Academy Award Nominee Hanna Polak's latest documentary is "Something Better To Come." Hanna is a Polish director, cinematographer and producer. For her short documentary film, "The Children of Leningradsky," about a community of homeless children living in the Leningradsky railway station in Moscow, she was nominated for an Academy Award and an Emmy Award. In 2003, she was awarded Best Producer of Documentary Movies at the Kraków Film Festival for Railway Station Ballad. Visit us at www.DavidFeldmanShow.com
Legendary Documentarian Stanley Nelson, Jr. talks about his new documentary "The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution." Then we are joined by Director of Programming for DOC NYC 2015 Basil Tsiokos. DOC NYC 2015 runs November 12-19. Stanley Nelson's other films include "Freedom Riders," "Jonestown: The Life & Death of People’s Temple," "The Murder of Emmett Till," "A Place of Our Own," "Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice," and "Wounded Knee."
Jeff Garlin calls Kevin Meaney "The funniest man in the universe." Kevin stars in the new movie "Blood Ransom" and can be seen later this month on CBS' "Two Broke Girls." Kevin Meaney for the hour!
Comedian Dom Irrera is one of the best comics who has ever stepped foot on a stage. Plus Steve Skrovan from the Ralph Nader Radio Hour. For more please visit www.DavidFeldmanShow.com
Comedian Barry Crimmins’ life and work in comedy and politics are the subject of a brand new documentary entitled "Call Me Lucky" directed by filmmaker and fellow comedian Bobcat Goldthwait. Crimmins is also personally responsible for the Boston comedy scene and the reason any Boston comic exists. For more go to www.davidfeldmanshow.com.
Comedian Todd Glass is one of the funniest most daring comic minds out there. Go see him perform. His book "The Todd Glass Situation" is published by Simon and Schuster.
We're doing a live taping of the David Feldman Show at QED in Astoria, Queens. November 10th at 7:00 PM with Jackie The Jokeman, Frank Conniff and Esther Ku. For free tickets, go to www.davidfeldmanshow.com and hit the contact button. Give us your name, and email and we'll put you on the list.
Plus Comics Wendy Starling and Eddie Brill. A seasoned veteran of comedy clubs and late night television, Jimmy Pardo has appeared on such shows as "The Tonight Show", "Conan", "The Late Late Show" and his own half hour special on Comedy Central.
Utilizing his trademark crowd work skills, Jimmy spent the last 6 years as Conan O'Brien's opening act at "Conan" tapings. Jimmy has also appeared on "Conan" as a panel guest, a field correspondent and recently filled in as co-host. He also conducts the unconventional celebrity backstage interviews for Teamcoco.com's "The Pardo Patrol."
In 2006, Jimmy Pardo became a podcasting pioneer when he began hosting the raucous-but-smart weekly podcast "Never Not Funny", which Entertainment Weekly called "one of the sharpest and gut-bustingest shows on the Internet." The show has been named a top comedy podcast by The AV Club, Esquire, GQ and USA Today, and its guest list (Conan O'Brien, Jon Hamm, Richard Lewis, Zach Galifianakis and Sarah Silverman, just to name a few) reads like a Who's Who of Hollywood. Never Not Funny also hosts the annual Pardcast-a-Thon fundraiser, a 12-hour marathon webcast to benefit Smile Train. To date, the Pardcast-a-Thons have raised over half a million dollars for the charity.
Over the years Jimmy has also been seen on such shows as "Comedy Bang Bang", "@Midnight", "Maron" and "Monk". He hosted "National Lampoon's Funny Money" for Game Show Network, four seasons of AMC's "Movies at Our House," and episodes of NBC's "Late Friday", VH1's "The Surreal Life" and "The Playboy Morning Show".
Jimmy has recorded three comedy albums: "Uno," "Pompous Clown" and 2013's "Sprezzatura," which Entertainment Weekly named one of the 5 Best Stand-Up Albums of the year.
Pat Dixon is host of NYC Crime Report With Pat Dixon which covers New York's most unusual crimes. He is also a stand-up comedian and journalist best known for his half hour special on Comedy Central. Pat teaches us how to laugh at horrible crimes. Also Comedian Erik Bransteen from Fox Laughs.
Plus Comedy Writer Jon Macks author of Monologue: What Makes America Laugh Before Bed. Jon Macks, a veteran writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, takes us behind the scenes of this world for an in-depth, colorful look at what really makes these hosts the arbiters of public opinion. From the opening monologue-what's funny, what's dangerous, what's untouchable-to the best vs. worst guests, Macks covers the landscape of late-night comedy and punctuates the narrative with hysterical personal anecdotes, shining the spotlight on some of the very best late-night jokes. With an insider's expertise and a laugh-out-loud voice, Macks explains how late-night TV redefines the news and events of any given day, reshapes public opinion, and even creates our national zeitgeist. Plus Gabriel Laks a Seattle born writer, director, editor, and graduate of NYU's Tisch School Of The Arts. His work has been quoted in The New Yorker and featured in CollegeHumor, My Damn Channel, and Channel 101. For more visit www.DavidFeldmanShow.com.
Judy Gold has written and starred in 2 critically acclaimed, long-running Off-Broadway hit shows: The Judy Show – My Life As A Sitcom, (New York Times critic’s pick) and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, which won the 2007 GLAAD award for OutstandingNew York Theater. Judy has guest starred on “Louie,” “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” “30 Rock,” “2 Broke Girls,” “The Big C” and “Sex & The City,” to name a few. She frequently appears on “The Wendy Williams Show” as well as co-hosting “The View.”
She has had stand-up specials on HBO (Cable Ace Award), Comedy Central and LOGO. Judy’s weekly podcast “Kill Me Now” has received accolades for her interviewing skills, and she is the host of the Funny People series at the 92nd Street Y. Judy recently co-starred in the Off-Broadway show, Clinton The Musical as Eleanor Roosevelt and Linda Tripp. Judy won two Emmy Awards for her work on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.”
To learn more about Judy, visit http://JudyGold.com. Follow her on Twitter – @jewdygold.
An original “Saturday Night Live” writer who the New York Times says has “earned a place in the pantheon of American pop culture,” Alan has won multiple Emmy, Writers Guild of America, and TV Critics awards for his work in television, which also includes “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” (which he co-created and produced), “Monk,” “PBS’s Great Performances,“ “The Late Show With David Letterman” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.
A frequent guest on all of the late night talk shows, Alan’s theatrical contributions include his collaboration with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award winning play “700 Sundays”, Martin Short’s Broadway hit “Fame Becomes Me”, the off-Broadway plays “Happy”, “Between Cars”, “Pine Cone Moment”, and “Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy” which he adapted from his best-selling book.
Other books by Alan are the 2006 Thurber Prize winning novel “The Other Shulman”, the popular children’s book “Our Tree Named Steve”, “North”, a collection of short stories and essays titled “Clothing Optional, and the novel “Lunatics” that he co-wrote with Dave Barry.
Alan’s humor has also appeared in such diverse publications as The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Op-Ed page, The Huffington Post and MAD Magazine. He has also penned a best selling e-book titled “From My Bottom Drawer.
The co-writer of the screenplays for the films “Dragnet”, “North”, and “The Story of Us”, Alan has received an honorary PhD. from the State University of New York and because of the diversity of his body or work, in 2010 the Writers Guild of America, East gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Alan is currently an executive producer on Showtime’s documentary series “Inside Comedy” starring David Steinberg, is writing and producing a television pilot for IFC, is awaiting a September publication of a forthcoming middle grade novel titled “Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain In My Ass” (Hyperion) that he co-wrote with Adam Mansbach, and writing the book for a Broadway musical version of “Field of Dreams.
And in addition to the late night talk shows, on the TV screen he’s also appeared in episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Law & Order”.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Director of LISTEN TO ME MARLON Stevan Riley. Then Jeff Maurer, comedian 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.
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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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 Anderson, The Comedy Central Roast of Denis Leary, The 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 Show, Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld, Fox & Friends and Hannity. Other talk show appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Last Call with Carson Daly, Howard Stern on Demand, and The Daily Show.
He has also been a favorite guest on radio shows including The Howard Stern Show, The Opie and Anthony Show and The Dennis Miller Show. He has filled in for Dennis Miller, Dan Patrick, Tony 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.
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.”
“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.”
“[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.”
“In this sharp, sensitive debut [Beck] deftly examines all the forces that came together in this strange moment in our history.”
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.
Comedy geniuses Frank Conniff and Colleen Werthmann join the roundtable for a look back at the week's news. Colleen writes for Comedy Central's The Nightly Show and Frank Conniff is Frank Conniff. For more go to www.davidfeldmanshow.com
Comics Jim David and LIAM McENEANEY. Jim David's latest CD is called "Hard To Swallow." Jim has appeared on many television comedy shows, most notably Comedy Central Presents Jim David where he became the first openly gay man to have his own special on the network, and a two-year stint on Comedy Central's Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. David also appeared on many television shows as a comedian or commentator, among them Gotham Comedy Live, Comedy Central's Out On the Edge, Comic Cabana, USO Comedy Tour, Comic Remix and Friars' Club Roast of Rob Reiner, Bravo's Queer Eye For The Straight Guy and Greatest Things About Being..., ABC's The View, A&E's Caroline's Comedy Hour and An Evening at the Improv, Current TV's "Viewpoint" and HLN's The Joy Behar Show. Jim David has also been a contributing writer to The Advocate, New York Blade, and US Weekly. Today's show is sponsored by Casper Mattress. Visit us at www.DavidFeldmanShow.com.
Justin Gifford is the author of “Street Poison: The Biography of Iceberg Slim.” On today's show we learn about Robert Beck AKA Iceberg Slim whose "Pimp" sold more copies than any other book written by an African American author. Written in 1967, "Pimp" has played a major role in the shaping of gangsta rap as well as actual pimping. For more on this please visit www.davidfeldmanshow.com
Confessions of An Economic Hit Man Author JOHN PERKINS talks Obama, Hillary and Bernie Sanders. Director and Star of That Sugar Film, DAMON GAMEAU, talks about his new documentary on the poison that is SUGAR. For more information on all our guests please go to www.davidfeldmanshow.com and become a member. JOHN PERKINS is an American author. His best known book is Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (2004), in which Perkins claims to have played a role in an alleged process of economic colonization of Third World countries on behalf of what he portrays as a cabal of corporations, banks, and the United States government. His other books include Hoodwinked and The Secret History of The American Empire. DAMON GAMEAU is an Australian television and film actor who is the director of, and lead role in That Sugar Film. Damon also appeared in the Australian series Love My Way, the 2002 Australian film The Tracker, and in a small role in the US series How I Met Your Mother.
Plus Ethel & Julius Rosenberg's youngest son joins us with new evidence that suggests his mother was wrongly convicted and executed. Robert Meeropol (born Robert Rosenberg in 1947) is the younger son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. Meeropol was born in New York City. His father Julius was an electrical engineer and a member of the Communist Party. His mother Ethel (née Greenglass), a union organizer, was also active in the Communist Party. In 1953, when Robert was six years old, his parents were convicted and executed for conspiracy to commit espionage, and specifically for passing secrets of the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. Fred Stoller is an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, writer, and voice artist. He is best known for portraying Gerard on Everybody Loves Raymond. He is also the voice of Stanley in the Open Season franchise, and Rusty the monkey wrench in the Disney Jr's Handy Manny. His new show on iTunes is The Mild Adventures of Fred Stoller. Become a member of the David Feldman Show by going to www.DavidFeldmanShow.com