Tesla’s Musk smokes marijuana on comedy podcast
Tesla’s Elon Musk provoked another twitter storm on Friday by briefly smoking marijuana on a live web show with comedian Joe Rogan. The forty-seven year old billionaire spent two and a half hours on a podcast late Thursday discussing everything from artificial intelligence and its impact on humankind to flame throwers and social media. Musk stunned investors a month back with tweets saying he had funding to take the company private for $420 per share. He then backed off from his plan saying Tesla was better off as a public company. He followed it up with fresh attacks on British cave diver Vernon Unsworth.
Neither Tesla nor Musk have commented on the Buzzfeed report. Musk apologized to Unsworth in July for similar insults he made on Twitter following the rescue of a dozen Thai schoolboys and their football coach from a cave in Thailand. The billionaire’s behavior has raised concerns about his leadership and several Wall Street analysts have called for the company to appoint a strong No. 2 to prop up Tesla’s operations and standing with investors. His followers on Twitter went into a frenzy following the podcast. Several followers questioned if it was against the company’s policy, while others mocked the CEO’s initial $420 bid, a number that has become code for marijuana.
Shares of Tesla fell 1.3 percent in trading before the bell. They have fallen about 18 percent since Musk’s tweet on taking the company private on Aug. 7.Reporting by Nivedita Balu and Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru; Writing by Sweta Singh.
Q&A: Red Wings’ Darren McCarty explains why he’s on a comedy tour
Darren McCarty, 46, is a popular former Detroit Red Wings player who now goes on tour with his own comedy troupe. LANSING – Former Detroit Red Wings player Darren McCarty can laugh these days about some of his most disturbing and controversial moments. McCarty, 46, played in the National Hockey League for 15 years and struggled with a slew of problems ranging from alcohol addiction to marital strife. Known as an on-ice enforcer with a scoring touch, McCarty, who retired in 2009, hits hard in his new career – comedy. During McCarty’s stand-up routines, he says nothing is off limits.
McCarty’s new Slapstick Comedy Tour will make an Oct. 3 stop at the South Lyon Hotel in South Lyon and an Oct. 18 stop at The Loft in downtown Lansing. McCarty lives in New Port Richey, Florida, but he visits Michigan often. McCarty recently spoke with the State Journal about his transition to comedy, his lifestyle changes, the current state of the Red Wings and other topics. Sober again: ‘This is a different Darren McCarty’. What you have to do with this Red Wing team when they are struggling is think the way I do.
He’s like Steven Stamkos, Alexander Ovechkin-type of pure shooter, and that’s what the Wings need. Darren McCarty’s Slapstick Comedy TourThe 46-year-old former Detroit Red Wings’ enforcer will travel to several cities in Michigan this fall and perform comedy shows with professional entertainers.
Canadian clubs want to bring comedy and cannabis together
TORONTO – It’s an age-old pairing that’s sparked a subgenre of films, shows and standup acts: cannabis and comedy. Stoned audiences are often the toughest to make laugh, say standup comics, who note that what high crowds lack in audible appreciation they make up for in friendly feedback and less heckling than drinking audiences. There’s also a Toronto Cannabis Comedy Festival planned for later this month. Comedy producer Joanne Baker, who is a medical marijuana user, opened the Underground Cafe and Social Club in 2006. High comedy crowds tend to like political humour and often don’t enjoy comedy that shames people, says Baker.
Observational humour and nostalgia work well on a high crowd, notes Rita. Audiences at Baker’s club also want to see diversity onstage. Baker notes high comedy crowds are on a different mental level than those who are drinking and may seem more difficult because they’re so inside their heads. Rita embraces the challenge, noting it helps him be a better comic. You just have to be overly prepared before going onstage in front of a high crowd, he says.
Yuk Yuk’s founder Breslin says he isn’t considering allowing cannabis use in his club come Oct. 17, but most comics he knows use marijuana and some have done so before going onstage at his club. Even if comics don’t use cannabis personally, they sometimes get a contact high anyway while onstage.
Comedy and Magic Club :: Jimmy Dore
Walking through Jimmy’s Dore.This week I sopke with an outstanding comedian named Jimmy Dore. He has appeared multiple times on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central, and the Late Late Show. Rew: I know you talk about politics a lot in your act. Jimmy: Well, I don’t really talk about politics. Like, I’ll talk about healthcare or I’ll talk about the banking fiasco or the oil thing.
Rew: I am proud to say that after three years of interviews that is the first Spiro Agnew reference. That’s what comedy club’s are supposed to be about. You talk about things that are a little more risque. The ticket booth is going to be open when they say it is going to be open and everything is right and it’s just run well and I think that is why that club is successful. I know that nobody goes to comedy clubs for food, they go there for the comedy, the comedy is always top notch, but the food there is also.
I’m not embarrassed to say half the reason I like to go down to the Comedy & Magic Club is to get the blackened salmon. Jimmy Dore will be one of the ten comedians featured on Friday, June 18th and Saturday, June 19th 2010.