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Straight out of Burbank, CA! Entertainer Steve Cooper is "Only as hip a his guests". He hosts Comedians, Actors, Writers and Musicians and spends an hour with them for some organic chat about the biz!
Steve Cooper talks with drummer Troy Patrick Farrell. Troy is appearing on CooperTalk for the second time. He is best known for his stick work with White Lion and Gilby Clarke. He has toured the world 7 times, North America 14 times, performed in nearly 40 countries and has played with the Bulletboys, Jani Lane of Warrant, CC DeVille of Poison, John Corabi, Ugly Kid Joe, Enuff Z’Nuff and jams with a super group Cheap Thrill that includes members of Cinderella. He also drums for The Raskins and did a 60+ city tour where they opened for Motley Crue and Alice Cooper.
Steve Cooper talks with actor Xander Berkeley. Xander makes his second appearance on CooperTalk. He started off playing minor roles in 1981, with appearances in Remington Steele, Miami Vice, Moonlighting and countless other series. Much later, he also appeared on The X-Files, CSI, ER and Law & Order. As for the big screen, he counts Sid & Nancy, North Country, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, A Few Good Men, Apollo 13, Gattaca, The Rock, Air Force One, Spawn, Amistad, and Timecode as some of his credentials. In 2001, he bagged a recurring spot as George Mason, head of the Counter Terrorist Unit on the hit series 24. His character was killed off in season 2. In 2009, he was cast on the NBC sci-fi series Day One, which follows apartment residents who survive an unknown worldwide catastrophe. From 2010 to 2012, he starred on The CW’s Nikita as the villain Percy. In the following years, he was seen on Being Human, Longmire, Louder than Words, Salem, The Mentalist, Justified, 12 Mo [...]
Steve Cooper talks with guitarist, singer, songwriter Richie Kotzen. Richie has released a long series of more than twenty albums with musical influences ranging from Rock, Hard Rock, Pop, Blues, Blue-eyed-soul, R&B and Funk to Jazz Fusion. In 1991, at age 21, he joined glam-metal band Poison and in 1999 played for the rock band Mr. Big. In 2006 he opened for the Rolling Stones in Japan and recently was in the supergroup The Winery Dogs with Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy. He currently is embarking on a tour to promote his latest album Salting Earth.
Steve Cooper talks with actor Peter Onorati. Peter makes his second appearance on CooperTalk. He has amassed quite the resume over his years in the business. He has starred in the TV series such as Cop Rock, Civil Wars, Murder One, Murer in the First and Joe’s Life and has appeared in shows that include How to Get Away with Murder Kate & Allie, Tales from the Crypt, The Pretender, NYPD Blue, Nash Bridges, Walker Texas Ranger, ER, Sex and the City, Everybody Hates Chris, Monk, NCIS, CSI:NY, Cold Case, Boston Legal, Desperate Housewives, The Mentalist, Glades, Rizzoli & Isles, Sons of Anarchy, Blue Bloods and Castle. He also lends his voice to many different projects including Teen Titans, Justice League and Batman Beyond. He recently had a recurring role on This Is Us and is currently shooting a pilot for the remake of SWAT for CBS.
Steve Cooper talks with Chuck Darrow. Chuck is a freelance writer and host of a weekly, entertainment-based radio program in Philadelphia who has been covering the Philadelphia/Atlantic City entertainment scene for more than 40 years. During his 23 year run During his time at the Courier-Post, he published thousands of articles on everything from the legendary Live Aid concert at Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium to the opening of multiple casino-hotels to feature stories filed from the 2005 Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla and later wrote for the Philadelphia Daily News. He has also been the creative partner of entertainer and form [...]
Steve Cooper talks with rock star Stephen Pearcy. Stephen is best known as lead singer and songwriter for the heavy metal band RATT and has released four solo albums under his label Top Fuel Records, the latest being SMASH. He has also written music for NHRA ESPN2 Drag Racing, co-sponsored Top Fuel cars since the mid 1980s and has written the book 2014 Sex, Drugs & Ratt n’ Roll and has another in progress.
Steve Cooper talks with drummer Troy Luccketta. Troy is best known for the drummer of the band Tesla which is celebrating 30 years together of making music and touring the world. He also produces other artists and has played drums on recording sessions in the studio with artists like Ronnie Montrose, Marc Bonilla, Eric Westphal, and others.
Steve Cooper talks with actor/writer Liz Vassey. Liz is best known for her roles as Emily Ann Sago on All My Children, Captain Liberty in The Tick, Wendy Simms in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Nikki in the Web series Nikki & Nora. She has been a regular or recurring character in many other series including Maximum Bob, Brotherly Love, Necessary Roughness and Two and a Half Men. She has also guest starred or co-starred in many other shows such as Castle, Dharma & Greg, Dawson’s Creek and Early Edition. Lately she has been writing and selling screenplays and TV projects and is producing and directing the documentary The Human Race.
Sreve Cooper talks with guitarist Ace Von Johnson. Ace is currently the lead guitarist and tours nationally with the popular LA based band Faster Pussycat. He was previously a member of metal bands such as Cheap Sex, Madcap, The U.S. Bombs, The Generators, Unwritten Law and Murphy’s Law.
Steve Cooper talks with singer Tony Harnell. Tony is an American singer, best known for his work with the Norwegian hard rock band TNT. As a vocalist, songwriter and producer, he has led a career as a recording and touring artist since the mid 80’s. He has sold close to two million albums worldwide, has been a solo artist and been involved with such bands as Morning Wood, Westworld, Starbreaker and SKid Row. He also did tracks for the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series.
DISCLAIMER: There were technical difficulties in the first 18-19 minutes of this interview. The dialogue is a little choppy but listenable. At 20 minutes it reverts back to normal and is a great interview with a iconic figure in music.
Steve Cooper interviews Slim Jim Phantom. Slim Jim is best known for being the drummer for the legendary rock trio the Stray Cats. Alongside band mates Brian Setzer and Lee Rocker, he spearheaded the neo-rockabilly movement of the early 80s. He continues to play music with very respected artists, heads up the Slim Jim Phantom Trio and just released his autobiography A Stray Cat Struts: My Life As A Rockabilly Rebel.
Steve Cooper talks with musician Jeff LaBar. Jeff is best known as Cinderella’s lead guitarist. He joined the band when original guitarist Michael Smerick left in 1985, and remained with the group through its subsequent configurations and revivals through the first decade of the 21st century, as well as working with side projects like Naked Beggars and Cheap Thrill. He released his first solo album, One for the Road, in 2014, in which he played all the instruments himself except for drums, and handled all the songwriting and singing.
Steve Cooper talks with bassist Kenny Aaronson. Kenny has had a very prolific career playing with many rock bands over the years. Some of the highlights of his career include playing with Foghat, Bob Dylan, Hall and Oates, Billy Idol Sammy Hagar, Leslie West, Billy Squier, Rick Derringer, Dave Edmunds, and Graham Parker. He also was one of Joan Jett’s Blackhearts for 5 years and was named Bassist of the Year by Rolling Stone Magazine in 1988. He currently plays for the Yardbirds.
Steve Cooper talks with actor Stuart Pankin. Stuart is a five-time nominated, CableAce Award winner for HBO’s award-winning series Not Necessarily The News and is well-known for providing the voice of Earl Sinclair, the blustery father, on the Emmy award-winning Dinosaurs. Some of his film credits include Honey We Shrunk Ourselves, The Hollywood Knights, Mannequin on the Move, The Dirt Bike Kid, Second Sight, The Artist and Fatal Attraction. He has also been a series regular on nine prime time television productions and pilots, has guest starred on over 300 television shows and has provided many cartoon voices for the popular series Animaniacs, Batman, Superman, Aladdin, Lilo and Stitch and Darkwing Duck.
Steve Cooper talks with photographer/director/host Sam Jones. Sam is an acclaimed photographer and director whose seminal portraits of President Obama, Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Bob Dylan, Kristin Stewart, Robert Downey Jr, Amy Adams, Jack Nicholson, and many others have appeared on the covers of Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, Time, Entertainment Weekly and Men’s Journal. He is also an acclaimed director, creating numerous national commercials for Skype, Sonos, Canon, Target, Dove and many others and is a sought after music video director who won MTV’s music video of the year for Foo Fighters Walk. He has directed videos for Mumford and Sons, Tom Petty John Mayer, and many others. In 2002, Jones started his feature-length documentary career with I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, which chronicles beloved indie-rock band Wilco’s tumultuous recording of their acclaimed fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and most recently he launched Off Camera with Sam Jones on D [...]
Steve Cooper talks with Mike Royce. Mike has co-created the shows Men of a Certain Age and the remake of One Day at a Time. He has also won two Emmys for writing on Every Loves Raymond and has written on such shows as Spin City, Lucky Louie, 1600 Penn, Enlisted and The Carmichael Show.
Steve Cooper talks with producer/writer/musician Tracy Newman. Tracy is a founding member of the improvisational theater troupe The Groundlings and was co-creator and executive producer of the 2001-09 sitcom According to Jim. Her TV writing credits include Cheers, The Nanny, The Drew Carey Show and Ellen which she won an Emmy and a Peabody Award for. She also is the lead singer/songwriter of the folk music band Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements and has released three albums, her latest being I Can Swing Forever which is for children and was released with a coloring book.
Steve Cooper talks with actor Mike Starr. Mike is best known for his roles as Frenchy in Goodfellas, Joe in Dumb & Dumber and Frankie in Miller’s Crossing. Over the years he has worked with top directors in movies such as Born on the Fourth of July, Clockers, The Bodyguard, Last Exit in Brooklyn, New York Stories, Funny Farm, Billy Bathgate, Son of the Pink Panther, Mad Dog and Glory, Ed Wood, Cabin Boy, Summer of Sam, Bad Santa 2 and many more. His numerous TV credits include Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bones, Public Morals, Chicago Fire, Elementary, Psych, CSI: Crime Investigation Scene, Black Dynamite, The Office, CSI: NY, NCIS and Scrubs.
Steve Cooper talks with actor Laila Robins. Laila has had a very successful career on both stage and screen. She has appeared on Broadway in such shows as Hearbreak House, Frozen, The Herbal Bed and The Real Thing and has toured the country in many major theatre productions and starred in the fiftieth anniversary production of A Street Car Named Desire at the legendary Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. She has also landed roles on the small screen, including Victoria Heller on ABC’s Gabriel’s Fire, as the younger version of family matriarch Livia Soprano on HBO’s The Sopranos, as Claire Williams, the mother of lesbian Reese Williams on the daytime drama All My Children, playing Tammy Kent on HBO’s In Treatment and many others on shows such as Murder in the First, Homeland and Quantico. Some of her popular movie credits include The Book of Daniel, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, A Walk on the Moon and The Good Shepherd.
Steve Cooper talks with actor Robin Thomas. Robin may be best known for his roles as Mark Singleton on Another World, Geoffrey Wells in Who’s the Boss and Vice Principal Phil Gills in Summer School. He has had recurring roles in many series such as Murphy Brown, Matlock, Life Unexpected, Queer as Folk, Fuller House, The Division and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and has appeared in numerous films like Pacific Rim, About Last Night…, The Contender and Banger Sisters. His long list of television appearances includes the shows Midnight Caller, Party of Five, NCIS, Pacific Blue, CSI: NY, NCIS: Los Angeles, Criminal Minds, CSI: Miami, Manhattan, Franklin & Bash and Castle. He is also an accomplished sculptor.
Steve Cooper talk with comic Sarah Colonna. Sarah is well known as a popular roundtable regular on the hit late night talk show Chelsea Lately. She also served as a full time writer on Chelsea Lately, as well as a producer, writer and star of the show’s spin-off scripted series After Lately. Her first book, Life as I Blow it, debuted at number 5 on the New York Times Bestseller list, followed with a sold out book tour in several major cities in the country. It was also sold to NBC to be developed for television with producers Happy Madison two years in a row. Her second book, Has Anyone Seen My Pants? was released in March 2015 to the same rave reviews and tour. Her writing success has led to a current collaboration with pop star Demi Lovato on Lovato’s upcoming memoir. She continues to tour across the country headlining comedy clubs regularly and has appeared on several other TV shows, including The Steve Harvey Show, The United States of Tara, Scare Tactics, and Monk, and [...]
Steve Cooper talks with singer Mike Score. Mike formed A Flock Of Seagulls with his brother Ali in Liverpool in 1979. By 1981, with the addition of Frank Maudsley and Paul (Reno) Reynolds, the classic line up was complete. With being the first band signed to Jive Records and (BeBop Deluxe guitarist) Bill Nelson and (Gong bassist, OMD and Teardrop Explodes producer) Mike Howlett at the production helm the third single, I Ran from A Flock of Seagulls’ 1982 eponymous debut, became a worldwide hit charting at number 1 in Australia and Top 10 in the US. The album achieved similar acclaim, winning a Best Rock Instrumental Grammy Award for the song D.N.A.. More success, including the UK Top Ten smash Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You) from their second album Listen in 1983 and The More You Live, the More You Love from 1984’s The Story of a Young Heart followed as they became one of the darlings of MTV. Unfortunately, personnel problems forced the original band member [...]
Steve Cooper talks with comic Wendy Liebman. Wendy returns to CooperTalk for the sixth time. She has been doing stand-up for over 25 years and has been a regular on the Late Show with David Letterman and has appeared on the Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Kimmel Live! In addition she was the first comedian to appear on the Rosie O’Donnell Show and has done comedy specials for HBO, Comedy Central and Showtime. She has also performed or been seen on dozens upon dozens of various other TV shows, was seen on America’s Got Talent and continues to headline across the country.
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Steve Cooper talks with comic/writer Clay Heery. Clay is one of the founding fathers of the comedy scene in Philadelphia. After starting comedy nights at different bars in Philly he eventually opened up the legendary Comedy Factory Outlet that brought some of the biggest names in comedy to the city. He also was the character Captain Cranky on the top rated moring show in town during that time. He currently lives in LA where he is writing and producing various screenplays and television projects.
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Steve Cooper talks with actor Kevin Corrigan. Kevin is best known for his roles as Eddie Finnerty in Grounded for Life, Milkshake in Dice and Jackie Moreno in The Get Down. He has recrurred in Tv series such as Community, The Mentalist, Public Morals, Damages, The Mob Doctor, The Black Donnellys, Fringe, Pearl and others and has guest starred in countless shows like Claifornication, CSI: Miami, Law & Order, Medium, Freaks and Geeks and Portlandia. His long list of Movie credits include Goodfellas, Pineapple Express, Buffalo 66, Big Fan, Seven Psychopaths, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, American Gangster, Superbad, The Departed and Love Bites.
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Steve Cooper talks with actor Mark Ivanir. Mark got his first big break in the Steven Spielberg’s OScar-winning Schindler’s List. He has rejoined him twice after in The Terminal and The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. He has also appeared in The Good Shepherd, What Just Happened, Johnny English Reborn, Big Miracle, 360 and many others. His biggest part to date was starring in A Late Quartet that also featured Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener and Philip Seymour Hoffman. He has also had an extensive TV career in the US and over seas and had recurring roles in Homeland and Royal Pains and guests starred on series such as 24, Monk, CSI: NY, Law & Order, Fringe, CSI Miami, Nikita and Hawaii Five-0.
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Steve Cooper talks with actor Michael Nouri. Michael is beginning his fifth decade in film, theatre and television. He recently starred in TV series Blue Bloods opposite Tom Seleck, Heartbeat, Chicago PD, co-produced and starred in the movie The Squeeze and appeared in the critically acclaimed NBC miniseries The Slap. In the course of his distinguished career, he has appeared in such popular films as The Proposal with Sandra Bullock, Last Holiday with Queen Latifah, Steven Spielberg´s The Terminal with Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones, the cult classic The Hidden and of course, the iconic film Flashdance. He has starred on numerous prestigious television series including Damages opposite Glenn Close, NCIS, Without a Trace, CSI: NY, South Beach, Enterprise, Cold Case, The Practice, The West Wing, Law & Order SVU and Criminal Intent. His major recurring roles were on ABC’s popular show Bay City Blues, Downtown, Love and War, The Young and the Restless and Brothers and [...]
Steve Cooper talks with actor Jon Gries. Jon is best known for his roles as Uncle Rico in Napolean Dynamite, Lazlo Hollyfeld in Real Genius and Casey in all three Taken movies. He started his acting career at the age of 9 co-starring in Will Penny with Charlton Heston and hasn’t looked back. He has been in numerous movies such as More American Grafitti, Running Scared, The Grifters, Get Shorty, Men in Black, The Astronaut Farmer and The Big Empty to name a few. On the TV side he co-starred in the series Martin and The Pretender and has recurred or guest starred in countless shows including Lost, Seinfeld, The White Shadow, The Jeffersons, 24, Dice, Criminal Minds, The Bridge, Supernatural, Cold Case, Sons of Anarchy, Pysch, CSI: NY, Las Vegas, ER and many more.
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Steve Cooper talks with comic/radio host Big Daddy Graham. Big Daddy has performed over 5000 shows at comedy clubs, colleges, corporate and private parties, sports banguets, golf outings and fund-raisers in the tri-state area for over 20 years. He has also headlined across the country and appeared on Showtime and his video “Let’s Call in Sick” has appeared on MTV. He currently is in his 16th year as a host on the #1 sports talk radio in the country and can be heard nightly Monday through Friday. He has also written books, plays and recently performed as as Oscar Madison in sold out shows of The Odd Couple at theatres in Philadelphia.
Steve Cooper talks with drummer Liberty DeVitto. Liberty is best known for his work as drummer for Billy Joel’s recording and touring band for 30 years. He has also played with the NYC Hit Squad and The Lords of 52nd Street and has been a session drummer for various recording artists such as Karen Carpenter, Meat Loaf, The Beach Boys, Elton John, Carly Simon and many others. In 2014 he was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame and has been an official supporter of Little Kids Rock since 2003, a nonprofit that provides free musical instruments and instruction to underprivileged youth.
Steve Cooper talks with actor/host/V.O. artist Gary Kroeger. Gary is best known for his three seasons on SNL and as a successful game show host of such hits as the revival of The Newlywed Game, Beat the Clock and Press Your Luck which was called Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck. He has acted on the big screen and on TV in such projects as The Big Picture, Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Hidden Hills. He also hosted Fox’s Comic Strip Live and the 26th Mrs. America pageant and has lent his voice to many projects including the popular animated series Dilbert. A few years ago he moved back to his home state of Iowa and recently ran for the Iowa House of Representatives.
Steve Cooper talks with singer Jack Russell. Jack is a founding member of the hard rock band Great White. The band gained popularity during the 1980s and early 1990s. The band hit the mainstream in 1987 for their album Once Bitten which featured the hits Rock Me and Save Your Love. They followed that up with Twice Shy which was certified double platinum and had their best selling single Once Bitten, Twice Shy which they received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance. Jack has been touring with his version of the band Jack Russell’s Great White and recording for the last 20 years and they recently released a new album.
Steve Cooper talks with actor Rose Abdoo. Rose is best known for her roles as Gypsy on The Gilmore Girls and as Senorita Rodriguez in That’s So Raven. She has co-starred or been recurring on various series like Johnny Bago, Malcolm in the Middle, Bunheads, The Comeback, Shameless, Parenthood, The Grinder, Veep and Scandal and has guests starred on countless shows such as Mike & Molly, Major Crimes, The Odd Couple, Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, Baby Daddy, Dr. Ken, Psych, The Mentalist, The Millers, Curb Your Enthusiasm and many, many more. She has also been seen on the big screen in movies including Legally Blondes, My Best Friend’s Wedding, U.S. Marshals, The 40-Year-Old Virgin abd Good Night, and Good Luck.
Steve Cooper talks with actor/singer/songwriter Johnny Dowers. Johnny is best known for his role as Detective Tim Cooper in the FX series The Bridge. He started his career singing at Country and Bluegrass Gospel at ten years old and eventually ended up in Nashville. He got his acting start when he landed a part in the movie The Last Castle. Since then he has appeared in many national commercials, movies, tv shows and even a Chris Cornell Video. He also co-wrote and co-starred in the cult classic film Pickin’ & Grinnin’. When he is not acting he is recording music with his band.
Steve Cooper talks with drummer Carmine Appice. Carmine is a legendary drummer who first came to prominence with the late 1960s band Vanilla Fudge. After 5 albums he left to join the popular band Cactus and then joined the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice. He later joined Rod Stewart’s backing band and co-wrote the hits Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? and Young Turks. Through the years he has recorded albums with artists such as KGB, Paul Stanley, Ted Nugent, King Kobra, Blue Murder, Sly Stone, Pink Floyd, Michael Schenker and many others. He also penned the best selling drum instructional book The Realistic Rock Drum Method and recently released his biography Stick It!: My Life of Sex, Drums and Rock ‘n’ Roll. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2014.
Steve Cooper talks with singer Martha Davis. Martha is best known for being the singer of The Motels. They recorded six albums for Capitol. In 1981 their sophomore effort Careful went top 50. Then, in 1982, they released All Four One and the smash single Only The Lonely rocketed into the top 10 and the album went gold. 1983’s Little Robbers album went gold on the top 10 single Suddenly Last Summer and the second top 40 hit Remember The Nights. Eventaully the group broke up and Martha went on to record solo albums. The group has reformed and are now touring under the name Martha Davis and The Motels.
Steve Cooper talks with singer Gary Cherone. Gary is best known for being the lead singer of the Boston based band Extreme who had the huge hit More Than Words. He also served a short stint as the lead vocalist for Van Halen on their 11th album Van Halen III and subsequent tour.
Steve Cooper talks with singer/songwriter Gioia Bruno. Gioia made her mark on the music scene as a member of the chart busting pop group Expose’. Expose’ started releasing platinum selling albums and numerous top ten singles including the Billboard’s number one Seasons Change. She also made many TV appearances including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, Solid Gold, Arsenio Hall, MTV and VH1 to name a few. After health reasons made her leave Expose’ she embarked on a solo career and released Free To Be which became a hit and anthem for the LGBTQ community. In the past few years she completed a Christmas album, is working on a new studio album and is back touring and recording with Expose’.
Steve Cooper talks with actor J.C. MacKenzie. J.C. is currently playing Governor Sam Evans in Madam Secretary and recently co-starred in HBO’s Vinyl as Skip Fontaine. A veteran of both the big and small screen he has been in 3 Martin Scorsese movies (The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street and The Aviator) and starred or guest starred in countless TV series such as NCIS, 24, The Shield, Desperate Housewives, Without a Trace, Medium, In Plain Sight, Ghost Whisperer, Dark Angel, Monk, Murder One, The Practice, Hemlock Grove, Elementary, House of Cards and The Good Wife to name a few.
Steve Cooper talks with actor Antoine McKay. Antoine is best known for his role of Bunkie in Fox’s hit Empire.
Steve Cooper talks with actor Brian Howe. Brian can currently be see playing Sheriff Pickett in HBO’s Westworld and was a recurring character on the same network’s hit Vice Principals. He began his TV career during the mid-’90s, as an occasional guest player on episodes of such series as Law Order and Spencer for Hire and the short-lived sitcom The Bonnie Hunt Show. He re-teamed with the venerable Hunt for a small role in his first feature, which the actress directed: the romantic comedy Return to Me. Supporting turns in an uneven series of films ensued, ranging from K-PAX to Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can. He later was cast in the short-lived sitcom A Minute With Stan Hooper then landed a trio of supporting roles in A-list films during 2006: one in the Robin William’s in RV, another with Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness and a third in Tony Scott’s Deja Vu. Clint Eastwood cast him in the 2008 drama Gran Torino. He appeared in [...]
Steve Cooper talks with drummer Rich Redmond. Rich is an influential touring/recording drummer/percussionist based in Nashville, Tennessee and Los Angeles, California. His versatile, dynamic, and rock solid drumming is the sound behind many of today’s top talents. While he’s not in the studio or on tour Rich is motivating others with his CRASH Course for Success a meticulously crafted program that anyone can follow to achieve success. As the drumming powerhouse behind Grammy nominated mega star Jason Aldean, he has recorded 17 #1 singles with over 7 million albums sold and well over 13 million single downloads. As a high-energy live showman, he plays sold out shows of 20-60,000 fans nightly in amphitheaters, arenas and stadiums across North America .A musical showman in the spirit of Gene Krupa, He has toured/recorded/performed with: Ludacris, Kelly Clarkson, Bryan Adams, Joe Perry, Jewel, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, [...]
Steve Cooper talks with music journalist Bob Mehr. Bob recently finished his first book Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements which is a New York Times best seller. He is a music critic for The Commercial Appeal and a longtime correspondent for MOJO magazine. He has also contributed liner notes to the Grammy-winning Big Star box set Keep an Eye on the Sky and has written essays for reissues by The Replacements, Kinks, Warren Zevon, The Dixie Chicks, Al Green and many others.
Steve Cooper talks with percussionist Daniel de los Reyes. Daniel is currently the percussionist for the Zac Brown Band. Through his lengthy career he has performed with artists such as Don Henley, Earth Wind & Fire, Sting, Billy Joel, Sheryl Crow, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and Yanni. He has also made many TV appearances including the Grammy Awards, The Today Show, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, American Music Awards and the Arsenio Hall Show.
Steve Cooper talks with comic Buddy Fitzpatrick. Buddy is currently a New York City club favorite sharing his comedy perspective. His act combines the skill of a great monologist with a physical style that brings his observations to life. His stand-up made him a regular on Comedy Central with appearances on ABC and A&E. He can be seen in the Damon Wayans film Harlem Aria and in The Business of Strangers starring Julia Stiles and Stockard Channing. His television credits include HBO’s Sopranos. He has written, produced and performed in his biographical play Sides at various NYC theatres. When not currently headlining, he can be seen opening for Joe Behar and was a frequent opener for Joan Rivers. He has also had the privilege of opening for The Beach Boys, Doobie Brothers, and The Righteous Brothers and can be seen on Gotham Comedy Live AXS TV, has two appearances on nickmom Night Out and is a contributing writer on nickmom’s Actual Housewives of the PTO.[...]
Steve Cooper talks with comic Ritch Shydner. Ritch has made numerous appearances on TV, including Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno and has done an HBO comedy special. He also played Al Bundy’s co-worker on Married with Children, made guest appearances on shows such as Roseanne and Designing Women was seen in movies like Roxanne and Beverly Hills Cop II. His writing credits include The Mind of the Married Man, Roseanne and The Jeff Foxworthy Show and recently wrote the movie adaption for Bill Maher’s book True Story. In 2010 he produced and starred in the award winning documentary I Am Comic and he just released his second book Kicking Through the Ashes: My Life as a Stand-up in the 80’s Comedy Explosion.
Steve Cooper talks with TV writer Rob Long. Rob recently created the show Sullivan & Son that ran on TBS. He started his career as a writer for the television show Cheers in 1990, and became an executive producer for the show in 1992. During his tenure, the show won two Emmys and two Golden Globes. He received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations in 1992 and 1993. After Cheers ended in 1993, he formed a television production company with his Cheers collaborator and fellow Emmy nominee Dan Staley. Together, they created the television show George & Leo, starring Bob Newhart and Judd Hirsch, for CBS. They also created Love & Money for CBS and Men, Women & Dogs for The WB Television Network. Beginning in 1993, he wrote a fortnightly political satire column for National Review titled Letters from Al and has been a contributor to Time, Newsweek International, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. He also hosts the syndicated radio show Martini Shot, where [...]
Steve Cooper talks witch actor Corin Nemec. Corin is best known for his lead in the popular series Parker Lewis Can’t Lose. His first acting parts were in the series Webster and Sidekicks. He then got a part in Tucker: The Man and His Dream, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, followed by lead roles in I Know My First Name Is Steven and My Son Johnny. Since then he has had recurring roles on shows such as Beverly Hills 90210, Stargate - SG1,Ghost Whisperer, Renegades and Supernatural and has guested on many series including Kirby Buckets, NCIS: Los Angeles, CSI: Miami, NCIS, CSI: New York, NYPD and Smallville. His movie credits include Operation Dumbo Drop, Silencing Mary, Mansquito, Bundy: An American Icon, House of Bones, Sand Sharks, Dragon Wasps and many more. He is also an accomplished graffiti artist.
Steve Cooper talks with actor Stephen Manley. Stephen is a veteran actor of film and television for over 40 years. Best known as “Young Spock” in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984). His experience spans from work as a child on shows such as All in the Family (1971) and Emergency! (1972) to work as a teen on The Love Boat (1977) and Little House on the Prairie (1974). After graduating with a degree in film from the Pasadena Art Center, he continues to work as an actor. His diversity as a character actor include playing a seedy drug dealer in Death in the Desert (2015), a Neo-Nazi Hitler in Not on My Mountain, a tormented scientist in Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter, a Hells Angel biker gang leader in Outlaw Chronicles: Hells Angels, and an outlaw cowboy in Billy the Kid: New Evidence. His most recent roles this year include an eccentric scientist in Ghost Hunters and a gullible genius in the series The Idiot.
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Steve Cooper talks with singer/songwriter Billy Burnette. Billy amassed four decades of experience recording music, writing songs, and performing since embarking upon his career at age 7. At 18, he was only a week out of high school when he recorded his Columbia Records album with famed Memphis hit-making producer Chips Moman. In his early 20’s, he played guitar for Roger Miller as well as for his father, Dorsey Burnette. Meanwhile, he also continued his solo career, which included recording records and writing for such hit makers as Rod Stewart, Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, Tammy Wynette, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Everly Brothers, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Glen Campbell, Eddy Raven, and many more. He then began his journey as a member of one of the greatest rock bands of all time. He toured with Fleetwood Mac between 1987-1995 and appears on such records as: The Chain, Fleetwood Mac/Greatest Hits, Behind the Mask and The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac. In the last few years, he [...]
Steve Cooper talks with singer/songwriter Jade Starling. Jade is best known as one half of the late 80s duo Pretty Poison who had the #1 platinum hit Catch Me I’m Falling. She returned to the Top 5 on the Sept. 5th 2015 Billboard Club Chart with Better and Better which peaked at #3. That song was not only the 3rd single from the critically acclaimed Captive album but also the highest charted record featuring her since When I Look Into Your Eyes topped the charts in 1988. In addition to Better and Better, Captive has also yielded the Billboard club hits Insominiak and Think About U. Catch Me I’m Falling has continued to reach new fans with features on AMC’s smash hit Breaking Bad & MTV’s Ridiculousness starring Rob Dyrdek and featuring Derek Hough of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. She hs sold millions of records in her career and in this era of social media, has continued to grow in popularity. [...]
Steve Cooper talk with singer/songwriter G Love. G is best known for being the leader of the band G Love and Special Sauce. He began playing guitar at age eight. He wrote his first song by the time he was in the ninth grade and began playing harmonica in a wire rack. He credits Bob Dylan and John Hammond Jr., as well as the then-contemporary “old school” hip-hop sounds of Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, and Philadelphia’s own Schoolly D, as influences. He began playing solo on the streets of Philadelphia. After one year at Skidmore College, he dropped out and relocated to Boston, working as a fundraiser for Peace Action and playing wherever and whenever he could. One of his few indoor gigs at this time was a Boston bar called The Tam O’Shanter, where he met drummer Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens in January 1993. Him and Clemens began working as a duo, they were joined a few months later by bassist Jim “Jimi Jazz” Prescott and became the [...]
Steve Cooper talks with actor Diane Franklin. Diane is most recognized for her film roles in the 80s playing the French-exchange student, Monique Junet, in Better Off Dead, the Medieval babe-princess in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and the teen crush, Karen, in The Last American Virgin. Her most recent acting work can be seen on YouTube in the films, My Better Half, Humanized (screened at 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival), Royal Effups and Agouraphobia. She also has released her autobiography, Diane Franklin: The Excellent Adventures of the Last American, French Exchange Babe of the 80s, available on Amazon and Kindle and is working on a follow up.
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Steve Cooper talks with singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb. Lisa launched her career in 1994 with the song Stay (I Missed You), which was included in the film Reality Bites. She was the first artist to have a number one single in the United States while not signed to a recording contract. Her five studio CDs include her major label debut, the gold-selling Tails and its follow-up, the Grammy-nominated, gold-selling Firecracker. She has also worked in film, television, voice-over work and children’s recordings. Loeb has appeared in two television series, Dweezil & Lisa, a weekly culinary adventure for the Food Network and Number 1 Single, a reality show on the E! Network in 2006 focused on her quest for love, success, career, and family. Her children’s music includes the albums Catch the Moon (2003) and Camp Lisa (2008). Her first joint children’s book and album Lisa Loeb’s Silly Sing-Along: The Disappointing Pancake and Other Zany Songs was published in [...]
Steve Cooper talks with actor/singer/songwriter/author Michele Greene. Michele is perhaps best known for her role as attorney Abigail “Abby” Perkins on the TV series L.A. Law from 1986 to 1991 Her first big role was in the short-lived Steven Bochco series Bay City Blues. When that was cancelled, Bochco kept her in mind and offered her the role on L.A. Law a show that earned her an Emmy nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category in 1989. After leaving L.A. Law, she had acting roles in a number of popular television series including Bones, CSI, CSI: Miami, Cold Case, Crossing Jordan, Diagnosis: Murder, JAG, Judging Amy, Nip/Tuck, The Outer Limits, Six Feet Under, Stargate SG-1 and The Unit. She also appeared in an episode of Brothers and Sisters on ABC-TV in March 2009 as a fictional Governor of California and had a recurring role on HBO’s Big Love as a TV reporter. In addition to acting she has recorded two bilingual CDs, Ojo de Tiburon and Luna Roja.and h [...]
Steve Cooper talks with jazz pianist John Colianni. John recorded John Colianni, his debut album, Blues-O-Matic and Live at the Maybeck for Concord Records. Other records followed, the latest being Johnny Chops, recorded with his quintet. At nineteen, John toured the world as Lionel Hampton’s pianist and was Mel Tormé’s pianist for six years. He has recorded in studio with both Tormé, and Hampton as well as with Cleo Laine, Emily Remler and many others. He has also served as pianist for the Les Paul quartet and did a stint with the New Orleans-inspired band of movie director/clarinetist Woody Allen that played steadily at Michael’s Pub in New York.
Steve Cooper talks with comic/director Wil Shriner. Wil started on TV at age one doing commercials with his twin brother Kin and his father TV humorist Herb Shriner. Growing up with a 8mm camera in his hand, he attended famed UCLA Film and TV program where he learned from the greats how to entertain with story and image. Appearing at the famed Comedy Store, he met another young comedian, David Letterman who liked his comedy films so much that he brought his talents along with him on his rise to fame . He continued as a writer/director on numerous projects and shows with Letterman and it was one of his films that got him noticed by Francis Ford Coppola and it produced a co-starring role opposite Oscar nominee Joan Allen in Peggy Sue Got Married. From there he hosted his own nationally syndicated and three time Emmy nominated talk show, the Wil Shriner Show and dozens of shows and series followed one after another. In 2000 he began directing sitcoms starting with Frasier an [...]
Steve Cooper talks with actor Deborah Foreman. Deborah is best known for her lead role in the 80’s classic Valley Girl. She won the prestigious Most Promising New Star award from Sho West in 1986, following her starring roles in the critically acclaimed Valley Girl and the award-winning My Chauffeur. Subsequently, she had the lead (actually the two leads!) in April Fool’s Day which continues to be a video favorite. She is a hard-working actress, equally at home with comedy and drama, who has earned the respect of colleagues and press alike. In addition to her acting, she is a certified yoga instructor through Yogaworks, a Stott Pilates instructor, owner and operator of Fried Ham Productions (specializing in e-commerce stores) and owner and operator of Deborah Foreman Handcrafted Jewels.
Steve Cooper talks with director/actor Dennis Dugan. Dennis is famous for his partnership with comedic actor Adam Sandler, with whom he directed the films Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Grown Ups, Just Go with It, Jack and Jilland Grown Ups 2. He made guest appearances on several TV series during the 1970s including The Mod Squad, The Waltons, Cannon, Columbo, The Rockford Files, and Alice. He also appeared in the mini-series Rich Man, Poor Man, as well as two episodes of M*A*S*H and in 1978 starred in the short-lived series Richie Brockelman, Private Eye, a spin-off from The Rockford Files. He took on a semi-regular role as an erstwhile caped crusader who called himself Captain Freedom on Hill Street Blues and also appeared on Empire and Shadow Chasers. He played Walter Bishop, briefly the husband of Maddie Hayes (Cybill Shepherd) on Moonlighting. His other film credits of the 1980s include Water, Can’t Bu [...]
Steve Cooper talks with bassist Rudy Sarzo. Rudy has held down the bottom end for some of the most beloved and successful acts in heavy metal history since the early 1980s. He was a member of Ozzy Osbourne’s band beside renowned guitarist Randy Rhoads (which he chronicled in his best selling book Off the Rails.) He rejoined Quiet Riot in time for its smash album Metal Health and went on to work with Whitesnake, Dio and Queensryche, not to mention a 5-year stint with hard rock juggernauts Blue Oyster Cult.
Steve Cooper talks with comic/writer Mike Dugan. Mike has written on television series, pilots, or specials for a long list of comedians, including Dennis Miller, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Tom Arnold, Paul Rodriguez, Stephanie Miller, Rich Hall and even George Hamilton. He received, along with five other writers, an Emmy Award for writing on the first season of ‘Dennis Miller: Live’ on HBO. The show’s writers were also nominated for Cable Ace and Writers Guild of America Awards. While in London he also co-created with Rich Hall the BBC TV show “Rich Hall’s Badly Funded Think Tank”. A move to Los Angeles quickly led to a shot on ‘The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson’. Johnny raved, and that debut has led to over seventy national television appearances, including one more spot on ”Johnny” before his retirement and another appearance with Jay Leno - making [...]
Steve Cooper talks with actor Keith Powell. Keith is best known for his role as Toofer in the Emmy winning NBC TV series 30 Rock. He was the Producing Artistic Director of Contemporary Stage Company, a summer theater in Wilmington, Delaware. He has produced/starred in/directed shows with Lynn Redgrave, Jasmine Guy, Keith David, Richard Easton, Duncan Sheik, and Sean Patrick Thomas. In the spring of 2007, while working as a recurring character on 30 Rock, he shot an ABC pilot called Judy’s Got A Gun. It was subsequently not picked up for the Fall 2007 season, and he returned to 30 Rock, where he was promoted to a series regular. In 2014, he began a recurring role on the television series About a Boy as Richard, Will’s workaholic friend/accountant/business manager and recurred on the final season of The Newsroom. He currently is working on the second season of the web series he created, writes, directs, and stars in called Keith Broke His Leg.
Steve Cooper talks with guitarist Tracii Guns. Tracii formed L.A. Guns in 1983 and in 1985 he formed a new band with Hollywood Rose frontman Axl Rose. They put the two band names together; Guns ‘N’ Roses was born, but they both finally went separate ways and he rejoined L.A. Guns. After some lineup changes, the band finally signed with Polygram Records in 1987 recording their first album titled L.A. Guns. Over 1,000,000 copies were sold earning the band its first platinum album award. A compilation of the videos made for this first album also earned the band a gold video award. In 1989 the band went into the studio to record their second album titled Cocked and Loaded. They sold over 1,000,000 copies earning the band its second platinum record award. The video compilation of this second album earned the band a second gold video award. Their third album Hollywood Vampires was released in 1991. Over 1,000,000 copies were sold earning the band its third platinum album a [...]
Steve Cooper talks with comic Joe Matarese. Joe’s talent for turning real life struggles into comedic gems has landed him appearances on the most sought after TV and radio shows including The Late Show with David Letterman, America’s Got Talent (where he received a standing ovation from all 4 celebrity judges and the 2000 person crowd), Chelsea Lately, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central Presents (his very own 1/2 hour special), The Howard Stern Show, and his brand new 1 hour special Medicated. You may also recognize him from Bravo’s reality series Better Half where he taught his wife to perform standup and she brought home the $20,000 prize. He has hit the stage four times at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival, leading to two development deals with major television networks and does a podcast Fixed Joe available on ITunes.
Steve Cooper talks with comic/actor Tom McTigue. Tom can be seen performing his particular brand of insanity on HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central. He continues to tour both nationally and internationally. An accomplished actor, he has worked with Academy Award winners Janusz Kaminski, Richard Linklater and Robert Richardson. He has co- starred with a virtual who’s-who of Hollywood. Christopher Meloni, Cybil Shephard, Noah Wylie, Tim Curry, Craig T. Nelson, Roseanne Barr and Wayne Newton have all shared the spotlight with him. He created, produced and starred in the series Guys Like Us for ABC- TV, co-starring Robert Hays from Airplane! and continues to write comedy material for many top headlining performers. He is also busy working in commercials. His face and voice are instantly recognizable, having been featured in over 350 national TV campaigns as the spokesman for everything from Miller Beer to Disney World. Constantly in demand, he has been on-air non-stop for a whoppin [...]
Steve Cooper talks with actor Jay Karnes. Jay best known for his role as LAPD detective Holland “Dutch” Wagenbach on the FX television series The Shield. Throughout his acting career he has made guest appearances on several TV shows, including Frasier, Judging Amy, Chicago Hope, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, The Pretender, Grimm, Star Trek: Voyager as Lieutenant Ducane in the fifth-season episode Relativity, House, Scandal and Stalker. In 2008, he played the recurring role of ATF Agent Josh Kohn on FX Network’s series Sons of Anarchy and from 2009 to 2010 he had a recurring role on Burn Notice as Tyler Brennan, a sinister gunrunner. In 2012 he played Secretary of Defense William Curry in a recurring role on ABC’s Last Resort. In 2013 he also appeared in the pilot episode of Jeff Eastin’s drama series Graceland as Supervising Agent Gerry Silvo. In 2014 Karnes also appeared in FOX’s series, Gang Related, as Agent Carter of IAD, as well as in the [...]
Steve Cooper talks with comic Julia Scotti. Julia’s high octane delivery, combined with her hilarious, groundbreaking and thought provoking views on most everything have ignited a buzz all across the country. She can be seen on this season of America’s Got Talent on NBC. Having appeared on Comedy Central and Showtime she also performs regularly in Atlantic City, Las Vegas and Reno. In 2014, she was one of the winners of the Laughlin Laugh Festival and she has been named one of the top 5 Transgendered Comedians in the country by the Advocate. Everywhere she goes, she creates legions of loyal fans of all ages and all persuasions who just can’t get enough of this Crazy Old Lady of Comedy.
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Steve Cooper talks with comic Bob Levy. Bob also known as Reverend Bob Levy has been headlining the comedy circuit for years with a huge cult like following based in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. is best known as being a regular personality on The Howard Stern Show as well as being the co-host of the Miserable Men show on Howard 101. He has often been the host of comedy roasts, is a frequent guest on the Opie and Anthony Show and was a stand-up comedy performer on the Killers of Comedy tour. He was also heard daily on the Kidd Chris morning show on WYSP in Philadelphia as an on-air guest, until they were fired in May 2008 and currently had his own podcast The Bob Levy show.
Steve Cooper talks with writer/musician/producer Tom Snyder. Tom is the creator of Squigglevision, the animation style made famous by Comedy Central’s cult classic series Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist, which he created with Jonathan Katz. He was the executive producer of Home Movies, the first program to air on Adult Swim and one of IGN’s Top 100 Animated Series, BET’s Hey Monie! and ABC’s Saturday morning entertainment cartoon Science Court. He has won Peabody, PGA and Cable Ace Awards for his animated programs. He also composed the music for many of these projects. Currently he just released an audio book Is Anyone All Right? which defies categorization a bit. It’s the studio recording of a musical stage comedy written and scored by him and narrated and performed by multiple voice actors. It’s very sweet and well-written. Much of its charm comes from big-hearted characters and the overly detailed/subtle stage direction he takes come [...]
Steve Cooper talks with actor Linden Ashby. Linden is currently in his sixth season starring in the hit MTV series Teen Wolf where he plays Sheriff Stilinski and is also well known for his role as Johnny Cage in the film adaption of Mortal Kombat and as Dr. Brett Cooper in Melrose Place. In a career that has spanned almost 30 years he has had co-starring roles in the soap operas Loving, Days of Our Lives and The Young and the Restless. He has also guest starred or recurred in numerous series such as The Gates, Drop Dead Diva, Franklin & Bash, Necessary Roughness, CSI: Miami, The War Next Door, Spy Game and many more. His film credits include 8 Seconds, Wyatt Earp, Cadillac Ranch, Outrage, Resident Evil: Extinction, Prom Night and Iron Man 3 to name a few.
Steve Cooper talks with director Nicholas Tana. Nicholas is a published author, journalist, songwriter, award-winning playwright and director, musician, and actor. He got his first start in TV while working as a Production Assistant for PBS KAET Channel 8 in Tempe, Arizona while attending Arizona State University. Upon graduation, he served as an Associate Director for ESPN International before starting his own production company, Smart Media L.L.C. for which he has written, produced, and directed numerous commercials, promotional marketing videos, and IT training materials for clients like Universal Music Group, Conoco Phillips, Sempra Utility Company, and Molina Healthcare. He optioned his children’s animation concept, The Adventures of Bony Macaroni to Good Kids Entertainment where it was picked up for Distribution by Bejuba Entertainment. This past year in 2016, his first feature documentary film, Sticky: A (Self) Love Story, which is the world’s first feature documentary [...]
Steve Cooper talks with writer Amanda Lauren. Amanda calls herself a “Jackie of All Trades, Marilyn of None” and has written about everything from sex to socks. Her articles have been featured on Mashable, LA Weekly, She Knows, After Party Magazine, Ravishly, Your Tango, The Gloss, Cheat Sheet, Xo Jane, Huff Po, No Tofu, Psychology Today (her therapist was so proud) and Salon among other sites. She has also been seen on Good Morning America, Fox and Friends and been heard on various podcasts across the internet.
Steve Cooper talks with actor Currie Graham. Currie currently can be seen as Mario Silleti on Murder in the First and upcoming as Calvin Chadwick in Agent Carter. HE has been acting for over two decades and has filled up his resume with a variety of television and film credits from a wide array of roles and genres since the late ’80s. Graham is known for playing Lt. Thomas Bale, the micromanaging station commander in the final season of the TV program NYPD Blue. His other regular starring TV appearances include the final season of the TV program Suddenly Susan as the male lead/romantic interest Nate Knaborski. His television debut was a guest appearance in an episode of Just the Ten of Us in 1988. It wasn’t until in 1992 that he followed that up playing a part in a Law & Order episode. During the next three years, Graham did a handful of films and made-for-TV movies including the crime dramedy Money for Nothing (1993). While primarily recognized as a TV actor, he ha [...]
Steve Cooper talks with singer/songwriter John Eddie. John moved to New Jersey in the 1970s and became a popular club circuit musician there, occasionally performing with Bruce Springsteen. He signed with Columbia Records and released two albums including his 1986 self-titled debut, John Eddie. His first single, Jungle Boy peaked on Billboard at #17 Rock and #52 Hot 100. He was dropped by the label early in the 1990s. He then signed with Elektra Records where he was chosen to represent Elektra on their 40th Anniversary record called Rubaiyat with his version of The Cure’s “In Between Days” and recorded a third album, which, after a lengthy legal dispute, was never released. Since then he has recorded independently and toured extensively and secured a record deal with Lost Highway Records and his 2003 release of Who the Hell is John Eddie? subsequently produced three top 10 singles at the Triple-A Radio format. He has also written the Kid Rock songs Lowlife, F [...]
Steve Cooper talks with actor Scott Cohen. Scott is a face recognizable to many thanks to numerous roles in television, film, and theater. He is perhaps best known for his work on a variety of television series, including Gilmore Girls, on which he starred as Max Medina, the love interest of Lauren Graham’s Lorelai. He also starred in SHO’s hit series, Street Time and Necessary Roughness and has appeared on NYPD Blue, Law and Order: Trial By Jury, The Practice, Without a Trace, Grey’s Anatomy, CSI, Castle and Blue Bloods, among other series. He starred opposite Natalie Portman in Don Roos’ feature film The Other Woman and has appeared in Everybody’s Fine, alongside Robert DeNiro, in Nicole Holofcener’s Please Give, and in Ed Zwick’s Love and Other Drugs and has starred in numerous independent films, including Iron Cross, Winter of Frozen Dreams, and indie darling Kissing Jessica Stein and appeared alongside Mel Gibson in How I Spent My Su [...]
Steve Cooper talks with comic Grover Silcox. Grover started performing stand-up in the late 70’s and was part of the Original 11 of the Philadelphia comedy scene and eventually won the Philadelphia Comedy Award. He has written for other comics, produced and hosted shows for local and national television programs, landed a job as a television feature reporter, won three Emmy awards, worked as a writer and sidekick on 93.3 WMMR and later became a long-time guest pundit on 102.9 WMGK. He has also produced and performed comedy shows and funny team-building programs for dozens of corporations from Cigna Insurnace to AT&T and contributed voices on a Grammy winning CD called All About Bullies to support anti-bullying efforts in schools. Currently he serves as a reporter for a PBS station out of Lehigh Valley, PA.
Steve Cooper talks with director Rosemary Rodriguez. Rosemary wrote, produced, and directed a feature film called Acts of Worship in 2001, which is about a young woman struggling with drug addiction. The film was nominated for, and won, numerous indie film awards as well as awards from film festivals such as St. Louis International, Santa Barbara International, and Magnolia Independent. In addition she has worked as a director on many U.S. TV series, including Third Watch, Law & Order, Rescue Me, Castle, Criminal Minds, Undercovers, Without a Trace, Elementary, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll , Blue Bloods, Empire, Law & Order: SVU and 18 episodes of The Good Wife.
Steve Cooper talks with comic/writer/actor Jay Black. Jay is a former high school teacher turned comedian. He made his mark on the college circuit performing at over 400 colleges and has been named the nation’s Top College Comedian numerous times. Beyond colleges, he is a regular on the club scene, opening for stars such as Joel McHale, Ben Bailey, Sinbad, Bobcat Goldthwait, Christopher Titus and Greg Fitzsimmons, as well as headlining rooms in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. He has been seen on Showtime, NBC, Fox Business, A&E, CBC, and the Howard Stern Network. He has made regular appearances as a pop culture critic on Extra and Angelo Cataldi’s top-rated Philadelphia radio program. As a writer he has co-written the TV pilot “Paulie” and many movies including How Sweet It Is, Bus Driver and Meet My Valentine which he also co-starred in.
Steve Cooper talks with comic/actor Max Alexander. Max is one of the few comics to have appeared on The tonight Show with Jay Leno… and Johnny Carson! His face is instantly recognizable from such movies as Forgetting Sarah Marshall with Jason Segal, Man on the Moon with Jim Carrey, Punchline with Tom Hanks and Roxanne with Steve Martin. He has and can be seen on many television shows such as The 9 on ABC, the Emmy Award winning ABC drama The Practice, Hollywood Squares and on HBO and Comedy Central. His voice can also be heard in the comedy hit The Farce of the Penguins. As far as stand up goes, he has performed with the best of the best. From Frank Sinatra, Julio Iglesias and Tom Jones, he hasn’t just shared the stage with these icons once or twice, he has delivered the goods consistently for well over 3,000 shows. He is also one of the top corporate comics in the country today and has performed over the years for such companies as McDonald’s, Buick, Home Depot, Acura [...]
Steve Cooper talks with actor Liz Gillies. Liz currently stars as Gigi in the FX hit Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. She began acting professionally at the age of 12. With a strong background in musical theater, she made her Broadway debut at age 15, starring as the character “Lucy” in the original Broadway cast of 13. Shortly after the closing of 13, she went on to land the role of Jade West in the hit Nickelodeon series, Victorious. She has played recurring roles in television series, such as The Black Donnellys, the animated series, Winx Club, where she voiced the character of Daphne. She has also guest-starred on television shows, including Big Time Rush, American Dad, Sam & Cat and White Collar. Her film credits include The Clique, Killing Daddy, Vacation and Harold.
Steve Cooper talks with actor Raphael Sbarge. Raphael is currently one of the stars of the hit series Murder in the First and recently recurred on Once Upon a Time, in the role of Archie Hopper and Jiminy Cricket, in the hit ABC fantasy drama. He began working at the age of 4, when a new PBS show called Sesame Street was looking for kids and by 16 he was in his first Broadway show, The Curse of the Aching Heart, opposite Faye Dunaway. At 18, just days after graduating high school, he flew to Chicago to co-star in Risky Business with Tom Cruise. He has appeared in more than 30 films, including Independence Day, Vision Quest and Pearl Harbor. He was a series regular on CBS’s The Guardian and appeared in recurring roles on Dexter, Prison Break, 24 and Star Trek: Voyager and has made more than 100 television guest appearances, with roles on The Good Wife, Castle, CSI, Chicago Fire, Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy and many more. He is also a video game voice artist and his cre [...]
Steve Cooper talks with violinist Eliza James. Eliza has been a successful, working professional musician in Los Angeles since the age of 18. She has performed on multiple occasions at the Grammys, the American Music Awards, the Academy Awards, the Women in Film Awards, the BET Awards, American Idol, the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Hollywood Christmas Celebration At the Grove, the JC Penney Jam and the Sundance Film Festival. She is the featured solo violinist in Burt Bacharach and Paul Anka’s touring bands and has played the Playboy Jazz Festival, the Wrightgaarden Langesund Summer Festival (Norway), the Milano Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festivals (Rotterdam Holland and Curacao), the Tokyo Jazz Festival, the Montreal Pop Festival and the the Umbria Jazz Festival (Perugia Italy). She has also performed with Shakira, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Pink, Daft Punk, Kanye West, P. Diddy, Googoosh, Roberta Flack, Harry Connick J [...]
Steve Cooper talks with actor Matt Malloy. Matt had his break-out performance was his co-starring role alongside Aaron Eckhart and Stacy Edwards in the 1997 black comedy movie, In the Company of Men, which he co-executive produced. He began his acting career in earnest appearing in the made-for-television movie, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, followed by the HBO mockumentary TV series, Tanner ‘88. Since then he has constantly worked over the last 28 years. His numerous TV credits include co-starring in the hit series Alpha House and guest starring in such shows as The Practice, Spin City, NYPD Blue, Ally McBeal, Star Trek: Enterprise, Providence, Six Feet Under, NCIS, House, The West Wing, The Unit, Numb3rs, Law & Order, Bones, The Mentalist, The Good Wife, Royal Pains, Modern Family, Togetherness, Grandfathers and many more. He also has appeared in countless movies including Finding Forrester, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, As Good as It Gets, The Imposters, H [...]
Steve Cooper talks with actor Rob Steinberg. Rob got his breakthrough role in Die Hard 2 as the assistant to Bill Atherton’s obnoxious TV reporter on the airplane. Then he booked a Matlock guest star and a national Scrabble commercial and he hasn’t looked back. In the Oscar winning film, 12 Years a Slave, he played Mr. Parker, the guy who saves the slaves. Out this year he will appear in LBJ starring Woody Harrelson and the soon-to-be-blockbuster, Peter Berg’s Deepwater Horizon starring Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez and Kate Hudson and is also in Adam Rifkin’s Director’s Cut starring Missy Pyle and Penn Jillette and will play a Mafia Boss in Extraction starring Bruce Willis. He has appeared in CBS’s Zoo and had recurring roles on Lifetime’s Army Wives and Drop Dead Diva, CBS’s soaps Y & R and The Bold and the Beautiful and HBO’s Treme and has gu [...]
Steve Cooper talks with director/writer Brian Herzlinger. Brian’s first feature film as a director/producer was My Date with Drew. He starred in the $1,100 film, which wa
Steve Cooper talks with actor Adrian Paul. Adrian is an actor renowned for his lead role, as Duncan Macleod, in the action series Highlander. The show spanned 6 seasons, 117 episodes and ran in over 90 countries world wide. As well as starring in numerous action films, including two Highlander Films, he has also choreographed numerous sword fights and action sequences for both television and film during his 30 year entertainment career. During that time he also directed and produced TV and Film along with founding his own charity The Peace Fund. (Protect, Educate, Aid Children Everywhere). The Peace fund has been in existence since 1997, helping improve the lives of children, in the US, Haiti, Thailand, Cambodia, Pakistan, Hungary and Romania. In June 2015, Adrian ran a Sword Experience workshop, to raise money for one of the children the Peace Fund supported. The event went so well that he decided to hold other similar events at venues across the US. At this once in a lifetime expe [...]
Steve Cooper talks with musician/songwriter Eric Bazilian. Eric is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer, best known for being a founding member of the rock band The Hooters and for writing “One of Us,” made famous by Joan Osborne in 1995. Nervous Night, The Hooters’ 1985 debut on Columbia Records, sold more than 2 million copies and included Billboard Top 40 hits “Day By Day” (#18), “And We Danced” (#21) and “Where Do The Children Go” (#38). After releasing six albums, The Hooters obtained a large global following throughout the 1980s and 1990s. As a result, they were asked to open three major musical events of the late 20th century: Live Aid in Philadelphia in 1985, Amnesty International Concert at Giants Stadium in 1986, and Roger Waters’ The Wall Concert in Berlin in 1990. In 1995, The Hooters went on hiatus but since then have released more studio and live albums and still tour together [...]
Steve Cooper talks with actor Mark Povinelli. Mark is best known for his role as The Cat in the Amazon series Mad Dogs, Kinko in the film Water for Elephants and as Todd in Are you There, Chelsea? (Which made him the first little person ever to be cast as a series regular on a network studio sitcom.) A veteran of stage he toured the world in the play Mabou Mines DollHouse and has been in other productions all over the USA. He also has countless TV and movie credits that include Dog with a Blog, Frasier, A.N.T. Farm, Criminla Minds, Breakout Kings, Modern Family, Boardwalk Empire, Til’ Death, Clod Case, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Dharma & Greg, The Polar Express, Beer for My Horses, Mirror Mirror and many more.
Steve Cooper talks with actor/writer/director/singer Michael Damian. Michael is best known for his roles as Danny Romalotti on The Young and the Restless which he played for over 20 years and his number 1 hit record Rock On. He has also starred on Broadway in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and performed that role in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He has recorded 10 studio albums and has directed 14 movies and co-written 13. His latest, High Strung has been getting rave reviews.
Steve Cooper talks with musician Richard Bush. Richard was the front man for the hugely popular Philadelphia band “The A’s” in the late 70’s and early 80’s. They had two big hits, “After Last Night” and “A Woman’s Got the Power” and recorded a few albums but eventually broke up. He took a sabbatical for many years from performing live but continued to write and record at his home studio. In 2006 he formed the band the Peace Creeps who still perform all over the Philly area to sold out crowds and he is currently working on a new album.
Steve Cooper talks with actor Abraham Benrubi. Abraham is best known for his appearances as Jerry Markovic on the long-running U.S. TV drama ER, for his first role as Larry Kubiac on the series Parker Lewis Can’t Lose and for his voice acting on the Adult Swim claymation series Robot Chicken. His first major part was on the show Wings, as Roy “R.J.” Biggins, Jr., Roy’s gay son. He would appear as R.J. twice: once during the show’s second season, and again during the seventh season. He has co-starred or been a recurring character in many popular series such as Happy Town, Memphis Beat, Men in Trees, Bosch and The Bridge and guest starred in numerous shows including Criminal Minds, Once Upon a Time, Roseanne, Bones, American Dad!, The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He also has a impressive movie resume being in the films Open Range, Without a Paddle, The Man Who Wasn’t There, U Turn, Twister, Miss Congeniality 2 and Big Hero 6 to name [...]
Steve Cooper talks with comic/actor Rick Overton. Rick a 40 year comedy vet, has starred in numerous HBO and Showtime specials and has had countless TV stand up appearances. He played The Drake on “Seinfeld” and Pam’s Dad on “The Office.” He currently recurs on Adult Swim’s “Children Hospital,” ABC’s “Last Man Standing,” TNT’s “Leverage” and recently guest starred on “The League,” “The Middle,” “The Kroll Show,” and “Newsreaders.” He has also guested on classic TV series like “Lost,” “E.R.,” “Made About You” and “Married With Children.” On the big screen, he has worked with A-list directors like Ron Howard, Chris Columbus, Harold Ramis, Jay Roach, and Steven Soderberg, with roles in films like “Bad Teacher,” “The Informant,” “Dinner for Schmucks,” “Cloverfield,” “Groundhog Day,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” and “Willow.” He also has an Emmy Award for writing on HBO’s “Dennis Miller Live.” He is curre [...]
Steve Cooper talks with singer Tiffany. Tiffany has earned two number one hit singles I Think We’re Alone Now and Could’ve Been, and set a record as the youngest female artist to top the Billboard charts with her debut album. In 2000 Billboard Magazine described Tiffany’s album The Color of Silence as “thoughtful, intelligent, and full of grace” and ranked it among the “Top Ten Best Albums of the Year”. She has sold over 15 million albums to date. She has guest stared on reality TV shows such as Food Network’s Rachael Ray VS. Guy: Celebrity Cook Off, ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap, VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club, A&E’s Celebrity Ghost Stories and Food Network Challenge. She also headlined Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series. As an actress Tiffany starred in SyFy Channel’s hit and campy movie’s Mega Piranha and Mega Python vs Gatoroid, in which the sci-fi disaster movie had her feuding with fellow pop star Debbie Gibson. For someone who has spe [...]
Steve Cooper talks with actor Jane Sibbett. Jane started her acting career as Jane Wilson on the NBC soap opera Santa Barbara in 1986-87, for which she was nominated for a Best Newcomer Soap Opera Digest Awards. In 1989, she won the role of Laurie Parr on the CBS comedy The Famous Teddy Z, co-starring with Jon Cryer and Alex Rocco. The series lasted one season. In 1991, she was cast as status-conscious bombshell Heddy Newman on the Fox sitcom Herman’s Head which quickly gained a cult following on the young broadcast network and lasted four seasons. Beginning in 1994, she played the occasional role of Carol Willick on Friends, a part-time stint that lasted until the end of the show’s seventh season in 2001. During her Friends association, Sibbett had regular roles on the short-lived CBS sitcom If Not for You (1995), playing the jilted fiancee of her former Herman’s Head co-star Hank Azaria, and in the second season of The WB’s Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher ( [...]
Steve Cooper talks with musician Dave Bickler. Dave started his musical career as lead singer of 1970s rock group Jamestown Massacre (Billboard Top 100 song “Summer Sun”) and doing commercial jingle work in Chicago. He was lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning rock band Survivor from 1977–1983 and 1993–1999. From 1999-2009, he was the singing voice behind the highly successful (most award-winning radio campaign in advertising history!) ‘Real Men of Genius’ Bud Light radio and TV commercials, including promotional events where he sang live spots and the National Anthem at major sporting events across the country. He toured the US 2013-2014 with Survivor and currently putting finishing touches on his solo project.
Steve Cooper talks with drummer David Uosikkinen. David has played drums with The Hooters for over 30 years and has recorded and performed with Alice Cooper, Rod Stewart, Cyndi Lauper, Taj Mahal and Patty Smyth, as well as with many other emerging artists. In addition, David has performed on extensive international tours, including Live Aid, Amnesty International and Roger Waters’ The Wall in Berlin. In 2011 he launched In The Pocket: Essential Songs of Philadelphia which records and makes documentary music videos of classic tunes from the City of Brotherly Love and he also created Dave U Drums, an internet service where musicians send him an outline of a song, pay a recording fee, and Uosikkinen will deliver a finished drum track within 72 hours.
Steve Cooper talks with actor Matt McCoy. Matt known for Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach and Police Academy 6: City Under Siege as Sgt. Nick Lassard. His motion picture credits have included White Wolves: A Cry in the Wild II, the Curtis Hanson films The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and L.A. Confidential as well as the action comedy National Security and he has appeared in three Bigfoot-themed movies: Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter , Little Bigfoot and Abominable. He has worked regularly on television. His credits include starring in the sitcom We Got It Made, and guest appearances on Murder, She Wrote, Star Trek: The Next Generation,The Golden Girls, The Nanny, L.A. Law, Melrose Place, NYPD Blue, Chicago Hope, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Six Feet Under, The West Wing, Carnivàle, CSI: NY, Silicon Valley, True Detective, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, NCIS, Reba, and Huff and also played Lloyd Braun in three episodes of Seinfeld. In 2014, he began app [...]
Steve Cooper talks with actor Kyle Secor. Kyle is best known for his role as Detective Tim Bayliss on the crime drama Homicide: Life on the Street. His first major television role was the character Brian Bradford on the soap opera Santa Barbara, soon followed by a stint on the hospital drama St. Elsewhere, in which he played Bret Johnson, a patient dying of AIDS. After working in several movies, including Heart of Dixie, City Slickers, Sleeping with the Enemy, Delusion and Untamed Heart. He was cast as Det. Tim Bayliss in the pilot of Homicide: Life on the Street in 1993, a role which he would fill for the entirety of the series. He then had recurring roles in shows such as Party of Five, City of Angels, Philly and Veronica Mars. From 2005 to 2006, he starred with Geena Davis in ABC’s Commander in Chief, playing Rod Calloway, the husband of the female President. He has been keeping busy ever since guest starring on such shows as Aquarius, Agent X, American Horror Story, [...]
Steve Cooper talks with actor Ione Skye. Ione is best known for her role as Diane Court in the iconic 80s film Say Anything written and directed by Cameron Crowe. She has starred in many films including River’s Edge, Wayne’s World, Gas Food Lodging, Four Rooms, Fever Pitch, Bad Girls Behind Bars and appeared in television shows such as Covington Cross, The Twilight Zone, The Dead Zone, Private Practice and Arrested Development. She is also an accomplished painter having art shows in Tokyo and Los Angeles and recently had a children’s book published.