Los Angeles-bred Larry Josephson characterizes himself as a gourmand and an urban anthropologist, though he is best known as the longtime radio producer for the comedy team of Bob & Ray. But despite his roots, Josephson scorns "El Lay," where he believes people generally are about as deep as the Los Angeles River.
For the last 30 years Josephson has lived in exile in Manhattan, where he contends that people are rude but cultured.
Today at 6 p.m. over KCRW-FM (89.9), the transplanted New Yorker comes home to Los Angeles radio, not as a producer but as a talk-show host. He plans to serve up his own two-hour program each Saturday night, focusing on the absurd topics of modern culture: bicoastalism as psychodrama, how to maintain a meaningful relationship with a cat, an examination of machines that go beep in the night ("Are the Amish on to something?" he asks) and the kiwi fruit as a threat to the American way of life.
"I left in the first place because L.A. had no culture," Josephson reminisces aloud about his boyhood in Culver City. His Hamilton High School major, he says, was "existential calisthenics."