There Must Be A Pony In Here Somewhere


  Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 | 11:07 AM ET

And the ‘Funniest Person in Finance’ is …

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Caliph Scott, who will now insist you refer to him as Mr. "Funniest Person in Finance" when asking him to fix your computer.
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Caliph Scott, who will now insist you refer to him as Mr. "Funniest Person in Finance" when asking him to fix your computer.

Wall Street came out in full force Wednesday night at Gotham Comedy Club to find out who the "Funniest Person in Finance" was.

Everyone brought their A game and no topic was safe, from Google to the way hedge-fund managers laugh — though it took a little while to loosen up this Wall Street crowd.

"Are you worried about laughing at the wrong sh-- — worried you might have to go to HR?" asked host Ryan Reiss.

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  Friday, 8 Nov 2013 | 9:31 AM ET

Op-Ed: White House—Please update your Web page!

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The Obama White House came out of the technological gate running in 2008, showing the often technology-challenged D.C. establishment how it's done, with everything from email blasts from the first lady to Twitter updates from the president himself.

Forget Bill Clinton and George Bush. The company the president keeps on the Internet is Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga—the most followed celebrities on Twitter. They all have around 40 million or more followers. (See the rankings on Twitaholic.)

And now, all I can say: Dear, Mr. President: Did you forget your password for or fail to renew your domain-name registration?

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  Friday, 8 Nov 2013 | 8:57 AM ET

Comedy at CNBC: Bob Pisani action figures?

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So a trader walks into a comedy club …

Stop me if you've heard this one.

Former Bank of America trader-turned-comedian Raj Mahal (that's his stage name) is one of the contenders for Gotham Comedy Club's "Funniest Person in Finance." He stopped by CNBC's "Power Lunch" to show off his comedy chops.

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  Friday, 25 Oct 2013 | 11:33 AM ET

Turns out, finance guys are pretty funny

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From Mark Zuckerberg's hoodie to Lloyd Blankfein doing God's work, let's face it—business offers a lot of material for comedy.

Don't even get me started on Carl Icahn's tweets or what we overheard in the GSElevator!

The qualifying round of Gotham Comedy Club's "Funniest Person in Finance" contest, held over two days this week, turned up all sorts of hilarious Wall Street types, from investment bankers, financial advisors, and hedge-fund managers to an administrative assistant at a bank and even a corporate librarian who has HADITUPTOHERE with your demands.

They came from a variety of firms, including Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays, MetLife, and Deutsche Bank.

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  Monday, 21 Oct 2013 | 2:54 PM ET

Think you’re the funniest person on Wall Street?

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So, a banker, a hedge fund manager and a shark walk into a bar ...
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So, a banker, a hedge fund manager and a shark walk into a bar ...

Outsiders tend to think of Wall Street as buttoned up and a bit boring but we here at CNBC know the truth: You guys work hard, you play hard — and you're freaking hilarious!

Look, any business where "What line on your resume is the most bull****?" and "Can I sleep with your girlfriend?" are asked during the job interview is not boring.

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  Wednesday, 2 Oct 2013 | 1:52 PM ET

Gabelli: I’m investing in bourbon

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Warren Buffett said the markets are fully valued and that it's hard to find value right now.

Mario Gabelli said Wednesday on CNBC that he's found value in …bourbon!

"[W]e have a slogan: If you drink it, we follow it," Gabelli said on on CNBC's "Fast Money Halftime Report." "We are looking at bourbon plays around the world."

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  Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 | 1:51 PM ET

Is the boss watching your every move?

CNBC's Tyler Mathisen, Dominic Chu, and Cindy Perman discuss how technology allows employers to monitor workers and if it has become an invasion of privacy. »Read more
  Wednesday, 2 Oct 2013 | 6:00 AM ET

Busting the model: Buy this book—or just the cover

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Photo: Laura Evans Photography

If you've ever heard about Jason HeadsetsDotCom (formerly Sadler), the guy who made six figures as a professional T-shirt wearer, and wondered how did he do it? Well, he's about to tell you.

HeadsetsDotCom is writing a book called "Creativity for Sale," where he'll share his and others' experiences to help other budding entrepreneurs learn how to make money doing something they love.

He hasn't written it yet, but that will happen just as soon as he sells every last piece of it—from advertisements on every page to the front cover, the back cover and the inside flaps.

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  Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | 4:31 PM ET

A bourbon lover's Holy Grail: The Bourbon Trail

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California has its wine trails but what many people don't know is that Kentucky, where 95 percent of the world's bourbon is made, has a bourbon trail.

Louisville is the home of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, but the countryside outside of Louisville is dotted with rolling hills, horse farms, and more than a dozen distilleries, which invite visitors to come see how bourbon is made and do a tasting.

"There's a lot of good juice being made here," said Gary Lewis, a tour guide for Mint Julep Tours.

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  Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | 3:17 PM ET

Bourbon Country: Rolling hills & flaming barrels

Posted ByCindy Perman

This is bourbon country

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Kentucky is horse country, home of the Kentucky Derby, but it's also bourbon country. This is where 95 percent of the world's bourbon is made.

Louisville is a uniquely cosmopolitan city, peppered with old world luxury, a hip urban vibe and a healthy dose of kitsch. Here, you can get some of the finest bourbon cocktails you'll ever drink and any bourbon-related product you could imagine, from bourbon coffee to bourbon shower gel! Churchill Downs is in Louisville. In the rolling hills of horse country outside of the city is the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

This is where the bourbon distilleries are and many open their doors for tours. You can also tour the Brown-Forman cooperage, where they make the barrels for their bourbons.

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You can do a public tour, where you hop on a bus and they'll pick the stops for you. Or, you can do a custom tour, where you get to choose the distilleries. Two things to know before planning a trip to the bourbon trail: 1) The distilleries can be anywhere from 8 to 74 miles apart and 2) bourbon isn't that kind of drink. So, you're not going to be able to hit five in a day. The best way to do the distilleries is one by one, but if you're from out of town and don't have that luxury, you'll get a max of three in a day—two distilleries where you'll do the full tour and tasting and one just for the tasting. No matter which ones you go to, leave time for the gift shop! Each has some unique bourbon offerings, from copper shot glasses at Woodford Reserve to turkey callers at Wild Turkey.

Prices vary depending on how many distilleries you want to do and how many people are in your group. The two main tour companies are Mint Julep Tours and R&R Limousine. Or, you can drive there yourself. Just be sure to drink responsibly.

They'll issue you a Kentucky Bourbon Trail passport upon your arrival, as well as an Urban Bourbon Trail passport, which will help jump-start your tour of all the fine bourbon offerings the city and countryside have to offer—some you may have been dying to try and some you didn't even know existed! Collect enough stamps in your passport, and they'll name you an official citizen of Bourbon Country!

There are only eight distilleries on the official Kentucky Bourbon Trail—Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Town Branch, Wild Turkey, Woodford Reserve and Evan Williams—but there are other distilleries that do tours.

Here on the bourbon trail, you'll see everything from giant mash vats the size of swimming pools, to big copper stills, secret passageways of bourbon and the system used to transport the barrels around the distilleries—train-track like barrel runs. Oh, and did we mention the flaming barrels?

Click ahead for photos from the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

—By CNBC's Cindy Perman. Follow her on Twitter @ponyblog
Posted 24 Sept. 2013.

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About There Must Be A Pony In Here Somewhere

  • The news can get a little heavy sometimes, with debt crises, vicious markets and crappy earnings reports. So, we dispatched our crack reporter, Cindy Perman, to find some levity amid all this seriousness. Why a Pony? To be clear, there were no ponies harmed in the making of this blog. The blog’s name, “There Must Be a Pony In Here Somewhere,” comes from an old joke, a favorite of Ronald Reagan’s, that essentially means, with a pile of you-know-what this big, there MUST be a pony — a bright side — in here somewhere!

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