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Mike Daisey

Mike Daisey has been called "the master storyteller" and "one of the finest solo performers of his generation" by The New York Times for his groundbreaking monologues, which weave together autobiography, gonzo journalism and unscripted performance.

“A charismatic performer, his shows have the insightful hostility of the best comedy.”
– THE NEW YORKER
 
“If Lenny Bruce was embodied by Zero Mostel and played by Louis Armstrong, the result would closely resemble Mike Daisey.”
– BROADWAY WORLD
 
“Daisey distills vast sources of disparate knowledge, delivered with scathing anger, humor and a sort of gentle wisdom. He’s the History Channel, the best of public radio, and the most entertaining guy at the bar, but much, much better.”
– METRO

Mike Daisey appears in the following:

Mike Daisey's 'Faster Better Social...'

Friday, February 08, 2013

Mike Daisey talks about his latest theater work “Faster Better Social Click Like Touch Tweet Yes Yes!!1! (or, Our Slavery is Rich and Full),” and addresses the controversy surrounding his This American Life piece on Foxconn factories in China.

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Tesla vs. Edison

Friday, January 27, 2012

Tesla’s biggest innovation was introducing alternating current as the standard for modern electric power, breaking Thomas Edison’s monopoly on DC power. Author and monologist Mike Daisey performs a one-man show about Tesla. In this segment he describes the inventor's obsession with electricity ...

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Tesla and Twain

Friday, January 27, 2012

Mike Daisey tells the story of Tesla’s salons, where he played fast and loose with technology. "When he had you there, he'd show you inventions, then make you part of the inventions," Daisey explains. The inventor "cured" Mark Twain of his constipation with an electrical charge ...

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The Death Ray

Friday, January 27, 2012

Mike Daisey tells the story of the Tesla’s real Dr. Strangelove moment: inventing the ultimate super-weapon, a death ray. But did it work? The government thought it might, and the Cold War got hotter. Daisey also describes the mystery behind all of Tesla's scientific papers going missing ...

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Guest Picks: Mike Daisey

Monday, October 24, 2011

Mike Daisey spoke to Leonard Lopate about his latest one-man show, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," and he also revealed that he's a fan of yoga. Find out what he's been reading and watching recently...

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Mike Daisey on “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”

Friday, October 21, 2011

Mike Daisey, creator and star of “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” talks about his admiration for Steve Jobs and what led him to create a critical two-hour monologue that explores the human cost of Apple's global supply chain, and the ultimate price of the iPhones, iPads, and iPods so many people have. “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” is playing at the Public Theater through November 13.

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Steve Jobs: An Enemy of Nostalgia?

Friday, October 14, 2011

This past week saw an outpouring of grief around the country for Apple founder Steve Jobs, who died of pancreatic cancer last Wednesday. Jobs is remembered as a visionary who changed how we use technology every day. That commercial announcing the launch of Apple's Macintosh played off of George Orwell's "1984" and presented Apple as an iconoclast. But in recent New York Times Op-Ed argues that today there's no company that looks more like the Big Brother of that commercial than Apple itself.

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Visitor from the Future

Friday, August 20, 2010

Kurt's invitation to the people of the future to attend the show is answered by monologist Mike Daisey. He reports that time is a lot more fluid than we think.

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The Greene Space

The Great and Secret Show

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

7:00 PM

Mike Daisey is well known for his hilarious, monologues, but he’s kept his radio career secret – until now. For the first time ever in its 114-year history, THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW will be made available for a live studio audience in The Greene Space. 

The Greene Space

The Great and Secret Show

Friday, April 16, 2010

7:00 PM

Mike Daisey is well known for his hilarious, monologues, but he’s kept his radio career secret – until now. For the first time ever in its 114-year history, THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW will be made available for a live studio audience in The Greene Space.

The Greene Space

The Great and Secret Show

Friday, March 12, 2010

7:00 PM

Mike Daisey is well known for his hilarious, monologues, but he’s kept his radio career secret – until now. For the first time ever in its 114-year history, THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW will be made available for a live studio audience in The Greene Space. 

Visitor from the Future

Friday, January 01, 2010

Kurt's invitation to the people of the future to attend the show is answered by monologist Mike Daisey. He reports, time is a lot more fluid than we think - and the TV show "Lost" is even more complicated. 

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The Greene Space

Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen: Live from The Greene Space

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

7:00 PM

Studio 360 will take you where no audience has gone before: traveling through time. In this live show hosted by Kurt Andersen, scientists and artists explain why time travel is more than an idle fantasy. And musical sensation Janelle Monae embodies an android with a heart of gold.

Tesla and Twain

Friday, November 28, 2008

Tesla was a flamboyant character who held salons where he played fast and loose with technology. Mike Daisey tells the story of Tesla, Mark Twain, and an X-ray gun.

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Tesla vs. Edison

Friday, November 28, 2008

Tesla’s biggest innovation was introducing alternating current as the standard for modern electric power, breaking Thomas Edison’s monopoly on DC power. Mike Daisey is an author and monologuist who performs a one-man show about Tesla, and he tells us how AC/DC isn’t just a band.

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The Death Ray

Friday, November 28, 2008

Mike Daisey completes his life story of Tesla with this tale about the scientist’s real Dr. Strangelove moment: inventing the ultimate superweapon. But did it work? The government thought it might, and the Cold War got hotter.

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If You See Something Say Something

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mike Daisey ‘s one-man show at the Public Theatre, “If You See Something Say Something,” investigates the secret history of the Department of Homeland Security. It runs through Nov. 30; for info and tickets call (212) 967-7555 or visit publictheater.org.

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Daisey Does MacDowell

Friday, August 22, 2008

Just over a century ago in New Hampshire, Edward and Marian MacDowell opened the doors of America’s first official artists colony. Aaron Copland wrote "Billy the Kid" there. Willa Cather worked on Death Comes for the Archbishop. And Mike Daisey went to work on a monologue. He spent ...

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The Death Ray

Friday, January 25, 2008

Mike Daisey completes his life story of Tesla with this tale about the scientist’s real Dr. Strangelove moment: inventing the ultimate superweapon. But did it work? The government thought it might, and the Cold War got hotter.

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Tesla vs. Edison

Friday, January 25, 2008

Tesla’s biggest innovation was introducing alternating current as the standard for modern electric power, breaking Thomas Edison’s monopoly on DC power. Mike Daisey is an author and monologuist who performs a one-man show about Tesla, and he tells us how AC/DC isn’t just a band.

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