Just before the new year, my friend and frequent collaborator, Eli Bolin, contacted me to see if I was free to music-direct a cabaret with comedy writer, podcaster, singer, and creator/star of Hulu's Difficult People, Julie Klausner. They were writing a couple songs together for the show, and her go-to MD, Jon Spurney, had moved to Los Angeles during the pandemic. I jumped at the opportunity, not knowing exactly what it would entail. But Julie and I proved to be great creative partners, and fast friends. And after a sold-out run at both Joe's Pub and City Winery, I can easily say it has been one of the most rewarding projects in recent memory; certainly, the best post-pandemic concert I could have hoped for.