Live Wire with Luke Burbank
with Megan Phelps-Roper, Adam Mansbach, Joe Kwaczala, Chastity Brown, and more!
Thu, Oct 10 at 7:30pm
Megan Phelps-Roper has learned to say no to the haters. In 2012, the writer and activist split from the notorious Westboro Baptist Church – the church that was founded by her grandfather, Fred Phelps. She details her decision to take action and overcome divisions in her searing memoir “UNFOLLOW: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church.” She’s spoken about her departure widely on Twitter (which she credits with allowing her to have conversations with other people that opened her eyes), radio, and in her own TED Talk, which has been viewed over eight million times. She’s a model of what can happen when you start listening to others and start changing your beliefs – from hate to love.
Adam Mansbach is the king of feeding you hard truths alongside a bellyful of laughs. The massive #1 New York Times best-selling author of “Go the F*ck to Sleep” and “You Have to F*cking Eat,” Mansbach is back with the third book in the beloved series, “F*ck, Now There Are Two of You.” As with the first two books in the series, his use of profanity serves to hilariously channel the frustration and loving despair felt by parents around the world. Mansbach is also a novelist and the author of more than a dozen books, including the new “A Field Guide to the Jewish People.” If you’re ready to swear a little and laugh a lot, then Adam Mansbach has just the book for you.
Comedian Joe Kwaczala will rock your world. Originally from Pittsburgh, he started doing comedy in Chicago and has now made his way over to Los Angeles. Chosen as one of Comedy Central’s “Up Next” Comics to Watch in 2017, his Comedy Central Stand Up Presents half-hour special will air on the channel this year. He’s performed across the country, written for The Onion News Network, Clickhole, and MAD Magazine, and in 2018 released thirty-one sketch comedy videos in one day. A selection of those sketches were compiled into a TV pilot called “Kwaczala,” which won “Best Late Night Series” at Seriesfest 2019. In addition to his comedic work, Kwaczala knows everything about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has a podcast about it called “Who Cares About The Rock Hall?” Well, when it’s the very funny Joe Kwaczala talking about it – we care.
Chastity Brown grew up surrounded by country and soul. Based in Minnesota with roots in Tennessee, she played saxophone and drums and found her passion for music while attending a gospel church. Following a chance encounter with a white supremacist prior to one of her shows, Brown was inspired to write the song “Mad Love,” a statement of pride that serves as an anthem for forgiveness and self-acceptance. Brown’s style of melding folk, roots, and soul music with topical and resonant lyrics makes her music the sound of our current times. In her work and life Chastity Brown chooses love over hate, and we’re in love with her beautiful, meaningful, soulful sound.