There has been much talk of turning his book, “Monkey in the Middle” into a movie. The book opens with Maxwell sharing his rough start in life, which included having a drug addict mother who abandoned him and his siblings, and a father who was in a motorcycle gang. Maxwell was separated from his siblings — they have since reunited — and raised from age 5 months by his grandparents near 20th and Hampton, in Milwaukee.

Maxwell calls himself a dented can and, sarcastically, Mr. Lucky. But he has made a living working on the radio in Milwaukee, Chicago, Reno, and Los Angeles, and in stand-up comedy, now mostly as a regular at Zanies clubs in the Chicago area. He also teaches comedy.

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