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Nominees for the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards were announced earlier this month. And some of the nominees were in productions filmed in Westchester County.

Book cover for "Nice Try," photo of Josh Gondelman, album cover for "Dancing on a Weeknight"
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High Mud Comedy Festival Presents Josh Gondelman in a night of stand-up comedy at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts tomorrow night at 8 p.m.

Josh Gondelman is a stand-up and writer who has earned two Peabody Awards, three Emmys, and two WGA Awards for his work on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” He is currently a writer/producer for “Desus & Mero” on Showtime - which was just renewed for a second season. 

He has a reputation for being a true mensch and among the nicest guys in comedy and his new book “Nice Try” is available from Harper Perennial and his most recent stand-up album “Dancing on a Weeknight” was released in April of this year.

 

He joined us to talk about stand-up, working for and with great people, Twitter pep-talks, and #agoodgame.

Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning as we discuss the power and entertainment value of gaming versus streaming services. Brian Fung wrote in the Washington Post on January 18 that "Netflix: Fortnite is a bigger rival than HBO."

That got Joe and Jesse thinking and today they talk about the various ways in which people spend time with games, books, and other diversions, and what it means for everyone from readers and players to authors and creators.

Jesse Feiler is an app developer and author. His apps include Minutes Machine Plus which helps you manage agendas and minutes for organizations as well as The Nonprofit Risk Book and App. He wrote the Saranac River Trail app and is launching its successor, Trails & Places which lets you build location-based apps without writing code. His apps are available on the Apple App Store.

Tom Perrotta’s novel, "Mrs. Fletcher," is a provocative and very funny look at parenthood, the empty nest, and sex in the suburbs.

Perrotta is the author of eight works of fiction including "Election," "Joe College" and "Little Children." His novel "The Leftovers" was adapted into an HBO series. 

Tony Hale as Clark Hill in Brave New Jersey
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In the new film Brave New Jersey, Tony Hale plays Mayor Clark Hill - a sweet and subservient man who finds the drive to pursue what he’s always wanted when Orson Welle’s War of the Worlds radio broadcast in 1938 convinces his town that it may be the last night of their lives.

Hale is best known as the youngest Bluth brother, Buster, on the now-Netflix-formerly-Fox favorite Arrested Development and as Selina Meyer’s personal-aide and bag-man on HBO’s Veep.

Garry Trudeau, the iconic cartoonist who created Doonesbury and has been skewering our political lives for over four decades has also worked in theater and television.

In an event last night, presented by Oblong Books and Music at The White Hart Inn in Salisbury, CT, we spoke with Trudeau about his career, politics, and his new book is Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump.

  Susie Essman has played the sassy Susie Greene for all 8 seasons of HBO’s critically acclaimed and award-winning Curb Your Enthusiasm, her hilarious bouts of withering sarcasm and uninhibited insults her character’s trademark. She is also an accomplished stand-up. 

She will host Laughingstock! at the 4th Annual Woodstock Comedy Festival on Friday, September 23. The evening will feature stand-up from Karen Bergreen, Kendra Cunningham, Jaye McBride, and Liz Miele.

Laughingstock! is a benefit for Family of Woodstock and for the Polaris Project.

   David Simon is best known as creator of HBO's The Wire which chronicled the story of Baltimore's police department and its gangs. A former reporter for The Baltimore Sun, Simon is also known for his NBC police procedural Homicide: Life on the Streets. The show was based on his book, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets.

This week he spoke at Williams College, presenting a lecture entitled "The Audacity of Despair."

Roundabout Theatre Company's The Robber Bridegroom - Leslie Kritzer, center
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  Based on the short story by Eudora Welty, The Robber Bridegroom is the Southern-fried Robin Hood tale of Jamie Lockhart, a dangerous, handsome, backwoods rogue who’s a gentleman by day and bandit by night. When he falls for the beautiful daughter of a wealthy planter, his world and code of ethics are turned upside down.

Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City has a rustic romp of a ‘Robber Bridegroom’ running at The Laura Pels Theatre. Director Alex Timbers brings his incomparable imagination to the show with book by Alfred Uhry and music by Robert Waldman.

The show stars Steven Pasquale, Andrew Durand, Evan Harrington, Greg Hildreth, Ahna O’Reilly, Nadia Quinn, Lance Roberts, Devere Rogers, and , our guest, Leslie Kritzer, as Salome.

Leslie made her Broadway debut in Hairspray, following that she was Serena in Legally Blonde, and then Jane Hurley in A Catered Affair. She was In Sondheim on Sondheim and played Jovie in the stage musical adaptation of Elf. In addition to numerous Off-Broadway and regional credits she received critical acclaim, a TimeOut New York Award, and a Special Achievement MAC Award, for Leslie Kritzer Is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches, a re-creation of Patti LuPone’s famed nightclub act. She is currently playing Ray Romano’s wife on the HBO show Vinyl.

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  America is the most punitive nation in the world, handing out historically harsh sentences that largely dispense with the concept of rehabilitation.

Alan and Susan Raymond - Oscar and Emmy winners for HBO’s I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School - explore the reality of “the other death penalty” in Toe Tag Parole: To Live and Die on Yard A.

Featuring exclusive, unprecedented access, Toe Tag Parole: To Live And Die On Yard A was shot entirely at California State Prison, Los Angeles County, a maximum-security facility in the Mojave Desert. The documentary debuts on Monday, August 3rd at 9PM on HBO.

Bill Maher
Bill Maher

For more than twenty years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on Politically Incorrect (Comedy Central, ABC, 1993-2002), and for the last twelve years on HBO’s Real Time, Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 32 Emmy nominations. In addition to his television program, Maher has written five bestsellers.

He will perform at UPAC in Kingston, NY on June 6th.

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  For more than twenty years, Bill Maher has been a fixture on late-night American television - first on Politically Incorrect from 1993-2002 and for the last twelve years on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

Bill has 32 Emmy nominations and in addition to his television program, he has written five bestsellers and was responsible for the documentary, Religulous.

  Charlaine Harris is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse fantasy/mystery series (the inspiration behind the hit HBO series True Blood), the Aurora Teagarden, Harper Connelly, and Lily Bard mystery series, and Midnight Crossroad, the first Midnight, Texas, novel.

Now, in book 2, Day Shift, she returns to the one-traffic-light town you see only when you’re on the way to someplace else.

  

  The recent arrest in New Orleans and the HBO documentary The Jinx have put Robert Durst back in the headlines. Matt Birkbeck was the first reporter to access Durst’s NYPD files. His book on Durst, A Deadly Secret, was the very book found in Durst’s own apartment when it was searched by police.

Based on interviews with family, friends, and acquaintances of Durst, law enforcement, and others involved in the case, A Deadly Secret is a cross-country odyssey of stolen IDs and multiple identities that raises baffling questions about one of the country’s most prominent families—and one of its most elusive suspected killers.

  Best known as Ari Gold, the agent you love to hate on HBO's Entourage, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jeremy Piven has one of Hollywood's coolest and most diverse resumes.

Piven surprised audiences by taking on the title role in the British series, Mr. Selfridge which is about the real-life department store's mogul which airs on Masterpiece on PBS and has its 3rd season premiere this Sunday, March 29th.

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     This year’s Woodstock Film Festival will inaugurate a new award at their Maverick Awards Gala when they present the Fiercely Independent Award to producer, actor, director, writer - Mark Duplass. We welcome him to the show and speak with him about the award, working with his brother, their new HBO show, and more.

HBO Series Films At SUNY New Paltz

Jul 31, 2014
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The State University of New York at New Paltz was turned into a film set for a day. The HBO series Girls chose the campus as a setting to mimic a different university.

“Here we go kids. 3-2-1…action!

It all happened so quickly. Around the beginning of July, SUNY New Paltz officials got the call that Half A Yogurt Productions was interested in filming some scenes for the HBO series Girls. Richard Winters is community and government relations associate for SUNY New Paltz.

SUNY New Paltz Hosts HBO Film Crew For A Day

Jul 30, 2014
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Scenes for an episode of a popular HBO series were filmed on the campus of a SUNY school Tuesday. 

“Here we go kids. 3-2-1…action!"

Scenes for an episode of the HBO series Girls were filmed at a few locations on the campus of the State University of New York at New Paltz. There were no talking parts for the roughly 40 SUNY New Paltz students and staff who were extras. Girls’ creator and star Lena Dunham was in the director’s chair. Regina Heyman is a producer for the show.

HBO Series To Film Scenes At SUNY New Paltz

Jul 29, 2014
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Scenes for an episode of an HBO series will be filmed Tuesday afternoon in the Hudson Valley.