Comedienne, actress, writer, director, and my dear friend Susan Burke is the very special guest on today’s LA Stories Podcast. Susan tells her own L.A. story, arriving from Wyoming in 2001 to be mistaken (more than once) as a Russian prostitute, who would one day go on to be the co-writer of Sundance Film Festival favorite, Smashed. A staple of the comedy scene, Susan discusses her development as a stand-up comic, living in the Brewery in Downtown L.A., and her recent encounter with Tim Robbins and Sean Penn at an un-Hollywood party. As if the above wasn’t enough, Susan, who is sensitive to paranormal activities, indulges us in a classic Hollywood unsolved mystery.
Good morning, folks! Please enjoy Episode 3 of LA Stories Podcast with guest Jeff Harlan!
About the episode:
Jeff Harlan is an actor, voiceover artist, and one time florist to the stars. He’s appeared in over 400 commercials, over 1,000 voiceover spots, and has made numerous television appearances on shows spanning the last three decades, including Mork & Mindy and Raising Hope. A Los Angeles native, Harlan has inevitably garnered numerous stories that will make you stop whatever you’re doing so that you won’t miss a word. From his early education at Fairfax High alongside the Jacksons, to improv classes with John Ritter and Robin Williams, and an early career as a floral deliveryman, Harlan has got a story that will certainly entice your eardrums. He’s the beholder of one of my favorite stories that could only take place in Los Angeles, so be certain to listen until the very end as we’ve saved the best for last. (Hint: It involves one of the greatest cinema directors of all time and a piece of cake.)
The Hollywood Fringe Festival is upon us, and I have the pleasure of getting to perform in, “Unmoderated: A Reading of Eastsider Comments.” If you have a love/hate relationship with the comment section on your favorite websites, then you’re going to love (not hate) seeing their voices come to life.
Yesterday the show was featured on KCRW. Have a listen, and learn more about how to get tickets at:
First of three performances is this Saturday, 11pm at the Open Fist Theatre Company.
Happy Hump Day!
“Online comments get a bad rap. True, unhinged vitriol is rampant on some websites, but not everyone thinks it’s terrible across the board. Take a new L.A.-based play called “Unmoderated,” which uses comments as the raw material for drama and comedy on the stage. “Unmoderated” has its formal debut at the Hollywood Fringe Festival this month.Reporter Alex Schmidt has more.”
Behold! Episode 2 of LA Stories Podcast. It was an absolute thrill to have Mark Masek on the show, and I have no doubt in my mind that you will truly enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed creating it. Please learn more about Mark through his website and books, Hollywood Remains to Be Seen. Enjoy!
The quintessential Los Angeles Cemetery Guide, Mark Masek, joins us to give a verbal tour of the greatest cemeteries in the world, right here in the City of Angels. For the last 30 years, Mark, author of Hollywood Remains to Be Seen, has become an expert on L.A.’s memorial parks. The cemeteries being discussed are beholden to true Hollywood history, as they are the final resting place of sweethearts from the silent film era, to our most recently departed personalities in television and film alike. Mark will give us “gravers” advice on which cemeteries to visit first, which to behave with discretion, and where you can pay your respects to the stars that have swept you away with their storytelling over the last 100 years. By the end of this episode, Mark will have exhumed the grave hunter in all of us.
I’m thrilled to finally get to share this with you. Enjoy!!!
It couldn’t be more fitting to kick off the LA Stories Podcast with LA historian, writer, and director Rory Mitchell of Valley Spring Lane Historical Consulting. The heavily bearded Rory indulges us in stories of LA’s east side, the birthplace of Hollywood’s film industry, and original home to the studios of silent film giants such as Mack Sennet and Tom Mix, all packed into the historically invaluable stretch of Glendale Blvd. On this episode, Rory verbally points out the very first appearance of Charlie Chaplin, and with the help of his ongoing short film documentary series, we can actually see the original King of Comedy’s Cyclorama projected on top of what is now a storage facility. Rory treats us to stories of corruption within the LAPD, profiles the most hated man in the city, and after this episode, will have you looking at any east side structure with a determined eye to find what makes it truly special.