Jun 25, 2018
This is yet another episode springing from the 2018 Women In Comedy Festival here in Boston. It had been a very long time since I’d gotten the chance to catch up with Julie Goldman, so long that neither of us could quite remember exactly when we’d first met or talked. I interviewed her for the Boston Globe to preview the festival, and the conversation went so many different directions, I wanted to follow up and make sure I got her on the podcast.
I saw a lot of great sets at the festival, but Goldman’s might have been the best. She absolutely destroyed the room at the NBC showcase show, so much that I was worried for the people who had to follow her. It’s curious, given her ability to destroy a room, that she says she has trouble getting booked in clubs and on festivals. Unless it’s an LGBTQIA-related event. If it was just about what you do in the room, Goldman would get booked anywhere. We get into that a bit early on. “I don’t know what else I have to do to prove I’m a normal comedian,” she says. The bottom line is, she's got the skill to play anywhere. “If you’re funny, they’ll be with you no matter what," she says.
Goldman has a podcast called Dumb Gay Politics with her co-host Brandy Howard, and I caught her a few days before she had former White House Director of Communications Anthony Scaramucci on the show. She tells the story of how they met and how he came to be on the show. And you can check out that episode, "The Mooch Is A Menche", by clicking here. You will also learn in this episode how Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner are humanity’s last, best hope, and Goldman and I both urge you to check out Brooks’s vastly underrated film History of the World Part I.
And on to our featured track is “Feathered Indians” from Tyler Childers from his album, Purgatory. That was released in August of last year and was produced, appropriately enough, by David Ferguson and Sturgill Simpson. I say appropriately enough because Childers is establishing himself as part of this group of contemporary Americana singer/songwriter/bandleaders that can punch you in the gut and still feed your head, of which Simpson is a standard bearer along with Jason Isbell and a few others.
Childers’s writing is raw and vital, and the wail and moan in his voice draws a straight line back to his most passionate bluegrass and country forebears. He’s on tour through most of the rest of the year, and you can find dates and music on his Web site.