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About the Show
Enter the mind of Jonathan Goldstein. It's a nice place to visit, but you wouldn't want to live there. Part monologue and part telephone conversation, WireTap ushers you into the endearingly odd, funny universe of Jonathan's friends and family. The Montreal Gazette calls the show "something between borscht-belt comedy and Franz Kafka" and the Toronto Star describes it as "[pitting] the absurd against the plausible. The sense is of a world not completely unlike our own that runs parallel... conversation, storytelling and introspection, culled from equal parts real-world experience and the warp of Goldstein's imagination." WireTap was awarded the Gold World Medal for Best Regularly Scheduled Comedy Program at The New York Festivals in 2006. WireTap is produced by Jonathan Goldstein, with Mira Burt-Wintonick and Cristal Duhaime.
About the Host
Jonathan Goldstein's writing has appeared in The Walrus, The New York Times, GQ, and The National Post. He is a frequent contributor to PRI's This American Life and the New York Times Magazine, and was a 2002 co-recipient of The Third Coast Audio Festival's Gold Prize. In 2004, he was awarded a Canadian National Magazine award for humor. He is author of the novel, "Lenny Bruce is Dead". His latest book, "Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible!" is available for purchase online.
Characters and Contributing Writers
Howard Chackowicz has had over 50 jobs and currently leads comics and cartooning workshops for Drawn and Quarterly. He is a published comic artist, illustrator, writer, musician and sometimes radio guest. His book of comics and cartoons "Howie Action Comics" is available through Conundrum Press and his band "Nutsak" will be releasing their new album from Signed by Force records records in June.
Gregor Ehrlich is the author of three graphic novels, and has done animation for a wide range of projects, including MTV's The Mandy Moore Show, the Oxygen Network and Showtime. His books are available at Rocketship in Brooklyn, N.Y. and Isotope in San Francisco, CA.
Jon Tucker is a Montreal-based screenwriter, which is like being a dolphin in the sand. He co-wrote Showcase's upcoming half-hour comedy tv series, "The Foundation", due to air in October. He is currently writing his first novel. In the meantime, you can follow him on Twitter.
David Rakoff is a regular contributor to This American Life, GQ Magazine, and Outside. He is the author of Don't Get Too Comfortable : The Indignities of Coach Class, The Torments of Low Thread Count, The Never- Ending Quest for Artisanal Olive Oil, and Other First World Problems and Fraud. You may have seen him in such films as Capote and Law and Order: BFD.
Tony Asimakopoulos is a Montreal filmmaker, and occasional contributor to the show. Mainly, he's the director of the Wiretap videos. This is more or less all the fun he has, but he is trying hard, very hard, to enjoy life more. He's currently shooting a documentary about addiction & family, with EyeSteelFilm (producers of Up The Yangtze, and RiP! A Remix Manifesto).
Heather O'Neill is a frequent contributor to WireTap, reading such stories as "The Gospel according to Mary M. from Cartier Elementary", and "Where Babies Come From". Her first novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals, won 2007's Canada Reads competition.
Joshua Karpati has led a wildly fascinating life. If you'd like to hear about it, buy him a beer. You can follow him on Twitter as jkarpati.
Helen and Katie Pallett-Wiesel are Jonathan's goddaughters. When they're not busy performing on WireTap, you can find them selling lemonade and avoiding honey-tastings.