“[Writing a Choose Your Own Adventure] is very much like writing a video game, and weirdly enough it was very much like writing remotes for Letterman”
- Fred Graver, my guest on this week’s Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show
Fred Graver has held about eight jobs that each warrant their own Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin interview but we said FUCK THAT we’re gonna cram it all into one monster ep. We discuss…
- What it was like writing for Letterman in the 80’s when he was still finding his voice
- The challenges of writing a Choose Your Own Adventure novel (#35 - Journey to Stonehenge, pictured above)
- The difficulty of writing for In Living Color and the joy of writing for Cheers
- How he ended up spending two years in the 90’s at Disney brainstorming the future of television and the Internet with computer greats like Marvin Minsky and Alan Kay (Wikipedia them, they’re impressive)
- How editing The National Lampoon was kinda his first real job
- What it’s like to run programming for VH1 and how he came up with the idea for Best Week Ever.
- What he’s currently doing for Twitter
- And, believe it or not, more.
Fred is pretty much the coolest and I think anyone who is seriously interested in anything would enjoy hearing about his career. The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show comes out Tuesdays and is available iTunes, YouTube, and JeffRubinJeffRubinShow.com.
Next week - Our Breaking Bad panel reconvenes to discuss the current season.
I had the pleasure of sitting next to Mr. Graver when he kept at a desk at the CollegeHumor office. Fred is one of the coolest people (and not just for an adult) I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with. He used to let me push him around in a wheel chair and one time I saw him smoke a cigar from across the street (it may’ve not actually been him) and I immediately went to the bodega and bought a cigar because I thought if Fred does this then I should too. I don’t know how to smoke cigars and homeless man showed me how. I hated it. YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST