Episode 43 – Dave Cohen
SnapSessions! presents Episode 43, with our artist of the show—comedian and comedy/song writer, Dave Cohen, as well as a consideration of Kim Stanley Robinson’s science fiction novel The Ministry of the Future, speculating on where our planet might be headed in the years to come.
Cohen discusses his early days in England, playing in punk bands around Bristol and London, and his work as a comic on London’s Alternative Cabaret circuit in the 1980s. He tells how he helped found one of Britain’s most revered Improv groups The Comedy Store Players, relates his time as a songwriter for the satirical band Guns N Moses, and reminisces about his long career as a comedy writer and parody song composer for a variety of TV shows in Britain.
Our segment The Ministry of the Future reviews Kim Stanley Robinson’s influential “Cli Fi” novel of the same name. Then we look back at projections from our past, shaped by Star Trek, The Jetsons, and Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. This leads to an exploration of possibilities for our current challenges, presenting some ideas for the future to deal with Climate Change.
Episode 43 is 1 hour and 15 minutes long and includes an intro, the article The Ministry of the Future (starts at 1:23), and our interview with British comedian/Comedy Writer Dave Cohen (starts at 16:18).
SnapSessions! includes original music by Marshall Brown, production by Marshall Brown and Ken Krauss, voiceovers by Ken Krauss and Doug Nunn, and articles and interviews by Doug Nunn. Our SnapSessions! artist and logo maker is caricaturist, Daniel Stieglitz.
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