Thanks to everyone who donated to my Team Sweaty Ham at the first annual 826LA Spelling Bee for Cheaters. We did extremely well for jumping into the fray with only one week of fund-raising left.  Thanks to you, we had $1700 worth of cheats, and we used them quite effectively (though not effective enough to win).

The bee was run by the judges of the Putnam County Spelling Bee, a Tony Award winning play I saw a few years back that was hilarious.  I think it was actually a few of the same actors I saw back in San Francisco.  They introduced each speller with some strange, hilarious fact  (“Spike Jonze looks white, but he is actually the love-child of Spike Lee and Quincy Jones”) and the way they used spelling bee words in a sentence were consistently funny all through the show.

The event, which featured Jimmy Kimmel, Spike Jonze, Dianna Agron (from Glee), Dave Eggers and SNL’s Laraine Newman spelling onstage, raised nearly $70,000 to help kids in the LA area with their creative writing skills. Bravo!!

I was also happy to compliment Mr. Kimmel on the show he did on a Santa Monica bus.  Seriously!!  It picked up people as he was doing the show!  He said the ratings weren’t so good.. and guest Paula Abdul was in tears before and after she got on the bus… but it made for great television!!  Check it out below:

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