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Ophira Eisenberg: Writer, Comedian

Episode 36 - March 23, 2015

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The Moth, Ask Me Another, Ophira Eisenberg, comedy,Ophira Eisenberg is a writer and comedian, originally from Canada, now living in New York City.

In university Ophira studied Anthropology and English at McGill, which some people call the “Harvard of the North.”

Today she makes her living as a writer, stand up comedian, NPR host and regular contributor to The Moth – the popular storytelling event, podcast and radio program.

Her writing has been featured in an anthology of great comedy, alongside that of Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Dennis Miller and Joan Rivers.

I was so happy to meet with Ophira, who was back in Toronto, where she hosted a sold out performance of The Moth. Let me tell you she was staying at one of Toronto’s finest hotels, a long way from her days schlepping from one comedy club to another, hoping to find appreciative audiences.

We talk about everything from how she started with nothing in New York, the evolution of her stand up comedy, and the influence of the Moth’s storytelling techniques on her writing.

Show Notes
Ophira’s story “The Accident” on Youtube.
NPR’s “Ask Me Another” trivia show, hosted by Ophira.
Ophira’s book: “Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy” at Amazon.

Ophira’s CDs on iTunes
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Mark A. Rayner: Writer

Episode 28- Dec. 8, 2014

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Mark-a-rayner,contest, interview, podcast, London on,Mark A. Rayner is an award-winning writer of satirical and speculative fiction.

Mark and I first met a few years ago at Western University Canada where we both teach.

Mark has written 3 novels, several plays and 2 collections of short stories. His most recent novel, “The Fridgularity” won the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Award for Best Humor.

We discuss how Mark’s experiences as a journalist made him realize he prefers writing fiction to daily reporting. In the past Mark struggled with his weight and he candidly discuss confronting such a personal issue in his writing. Mark also shares his experiences with publishers and self-publishing.Mark a Rayner, books, the fridgularity, marvelous Hairy, The amadeus net, deal,

Links from the Podcast
Mark’s website: scribblings, squibs and sundry monkey joys
@markarayner on Twitter
Mark on GoodReads

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Johanna Stein: Writer, Comedian

Episode 26-Oct. 28, 2014

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Johanna Stein. momhead video, cbc, will arnett deal Johanna’s YouTube, GoPro video “Momhead” was an overnight sensation, receiving 2,400,000 views in a few days. We discuss the steps that led to its success.

The YouTube, GoPro video was featured on BuzzFeed, and subsequently Johanna was interviewed by major international news organizations.

Shortly after the video went viral Stein landed a deal to write a sitcom pilot for CBS.

The pilot is being produced with Will Arnett, and will be based on Stein’s book “How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane.”

I first met Johanna Stein when we were both performing at the Winnipeg Fringe Fetsival. We talk about how the Festival was a launch pad for her.

We also discuss the creative process that led her from doing stand up comedy to motherhood and then writing a book which served as the foundation for the viral video.

Johann Stein’s website
Joahanna’s book “How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane” on Amazon.