's Choice. The event kicked off with one of the standouts of the day, the goofy and absurdist sketch of 2 Headed Dog. Dave "Gruber" Allen encouraged the crowd to take as many photos as we liked because there were no rules. The anarchy that followed fit that attitude. Notable sketches inc ...
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Rocktober's Festival Supreme Chock Full of Comedy
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Is it possible to have too much comedy? Festival Supreme seems to be insistent on testing that limit, adding a fourth stage this year. The third annual Festival, which took place at the Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles, was chock full of comedians, sketch acts, rock bands, and oddities this past weekend. Even with Jenny Slate, Good Neighbor, and Adam Devine dropping out, Supreme lords, Jack Black and Kyle Gass would never let the crowd down, and quickly replaced them with Reggie Watts, Henry Rollins, Greg Behrendt, Bill Burr and Tig Notaro. This added to an already jam-packed schedule, which created some conundrums. Who do you watch? Who do you leave behind? It was a veritable comedy Sophie's Choice. The event kicked off with one of the standouts of the day, the goofy and absurdist sketch of 2 Headed Dog. Dave "Gruber" Allen encouraged the crowd to take as many photos as we liked because there were no rules. The anarchy that followed fit that attitude. Notable sketches inclu ...
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Sheryl Sandberg's 'Lean In' Lands Movie Deal
Huffington Post - about 3 years
The hype surrounding Sheryl Sandberg's best-selling book "Lean In" will continue now that Sony Pictures has acquired the rights to the Facebook COO's 2013 female-empowerment sensation. Deadline.com reports that the adaptation of "Lean In: Women, Work, And The Will to Lead" will not be a biopic of Sandberg; instead it will revolve around the themes presented in the book and the movement it inspired. That means you can start brainstorming plots based on chapter titles like "It's a Jungle Gym, Not a Ladder," "Don't Leave Before You Leave" and "Let's Start Talking About It." "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" creator and "Lean In" co-writer Nell Scovell will pen the script. Scovell's other TV-writing credits include "The Simpsons," "Murphy Brown," "Charmed" and "NCIS." Like Sandberg, she is a graduate of Harvard College. Sony has not yet announced details regarding a director, cast or release date. Meanwhile, "Lean In" is enjoying its 43rd week on The New York Times Best Seller list, where ...
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The Storytelling Surf Guitarist: Greg Behrendt on His Next Act
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Stand-up comedian Greg Behrendt is one of the strangest beneficiaries of the Sex and the City effect that dominated late '90s/early '00s pop culture. After working as a script consultant on that show, he co-authored the landmark self-help book He's Just Not That Into You. The book was a hit, but with it brought with it a career fork leading to more self-help success -- which made him increasingly uncomfortable. Behrendt walked away from stand-up for a while, and when he returned, he brought with him a killer act with new, truthful experiences which shock and delight about family, drug addiction and his career. I recently spoke with Greg on the subject of his lost years and how life is different for him since SATC went off the air. Karen Geier: In your act, you tell a touching story about being in love with Janeane Garofalo and that eventually leading to you meet your wife. It's a departure from the tone of some of your other work, but it is unforgettable. Do you worry when you i ...
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
"More vision questing than dogmatic." THE REST IN CLASS RE: "The Mercury Back-to-School Issue Presents..." [Feature, Aug 21], a look at Portland's "other" colleges and universities. Thanks so much for this insider's look at an institution I never knew was in the 'hood [Multnomah University]. Was recently recalling some of the more inexplicably odd overheard conversational drift at the Bipartisan Café, bits of it in Greek, Aramaic, and Hebrew, with laptop-illuminated animated discussion about biblical arcana. [They were] some especially hip students, 'cuz the gab I caught was definitely more vision questing than dogmatic. Wonder if these episodes were eavesdroppings from the Multnomah Bible College liberally sprinkled [with] the caffeine and fresh baked pies of the Bipartisan? posted by Laylow Studios Mitch Naturopathy is pseudoscientific, harmful crap. If these people [enrolled at the National College of Natural Medicine] w ...
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Patton Oswalt: A Closed Letter to Myself About Thievery, Heckling and Rape Jokes
Huffington Post - over 3 years
1. Thievery "Develop a little self-righteousness. A lot of that is an ugly thing, God knows, but a little spread over all your scruples is an absolute necessity!" -- Glen Bateman, in Stephen King's The Stand It's not the thievery. It's the goddamned theorizing. When I started doing comedy - back in 1988 - I did a joke one night, at an unpaid open mike, that killed. It killed. I wasn't used to having anything in my set, in those first few months of shows, get any response from an audience other than a hard blink and an impatient sigh. There's a dopamine rush, for a comedian, when you cobble a thought out of thin air, when you arrange words not as a sentence but suddenly, as a joke. A for-real, plucked-from-your-skull joke. Something you created which, when you reach the part you want the audience to laugh at? And then...holy shit! They actually laugh? That's the spike in the vein that sets the compass for your life. Well, I'd gotten a taste. I wanted more. T ...
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Darius Schwarz: Greg Behrendt: No Longer Just That Guy From That Thing
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Greg Behrendt is reborn. Gone are the saccharine days of relationship advice, sit downs with Oprah, consulting on Sex & The City and day time talk shows. In their place is a man just hitting his stride. Even with a resume that would make most comedians -- or authors, for that matter -- cringe with envy, Behrendt has found a new voice in podcasting. Together with his long-time comedy partner Dave Anthony, he hosts the brilliantly cathartic "podcuddle" "Walking The Room." Recorded weekly inside Behrendt's closet (literally), there are rarely guests, just two friends talking about life with filthy, unfiltered honesty. With "Walking The Room," Behrendt has solidified an entirely new, wildly devoted fan base, or "cuddlahs" as they're known, who acknowledge each other with a simple nod, wink and a "How 'bout that, bro?" Just after last month's First Annual Los Angeles Podcast Festival organized by Anthony, I sat down with Behrendt to talk about his life, his career, almost ...
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Ross Luippold: Comedy Podcast Round-Up, July 7 Edition
Huffington Post - over 4 years
There's a moment on a recent episode of "Fresh Air with Terry Gross" where guest Jimmy Fallon, on the show to promote his great new album Blow Your Pants Off, tells a story about being a young Saturday Night Live cast member and going on morning zoo radio to promote his stand-up shows. He told Terry that the experience was often frustrating, because he would wake up at five o'clock in the morning, drive to a crummy studio, only for some moronic duo to make uninspired jabs at "SNL." Fallon, being young and earnest, inevitably would defend the show. Then, as soon as the DJs flipped off the mic, they would compliment him on his "SNL" work. Jimmy said it took him years to figure out the radio "game" -- that the hosts would do whatever they need to do to get a reaction out of their guests, because advertisers demanded a certain type of show. I've never felt the frustration of being a morning zoo guest, but as a listener, that sense inauthenticity is definitely palpable and g ...
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On Tonight: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Because I Said So and He's Just Not That Into You
North Branford Patch - almost 5 years
Saturday, May 12 Raiders of the Lost Ark, 8 p.m., Bravo Perfect movie to settle in with the kids on a Saturday night. Because I Said So, 10 p.m., Style “The proud but meddlesome mother of three women tries to find the perfect man for her youngest daughter by placing an online personal ad. Starring Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Lauren Graham, Piper Perabo.” All this talent, wasted. He’s Just Not That Into You, 6 p.m., USA “Friends and lovers try to navigate their way through the complexities of modern relationships, sometimes misconstruing the true intentions of the opposite sex. Based on the book by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. Starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly.” All this talent, wasted. 
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Greg Behrendt
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 51
    His cancer is in remission as of autumn of 2015.
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    He discussed his diagnosis on episode 16Tf of Jimmy Pardo's podcast Never Not Funny as well as Wil Anderson's Podcast "Wilosophy" on 9th July 2015.
    More Details Hide Details He stated that he had a form of lymphoma.
    In June 2015, Behrendt announced via his Facebook Fan Page Fan Page that he was battling (an unspecified) cancer, and had undertaken three rounds of chemotherapy.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 46
    He also appeared on the Great Debate at the 2010 Melbourne Comedy Festival, in which he argued as the third speaker for the negative team on the debate "Food is Better Than Sex".
    More Details Hide Details Behrendt's team, made up of New Zealand comedian Cal Wilson, English comedian Russell Kane and Behrendt himself, won the comedy event. He started the podcast Walking the Room with his friend Dave Anthony. He is married to Amiira Ruotola. They have two daughters, Mighty Luna and Bella True. He is a recovering alcoholic. He plays guitar in his own surf/rockabilly instrumental band, The Reigning Monarchs.
  • 2006
    Age 42
    He also did a mid-season program for the 2006–07 television season, Greg Behrendt's Wake-Up Call, for ABC, which never aired on the network.
    More Details Hide Details The program began airing in January 2009 on ABC's sister cable network SoapNet.
    His daily daytime "self-help" talk show, The Greg Behrendt Show, premiered September 12, 2006, four months later Sony Pictures Television announced, in January 2007 that the series would not have a second season, and the show aired its last new episodes in February 2007.
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    In June 2006, he appeared on Celebrity Poker Showdown, playing for a domestic violence charity.
    More Details Hide Details Behrendt was a script consultant for the HBO sitcom Sex and the City, "offering script notes from the perspective of a straight man to the writing team, composed of women and gay men". With Liz Tuccillo, Behrendt co-wrote the 2004 self-help book He's Just Not That into You. It was adapted by Drew Barrymore's Flower Films/Warner Bros. as a movie of the same name, premiering February 6, 2009. With his wife Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt, he co-wrote It's Called a Breakup Because It's Broken. He released the book It's Just a Date! in the UK.
    He went on to appear on The Tonight Show and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. His stand-up special, Greg Behrendt is Uncool, debuted on Comedy Central in January 2006.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1991
    Age 27
    Greg Behrendt graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from the University of Oregon in 1991, though initially he had enrolled to be a business major and to play rugby.
    More Details Hide Details After graduation, Behrendt moved to San Francisco, where he joined an improvisational troupe, and met fellow comic Margaret Cho. In his early years, he performed comedy and improv in San Francisco. He was a member of the improv troupe Crash and Burn, whose members included Margaret Cho. He came up as a performer alongside such comics as David Cross (with whom he roomed for years) and Patton Oswalt.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1963
    Born
    Born on July 21, 1963.
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