This week’s guests:
- Ep. 13, Minutes 55-60: Neil Brown and George Hendricks (Mogwai Minute)
- Ep. 12, Minutes 55-60: Asterios Kokkinos
Asterios Kokkinos is a comedian who’s written and performed for The Nerdist, Geek & Sundry, National Lampoon, Screen Junkies and Cracked.com. His web series Admiral Ackbar’s Ads has been viewed hundreds of thousand of times worldwide. He’s been featured on NPR’s Marketplace, and currently edits the critically acclaimed comics and comedy anthology The Devastator. His work has been praised in USA Today, Forbes, The Huffington Post and The Onion AV Club. He enjoys Babylon 5, yelling at the TV with his father, and naps.
- Ep. 11, Minutes 50-55: Jim O’Kane
Jim O’Kane is a fellow podcaster, and creator of The TV Single Dads Hall of Fame (www.TVDads.com). He’s also an actual internet meme – – just Google “how to pose like this” and click on the “Images” tab.
Jim is one of the hosts of The Rocketeer Minute, The 007 Minute, and the upcoming Dracula Minute and Apollo 13 Minutes. Obviously a man with too much spare time behind the microphone.
When not creating substantial internet content for the unwashed masses to enjoy, he’s spending his final years building websites for money and providing opportunities for friends to claim they know a bona fide “rocket scientist.” Yes, really – he’s got a Master’ s degree and everything. Oh, and he was an extra in “Logan’s Run” but he’s not going to do a Logan’s Run Minute.
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- Ep. 10, Minutes 45-50: Jonathan Carlisle and David Johnson
Jonathan Carlisle’s podcasting exploits have taken him from the land of Florin to the Planet Zarkon. He boasts no formal background in movie review, he just likes shiny things and funny faces. And his wife and three kids, he likes them too. Yes, and the dog. No, no, he doesn’t hate cats, he just really doesn’t need any more pets at the moment. No really, the kittens are very cute, but he must decline.
- Ep. 9, Minutes 40-45: Curtis Bloes
Curtis Bloes is the editor of TheSacNews.com and a boudoir photographer from Sac City, Iowa.
In the 80’s he became a DJ at KSAC, a student radio station. There, he developed his skills for interviewing people that he would use in the proto-podcast show, “The What I Wish I Didn’t Know Show,” a show he put out on cassette tape and distributed with ‘zines in the Midwest during the early and mid 90’s, and then again with the rise of “internet radio” in the mid-2000s.
In the late 90’s he started the band, SK8RED, a garbage rock band in operation until 2006. During this time period he also operated one of Iowa’s first all-digital recording studios catering to Iowa punk rock bands.
In 2005 he and his wife, Karla, produced a political talk show called, “The Argument.” This show ended with the birth of his child in 2007.
In 2017 he and a former band mate produced the first half of the Better Off Dead Minute Podcast, a project that will be completed in 2018.
- Ep. 8, Minutes 35-40: Justin Coote
Justin Coote writes and interviews under the name KillDozer for the Overlooktheatre.com and is a member of the OverlookHour podcast. He is a punk rock monster kid and proud father of two. When not seeking out rare horror and science fiction films and memorabilia, he and his family are exploring America searching for Big Foot museums, roadside attractions, old film locations, and famous graves. He sings for the punk/hardcore band Alcatraz and can be followed on Instagram under the name XJustinXAlcatrazX.
- Ep. 7, Minutes 30-35: Desmond Miller and Audra Wolfmann
Desmond Miller is a long-time comic book lover and all-around geek extraordinaire. When not reading or watching shows and movies about comics. Desmond is busy talking about them on the podcast The Geek Chat!
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After earning an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College at the turn of the century, Audra went on the write for magazines, blogs, anthologies, and co-wrote/directed/produced the short film Souls of Splendor.
As an actor, she has appeared in numerous independent films and onstage with The Thrillpeddlers, The Primitive Screwheads, and TCH Productions. She has also been active in the burlesque revival since 2004 as one of the few female MCs, Odessa Lil. In 2012, she began producing her internet burlesque comedy talk show SPEAKEASILY.
- Ep. 6, Minutes 25-30: Aimee Pavy
Aimee Pavy spends her time thinking everything can be turned into a script for her audio drama podcast Twelve Chimes It’s Midnight, obsesses over sound effects, watches a lot of film and too much TV, and loves a good cocktail at the end of the day. She’s also been writing for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival and is a fellow with Odd Salon, an evening series of cocktail hour lectures, featuring short talks illuminating extraordinary and unusual chapters from history, science, art, and adventure.
- Ep. 5, Minutes 20-25: Billy Vera
Best known for his 1987 number one smash “At This Moment” with his band, Billy Vera & the Beaters, made famous on the sitcom Family Ties, Billy Vera has had a long and varied career. The first song he pitched to a publisher at age 20, “Mean Old World,” became a hit for Ricky Nelson and kick-started a life as a staff songwriter. Songs recorded by Fats Domino, Barbara Lewis, the Crystals and the Shirelles paid the rent while Billy honed his performing craft in the mob-owned clubs in Times Square.
For Atlantic Records, he hit the charts with the self-penned “Storybook Children,” sung with gospel singer Judy Clay, cousin of Dionne Warwick and Cissy Houston. The pair was an instant sensation at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre. Vera’s first solo hit was “With Pen In Hand,” after which the changing 60s culture shoved him aside, as it did so many non-British entertainers.
The 1970s were a time of survival for our boy, but in 1979 Dolly Parton topped the charts with Billy’s song, “I Really Got The Feeling,” leading to a move to Los Angeles. There, he formed the Beaters, soon becoming the hottest band in town and signed a record deal that resulted in the hit “I Can Take Care Of Myself.” The follow-up, “At This Moment,” stalled at #79 when the label closed down.
For the next five years, Vera eked out a living as an actor, appearing in movies like Buckaroo Banzai and The Doors as well as numerous TV shows. When “At This Moment” hit, everything changed. Nine appearances with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, and shots on American Bandstand made him a favorite of Dick Clark, who booked him on all of his productions.
Moving into record production, Billy and his partner Michael Cuscuna made three top five albums with Lou Rawls, reviving the baritone’s career. Alone, Vera produced Lou’s final album, Rawls Sings Sinatra, which lasted six months on the charts.
More recently, Billy has realized his dream of recording with a big 18-piece band on his album Big Band Jazz, a tribute to the great black songwriters of the 1920s, 30s and 40s.
His catalog of songs has been covered by Rawls, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Plant, Tom Jones, Etta James, Eric Burdon and Michael Buble. He won a 2013 Grammy for best album notes for the Ray Charles box set Singular Genius: The Complete ABC Singles and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In the works are a memoir and a documentary, both entitled Harlem To Hollywood.
- Ep. 4, Minutes 15-20: Pete the Retailer
Pete the Retailer is the co-host of the Star Wars Minute podcast, as well as ABCDevo. According to starwarsminute.com, Pete was once identified by the New York Post as NY’s ‘most hardcore’ Star Wars fan.
- Ep. 3, Minutes 10-15: Sid Bridge and James Rodatus
Sid Bridge (@SidBridgeComedy) is an orthodox Jewish father of five who loves to work on cars, plays the bass guitar and wears cowboy boots. He has five years of comedy experience in a variety of settings including comedy clubs, corporate events and fund raisers.
Sid is a Co-Founder of Geek Night Comedy, a geek-themed comedy/improv show that runs quarterly at the Virginia Beach Funny Bone and tours Funny Bone/Improv clubs as well as numerous conventions. Sid runs the weekly open mic show at Cozzy’s Comedy Club of Newport News, the longest running comedy club in the state of Virginia. He has featured at Cozzy’s and at the Comedy Club of Williamsburg.
Sid co-hosts the Reels & Wheels Podcast along with comedian James Rodatus.
James Rodatus is a dad, stand up comic, and pretend race car driver who co-hosts the Reels & Wheels Podcast with his friend and fellow comedy car guy, Sid Bridge. He has regularly performed with the Geek’s Night of Comedy and comedy clubs and conventions. You can find James in comedy shows and autocrosses around Atlanta.
His greatest professional accomplishment enabled him to combine his love of cars and comedy while working as an announcer at the SCCA’s Solo Nationals. It paid nothing, but it got him out of a monsoon while everyone else worked outside.
- Ep. 2, Minutes 5-10: Sean Murphy
Sean Murphy lives in Burke, Virginia with his wife and son. He is the maintainer of the Buckaroo Banzai FAQ, the Ridley Scott Legend FAQ, and several sites dedicated to Text Adventure games such as Xenos and Bedlam. He’s written articles about Legend, Highlander 2, Dune, and Buckaroo Banzai for Video Watchdog magazine.