In this week's episode, we offer a small tribute to one of my heroes, Jerry Garcia. It was 14 years ago on August 9 that Jerry went to that great Shakedown Street in the sky. So, for NOTA #106, I was able to string a few completely unrelated stories together in his honor.
To be slightly more relevant and timely, this episode was actually planned for last week. However, technical difficulties pushed back our schedule (read: Paul the editor had to go out of town). Still, this thing was already written and we figured we might as well go ahead with it, now. Better late than never.
Also worth mentioning... long-time viewers may notice our fancy new studio. Technically, it's not a studio. Even more technically, it's not all that fancy. It's the CNN.com employee lounge – those are real co-workers playing FIFA '09 in the background. Slackers.
I suppose that's sort of the beauty behind NOTA. We're totally rogue. And by "rogue" I mean poorly-budgeted. And by "poorly-budgeted" I mean we have no budget. But, that never stops us – we actually once shot an entire episode up on the CNN Center roof. Why? Because it was a nice day, Paul found a hidden stairway, and, well, it was there.
So, enjoy this (loosely) Jerry Garcia-themed episode of News of the Absurd, shot in front of a rather inattentive and unaware live studio audience in the employee lounge.
Omarosa Manigault Stallworth, of “The Apprentice” and “The Celebrity Apprentice” fame has, well, found a new calling. A publicist for the reality show villain confirms for us that she plans to enter United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio for training to become a minister. Uh-huh, yep. I'm serious.
A spokesperson for the seminary tells CNN Entertainment/Showbiz Tonight the following in a statement:
“She has been accepted. We have offered her a scholarship through our Baptist House of Studies and will be releasing a statement soon detailing her new challenge here at United Seminary as she begins her residency. United Seminary is one of the 13 United Methodist Seminaries in the United States and has a long and celebrated history with the African American Church and social justice advocacy.”
She starts classes on Monday, studying for a Doctorate of Ministry. “I feel like God is calling me. He’s been calling me for two years and I can’t ignore it,” Omarosa told Sister to Sister Magazine.
Does it make me evil and cynical to say, I'm not so convinced her motives are all that holy? I mean, the girl still has a publicist. What do you think? Do you think it's really a change of life? If she does eventually become a minister, would her words of moral and religious guidance carry any weight?
Country singer Tim McGraw and the hip-hop group the Black Eyed Peas will help kick off the 2009 NFL season, LEGOs are building their way to the big screen and "Hangover" star Ed Helms is set for a movie of his own. CNN's Denise Quan has more on these tidbits on today's buzz:
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