Mark Chalifoux

Mark Chalifoux

Mark Chalifoux is a stand-up comedian who has been featured on Fox and IFC and has made national radio appearances on The Bob and Tom Show, SiriusXM and BBC Radio. As a writer, Mark has contributed to ESPN.com, CBS Digital, The Baltimore Sun, The Cincinnati Enquirer and The Chalifoux Family Christmas Newsletter. Mark is the father to a beautiful and amazing daughter and her sister.

“Silence of the Lambs” House Is Becoming a Bed and Breakfast

Silence of Lambs Home
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“The Silence of the Lambs” was partly about a man named Buffalo Bill who entertained a guest in his home. OK, he may have been a serial killer and the guest may have been kidnapped, but the new owner of the home featured in the film is hoping that will give it just enough charm for people to want to pay money to stay the night. Buffalo Bill’s house is becoming a Bed and Breakfast.

The new owner of the house, who bought it earlier this year for nearly $300k, plans to do some small renovations to make it more accommodating but will be keeping all of the creepy old-wallpaper, pocket doors, wood trim, and other furnishings that will remind fans of the movie.

The basement does NOT, however, have a well to torture victims in. The owner WILL, however, be adding said well. Though he claims it’s mostly for photo ops.

The three-story, four-bedroom house just outside Pittsburgh looks just as creepy as you remember it from the movie. And the timing is good, in a sense, as the film nears its 30th anniversary and the franchise receives a revival of sorts with the new “Clarice” show.

One of the previous owners of the home was an FBI agent, which is a fun little fact for such a creepy home. And soon you will be able to (try to) sleep in that creepy home.

Guests will be sure to receive only the finest lotion to put on their skin, and a sleepless night full of nightmares.

A Reluctant Gordon Bombay, a Group of Misfits, and a New Mighty Ducks Trailer

Mighty Ducks Full Trailer
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The Mighty Ducks was one of the greatest trilogies in sports movie history (because honestly, how many were there really) and the beloved franchise is just weeks away from making its return. “Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” hits Disney+ on March 26 and we have our first full trailer for the series.

It starts by establishing one team in the area as a dominating powerhouse of hockey. One kid who is cut from the team, and a mom who just wants youth sports to BE FUN, tries to start their own team, but they need a coach. Enter a greatly reluctant Gordon Bombay (sound familiar?).

Only this time, The Mighty Ducks are the powerhouse, fun-draining youth hockey program. And Emilio Estevez gets dragged onto the ice this time by a mom, not by a judge.

Still, there’s a lot to like from the first trailer. If it sounds like the first movie, well, that formula rocked, and it was great. Plus, youth sports has only gotten vastly more ridiculous since the early 1990s, meaning there is a lot more to lampoon and play with. One of the parents in the trailer brought a trainer AND a sports psychologist to her kid’s hockey practice, which seems over the top but also not by that much.

Youth sports ARE supposed to be fun, a point Lauren Graham’s titular mom character makes repeatedly in the trailer. And seeing Gordon Bombay step back onto the ice is like seeing Luke Skywalker pick up a lightsaber again. The nostalgia alone is going to make it a must-watch.

Adam Sandler and Shooter McGavin Want To Make Happy Gilmore 2

Happy Gilmore 2
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Happy Gilmore is one of Adam Sandler’s most memorable films. And now the two stars of the movie are talking sequel, only a short 25 years after the original. Add in the fact that anything that could possibly make any money is being rebooted, and we’ve never been closer to the reality of a Happy Gilmore 2.

Adam Sandler kicked off the hype for a revival after he recreated the iconic Happy swing on the golf course in honor of the film’s 25th anniversary. “That’s for your, Shooter!” he yelled. Shooter McGavin himself (in character) didn’t take too kindly to it and responded with his own social media post.

The original clip from Sandler was viewed more than 17 million times, and the two stars were on Dan Patrick’s show talking about the movie and were asked point-blank if they’d make another. Both Sandler and Chris McDonald (Shooter) straight up said they’d love to do another.

Sandler said there isn’t a current discussion about making another, but Netflix will let the guy do whatever he wants, so if both stars are on board, it’s an easy sell. Given the amount of social media buzz just off a few clips, it’s enough to make any studio salivate, and a sequel wouldn’t be hard to pull off.

In this era, everything that’s old becomes new again. Disney is pulling The Mighty Ducks playbook back verbatim, it seems. Netflix already rebooted Full House, a beloved (yet boring) sitcom from the 90s, and Peacock brought back Saved By The Bell (this reboot is actually funny).

Put Happy and Shooter on the senior tour, and go crazy with it. If you build it, they will come. It might be the only thing that could get people excited about Subway again.

There’s a New Player in the Chicken Sandwich Wars and It’s…Taco Bell?

Chicken Sandwich Taco
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There is a new player in the chicken sandwich wars, and it is a taco. And no, this isn’t one of these “Is a taco a sandwich?” debates (but is it tho), it’s a new chicken sandwich taco from Taco Bell. Yep, Taco Bell has entered the chicken sandwich battlegrounds.

When it comes to killer chicken sandwiches, it used to be Chick-fil-A and then everyone else. And then along came Popeyes, and the wars were on. Wendy’s spicy chicken has always been a competent player, but they’ve tried to up things with a jalapeno popper sandwich. After experimenting with spicey McNuggets, McDonald’s is rolling out several different new fried chicken sandwiches (a true act of desperation) and Burger King is reportedly joining the fray later this year (yawn).

Let’s be real, it’s still a battle between Chick-fil-A and Popeyes. But, Taco Bell is an intriguing newcomer. The new “Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco” is rolling out next month at select locations and everywhere later this year. Here’s what you need to know: it’s an all-white piece of chicken, marinated in jalapeno buttermilk, fried with a crunchy tortilla chip coating, and served in a puffy bread shaped like a taco. It’s topped with creamy chipotle sauce, and you can spice it up with jalapeños on top.

 

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I am not a fan of the gimmick sandwiches trying to enter the arena with the true greats. But even I must admit, this sounds incredible. And it is coming at the right time for the taco chain, which alienated some of its most vocal customers earlier this year when they culled popular items from their menu and tried to explain by saying “Covid shrug emoji.”

They have brought back their Nacho Fries, but fans still yearn for their Mexican Pizza. They gave us a wine to pair with Chalupas.

But Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco? Here for it.

And you can tell the competition is worried, because they are trying to mock it:

@popeyeschicken#LoveThoseTacosFromPopeyes #FYP #ForYou #DIYrecipes #DIYtacos #PopeyesChicken #popeyeschickensandwich♬ original sound – Popeyes Chicken

The chicken wars are about to get a lot spicier.

Police Officer Adopts Pit Bull Puppy He Rescued On Duty

Cop Adopt
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One of the most heartbreaking things is hearing about people who treat animals poorly. Abandoning puppies, or leaving kittens in a comically small box on the side of the road? Terrible. This is why the internet always loves a good “person rescues animal” story. A police officer in New Jersey is the latest to add to this list after he rescued a 14-week-old pit bull. And then he went the extra mile to make sure the pup was safe and adopted him.

Matthew O’Hanlon and colleagues found the puppy wandering in an industrial area in early January. He had a head wound and no identification. The policemen dropped him off at the shelter, and 20 minutes O’Hanlon called to adopt him.

Then he picked up the pooch and took him straight to the vet to have a tooth from another animal removed from his head.

He and his fiance are big Marvel fans and thought the name Thor was a perfect fit.

He said little Thor doing great with the family and that he wants to change the narrative when it comes to pit bulls.

“They’re the most loving, affectionate dogs I’ve ever had … it’s [unfortunate] to see them get bad reputations when it’s really the way they’re raised.”

The department said little Thor is healing nicely and getting plenty of treats. And O’Hanlon’s advice for others looking for a pet: Adopt, don’t shop.

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively Donate $1 Million to Food Banks, Again

Reynolds Lively Donate $1 Million
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Ryan Reynolds is at it again. He and his wife Blake Lively, have donated another $1 million to food banks, in an effort to help those that need it most during the pandemic.

Pandemic fatigue is a real thing, but with several entire industries still locked down or facing restrictions, there are still a lot of people hurting. The tide is beginning to turn when it comes to vaccines and fighting the virus, but there’s a lot more to be done to combat the economic damage the pandemic wreaked.

Reynolds and Lively split the donation between Feeding America and Food Banks Canada. The duo gave $500,000 to each charity at the beginning of the pandemic as well (crazy that we can write sentences like that, but hey, we’re a year into this thing, so these times are now “precedented”). They also recently donated $400,000 to New York hospitals and $500,000 to charities helping at-risk youth in Canada.

Food Banks Canada tweeted heartfelt thanks for the donation, calling Reynolds their “favorite Canadian and their favorite superhero (sorry, Hugh Jackman).”


Reynolds responded appropriately, saying “never apologize to Hugh Jackman.”


Feeding America thanked the couple for being their “hunger-fighting dream team.”


This news, revealed not by the couple but by the charities, comes just days after Reynolds (and famous pals Diddy and David Beckham) pledged $1 million to help out-of-work bartenders.

Ryan Reynolds, superhero on and off-screen, we salute you.

Texas Couple Opens Home to Stranded Delivery Driver for 5 Days During the Storm

Delivery Driver Stays With Couple
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The snowstorm in Texas took the entire state off guard and led to devastating power blackouts and dozens of deaths. When disaster hit, neighbors were left to look out for each other, and strangers helped strangers. Nothing demonstrates the kindness of others more than the Texas couple who ended up housing a stranded delivery driver for five days during the worst of it.

Chelsea Timmons works as a delivery driver on the weekends and had planned to do one last grocery delivery ahead of the unusual snowstorm and spend the rest of the day safely at home. The weather turned much quicker than she anticipated, though, and with roads quickly deteriorating, her car got stuck at the home of her last delivery.

Nina Richardson and Doug Condon took Timmons in their home as she tried to call a tow truck. AAA went from saying they would be there in “two hours” to saying the home was “completely inaccessible.” She tried to find an Uber or Lyft to get her to a nearby hotel, but none were available as the storm worsened.

“Options dwindled and eventually the couple offered their guest bedroom to me for the night!” she wrote in a Facebook post. “These people let a complete STRANGER stay the night! Not only that but cooked me a STEAK DINNER! definitely not how I imagined my Valentine’s Day!”

Rolling blackouts left many hotels without power, and those that did were booked for miles and miles. After the first night, the couple encouraged her to stay until it was safe to leave.

Every time she would bring up leaving, the couple would respond, saying “could you make it there safely? What would you eat? What if they lose power? Isn’t the guest room better than the Hampton Inn?”

Timmons said she shed tears of joy at their kindness, and at having a place to stay that kept power and water during the crisis. And they were fully stocked on groceries, as Timmons herself delivered them just as the weather was hitting. After day 5, she was finally able to free her car and head home.

She said she was beyond grateful to the couple for opening their home and making her feel safe and welcome.

“I can’t believe everything that has happened,” she wrote. “Beyond grateful that I have been able to find comfort with strangers during this unprecedented storm.”

The Dad Staff is donating to a collection of food and warming centers throughout Texas to help families in need. Impact Your World allows us to contribute to 14 organizations, including The Red Cross, Mercy Chefs, Austin Pets Alive, as well as local food banks in Dallas, Houston, and Austin. If you are able, please consider donating any amount here.

Patrick Mahomes Is Officially a Girl Dad

Mahomes Girl Dad
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Patrick Mahomes has had many titles, Super Bowl champion, All-Pro, MVP. But now he gets to claim the most important title of all: dad. Mahomes and fiancée Brittany Matthews announced the birth of their daughter Sterling Skyee Mahomes this week. Patrick Mahomes, welcome to the club (and in the girl dad division).

The 25-year-old Mahomes is coming off a crazy season, both on and off the field. He announced his engagement in late summer, led the Chiefs back to the Super Bowl, where they fell just short to ageless wonder Tom Brady and his Buccaneers. And then weeks later, he officially becomes a dad.

 

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The couple was a little worried about Sterling coming early, and how Mahomes would handle a pre-Super Bowl birth, but fortunately, she waited till the off-season, where Patrick can spend it in the least relaxing way possible; at home with a newborn.

After the couple announced her birth, she was welcomed to Kansas City by the mayor.

In fact, it seemed like the whole city was celebrating the good news.

Maybe next season we’ll see an even stronger Mahomes, now that he’ll be playing with that dad strength.

Animators Create Recap of “The Mandalorian” Without Ever Watching It

Mando Recap by Animators
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The Mandalorian” is the most important thing to happen to Star Wars since the prequels (which opened the door to more Star Wars content). It took an unsettled IP and showed that there was still a lot of life in it and that new Star Wars movies and shows could be really good. And it energized a ton of Star Wars fans who were never satisfied with the prequel or sequel trilogies.

The show’s massive success was instrumental to Disney+’s rollout and opened the door to the 1,000 new Star Wars shows we’re getting. On top of that, it seemed like Baby Yoda was everywhere after the first season, from toys to drinks and anywhere in between. It felt like everyone had seen the show.

But most people, despite it being a hit, still had not! Two of those people felt like they knew enough about it though, just from hearing all the constant internet chatter about the show and its favorite little character, to recap it. So the two, award-winning animators Lindsay and Alex Small-Butera made an animated short recapping the Mandalorian, only based on tweets from their friends.

And honestly, they nail a good chunk of it.

@smallbuanimationWhat I think the Mandolorian is About ##mandolorian ##themandolorian ##StarWars ##babyyoda ##grogu ##animation ##funny ##cute ##parody ##fyp♬ original sound – Smallbu Animation

The duo who have co-created web series and worked for Disney, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network, get a LOT of it right. And it’s fun to see someone take a guess at the show’s plot without seeing a single episode. The video got nearly a million views on Tik Tok and hundreds of thousands on Twitter, so it’s safe to say plenty of people enjoyed the recap, and they should continue to recap other Star Wars properties (and any popular shows) they’ve missed out on.

90-Yr-Old Man Spends $10k on Newspaper Ads to Tell AT&T CEO His Internet Sucks

90yos Newspaper Ads to Complain
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We are living in a golden age of technology, while simultaneously living in probably one of the worst periods of customer service in history. Calling any major corporation to right a wrong involves so many steps that most people give up before ever getting the chance to talk to an actual person. So it’s satisfying any time someone has had enough to takes extraordinary steps to let companies know they need to do better.

California man Aaron Epstein has been an AT&T customer since 1960. That’s incredible loyalty to a company, the type you pretty much only see in other 90-year-olds. But, like many AT&T customers, he’s been frustrated that his internet service isn’t living up to the hype. But, unlike most people, he didn’t just send a strongly worded letter or cancel his service. He took his fury to the next level and spent $10,000 taking out two ads in the Wall Street Journal to call out the CEO.

“I kept calling AT&T,” he said asking them, “‘When are you going to give us a faster speed?’ They said, ‘It’s coming, it’s coming.’ But what really made me angry was they started putting ads in the paper and sending emails and putting ads on the internet [saying], ‘Try our faster speed.’”

The ads were titled “Open Letter to Mr. John T. Stankey CEO AT&T,” and touted his loyalty, and closed by asking why the company was treating them “so shabbily.” One ad went in the Dallas version so the company’s executives would see it, and another went in the New York version so investors would see it.

The 10k was money he had set aside for a vacation, but he said if it ultimately succeeds in getting him the faster internet service he was promised, it will be worth it. And honestly, it has to feel pretty good to finally say enough is enough and put the CEO of a major corporation on public blast.

And his trolling efforts did work. AT&T techs paid him a personal visit the next day, and now his internet service went from an appalling speed of 3Mbps to 300Mbps.

So, if you want to hold a company accountable for its promises, all it takes is thousands of dollars and years of patience.

Props to the old man for finally getting what he deserves, and sending a wake-up call straight to the top.

Cameo CEO Spills the Beans on How Much Kevin from ‘The Office’ Banks Doing Videos

Kevin Malone Cameo Earnings
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The Office” has a special place in sitcom history after a successful initial run, but the show reached the next stratosphere after becoming a SMASH on Netflix. It’s one of the highest viewed shows or, was, given it moved off the platform. And, in a testament to the show’s enduring power, Kevin Malone, accountant extraordinaire himself, is the top-earning celebrity on Cameo, the personalized video service.

Cameo’s CEO broke the news in an interview with the New York Times that actor Brian Baumgartner is the top-performing personality as he will bring in more than $1 million in bookings. That is a LOT of messages to fans, for everything from congratulatory messages to birthdays and other special greetings.

Cameo is a cool service, and there are a lot of…interesting people on there. But, there are also some legit famous people on there, who are much more well-known than Baumgartner. So what does that tell you? Two things; The Office rules and he was hilarious as Kevin AND it tells you he goes above and beyond to deliver for every video he’s paid to make.

“He really takes a lot of pride in his craftsmanship of the videos,” the CEO said. “And I do think the quality of the Cameo is something that is really important to people. And he just is somebody that really takes it seriously and does a great job.” He said he’s very reliable, very funny, and can turn his videos around really fast.

While he commands a hefty price tag ($195 at the time of publication), he definitely delivers, as he has nearly 2,000 reviews and an incredible 5-star rating. You can check out some of his videos on his page.

If a Cameo isn’t up your alley, but you still want more Office content, he also hosts an Office podcast for Spotify. He’s had great interviews with Steve Carrell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson, Ellie Kemper…the whole dang crew.

If you love The Office, you gotta respect a fan favorite like Kevin who is still going above and beyond for the super fans.

Couple Turns Van Into Mobile Dining Room to Visit Favorite Restaurants

Mobile Van Dining
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The restaurant industry has been forced to adapt like few others in the COVID era. With changing restrictions and government lockdowns, supporting your favorite restaurant is harder than ever. Food workers are feeling the crunch, and leads in the food industry are trying to help. But what also helps is creative people finding ways to (safely) enjoy eating outside their homes.

With winter here, and outside dining practically impossible, can this even be accomplished? According to one couple in Illinois, the answer is a mobile dining room, so they can bring the restaurant experience to the parking lots of their favorite eateries. With indoor dining shut down in their state, Doug and Kim White turned an old van into a private dining room, with a table, chairs, and even some fancy lights. This way, they can hit up their favorite spots and still enjoy a fresh, hot meal (safely) inside (of a van, but still).

 

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They post updates on their dining experience online (and quickly went viral), and Doug wrote that they do it because “having been in the industry, I know how hard it is for a restaurant to stay in business even without a pandemic threat…We turned the Mikey Mobile into a portable dining room. We’ll do what we can to support our eateries.”

He did say in another post that it’s not quite the same not being able to sit at the bar and enjoy an ice-cold Old Style, but that they’ll ‘take what we can get’ in the Covid world.

Friends and family members have started reaching out to borrow the mobile dining room, and it should get plenty of use during the cold Illinois winter.

We Now Have the World’s First Mobile Bowling Alley

Mobile Bowling Alley
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COVID-19 changed us a lot, so much that you’re probably tired of seeing that phrase typed out. Some industries, especially the indoors-based ones that involve people, have been completely ravaged. Some businesses were able to get creative to encourage social distancing.  Nothing is a bigger sign of our pandemic times, perhaps, than the fact that we have mobile luxury bowling alleys now.


2020 changed recreation. Whether it’s taking your kids hiking more, embracing activities like camping and bonfires, or finding creative ways to dine (whether spaced out or outdoors, even in a bubble), or even socializing over Zoom, our leisure time has never looked more different.

Enter Terrence Jackson Jr. and his luxury mobile bowling alley, the first of its kind in the world. Luxury Strike Bowling is a two-lane bowling alley in a trailer, towed right to your doorstep (or parking lot of your choice) for a fun hang when everything else is shut down.

Jackson used to build party buses, and you think “mobile bowling alley” and, well, this is not what you were picturing. It’s actually really nice inside, with a nightclub feel. It has two 25-foot lanes, an automatic ball return, pin resetters, and an 80-inch movie screen with a digital scorekeeper.

He’s based in Michigan (but can go anywhere), where bars, restaurants, and places like bowling alleys are shut down. And even then, when you might be afraid to mingle with other patrons, this experience gives you the VIP feel and brings it right to you, exclusively.

So what’s different? The balls, for one. They are small, 3-4 pound grapefruit-sized balls, with no holes. A small accommodation to make to your game, so you don’t even have to bring your own ball with you.

“It’s a state-of-the-art facility,” he told NPR. “When you come inside, you just forget that you are actually in a trailer at all.”

Looking at the pictures, it’s easy to believe. And it’s a cool idea, even if it’s a bleak reminder of where we’re at in 2020. At least it’s a reminder that life will find a way.