What if Jimmy Fallon?s witty repartee met Charlie Rose?s PBS poise?
That?s the balance Chicago magazine contributor and My Chicago co-host Mark Bazer strikes on The Interview Show, his funny, insightful and long-running talk-show-in-a-bar. (He's hosted everyone from Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn to Top Chef Stephanie Izard.)
It works like this: Bazer sits behind a desk in his usual venue, the Hideout in Noble Square. Guests sit beside him on the couch and answer questions. The main difference between that and The Tonight Show? Everyone in the audience is drinking beer. ?
This Friday, one of Bazer?s biggest guests ever--Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy--will be on the show with his 18-year-old son, Spencer. (The pair just released a new album together.)
And since Tweedy?s last Interview Show appearance was waaaay too packed, Bazer will instead hold court at the Abbey Pub in Irving Park, which seats at least 100 more people.
Like the best interviewers, Bazer plans to let the conversation spool out organically--no need to focus on songwriting or recording, he says. What?s better? Finding out which TV shows can lead a rock star and his kid to fight over the remote.