Screenwriter and novelist Joe Keenan in conversation with Mike Ross about Frasier, Trump, P.G. Wodehouse and American comedy in a time of crisis
Joe Keenan is the LA-based writer best known for the most celebrated farce-heavy episodes of Frasier, as well as a trilogy of award-winning novels set in the world of gay theatre in New York City: Blue Heaven, Putting on the Ritz and My Lucky Star. He recently brought to the stage Everybody Rise, a satirical rewrite of showtunes based on the Trump presidency. Mike Ross is a NY-based dramaturg, children’s book author and member of the BMI Lehman-Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. They recently spent an afternoon in conversation together in New York, on the eve of the east coast debut of Everybody Rise.
Mike Ross: Just for context, Joe, we’re sitting down to talk about your Trump-satirising cabaret, Everybody Rise, at a location three blocks north of Trump Tower, which was the slightly fictionalised setting for your book Putting on the Ritz.