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Classic Conversations

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Take a deep dive into pop nostalgia with us! Pop culture influencers, TV stars, film actors, comedians, and musicians share inspirational stories about the road to success. Insightful conversations that are part comedy/part drama and are always entertaining! With your host, comedian, Jeff Dwoskin.
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Bill Scheft takes us on a journey through his illustrious career in comedy and writing. From his early stand-up days to becoming a key writer for David Letterman, Bill's stories are filled with humor and insight. He discusses his books, his love for classic music, and his recent work in documentaries, providing a well-rounded view of his contributi…
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Dan Bakkedahl, star of the new show "Dinner with the Parents" on Freevee shares insights from his eclectic career, from his beginnings in improv with Second City to his memorable roles in popular TV shows like "Veep," "Life in Pieces," and "The Daily Show." Dan reveals behind-the-scenes stories, the challenges of playing comedic jerks, and the joys…
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Marc Price, famously known as "Skippy" from the beloved TV show Family Ties takes us on a journey through his illustrious career, sharing hilarious anecdotes from his time on Family Ties, his adventures in the world of stand-up comedy, and his roles in cult classics like "Killer Tomatoes Eat France" and "Trick or Treat" alongside legends like Ozzy …
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Tonya Todd shares insights into her dynamic career in writing, acting, directing, and podcasting. She discusses her creative processes, the importance of diversity and inclusion in storytelling, and her directorial debut with the short film "Mourning Sacrifice." This engaging conversation highlights the passion and dedication behind Tonya’s multifa…
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Discover the untold story behind the iconic film Napoleon Dynamite as Darci Monet shares her experiences and challenges in the music industry. From singing as a child to her pivotal role in the film's soundtrack, Darci reveals the highs and lows of her career, including the struggle for proper recognition. This episode delves into her journey of re…
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Jeremy Coon, known for producing the iconic Napoleon Dynamite and directing the new documentary A Disturbance in the Force. Jeremy celebrates two decades of Napoleon Dynamite, revealing the film's origins, its surprise success, and its lasting legacy. He also delves into the making of his documentary on the Star Wars Holiday Special, shedding light…
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Ami Dolenz delves into her vibrant career and the stories behind her iconic roles. Ami shares fascinating anecdotes from her time on sets of '80s and '90s classics like "Can't Buy Me Love," "She's Out of Control," and "General Hospital." Ami provides a peek into her childhood experiences with famous parents, her transition into acting, and her memo…
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Joseph Culp, the first actor to portray Dr. Doom discusses Roger Corman's unreleased 1994 film "The Fantastic Four." They dive into the lore of the film, the legacy it has built among fans, and the efforts to have it officially released. Joseph shares intriguing behind-the-scenes stories, his experiences growing up with a famous father, and his tho…
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Rebecca Staab shares captivating stories from her diverse career in television and film, including her role as Sue Storm in Roger Corman's "Fantastic Four." She discusses behind-the-scenes moments, the movie's cult status, and her experiences on iconic shows like "Cheers," "Seinfeld," and "Superman and Lois." Rebecca also talks about her recent wor…
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Explore the intriguing world of museums with Bob Eckstein, celebrated illustrator, writer, and cartoonist, as he discusses his new book, "Footnotes from the Most Fascinating Museums." This episode dives deep into the stories and secrets behind the museums featured in his latest work. Key Points Discussed: Bob’s Inspiration: Learn about the personal…
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Dive deep into the creative process and the making of the upcoming movie, "Beyond the Rush." Bill Barrett and Rob Sayegh share a sneak peek into their latest cinematic venture, offering listeners an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how a short story from 1992 evolved into a short film and finally blossomed into the feature film set to captivate …
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Justin Flom, a renowned magician and social media sensation, known for his unique blend of magic and creativity shares his journey from performing close-up magic to becoming a viral internet phenomenon with his innovative spray paint art and engaging magic videos. Highlights: The Evolution of Magic and Art: Justin explains how his career transforme…
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Dive into the heart of pop culture and music history with Chris Carter, host of "Breakfast with The Beatles" on Sirius XM. We are jam-packed with fascinating insights into the career of The Beatles, their timeless impact on music, and the intriguing stories behind their songs. Highlights Introduction to Chris Carter: Insight into Carter’s career an…
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Michaela Watkins shares her latest comedic venture, "Dinner with the Parents" with us. Set against the backdrop of weekly Shabbat dinners that invariably spiral into chaos, Michaela shares her journey portraying one of television's funniest moms, offering a humorous glimpse into family dynamics and cultural quirks. Highlights: Behind the Scenes: Mi…
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Emmy Award-winning creator Jon Beckerman dives deep into the comedic whirlpool of television writing and production. Beckerman shares a buffet of behind-the-scenes stories from his early days at the Late Show with David Letterman to his latest venture, the side-splitting Amazon Freevee series, "Dinner with the Parents." Highlights Jon Beckerman's R…
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Dive into the fascinating journey of Steve Hytner, from his early days driven by competitive sports to his iconic role as Kenny Banya on "Seinfeld." In this episode, Steve shares the unlikely path that led him to acting and stand-up comedy, revealing the challenges and triumphs along the way. Explore his insights on the intricacies of comedic timin…
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Explore the captivating journey of Larry Joe Campbell, a master of improvisation and comedy, known for his standout roles in "According to Jim," "The Orville," and more. From his early days in Michigan to his rise in Hollywood, Larry shares the stories behind his most iconic characters, his love for improvisation, and the personal moments that have…
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Dive into a whirlwind of laughter, inspiration, and behind-the-scenes tales with two-time Emmy Award winner, Marsha Posner Williams. From her start as a speed-typing prodigy to producing some of the most beloved TV shows like "Soap," "The Golden Girls," and "Benson," Marsha shares her journey through Hollywood's golden era. Get ready for an episode…
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Marc Myers, music historian and author, takes us on a nostalgic journey through the evolution and history of beloved TV theme songs, their cultural impact, and the stories behind them. Discover the magic that makes a TV theme song unforgettable and how they set the stage for our favorite shows. Marc discusses the timeless appeal of TV theme songs a…
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Johnny Whitaker, the cherished child star of "Family Affair" and "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters" opens up about growing up in the spotlight, sharing personal anecdotes from his time on set with industry giants. Highlights: Johnny Whitaker's Early Fame: Delve into Johnny's early days in the industry, starting with his iconic role as Jody Davis in "Fa…
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Dive into the inspiring journey of Stan Zimmerman, from his Michigan roots to crafting some of television's most iconic moments. Highlights: From Michigan to Hollywood: Stan’s journey from his roots to becoming a celebrated writer. Iconic TV Contributions: Insight into his work on "The Golden Girls," "Roseanne," and "Gilmore Girls." Behind-the-Scen…
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Dive into the stories behind one of television's most revolutionary comedy shows, which not only shaped the landscape of TV comedy but also mirrored and influenced the social and political climate of its time. George Schlatter, the mastermind behind the iconic "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" shares stories from his amazing career. Highlights: Inspirati…
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Phoef Sutton, an Emmy-winning writer and showrunner, best known for his work on the iconic television series "Cheers." Phoef recounts the highs and lows of the TV industry, sharing stories from the writers' room, his transition from a budding writer to a celebrated showrunner, and the creative process behind some of television's most memorable mome…
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Illeana Douglas explores the rich cinematic history of Connecticut. From her book, "Connecticut in the Movies: From Dream Houses to Dark Suburbia," Douglas unveils how films have shaped and sometimes misconstrued the state's identity. She shares her unique criteria for selecting movies that truly represent Connecticut's essence, debunking common mi…
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Multifaceted comedian and actress Leah Rudick gives us an insider's look at her comedic journey, the creation of her new comedy special "Spiraling," and her seamless dance between the worlds of acting and stand-up comedy. From her early days of overcoming shyness on stage to becoming a viral sensation on social media, Leah shares the milestones tha…
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Dinah Manoff, renowned for her roles in "Grease," "Empty Nest," and "Soap," shares her fascinating journey in Hollywood, reflecting on her diverse acting and directing career. Dinah also dives into her book "The Real True Hollywood Story of Jackie Gold." The Hollywood Beginning: Dinah reflects on her upbringing in a star-studded family and how it s…
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Kathy Coleman's journey is not just a tale of a television star but a narrative of resilience, nostalgia, and the enduring power of storytelling. A Nostalgic Journey: Kathy opens up about the bond shared by the 70s kids, reflecting on the era's unique culture — from TV shows to music. Her insights offer a poignant look into a time of shared experie…
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Dive into a whirlwind of laughter and nostalgia with two comedy powerhouses, John DeBellis and Steve Mittleman. This episode is a roller coaster of stories, from the early days of stand-up to unforgettable encounters with comedy legends. Show Highlights: The Dynamic Duo: Steve Mittleman and John DeBellis, friends since '76, share their journey from…
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Dive into the nostalgic world of 60s television with Butch Patrick, the child star who won hearts as Eddie Munster. Butch shares how he landed this iconic role and the unique experiences on the set of "The Munsters." He also takes us through his adventurous journey in other shows like "Lidsville," and his life beyond the small screen. Join us for a…
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Deanne Smith, a comedian who started their career in the most unconventional ways. From teaching English in Mexico to discovering their comedic voice in Montreal, Deanne shares their journey with a blend of humor and honesty. This episode is not just about laughs; it's a deep dive into how political influences and life experiences shape a comedian'…
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Dive into the vibrant life of Rhonda Hansome, a trailblazer in the world of stand-up comedy. Rhonda shares her unique journey from studying sociology to captivating audiences on stage. Discover how she broke into the comedy scene, navigated the challenges of a male-dominated industry, and found her voice. Rhonda reminisces about working with comedy…
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Three-time Emmy Award winner, Monique Reymond shares her incredible journey as a Foley artist, giving us a peek behind the curtain of bringing sounds to life in film and television. Show Highlights: Monique’s Introduction to Foley: Discover how Monique ventured into the unique world of Foley, creating sounds that bring movies and TV shows to life. …
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Chef Mike Haracz shares insider secrets and fascinating stories about his journey and the mysteries behind some of McDonald's most iconic items. Show Highlights: Chef's Origin: Tracing Chef Mike's path from his early culinary days to becoming a fast-food innovator. The Leap to Innovation: Exploring his transition to R&D and the creation of new prod…
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Need TV binge suggestions? You've come to the right place. We've got you covered. In this bonus episode, we discuss a few of great binge suggestions: Trust No One: The Hunt for the Crypto King (from live ep 96) Violent Night (from live ep 100) The Goldbergs (from live ep 94) wsgs Mick Manhattan & Christine Blackburn Crossing the Streams features di…
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Sit down with Ann Moses, the iconic editor of Tiger Beat magazine during its heyday in the 60s and 70s. Ann takes us on a nostalgic journey through the glittering world of teen idols, sharing behind-the-scenes stories from her time at Tiger Beat and insights from her book, "Meow, My Groovy Life with Tiger Beat's Teen Idols. Show Highlights: The Gen…
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Need TV binge suggestions? You've come to the right place. We've got you covered. In this bonus episode, we discuss a couple of great binge suggestions: Emily the Criminal (from live ep 96) Blackbird (from live ep 93) The Bubble (from live ep 70) wsgs Tony Berardo and Zack Wiseman Crossing the Streams features discussions of TV shows and movies ava…
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Embark on a captivating journey with Mina Starsiak Hawk, from her initial steps in the world of home renovation to becoming a household name in HGTV's 'Good Bones.' Mina opens up about the highs and lows of filming, the challenges of balancing fame with family life, and the thrill of tackling the iconic Brady Bunch house renovation. She also gives …
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Need TV binge suggestions? You've come to the right place. We've got you covered. In this bonus episode, we discuss a couple of great binge suggestions: The Afterparty (from live ep 60) Holiday Rush (from live ep 97) Waco: American Apocalypse (from live ep 118) Crossing the Streams features discussions of TV shows and movies available on streaming …
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Join us as we delve into the enchanting world of Wesley Eure. In this episode, Wesley takes us on a journey through his remarkable career, starting from his iconic role in "Days of Our Lives" to the innovative "Land of the Lost." Discover the behind-the-scenes magic of these classic shows, including Wesley's unique anecdotes about working with lege…
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Need TV binge suggestions? You've come to the right place. We've got you covered. In this bonus episode, we discuss a couple of great binge suggestions: I Believe in Santa (from live ep 100) Rise of Skywalker (from live ep 44) Cradle of Champions (from live ep 36) Special guests: John Sullivan Crossing the Streams features discussions of TV shows a…
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Dive into a captivating exploration of comedy and JFK with John Barbour, the legendary comedian and creator of 'Real People.' In this episode, Barbour shares his journey from stand-up comedy to becoming a groundbreaking figure in television. He recounts his unique experiences as Frank Sinatra's private writer and the first-ever movie critic on TV n…
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Need TV binge suggestions? You've come to the right place. We've got you covered. In this bonus episode, we discuss a couple of great binge suggestions: MeatEater (from live ep 72) California Christmas 2 (from live ep 54) Safety Not Guaranteed (from live ep 59) Special guests: Tim Bieseigel Crossing the Streams features discussions of TV shows and …
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Discover the incredible journey of Eddie Feldmann from his family’s deli to becoming a five-time Emmy-winning comedy writer and producer. Eddie shares insights from his early days, including his transition from stand-up comedy to writing for shows like 'Dennis Miller Live' and 'The Showbiz Show with David Spade'. He reveals behind-the-scenes storie…
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Need TV binge suggestions? You've come to the right place. We've got you covered. In this bonus episode, we discuss a couple of great binge suggestions: My Old School (from live ep 96) Generation War (from live ep 32) Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn't Exist (from live ep 84) Special guests: Sue Kolinsky Crossing the Streams features discussions of …
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Journey alongside Saul Rubinek, a remarkable actor whose career spans iconic films such as "Unforgiven" and underrated gems like "Dick." Explore his dynamic talents in hit series like "Warehouse 13" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation," as well as his involvement in the captivating single-shot Shoah feature, "Shttl." Saul's enduring passion for act…
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Discover the hilarious journey of Kiki Andersen, a dazzling comedian who left her Emmy-winning journalism career in Baltimore to follow her dream of making people laugh in the heart of LA's comedy scene. Join us as we delve into her podcast, "Indecent with Kiki Andersen," where she fearlessly explores today's societal taboos and challenges the boun…
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Laughter is the best medicine, and comedian Glen Tickle knows how to deliver it in spades. Join us as we explore the art of comedy with Glen and hear about his incredible journey in the world of stand-up. From the roots of his comedy career to the making of his top-viewed Dry Bar comedy special, Glen Tickle brings humor and heart to every story. An…
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Need TV binge suggestions? You've come to the right place. We've got you covered. In this bonus episode, we discuss a couple of great binge suggestions: The Boys (from live ep 85) Not OK (from live ep 83) Long Shot (from live ep 62) Special guests: Mike White and Fredd Carroll Crossing the Streams features discussions of TV shows and movies availab…
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Unmask the origin story of Jay Towers' deep-seated love for Superman, a passion that not only inspired him to host "The Caped Wonder Superman Podcast" but also landed him a remarkable cameo in the Superman universe. Prepare to be enchanted by tales of fandom turned reality as we explore the heartfelt connection between Jay and the beloved superhero…
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Need TV binge suggestions? You've come to the right place. We've got you covered. In this bonus episode, we discuss a couple of great binge suggestions: Anatomy of a Scandal (from live ep 71) Cinderella Man (from live ep 6097 Moonfall (from live ep 89) Special guests: John Sullivan Crossing the Streams features discussions of TV shows and movies av…
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