1. You've carved out an interesting, diverse post-media/new-media existence for yourself (between the radio show, the novel-writing, the variety show, VSL...) Is there something new about the way in which artists/writers need to diversify their creative portfolios to survive independently?
My "diverse post-media/new-media existence," as you call it, is really not so much a conscious 21st-century strategic choice, but a function of the fact that I've always had diverse interests. Back in the pre-internet 80s and early 90s, I was simultaneously writing for and editing old magazines and starting new magazines, working on independent humor/comedy projects, and producing TV. But more generally, yeah, I think as a practical matter these perpetually-"disrupted" days, it behooves most creators more than ever to put their eggs in more than one basket.