Live Wire with Luke Burbank
with Megan Phelps-Roper, Joe Kwaczala, 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.
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.