You may know Joshua “Josh” Malina from such television warhorses as Sports Night, The West Wing and Big Shots — well, maybe not Big Shots. But did you know that he is also the co-creator of Bravo’s network-making series Celebrity Poker Showdown? He’s also sire to a frisky brood of precocious insult comics who don’t even take Shabbas off to spare a hapless visitor the business end of his forked, if funny toung. Perhaps that’s why our guest, after sharing stories from the trenches of the Hollywood poker scene, shamelessly susses out his own kids for guilty pleasure gold. NB: This episode was originally recorded a very long time ago, and since then many things have changes. Rest assured, however, that where ever possible, we attempted to let you know. Huzzah!
What the critics are saying
The most unique and polished duo in town… fun in this upbeat, slyly wacky way.CurtainUp.com
…applaud the casting of Julian Fleisher as George—he has the bonhomie, the knowing looks, the den-mother coddling, the grade-school teacher cheer, the man-of-the-world theatricality, the self-deprecating humor of a man with a great idea and the personality to pull it off. He’s so vividly rendered you believe he might walk off the stage and, if you’re lucky, invite you to a Forties soiree—and you would go with him most anywhere. Fleisher’s singing voice is less than overpowering, but his songs in the show are the kind that make you lean forward and listen. He’s a major strength of this production. You would be glad of the chance to spend time with him even if his housemates weren’t famous writers.New Haven Theater Blog
Fabulously written and performed!Guitar World
Don’t call Julian Fleisher a revivalist!New York Magazine
This is how to market jazz singing to a new generation. Fleisher’s canny combination of top-notch musicianship, sweetly neurotic energy and full-tilt commitment to his material is irresistible to even the most cynical of today’s hardened young listeners.Sonik Magazine (UK)
This sweet collection of whimsical songs has a theatrical bent, perhaps if only because the story-telling is so well-crafted.
With a velvety voice reminiscent of Mel Torme and an ability to deliver like Sammy Davis, Jr, Fleisher’s performance abilities play as much of a star role as his songwriting.
But don’t mistake me, the songwriting is extremely strong. From the imaginative, cleverly fun lyrics of the title track, “Finally” to my tongue-twisting favorite, “What You Need,” to the endearing and lovely, “Nothing Worth Loving,” the collection also includes some wonderful acoustic guitar and full-band accompaniments.
Fleisher also includes covers that showcase his passionate but intimate performance skills.
The 10-track album was written and produced by Fleisher and follows his critically acclaimed Rather Big album. Finally is a bit more understated, but still includes the Julian flair and voice that fans and critics love.Acoustic Nation