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A discussion with Winter Comedy Arts Festival’s Dick Gregory, Robert Wuhl and Festival Co-Founder Jeff Garlin

Rick Coates - February 11th, 2013  

Robert Wuhl will bring his popular HBO one-man-show Assume The Position with Mr. Wuhl to Traverse City for two shows: Friday night at 6 pm at the State Theatre and then again on Saturday at 8:15 at the State Theatre.

Wuhl has carved out a successful stand up and big screen career mixing in several television shows in between. He played reporter Alexander Knox in the 1999 “Batman” movie. Wuhl was also in “Bull Durham,” “The Bodyguard,” and “Good Morning, Vietnam” as well as being in Madonna’s 1985 video for her hit song, “Material Girl.” From 1996 to 2002 he wrote and starred in the HBO series “Arli$$” as the title character, an agent for high-profile athletes. He has been a frequent panelist on ESPN and hosted a sports business and entertainment daily talk radio show for Westwood One and when he catches his breath he plays a judge on the TNT series “Franklin & Bash.”

NE: You’re bringing the stage version of your popular HBO show “Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl” to Traverse City. How will that work?

Robert Wuhl: I will make it more autobiographical. I have some of the bits from HBO incorporated but a lot of new bits. This will be more interactive. I have a pop quiz segment where we will bring someone up on stage.

NE: Your comedic career has been very diverse, from stand up to the movies with some TV and radio in the mix. Do you enjoy the diversification of your career?

RW: I do enjoy doing a lot of different things when I come to Traverse City. I will be just wrapping up in Houston where Rebecca Reynolds (Leelanau Peninsula resident) and I just had a workshop of my new play Hit Lit that I wrote. It will make its world premiere next month in New York at the Queens Theatre and I will be there to direct it. So I am going from Traverse City and doing stand up to New York directing my play. So I am very fortunate and enjoy doing different things.

NE: You are a big sports fan, what are your favorite sports?

RW: Yes I have three favorite sports: baseball and baseball and baseball in that order. Since I am coming to Michigan I will share that I have two longtime friends in Dave Dombrowski (Tigers General Manager) and Jim Leyland. I’m definitly a huge Tigers fan and follow them closely. In fact, I feel that it is a great travesity that Jack Morris is not in the Hall of Fame.

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