Basically what I do is talk to people from all walks of life about the people they love. That’s pretty much it.
Bonus Episode - What I've Learned From All My Guests
Oct 12, 2019 - I do not have a guest for this week's episode, but I wanted to give you guys something. So I got to thinking... I've just been so inspired by every single one of my guests and the stories they've told me, and by the people they love. So what I’m going to do for this short bonus episode is go through every single one of my guests and tell you a thing or two from our conversations, that I found to be inspiring.
41. Michael Monsour Loves His Friend, Jackson
Oct 6, 2019 - Stand-up comedian and actor, Michael Monsour is originally from Chalk Mountain, TX. And Michael recalls the country ranch life, but he always loved to perform. Be it music in bands or acting in high school plays... Or eventually in a Richard Linklater film or on the HBO show The Righteous Gemstones. Michael’s journey lead him to Austin, TX and into the stand-up comedy world, and eventually to Los Angeles. Along the way though, one college friend has always been there for him. Jackson. `
40. Max Castillo Loves Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino
Sep 29, 2019 - Comedian Max Castillo tells me all about growing up in Pensacola and later studying at Florida State University. And it was at FSU where his comedy club Scoopty Boopty's was formed. These days Max and his Scoopty Boopty's crew have brought their hilarious monthly show to Los Angeles. But it was way back when, when he first discovered his love for one particular comedic and artistic influence: The one and only Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino.
39. Tony Garbanzos Loves His Comedy Group, Miss Golightly
Sep 21, 2019 - Actor and UCB improviser Tony Garbanzos tells me all about pretending to be a Power Ranger as a kid, later diving into acting classes at community college, and then later joining up with the all Asian American male comedy group, Miss Golightly. Life has been a journey for Tony, but there’s no doubt that performing and being creative has always been a big part of who he is. For one thing, Tony didn’t last particularly long as an electrical engineering major in college!
38. Rasika Mathur Loves Actor, Comedian Robin Williams
Sep 15, 2019 - Celebrating and recording this one on her birthday, high energy actress, comedian, and yoga teacher Rasika Mathur tells me all about growing up in Houston, TX, her journey to Los Angeles, and her love for one particular performer, who’s a legend... That’s the one and only Robin Williams, who we lost from this world way too soon. One of my all time favorites too of course.
37. Danielle Arce Loves Actor, Writer, Comedian Cheri Oteri
Sep 8, 2019 - Today comedian Danielle Arce tells me all about her tattoos, piercings, and being a great athlete and martial artist... But really comedy is what has always, always, been her passion. Way back when, when she was just a young person growing up in Phoenix, Arizona it was those 1990’s Saturday Night Live casts that really inspired Danielle and always made her laugh. And one particular cast member especially inspired her... Cheri Oteri.
36. Joshua Mesnik Loves His Grandmother, Sue Smith
Sep 1, 2019 - Today, actor Joshua Mesnik chats with me about a myriad of topics, but most notably we discuss the very special relationship he had with his grandmother, Sue Smith. Joshua speaks candidly about a number of physical and personal issues he dealt with as a kid, and how his grandmother helped and supported him in so many ways... And I can see Joshua very much carrying on her creative energy and spirit.
35. Kristen Lucas Loves Her Mom, Rhonda Lucas
Aug 25, 2019 - Writer, actor, and comedian Kristen Lucas hasn't forgotten her "Oklahomies" and Oklahoma roots -- and the love her mom, Rhonda Lucas has always given to her. Kristen's mom is a nurse -- But she herself is a former high school bear mascot, and performs sketch, improv, and stand-up comedy all over Los Angeles and performs regularly at Upright Citizens Brigade. Remember, Miami, OK is pronounced "My-am-a."
34. Myra Flynn Loves Singer-Songwriter, Erykah Badu
Aug 18, 2019 - With Irish influences coming from her dad and soul influences from her mom, classically-trained pianist and singer/songwriter, Myra Flynn has always had a sense of herself and the eclectic sounds that inspire her. Myra (currently pregnant with her first child!), is a true-to-herself, DIY artist, and is thankful for everyone who has helped her get to where she is today. And one particular inspiration has been another artist who’s quite comfortable in her own weirdness, the one and only, Erykah Badu... Myra also sings and performs a beautiful, original song in this episode, called "Roses."
33. Isaac Robinson-Smith Loves His Mom, Mary Robinson
Aug 11, 2019 - Voice actor and musical theater performer, Isaac Robinson-Smith grew up always performing -- whether it was singing, playing violin, or playing piano. And he always loved doing voices. And the first voice he ever imitated was that of his mom, Mary, who was a theater teacher herself. These days Isaac is a member of Disneyland’s barbershop quartet The Dapper Dans and is also part of the Universal Studios Hollywood SFX Show… and he’s got plenty of other projects in works as well, and he thanks his mom for all the support and love over the years.
32. Scott Rice Loves His Dad, Dennis Rice
Aug 4, 2019 - Former Major League baseball pitcher Scott Rice was a 1st Round draft pick by the Baltimore Orioles in 1999... But he didn’t make his Major League debut until 2013 with the New York Mets. Scott’s story is an epic, amazing journey filled with many ups and downs. But it's also one of joy, happiness, and dreams coming true. And right there supporting Scott, advising him, helping him, coaching him, and offering love every step of the way, was his father, Dennis Rice. As a lifelong baseball fan and Mets fan, this one means a lot.
31. Max Hawksford Loves Actor, Comedian, Sacha Baron Cohen
Jul 28, 2019 - Actor, writer, and comedian, Max Hawksford is originally from Wisconsin and claims to have had a simple life… other than the fact that he a) has a twin brother, and b) when he and his twin were 12, his parents adopted two Russian boys, age 11 and 13. Oh and Max also has two older sisters! And we get into all of it... a big family, being silly in Catholic church, and playing basketball and tennis. Along the way, Max also discovered his love for performing -- especially comedic character sketches. And one of his biggest comedy heroes is Sacha Baron Cohen, who's been known to play some characters himself.
30. Melissa Shoshahi Loves Comedian, Jo Koy
Jul 21, 2019 - Today's guest is Melissa Shoshahi aka "Persian Cher." Originally from Seattle, WA now in LA, CA, we talk stand up comedy, 90's comedy movies, and all about Melissa's parents too of course… Her mom, the bikini waxing extraordinaire, who Melissa once worked for as an oil girl. (She explains it all). And we also talk about her her dad, who just seems like a laid back funny dude. Besides family, we also get into talking all about the comedian Jo Koy, one of Melissa's favorites and someone who's an inspiration to her.
29. Karen Roberts Loves Saxophone Player, The Late Scott Schipper
Jul 14, 2019 - Today's guest is actor, writer, singer, and songwriter, Karen Roberts. Former lead singer of the awesome ska band Chase Long Beach, Karen talks about her epic and ultimately tragic story of romance, love, and friendship with saxophone player, Scott Schipper. To describe it as a tragedy when Scott passed away in 2013 way too soon at age 29 from Colon cancer will always be an understatement... But Scott didn’t leave this world without making a profound impact on all those who crossed his path, including Karen. He always lit up the room with his presence, and his music too. This is quite the personal and candid interview.
28. Avra Friedman Loves Actor, Comedian, Writer, Kristen Wiig
Jul 7, 2019 - Today comedian, writer, and actor, Avra Friedman joins me. This fast talking lady is certainly a character, but how many characters is she exactly?... I'm not quite sure. But we dive into it. Wanting to be a performer since age 6, her parents MADE her go to college. So of course she just headed straight to acting school, at NYU. Avra's been on TV and she’s opened for Tim Allen. But before then, she grew up on Saturday Night Live, and her favorite has always been the hilarious Kristen Wiig. And Avra thanks Kristen for all the inspiration. Enjoy this one, and remember, it’s Ah-vra... pronounced like Ahh-vocado.
27. Brittany Rizzo Loves Singer, Actor, Justin Timberlake
Jun 30, 2019 - Today's guest is actor, singer/songwriter, performer, and former cosmetologist, Brittany Rizzo. Originally from from Las Vegas, NV she decided to move to Los Angeles after booking her first role on Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place. Sharing an equal love for acting as she does music, she tells me the whole crazy story of landing a role SINGING ALONGSIDE JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE in a national Target commercial. We talk acting, music, the struggles, and the successes. Britney even shares some music with us (her beautiful song, "October")... And of course, we talk all things Justin Timberlake.
26. Jonathan Unger Loves Actor, Writer, Comedian, Carol Burnett
Jun 23, 2019 - Today's guest is Jonathan Unger. He was most recently Director of Current Series and Live Events at E! But this guy really has done it all, both as a TV producer and an executive. We chat about working on award shows, on red carpets, developing TV shows, and producing live events… And of course we talk about his dog, Sis, and the great, Carol Burnett, who Jonathan grew up watching on TV... and then had the pleasure of working with later in life. In response to what it was like to work with Carol Burnett he recalls, "Every moment was a pinch me moment."
25. Satya Vanii Loves Singer, Dancer, Actor, Donny Osmond
Jun 16, 2019 - Born and raised in Kuwait to Filipino and Indian parents who were in the medical industry, today's guest Satya Vanii decided to do the one thing that would make her parents most distraught… become an actor and comedian in Los Angeles. Growing up in Kuwait, censorship was very much a part of her life. But one show she was able to catch though at a very young age was Donny & Marie. Yes the Osmonds. Pretty much then and there is when Satya knew she wanted performing and entertaining to be part of her life. Satya tells me all about her life and also all about the time she was ON STAGE WITH DONNY OSMOND during a Christmas special a few years back at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. And what an amazing story that was.
24. Kyle Smith Loves Rapper, Eminem
Jun 9, 2019 - He may be short in stature and a former high school cheerleader, but you definitely do NOT want to mess with this dude. Now residing in Los Angeles, Kyle Smith tells me all about growing up in New Orleans, helping rebuild homes after Hurricane Katrina, and so much more. Kyle is a poet and comedian, and an expert martial artist (Tae Kwon Do), so he can definitely destroy you with his words or with his physical ability. And we both share a love for rapper, Eminem. Eminem’s music has definitely helped get us both through some tough times throughout our lives, and for that we both appreciate Mr. Marshall Mathers very much.
23. Kerstin Porter Loves Actor, Comedian, Nicole Byer
Jun 2, 2019 - Today I'm joined by actor, writer, and comedian Kerstin Porter who tells me all about her life and career, which has been filled with tons of travel. Originally from Northern California, she's also lived in San Diego, Santa Cruz, New York, London, Seattle, and Los Angeles. Probably other places too she told me that I'm not recalling at the moment. But in NY, that's where Kerstin first met comedian and actor Nicole Byer who inspired her and basically TOLD Kerstin to start taking improv and sketch comedy at Upright Citizens Brigade. And Kerstin is definitely thankful for Nicole’s encouragement, which was really a turning point in life for her.
22. Theo Manhattan Loves Comedian, Writer, Actor, Larry David
May 26, 2019 - Today's guest is comedian and actor, Theo Manhattan. Originally from Rochester, Minnesota and now living in Los Angeles, Theo joins me to tell me all about growing up pretty poor, playing in a heavy metal band, how he got into comedy, and also his love for Seinfeld co-creator and Curb Your Enthusiasm star, Larry David. Theo is a funny guy with some crazy ass-stories that you’ll just have to tune in to hear for yourself.
21. Piatt Pund Loves Guitarist, Derek Trucks
May 19, 2019 - Today I'm joined by San Diego, California based 17 YEAR OLD musician Piatt Pund, who tells me all about his life and music. He's been playing classical violin since age 4, and is also accomplished in the styles of bluegrass and jazz. He’s been singing since 10 and playing guitar since 13. Currently in many bands and groups that cover a wide range of musical styles, we get into all of it... including a discussion about OUR favorite guitar player, Derek Trucks and his band, Tedeschi Trucks Band (TTB talk begins at the 43:20 mark into the episode). Having just met Piatt Pund less than a week about the Tedeschi Trucks Band show in San Diego, this one came together rather quickly! And I'm glad it did. Enjoy.
20. James Tang Loves His Dad
May 13, 2019 - Today I'm joined by actor and filmmaker James Tang, who tells me all about growing up Thailand in quite the international community. His dad was a "home theater guy" who mostly just wanted to show off his sound system... Little did dad know that this would plant a seed that would lead James to… well… Hollywood. Oh, and James also ran his dad’s custom golf club shop in Miami for a couple of years, an invaluable life experience for him... We cover it all, acting, golf, Thailand, and family. Enjoy!
19. Ina Romeo Loves Her Parents, Cassell and Gloria
May 5, 2019 - Today's guest is veteran actor, comedian, and viral uber driver Ina Romeo. Born and raised in Detroit, MI, she’s a tough woman who’s dealt with a lot of tragedy in her life. But along with her Catholic faith and her friends, her mom and dad also of course had a huge influence on Ina and have always shown her a lot of love. Ina may describe herself as a prissy feminine girl, but she is someone who is not to be messed with. This is quite the raw interview and I hope you guys enjoy it.
18. Kristy Brannon Loves Actor, Comedian, Podcaster Marc Maron
Apr 29, 2019 - Today’s guest is comedian and fellow podcaster, Kristy Brannon. Kristy is a cohost of the fun, conspiracy theory, cryptozoology-centric That's Weird Podcast. And as you can see by the title, one of Kristy’s comedy heroes and podcasting heroes is the always raw, always honest Marc Maron... So lets talk weird stuff, Mr. Maron, comedy, and podcasting...
17. Gregor Collins Loves His Friend, Holocaust Survivor Maria Altmann
Apr 22, 2019 - My guest today is author, filmmaker, producer, actor, and speaker, Gregor Collins (I'm sure he’s done even more than that as well!). Gregor tells me all about the creative journey he's been on, really for his entire life. And we do talk about the time he worked on a Girls Gone Wild tour. YES, that Girls Gone Wild. But we also chat about his very, very special relationship with Holocaust survivor, Maria Altmann. Gregor wrote an amazing book about her, called The Accidental Caregiver: How I Met, Loved and Lost Legendary Holocaust Refugee Maria Altmann. These days, Gregor is working on a newer project, called HUMANS IN MY PHONE, an ongoing microdocumentary series about creativity, featuring the eclectic blend of creative friends Gregor has over the years. Gregor is a creative, funny, and interesting man. So sit back enjoy this one.
16. Sean Will Loves His Mom, Monique
Apr 15, 2019 - Today's guest can best be described as a music producer, a DJ, and a beatmaker. But more than that he is just a creative dude and an artist. And that's how he likes to see himself, as someone who can't be labeled. This young man's name is Sean Will. Originally from Newark, NJ, now doing his thing out here in Los Angeles, Sean has been a DJ and has been making music since he was single digits years old. Now some moms are known as "soccer moms"... But Sean's mother, Monique… I’d call her um, a "DJ Mom." Throughout his pre-teen and teen years, Sean was something of prodigy in the NY/NY/Philly area, and right there driving him, his crew, and his gear to professional to gig after gig, was his mom. But more than just schlepping him all over the Northeast, she instilled a laid back, level-headed style in Sean that is very evident. Enjoy.
15. Jay P. Brown Loves Actor, Comedian Patton Oswalt
Apr 8, 2019 - Today's guest is Jay P. Brown, who is a Comedian, Actor, Athlete, Thunder God, Funny Ninja, Fit Stoner, and a Bionic Ape. This is what it says on his website and social media. Originally from Toronto, Canada Jay P. tells me all about life in the Toronto comedy scene and in the LA comedy scene as well. You'll hear us discuss some of Jay P's favorite comedians, including of course Patton Oswalt, who finally does enter the conversation at the 23-24 minute mark or whatever. This conversation takes many tangents. But they’re fun tangents, and funny tangents. So enjoy the ride.
14. Cesar Zuniga Loves His Family
Apr 1, 2019 - In this episode, you'll hear an AMAZING conversation with a man named Cesar Zuniga. Cesar, a former gang member who was WRONGFULLY convicted of murder, spent 25 YEARS in prison. During the interview, he tells me all about how he came to the realization that even though he was innocent of what he was accused of, prison was exactly where he needed to be at the time. Without self help therapy, and without his family, it's doubtful Cesar would be the man he is today -- a man who actually goes back to the prisons to visit others to help them turn their lives around. Truly inspiring stuff.
13. Sam Saboura Loves His Mom, Ilham “Ellie” O’Neill
Mar 25, 2019 - Today's guest is Sam Saboura. Sam is best known from his work as an camera stylist and host for the ABC hit TV series Extreme Makeover. He has appeared as the fashion and style expert on entertainment, news, and on all sorts of red carpets and award shows. Furthermore Sam has been a personal shopper and stylist for many celebrities and stars, such as Jennifer Aniston and Sarah Jessica Parker. But Sam’s here to talk about someone very special to him, his mother, Ilham "Ellie" O'Neill, who was/is quite the fashionista herself, and a huge influence throughout Sam's life. A strong, bold, confident person herself, it's easy to see where Sam gets it from.
12. India Pearl Loves Actor, Comedian Jim Carrey
Mar 18, 2019 - Today I will be speaking with India Pearl, who calls herself "The Nantucket Housewife"... She is a comedian, writer, and actress. Due to her unhealthy obsession with Jim Carrey (her words), she started performing at a very young age. She's done theater, voices, commercials, films... you name it. She's performed all over the country, which includes opening for comedian Doug Stanhope. So yes, India has just always loved Jim Carrey. But does she really want to marry Jim Carrey, or be him? We sort it all out on today's show!
11. Karen Happel Loves Her Friend, Professor Dr. Peter Gershon
Mar 11, 2019 - Today's guest on the show is my friend, the much accomplished entrepreneur, Karen Happel, founder of the superstar marketing and social media company, Genuine Content. In a fun, honest, and raw interview, we talk her life, career, and very much about her amazing friend, Hofstra University professor Dr. Peter Gershon -- a man who's touched the lives of so many students over the years and has always been there for Karen since she’s known him. Enjoy!
10. Justin Credible Loves His Friend, Mandana Shirandami
Mar 4, 2019 - Igor Packer, better known as "Justin Credible" is a poet originally from Ukraine, and is also someone who speaks FOUR LANGUAGES. Confined to a wheelchair his whole life (aka his BMW / Ballistic Manual Weapon), he luckily found Los Angeles to be significantly more BMW-accessible. But way back when, when Justin Credible was new to the United States and his English was a little shakier, his friend, an Iranian immigrant, Mandana Shirandami (who's since sadly passed), gave Mr. Credible an ultimatum. Paraphrasing what she told him: "Improve your English and start writing in it, or I ain't gonna be your friend no more..." Point is, she inspired the guy to up his game, and these days Justin Credible has written thousands of poems in various languages, including in English, which he performs live and puts out regularly on his YouTube channel, "Justin Credible Poetry." And he performs a poem for us today as well!
09. JJ Tyson Loves Musician, Satirist, Tom Lehrer
Feb 25, 2019 - Originally from North Carolina, JJ Tyson is a comedian and ukulele player now living in Los Angeles... and his musical hero is Tom Lehrer the piano player, singer-songwriter, and satirist. When young JJ first discovered a Tom Lehrer album and heard his song "The Masochism Tango," the rest was history as they say. And you"ll hear that Tom Lehrer song in this very episode. And it’s easy to hear Tom's influence on JJ's music and style, and never more so than on JJ's personal and hilarious song, "The Bisexual Tightrope," which he performs for us today.
08. Risto Miettinen Loves the People of Zambia
Feb 18, 2019 - Originally from Finland, Risto Miettinen aka Risto R. Muzik is a musician, and film and TV composer based in Los Angeles. Wanting to surprise me with his subject matter, Risto kinda went outside the box with this one, as we discuss his adolescent years living in the African country of Zambia after his father took a job there. Adjusting and learning a new language was hard, but after Risto discovered how to bond with the other kids over Star Wars, I suppose the rest is history. Risto’s experience living in Zambia and meeting the people there truly helped him learn how to be able to adapt and adjust to whatever life throws his way in his adult life. This one was a fun conversation.
07. Brian L. Tan Loves Entrepreneur, Brad Hall
Feb 11, 2019 - Brian L. Tan, "BLT" is a film director and also the co-founder of WRAPAL, a company that is revolutionizing the location scouting process in the entertainment industry and beyond. It consists of a free, user-driven community that connects filmmakers and photographers that need locations with property owners who are willing to rent out their spaces. Brian is a very charismatic, driven man who has truly been inspired by his friend and mentor, entrepreneur Brad Hall, who founded the very website entertainmentcareers.net. This is truly an inspiring, informative episode, as Brian passes along to us, much of the wisdom that Brad has passed along to him.
06. Sean Sherrod Loves Drummer, Alex Van Halen
Feb 4, 2019 - Sean Sherrod is a friend of mine who works in TV production, but more than that he has been a drummer since grade school. Sean, who became a professional drummer himself, is the biggest Van Halen fan I know, and that’s what we talk about today... Music, drumming, and specifically, Sean’s hero, Van Halen’s drummer, Alex Van Halen... who Sean even got to share a memorable meeting with!
43:55 is meeting Alex Van Halen story.
1:15:55 working with Valerie Bertinelli and Wolf Van Halen story.
05. Celia Bonaduce Loves Her Father, Joseph Bonaduce
Jan 28, 2019 - Author, TV producer, and breast cancer survivor, extraordinary woman, Celia Bonaduce tells us all about her father, Joseph Bonaduce, a legendary Hollywood screenwriter and producer in his own right. We talk about his days as a "child genius" -- to working with Dick Clark, for Dick Van Dyke, and with Norman Lear. From fist-fights in the writers' room, to always checking his kids' writing (only) homework, this show simply has tons of great stuff in it.
04. Jason Sean Loves His Teaching Mentor, KT
Jan 22, 2019 - Today I chat with Jason Sean, (pronounced see-in), a Cambodian American actor/writer thriving in Los Angeles. Jason has spent a good amount of time also working at various non-profit organizations and teaching High School Health. Today's show focuses on a very special teaching mentor of his, "KT" and how she's affected his life in a very positive way.
03. Joshua Carisma Loves Actor, Will Smith
Jan 11, 2019 - Joshua Carisma, who works in television production, is quite adept with a camera, and is also a fitness guru and a trainer. Today, Josh chats with me about Will Smith. Yes, that Will Smith. Joshua doesn’t know Will personally, but Will had such a big impact on him growing up. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air was a huge inspiration for Josh. Josh is from Miami, FL, but today is mostly all about the man who was born and raised in West Philadelphia.
02. Lauren-Blair Donovan Loves Her Dad, Hardy
Jan 11, 2019 - Today I chat with Lauren-Blair Donovan, (people call her Blair), a comedian, writer, improviser, and a puppeteer. She performs and/or writes for the comedy troupes, Pinup Squirrels, Puppets Amok, and Springsteen and Joel. Originally from New Hope, PA and now in LA via Denver, CO, she tells us all about her wonderful, funny, dyslexic, chocolate-salesman father, who unfortunately left the world all too soon -- But for sure made his mark on it, and especially on today's guest, Lauren-Blair.
01. Lotte Robinson Loves Her Husband, Sam Robinson
Jan 11, 2019 - For this very first episode, I interview my 98 YEAR OLD grandmother, Lotte Robinson. This was recorded on her actual birthday, back on November 16, 2018. Lotte, an immigrant from Germany who managed to evade Hitler, eventually came to the United States and New York City -- where she met my wonderful, funny, sweet Grandpa Sammy.
Jan 3, 2019 - This is a short intro to the show -- what it's all about, expectations, and thoughts moving forward from host, Adam Choit.