Speaking of Laughter-
Guest: Mara Davis – Talent Booker for Adult Swim
On this episode we are speaking laughter with my friend Mara Davis, talent booker for Adult Swim and The Jump with Shirley Manson. She is a co-host of the Emmy award winning program Atlanta Eats and her Mara’s Music Mix – a weekly roundup of the city’s best concerts – is on Atlanta’s NPR station. Mara and I met in the lobby of Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and it was love at first sight. Mara makes me laugh and I think she will make you laugh too.
00:51 We are speaking laughter today!
1:08 Meet Mara Davis
2:30 You feel like home
7:36 Not an easy path
7:54 Carnival Barker
9:20 Craziest job
10:08 Keeping the muscle strong
10:37 Take gigs
11:40 Not being attached to a big brand
13:27 What Mara does
15:30 Mara’s latest job happened by accident – Talent Booker for Adult Swim
17:20 Fish Center Live
18:41 “Saying no is on brand for Adult Swim”
19:00 Can you say no now?
19:40 Booking guests
20:20 Who’s the biggest star you booked?
22:58 Sting was down to clown
23:10 Fish Center Live
23:23 Behind the Scenes
24:05 Food Network pilot
25:40 Talent booking jobs
26:29 Getting chicken fingers for Post Malone
27:00 Mara’s 14-year-old son
27:48 “Get off my lawn”
29:02 Saying no
29:25 Doing things for free
30:17 Great advice
31:23 How I met Mara
34:40 New outfits
35:59 Mara had a crush on me!
38:15 Keeping in touch
40:58 Being defined by one thing until you’re not
41:55 Oprah’s producers have given me so many TV opportunities
42:00 The job I didn’t get
42:46 Dipping in and dipping out
43:10 Circling Back is Mara’s middle name
43:41 Davis Love, Not the Golfer
44:23 Favorite word
44:39 Favorite TV series
45:24 Funniest show
46:20 Favorite season
46:40 What do you love the most about yourself?
46:52 Daily prayer?
47:28 Laughter is the best medicine / Stand up
49:24 I did standup for one reason
51:00 Meatbrick the comic
51:15 How can people who are struggling with laughter find it?
52:30 Where can we find you?
53:37 How is love speaking to you right now?
55:11 Mara’s family
55:48 Find a friend
57:15 Tyler Perry
57:50 Watching Oprah at The Smithsonian
59:05 Taking my mom to Watching Oprah
1:00:52 Mara’s laugh makes me laugh
Connect with Mara:
Instagram: @maradavis2000 https://www.instagram.com/maradavis2000/
Twitter: @maradavis https://twitter.com/MaraDavis
Mara's Music Mix
The Jump with Shirley Manson
Fish Center Live