Feb 18, 2017 • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM



Pictured (clockwise l to r): Joanna Solotaroff, Mike Sacks, The Soul Glo Project, Tim Barnes.

Join Mark Pagán (Brooklyn Free Speech Radio), Tim Barnes (It's All True), Mike Sacks (Doin' it with Mike Sacks), Joanna Solotaroff (Producer, 2 Dope Queens), and members of The Soul Glo Project for a conversation on comedy in podcasting.

Our conversation will cover the challenges of hosting, producing live events for recording, soliciting national names in comedy for interviews, and producing content that stays fresh and innovative in a competitive market.


Joanna Solotaroff produces the hit comedy podcast 2 Dope Queens for WNYC Studios. She also appears as Phoebe Robinson's on-air sidekick on the Sooo Many White Guys podcast. Previous to that, she was the producer for The Longest Shortest Time hosted by Hillary Frank. Her work has also been heard on This American Life, UnFictional, Serendipity and Why Oh Why. In addition to her on-air work, Joanna has been doing live comedy and storytelling for several years. Before her radio life, Joanna worked as a community organizer in Minneapolis.

The Soul Glo Project is a variety show. Co-hosted by Keisha Zollar, Anna Suzuki, Emily Schorr Lesnick and Just Latasha, Soul Glo features established comedic voices and up-and-comers in standup, sketch, improv, music and poetry. Previous guests have been seen on SNL, Comedy Central, Orange Is the New Black, MTV, VH1 and even include awesome high school students sharpening their comedy talents.

Everyone's welcome at this inclusive and diverse comedy show...EXCEPT HATERS! The Soul Glo Project is here to lift up your comedy!
Follow: @soulgloproject

Keisha Zollar is an actor, writer, comedienne, and adjunct professor at Sarah Lawrence College. Keisha is currently shooting a recurring role on a new HBO show. She has been seen Orange Is The New BlackThe Today ShowCollege Humor, Comedy Central, MTV, UCBComedy, Above Average and numerous webseries. She is a regular contributor to and her writing has been seen around NYC at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and Peoples Improv Theater.
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Emily Schorr Lesnick is an improviser, sketch performer, writer, producer and educator living in Harlem who is passionate about social justice, equity and comedy. In 2013, Emily performed her solo show, This One Time, at Jew Camp…,” at the Magnet Theater. Emily has co-hosted The Soul Glo Project since 2012. She is the proud co-creator of How We G.L.O.W., a piece of interview theatre exploring lgbtq+ youth identity.

Anna Suzuki is a NYC-based Japanese-Jewish comedian and actor. She has appeared in numerous comedy festivals around the country. She's appeared on Younger with Hilary Duff, Orange is the New Black, HBO's High Maintenance, Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle, and more. Anna is 1/5 of the all-Asian sketch team, Azn Pop (pronounced Asian Pop) performing regularly around NYC and is the co-creator of the comedy web series, Japandering shot in Tokyo based on her experience growing up biracial in Japan.
Twitter: @thejapjap

Mike Sacks has been published in The New Yorker, Time, Esquire, Vanity Fair, GQ, Radar, Believer, Vice, Women’s Health, Salon, Premiere, New York Observer, McSweeney’s, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Cracked, MAD, and other publications.

Sacks has published four humor books: And Here’s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Humor Writers About Their Craft (F+W Press); SEX: Our Bodies, Our Junk (Random House); Your Wildest Dreams, Within Reason (Tin House), and, most recently, Poking a Dead Frog: More Conversations with Humor Writers (Viking/Penguin.) The book is a sequel to And Here’s the Kicker. Mike is also the host and producer of the bi-weekly podcast Doin’ it with Mike Sacks.

Sacks is also the editor of Care to Make Love in That Gross Little Space Between Cars (Random House), with contributions from Patton Oswalt, Judd Apatow, Dave Eggers, Nick Hornby, Sam Lipsyte, George Saunders, Amy Sedaris, and others. Originally from Maryland, Sacks lives in New York.

Tim Barnes is a Los Angeles born Brooklyn based comedian and writer whose absurdist humor brings light to social issues from unexpected angles. Tim has written for The AV Club, the NPR quiz show, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! and even documented his testicles once for Men’s Health. He is the creator and host of the acclaimed interview/storytelling podcast, It’s All True!, which was formerly in the WBEZ network of podcasts and features conversations with prominent entertainers including Eddie Izzard, Wyatt Cenac, Issa Rae and more.

Media Talks features professional television producers, directors, documentary filmmakers, video editors, and new media producers sharing their perspectives and stories with the Brooklyn community. These lively and inspiring discussions are held throughout the borough and air on both Brooklyn Free Speech Television and Brooklyn Free Speech Radio.

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