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92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Leslie Goshko

imageLeslie Goshko is an award-winning storyteller who’s won our hearts in the latest edition of Culture Klatsch (that’s her in the photo at left with Ira Glass, “the man, the myth, the legend.").

When she’s not busy resting Diet Cokes on her (useful!) copy of Infinite Jest, watching “Dance Moms”, or performing with the improvised storytelling rock band The BTK Band, Leslie serves as host of her monthly storytelling show Sideshow Goshko. Leslie brings her Sideshow to 92YTribeca tomorrow night with A+ storytellers in tow, including former “Blue’s Clues” host Steve Burns, comedian Tom Shillue, and Moth GrandSlam Champion Ed Gavagan. 

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
Well, since I’m sure Facebook and my college roommate’s blog don’t count, I’d say the radio. I still listen to an actual radio. It’s in my kitchen. My dad gave it to me. Hi, Dad!

What are your favorite websites?
I have a feeling this answer is just the first in a series of “maybe I shouldn’t reveal that” moments but…I daily check And in case you’re wondering what that stands for, it’s “What Would Tyler Durden Do.” Yes, Tyler Durden from “Fight Club.” Apparently I’m a college-aged frat boy who wants you to know that the first rule about Fight Club is...well, I don’t remember. But the second rule is fighting!

Actually it’s a pop culture site.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
They are intravenously inserted into my body (shameless twitter plug @ohmygoshko).

What book are you currently reading (or the last one you read)? Print or digital?
Books? What are these “books” you speak of? Oh, you mean coasters! Infinite Jest has saved my table from many a diet coke ring. I’d like to see your Kindle do that!

What magazines do you subscribe to?
Let’s see, I guess the usual suspects: Time Out New York, The New Yorker, Spin Magazine, Kittens and Candles…I mean, um…Forbes. Yeah, Forbes (that’s a magazine, right?).

What are your current (or all time) favorite television shows?
Oooh, this is hard (pop culture fluff takes great deliberation, the book question was easy). I’d have to say “Freaks and Geeks,” “Mad Men,” “The Girls Next Door” (don’t judge, I will defend this one), aaand…I’m recently obsessed with “Millionaire Matchmaker.” Oh, and “I Used to Be Fat!” OH! And “Dance Moms”!!! Ahhh! I can see the Facebook unfriending happening as we speak.

(Oh, and “The Price Is Right,” the Bob Barker years. Although Drew Carey is holding his own.)

What’s the last movie you saw?
Let me check my Netflix queue…okay, I’m back. The Thin Man with William Powell and Myrna Loy. I’ve seen it before, but it’s always good for another watch. I heard they’re re-making it. I don’t know how I feel about that. No, I just don’t know.

What’s the last performance (dance/opera/theater) you attended?
Well, discounting the number of comedy shows in basements I attend, I’d have to say Silence! The Musical. Seriously one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. Oddly enough, for being in comedy, very few things make me genuinely laugh. This show had me guffawing. I may also have been drunk. But seriously, it’s worth seeing.

What’s the last music purchase you made?
The Allman Brothers and The Doobie Brothers on vinyl. Guess I was in a brothers mood that day. And yes, I still use vinyl. And a radio. And when I was a kid I had to walk to school 15 miles in the snow. With no shoes. Uphill.

What radio shows or podcasts do you listen to?
I religiously listen to 90.7 WFUV. It’s actually on right now (meta). I think it’s one of the best radio stations out there. They told me to say that.

What’s your favorite piece of art on display in your home?
Ok, this is gonna sound super pretentious, so I’m sorry (if you need to knock me down a peg, just go back to my list of favorite reality shows). But my husband and I actually only have original art in our apartment. We’re lucky enough to know some amazingly talented artists, so this is tough. So, I guess I’d have to say…all of it! Yes, they’re all winners! A+’s all around! Everyone’s mother was right…They Are Special!!! (If you seriously wanna know, just ask me at the show. I’ll totally pick favorites.)

Where do you go / what do you do to “disconnect”?
Again, this is another one of those “maybe I shouldnt” but hey, it’s not like this is going to be on the world wide web or anything. So, I’ll say whiskey and music. Those are two of my favorite things. And sometimes I even combine the two. I play in a band (who doesn’t?). Although, one cool thing about our band is that I think we’re the only group to be featured in a documentary and receive press without ever having performed a single gig. Maybe the whiskey has something to do with that. The world may never know.

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