Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Michael Bunin spent the majority of his youth in Las Vegas where he attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and studied Theater Arts. His improvisational skills were honed at The Second City Players Workshop in Chicago and the famed Groundlings in Los Angeles. Bunin has been a staple at The Improv Olympic West in Los Angeles where he continues to display his improvisational talents. His numerous TV credits include Superstore, Modern Family, Mad Men, but of course he will best be known as the Squiggy to my Lenny as Kenny Morittori on the hit TBS show, "My Boys". Yes, Mike has no kids, but he's got a cool dad and gave us a counterpoint to having kids. This episode could easily be an outtake of a My Boys episode. And after listening to this, you'll have to make up your own mind, "To have kids or no kids. That is the question."
I love having Moms on the show. The actually are way smarter. And Kira is amazing. Kira Soltanovich grew up in San Francisco during a time when there were bad neighborhoods, cheap coffee and it wasn’t ironic to ride the cable cars. She began her comedy career back in 1998 after asking her Russian immigrant parents if they would support her dream to become a stand up. After her mother and father confessed “It’s not like you’re smart enough to be a doctor…” Kira took that as their blessing to pursue her dreams and she’s never looked back.
She was a series regular on How To Be A Grownup for TruTV, the hidden camera show Girls Behaving Badly and was a correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for over 8 years. Recently, Kira co-hosted the game show Winsanity with Donald Faison for the Game Show Network.
One of Kira’s greatest achievements is shooting her latest 1 Hour Stand Up Special,You Did This To Me, which was completely self-produced and she shot it while over 7 months pregnant. The first stand up comedian to shoot a special pregnant!
Kira has appeared on The Jay Leno Show, Hello Ross! with Ross Mathews, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Call with Carson Daly, Hell’s Kitchen, Last Comic Standing, Set List TV, and The World Stands Up on Comedy Central. She has written for Joan Rivers, Scott Baio, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber. And here’s an interesting fact, three of those people have dated each other.
Kira’s pilot Weren’t You Scott Baio? was optioned by New Line Television, her hidden camera dating show Who’s Got Game? was optioned by MTV and her feature film What’s Your Sign? was optioned by Terra Firma at Universal. For a while there, she and her writing partner were only developing projects that asked a question. Genius, right?
She’s been a writer on Easiest Game Show Ever, How’d You Get So Rich? for TV Land, Warning: Men Thinking, Raising Whitley and Prankstars on Disney.
Her half hour Showtime special, Here Comes Trouble, won Best Stand Up Special by a Soviet.*
Did you know once the kids who watch Nickelodeon go to sleep, the network changes over to NickMom? Well, it does. Kira is a recurring round table comic on Parental Discretion and performed on both seasons the stand up series NickMom’s Night Out.
Kira’s two children inspired her to have her very own podcast. On The Kira Soltanovich Show, she interviews other fellow comedians who have kids and they discuss all things comedy and colic related.
*No such award exists
Jonathan Mangum was born in Charleston, S.C., but spent most of his youth in Mobile, Alabama. He attended college in Orlando, FL. where he began performing with SAK Theatre’s TheatreSports, a wildly successful local improv show. While performing 13 shows each week and attending college, Jonathan began to work with a tight-knit group of improvisers that included Wayne Brady. While in Orlando, Jonathan appeared on such shows as Clarissa Explains it All, Welcome Freshman, Fortune Hunter, and Seaquest DSV.
Soon after, Mangum moved to Los Angeles, where he was joined by his Orlando improv troupe later called, The Houseful of Honkeys. The “Honkeys” performed their critically acclaimed improv game show, You Bet Your Honkey at the ACME Theatre for nearly five years and went on to shoot several television pilots for ABC. Around this time, Mangum appeared on Married…with Children, Just Shoot Me, and ER. Some time later, Wayne Brady asked Jonathan to join him on tour and he has been performing on the road with Wayne ever since, including a two year recent run in Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel and Casino.
Mangum has been a series regular on Comedy Central’s Stripmall, The Wayne Brady Show(ABC), The Drew Carey Show(ABC), Trust Us with Your Life(ABC), Drew Carey’s Greenscreen Show(WB), and Drew Carey’s Improv-a-ganza (GSN). He has made notable appearances on Reno 911, Pushing Daisies, The Sarah Silverman Program, and NCIS.
After two seasons on The Drew Carey Show, Drew invited Jonathan to join the Drew Carey Improv All-Stars. The group went on to tour in over sixty venues, including Carnegie Hall and currently does several yearly Las Vegas performances. Mangum has also toured with Ryan Stiles’ improv group, Whose Live is it, anyway?
Working with Rob Reiner, Jonathan appeared with Jack Nicholson in The Bucket List and soon after appeared with Eddie Murphy in Imagine That.
Jonathan has also pursued writing, having written on The Wayne Brady Show and the award winning, Brandon T. Jackson Show. He co-wrote and starred in VH-1’s spoof Home Purchasing Club as well as an award winning short film, Conversations. Recently, wrote an animated short pilot for the Walt Disney Company entitled, The Lumberjacksons and continues to develop ideas for television and film.
Currently, Jonathan can be seen as the co-host of the Let’s Make a Deal on CBS.
Jonathan is married to Leah Mangum, a casting director, with whom he has two boys.
Today's episode is for my nerd/parent listeners. Matthew Sendeich, along with his partner Seth Green, are the Emmy winning co-creators behind the wildly popular cult classic TV show, Robot Chicken. Since then, they've gone on to create Stoopid Buddy Studios and are making some of the best animated shows out there. Super Mansion, Buddy Thunderstruck, Titan Maximum and all the Robot Chicken: Star Wars shows are just a taste of what their studio is creating. Matt is a true example of do what you love and create the job you want. He was a real comic book nerd who was at the forefront of the "comic book generation". He started with a high school internship at Marvel, long before Marvel ruled the world of movies. And now his company is one of the big innovators in the world of comic based television. He has a hilariously dark sense of humor which is even more wonderful when it's combined with being a parent. Enjoy and please forgive us when we tell the story of the guy who masturbated with a belt sander and stapled his scrotum shut.
These genius dads are my favorite single panel cartoonists since The Far Side. And as it turns out, they are some of my fave guests ever. I met them the day of the show and they are truly some of my funniest guests ever. Here's a little backstory. Daniel and Jeremy Lehrer are identical twin cartoonists and comedy writers. They grew up in a large extended family in Los Angeles where the emphasis was on academic excellence, classical music, fine art, and other activities designed not to get them laid.
After respectively graduating from Columbia University and Columbia Law School, Jeremy became a small cog at a big corporate law firm, while Daniel became a small cog at Ducati Motorcycles in Bologna, Italy. They engaged in a half-decade of the usual post-graduation soul- crushing work, before deciding to “Voltron” together to pursue their dreams of drawing and writing. They are represented at CAA.
@lehrerboys, Daniel and Jeremy’s Instagram account, is inspired by their horrible childhood fights over the Sunday Funnies and who got to read “The Far Side” first.
Their satirical and biting single-panel cartoons comment on everything from Kim Kardashian and “selfie etiquette” to gender-neutral toilets and masturbation in high-tech times. The Lehrer Boys bring an outsider perspective to their work.
They have created, sold, and developed numerous shows with studios including Fox, Adult Swim, Maker, and Amazon, and have been privileged to collaborate with talent like Paul Feig and Mila Kunis.
They also recently created “Highly Gifted,” a series of animated shorts with Maker Studios, based on their socially-challenged high school years and starring comedian Ron Funches, Josh Brener of “Silicon Valley,” Oscar-winner Nat Faxon, and pop-icon Kesha. Check them out at https://www.lehrerboysshop.com