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How comedy impressario Brian Volk-Weiss navigates the nexus of big-money stand-up, streaming and #MeToo

How comedy impressario Brian Volk-Weiss navigates the nexus of big-money stand-up, streaming and #MeToo

Brian Volk-Weiss’s walls are scattershot with the arcane and the sublime: Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line” single from Sun Records, a stone from industrialist John D. Rockefeller’s gravesite, a painting of Luke Skywalker shunning the dark side and a spreadsheet showing that 649 gallons of Coca-Cola were sold in Los Angeles in 1892.

The walls, like the man, suggest a contempt for the predictable and a restless search for meaning no matter how obscure the source. The Coca-Cola spreadsheet is a metaphor for a small idea that takes over the planet; the stone is a reminder of a billionaire who glimpsed opportunity where others saw adversity. Volk-Weiss has collected such talismans on...

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