Monday, August 4, 2008
Get Ready for Newton Faulkner
Newton Faulkner believes in accidents which is why this 23-year-old singer-songwriter makes music full of serendipity and happenstance, coincidence and luck. As his new album's title suggests, Hand Built By Robots contains acoustic music for the digital age: Faulkner croons in a voice shaped by years spent listening to Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Tom Waits and plays guitar with a distinctive tap-pick-and-strum technique that allows him to use the instrument as guitar, bass and drums all at once. Call it folk-pop for the future, and get ready to hear quite a lot of it as Faulkner goes about spreading his success to these shores.
Is that John Madden, Dr. Phil, Charles Barkley, Robin Williams, Al Pacino, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in the studio at the same time? No, it's just comedian and impressionist Frank Caliendo, but we can see where you'd be fooled. Caliendo was the star of the TBS show, "Frank TV," has appeared on a number of late night programs, had his own Vegas show for many years, and is the new comedic component of ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown. Follow Frank on facebook and twitter.
Scott Dunn is a stand-up comedian, a novelist, a father of two, and a husband of one. He's also a full-time history buff, and famous for his roasts of famous historical figures and events. He also occasionally calls in with History Lessons and Quizes, which means if you see his name on the guest board, you'd better start studying. In his spare time (when he's got any) he writes jokes for a number of shows including "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader." And that's a little bit about Scott Dunn.
Dr. Will Miller
Long time friend of the show, Dr. Will Miller, is an ordained minister, former standup comedian, keynote speaker, teacher and full-time therapist at a major University, yet somehow he still finds time to write books including Why We Watch and Refrigerator Rights (the latter of which has just recently been re-released with an all new chapter and updated research.) He's also the formorst expert on how classic television secretly revals the inner stuggles in all of us. Meaning, while you watch shows like "Mr. Ed" and "Bewitched" to get a few laughs, he's looking to find out what's going on in that messed up brain of yours. Follow Dr. Will on twitter.