Near the end of the film Manhattan, Woody Allen recites a list of what makes life worth living, for him. He names great works of art like “the second movement of the Jupiter Symphony, and… Louie Armstrong’s recording of ‘Potatohead Blues’..”
If I were to make a list like that today, I’d put your podcast on it. I am so grateful for the day you published an op-ed about being a character actor in The New York Times and it mentioned your podcast. That’s how I discovered it. I’m still catching up with all the episodes—I don’t want to listen them too fast because then I’ll have no more to look forward to.
I’m thrilled about your book deal but for me the charm of the stories is definitely your voice telling them. My dream would be for you to tour with a one man show, “An Evening with Stephen Tobolowsky” and bring your stories around the country. Or I’d be willing to fly to New York to hear them on Broadway.
One last thing: what’s really striking about your stories is the generosity of spirit. I don’t want to knock anyone but someone like David Sedaris comes off a bit snarky. You seem to have an endless reservoir of goodwill and I find the podcasts so inspirational, in a good (not cheesy) way. As I said, they remind me why life is worth living.
I wish you continued success and thank David so much for orchestrating this.