On this episode we have Staten Island native Mickey Burns. He is the host of the celebrity interview show Profiles on the NYC Media. He is also the Network President of Quest Media Entertainment, Inc.
Mickey discusses his TV show, Profiles, which has produced over 500 episodes. The challenges the format has endured under lockdown and how his show and the rest of the TV production in New York city exits lockdown.
Carrie and I worked together on our first podcast experience, 10, 9, 8 years ago.
Carrie is currently stuck in Melbourne, which is the only state in Australia back in lockdown. She discusses this, and the cancellation of the Melbourne Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She was actively producing shows for both festivals when the call came in to effectively down tools and discusses the financial hardships she and many other people connected with the arts scene are enduring at the moment.
Not to rest on her laurels her comedy company, Serious Comedy, has moved online and is producing live shows that people worldwide are tuning in for.
Carrie has produced comedy shows in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Perth’s Fringe World, Canberra Comedy Festival, as well as outside of festivals around Australia. She has worked closely with Tim Ferguson to run his Comedy Writing Masterclasses in various places around Australia, as well as debuting his runaway success show A Fast Life on Wheels. She’s also run regular comedy rooms and produced and toured theatre shows.
Shelia discusses the challenges of casting shows that have started in a different territory and bringing them to the US market. She also goes into her experiences with giving reality TV lessons to the Chinese market.
Sheila also worked as a tour manager for comedian Phyllis Diller earlier in her career.
Today we have on Irish director, John Vaughan, in to discuss dark comedy. Comedy that arises in dark places when we least expect it but need it the most. John has been stuck at home like the rest of us during the lockdown. So his thoughts were just going that way …
John Vaughan is the only person to ever get a hard core sci-fi commissioned by the Irish Broadcaster, RTE, called Victory?
Ireland, two years after a global invasion by an alien force – can one good cop make a difference?
Here are his other shorts, Valour, which is mentioned in the podcast: