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Writer retires from Lip Service to do podcast

Andrea Askowitz is retiring from Lip Service
Andrea Askowitz is retiring from Lip Service Handout

GONE, BUT NOT SILENCED

Sniff, sniff. Andrea Askowitz is hanging it up. For the last nine years, she’s been a major force behind Lip Service, a must-see show for lovers of all things literary hosted by Books and Books.

Every quarter, the author (My Miserable, Lonely Lesbian Pregnancy), along with fellow writer Esther Martinez Kenniff, have brought locals’ stories to life hosting eight, eight-minute acts at the Miracle Theater in Coral Gables. Askowitz announced in an email to colleagues that her last show is Oct. 24, but is still taking your submissions of true stories, no matter how weird or bizarre. The deadline is Friday at www.lipservicestories.com.

“I've loved Lip Service. I've produced 40 shows and have gotten to work with close to 300 storytellers who were willing to be open and honest and not always in a way that showed their better sides,” says Askowitz, a self proclaimed ham. “Brave people!”

The Miami native’s next venture: a podcast called Writing Class Radio, “one part true storytelling, one part documentary-style journalism, one part writing class, and all parts amazing,” she says. Check it out at www.writingclassradio.com or download it on iTunes starting Oct. 24.

As for Lip Service, the future is uncertain: “We’re in negotiations with a new administrative partner and we still have Esther,” Askowitz says, “plus a few others who have stepped up.

“I hope they keep it going forever.”

DUGGAR DRAMA

Why must there be almost always, always a Florida connection when it comes to weird and depraved goings-on? The latest: We hear Anna Duggar has fled to the rural Sunshine State home of her parents, Mike and Suzette Keller, in the wake of her hubby Josh Duggar’s dealings with cheaters website Ashley Madison. According to RadarOnline, the scorned Gainseville-raised 19 Kids and Counting star is clearing her head in Interlachen as the dust settles and the wayward hubby remains in rehab for sex addiction. #smh

CUBICLE HEAVEN

Kalyn Rothaus is working it in Office Spaces remodeling show, which premiered on Lifetime Thursday morning.

Her task: to transition BrandStar Entertainment production company’s Deerfield Beach outdated warehouse into a sleek, high tech 21st century workplace.

Rothaus, who attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, is pumped to be designing the new corporate headquarters for myriad reasons. Chief among them: the newlywed likes bossing the guys around a bit, in true Lifetime spirit.

“With mostly men at the table in this field, I’m excited and honored to bring some girl power and female perspective to this project with solutions that empower women.”

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