If you’ve ever enjoyed watching “A Christmas Story,” you may or may not be aware that the man behind this classic holiday TV fare is Jean Shepherd, a 20th century humorist often called a modern-day Mark Twain. He was an author, magazine writer, standup comedian, radio personality, PBS program contributor, and of course, movie producer. I was exposed to his whimsical writings at an early age, thanks to a local storefront library in my home town.
My newest podcast, “Shep Lives!” is a brief, 10-minute tribute to Shepherd, which will probably strike some familiar chords with baby boomers, especially those growing up in the greater New York/New Jersey area who followed Shep on WOR Radio. You can listen to this podcast by using this quick link — either click on it directly or copy & paste: https://bit.ly/ShepLives
For the uninitiated, Jean Shepherd has had a greater impact on American folklore than many people realize. His quirky sense of humor and unique style of storytelling certainly influenced my own development as a writer. He’s been compared with Garrison Keillor, Mark Twain, and others; in fact, comedian Jerry Seinfeld even gives credit to Shep for his own standup persona, saying he learned how to do comedy from Jean Shepherd.
So, if you’re looking for some escapist entertainment during these troubled times, give this podcast a listen. If you’re really into nostalgia, you can also check out the whole ten-episode series of pods at https://bit.ly/ALookBehind on the SoundCloud platform. Enjoy!