Mike Burstyn and Friends

Mike Burstyn and Friends

Mike’s been there and done it all: starring and directing Hollywood, Broadway, off-Broadway, Yiddish Theater, Television – even his own show!
Loved and respected by some of the biggest names in entertainment and politics, Mike has some of the loveliest friends.

These zoom fireside chats endear the warmest and most convivial conversations that only true friends can enjoy. We are honored and delighted to bring you into the charming world of Mike Burstyn and his friends.

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Mike Burstyn and Friends
  • Mike Burstyn & Lainie Kazan

    Mike’s been there and done it all: starring and directing Hollywood, Broadway, off-Broadway, Yiddish Theater, Television – even his own show!
    Loved and respected by some of the biggest names in entertainment and politics, Mike has some of the loveliest friends.

    These zoom fireside chats endear...

  • Mike Burstyn & Elon Gold

    Elon Gold is an American comedian, television actor, writer and producer. Known for his brilliant original stand-up comedy.

    The son of Israeli parents, Elon is one of my most talented friends. We get to laugh a lot during our "smooze."

  • Mike Burstyn & Norman Lear

    No individual in the history of broadcasting has had more influence through the medium of television in its 50-year history.
    We've been friends since meeting in Israel in 1977.

  • Mike Burstyn & Hal Linden

    The Bronx-born actor/singer/musician has been a familiar name thanks to his handsome, brush-mustachioed titular cop the popular 70's TV show Barney Miller.
    On the occasion of his upcoming 90th birthday, we discuss the early days of working together in New York and the many roles we both performed...

  • Mike Burstyn & Ambassador Danny Ayalon

    Daniel "Danny" Ayalon is an Israeli diplomat, columnist and politician. He served as Deputy Foreign Minister and as a member of the Knesset. He was the Israeli Ambassador to the United States from 2002 until 2006.
    From his home in Israel, he gives me an intimate look into the challenges Israel fa...

  • Mike Burstyn & Abraham Foxman

    The American lawyer and activist. He served as the National Director of the Anti-Defamation League from 1987 to 2015, and is currently the League's National Director Emeritus.
    We discuss how he has spent his life fighting bigotry. But how he fights, and whom he's fighting, are now the issues.

  • Mike Burstyn & Joel Zwick

    Joel Zwick is an American film director, television director, and theater director. Known for the television series Perfect Strangers, Full House, Family Matters, and directed the films My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Second Sight, and Fat Albert.
    Joel shares with me unique stories about working with s...

  • Mike Burstyn & Nancy Spielberg

    The accomplished businesswoman, fundraiser and philanthropist, Nancy Spielberg has in recent years turned her energy and talents to producing documentary films. Spielberg grew up surrounded by the film industry, where she worked on her brother Steven’s early films. We reminisce about our friendsh...

  • Mike Burstyn & Sharon Farber

    Sharon Farber, Composer: The Young and the Restless. She is a member of The Academy of Motion Pictures, Four - time Emmy Award Nominated. Winner of the 2013 Society of Composers and Lyricists Award for "Outstanding work in the Art of Film Music."

    A dear friend and colleague, she has composed the...

  • Mike Burstyn & David Suissa

    David Suissa is President of Tribe Media/Jewish Journal, where he has been writing a weekly column on the Jewish world since 2006. In 2015, he was awarded first prize for "Editorial Excellence" by the American Jewish Press Association.

    Among the topics we discuss are our mutual interests in the...

  • Mike Burstyn & Oudi Recanati

    Oudi Recanati is a scion of one of the most well-known families of the Israeli business world. Among the many positions he has held have been Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of IDB Holdings, Chairman of Discount Investment Corporation Ltd. and Board Member of the family-owned OSG shipping company - and th...

  • Mike Burstyn & Jake Ehrenreich

    JAKE EHRENREICH is a musician, author and playwright. A Brooklyn born child of Holocaust survivors, Jake is best known as star and creator of his record breaking musical "A Jew Grows In Brooklyn."

    I was a guest recently on his TV series "The Jake Ehrenreich Show" on JBS. We have a ball enjoying...

  • Mike Burstyn & Dan Raviv

    Raviv is the senior Washington correspondent for i24 News, headquartered in Tel Aviv and New York. Previously he was with CBS News as their national correspondent and was heard regularly on the CBS Radio Network. He had also done TV reports from Washington, D.C. on the CBS Evening News.

    Our conv...