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Ira Glass Reveals The End Of “This American Life” TV Show

92y.JPGWhat started as a casual conversation about the humble beginnings of Chicago Public Radio‘s “This American Life” turned into an impromptu press conference last night as host Ira Glass announced the end of the popular radio program’s Emmy nominated television spinoff on Showtime.

“I don’t know if I can say this yet, but we’ve asked to be taken off of television,” Glass revealed.

Glass’ unexpected announcement came in the midst of a Behind the Scenes event hosted at Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y. The night’s panel, moderated by NY1‘s Budd Mishkin, included the show’s senior producers Julie Snyder, Nancy Updike, Jane Feltes and Sean Cole, as well as film rights producer Alissa Shipp and production manager Seth Lind.

Then, of course, there was Glass — the host and executive producer of the public radio golden child and Showtime program of the same name — who has become ubiquitous on television, billboards and panels alike. His Buddy Holly glasses and graying spiked hair are familiar by now, and his notoriety explains why his introductory applause was by far the most sustained.

Steering the conversation casually, Mishkin lauded the program, giving the night a celebratory feel as the show’s creators discussed its methods and told insider stories to the delight of the crowd. The event began with anecdotes from seemingly slapdash beginnings, as Updike recalled struggling to fill an hour broadcast, even letting Glass wing it live to fill time in the days before the show’s syndication.

The producers reflected on the various media properties that have resulted since the humble inception of “This American Life,” including the forthcoming Steven Soderbergh film The Informant! starring Matt Damon, which is based on an episode.

According to Glass, the show’s relationship with movies was all about supply and demand: “We had no money, but a large supply of ideas, while Hollywood had a large amount of money and no ideas.”

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Buzzine’s Interview with Dylan Brody

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Dylan Brody is a story teller and humorist with a rabid well-deserved cult following. He did an interview with Buzzine’s Jeanmarie Simpson…hilarious.

JS: Okay, but first I need to indulge in a bit of fan-dorkishness of my own. I’m crazy about your work. Your voice is delightfully, shockingly unique.

DB: Oh, Good! Thank you. I like having fans, and I like shocking them with my uniqueness. Uniquitude. Unique-osity. One of the things that keeps happening lately, as I get some press and some notice, is that people tell me how unique my voice is, and then, with no sense of irony at all, as if they are proving the point, they tell me who I remind them of. So far, I haven’t been insulted by any of the comparisons – Garrison Keillor, David Sedaris, people like that.

Read the whole interview here.

Media Events 1.04.08

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TUESDAY 1.08.08
WHAT: Robert Gottlieb signs Reinventing Los Angeles
WHO: Robert Gottleib
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Book Soup
WHY: Think L.A. can’t be saved? Think again.

TUESDAY 1.08.08
WHAT: Hollywood documentarian talk
WHO: Elaina Archer, chief producer/director of A&F Productions
WHEN: 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Montgomery House
WHY: She managed the Mary Pickford library. What she doesn’t know, isn’t worth knowing. Info here.

SUNDAY 1.20.08
WHAT: David Sedaris Workshop
WHO: Writer David Sedaris reads never-before-read pieces from his upcoming, untitled book.
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: Macgowan Little Theater
WHY: We’re giving you advance warning, so if you wait too long to buy tickets and find it’s sold out, that’s on you. Tickets: $50.