Raphael Bob-Waksberg

The brain behind BoJack Horseman, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, is with us this week. He dives right in, talking about the privilege of being a white man in today’s entertainment industry (05:46), his “professionally Jewish” parents (09:14), how ADHD affected him as a teenager (12:52), developing his creative voice (17:58), the loneliness of first moving to Los Angeles (21:22), the enduring impact Gary Shandling and The Larry Sanders Show has had on him, what he actually meant for BoJack Horseman to be (43:42), being a show-runner, six seasons into “BoJack” (47:17), the joy of writing a book (51:36), whether he’s equipped to handle the responsibility of being an artist in 2019 (53:19), and, finally, how meeting his wife has made him less cynical (59:47).

Raphael’s debut novel, Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories, is out now.


Illustrations by Krishna Shenoi. Music by Dylan Peck. This episode of Talk Easy was taped at York Recording in Los Angeles, California. Special thanks to engineer Tim Moore.

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