Mark Valley is a West Point Grad, Army Veteran, successful actor, and Dad. You may know him from his numerous credits including Boston Legal, Pasadena, Keen Eddie, CSI, and Feud. He talks openly about growing up on the Canadian Border of upstate New York to a football coach Dad, his time in the Army, his first acting job with John Schlesinger and Anthony Hopkins, and fathering a child at an early age. Mark is an incredibly charming guy who is quick with an impression and tells a great story. He tells the story of how his 16 year old daughter comes to live with him in Venice, California at a time when he is a hugely recognizable actor during his stint on Boston Legal. How it didn't become a TV show unto itself is crazy. He's a great example of how to handle the responsibility of fatherhood and a shining example to all of you out there who are dealing with becoming a Dad at such an early age.
Born Jonathan Morris Henson on July 11, 1967 in Stamford, Connecticut, John Henson is best known for his multi-awarded stint as host, writer and executive producer of E!’s Talk Soup. He studied acting at Boston University, then later in Playwrights Horizons and Three of Us Studios in New York. As such, he has several theater credits to his name, such as a production of Rosencrants and Guildenstern Are Dead, “The Greenhouse Effect” and Remote Evolution.
John Henson began his professional career in the entertainment industry as a stand-up comic. With his distinctive style, he soon caught up with most comedy clubs all over the country. He did stand-up for over eight years. Yet he is also trained formally as a dramatic actor. In 1998, he appeared in the feature film Stag opposite Kevin Dillon and Andre McCarthy, then in Bar Hopping with Tom Arnold and Kelly Preston. He has also starred opposite Sarah Jessica Parker on Life Without Dick.
John Henson’s television credits include ABC’s The View and Politically Incorrect, Comedy Central’s Two Drink Minimum and Stand Up, Stand Up, and A&E’s Caroline’s Comedy Hour. When he was selected of 3,000 applicants to replace Greg Kinnear as host of Talk Soup, his four-year tenure would earn him three Emmy nominations and the record for the highest rated and longest tenured host in the 11-year history of the show. On the side, Henson also writes, contributing articles to US Weekly, TV Guide Magazine and George. He is also a regular pop culture analyst for CNN and MSNBC.
John Henson was also a host in the ABC reality series Wipeout. The show features fun, strong-willed, and outgoing people who battle it out in a series of grueling games for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to win $50,000.
He is currently hosting the Halloween Baking Championship and touring comedy clubs nationally. Find out when he's in your town. Twitter @John_Henson
But more importantly, he is a wonderful husband and Dad, who shares hilarious stories of growing up, and now raising children. Seriously, one of the funniest and more articulate guests I've had. You can hear why he has been so successful as a host and comedian.
One of the best things about doing this podcast is reaching out to some of my favorite comics/dads to come chat. And this week's one. Greg Behrendt is most notable for being a best selling author of the national phenomenon, "She's Just Not That Into You" which became a movie of the same name. He was a consultant on "Sex and the City" and "Committed", and he's done stand up on almost every late night show including The Tonight Show, Conan, and The Colbert Report. He even had his own talk show called, you guessed it, "The Greg Behrendt Show" . When I first moved to Los Angeles, he was one of the crushers that you would see around town at Largo, UnCabaret and all the other packed shows where the best comics in town would just destroy. I LOVED his act. He would kill. So glad he brought his brand of humor to Father Time. He's a great dad and really funny. Hope you enjoy!
Tom Everett Scott was born and raised in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, the third of four children of Cynthia (Pierce), an insurance saleswoman, and William Joseph Scott, who was a civil engineer. Tom spent his childhood in a "nice house in the woods", with a pond nearby, canoeing and camping. He acted in high school plays, but Tom planned to quit acting, and take a more serious look at the world. So, he enrolled in communications at Syracuse University in 1988. During his sophomore year he says "I went down to the theater and saw everything going on-people jumping around being idiots-and I thought, 'This is my home. This is where I should be.'" So, Tom switched his major to drama, and upon graduating, he moved to New York City. There, he waited tables, and eventually founded a theater company with 3 college buddies that they named "aTheaterco". From there, you probably know the rest. That Thing You Do, An American Werewolf in Paris, Boiler Room, ER, Southland, and La La Land are just a taste of his numerous credits. And now he is the foil to Andrea Savage on her hit TV show, "I'm Sorry" on TruTV. Tom is the proud father of two kids and talks openly about the joys and perils of raising kids today. And yes, he's as nice as you think he is.
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."
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
Andrea's hilarious new show that she created, wrote, and stars in, "I'm Sorry", is currently running on TruTv on Wednesday nights http://www.trutv.com/shows/im-sorry/index.html#about but I'm sure you'll recognize her from her numerous appearances on shows like Veep, Episodes, and iZombie as well as movies, Step Brothers, The House, and Sleeping with Other People. This hilarious Mom shares all the crazy parenting stories that eventually became fodder for her own show. And yes, we had a Mom on Father Time. And honestly, it was a breath of fresh air. One of my fave episodes of em all. Enjoy.
Yes, I know these guys look like doctors who know what they're talking about. But, they're not! They're actually two members of the world renowned Groundlings theatre company, who often play "doctors" in every show on television. The truth is that they are really funny guys and new fathers and they share the stories of frazzled new dads who think they know everything. I don't know how much they have to offer, except to make you feel better about how little you know about being a parent. Oh, and they're hilarious. Check them out at http://www.groundlings.com
Gary is one of the funniest guys I've met in Hollywood and one of the busiest actors around. He recently appeared in the Sundance grand jury winner, "I don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore", currently airing on Netflix. Last Summer he starred as Bebop in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 and soon you’ll be able to see him in the film "5th of July". Other film work includes The Internship, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Undercover Brother, Soul Plane and The Factory. On TV, catch Gary in a fun new episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and multiple episodes of I’m Sorry on TruTV and Whose Line is it Anyway on The CW. Gary was a series regular on Boston Legal as well as Blue Collar Comedy. He recurred regularly on The Soul Man, Raising Hope, Malcolm in the Middle, and Weeds. He’s also the voice of the award winning music show “Unsung.”
Gary and his writing partner recently sold a feature script to Lionsgate. In addition, the two just completed production of a pilot for YouTube Red based on their award winning DreamworksTV show, Life Hacks for Kids. Life Hacks has well over a quarter of a billion views. You can watch their live-action shorts, Snackdown, on Disney Jr. Gary also wrote and directed the animated short, Baby Stache, for Nickelodeon.
In animation, Gary appears in several Disney animated shows including series regular characters on Doc McStuffins, The Lion Guard and Sheriff Callie’s Wild West. He played Uncle Ruckus in The Boondocks, Riff Tamson in George Lucas’ Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and both Mongul and Mongal in Batman: The Brave and Bold. Catch him in episodes of Bob’s Burgers, Rick and Morty, American Dad, Super Mansion, Scooby Doo, China Illinois and Black Dynamite. Gary is very pretty. Oh yeah, he’s also a proud member of the all-black, booty-kicking improv show, The Black Version.
And oh, yeah, he's a great dad. Enjoy!
Stevie D is one of my favorite people in Hollywood. His upbeat positivity shines through in everything he does. Growing up in a small town in Kentucky required a lot of imagination for a kid to entertain himself. While other kids spent their days playing sports and doing homework, Stevie D. was creating mischief and dreaming of becoming a rock star. This could involve jumping trash cans in the middle of the streets on his BMX bike (no helmet, of course), or perfecting the art of blow-drying his hair. Hey, he was the only boy in a house with a single mom and three sisters. He also spent a lot of time watching variety shows and secretly listening to Richard Pryor, which he would recite to the amusement of his friends at school (although their parents were not so amused).
After visiting Panama City Beach on a spring break, Stevie vowed to return there after high school and become a DJ, which is exactly what he did. Maybe he should’ve set his goals a little higher, but none the less, after achieving phase one, Stevie decided to make his next move. With two suitcases and a framed Elvis movie poster, he packed his car and headed to Hollywood.
Stevie knew there were two things he really wanted: muscles and to entertain people. Chippendales was out of the question, so after a few years of struggling, his sense of humor and perseverance eventually paid off – he was appearing in fitness videos and telling jokes on stage. Unlike a few of his friends, his misspent youth did not lead to a life of crime, and the dreams of becoming a rock star have somewhat come true. After more than a decade performing in the world’s most famous comedy clubs, Stevie executive produced and starred in “Rockstars of Comedy,” a live concert film starring some of the most recognizable comics in the business, including Whitney Cummings (NBC’s “Whitney”) and Steve Byrne (TBS’s “Sullivan and Son”).
At age 44, Stevie was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which is usually associated with older men. After undergoing life-saving surgery, he decided to write a book about his experience, “The Trans Am Diaries: A Hillbilly’s Road Trip from Stand Up Comedy to Cancer…and Back Again.”
Stevie has appeared on television as a comic and host, interviewing some the biggest stars in Hollywood, before starting his own production company. He has created TV projects for OWN network, with more in the works. However, Stevie says his greatest achievement has been that of being a husband and father. When he’s not conquering all media platforms, he’s busy teaching valuable life lessons to his two little rock stars – blow drying and jumping trash can (with helmets)!
Find him at StevieDRocks.com or on twitter and instagram @Steviedrocks. And check out his show, The Stevie D Show on actors entertainment.com
He is simply one of the greatest character actors we've ever known. He can play the Grand Master of the KKK in Mississippi Burning and then play "Needle Nosed Ned Ryerson" in Groundhog Day. His 254 credits on IMDb are the most I've ever seen and represent the filmography of most of our lives. Memento, Thelma and Louise, Sneakers, to now recurring on Californication, Silicon Valley, The Goldbergs, and One Day at a Time. And you'll hear why. He is a master story-teller. From growing up in a dry small town in Texas where dancing is outlawed (yes, just like Footloose), to his early theatre days, to raising his own children in Los Angeles, Stephen is open and has a fascinating outlook on life. He has also worked with every actor today. The game should really be "6 Degrees of Stephen Tobolowsky" You may also know him from his own phenomenal podcast "The Tobolowsky Files" or his new book "My Adventures with God". You can find what Stephen is up to at http://stephentobolowsky.com The conversation went for two hours and had to be broken up. Here is part I. Enjoy!
A Baptist Preacher's Son becomes a comedian, marries an Academy Award Nominated Costume Designer and has a kid. And here come the stories.
Murray Valeriano is a brilliant comedian, writer, and human sponge. This Tennessee native and preacher’s son found his comedy calling in sunny California and soon began a successful writing career. Lately, you probably saw him on @midnight.
Murray has toured the country performing in clubs and theaters, either headlining or opening for some of comedy’s heavy hitters, Kevin Pollack, Christopher Titus, Brad Garret and the late, Robert Schimmel As an award winning writer, Murray has written for the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Bill Engvall’s Here’s Your Sign Awards and Ridiculousness to name a few. He has also written for other comedians such as Conan O’Brian, Steve Carell and Dennis Miller. Murray Valeriano is a captivating person who possesses a remarkable wealth of pop culture knowledge and experience and it shines through on his popular “Roadstories” podcast. Once you stick a bunch of hilarious comics in room to talk comedy war stories it is simply magical. USA TODAY called the Road Stories podcast “One of the funniest podcasts of 2013” Countless reviews on Itunes have given 5 stars and Itunes itself featured it in its “New and Notable” Subscribe today for free.
Eddie Ifft has been called one of the most underrated comics in America by the Onion and has proudly told jokes around the world to sold-out crowds in over 22 countries. Most recently Eddie is co-host of one of the most successful podcasts in the comedy world called Talkin’ Sh*t. He has recently released his DVD, “I Love Pussy.” which is the follow up to his critically acclaimed DVD “Live From Australia” which was filmed in front of a sold out audience at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney Australia.
He has also released his own 30-minute special for Comedy Central and made numerous TV appearances on shows such as Showtime’s the Green Room with Paul Provenza, Showtime’s Tommy Chong 420 Show, E!’s Chelsea Lately, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, BET’s Comic View, NBC’s Late Friday Night, VH1’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Comic’s Unleashed.Eddie’s popularity has span to Australia, where he has appeared on numerous TV shows, including Rove, Thank God You’re Here, The Footy Show and Good News Week. Eddie has also worked as the host of Shark Week, spent a season as the ABC College Football Guy, earned a job as ‘man-on-the-street’ on the Queen Latifah Show, hosted a pilot called Strap-On for Comedy Central, and co-hosted a sports radio show on New York’s legendary WNEW.
Eddie has been working diligently on his new podcast The Bingle Show, set to launch soon. The Bingle Show was a crowd-funded success on Kickstarter with fans from all over the globe supporting the purchase of a used “short bus” to be transformed into a mobile podcasting studio… taking Eddie and his team on the road for a brand new show. Check in with him at eddieifft.com.
Bert Kreischer is a force of nature. One of the biggest comedians working today, he is well known from his Travel Channel show, "Bert the Conqueror", his many late night appearances, his special, "The Machine"... but did you know...he spent six a half years at Florida State University. In 1997, Rolling Stone Magazine published "The Undergraduate", a 6-page article about him. Rolling Stone Magazine named Bert the "Number One Partier in the Nation". Oliver Stone optioned the writes to his life, book deals were offered, and a local Florida radio station put together a comedy showcase with Bert as the headliner. He then decided to move to New York, to begin a career in comedy. Within the next five months he was offered a sitcom deal with Will Smith's production company, Overbrook Entertainment. A year later he signed his second television development deal with CBS, where he made his acting debut starring in the CBS/20th Century Fox pilot, "Life with David J" with Elliot Gould. Bert has also appeared on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend", VH-1's "Nevermind the Buzzcocks", and as host of FX's "The X-Show". On the X-Show his segment, "Hurt Bert" was awarded Talk Soup's "Clip of the Year", and has now been developed into his Current TV show of the same name. Oh and he's a wonderful Dad to two beautiful kids. Enjoy!
One of the best comics in the country, you may know Rory from the TV shows, The Ground Floor, Those Who Can't, and The Eric Andre Show, or from his numerous stand up appearances on @Midnight, Conan, and The Meltdown, but we know him as a new dad. You'll learn about growing up as one of 7, when to get confrontational in the delivery room, and just how much action widowers get. Rory is truly one of the funniest guys around. Check him out at roryscovel.com and be sure to get his new stand-up special, The Charleston Special.