The Late Night Alternative with Iain Lee in New York part 2!

The Late Night Alternative with Iain Lee in New York part 2!

A whole week of shows in NYC? What a silly idea! But, if Katherine and I could pull it off, what a coup? Unique in British radio. And I think we did. We packed the week full of interviews, guests and new locations. We overbooked. In the whole week we had a total of 3 hours to ourselves, and 2 of those were taken up with buying presents for the kids.

Still, what a thrill!

WEDNESDAY 14th June

Kenny Kramer – www.twitter.com/realkramer the inspiration for the character of Kramer in Seinfeld. Kenny is a delight and a wonderful storyteller. We invited him for breakfast although he Kramerwas on his way to the doctors and couldn’t eat. Still, he told us wonderful stories of Larry David and turning bullshine into an art form. He wasn’t totally convinced Kath and I were really working for a UK radio station so he’s asked that all of you email tourmail@kennykramer.com to tell him we are legit! Please do it! He runs an ace Seinfeld tour that I went on years ago and you can get details at www.kennykramer.com

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WFMU – @WFMU and www.wfmu.org This place is a radio geeks dream! A concept completely alien to the UK, a radio station staffed primarily by volunteers and funded by IMG_4531the listeners. I first discovered it by accident and then was lucky enough that the first person to reach out to me from there was Amanda Nazario, a young lady who presents an absolute powerhouse of a radio show. Her twitter is www.twitter.com/AmNazz and you can see more about her show here http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/AN – expect Lovin’ Spoonful followed by some swear punk band followed by space IMG_4536music. The show is incredible and she is a real inspiration. Her attitude certainly made me up my game on my shows and her and Irwin Chusid are the idea behind my new show on MixCloud www.mixcloud.com/iainlee 

 

 

We also spoke to Kim and Emily, hosts of In Real Life, I hadn’t heard the show when I Kim and emilyspoke to them but I have now and it is delightful. Have a listen here https://wfmu.org/playlists/IL and follow them on Twitter here www.twitter.com/inreallifeWFMU

It was a real thrill to chat to Irwin Chusid at WFMU. He’s the guy that discovered the Langley Schools Music Project music and Chusidmanaged to get it released. It’s an insane album and you should get it NOW by clicking HERE Irwin was a delight and another inspiration behind me getting off my ass as the Americans say and doing a music show in my spare room and spare time. His passion was infectious and we are going to get him back on the show, I promise. Check out his show here http://wfmu.org/playlists/IC

I cannot tell you how amazing I think this station is. Its magical. We recorded too much stuff there so the little tour Amanda gave us will come out as a separate pod. Follow me on Twitter to find out when all the pods get released. In the meantime, here’s a taster of what we experienced there http://talkradio.co.uk/funny/late-nights-iain-lee-wfmu-wednesday-june-14-17061915378

The Late Night Alternative with Iain Lee in New York – Part 1

The Late Night Alternative with Iain Lee in New York – Part 1

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I can’t remember how or when I came up with the silly idea of taking the show to New York, but I do remember carrying it around with me for a few weeks before daring to share it with Katherine Boyle, my producer and co-host. She didn’t laugh. She just nodded and agreed that we could do it. My boss at talkRADIO, Dennie, also didn’t laugh and said he’d help us anyway he could.

Gulp.

I didn’t just want to do the usual show in NYC. It seemed pointless to fly over there, pay for a hotel and present exactly the same 15 hours of entertainment we could have done at home. Kath and I were adamant we wanted to bring New York home to you, the listener. If we experienced it, we wanted you to experience it. The show had to be noisy, sweaty and packed full of voices you wouldn’t normally hear. With that in mind, we spent the 6 weeks or so before we went away asking you for guest suggestions, going through our iPods and emailing EVERYONE! Some people came back saying no, some didn’t even come back, but, the people that did come back with a positive reaction were amazing. If anything, we overbooked ourselves.

Over the course of 5 days we met musicians, artists, comedians, podcasters, authors and fruitcakes. It was delicious fun and incredibly inspiring. So many voices crammed our show that there is a chance you may have missed a few of them and the links and websites they gave out. So, here’s part 1 of a little catch up where I will do my best to point you in the direction of the people we spoke to.

 

MONDAY 12th June

Maeve Higgins @MaeveInAmerica – we were so thrilled to speak to Maeve. I had been aware of her because she had popped up in my Twitter timeline a couple of times, but I hadn’t listened to her fab podcast Maeve In America https://www.maeveinamerica.com It is funny, touching, sad, weird and full of stories. An absolutely wonderful listen. You can listen to our chat with Maeve here http://talkradio.co.uk/funny/late-nights-iain-lee-bonus-podcast-maeve-higgins-17061315121

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Andrea Astoria @TheRedBunnyy – we broadcast our first NYC show from Pie By The Pound http://piebythepound.com and didn’t have a guest planned for the first hour. Jeffrey, the owner asked if we’d like to interview a local artist who had her work displayed in the restaurant. We of course said yes and were so pleased to chat to Andrea who does some very naughty pics! You can have a look at http://www.theredbunny.com You can hear our words here http://talkradio.co.uk/funny/late-nights-iain-lee-red-bunny-monday-june-12-17061315118P1000165

 

 

 

 

P1000176Gregg Young – The Bowery Boys http://www.boweryboyshistory.com is a superb podcast detailing the history of NYC in a unique and fascinating way. Each episode is a story focusing in on one aspect of the city’s past. I kind of developed a man crush on Gregg. He was so knowledgable and whereas I just usually make stuff up, he actually knows things! Wanna hear our voices? Go here http://talkradio.co.uk/funny/late-nights-iain-lee-bonus-podcast-bowery-boy-17061315119

 

TUESDAY 13th June

Steve Guttenberg @steveguttbuck – love this man. Absolute legend and friend. He kindly met us for breakfast and chatted to us about…life really. Such a cool dude. Love that man and you will too if you listen here http://talkradio.co.uk/funny/late-nights-iain-lee-bonus-podcast-steve-guttenberg-17061415200IMG_7156

 

 

 

Keith and the Girl @KeithAndTheGirl – This was such a thrill. Loads of you had suggested we try and get Keith and Chemda on the show, and I am so glad you did. Not only did we interview the, for our show, but Kath and I also had the honour of appearing on their show. We can only guess that someone else must have dropped out. You can hear our episode here http://www.keithandthegirl.com/Show-Detail/4890/Across-the-Pond.aspx and download all their shows from iTunes or your usual pod providers or http://www.keithandthegirl.com You can listen to them being interviewed for MY show here http://talkradio.co.uk/funny/late-nights-iain-lee-bonus-podcast-keith-and-girl-17061415203
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While we were there we also spoke to two excellent young comedians. First was Andrea Allen. Here are her podcast and how to contact her

And Hann Cowger also chatted to us. Twitter www.twitter.com/hannahBioticz

You can listen to my show on DAB in the UK and also on the talkRADIO app or the @radioplayer or @tunein apps. Or, you can listen live weeknights from 10pm UK time on www.talkradio.co.uk  There are daily podcasts you can get from all your usual pod providers, or from iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/late-nights-with-iain-lee/id1090367473?mt=2

SILLY VIDEOS

While we were in NYC, Kath and I decided to make some silly videos. Here are a couple of them. You can find the rest in my YT channel www.youtube.com/RabbitHole

Here’s a fun one. Free The Nipples!

 

And I got an exclusive interview with Donald Trump

Please share with as many people as you can, tick your RAJAR diaries and spread the word!