Talking With Kris Saknussemm – June 27, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Kris Saknussemm. To listen to the interview click below.

Novelist and artist Kris Saknussemm’s latest play “The Humble Assessment, ” was a featured part of the recent Las Vegas Fringe Festival at the Las Vegas Little Theatre.

Saknussemm graduated with honors from Dartmouth College and holds an MA from the University of Washington. He has won First Prize in the Boston Review and River Styx Short Fiction Contests, and received the Fiction Collective 2 Award for Innovative Writing, in addition to publishing in a wide range of journals.

His nonfiction has appeared in Playboy,, The Writer, The Rumpus, and every significant newspaper in Australia. The recording of his work Memory Wound was awarded First Prize in the Missouri Review’s Audio Competition in the 10 Minute Play category.

“Zanesville,” his first novel was published to critical acclaim by the Villard Books imprint of Random House in 2005, was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award and released in hardcover in Russia. A surreal thriller in the noir tradition called PRIVATE MIDNIGHT was published by the Overlook Press in 2009 and has become a bestseller in France and Italy.

He has been a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, a featured guest at the Ubud Readers and Writers Festival in Bali and the Gallagher Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.


Talking With Wanda Sykes – June 20, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Wanda Sykes . To listen to the interview click below.
Following Wanda, Ira spoke with comedian Timm Metivier

Wanda Sykes, who will be performing at Treasure Island Theatre, Friday, June 21st at 9 p.m.  is considered “one of the funniest stand up comics” by her peers and ranked among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America.

Sykes began her stand-up career performing at the Coors Light Super Talent showcase in Washington D.C. and quickly rose to superstar status. She spent five years as a performer and writer for HBO’s critically acclaimed “Chris Rock Show” where she won an Emmy® Award for “Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special” in 1999. The gig opened the door to appearances on television shows including “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Crank Yankers,” for which she voiced the character Gladys Murphy. She wrote, produced and starred in her own show “Wanda at Large,” which premiered on FOX in 2003.

In 2004, Sykes released her first book “Yeah, I Said It,”- a hilarious collection of essays touching on life, family and current events.

Her first HBO comedy special, “Wanda Sykes; Sick and Tired,” debuted in 2006 and was nominated for a 2007 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special. Sykes second HBO special “I’ma Be Me,” premiered in 2009 where she tackled topics like the first black president, being a new mom and aging. The special was nominated for two 2010 Emmys®: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special, and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special. Later that year, Sykes went on to star on her own late night talk show on FOX, “The Wanda Sykes Show.”

Her acting credits include co-starring in feature films such as “Evan Almighty,” “Monster-In-Law” and “My Super Ex-Girlfriend.” Sykes has lent her voice to several animated features including “Over the Hedge, “The Barnyard” and most recently portrayed ‘Granny’ in “Ice Age: Continental Drift.”



Talking With Kathleen Dunbar – June 13, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Kathleen Dunbar . To listen to the interview click below.

Comedian Kathleen Dunbar, who is performing at Big Al’s Comedy Club at the Orleans through June 15, was born and raised in the Midwest. In 1999 she found herself struggling as a single mother. But instead of going crazy, she developed a brassy, hysterical outlook on her life. On a dare, she signed up to perform at a local open-mic night. Three weeks later she was opening for Emo Philips at a five-star comedy club. Since that night, Kathleen has taken the comedy industry by storm.

In 2002 she made the move to Las Vegas. By the end of that year she was starring was in her own show, “Ladies Night Out,” at the Greek Isles Hotel. That same year she won the Star Search Las Vegas Comedy Competition, sponsored by KLAS TV 8 and Station Casinos.

In 2003 she moved to the strip in “Kathleen Dunbar’s Divas of Comedy” at the Sahara Hotel. She gained recognition and was named by Entertainment Consumers Exchange “2003 Female Comedian of the Year.” Since then she’s been honored with numerous awards and praises.



Talking With Oscar Goodman – June 6, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Oscar Goodman . To listen to the interview click below.

Oscar Goodman, one of America’s most celebrated criminal defense attorneys and former three-term mayor of Las Vegas, tells his story in a new memoir, “ Being Oscar: From Mob Lawyer to Mayor of Las Vegas, Only in America (Weinstein Books).”

Known as the “mob’s lawyer” for more than three decades, Oscar Goodman was the go-to defense attorney for some of the biggest gangsters in America. Written with co-author George Anastasia, “Being Oscar” reveals never-before-disclosed details of his service to a Who’s Who of mob bosses such as Meyer Lanksy, Anthony “Tony the Ant” Spilotro, Nick Civella, Vinny “The Animal” Ferrara and “Crazy” Phil Leonetti.

Being Oscar takes the reader on a tour through organized crime’s inner sanctum and into the courtroom, where Oscar argued cases about government wiretapping, an impeachment of a federal judge before the United States Senate, a drug dealer charged with assassinating a federal judge, and the infamous “Black Book,” an exclusion list that banned targeted individuals from entry into the Las Vegas casinos.

“Being Oscar” also chronicles his three-term run as the flamboyant and controversial mayor of Las Vegas.