Way Off the Record
The theme of the pod is "stories from the under-reported masses" such as that amazing server that managed to handle the front of the bar AND the rowdy comedy audience in the back. The people behind the scenes of TV, film. The lives of inde musicians, etc. Not entertainment-themed, necessarily.
WOTR seeks to give a voice to folks we don't normally hear about, and directly from them.
I have always been a fan of Jane Monheit, from the first time I saw her sing at the (now defunct) legendary NYC cabaret Eighty-Eights.
Jane and I delve into her decades-long career; from a 17-year-old student to what she has accomplished to this day. Please have a listen.
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Martha and I talk about:
LA vs. Austin
Comedy and being a comic
Baskets, including Zach G, Louie A and that green arm cast that's never mentioned.
Pregnant texting on stairs
Maritri and I talk all about the process of making art: Stevie Wonder praising your set, living the life of an artist, Phoebe Snow, honoring those great talents we miss, like Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, etc. And a little Judith Light to keep things interesting.
Shut Up and Listen
I talk to Lisa, the mother of a trans son and non-binary child, who are twins.
We discuss what it's like to navigate a world in which, still, so many people prefer these folks to go away. We talk about the current administration and how that only adds to the problems trans kids have.
Also discussed is our own, initial biases and how we had to grapple with our own shit. Only then were we able to truly understand the issues of trans and non-binary folks.
I hope you'll listen and share, because this is info that I think is important to people to understand.
Joe and I talk about our time on the Cosby Show, my Phylicia Rashad moment, homophobia in the entertainment industry and what we've been up to in the past 30 years.
Eric and I talk about his new, gorgeous album, White Ribbon Highway. Interspersed amongst the discussion are samples of each of the nine tracks. ENJOY!
You can purchase the album here: http://whiteribbonhighway.bandcamp.com/album/2
This podcast is filled with unexpected surprises, always with a humbling tone. ❤️
It has a little bit of everything! Nice to hear unique stories from different perspectives from interesting personalities.
Fun and informative
Favorites include “Shut Up and Listen” about a mom with two teen kids, one a trans son, the other, non-binary and “Eric Shepherd— album review!