CaryCitizen.com Welcomes Humor Writer Cris Cohen

Cris Cohen, CaryCitizen.com's newest columnist.

May 3, 2011 (Cary, NC) – The online newspaper CaryCitizen.com has added another dimension to its offerings: a new humor column by Cary resident Cris Cohen. His first column, entitled “A Visit to the Chiropractor,” is online now at www.carycitizen.com.

For several years, Cohen wrote a weekly column that ran in several California newspapers. Since he and his family moved to Cary in 2008, he’s been writing a humor blog “Nothing In Particular” at criscohen.typepad.com. He’s also preparing to publish his first book, Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, a collection of his columns that he will use to raise funds for a local baseball league for kids with special needs.

This spring, Cohen ran a contest on the blog to celebrate the fact that he received an endorsement for the book from one of his humor-writing heroes, Pulitzer Prize-winner Dave Barry. He invited his readers to submit a guest post for “Nothing In Particular.” The writer with the funniest post would receive a copy of Barry’s newest book I’ll Mature When I’m Dead.

As it turned out, CaryCitizen editor-at-large Leslie Huffman came through with the winning post, “My Invisible Car,” which appeared on “Nothing In Particular” on April 15. And that brought Cohen’s work to the attention of CaryCitizen editor and publisher Hal Goodtree, who invited Cohen to start writing for the online newspaper.

“Cris Cohen reminds me of David Sedaris, another writer and essayist with roots in the Triangle,” said Goodtree. “Like Sedaris, Cris satirizes himself as much as turning the foil to poke fun at others. It’s personal, and it’s rooted in a place: Cary, NC. He makes a good fit with our readership and brings a new dimension to CaryCitizen. Special thanks to Leslie Huffman for bringing Cris into the fold.”

CaryCitizen.com covers news, sports, community events, and business in Cary, NC, and surrounding communities. Cohen said he’s delighted to be a part of the publication.

“I am very excited to be a contributor to the CaryCitizen, a publication whose history reaches all the way back to last Tuesday,” Cohen quipped. “It is possible that their offer of employment was meant for someone else. It would explain why their letter began ‘Dear Helen’. Still, I hope that, like all successful relationships, this one is filled with joy, tenderness, and only occasional threats of litigation.”

Cohen will contribute his humor column to CaryCitizen at least once a month. To read the current column, go to www.carycitizen.com/ For more information on Cris Cohen and to read his blog, visit http://criscohen.typepad.com.

Cary Citizen Editor Wins Humor Writing Contest

Cris Cohen Selects Best Guest Blog Post  

April 19, 2011 (Cary, NC) – Leslie Huffman, Associate Editor of the Cary Citizen, an online newspaper, has won humor writer/blogger Cris Cohen’s guest blog post contest with a 250-piece entitled “My Invisible Car.”

Huffman’s piece is posted on Cohen’s Nothing In Particular blog (criscohen.typepad.com) and she will receive a copy of Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist Dave Barry’s newest book I’ll Mature When I’m Dead.

“All of the entries were fun to read, so it was difficult selecting just one,” Cohen said. “I liked the fun spin that Leslie put on the topic of ‘potential vehicular homicide’. She has a slightly warped perspective that I can identify with. I’m sure Leslie will enjoy this coveted literary honor for at least l0 minutes.”

Huffman’s winning entry can be read at: http://criscohen.typepad.com/cris_cohen/2011/04/contest-winner.html

Cohen announced the guest post contest in early April as a way to celebrate the endorsement he received from David Barry for his upcoming book Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane.

Cohen’s book, due out this fall, will be a collection of Cohen’s humor columns from the years he wrote for several newspapers in his native California and new ones he’s written since he moved to Cary in 2008. Proceeds from sales of the book will go to a local baseball league for kids with special needs. Tyrannosaurus Max Press, Cohen’s new small publishing company, will publish the book.

“I want to thank everyone who entered the contest,” said Cohen. “It is really great that people from Maine to Washington state were willing to invest so much effort and creativity into what was essentially a colossal waste of time.”

Cohen intends to announce another contest related to his upcoming book in the near future.

For more information on Cris Cohen, visit his blog at http://criscohen.typepad.com. For more information on Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, go to www.stayingcrazy.com.

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen, the author of the Nothing In Particular blog, was born in Buffalo, NY, and grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris, his wife Michele, and their young son Max moved to Cary, North Carolina, in 2008. Cris’ blog is available at http://criscohen.typepad.com. His first book, Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, is due out in the fall of 2011.

Cary Blogger Announces Humor Writing Contest

Write A Funny Guest Post and Win Dave Barry’s New Book.

Humor writer/blogger Cris Cohen

April 6, 2011 (Cary, NC) —  Humor writer/blogger Cris Cohen of Cary, NC, has announced a humor writing contest to celebrate the fact that his upcoming book, Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, is endorsed by Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist Dave Barry. The winner will receive a free copy of Barry’s newest book I’ll Mature When I’m Dead.

“I am still in shock that I got an endorsement from Dave Barry. Almost every day my wife has to snap me out of my delirium with either cold water or electric paddles,” Cohen said. “I am holding the contest as a way to cope with this good fortune and to hopefully avoid further shock treatments.”

Cohen’s blog “Nothing In Particular: An Incomplete Waste of Time” (criscohen.typepad.com) entertains his readers with his wry and often hilarious takes on any number of everyday subjects. The contest is offering others the chance to prove that they’re just as funny – or funnier – than Cohen. Most of the entries will be published on “Nothing In Particular,” but the guest blogger Cohen deems as the funniest of all will be announced on April 15 and will win a copy of Barry’s new book.

Cohen’s contest rules:

  • One entry per person (“even if you have multiple personalities”).
  • Limited to people in the US and Canada (“I can’t afford the cost of shipping to Yemen”).
  • Entry cannot be longer than 250 words
  • Email entry to cris.cohen1@gmail.com
  • The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, April 12, 2011
  • The winner will be announced on the blog and Facebook page on Friday, April 15, 2011
  • Content must be PG-rated.
  • “Have fun!”

Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane will be published in September. It will be a collection of Cohen’s columns from his years as a humor columnist for several newspapers in California and some new ones he’s written since he moved to Cary, NC, in 2008. Proceeds from sales will go to a local baseball league for kids with special needs.

To learn more about the contest and Cris Cohen, go to http://criscohen.typepad.com. To learn more about the book visit www.stayingcrazy.com.

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen is the author of the Nothing In Particular blog. Although he was born in Buffalo, NY, Cris grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris, Michele, and Max moved to North Carolina in 2008. His blog is available at http://criscohen.typepad.com.

 

“Staying Crazy” Gets Celebrity Endorsements

Fellow authors praise Cris Cohen’s upcoming book.

March 17, 2011 (Cary, NC) – Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, the upcoming book by Cary, NC, writer and blogger Cris Cohen, has caught the eyes of both Pen/Faulkner Award-winning author T.C. Boyle and Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist Dave Barry.

Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, due out in the fall, will be a collection of Cohen’s humor columns, most from the years he spent as a columnist for several newspapers in California as well as some new ones he’s written since he and his family moved to Cary, NC., in 2008. Cohen is publishing the book as a way to raise money for the Miracle League of the Triangle, a baseball league for children with special needs. Cohen’s nine-year-old son is a member of the league.

Cohen sent pre-publication copies of his book to Boyle and Barry in hopes of getting an endorsement to include on the book’s cover. He wasn’t disappointed.

“Very funny stuff,” said T.C. Boyle, “and your very strong voice shines through.”

And from Dave Barry: “A fine book for a fine cause.”

How big of a deal is this for Cohen? “Huge,” he said. “I have enormous respect for T.C.’s writing talent. He’s almost not human. It’s like the planet that sent Superman also sent TC, except, instead of the ability to fly and a cape, they gave him an immense vocabulary and a really good pen. Although, maybe he has a cape too, but he just saves it for formal occasions.

“And as for Dave, well, every since college I’ve wanted to be Dave Barry. Most people dream of being the music stars they listen to or the actors they see in the movies. I wanted to be like that humor writer who was known for using a Rollerblade Barbie to set a pair of underwear on fire.”

Dave Barry

Dave Barry has been an author and syndicated humor columnist for 25 years. His work has appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad, and he has had 30 books published. Two of his books were the basis for the CBS sitcom “Dave’s World.” He won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1988.

T.C. Boyle has published 22 books of fiction, including his most recent novel When The Killing’s Done (2011). He is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California and his work has been translated into more than 24 foreign languages. His short stories have been published in most major American magazines, and he has received several literary awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Prize for best novel of the year (World’s End, 1988).

“The fact that these guys took the time to read my galleys is mind-blowing enough,”

T.C. Boyle

Cohen said. “To get quotable endorsements back from them is almost too much too handle. When they wrote back, I needed to slip on a blood pressure cuff and breathe into a paper bag.”

Cris Cohen is also the author of the humor blog “Nothing In Particular: Trying Not To Take Life Too Seriously” (criscohen.typepad.com).

For more information on Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, visit www.stayingcrazy.com and the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stayingcrazy.

 

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen, the author of the Nothing In Particular blog, was born in Buffalo, NY, and grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris, his wife Michele, and their young son Max moved to Cary, North Carolina, in 2008. Cris’ blog is available at http://criscohen.typepad.com. His first book, Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, is due out in the fall of 2011.

Sponsors Sign On To Support Upcoming Humor Book

Two entrepreneurs from California sponsor Cris Cohen’s new book.

Cris Cohen's upcoming book. Proceeds will benefit the Miracle League of the Triangle.

 

March 10, 2011 (Cary, NC) – When humor writer/blogger Cris Cohen of Cary, NC, decided to publish a book entitled Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, he announced that he would donate the proceeds from its sales to the Miracle League of the Triangle, a baseball league for kids with special needs. He also announced that he was looking for sponsors to help defray the costs of self-publishing.

 

This week, two entrepreneurs from Cohen’s home state – California – stepped up to the plate. Laura Little of Live A Little More Enterprises in San Luis Obispo, CA, and Gina Gotsill, a writer, editor and voice-over talent with Vocal Variety in the San Francisco Bay area have agreed to be sponsors of Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane.

 

Since moving to North Carolina in 2008, Cohen has been writing his Nothing In Particular blog at criscohen.typepad.com. Before the move, he lived in California for most of his life and wrote a humor column that was published regularly in several newspapers. His upcoming book will be a collection of columns from his California career, as well as some new pieces.

 

Gina Gotsill was a regular reader of Cohen’s humor column when it ran in California. “Cris has been keeping us in stiches for years,” she said. “I’m excited about having a book to refer to when we need some comic relief. And it feels great to support Miracle League of the Triangle. It’s such a positive, fun organization and the kids get so much out of it.”

 

After reading several chapters of the book-in-progress, Laura Little commented, “In his upcoming book, Cris promises to entertain and delight his readers with his offbeat sense of humor prompted by the predicaments of daily life. He crafts a love affair between pomp and circumstance with his witticisms. If you’re overdue for a good belly laugh, don’t miss this book!”

 

Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane will be published in September in time for the opening of the Miracle League’s fall season. For more information, visit http://stayingcrazy.com.

 

For more information on Cris Cohen, visit http://criscohen.typepad.com.

 

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen is the author of the Nothing In Particular blog. Although he was born in Buffalo, NY, Cris grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris and his wife Michele and their young son Max moved to Cary, North Carolina, in 2008. Cris’ blog is available at http://criscohen.typepad.com.