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Samantha Swan, Author at Ardent Pictures

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The Heart of Ardent: Halloween Hooch: a Twisted Sour

In keeping with our history of sharing recipes, we’re back today with more Heart of Ardent: Halloween Hooch: a Twisted Sour.

This is a simple, fun, colorful cocktail that offers a bit of sweetness for adult guests or the parents of your trick-or-treaters. You can’t go wrong with a licorice straw…
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The Heart of Ardent: Election Night Cocktail Recipes

Election Night Cocktail Recipes

It’s not news that it’s U.S. Election time; the real news will be the results of course.
And how many people will be watching the show? Not just the voters, who have cast their ballots from around the world, wherever US citizens are living and working…
There’s going to be a lot of election parties, so I thought I’d post a couple fun original Ardent Pictures Election Night Cocktail Recipes for you.

Break a little tension with a touch of comic relief, perhaps…And if this election is not fun for you, and there is no party, then you may consider these recipes a prescription and hang on for dear life.

Can you guess which cocktail is for which candidate?

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Garry Shandling: With Zen and Comedy

Originally scheduled as a ‘Friday Fun’ post regarding Garry Shandling’s appearance on Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, this has changed to a ‘Point of View’ post where I say goodbye to one of my comedy heroes.

Garry Shandling died suddenly last Thursday March 24, at age 66, of an apparent massive heart attack.

Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re familiar with his stand up and with the shows he created and starred in, ‘It’s Garry Shandling’s Show’ (1986-1990) and ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ (1992-1998). A truly inventive and original voice in comedy, he created these groundbreaking shows of the 80s and the 90s that are still emulated today.

‘It’s Garry Shandling’s Show’ was the meta sit-com that had Shandling playing himself in front of a studio audience, that broke the fourth wall, with an incredible theme song* that included the lyrics “This is the theme to Garry’s Show, this is the theme to Garry’s Show. Garry called me up and asked if I would write his theme song…” Continue Reading →