The Show Won’t Go On with Jeff Abraham

Episode 178 – The Show Won't Go On with Jeff Abraham

This episode of the UnstructuredPod is a Halloween special. The interview is in two parts. We firstly discuss Jeff's book “The Show Won't Go On”and then we discuss what he looks for in a publicist. His book “The Show Won't Go On: The Most Shocking, Bizarre, and Historic Deaths of Performers Onstage” is the first comprehensive study of a rather bizarre phenomenon of performers who have died while performing before a live audience. Jeff Abraham tells tales that range from the comedy magician who dropped dead on live television, to the amateur thespian who expired during a play called The Art of Murder.

Jeff's book is a celebration of lives well lived both famous and obscure, as well as a dramatic and accurate recounting of the events leading to the moments before they died while doing what they loved. The Show Won't Go On shares stories from almost every genre of entertainment and is full of unearthed anecdotes, exclusive interviews, colorful characters and ironic twists. The book has dozens of heart-stopping stories that are perfect to dip into on any page. Jeff Abraham is also one of Hollywood's foremost comedy historians and a go-to pop culture expert for television producers, documentary film directors and authors.

 

Jeff Abraham's backstory

While working as senior account executive at Jonas Public Relations Jeff Abraham gained a great reputation by representing some of the top names in comedy. Comedians he worked with included Andrew Dice Clay, Steve Harvey, George Lopez, Bill Maher and the great George Carlin (for the last eleven years of his life). Jeff has not limited his work to just comedians, he has built a well varied clientele that also includes many actors, actresses and authors. Through this work Jeff has created countless successful book launches and promotion campaigns. He is also the owner and curator of the largest comedy album archives in Hollywood.

Jeff has been called in as research consultant to countless authors, film documentaries and television specials. These include Make ‘Em Laugh for PBS; Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All TimeLet Me In, I Hear Laughter: A Salute To Friar’s Club on Cinemax; and the acclaimed Encore film, Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis. Jeff has conducted interviews for The Archive of American Television, worked closely with The Paley Center for Media, and is on the board of The National Comedy Center.  He's also author of the upcoming authorized biography of The Ritz Brothers.

 

You can also find more about Jeff Abraham online here:

Website https://theshowwontgoon.com / Twitter @MrComedyPR

 

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