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Episode 48:
Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor
Recorded January 21, 2012
Hosted by Diana Maurer



In this Podcast we talk with The director and the cast of Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor being produced by Maurer Productions OnStage at the Kelsey Theatre on the campus of Mercer County Community College. Our Guests include Director John M. Maurer, and actors Mark Swift, Michael Gonzalez, Joe Zedeny, Brett Molotsky, Casey Woods, Alana Caraccio, Joseph Perignat, Nicole Spadafino and John Pinto

Award-winning producer and MPO Artistic Director John Maurer brings you the Neil Simon favorite Laughter on the 23rd Floor. This side-splitting comedy follows the writing, fighting, and wacky antics which take place in the writers' room of a weekly variety show circa 1953. The show follows the antics of Max Prince, the star of "The Max Prince Show," and his ongoing battles with NBC executives who fear his humor is too sophisticated for Middle America. The characters in the play are based on Neil Simon's real-life co-workers when he was a comedy writer on Sid Caesar's television program "Your Show of Shows." Each of the characters in the play is based on one of the real-life kings of comedy who worked beside Simon in the 50s, including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sid Caesar and the great Jackie Gleason. (Rated PG-13)


Running time: 23:47 min.

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