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Behind 'Charlotte Squawks,' with lawyer/comedy writer Brian Kahn

Behind 'Charlotte Squawks,' with lawyer/comedy writer Brian Kahn

'Charlotte Squawks' co-creator Brian Kahn discusses the connection between creative work as a comedy writer and his career as managing partner of law firm McGuireWoods

Today’s episode of The Charlotte Ledger Podcast is sponsored by SouthPark Community Partners, an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to lead SouthPark's advancement by driving economic vitality, creating memorable experiences, and ensuring an extraordinary quality of life.

In his day job, Brian Kahn is the Charlotte office managing partner at McGuireWoods. With more than 20 years of experience, Kahn focuses his legal practice on complex business litigation, class actions, financial services and real estate disputes.

But Brian also has a side hustle: He is a founder, writer and co-producer of “Charlotte Squawks,” a long-running and critically acclaimed comedy stage show poking fun at local politics, pop culture and sports.

Last, but certainly not least, Brian and his wife, Raizel, have four boys, including 16-year-old triplets.

On this episode of The Charlotte Ledger Podcast, Kahn discusses:

  • The importance of creativity in law

  • How humor plays a role in both law and theater

  • Deadlinesthat finished work is often better than perfect work

  • The collaborative nature of law and theater

  • His process for coming up with song parodies for “Charlotte Squawks”

  • Balancing his career as a lawyer with his creative pursuits

Kahn received The Ledger’s 40 Over 40 Award in 2023.

This podcast episode is part of a series highlighting winners of The Ledger’s 40 Over 40 awards, which honor and celebrate often unheralded people over the age of 40 who are making important contributions to Charlotte. It’s hosted by Steve Dunn of Miles Mediation and Arbitration.

Find out more about the 40 Over 40 awards by going to

We hope you enjoy the conversation with Brian Kahn.

The Charlotte Ledger Podcast is produced by Lindsey Banks.

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