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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MikeyPod 214 | Director Ace Salisbury

I ran across the new web series Everything’s Okay last week (via Shark Party Media) and fell immediately in love with it. The very next day I found myself conducting an interview with its creator,  Ace Salisbury, which I share here for your listening pleasure.

EVERYTHING’S OK is an episodic series best described as a ‘post-apocalyptic cardboard punk’ adventure. Its first episode debut’ed as a short film at Cannes this year, and the entire 8-episode series will be premiering online, one episode every other week through the coming months. Most notably, the series was scored with brand new, original music from Rob Crow of Pinback. The brand new trailer includes the song, “Dismal Failure (Hold Me Stay Away)” by Rob Crow, exclusively heard in this trailer and in the series finale of Everything’s Okay. Continue reading →

MikeyPod 213 | Drag Queen Lady Bunny

This week, I was thrilled to talk with legendary drag icon, Lady Bunny, about her new show, Trans-Jester, which is running now at the (also legendary) Stonewall Inn. It was so much fun to talk with Bunny about her work, and our currently somewhat sensitive culture. Bunny’s long history as a drag queen gives her a unique perspective on the language that we use to describe ourselves that I can’t wait for you to hear. Even if we don’t all precisely agree, these are conversations that need to continue. Please feel free to join the conversation here in the comments or on my Facebook Page! Continue reading →

MikeyPod 212 | MikeyPod Live at The Queerly Festival!

In celebration of the 11th anniversary of this here podcast, I present to you the first ever MikeyPod Live! I had a blast putting this together for The Queerly Festival at The Kraine Theater. This podcast was the thing that got me off my ass and up to New York City, it’s given me an excuse to talk to some really outstanding artists and activists and it’s just super fun to share with you these things that I love.

So, enjoy the audio version of the show, and a multitude of thanks to my guests: Eve Beglarian, Victoria Libertore, Duncan Pflaster, Will Shishmanian,  and Sugar Vendil. Continue reading →

MikeyPod 211 | Author Joshua D. Fischer

Joshua D. Fischer joins me on the podcast this week to discuss his book, Meet the Regulars, which features stores and portraits of the everyday and famous people who frequent Brooklyn’s hottest (or most underrated) hangouts. Joshua and I talk about his work with the book, gentrification, and one of my favorite topics: how to cope with big city living without succumbing to misanthropy. Continue reading →

MikeyPod 210 | Musician Joy Askew

I’m a long time fan of Joy Askew, both as a musician and as a person. She’s a fantastic musician, a tireless activist, and a great friend. Joy has performed with some brilliant artists as well: Laurie Anderson, Peter Gabriel, and Joe Jackson, to name only a few.  We talked about the current climate for independent artists, both the good and the bad, our mutual appreciation of crowdfunding, and Joy’s inspiration behind her songs. The new album, Queen Victoria, sounds like it’s going to be fantastic and you should seriously consider pre-ordering a copy on Joy’s Pledge Music page. Continue reading →