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Jim Gaffigan

Indiana native Jim Gaffigan arrived in New York City in 1990 at the age of 24. Officially, he had relocated to work in advertising, but his real fascination with New York had a lot more to do with pursuing his dream of making people laugh as an actor and stand-up comic, a dream he would eventually realize through hard work and ample talent. Gaffigan says he came from "a conservative family where you're driven by security, and wearing a tie to work is considered a success. 

After a some miscommunication and not be able to connect with him Michael reads a bit about Gaffigan's history and finds interesting connection points in the audience. When a connection is finally made Michael and Jim chat about kids, exploiting them, conversations with relatives, food and more about food!

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Gray Frederickson

Oscar-winning Producer (The Godfather II) and Artist-in-Residence at the OCCC, Gray Frederickson takes the stage to delight Michael with enough Hollywood stories to fill a book!

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a New York Times bestselling author, humorist and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin. Perry’s bestselling memoirs include Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, Coop, and Visiting Tom. Raised on a small Midwestern dairy farm, Perry put himself through nursing school while working on a ranch in Wyoming, then wound up writing by happy accident. He lives with his wife and two daughters in rural Wisconsin, where he serves on the local volunteer fire and rescue service and is an amateur pig farmer. He hosts the nationally-syndicated “Tent Show Radio,” performs widely as a humorist, and tours with his band the Long Beds (currently recording their third album for Amble Down Records).

Having just released his first young adult novel titled The Scavengers, Perry stops by the Terrace to tell Michael all about it and how it came to be.