Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Wedding vows: "for better or girth"

"Many married and single people in their late teens and early 20s gain a significant amount of weight — an average of 15 to 30 pounds — over five years. But newly married men and women in that age group gain 6 to 9 pounds more than their peers who are single and dating," reports USA Today.

Not a reason to stay single, but....

Read the article: "Gain a spouse and you'll likely gain some pounds, too, in first 5 years of marriage," USA Today, October 23, 2007.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Michelle Pfeiffer forces a re-write of "TSG"

Eagle-eyed audiences who have checked out our poster have noticed the reference (in the bottom right corner) to "St. George: The Patron Saint of Singletons?"

In the act, TSG does indeed riff on the subject of George Clooney and what he teaches us about single life.

In fact, The Single Guy reveals the complex formula that allows you to calculate your bachelor friends' "Clooney number" ... and why, although he has been married, George Clooney has a very high score.

But Michelle Pfeiffer has now revealed that we need to recalibrate the formula. Her bet with Clooney about if and when he will marry again is up to $100,000, a considerable bump from when we invented the formula.

It's probably not the last time "Get me rewrite!" will ring out at Darkbloomz HQ....

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Did they steal our cover idea...

...and travel back in time and print this The Harvard Lampoon (1972) parody?

Apparently, you can buy the real deal via eBay: the current price is $14.95 plus $5.00 S&H. Which is about what we're going to charge for The Single Guy posters ... if our lazy PR person [ahem] ever gets his act together.

The centerfold in this "issue" of the Lampoon/Cosmopolitan: Henry Kissinger.

The Boston Globe has the story:

What kicked off the magazine's emergence into a more flamboyant sense of humor was the 1960 parody of the literary magazine the Saturday Review. Editors at Mademoiselle liked it so much that they asked the Lampoon staff if they wanted to do a parody of the fashion magazine's notoriously slow-selling July issue.

The idea was to take the essence of Mademoiselle - demure, fashion-conscious - and spin it. So the Lampoon editors stuck a fly on the nose of the cover model's Audrey Hepburn-like face. An ad for a svelte woman with gargantuan feet asks: "Why does she look so trim? It's her new Merrimold. It redistributes fat discreetly."

The success of that first fake issue led to requests from Mademoiselle for two more summer parody issues. Emboldened, the Lampoon guys (the magazine had an all-male staff until 1972) romped through the whole world of publishing, parodying Playboy, Time, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker, and The New York Times over the next decade. The most memorable was the fake Cosmopolitan magazine in 1972, which featured a "centerfold" of Henry Kissinger (his head, someone else's naked body).

(Hat tip to Gawker)

Monday, September 17, 2007

Ali Larter ...

... hasn't seen the show yet, but if her people call our people we can hook her up with tickets.

Did you know?:

*Ali Larter is a Jersey girl.

*In November 1996, Larter portrayed the hoax model Allegra Coleman in Esquire magazine which told of the fictional model's relationship with David Schwimmer, how Quentin Tarantino broke up with Mira Sorvino to date her, and Woody Allen's overhaul of a film to have her star. Even after the hoax had been revealed, its effects lingered, and various talent agencies sought to represent the nonexistent Coleman.

*Larter was featured as #6 in Maxim's Hot 100 for 2007.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

next year in Jerusalem

Here at Darkbloomz HQ we've been thinking about taking the show abroad next year.

(How well does American humor travel? We have no idea.)

One possible destination if we swing through the Middle East on the world tour: Israel.

Since The Single Guy is not Jewish, we'll probably re-title the show: The Single Goy.

(Note to PR department: we'll need a new poster, so order a yarmulke for the photo shoot.)

And we might want to schedule it for around this time of year. Apparently, according to Lenore Skenazy in the New York Sun:
For Jews, tonight marks the beginning of the High Holidays — Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur — a time of year filled with joy, penitence, introspection, holiness, and … looking around.
Who knew? Nu?

Thursday, September 6, 2007

please call back

Message on our voicemail at Darkbloomz HQ:
"Hi Guy ... just calling to see how you were doing ... haven't heard from you lately and was checking in. I'm doing fine. You said you'd let me know when you were coming back to Chicago. I had a great time with you when you were here in June, and I'd love to see you again. Give me a call sometime. OK ... bye ... Guy."
If you're the woman who left this message for TSG, please call back and leave your name and phone number this time.

[note from Vivian: I strongly advised TSG to not have me post this message but he insisted it was no big deal. Lady in Chicago, please don't shoot the messenger.]

Saturday, September 1, 2007

we get feedback

"My wife thanks her lucky stars EVERY DAY that The Single Guy wasn't around when I was actually single!"
--A. Grant-Thomas, Columbus OH

Friday, August 31, 2007

Definition: bait


From the Merriam-Webster online dictionary:

Pronunciation: 'bAt
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse beit pasturage & beita food; akin to Old English bItan to bite
1 a : something (as food) used in luring especially to a hook or trap b : a poisonous material placed where it will be eaten by harmful or objectionable animals

From The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce:
BAIT, n.
A preparation that renders the hook more palatable. The best kind is beauty.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

"Women We Hate"

Lists like this one baffle -- and possibly intimidate, intrigue -- The Single Guy:
Women We Hate

Helen And Rachel’s Abbrieviated List

Excerpted from the novel, Getting Rid of Matthew by Jane Fallon (Voice, August 2007)

* Women who steal other women’s husbands

* Women who put their boyfriends before their friends

* Fat women who go on about how little they eat

* Women who refer to their boyfriends as their “fella”

* Women who fish for compliments (“I look so fat today,” pause to give you time to say, “No! You’re tiny!”)

* Women who talk in little girl voices

* Women who like Bridget Jones

* Women who are like Bridget Jones

* Women who go on about how much they love shoes

* Women who bore you to death with stories about their weddings and/or babies

* Women who are still breast-feeding when their children are old enough to ask for it

* Women who wear suspenders. Or corsets. Or anything else they’ve read in one of their boyfriend’s lads’ mags is supposed to be sexy

* Women who talk about therapy

* Women who try too hard

* Mothers who work part-time and expect the whole world to revolve around their commitments (“Oh, I’ll have to change my day next week, Sam’s nursery closed for redecoration.”)

* Jennifer (neither of them could remember who Jennifer was, but they had agreed to leave her on because they must’ve had a good reason for adding her to the list once).

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

"A show of cosmic proportions!"

A little early feedback about The Single Guy:
"A show of cosmic proportions! In an indifferent universe, size does matter."
--Eduardo Velásquez, author of A Consumer's Guide to the Apocalypse

Monday, August 27, 2007

Ozzy Osbourne

Was there ever a man for whom getting married made more sense than Ozzy Osbourne?

Born into a poor family from Birmingham, England, with the perfectly fine name of John Michael Osbourne, he's taunted at school with the name "Ozzy." He doesn't do well in school, probably due to dyslexia, and falls into the life of rock n' roll with a band called Black Sabbath.

Then gets fired from the band.

And struggles with alcoholism.

And is sued for causing the suicides of a couple of kids who took his song lyrics too literally.

And bites the head off of a bat, thinking it was rubber, during a concert -- which earns him not only endless grief from animal rights supporters but a week's worth of rabies shots as well.

But along the way he meets the 17-year-old Sharon Arden, who takes over his career and marries him and (despite an unfortunate arrest in 1989 for trying to strangle Sharon while he was drunk) turns him into one of the richest and most successful acts of the rock era.

It's almost as if they are the poster couple for rock n' roll marriages.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Definition: uxorious


From the Merriam-Webster online dictionary:
Pronunciation: "&k-'sor-E-&s, "&g-'zor-
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin uxorius uxorious, uxorial, from uxor wife
: excessively fond of or submissive to a wife
- ux·o·ri·ous·ly adverb
- ux·o·ri·ous·ness noun

From The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce:

A perverted affection that has strayed to one's own wife.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson should never have wed. Ever.

And I'm not talking about the freaky stuff.

Look at his career up until the time he married Lisa Marie Presley:
  • Amazing success as a child member of The Jackson Five.
  • In 1979 he released Off the Wall, a worldwide success story that made music history, becoming the first album ever to spawn four top-ten hits, including the number-one hits, "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" and "Rock with You."
  • In late 1982 Thriller debuts, becoming by far the biggest selling album of all time with worldwide sales reaching over 104 million copies. The album also became the first in history to spawn seven top-ten Billboard Hot 100 hit singles.
  • Bad is released in 1987. While not nearly the achievement that Thriller was, it was still a huge commercial success. In the U.S. it spawned seven hit singles, five of which went to #1: "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," "Bad," "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Man in the Mirror," and "Dirty Diana."
  • In 1991 Jackson released Dangerous, which, at roughly 30 million copies sold, was a commercial success.
Then the King of Pop marries Lisa Marie Presley. From then on (OK, probably after Thriller), his music sucked.

Getting married a second time in 1996 did not improve things.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

"Don'ts For Wives"

From Don’ts For Wives by Blanche Ebbutt, first published in 1913:
Don’t despise the domestic potato. There are a hundred appetising ways of cooking it; but unless you take it firmly in hand, it will arrive at table with the consistency of half-melted ice ... mushy without, stony within. The boiled potato is the rock on which many a happy home barque has foundered.
She is talking about potatoes and not euphemistically ... right?

These are the kinds of things that bewilder The Single Guy.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

frequently asked questions

If The Single Guy were a movie, what would it be rated?

Probably PG-13, maybe even PG. There is no violence in the show, and all the language would pass muster on network television. The show is about married couples and people of marrying age who are single, so any person old enough to see the humor in those themes should enjoy the show. Anyone who failed to get the jokes and innuendo on a TV show like, say, Seinfeld, is probably too young --or too old -- to enjoy The Single Guy. It's safe for your grandmother, too ... if you have a cool granny.

Will the play explain how
this charmless guy was ever considered the world's most eligible bachelor?

Unfortunately, that is a question that has defeated the most powerful supercomputers and the smartest philosophers, and the definitive answer eludes The Single Guy as well.

Got a question about the show? Email Vivian Darkbloom.

Friday, August 10, 2007


Archimedes is commonly regarded as one of the leading scientists in classical antiquity, yet he might have died unknown had it not been for his wife.

A common anecdote about Archimedes tells how he discovered the principle of buoyancy. According to Vitruvius, a new crown in the shape of a laurel wreath had been made for King Hieron II, king of Syracuse from 270 to 215 BC, and Archimedes was asked to determine whether it was of solid gold, or whether a dishonest goldsmith had mixed in a cheaper metal.

Archimedes had to solve the problem without damaging the crown, which meant he couldn't use the simplest approach to determine density: melting it down to measure its density as a cube.

For days and days he pondered the problem, hardly eating and not even bathing.

Finally, his wife had enough of the smelly old goat and told him to take a bath.

While getting in the tub, he noticed that the level of the water rose as he got in. He realized that this effect could be used to determine the volume of the crown and, after weighing it, therefore its density. The density of the crown would be lower if cheaper and less dense metals had been added.

Archimedes jumped out of the tub and took to the streets naked, excited as he was by his discovery that he forgot to dress, crying "Eureka!" (Greek: "εύρηκα!") "I have found it!"

Sadly but predictably, his wife's role is hardly remembered by historians, but Archimedes numbers among the vast number of men who were smart to have married.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

about the act

The Single Guy is a one man comedy that explains once & for all why that guy is not married.

Everybody knows him. He's the guy who is same age as your hillbilly cousin who has 8 grandkids, yet The Single Guy has no kids and has never been married.

And everybody thinks they know why he's single ... even though they may actually know little about him.

Finally, here's the act that breaks it down and puts an end to all that idle speculation.

It's invaluable -- and funny -- information for men & woman, married and unwed, alike.

The poster
gives a preview of some of the angles The Single Guy talks about in The Single Guy.

Also check out our frequently asked questions.

Want to know what others are saying about The Single Guy? See the feedback link.

And there will be more soon here at the producers' blog, including accounts of men who should've stayed single and others who are smart to have married. Watch this space....

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

rumor #1

Overheard at Darkbloomz HQ:

vivian: "T, is it true that you're going to save the underwear that women throw onto the stage, then sell it on eBay?"

tsg: "No comment."

maz: "You wish someone will throw underwear at you..."

tsg: "Jealous?"

maz: "No comment."

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

The Single Guy: the guy

About the star of the show:

Real name: withheld.

A photo.

Aliases: T; G; TSG; Guy; My Guynocologist (used by TSG's former girlfriend on the phone: "Sorry, mom ... I can't come over and help you make cucumber sandwiches for your Tupperware party -- I'm seeing My Guynocologist this afternoon. And he's seeing me, if you catch my drift." When she had to bail again the following week, said former girlfriend had to explain to her mother that it was for an appointment with "my gynecologist ... you know, the guy I pay to look up my dress.")

Age: forty-something.

Is he really single? Yes.

But divorced? No, never married.

Turn ons: What's not a turn-on?

Turn offs: People who use "like" too much in conversation. Unless it's as part of a simile.

Children: None (pretty sure).

Baseball card: bats right, throws right.

Felony convictions: none.

Philosophical orientation: Marxist-Lennonist.

Monday, August 6, 2007

contact info

The actor: email The Single Guy in care of Vivian Darkbloom at Darkbloom.Viv@[that email provider which sounds like "gee male"].com

The writer-producer: email Marshal Zeringue at mazeringue@[that email provider which sounds like "gee male"].com

The producer: email Vivian Darkbloom at Darkbloom.Viv@[that email provider which sounds like "gee male"].com

Sunday, August 5, 2007

the poster