The Interview Show
A Windy City series blows into Brooklyn.
Tue Oct 11 2011
Photograph: Courtesy Mark Bazer
Mark Bazer does his homework. Before a guest appears on The Interview Show, his live talk show, Bazer—who is equally influenced by Charlie Rose and Jon Stewart—reads, watches and listens to his subject's entire catalog of work. The gabfest, which has been running for four years at Chicago bar the Hideout, makes its second visit to Brooklyn's Union Hall with comedian Julie Klausner (who created and stars in The Cat Whisperer Web series), singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins and FiveThirtyEight (fivethirtyeight.com) blogger Nate Silver (formerly Baseball Prospectus's sabermetrics whiz). "There are a lot of people in New York that I want to interview, and I don't have the budget to fly anybody to Chicago," he explains. For a taste of what to expect, we asked Bazer what his line of questioning will lead his guests to say during the evening.
Julie Klausner: "To definitively tell me whether the female cat I owned as a kid that ran away underwent a sex change and returned as a male—which we kept—or was, in fact, a different cat."
Nicole Atkins: "To reveal that everything Bruce Springsteen sings about her native Asbury Park is 100 percent incorrect."
Nate Silver: "To shock the baseball world by showing new data proving that not only is sacrifice bunting valuable, but that batters should do it every time someone is on base."