James Monroe Iglehart won his first Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his role of the Genie is Disney’s Aladdin. Considering Iglehart had only appeared on Broadway in Memphis and The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, Aladdin is now permanently etched in stone, well gold, as a defining career role for the wildly talented singer. Iglehart also performs with the hip hop improv groupl Freestyle Love Supreme (FLS), who can be currently seen on the television channel Pivot. After you hear our interview and Iglehart freestyling, you’ll know why Broadyway is thrilled to claim and celebrate Iglehart.

We spoke at Joe’s Pub in New York. If you enjoyed our interview, you can subscribe to the mailing list at www.employeeofthemonthshow.com to receive info on upcoming live tapings, discounts, and to learn the meaning of life. Seriously, our next live show is Thursday, September 18th at Joe’s Pub and will feature legendary Mad Magazine cartoonist Al Jaffee and more.

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iJosh Charles’s longest day job was that of Will Gardner on The Good Wife, and he’s been nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor for his role. Even though his character was brutally murdered this past season, Josh hasn’t been sitting shiva long. He’s appearing in several upcoming films and will direct future episodes of The Good Wife.

He had to audition twice for two different directors for his role in Dead Poets Society, revealing how grueling acting, especially as a kid, can be. Still, his talent and determination paid off, as his earliest roles were alongside legends, like the late Robin Williams (Dead Poets Society) and for John Waters (Hairspray).

From the get go, Josh was incredibly passionate about acting and snatched up his first manager as a kid at the sleep away camp Stagedoor Manor. He’d already performed stand up in Baltimore, where he grew up. I’m relieved Ted Talks didn’t exist back in the 80’s, as I suspect Josh would have probably delivered his first one in the womb.

Our conversation was taped live at Joe’s Pub. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and attend our next live taping Thursday, September 18th at Joe’s Pub with the legendary Mad Magazine’s Al Jaffe. www.employeeofthemonthshow.com

Josh Charles’s longest day job was that of Will Gardner on The Good Wife, and he’s been nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor for his role. Even though his character was brutally murdered this past season, Josh hasn’t been sitting shiva long. He’s appearing in several upcoming films and will direct future episodes of The Good Wife. Josh’s first big break was in John Water’s Hairspray. He had to audition twice for two different directors for his role in Dead Poets Society, revealing how grueling acting, especially as a kid, can be. Even then, Josh was incredibly passionate about acting and snatched up his first manager as a kid at the eponymous sleep away camp Stagedoor Manor. I am relieved Ted Talks didn’t exist back in the 80’s, as I suspect Josh would have probably delivered his first one in the womb.

Our conversation was taped live at Joe’s Pub. You can see the pictures we discuss at Lazarusrising.com.

Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and attend our next live taping Thursday, September 18th at Joe’s Pub with the legendary Mad Magazine’s Al Jaffe. www.employeeofthemonthshow.com

I envy those who can really let their fur down.

Vulture’s Not So Snarky TV Critic

I interviewed Matt Zoller Seitz live at Joe’s Pub. You can hear our interview by clicking HERE.

Seitz is a journalist and film and television critic. He writes well, sometimes better than the actual shows and films he covers. His encyclopedic knowledge of both film and television, palpable love for the medium, have endeared him to his peers, including the late great Roger Ebert. Like Ebert, Seitz is also a prolific writer and editor, and is currently both the Editor-in-Chief of RogerEbert.com and TV critic for New York Magazine, which means her churns out multiple reviews and features in a week.

During his spare time, he writes books. He’s the author of The Wes Anderson Collection. The first person to ever cover Anderson, Seitz is currently working on a series of companion books for Anderson’s films. Seitz is also branching out to cover Oliver Stone and some other filmmakers. All the while, he manages to watch, obsess over, and share his analysis weekly at New York Magazine and rogerebert.com. While he’s been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, this is his first time winning The Employee of the Month Award.

If you enjoyed our interview, please attend the next live taping of Employee of the Month at Joe’s Pub in New York, Thursday, September 18th at 9:30 pm. You can also subscribe on iTunes for free. To find out more, go to Employeeofthemonthshow.com.