Meet the hosts

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Jamie Du Mont has sold luxury Australian sheets; designed souvenir t-shirts; cooked for heads of state, movie stars, and – most notably – a very privileged pet on the Upper East Side.  For the better part of the last decade, he has planned events ranging from two to ten-thousands guests in every New York City venue imaginable. But it was his career in the theatre, working on a string of flops that rivals the wall at Joe Allen, that continues to haunt him to this very day.

Jennifer Simard is a Tony Award, four-time Drama Desk Award, two-time Drama League Award and Lucille Lortel Award nominee, who currently plays the Ana Gaysteyer/Tina Fey/Amy Poehler roles of Mrs. Heron/Ms. Norbury/Mrs. George in the hit Broadway show, Mean Girls. Broadway credits include: Disaster! (Sister Mary Downey, Tony nomination); Hello, Dolly! (Ernestina); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (opposite Mo Rocca); and the companies of Sister Act and Shrek the Musical. Off-Broadway credits include the original companies of Forbidden Broadway: SVU; The Thing About Men; and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Film credits include The Flintstones in Viva Rock VegasWish You Were Dead and Sisters. Television credits include: “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The King of Queens”, and “Younger.” See more at her website and follow her on Twitter @simardjennifer and Instagram @thejennifersimard

Rob Russo is a writer and theatre critic covering New York’s performing arts scene. He is the founder of Stage Left, a website and weekly newsletter offering news, reviews, and reports, advice on what to see and skip, and tips and tricks for scoring affordable seats.  Rob is also a Drama Desk Voting Member. A lifelong theatregoer and political junkie, he began his career in politics and public service, working as a close aide to Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton through two presidential campaigns, four years at the U.S. Department of State, and in private life.  Born and raised on Long Island, he holds a B.A. in political science and public policy and a J.D. from The George Washington University, and is a licensed attorney in the State of New York. Instagram/Twitter @StageLeft_NYC