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  Legendary talk show host, Broadway actor and three-time Emmy Award Winner Dick Cavett will be on hand to host the one-night-only Shakespeare & Company Benefit Performance of Broadway in the Berkshires on Monday, August 3 at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA.

Cavett has been nominated for eleven Emmy awards (the most recent in 2012 for the HBO special, Mel Brooks and Dick Cavett Together Again), and won three. He is a master interviewer. He started at ABC in 1968, and also enjoyed success on PBS, USA, and CNBC.

He has appeared in movies, TV specials, and several Broadway shows including Into the Woods, The Rocky Horror Show, Otherwise Engaged. His most recent book is: Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic moments, and Assorted Hijinks – a collection of his online opinion column, written for The New York Times since 2007.

  Emmy Award–winning writer Adam Resnick began his career at Late Night with David Letterman. He went on to co-create Fox’s Get a Life, starring Chris Elliott, and has written several screenplays, including cult favorites Cabin Boy and Death to Smoochy. Resnick has written for Saturday Night Live, was a co-executive producer and writer for HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show.

Resnick uses the self-descriptor: “euphorically antisocial.” His new book is a tour of troubled psyche - memoir-in-essays entitled: Will Not Attend: Lively Stories of Detachment and Isolation.

  This Friday, the 2015 Solid Sound Festival will kick off at MASS MoCA in North Adams MA. The music and art festival is curated by the rock-band Wilco, a Grammy award winning group that has been trying to break your heart and loving you, baby, for 20 years.

On Saturday The Hunter Center at MASS MoCA will host "John Hodgman's Big Time Comedy Thing" with an astounding line-up of amazing comedy acts including Hodgman himself and Tig Notaro, Jessica Williams, improv group Superego and Paul F. Tompkins. (Lest ye fret about comedy not working in the midday summer sun - know that the Hunter Center is indoors and is perfect for stand-up, sketch, and improv.)

Paul F. Tompkins' career launched from writing and acting on HBO’s Mr. Show with Bob and David. His television work includes hosting gigs and guest appearances on just about everything funny and he's the host of the Dead Authors Podcast, a new Earwolf Podcast called Spontaneanation and regularly appears on Comedy Bang Bang and Thrilling Adventure Hour. It's safe to call him a staple of the comedy-podcast genre (which we're here to assure you is a real thing). He hosts No, You Shut Up! on Fusion, and the web-series Speakeasy for Made Man.

  The Exchange is a NYC based arts institution committed to the to creation of bold new work. Their Orchard Project has made its way to our region.

Over 25 projects will be developed in the various residencies of The Orchard Project in Saratoga Springs this month. It also marks the first-ever Orchard Project Presents season, a series of public performances that will take place at Universal Preservation Hall as well as at venues around Saratoga Springs.

The series will feature events every week in June, including Sneak Peeks, Cabarets and Concerts, and an Open Studio Week. Events are already underway and will conclude with an intimate concert with Tony Award winning actor, singer, and writer Alan Cumming. We get a look now with Ari Edelson - artistic director of The Exchange and founder of The Orchard.

For more than twenty years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on Politically Incorrect (Comedy Central, ABC, 1993-2002), and for the last twelve years on HBO’s Real Time, Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 32 Emmy nominations. In addition to his television program, Maher has written five bestsellers.

He will perform at UPAC in Kingston, NY on June 6th.

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  This is sad but true - Steve Young will be out of a job after tonight. He has been a longtime writer for David Letterman for both NBC's Late Night with David Letterman and CBS' Late Show with David Letterman.

For the past 25 years, Steve Young has worked on monologue jokes, desk-bits, and was responsible for the skit "Dave's Record Collection," and regularly contributed to "The Top Ten List."

Steve Young joins us to reminisce and to share the current mood of the Late Show offices.

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  For more than twenty years, Bill Maher has been a fixture on late-night American television - first on Politically Incorrect from 1993-2002 and for the last twelve years on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

Bill has 32 Emmy nominations and in addition to his television program, he has written five bestsellers and was responsible for the documentary, Religulous.

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  Actor and Broadcaster Jay Thomas has been part of a Late Show with David Letterman tradition since 1998 where he and Letterman take turns throwing footballs at the Late Show Christmas tree to try and knock a giant meatball off its perch at the top.

Jay Thomas will be in our region June 6th as part of the Berkshire Playwright’s Lab Gala at the Mahaiwe Theatre in Great Barrington, MA. He joins us this morning to talk about Dave and how he became part of Late Show tradition.

  Our next guest was a writer on Late Night with David Letterman for nearly 1000 episodes over seven years, starting in 1984.

He shared in three Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for his work on the show. Randy Cohen was the Ethicist for The New York Times for twelve years and is the host and creator of Person Place Thing, heard right here on WAMC.

  Our next guest is one of the few people who has shared a stage with David Letterman for the entire span of his 33-year long late night career.

In 1982, Will Lee became one of the original members of The World's Most Dangerous Band, the house band on NBC ' s Late Night with David Letterman. Then, he made the move with Letterman in 1993 to CBS to become a part of the Late Show with David Letterman’s CBS Orchestra with Paul Shaffer.

He is a Grammy award winner who has also performed with pretty much every major music act of the last three decades as well as with three members of The Beatles. He travels around the world with his Beatles tribute band, The Fab Faux.

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