Monday, December 20, 2010
Comedian, character actor and "World Champion" are just a few of the titles Judah Friedlander has given himself, and while his championship claims are up for debate, the other two credits are more easily verified. Those who enjoy going to comedy clubs can see Judah and his stockpile of hats whenever he comes to their town, but for those who don’t like to go out, you can also find him every Thursday night in the hit NBC sitcom, 30 Rock. He’s also appeared in a number if independent films (usually receiving rave reviews) as well as blockbusters like Meet the Parents, Starsky & Hutch, Showtime and Zoolander. Judah has also recently released a new book entitled "How to Beat Up Anybody," (available on Amazon) which is a natural project for a "World Champion" and karate master.
For the most part, audiences only knew Kevin Pollak as one of Hollywood’s finest character actors, forgetting that he is also one the best standup comedians in the country. But that would all change when Kevin, performing as Christopher Walken, uttered the sentence, “Frankenstein never scared me; marsupials do, because they’re fast.” In that instant, he had created a catchphrase that would remain in our usage for years to come. This isn't meant to downplay his fine film work in movies like A Few Good Men, The Usual Suspects and The Whole Nine Yards, but we’re talking about a piece that remains among B&T's most requested bits. On that note, Kevin has created a new podcast called "Talkin Walken" in which he only speaks as Christopher Walken. It's already cracked the iTunes Top 10 Follow Kevin on twitter. You can also buy Kevin's new book How I Slept My Way to the Middle.
With hits under his belt like School of Rock, Tropic Thunder, Shallow Hal and Nacho Libre, Jack Black has become one of the biggest box-office comedy stars of the past decade. But Black's talents extend beyond comedy films, he also formed a folk/rock band Tenacious D, lent his voice to the animated features Shark Tale and Kung-Fu Panda, and starred in the dramatic remake of King Kong. And while those thing have been great, Black is set to star in his biggest role to date in the new film Gulliver's Travels, opening on Christmas day everywhere.
The name Gene Simmons will forever conjure up images of the face painted, tongue-wagging, rock and roll demon from KISS. But considering the band is ranked among the greatest, most accomplished and well-known American rock bands in the world, we're sure he doesn't mind. But don't let the makeup fool you, there's a lot more to Mr. Simmons than you might think. He's also an accomplished actor, author, movie producer and entrepreneur. Simmons is the brains behind the Kiss Coffee House, KISS Comics, the hit film, Detroit Rock City, and star of the reality series "Gene Simmons Family Jewels." But all that aside, Gene still likes to rock, something he and his bandmates do on the new KISS album, Monster. Follow Gene on twitter.
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.