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June 15, 2020 62 min
Episode #15- 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. Listening notes: 00:51 We are speaking laughter today! 1:08 Meet Mara Davis 2:30 You feel like home 3:29 Reinvention 4:30 Talent 6:00 Radio 7:36 Not an easy path 7:54 Carnival Barker 8:24 Failures 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? 21:08 Sting 22:58 Sting was down to clown 23:10 Fish Center Live 23:23 Behind the Scenes 24:05 Food Network pilot 24:24 Momentum 25:40 Talent booking jobs 26:08 Success 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? 47:08 Gratitude 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 56:46 Atlanta 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 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mara.davis1 Website: http://maradavis.com Resources: Mara's Music Mix http://cp.wabe.org/programs/maras-music-mix Atlanta Eats https://www.atlantaeats.com Adult Swim http://www.adultswim.com The Jump with Shirley Manson https://open.spotify.com/show/6KNEpJLmgGZ2KhEAbeCYvv Fish Center Live https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EJ_nCeSitk Mara's Wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mara_Davis
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