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Utah Auto Maker Can’t Sell To Utahns

In 2015, Tesla Motors built a store in Salt Lake City. The State of Utah denied them a business license, citing their failure to comply with a law requiring all new cars to be sold through the traditional privately owned dealership model. The dealership model has been the status quo for the entire history of car sales. It was originally conceived to protect consumers, but times have changed and now the status quo hurts consumers – only protecting the profits of the family dealership empires.

Last year, Representative Kim Coleman sponsored a bill aimed at opening up the Tesla store. This year, the issue has expanded. There are two innovative automakers in Utah who are also not able to sell directly to Utah customers: Kirkham Motor Sports and Vanderhall Motorworks.  Rep Coleman is sponsoring a new bill in the Utah 2016 Legislature with the goal of removing government intervention and allowing businesses to sell directly to their consumers if they choose to. As of publication time, the bill has not been named and numbered. If you are interested in being part of a grassroots movement to help get this law changed, join my email list. I’ll be passing along instructions from Rep Coleman via email. Join here: http://eepurl.com/wMkL9

In addition to the grassroots activism, we were entertained by stand up comedian Steve Soelberg. He did a great set of jokes about cars. He is absolutely brilliant, you’ll hear it on the podcast.  Many thanks to Five Wives Vodka , Bohemian Brewery, and The Photo Collective Studios for making this month’s show possible!


Devin Townsend Listening Party 17 Sept 2015

One of the finer pleasures in life is that of listening to a great album from start to finish, on an exceptional sound system, in beautiful surroundings with a delicious drink in hand.  The only way to make that situation even better, is to share it with like minded friends.

Such was the occasion on the night of 17 September. A crew of music lovers and Devin Townsend fans gathered at E3 Modern for a listening party. We took in Devin Townsend’s latest work, “Casualties Of Cool” on E3’s absolutely breathtaking sound system. The sound system itself is a work of art – all components hand machined, exposed vacuum tubes serving both function and aesthetics.  Five Wives Vodka and Bohemian Brewery kept the audience refreshed with cocktails and exceptional beer.  One of the finer points of a listening session is being able to read along with the lyrics and liner notes as the album plays, every person had a print out of the album lyrics, to read along as the record played.

Following the album, the real treat of the evening began…

Devin Townsend himself Skyped in to our party to do an audience Q&A.  It was absolutely brilliant to watch fans sit down, one at a time, and ask Devin questions about the music.  He took over an hour to answer questions at length. I’m confident that those who were not initially fans of Townsend’s work, became such by the end of the night.

Many thanks to E3 Modern, Five Wives Vodka, Bohemian Brewery, Steve Soelberg, Devin’s Manager Jasper Schurrmans, and Devin Townsend for this magical evening of music appreciation.

Pick up Casualties of Cool on vinyl or CD: http://www.bandstores.co.uk/shop/devintownsend/products.php?cat=3968   (P.S.  buy the album, on vinyl or CD. There is a second disc of bonus content that is not available on Spotify and it’s fucking gorgeous, totally worth owning).

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Tea With Genpo Roshi

We had the rare privilege of spending the evening with Zen Master Genpo Roshi.  Among many topics, we discussed the path of the Bodhisattva.  Stand up comedian Steve Soelberg entertained the crowd prior to Roshi’s interview. He was absolutely hysterical. Five Wives Vodka and Bohemian Brewery kept the crowd hydrated and satisfied. Many thanks to the Photo Collective Studios for hosting our event!



28 March 2015: The Paul Duane Show LIVE On Stage

On 28 March 2015, I had the opportunity to present an awesome lineup to my audience in a private edition of The Paul Duane Show.  The evening consisted of the always brilliant comedy of Levi Rounds, an informative segment from henna artist AJ Rasmussen – and then the walking canvas of AJ’s work, the infamous Kendra Sunderland.

For those that don’t know the story behind the meteoric fame of “The Library Girl”, here it is in a nutshell:

Sunderland, a freshman at Oregon State University, was dabbling in the world of webcam modeling. For the uninitiated: a model, such as Sunderland, will engage in a video chat session with a viewer / customer. The viewer will request the model to do various provocative things on camera. The more daring, the more they have to pay to see it happen. Think of it as a web enabled peep-show.   Kendra was performing a webcam show in the library at Oregon State. Though she had several close calls, her 30 minute webcam session went undetected.  Until a short time later, that is.  She began getting unexpected attention on social media and soon discovered that the video had been leaked, shared, and proliferated. It wasn’t long before the video found it’s way into the hands of university administrators, police, and ultimately, the media.  Between the efforts of the police, and the resulting media reports, Kendra Sunderland has become an overnight sensation in the adult entertainment world.

I had the opportunity to have Kendra live, in the studio, for a show.  We had a full house of Salt Lake City’s most beautiful, and most interesting people.  Check out the photo gallery below. After having spent the day with Kendra prior to the show and having extensive conversations with her, I am left to wonder: Who did the best job of leveraging the higher education system for the purpose of starting a career: Kendra, or the rest of the students there who will graduate drowning in school debt with a degree that probably won’t lead to any lucrative job prospects?

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Many thanks to the Photo Collective Studios, Five Wives Vodka, and Bohemian Brewery for making the event possible. Giving some LOVE to : Venue: Photo Collective Studios | refreshments by Five Wives Vodka and Bohemian Brewery | custom suit by H.M. Cole | hosiery by Cecila de Rafael |

Prior to the show, Kendra joined me in the studio for a gorgeous photo shoot. You can see those images here. (NSFW)


4.20 Easter Special

If you were there last time, you know what this is all about!

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As you can see from the photos below, the 4.20 show was a huge hit!  2 of Utah’s leading comics dressed for the occasion, it being Easter: Jason Harvey joined us as Jesus Christ, Christopher Stephenson as The Easter Bunny.  It being April 20th (4.20), we had to talk weed, too.  Representative Gage Froerer of Huntsville (R) joined us to discuss a recent law that he sponsored, which gives Utahns limited and specific access to a type of cannabis extract that is highly effective in treating epilepsy.  Five Wives Vodka provided an outstanding bar, and SLC Hemp brought in all kinds of hemp derived treats, some edible, some not (relax… none of them contained THC. All of SLC Hemp’s products are not only legal, but incredibly high quality). Smoker’s Guru donated a “water pipe” that was given away during a drawing.  Good, good times. 

1 Year Anniversary Show Recap

1 year ago, I went on stage to do the first edition of The Paul Duane Show.  A confluence of serendipity, little voices in my head, and big voices in the community were responsible for this experiment.  I was shocked, humbled, and massively inspired at how well received the show has been.  I’ll never forget what it felt like to step on that stage, pick up the mic, and connect with that huge crowd.  I knew I had arrived in a place I’ll call “home”, for lack of a better term.

Since then, I’ve had the honor of interviewing brilliant people, both from SLC and around the nation. The show has expanded to radio, becoming an anomalous spot on an otherwise exceedingly conservative radio station.  One by one, fans of the show are cropping up not only in Utah, but around the nation.  It’s truly an honor to be granted 2 hours / day in that sacred space between one’s ears.  If stepping on stage for my first show felt like home, sitting down to the radio studio mic going on air for the first time felt like the den.

One haircut,  12 shows, thousands of laughs,  dozens of pairs of tights,  a few venue changes, 1 trip to Burning Man, hundreds of hours on the air later, the vision for The Paul Duane Show is even clearer:

The Paul Duane Show is the best cocktail party in town.

You know… the kind of party that’s brimming with great music, beautiful people, great drinks…

…the kind of party where you get to meet people you’ve heard of before, but never had the chance to talk with.

…the kind of party where you meet people that you’ve never met, but are glad you did.

…the kind of party where you hear something that challenges you live your life just a little bit bigger than you did yesterday.

This is The Paul Duane Show.


(L to R) Actor Jim Stevens, Fox 13’s Carly Figueroa, join me on stage for an interview. Jared Gilmore (right) worked tirelessly to keep the sound system under control. Photo by Kennedy Clark.



(L to R) Carly Firgueroa, Jim Stevens, comedian Marcus, Paul Duane.  Photo by Kennedy Clark.


Dave Brewer and Jude Gillmore of the SLC Photo Collective were incredible hosts. Jonathan King was a force of nature in helping set up the space.  Photo by Kennedy Clark.

21mar2014bykennedy13Five Wives Vodka has been a huge supporter of the show – they are local, the make a great product, and are all around bad asses. When you are at the liquor store, buy Five Wives. It’s the right thing to do.  For every bottle of Five Wives Vodka you buy, God spares a baby dolphin from being massacred by a gang of rogue sea lions.  Photo by Kennedy Clark.


Jonathan King was here.  ‘Nuff said. Photo and fingers by Jonathan King.
21mar2014bysteveconlin6Drinking some barley water and chatting with local genius & actor Jim Stevens.  Photo by Steve Conlin / Five Wives Vodka


I cannot begin to explain how many ridiculously sexy women were in the audience.  Jaclyn Easton (pictured) was one of them.  Photo by Kennedy Clark.

21mar2014bysteveconlin8(L to R) Jim Stevens, Carly Figueroa, Marcus, Paul Duane.  Marcus is explaining what it’s like to not believe in ghosts while talking to ghosts.  Check out his new web series, Ghost Hopping. https://www.youtube.com/user/GhostHopping Photo by Steve Conlin / Five Wives Vodka

21mar2014byamberdawnpowll1Jim Stevens has an internal struggle over whose legs are better, mine, or Carly Figueroa’s.  Photo by Amber Powell.

21mar2014bykennedy11I wish I could present to you a roll call of everyone who was in the audience that night and what they do in the community… this was truly the best cocktail party in town.  Photo by Kennedy Clark.

21mar2014bysteveconlin4b The lovely and incredibly resourceful Kennedy Clark played a huge role in the nights success, from assisting with the bar, to making sure I was fed, to photographing the show.  Photo by Steve Conlin / Five Wives Vodka

21mar2014bysteveconlin3Dave Brewer (right) is the owner of the SLC Photo Collective, one of the most important places in my creative life.  Brewer is a master host and is gifted at connecting people.  Photo by Steve Conlin / Five Wives Vodka

We did it. There are A LOT of people included in “we”: Dave Brewer and Jude Gillmore of the SLC Photo Collective were amazing hosts, creating a space for the show that is second – to – none. Steve Conlin of Five Wives Vodka has been a stalwart supporter of the show all year – and last night they brought in an amazing bar. It was an open bar, free for everyone’s enjoyment (and enjoy they did!). Thomas Clement of Corbin’s Grille was our mixologist, creating the cocktails and serving up good vibes. Erin Western took care of the door and made everyone feel so welcome.  My guests, Carly Figueroa from Fox 13, actor Jim Stevens, and stand up comic Marcus were brilliant stage companions.  Joshua Delagarza and Chelsea Ott graciously filmed the show. Kennedy Clark filled more roles than I can reasonably enumerate here – including photographing the show and taking care of things I couldn’t. Jared Gilmore for taking care of the sound during the show. Jonathan King was a superhero, arranging for the P.A. and seating that were instrumental in making the show happen, putting in super long hours setting up & cleaning up the room after we were done.  For all of you that have been to every show, that have told a friend about it, that have supported me when it’s been tough in all kinds of ways – emotionally, financially, creatively, logistically, organizationally – I am beyond grateful for you.  You know who you are.

I get excited thinking about what the next year is going to bring for The Paul Duane Show. I don’t share ideas until they have made it past the idea stage, and into the action stage. That being said, here are some things that are in the works:

  • filming the show for the web
  • filmed comedy sketch pieces – I’ve partnered with some of the most hilarious, talented comedians in Utah to produce some SNL style comedy episodes that we’ll be showing at upcoming editions of the show.
  • new venue: the SLC Photo Collective will be home to the show for the foreseeable future.
  • private event status:  If you were there, you know what I’m talking about: an exclusive crowd comes to the show. Attendees are treated to an open bar and networking opportunities that you don’t find in other places.  You have to buy a ticket in advance to get into the show.
  • Comicon: I’m hosting the Cosplay contest of the April 2014 Comicon FanXperience with Jim Stevens as my co-host.
  • Stand Up Comedy Shows: I’m going to be doing my first headlining shows on 27 April and 11 May. Though not a conventional “Paul Duane Show”, it’s me for 30 min on stage doing purely stand up, something that doesn’t happen on the radio or at the live show.

The April edition of The Paul Duane Show Private VIP Edition will be held on 20 April (which is Easter) and is also 4/20.  Agr ain, it’s a private event with very limited seating. If you want an invitation to the show, add your email address (top right corner of this page) to our mailing list and watch your inbox.



VIP Show 21 March 2014

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Tickets available:

Location: Street view of the SLC Photo Collective, 561 West 200 South, SLC


Parking Options:

  • Ride TRAX. The Old Greektown stop is right in front of The SLC Photo Collective
  • Parking at Gateway Mall
  • street parking along both sides of 200 South from 400 west to 600 west

Where NOT to park:

  • behind the SLC Photo Collective
  • at the Artspace Apartments

collective parking map