Brian Roberts, director and writer of over 550 programs for US & Canadian television & films, including Everybody Loves Raymond; The Simpsons; The Drew Carey Show; The King of Queens; Sabrina the Teenage Witch; Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place; The Hughleys; According to Jim; Clueless; Boston Common; MADtv; The Tony Danza Show; What I Like About You; Phil of the Future; Kristin, Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane; Oh, Grow Up; Grown Ups; 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd; The George Carlin Show; Spun Out; and Lizzie McGuire.

Brian discusses the exodus of Los Angeles entertainment to Canada, and how President Trump could win over Hollywood. As a dual citizen between Canada and the U.S. and a resident of Mexico, Brian discusses his feelings about the immigration debate, the benefits/negatives of both the Canadian and American health care systems. Brian also shares stories about Jack Nicholson, Bill Clinton, Ray Romano, Michael Jackson, and his almost Beatles reunion.

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    I really can’t go along with Brian Roberts’ suggestion that our federal government should be subsidizing movie and TV production. If Canadian taxpayers want to be saps and subsidize production, let them. I say the same thing when people said we (meaning taxpayers) have to build new stadiums for the Twins and Vikings or they’ll move to someplace that will. So long. We’re $22 trillion in debt and we’re supposed to spend money to buy jobs for people in Hollywood? 

    I also find laughable Roberts’ suggestion that Donald Trump could buy a lot of good will among show business folk if he would subsidize them. Number 1, they’re still going to hate him. Number 2, even if it worked, I resent the hell out of the idea that politicians should spend my money to make people like them.

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    • February 14, 2019 at 5:13 am
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    I really can’t go along with Brian Roberts’ suggestion that our federal government should be subsidizing movie and TV production. If Canadian taxpayers want to be saps and subsidize production, let them. I say the same thing when people said we (meaning taxpayers) have to build new stadiums for the Twins and Vikings or they’ll move to someplace that will. So long. We’re $22 trillion in debt and we’re supposed to spend money to buy jobs for people in Hollywood?

    I also find laughable Roberts’ suggestion that Donald Trump could buy a lot of good will among show business folk if he would subsidize them. Number 1, they’re still going to hate him. Number 2, even if it worked, I resent the hell out of the idea that politicians should spend my money to make people like them.

    Randy, did he say subsidize or put a tariff on importing production from Canada? 

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    • February 14, 2019 at 10:31 am
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    Dave Sussman (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    I really can’t go along with Brian Roberts’ suggestion that our federal government should be subsidizing movie and TV production. If Canadian taxpayers want to be saps and subsidize production, let them. I say the same thing when people said we (meaning taxpayers) have to build new stadiums for the Twins and Vikings or they’ll move to someplace that will. So long. We’re $22 trillion in debt and we’re supposed to spend money to buy jobs for people in Hollywood?

    I also find laughable Roberts’ suggestion that Donald Trump could buy a lot of good will among show business folk if he would subsidize them. Number 1, they’re still going to hate him. Number 2, even if it worked, I resent the hell out of the idea that politicians should spend my money to make people like them.

    Randy, did he say subsidize or put a tariff on importing production from Canada?

    I believe he said that Canada subsidizes production, and we should as well. He did also talk about putting a tariff on Canadian-produced content. Either way, it amounts to the much same thing. In one case, you are taxing people in general, in the other you are only taxing the consumers of that media, for the benefit of his industry. Maybe a better solution would be to cut regulations and make California a more business-friendly state.

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    • February 14, 2019 at 10:41 am
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Dave Sussman (View Comment):

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    I really can’t go along with Brian Roberts’ suggestion that our federal government should be subsidizing movie and TV production. If Canadian taxpayers want to be saps and subsidize production, let them. I say the same thing when people said we (meaning taxpayers) have to build new stadiums for the Twins and Vikings or they’ll move to someplace that will. So long. We’re $22 trillion in debt and we’re supposed to spend money to buy jobs for people in Hollywood?

    I also find laughable Roberts’ suggestion that Donald Trump could buy a lot of good will among show business folk if he would subsidize them. Number 1, they’re still going to hate him. Number 2, even if it worked, I resent the hell out of the idea that politicians should spend my money to make people like them.

    Randy, did he say subsidize or put a tariff on importing production from Canada?

    I believe he said that Canada subsidizes production, and we should as well. He did also talk about putting a tariff on Canadian-produced content. Either way, it amounts to the much same thing. In one case, you are taxing people in general, in the other you are only taxing the consumers of that media, for the benefit of his industry. Maybe a better solution would be to cut regulations and make California a more business-friendly state.

    I think he supports the tariff only because it will motivate runaway production to stay home. As a seasoned producer he felt if it costs just as much to produce content in Canada as the US, then the jobs will stay in America. 

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    • February 14, 2019 at 11:33 am
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    Right, I understand what he’s saying. I just disagree with him. But it was a good interview, Dave. I’m certainly not complaining because you had a guest whose principles I disagree with. It would be boring if all the podcasts where just an echo chamber.

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    • February 14, 2019 at 1:15 pm
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