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Adrian Todd Zuniga is the guest. He’s the creator and host of Literary Death Match, an international reading series, comedy show, and all-around entertainment.
Note: I will be appearing with Melissa Broder at the April 1st edition at Ace Hotel Theater in Los Angeles during AWP. For tickets, click here.
Nice to finally have Adrian on the show. When I first met him, he was Todd. I’ve always called him Todd, which he still allows on the basis of a grandfather clause. I’ve known him for a number of years but didn’t know a ton about his life until he came over the other day and sat down across from me. We discussed “Adrian.” We discussed “Todd.” We discussed “Adrian Todd.” He had a hell of a childhood, which I’m not sure he fully realizes. Or maybe it seems less dramatic to him because it’s his childhood and he lived it. For me, in hearing about it, I thought: Jesus, that’s a lot. It’s also interesting. And it makes Literary Death Match make more sense somehow. It makes it seem more unlikely, which then makes it seem more impressive. I have a soft spot for people who conduct cultural experiments and have weird ideas and try to actualize them—and then do. LDM is one such thing. Having pursued a few weird ideas in my day, I have a feel for how much work it is to put on a Death Match. (Hint: It’s a fuck-ton.) Todd—sorry, Adrian Todd—has been doing this thing for a decade, largely on his own. Yes, he’s had help. But he’s the prime mover. It takes a Herculean amount of effort, and he deserves some credit for that. A tip of the cap as LDM turns 10.
In today’s monologue, I talk about LDM Los Angeles on April 1st, and how I’m going to interview someone in public (Melissa Broder) for the second time in my life.