Our author interview today brings an interesting twist. Once a stand-up comedian in his own right, comedy club owner, and all-around entertainer, Marc Weingarten decided to take all of his life experiences and make the transition into novel writing. So join me in welcoming this author to the blog to discuss his writing process and the release of his debut novel Cape Comedy.
DAB: Was there a point in your life that prompted your desire to write or have you always wanted to be an author? More
I started in 1976. An extraordinary story, actually. A guy fixed me up with his wife (They had an open relationship and it was the 70′s) and our initial “relationship” actually turned into a friendship. She had a friend who owned a club in Newport Beach called the Laff Stop. She recommended me to him and I wound up owning a 1% share of the club and doing the promotion/marketing part time. But because the club was a two-hour drive the commute was impossible. So, they housed me in the same apartment they rented for the comics. For a year-and-a-half my roommates were David Letterman, Jay Leno, Bob Saget, Roger And Roger, the Unknown Comic, Robin Williams, Elayne Boosler, and whoever the comics were that performed there that week. An unbelievable experience to be able to know the minds of America’s comic geniuses in such a personal and intimate way: when they were hungry and explorative. Read more at IronEnews.com
From Comic to Novelist? What’s the Difference?
I can’t tell you how many times and how many ways I’ve been asked the question, “What’s it like being a comic?” I love the question and I never get tired of answering it. Why? Because now I’m a novelist and no one has yet to ask me, “What’s it like being a novelist?”
What I have been asked, however, is to compare the two careers. More