MikeyPod 222 | Comedian Eliot Glazer

Eliot Glazer first hit my radar with his Shit New Yorkers Say video which went viral back in 2012. He’s an LA-based writer and performer who currently serves as an Executive Story Editor on New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel. He has  served as creative consultant and recurring character on Comedy Central’s Broad City, and has contributed to Billy on The Street, Difficult People and Odd Mom Out. Eliot starred in and produced several digital shorts in support of the HBO series Looking and hosted the show’s official podcast.

I’ve been a fan of his Haunting Renditions for some time now, so I was excited to catch up with him before his most recent show here in Brooklyn at The Bell House. Thanks for listening! Continue reading →

MikeyPod 221 | MIT Media Lab Director and Author Joi Ito

Joi Ito (Photo by Roger Barnett)

This is Joi Ito‘s third visit to the podcast and each time I interview him, I am perfectly charmed and inspired. Joi’s bio is pretty awe-inspiring, most recently as the Director of the MIT Media Lab and co-author of the book Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future.

Joi suggested we live stream our interview on Facebook, so this interview has an interesting spin not yet heard on this podcast. I was really cool to have a more collaborative interview style and to respond to comments and questions from the people who were viewing the stream. Let me know what you think of this style. Should I do it again? Continue reading →

MikeyPod 220 | Activist Christopher Sebastian and Author Robin Raven

I’ve got two great guests for you on the podcast this week! First I talk with longtime vegan and social justice advocate Christopher Sebastian. Christopher and I talk about intersectionality and two of his articles: A Seven-point Plan to Disrupt White Supremacy and U.S. American Exceptionalism, and A Guide for Confronting White Fragility When Having Discussions About Race. I have a tremendous amount of respect for Christopher and what he has to say, so I was really thrilled to have him on the podcast. Next, I spoke with author Robin Raven about her beautiful new children’s book from Vegan PublishersSanta’s First Vegan Christmas. Robin is a freelance writer who has been published by The Huffington Post, The Malibu Times, Friends of Animals, to name a few.
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MikeyPod 219 | Modern Troubadour Nate Maingard

I am so excited about this new connection I have with South African musician Nate Maingard. I came across him sort of peripherally via this video from Patreon, and then we had a mini-conversation in the comments of a Patreon post which then led me to his Patreon page where I fell in love with his work and his great spirit. Nate has been playing guitar, writing songs and appearing on stage since 1998 and has been playing as a professional musician since the beginning of 2011. Nate was awarded a South African National Arts Festival Ovation Award and has played many of South Africa’s festivals.

Nate and I got into a great conversation about creating art and exchanging with our audiences that was incredibly timely for me. I think this is a great conversation for creators and audience members alike. Definitely check this one out, and share! This is a perfect time to become a patron of Nate’s, he is working on a new EP and planting TREES! Support his work here.
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MikeyPod 218 | Minister Micah Bucey

I am so grateful and proud to know a spectacularly glittery person like Micah Bucey. He’s Associate Minister at historic Judson Memorial Church here in New York City where he has shepherded many artists (like me!) into the performing world. His kindness and insight seems unlimited, and I am just so pleased to have him as my guest on the podcast this week.

Micah and I chatted a bit about where we go next as queer, artist-y, left-of-center folks, especially in light of the news of our President Elect. We talked about communities, spiritual and otherwise, and the events of his life that led him to become a minister.  Continue reading →

MikeyPod 217 | Filmmaker, Comedian, and Vine Star Jason Nash

When I got obsessed with watching Vine videos a few years ago, Jason Nash was one of the first people I started to follow. There are a ton of brilliant creators on Vine, each crafting great stories in these little 6 second looping videos. Jason’s humor and self-awareness about being an old guy famous on an app populated largely by millennials was especially appealing to this old guy who was fascinated with an app populated largely by millennials. Continue reading →

MikeyPod 216 | Musician and Broadway Performer Sawyer Nunes

Sawyer Nunes is a 14 year old musical powerhouse. Not only does he hold two Broadway credits for Matilda and Finding Neverland, but just last week he released his first EP, “Songs I Wrote In My Room.” Sawyer wrote and arranged all the music, played all the instruments, engineered the recording, and mixed and mastered the whole project as well. In his bedroom. No big deal, right?

Sawyer and I have worked together for a few years with Cabaret for a Cause and I have always been fascinated and inspired by his talent and remarkable maturity as an artist and as a human. I’m super excited to share this interview with you, I’m sure you’ll agree that he’s a really exceptional person.

Speaking of Cabaret for a Cause, we have an event coming up on November 27th at The Cutting Room benefitting Project Renewal and their En Casa program for families. Click here for tickets and more info! Continue reading →

MikeyPod 215 | Comedian and Performance Artist Adrienne Truscott

Thanks to my diligent sister, I found my way to Joe’s Pub a couple of months ago to see Adrienne Truscott‘s Asking For It: A One Lady Rape About Comedy. It was a fantastic thought provoking show that also inspired me pretty deeply in terms of how I approached some of the material in my recent show. Adrienne is an award winning choreographer, dancer, and stand-up comedian who has performed all over the world. I was really thrilled to have the chance to speak with her.

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