Thursday, May 5, 2011
Brian Dunkleman is best known for hosting the first season of American Idol. He began doing stand-up comedy in 1992, winning the title Buffalo’s Funniest New Comedian. Since then he’s performed at HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, appeared on NBC’s "Late Friday," TBS’s "Very Funny" at the Laugh Factory, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and recently had his own stand up comedy special air on SHOWTIME. He's also made several guest-starring appearances on popular TV shows such as "Friends," "That 70s Show," "NYPD Blue," "Ghost Whisperer," "Las Vegas," and "My Name Is Earl." Follow Brian on twitter and check out his new podcast.
Dick Van Dyke
When looking back on the golden age of Television and Hollywood, nobody's star shines brighter than actor Dick Van Dyke. His comedic timing and undeniable charm help make his sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show" one of the most memorable and beloved of all time. Out side of television, Van Dyke was also a hit on the big screen, including roles in the timeless classics Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Now Dick Van Dyke is telling the stories of his life on and off the screen in the new book, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business.
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.
Comedian. Farmer. Mayor. Drew Hastings' trademark comedy is both hilarious and self-deprecating. His stand up is driven by his own angst and observations on the decline of America. His Farmageddon Tour deals with his misadventures of being the most unlikely farmer you'll ever meet. As the newly-elected mayor of a Midwestern city, he's an anti-authority guy in a position of authority, making him an alternative conservative. From his critically acclaimed, one-hour comedy special, to his multiple appearances on late night television, Drew has done it all.. His Follow Drew on facebook and twitter. Buy his new "Farmageddon" special on Amazon or iTunes.
After the Battle of Mogadishu, where he was awarded the Silver Star, Howard Wasdin medically retired from the Navy after 12 years of service. With his background, he's more than familiar with SEAL Team Six, the same team that recently took our Osama bin Laden. What goes through a SEAL Team Six member’s head when they are about to take the type of action they did against bin Laden? What is SEAL Team Six’s working relationship with the CIA? How is the intel processed, not just as an event like this happens but also in the weeks and months leading up to it? And what makes these guys the best at what they do? We'll ask Wasdin these questions and more. Read Wadsin's book SEAL Team Six.