R.J. is a writer, podcast host and CEO of Hashtag Productions. He lives in Los Angeles and always eats his vegetables.

Why the Unlikely Duo of Adam Carolla and Dennis Prager are Making a Movie

When I was young, I began listening to two distinct voices on my radio (and eventually on my iPhone): One was a foul-mouthed, non-religious carpenter-turned-comedian from North Hollywood, CA, named Adam Carolla, who hosted programs like Love Line and The Man Show. The other was a Yeshiva-trained, Ivy League-educated, Jewish intellectual from Brooklyn, NY, named … Continued


Instead of Playing Powerball, Try Practicing Thrift

Someone in Los Angeles County had what promises to be a very good week: “One ticket sold in California matched all the winning numbers drawn on Saturday for the Powerball jackpot that soared to an estimated $448.7 million on a surge of last-minute buying, lottery officials said.” If the person holding this ticket wants a … Continued


Yes, There Are Some Good Hollywood Marriages

In an industry dominated by headlines about the salacious breakups of celebrity marriages, I think it worthwhile to shed a little light on the Hollywood relationships that stand (at least some of) the test of time. Case in point: Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar. In a recent E! News interview, Mr. Prinze, Jr. … Continued


A Story of Redemption – and Baseball

In the fall of 2004, Major League Baseball player Rick Ankiel had every reason to give up. The one-time pitching phenom for the St. Louis Cardinals possessed a legitimate list of “excuses” that would exempt him from criticism should he have decided to walk away from the game he loved. An abusive father. A chaotic … Continued


CNN Uses Single Mother to Bash Religious Values

Five months into parenthood, my wife and I frequently look at each other and say something to the effect of, “I’m so glad I’m not doing this alone.” Granted, my incredible, sacrificial wife and I should not be considered “equal” caretakers of our infant daughter – my wife literally keeps our sweet bundle-of-joy alive with … Continued


We’ve Reached Peak Snowflake: College Kids Are Complaining about Chick-fil-A Violating Their ‘Safe Spaces’

We have officially run out of problems, America. From FoxNews.com: A gay student group at Duquesne University fears that a proposed Chick-fil-A outpost could jeopardize the school’s safe spaces. “Chick-fil-A has a questionable history on civil rights and human rights,” Lambda executive board members Niko Martini told The Duke (the university’s student newspaper). Is Che Guevara … Continued


Why Subaru Thinks Puppies are the Same as Babies

Despite its perception as being the “progressive” car company alternative, Subaru’s latest television and online ads for its 2017 Impreza suggest the company has officially joined the ranks of businesses that are shamelessly willing to manipulate consumers by deploying puppies and babies in their advertisements:   While the ad might seem harmless at first glance, … Continued