LA Weekly writer Ali Trachta recently attended the 100th episode taping in Encino of underground talk program The John Kerwin Show. While the on-air elements are late night rote, the production schedule and pay stubs are not:
New episodes tape just once every five weeks and air on the tiny Jewish Life TV network (JLTV). The show’s staff is unpaid.
Thirty-nine-year-old host Kerwin has helping him, sometimes remotely, some pretty well-established buddies like writer Marvin Silbermintz and associate producer Don Sweeney, both previously with The Tonight Show. His guests for the 100th episode above were Jonathan Winters (at home in Santa Barbara) and Brandi Glanville.
Kerwin’s talk show career grew out of a wacky exchange with Jerry Seinfeld at the Improv back in 2001. Potential suitors for broader talk show reach have included BET and, currently, SyFy. To read the complete article, click here.
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