Interview: Kathleen Madigan on the bankability of jokes

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The wonderful comedian Karthleen Madigan will be performing at the State Theater on June 17th. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to chat with her about fame, getting coffee in a car with Jerry Seinfeld, and the bankability of jokes.  You can see Madigan’s recent appearance on Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee here.  Have […]

Maine’s fumbled brand moment + expanding “business friendliness”

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 Frustrated with LePage’s latest stunt—this one targeted at my friends an neighbors in the trans community—I lashed out by saying that Maine’s regressive bent is enough to drive my investment in the state elsewhere. I was frustrated—I AM frustrated—and what I said, I think, reveals and articulates my anger but clouds what I was ultimately […]

Bill Burr on F is for Family, comedian Bob Marley, and how Star Wars is just “self help in space”

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I like Bill Burr a lot, and I don’t do a particularly good job concealing it in this interview. Burr will be performing at the Cross Insurance Arena on June 4th [tickets]. We talked about a number of things, including his Netflix animated series F is for Family and the role Maine based comedian Bob Marley […]

Getting out of Maine may be professionally wise (and here’s how to do it)

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I interviewed my friend Robyn Kanner, an incredible designer and person, about how she went about getting out of Maine and [professionally] setting up outside of the state. We talk here about a number of things, including how she pitted a bunch of recruiters against each other to expedite the process, below. For a little more […]

Must Listen: Hollywood in the age of anti-communism

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I have extolled the virtues of You Must Remember This, one of the very best podcasts in production today, in this blog before. In its current season, YMRT host/writer/producer Karina Longworth visits Hollywood in the House Un-American Activities Committee + McCarthyism eras. Of the many, many subjects, occasions and phenomena Longworth touches upon is this chilling […]