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Now displaying: September, 2015
Sep 29, 2015

Comedian Christian Finnegan's new special is “The Fun Part.” Then we return to the ‘70s and look at the Weather Underground, the Black Panthers and the SLA and remember a time when domestic terrorists set off bombs nearly every single day yet a large percentage of Americans were OK with it. In fact many Americans feared the police more than the terrorists! A different time, a different country with Bryan Burrough author "Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence." Learn more at www.davidfeldmanshow.com

 

Sep 25, 2015

Kelly Carlin is author of "A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up with George" detailing what it's like to be the daughter of the world's greatest comedian. Also Doug Tirola director of a new documentary about The National Lampoon "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead – The Story Of The National Lampoon." Plus Comic Kevin Bartini. For more visit us at www.DavidFeldmanShow.com. 

Sep 22, 2015

Also Joe Domanick author of "Blue: The LAPD and the Battle to Redeem American Policing." 

Rick Overton is one of the most respected comedians in the history of standup. He currently stars in Patrick Stewart's new series "Blunt Talk."

Joe Domanick is an award-winning investigative reporter reveals the troubled history of the LAPD in a gripping story filled with hard-boiled, real-life characters that bring to life the ravages of the criminal justice system.

Vividly drawn and character-driven, Blue is simultaneously a drama of cops, crime and politics, and a primer on American police policy and reform. Using the LAPD as the book’s spine and through-line, Domanick illuminates urban policing at a crossroads during the tumultuous violence-plagued years of the early 1990s. Years when the beating of Rodney King and the LAPD’s brutality sparked the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, and police departments were caught between an often brutal, corrupt and racist past, and the demands of a rapidly changing urban population and environment.

From LA he then zooms to New York City, and details how the transformation of the NYPD that resulted in a dramatic decrease in crime—even while the LAPD remained in freefall for a decade more before it too begins its road to reformation. Blue ends in the summer of 2014 with crime at record lows, but events in LA, NYC and Ferguson, Mo., raising alarming warnings about aggressive racial profiling and the militarization of American policing.

Sep 19, 2015

Comedy Great Andy Kindler stops by to celebrate Frank Conniff's birthday along with the brilliant Liam McEneaney. For more please go to www.DavidFeldmanShow.com.

Sep 16, 2015

Sheba is comedy royalty, a terrific standup who also stars as her mother in “702 Punchlines & Pregnant: The Jackie Mason Musical” a full cast musical-comedy depicting the tumultuous love affair of her off-beat parents. Then Andy Engel who is the Director of New Talent Shows at New York’s Gotham Comedy Club as well as the Owner/Founder of the Manhattan Comedy School.  For more information please visit us at www.DavidFeldmanShow.com

Sep 11, 2015

Director of LISTEN TO ME MARLON Stevan Riley. Then Jeff Maurercomedian and writer for HBO's LAST WEEK/TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER. Visit us at www.DavidFeldmanShow.com. LISTEN TO ME MARLON is a documentary that utilizes hundreds of hours of audio that Marlon Brandon recorded over the course of his life to tell the screen legend's story. It's playing at at theater near you and will soon be on Showtime. 

Sep 8, 2015

Greg Fitzsimmons is a stand-up comedian and a regular guest on The Howard Stern Show, Chelsea Lately, The Adam Carolla Show, and The Joe Rogan Experience. His 2011 book, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons received critical praise from NPR and Vanity Fair.

Since 2006, Greg has hosted a radio show on Howard Stern's Sirius/XM channel and his own twice-weekly podcast, Fitzdog Radio. A regular on Letterman, Conan, and Kimmel, Greg also had two stand-up specials on Comedy Central and spent five years as a panelist on VH1's Best Week Ever.

As a writer, Greg won 4 Daytime Emmy Awards on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He also worked on HBO's Lucky Louie, Politically Incorrect w/ Bill Maher and many others. He has created and executive produced pilots for VH1 and FX and served as head writer on The Chelsea Handler Show, The Man Show, and Tiny Tonight.

Greg is the winner of "The Jury Award for Best Comedian" from The HBO Comedy Arts Festival and a Cable Ace Award for the MTV game show he hosted called Idiot Savants.

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Sep 4, 2015

Comic Nick DiPaolo catches up with David and then David surprises Nick by bringing on Nick's comedy hero. For more go to www.davidfeldmanshow.com. Nick's weekly podcast is on the Riotcast network and his new comedy special is entitled Another Senseless Killing. DiPaolo has written and performed three stand up specials for Comedy Central Presents, appeared in the HBOYoung Comedians Special and an hour-long comedy special Raw Nerve, which he wrote, performed and produced. It premiered on Showtime on April 30, 2011.

He was a regular on Comedy Central's Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. He has appeared on several roasts for that network including The Comedy Central Roast of Pamela AndersonThe Comedy Central Roast of Denis LearyThe Comedy Central Roast of Jeff Foxworthy and The Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy.

DiPaolo voiced the "Baby Nick" character alongside comedian Patrice O'Neal, who was "Baby Patrice" in the animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties. He has done several "Comics Come Home" specials for the network as well.

He has been cast as a police officer in Artie Lange's movie Beer League, in The Sopranos, and in numerous sketches on The Chris Rock Show, where he worked as a writer for two seasons. His writing was nominated for two Emmy Awards. He also wrote for The 77th Annual Academy Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards.

He has been a frequent guest on The Joy Behar ShowRed Eye w/ Greg GutfeldFox & Friends and Hannity. Other talk show appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay LenoLate Show with David LettermanLate Night with Conan O'BrienConanJimmy Kimmel Live!Late Night with Jimmy FallonLast Call with Carson DalyHoward Stern on Demand, and The Daily Show.

Other television appearances include The Colin Quinn Show on NBC, a recurring role on Grace Under FireNewsRadioSuddenly Susan and The Smoking Gun Presents.

He has also been a favorite guest on radio shows including The Howard Stern ShowThe Opie and Anthony Show and The Dennis Miller Show. He has filled in for Dennis MillerDan PatrickTony Bruno and others. DiPaolo hosted The Nick DiPaolo Show on 92.3 Free FM in New York City until May 24, 2007, when the station changed formats to all music. In October 2011, DiPaolo began co-hosting, with Artie Lange, the syndicated sports/entertainment talk show, The Nick & Artie Show.

He was cast as the building superintendent on Louis C.K.'s HBO show Lucky Louie, and appeared with a recurring role in Louis C.K.'s FX series Louie, which began airing on June 29, 2010. In one episode, Louie aggressively argues with DiPaolo's character about the latter's dislike of Barack Obama, to the point that a physical fight breaks out and DiPaolo's character hurts his hand. Louie then takes his friend to the hospital where they have "a genuine heart-to-heart conversation about the difficulties of marriage." In the series, Louie (like his creator/portrayer) is divorced and shares joint custody of his children with his ex-wife. DiPaolo's character is "married happily, but he has no children, and his wife and he have passed that sort of point where they can't have kids and now they're faced with just each other 'til one of them is going to lose the other. And there's a melancholy feeling to that. But I envy it, because I'm alone," said C.K. in an interview.

DiPaolo has done USO tours in Cuba and Japan, and in 2008, DiPaolo visited soldiers serving in Afghanistan as part of a six-person USO/Armed Forces Operation Mirth Comedy Tour with Artie Lange and Dave Attell.

 

 

Sep 1, 2015

Richard Beck is author of "WE BELIEVE THE CHILDREN: Moral Panic In The 1980s" published by Public Affairs. WE BELIEVE THE CHILDREN IS A brilliant, disturbing portrait of the dawn of the culture wars, when America started to tear itself apart with doubts, wild allegations, and an unfounded fear for the safety of children.

During the 1980s in California, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, Massachusetts, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Ohio, and elsewhere, day care workers were arrested, charged, tried, and convicted of committing horrible sexual crimes against the children they cared for. These crimes, social workers and prosecutors said, had gone undetected for years, and they consisted of a brutality and sadism that defied all imagining. The dangers of babysitting services and day care centers became a national news media fixation. Of the many hundreds of people who were investigated in connection with day care and ritual abuse cases around the country, some 190 were formally charged with crimes, leading to more than 80 convictions.

“Intellectually nimble… [Beck’s] argument should prove far more enduring than all the lies and self-deceptions, so credulously believed in the 1980s, that this book does a devil of a job correcting.” —NEW YORK TIMES

“Understanding a moral panic requires perspective—distance from the emotional heat of anger and anxiety. Sometimes it is precisely those who didn’t live through it who are best suited to providing that perspective. In WE BELIEVE THE CHILDREN: A MORAL PANIC IN THE 1980S, Richard Beck accomplishes this difficult feat, and he does so calmly, detail by meticulous detail…. A thorough account... His important book gives readers who don’t know the story—or who think it is over, so 20th century—an understanding of its lingering, pernicious effects on our lives…. Mr. Beck’s book is valuable because it is timely and comprehensive. He not only tells the story of a moral panic with a fresh eye but provides context, identifying the forces that preceded it as well as those that fed it and have kept it going today.” —WALL STREET JOURNAL

“[Thirty] years ago America was described as experiencing an ‘epidemic’ of sexual abuse in day care. Richard Beck, an editor at N+1, does a herculean job of investigating why this happened in his absorbing book WE BELIEVE THE CHILDREN.” —WASHINGTON POST

“In this sharp, sensitive debut [Beck] deftly examines all the forces that came together in this strange moment in our history.” —BOSTON GLOBE


It would take years for people to realize what the defendants had said all along—that these prosecutions were the product of a decade-long outbreak of collective hysteria on par with the Salem witch trials. Social workers and detectives employed coercive interviewing techniques that led children to tell them what they wanted to hear. Local and national journalists fanned the flames by promoting the stories’ salacious aspects, while aggressive prosecutors sought to make their careers by unearthing an unspeakable evil where parents feared it most.

Using extensive archival research and drawing on dozens of interviews conducted with the hysteria’s major figures, n+1 editor Richard Beck shows how a group of legislators, doctors, lawyers, and parents—most working with the best of intentions—set the stage for a cultural disaster. The climate of fear that surrounded these cases influenced a whole series of arguments about women, children, and sex. It also drove a right-wing cultural resurgence that, in many respects, continues to this day.

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