PRI signs actor, writer Stephen Tobolowsky to create new storytelling series for radio
PRI will pilot "The Tobolowsky Files" on select public radio stations in October.
PRI has begun production on “The Tobolowsky Files,” a series of specials featuring profound, moving, and hilarious true stories about life, love and Hollywood, written and performed by character actor Stephen Tobolowsky.
“The Tobolowsky Files” started as a popular podcast produced by /Film’s David Chen and Stephen Tobolowsky. Melinda Ward, PRI’s Senior Vice President of Content, became a fan of the podcast and thought it would make a great public radio show.
“Stephen is a truly great storyteller,” Ward said, “and the stories of his experiences as one of America’s most prolific character actors range from hilariously odd to surprisingly poignant. We’re looking forward to adding Stephen’s voice and ‘The Tobolowsky Files’ to PRI’s portfolio of distinctive news, talk, culture and music programming.”
Veteran public radio producer Margaret Moos Pick has been tapped to oversee the production of the four-part pilot of “The Tobolowsky Files,” which will be available on-air, as well as on-demand at PRI.org.
Stephen Tobolowsky is one of the leading character actors in film today. USA Today listed Stephen as the ninth most frequently seen actor in movies. He has appeared over 200 movies and television shows. He is best known for playing Ned Ryerson in “Groundhog Day,” Sammy Jankis in “Memento,” Werner Brandes in “Sneakers,” Happy Chapman in “Garfield,” and Mr. Bates in “Freaky Friday.” On television, he has played Tor Ekland on “Seinfeld,” Hugo Jarry on “Deadwood,” Bob Bishop on “Heroes,” and is currently seen as Sandy Ryerson on “Glee,” Stu Beggs on “Californication,” and has started work on “The Mindy Project,” premiering this fall on Fox.
He wrote and performed “Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party” that premiered at the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen. He wrote the movie “True Stories” with David Byrne and Beth Henley.
His first book of stories, “The Dangerous Animals Club,” is being published by Simon and Schuster in September 2012.
PRI will make “The Tobolowsky Files” available to public radio stations around the country, and on-demand at PRI.org, in October 2012.