Live Wire with Luke Burbank
with Mo Rocca, Emmy Blotnick, Jimmie Herrod, and more!
Fri, Nov 15 at 7:30pm
Mo Rocca is into examining the dead. The TV correspondent and writer has long been fascinated with obituaries, and with “Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Living,” (the book companion to his podcast of the same name) he dives deep into examining the lives of dead people we should know on a deeper level. From fleshing out Thomas Paine’s woefully brief writeup, to expanding upon little-known elements of Audrey Hepburn’s wartime upbringing, Rocca presents rigorously researched and charmingly irreverent accounts. This journalist, humorist, and history buff is an Emmy winner, the author of “All the Presidents’ Pets,” a correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning,” and a frequent panelist on NPR’s “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” He was a correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” and currently hosts “The Henry’s Ford’s Innovation Nation” Saturday mornings on CBS. Take it from Mo – these are the people you want to know.
Standup comedian Emmy Blotnick is artfully awkward. Blotnick leverages her unique stage persona to talk about topics like relationships and pop culture through her own framing, outlook, and voice. A former writer for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” as well as the head writer for the Comedy Central series “The President Show,” Blotnick is able to bounce from the political to the personal and back again with ease. She’s performed standup on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” “Conan,” and in her own half-hour special for Comedy Central. Whether she’s riffing on “Wheel of Fortune” or writing absurdist political satire, Blotnick is a master at artfully inserting her point of view – for major laughs.
When you listen to Jimmie Herrod sing, you know you’re hearing a master. The Pacific Northwest-based artist, who now splits time between Portland and Paris, has toured throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, and is a regular guest vocalist with legendary superband Pink Martini. He recorded “Exodus,” his first single with Pink Martini, in 2018, along with a solo album of original works, “Falling in Love and Learning to Love Myself.” Herrod’s soaring voice and masterful command of the stage is something to experience for yourself.