For a woman whose recent shows have averaged more than 7,000 live listeners each – to say nothing of thousands more downloads - Cat LeDévic (aka Jokerette) is one cool cucumber. Within minutes of our request for this interview, the host of Joker’s BB Radio returned her answers, complete with a fascinating array of biographical tidbits that ran the gamut from classic teen-sex flicks to perilous Mideast adventures that sound like something out of a Jason Bourne book. Not only that, the Nashville, Tenn., resident – and onetime model who attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC – has also found time to pen a novel. But in typical Cat fashion, that 2006 thriller, titled The Scroll, is just the first in a series of three she has planned for its heroine, technical troubleshooter Maggie Purcell. In the meantime, Cat, a technical writer by day, enjoys her time at home with her companion and their six cats. (“Three Siamese, two Egyptian Maus, and one rescue, who eats nonstop,” she tells us.) By now you’re no doubt chomping at the bit to hear from Cat herself, so we shall tarry no longer.
Give us a 15-second pitch for your show – why should listeners tune in?
Big Brother is one of the most popular summertime shows on TV. With all its fights and laughter, it’s irresistible. And our show, Joker’s BB Radio, permits listeners and callers to join in the fun.
Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?
(1) I was in Porky’s. I was a majorette in the famous shower scene. (2) I lived in Iran, during the revolution. I had a gun to my head during a drive from Paris to the Iranian city of Esfahan. When we arrived at Esfahan, we were stopped by tanks – and a rifle in my ear, thrust through the window of the car. Then they proceeded – tanks, jeeps with guns on us – to accompany us to my parent’s house. It was 2 a.m., well after curfew. My mom freaked out when she saw all the guns. “Only you!” she said.
Who’s your broadcasting hero?
It used to be Rush Limbaugh, before he grew so crazy. He knew how to reach out and talk to people.
If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?
Dead or alive? Dead, I’d book Jesus for sure. Ask him to perform a miracle. Alive, so many. I’d book Barack Obama, and discuss race in America – and his recent beer get-together at the White House with Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley. Fascinating man, Obama, and very laid back. I’d also book the entire cast of Grey’s Anatomy, just for my personal pleasure. LOL!
As we speak, what are you wearing?
A fuzzy pink bathrobe; no slippers. (I work out of my house.)
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?
This happened just last week. Our guest, Sheila from Big Brother, was on. While she was talking, I heard a shriek. Then another shriek. My girlfriend, who lives with me, came running up the steps, screaming. One of the cats had left a dead mouse in the middle of our kitchen. Listeners heard the shrieks, so I had to explain. ROFL! [Editor's Note: To the acronymically-challenged (like us), that's "rolling on the floor laughing."]
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