Tuesday, April 7, 2009
A former stand-up comedian, Bill Scheft decided a number of years ago that he preferred writing the jokes to telling them. That's what's made him such a valuable asset to "The Late Show w/ David Letterman," where he's one of the head writers for Dave's famous opening monologues. He also contributed to the new book, The Late Show Fun Facts, authored by Letterman and the other Late Show writers. But this isn't Bill's only published work, he's also the author of three novels, The Ringer, Time Won't Let Me, and Everything Hurts (with a fourth novel, Shrink Thyself, on the way in April). His newest book is The Final Four of Everything. Check out Bill's band, The Truants. Follow Bill Scheft on twitter. And if you're a golf fan, you'll enjoy this book Bill put together of stories collected from his Uncle about The Masters.
It's time for another exciting episode of the best joke filled, news feature hosted by a stand-up comedian named Bob Zany, The Zany Report. But the Report isn't the only thing you'll get when Bob calls in, we'll also find out where he's playing next, Bing Crosby will tell a joke, and some lucky fan will win prizes after fixing one Zany's less than successful punch lines. So you'd better tune it because it's going to be huge! In other news, Bob was recently featured in the Matt Damon film, The Informant! and is the star of the new documentary Close But No Cigar: Bob Zany which you can find here and pre-order the 2-DVD set here. Follow Bob on Facebook and twitter. Bob also has a new Podcast, "The Bob Zany Show" with Zan Aufdeerheide.
Very few musicians ever get to play with their idols, but guitar virtuoso Nils Lofgren was doing just that at age 17 when he joined Neil Young's band on his certified platinum After the Gold Rush album. From that early start Nils has since played with Ringo Starr's All-Star Band, was the Musical Director for the Cable Ace Awards, and is the guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band (currently out on tour). Though Nils keeps busy, he still finds time to teach wannabe rockers how to play their own ax with his Online Guitar School. In other news, Nils recently released a brand new album, Old School, which is also available as a download.