Marga & Beth

October 3rd, 2005

On this evening's show, I interview two luminous and talented women. First, the genius comedienne and monologuist Marga Gomez, whose most recent one-woman show, Los Big Names, is her most brilliant work yet. Next, the whimsical and wonderful Beth Lisick, whose talents are so multi- that I will vainly attempt to break them down as follows: author (most recently of the bestselling Everybody Into the Pool), bandleader ("The Beth Lisick Ordeal"), and co-curator of the magical Porchlight storytelling series. ... In between the two in-studio interviews will be a "Wandering Josh" segment in which I begin my quixotic quest to learn to drive. ...

I should mention that this show, though the fifth to be broadcast, was the first one we actually taped (and this was the first WJ we did as well), so my nerves were at their nerviest. I had a great time talking with both of these charming women, and they were incredibly gracious and patient with their jittery host. But you may find yourself wondering why, for example, coming out of the WJ segment, I don't refer to the fact that I am now suddenly with a different guest and in a different part of the set. The answer is that my synapses were overflowing with more basic concerns, like don't spill coffee on anyone and remember that the camera is your friend.

Marga and Beth -- if you happen to read this little blog item -- let me just say again: THANKS!!!

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  • 1. Bob Collins  |  October 3rd, 2005 at 7:49 pm

    I really enjoy your commentary! I ask myself why I enjoy your interviewing style and the best I can surmise is that it is, to me, honest, unpretentious and unscripted…….flailing hands and all ( sorry, I had to say that because I read your earlier blog! ( smile ). I also find your guests very interesting ( for the same reasons as previously stated). Thanks for a nice respite from Monday Night Footbal ( how about that for an attaboy?) Thanks…bob

  • 2. Julie Bernstein  |  October 4th, 2005 at 7:27 am

    Hey, this was a really good show, especially considering it was the first you filmed! I think having two different guests with WJ in the middle breaks up the 1/2 hour nicely, epsecially since PBS (blessedly) has no commercials. Using the kitchen table part of the set was a nice change – are you doing that with other guests?

  • 3. Melissa  |  October 7th, 2005 at 10:49 pm

    Great show! I was flipping, came upon your interviews, and now know about the Porchlight events. I like your attitude and enthusiasm….

  • 4. Rebort  |  October 8th, 2005 at 11:38 pm


    I viewed the show (first time) on a rebroadcast tonight, and was startled when Ms Gomez made a reference to French singer Maurice Chevalier as a “Nazi informant.”

    This is not true. Although Chevalier was accused of collborating with the Vichy government during World War II, he was later acquitted of all charges.


    Maurice Chevalier
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

    “He returned to France in 1935, and spent most of World War II in seclusion, though he made brief appearances, on one occasion as part of a prisoner exchange. After the war it was alleged that he had been a collaborator with the Vichy regime, though these claims were disputed and he was formally acquitted.”

    “Chevalier, Maurice.” Encyclop√¶dia Britannica from Encyclop√¶dia Britannica Premium Service. [Accessed October 8, 2005].

    “During World War II his popularity suffered because he continued to entertain in German-occupied France and on tour, but after the war he was cleared of suspected collaborationist activities.”

    Shame on Ms Gomez for casually besmirching the reputation of a popular 20th Century entertainer, and shame on you and your producers for not calling her on it.

    This was my first exposure to you and your show and I doubt I will be tuning in a second time.

  • 5. Josh Kornbluth  |  October 15th, 2005 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks for all your comments — including the correction from Rebort!

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