Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday April 30th 2015

Rick Egusquiza9:15AM (PST) – Rick Egusquiza, West Coast Editor of In Touch Weekly, Life and Style Weekly and Closer Weekly

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Egusquiza is the veteran gossip hound famed for being the first one to break the story/scandal of political figure John Edwards’ extramarital affair – ten months before mainstream media jumped on the bandwagon.

A bartender turned Hollywood reporter/gossip guru, Rick joined the National Enquirer back in early 2000 by pure serendipity – being at the right place at the right time – but also for the mere fact that the very West Coast hipster-looking thespian has a unique certain je ne sais quoi that somehow makes him a people magnet – he’s everybody’s confidant.
Egusquiza is a walking encyclopedia of all things entertainment celebrity related. Like a sponge, he absorbs information at the speed of light, retains names and faces in a heartbeat, always got the perfect punch and/or comeback line, and of course is always in the know and in the now!
It’s nearly impossible to resist the captivatingly entertaining spell of this corky, bubbly, at times goofy, unique character who luckily for us is blessed with an infectiously great sense of humor, a contagiously energetic and hysterically comical personality. Needless to say, the camera loves him! The fit 45-year-old Cuban-American/New Jersey native has a very unique fashion style sporting his trademark signature attire- flip-flops and black-rimmed glasses – and an indelible “Joie de vivre” grin on his face. He’s appeared on numerous TV shows including Inside Edition, Geraldo at Large on Fox News and CNN to name a few.

There’s definitely something reassuring and contagiously appealing about Rick’s uber cool personality that impulsively draws you to him. Charming and charismatic in a non-threatening way, his ever-so approachable demeanor naturally makes him the perfect candidate to be the ideal “best friend” – and indeed, that’s just it…everybody loves Rick.

Lahna Turner9:15AM (PST) – Lahna Turner, Comedian, Pop Culture Panel

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Wednesday May 13th at the Irvine Improv in Irvine, CA
Thursday May 14th at Flappers Comedy Club Burbank, CA
August 6th-9th in Schaumburg, IL at the Chicago Improv

Lahna Turner is quickly becoming one of the hottest females on the comedy circuit. With her sharp wit and hilarious songs, Lahna holds nothing back as she shares insights and observations from her life as a wife, mother, and the uncensored inner voice of millions of women. In August, she will release her first one-hour special, filmed live in Las Vegas, titled “So… I Wrote A Song About It”.
Able to relate to people like few entertainers can, Lahna is absolutely unafraid to say things that might at first seem “uncomfortable”, but inevitably have the audiences relating and rolling with laughter. She has a unique point of view as a comedian. She’s a mother of two children, a wife, and a writer. She balances her career and home life brilliantly, with a seemingly endless amount of energy. She is then able to take her life experiences and her comedic wit, and relate to people about the things we all go through on a daily basis.

Lahna has appeared on NBC, Comedy Central, Animal Planet and VH1. She has also been featured as a commentator on CMT Insider and most recently on TruTV’s “How to be a Grownup”. She regularly plays the top comedy clubs and theaters around the country and has also done several tours for the USO. This year, she made her big screen debut in the award-winning indie film “Teacher of The Year”. Her two comedy albums, “If These Lips Could Talk” and “D!@k Jokes and Other Assorted Love Songs”, have received airplay at top radio stations across the country as well as National Lampoon’s Top 40 comedy countdown, and are currently in rotation on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

When she’s not on the road, Lahna divides her time between Nashville and Los Angeles with her husband, comedian Ralphie May, their two wonderful children, April June May and August James May, and their dog Hoochie Mama.

Dave Pelzer10:15AM (PST) – Dave Pelzer, NY Times best selling author of the book “Too Close to Me”

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Too Close to Me: The Middle-Aged Consequences of Revealing a Child Called “It”

As an individual who represents overcoming adversity, Dave has dedicated his life helping others to help themselves.
As a former Air Force Combat Air Crew Member, Dave’s job entailed midair refueling of the once highly secretive SR-71 Blackbird and the F-117 Stealth Fighter. While on active duty, Dave was selected as California Volunteer of the Year.
Dave has received personal commendations from four U. S. Presidents. Dave was honored as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans, and later, was the only American to be honored as The Outstanding Young Person of the World. Dave is also the recipient of the National Jefferson Award which is considered the Pulitzer Prize for public service. Other recipients include Sandra Day O’Connor and Colin Powell.

Dave is the author of eight inspirational books. His latest book is Too Close to Me. Dave’s books have been on the Best Sellers lists for well over 13 years combined. A Child Called “It” alone has been on the New York Times bestsellers list for well over 6 years. Dave is the first author to have four #1 International Best Sellers and to have four books simultaneously on the New York Times Best Sellers List.

Greg Kihn11:30AM (PST) – Greg Kihn, Rock Star, Radio Personality, Musician and author of the book, “Painted Black”

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Painted Black: A Novel (Dust Bin Bob)

Called “Rock’s True Renaissance Man” by NBC, Greg Kihn’s career stretches from the dawn of punk and Indie Rock to the discos of the 80’s to the glory days of MTV, including a career high of the Greg Kihn Band opening for The Rolling Stones in October 1981 on the Tattoo You tour during their two night sold-out Seattle Kingdome concert stand, performing in front of 69,132 and 68,028 fans respectively. As a pioneering recording artist with the legendary Beserkley Records of the 1970’s and 1980’s with chart-topping songs and MTV videos for “Jeopardy” and “The Breakup Song (They Don’t Write ‘Em Like That)”, Greg Kihn helped write the book on revolutionary west coast Rock and Roll. In the 90’s, Greg Kihn turned his attention to writing fiction and FM Radio. He published six novels, a handful of short stories in various anthologies, and edited a compilation of original fiction by famous musicians. His first novel in 1997, Horror Show, was nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel. Breaking into FM Radio in 1996, Greg is recognized as the longest reigning #1 Classic Rock Radio morning man in the San Francisco/San Jose Bay Area serving 17-years behind the microphone. In September 2012 he was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame. The Greg Kihn Band, (represented by Paradise Artists) with his son Ry Kihn on lead guitar, performs continuously in major markets throughout the USA.

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday April 29th 2015

Kat Perkins9:00AM (PST) – Kat Perkins, Correspondent, The Voice

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Fearless is available on iTunes
Live on the stage of the Medora Musical for ONE DAY ONLY! ~JULY 31, 2015~

Growing up the daughter of a music teacher, Kat Perkins has been singing, dancing, and performing for just about as long as she can remember. At just 15 years old, she made the move to the Twin Cities from rural North Dakota and her professional career began as she became a success in the Minneapolis-St. Paul theatre scene.

Over the years, Perkins has performed and recorded with her bands Scarlet Haze, Northern Comfort, and SKITZOfrenic. Scarlet Haze’s third record came out February of 2012 and was produced by James ‘Fluff’ Harley of World Record Productions and the debut single features Guns N’ Roses guitars Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Nine Inch Nails drummer Ilan Rubin, Grammy-nominated producer Joe Marlett (Foo Fighters, Korn) and her current musical director Eric Warner.
Perkins recently found herself in the national spotlight on NBC’s THE VOICE as a Top 5 contestant coached by Adam Levine (of Maroon 5). Her single, “Fearless” was produced by John Fields (Pink, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez) and independently hit #5 upon release on the iTunes charts.

When not on stage, you can usually find Perkins nannying, writing, recording and constantly coming up with new projects as well as managing other bands in the business. She speaks at many schools also.

Eric Bogosian9:30AM (PST) – Eric Bogosian, author of the new book, “Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide”

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Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide

Eric Bogosian is an actor, playwright, and novelist of Armenian descent. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his play Talk Radio, and is the recipient of the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear Award, as well as three Obie Awards and the Drama Desk. In addition to his celebrated work in the theater and onscreen, he has authored three novels. He lives in New York City with the director Jo Bonney.

Regina Leeds10:15AM (PST) – Regina Leeds, Author of the book, “Right Size, Right Now: The 8 week plan to organize, declutter and make any move stress free”

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www.reginaleeds.com
Rightsize . . . Right Now!: The 8-Week Plan to Organize, Declutter, and Make Any Move Stress-Free

Regina Leeds, names best organizer by Los Angeles Magazine, is the author of nine books, including the national bestseller “One Year to an Organized Life”. She has helped her clients prepare for new spaces with practical support and a fresh perspective. She sees moving as an opportunity to start fresh, downsize, and simplify.

Charlaine Harris11:15AM (PST) – Charlaine Harris, The New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, the basis for HBO’s “True Blood”, discusses the second book in her new trilogy, “Day Shift”

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Aurora Teagarden Mystery: A Bone to Pick
Day Shift (Midnight, Texas)

Charlaine Harris is a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing for over thirty years. She was born and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and teenage angst, she began writing plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She switched to novels a few years later, and achieved publication in 1981 with Sweet and Deadly.
After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris launched the lighthearted Aurora Teagarden books with Real Murders, a Best Novel 1990 nomination for the Agatha Awards. Harris wrote eight books in her series about a Georgia librarian. In 1996, she released the first in the much darker Shakespeare mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth Lily Bard, a karate student who makes her living cleaning houses. Shakespeare’s Counselor, the fifth—and final—Lily Bard novel, was printed in fall 2001.
By then, Harris was feeling the call of new territory. Starting with the premise of a young woman with a disability who wants to try inter-species dating, she created The Sookie Stackhouse urban fantasy series before there was a genre called “urban fantasy”. Telepathic barmaid Sookie Stackhouse works in a bar in the fictional northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The first book in the series, Dead Until Dark, won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery in 2001. Each subsequent book follows Sookie through adventures involving vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures. The series, which ended in 2013, has been released in over thirty languages.

Sookie Stackhouse has proven to be so popular that Alan Ball, creator of the HBO television series Six Feet Under, announced he would undertake the production of a new HBO series based upon the books He wrote and directed the pilot episode for that series, True Blood, which premiered in September of 2008.
In October 2005, the first of Harris’s new mystery series about a young woman named Harper Connelly debuted with the release of Grave Sight. Harper has the ability to determine the cause of death of any body. After four novels, this series is on hiatus.
Now Harris is working on a trilogy of graphic novels with Christopher Golden and artist Don Kramer, “Cemetery Girl”. On her own she is writing a new series set in the small town of Midnight, Texas.
Harris has also co-edited a series of very popular anthologies with her friend Toni L.P. Kelner, aka Leigh Perry. The anthologies feature stories with an element of the supernatural, and the submissions come from a rare mixture of mystery and urban fantasy writers.

Professionally, Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the American Crime Writers League, Sisters in Crime, and the International Crime Writers Association. She is a past member of the boards of Sisters in Crime and MWA, and she has served as president of the MWA. She is also a member of Science Fiction Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and Romance Writers of America, just to make sure she’s covered.
Personally, Harris has been married for many years. She mother of three wonderful children and the grandmother of two. She lives in central Texas, and when she is not writing her own books, she reads omnivorously. Her house is full of rescue dogs.

The Marilu Henner Show – Tuesday April 28th 2015

Dylan Brody9:30AM (PST) – Dylan Brody, Humorist and former Tonight Show writer

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@dylanbrody

Dylan Brody is one America’s leading humorists and story tellers. With fans that include comedic legends such as Carl Reiner, Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr and Paul Krassner, and an ever-expanding repertoire of witty and profound tales of his journey through life that are unique, yet utterly recognizable to everyone, Dylan has earned a reputation as one of America’s fastest rising storytellers.

Dylan has been invited again in 2014, to appear on stage with fellow humorist and best selling authour David Sedaris.
He currently writes and performs regularly for “The David Feldman Show” on KPFK (Pacifica Radio) in Los Angeles, “The Drive” with Steve Jaxon on KSRO (Sonoma County) and is a regular contributor to John Rabe’s “OFF RAMP” on KPCC, NPR’s Pasadena affiliate. His material runs on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio’s comedy channels, Pandora and he is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. He has written for dozens of comedians, including Jay Leno, who has used Brody’s work in his monologues on NBC’s The Tonight Show.
In 2005, Dylan won the Stanley Drama award for playwriting. He is a thrice-published author of fiction for the Young Adult market with one of his books, A Tale of a Hero and The Song of Her Sword finding a place in the curriculum at several public schools in the U.S., earning him a yearly influx of poorly written fan letters and e-mails to which Mr. Brody diligently replies.
He has appeared on A&E’s “Comedy on the Road”, FOX TV’s “Comedy Express”, and Showtime’s “The Green Room with Paul Provenza”. In 2010, Dylan appeared in the George Carlin Tribute at the New York Public Library, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, featuring Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller, Ben Stiller, Kevin Smith, Louis C.K., and publisher Lewis Lapham, among others.

In early 2007, Dylan Brody’s “Thinking Allowed”, brought long form humor and insight, literate and literary, to a broad based audience. The show, the first of its kind ever in the venue, enjoyed a successful six month run on the main stage at the Hollywood Improv.
With five CDs out on the Stand Up! Records label since 2009 and a new deal with Rooftop Comedy for the release of his solo show MORE ARTS/LESS MARTIAL as a digital video download as well as a digital release of a new comedy album, Dylan Goes Electric released in September of 2014, Dylan’s body of work just continues to grow along with his popularity as a live performer.
Dylan has worked in venues fall over the world, sharing the stage with some of the comedy world’s biggest stars including: Adam Sandler, Dennis Miller, Jon Lovitz, Larry Miller, Norm McDonald, Louie Anderson, Richard Belzer, Larry David, and Jerry Seinfeld. He has appeared at M.I.T., at Sarah Lawrence College’s vast Reisinger Concert Hall and served as Northfield Mount Hermon School’s first ever Artist in Residence.

George Hodgman10:15AM (PST) – George Hodgman, author of the New York Times bestselling memoir “Bettyville”

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Bettyville: A Memoir

George Hodgmanis a veteran magazine and book editor who has worked at Simon & Schuster, Vanity Fair, and Talk magazine. His writing has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Interview, W, and Harper’s Bazaar. He lives in New York City and Paris, Missouri.

Lawrence Kotlikoff11:15AM (PST) – Lawrence Kotlikoff, Author of “Get What’s Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security”

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Get What’s Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security

Laurence J. Kotlikoff is a William Fairfield Warren Professor at Boston University, a Professor of Economics at Boston University, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, President of Economic Security Planning, Inc., a company specializing in financial planning software, and the Director of the Tax Analysis Center. An active columnist, Professor Kotlikoff’s columns and blogs have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, the Boston Globe, Bloomberg, Forbes, Vox, The Economist, Yahoo.com, Huffington Post and other major publications. In addition, he is a frequent quest on major television and radio stations. In 2014, he was named by The Economist as one of the world’s 25 most influential economists.
Professor Kotlikoff received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973 and his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1977. From 1977 through 1983 he served on the faculties of economics of the University of California, Los Angeles and Yale University. In 1981-82 Professor Kotlikoff was a Senior Economist with the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Professor Kotlikoff is author or co-author of 17 books and hundreds of professional journal articles. His most recent books are Get What’s Yours – the Secrets of Maxing Out Your Social Security Benefits (co-authored with Philip Moeller and Paul Solman, Simon & Schuster), The Clash of Generations (co-authored with Scott Burns, MIT Press), The Economic Consequences of the Vickers Commission (Civitas), Jimmy Stewart Is Dead (John Wiley & Sons), Spend ‘Til the End (co-authored with Scott Burns, Simon & Schuster), The Healthcare Fix (MIT Press), The Coming Generational Storm (co-authored with Scott Burns, MIT Press) and Generational Policy (MIT Press).
Professor Kotlikoff’s writings and research address financial reform, personal finance, taxes, Social Security, healthcare, deficits, generational accounting, pensions, saving, and insurance.

Professor Kotlikoff has served as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Harvard Institute for International Development, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Swedish Ministry of Finance, the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Italy, the Bank of Japan, the Bank of England, the Government of Russia, the Government of Ukraine, the Government of Bolivia, the Government of Bulgaria, the Treasury of New Zealand, the Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Joint Committee on Taxation, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, The American Council of Life Insurance, Merrill Lynch, Fidelity Investments, AT&T, AON Corp., and other major U.S. corporations.
He has provided expert testimony on numerous occasions to committees of Congress including the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee.

Mark Anthony11:30AM (PST) – Mark Anthony, Psychic Lawyer®

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www.evidenceofeternity.com

Mark Anthony the Psychic Lawyer® is the author of the best-seller Never Letting Go and the newly released Evidence of Eternity. He is a world-renowned fourth generation psychic medium who communicates with spirits. Mark is an Oxford educated attorney licensed to practice law in Florida, Washington D.C. and before the United States Supreme Court. In England he studied Mediumship at the prestigious Arthur Findlay College for the Advancement of Psychic Science. Mark is featured regularly on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX Television and on major talk radio shows such as Coast to Coast AM, Darkness Radio, and Sirius XM as a psychic medium, paranormal expert and legal analyst in high profile murder cas es. He is a featured speaker at conventions, expos and spiritual organizations such as the Edgar Cayce A.R.E. and universities including Harvard, Brown and Yale.

The Marilu Henner Show – Monday April 27th 2015

Lauren Lake9:30AM (PST) – Lauren Lake, Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court

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@LaurenLakeEnt
www.paternitycourt.tv
@PaternityCourt
Girl! Let Me Tell You…Advice on Life and Love for Single Successful Women

Lauren Lake, is a renowned attorney and legal expert and the judge we have all come to know from TV’s hit ​syndicated courtroom series, “Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court”. She built a prominent law career as a member of the New York, New Jersey, and Michigan bars with a concentration in family, criminal, and entertainment law.

Lake co-founded the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN), which promotes the positive portrayal of women in entertainment and society through nationwide mentoring and outreach programs for young women. An accomplished musician, entertainer and all-around creative spirit, Lauren has sung background for platinum selling artists like Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige and P. Diddy and was host and designer on HGTV’s “Spice Up My Kitchen” and “Showdown Champion” for two consecutive years.

Lauren is a legal and lifestyle expert who has frequently appeared on the “Today Show”, “Access Hollywood Live”, “The Wendy Williams Show”, CNN, “The Insider” and many others.

Dr. Donald Sull10:15AM (PST) – Dr. Donald Sull, co-author of the book “Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World”

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Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World

Dr. Donald Sull is a global expert on strategy and execution in turbulent markets. He is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and was formerly a Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School, where he won three teaching awards. He earned his MBA and Ph.D. from Harvard Business School, where he won the George S. Dively Award for outstanding dissertation and was a finalist for the Levenson Teaching Prize. He has published five award-winning books, ten best-selling Harvard Business Review articles, and over 100 case studies, articles, and book chapters on strategy and execution in turbulent markets. Sull splits his time between Cambridge, Massachusetts and Cape Cod.

Brendan Hare11:15AM (PST) – Brendan Hare, former teacher, attorney and author of “From Working to Wisdom: The Adventures and Dreams of Older Americans”

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From Working to Wisdom: The Adventures and Dreams of Older Americans

Brendan Hare is a recent retiree who previously worked as a teacher, a college economics instructor, and for over forty years, as an attorney. He served as chief litigation counsel for a Fortune 50 company, and later as the founder and managing partner of his own law firm. For over twenty years, he built and guided a sizable national practice, with clients drawn from some of the largest corporations in America.

When he faced retirement he felt anxious about it, so he searched for a book to help him transition. He couldn’t find what he was looking for, so he set out to interview nearly 50 older Americans from all walks of life around the country, and wrote the book himself. It’s called From Working to Wisdom: The Adventures and Dreams of Older Americans and is available on Amazon.

11:30AM (PST) – actress Jennifer Tilly and Emmy award nominated writer and performer Gene Pack from Celebrity Autobiography

GRAMMY Museum® presents: Celebrity Autobiography: The Music Edition, Volume 5; Wednesday, April 29; 8:00 PM
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Jennifer Tilly
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Jennifer Tilly received an Academy Award nomination for her role in Woody Allen’s “Bullets Over Broadway” for her memorable portrayal of the terribly untalented Olive, actress wannabe, and gangster’s moll. Her performance in “Liar Liar” as Jim Carrey’s gold digging client earned her an American Comedy Award nomination, as well as a Blockbuster award nomination as Favorite Supporting Actress.
But she is perhaps best known from the indie noir film “Bound”, which has earned her a cult following. “Bound”, directed by the Wachowski’s follows two lesbian con artists trying to rip off the mob, and garnered many accolades including a GLAAD media award, and a Saturn award nomination (Best Actress) for Tilly.
Other film credits include “The Getaway”, “The Fabulous Baker Boys”, “Let It Ride”, “The Cat’s Meow”, “Intervention”, (Winner-Best Actress-San Diego Film Festival) “Dancing at the Blue Iguana”, “Made in America”, “Bride of Chucky”, (Saturn Award nominee-Best Actress) “Seed of Chucky”, “The Crew”, “The Wrong Guy”, “Inconceivable”, (Winner-Best Actress-WIFT) “An American Girl”, “Edie and Penn”, “Hide and Seek”, “Saint Ralph”, “The Doors”, ”Relative Evil” (Winner-Best Actress-DVD Exclusive Awards) “Second Best”, “Tidelands”, and many more. She has a recurring role on “Modern Family”, and recently guested on “Drop Dead Diva”, and “CSI”. Other notable appearances include “Moonlighting”, “Cheers”, and “Frasier”. She had recurring roles on “Hill Street Blues”, “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” (Ace award nomination-Best Actress) and “Out of Practice” (CBS).She was a series regular on “Key West” (Fox) and “Shaping Up” (NBC). She starred in the miniseries “Bella Mafia”, with Vanessa Redgrave (CBS) and “Sister Mary Explains It All”, with Diane Keaton, for Showtime. She also appeared in a remake of “The Magnificent Ambersons”, with Madeleine Stowe (A&E). For her performance in the Showtime movie “Heads” she received a Gemini Award nomination (Best Actress).
Tilly is in great demand as a voice over actor. For the last eleven years she has delighted audiences as the perpetually pregnant Bonnie on “Family Guy”. She played the snaky haired Celia in Pixel’s classicmovie “Monster’s Inc.”, Grace, the new age cow in Disney’s “Home on the Range”, a con mouse in “Stuart Little”, and Madame Leota in “The Haunted Mansion”. Upcoming cartoon series include lead roles in “Coffin Dodgers” (Adult Swim) and Matt Maiellaro’s “Spring Break” (Fox).
Equally at home on stage as well as film, she has many theatre credits under her belt including “Tartuffe”, (LA Public Theatre) “Boy’s Life” (LAAT) and “Baby With The Bathwater”, (LAPT) and “Vanities” (Dramalogue Award-Best Actress). She received a “Theatre World Award” (Best Newcomer) for her performance in Second Stage’s “One Shoe Off” at the Joseph Papp Theatre. In 2001 she starred in the Roundabout’s revival of “The Women” with Cynthia Nixon, and Kristen Johnson at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. In 2012, she returned to the Roundabout to star in another revival; “Don’t Dress for Dinner”, which garnered her a nomination as “Favorite Funny Performance” in the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards. She is also a regular performer in the smash hit comedy revue, “Celebrity Autobiography” and Illeana Douglas’ “Living Room Show”.
She appeared with Miranda Richardson in the critically acclaimed world premiere of Wallace Shawn’s new play “Grasses of a Thousand Colors” at the Royal Court Theatre in London. Last fall the play had its first American premiere at the Joseph Papp theatre. The play was again directed by the legendary Andre Gregory, and also starred Wallace Shawn, and Julie Hagerty. Most recent films include “Amelia’s 25th” with Danny Trejo, “The Secret Life of Dorks”, with Jim Belushi, and “Curse of Chucky”.

These days Jennifer is dividing her career between acting and poker. In 2005 she astounded the Poker world when she bested a field of over 600 women to win the coveted gold bracelet at The World Series of Poker. She followed that up by capturing a WPT title, winning Ladies Night 3. Since then her career poker winnings total 891,254. She has had deep runs in numerous tournaments, including a first place win in three open events; the 1k NLHE at the Fifth Annual Five Diamond Poker Tournament, the Paul Hannum 1k Charity Event, and the WPT 5k Bellagio Cup VI.
She has appeared on many poker television shows, included Poker Superstars, Party Poker Women’s World Open, Poker After Dark, The PokerStars Big Game, NBC Heads Up tournament, Poker Royale, The Party Poker Big Game, The Poker Lounge, Live at The Bike, The Full Tilt Poker Million, The Party Poker World Open, Poker Nations Cup, and the 25k Invitational High Roller Bounty Shootout. Most recently she made the final table at the prestigious PartyPoker Premier League VI.
Readers of Bluff magazine know her for her monthly poker column that she had been writing for almost eight years. Her longtime boyfriend Phil Laak is also a professional poker player. His poker nickname “The Unabomber”, garnered Jennifer the soubriquet of “The Unabombshell”.

Gene Pack

Eugene Pack is an Emmy Award-nominated writer, creator, performer and executive producer.
His play “Hitherto” is headed for a Broadway production in 2016.

As an executive producer, Pack created the highly successful CMT series “Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making the Team”, now in its remarkable tenth season. The series has proved to be a huge ratings success for the network, and has even inspired a fitness competition series and a spin-off pilot.
Pack created, executive produced and performed in the critically acclaimed special for Bravo TV based on his long running hit live comedy show, “Celebrity Autobiography” where star performers “interpret” the actual prose of jaw-dropping celebrity memoirs. Pack’s stage show has been praised and profiled in the New York, Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, In Style Magazine and Rolling Stone, which voted the show “Cool Night Out.” “Celebrity Autobiography” has been running Off-Broadway at NYC’s Triad Theatre to sold out audiences for over five years, with a rotating cast of superstars including Matthew Broderick, Ryan Reynolds, Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig and more. Pack won the Drama Desk Award for “Unique Theatrical Event” and the Bistro Award for “Live Comedy Series”. The show is touring the United States and abroad, including London’s West End, Australia’s Sydney Opera House, and headlining the Edinburgh Festival.
Pack also created “Back to the Grind”, an original series for TV Land which took stars of classic tv shows and had them attempting to do the jobs they did on tv for real. He also created the before/after series “What I Hate About Me” for the Style Network.

Pack is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied writing/directing and worked with David Mamet’s Practical Aesthetics Workshop, the Atlantic Theatre Company, and Playwright’s Horizons. As a playwright-performer, Pack has performed three critically acclaimed comedic solo shows – “The Senior”, “Something Flexible With Meaning”, and “Undisputed: My Night With the Queen of the Soul” which recounts a hilarious and unforgettable night with Miss Aretha Franklin. His one-acts, under the title “Four Pack”, were produced at Theatre West and were finalists at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. His full-length play “Elinor Adjusting” was optioned for television and “Stan the Man” was optioned for film. He collaborated with Motown founder Berry Gordy on the Broadway bound script “To Be Loved”.
After beginning his television writing career on MTV’s “Jenny McCarthy Show”, Pack went on to write for top comedy-variety, music and event specials, such as the Emmy Award winning special “America: A Tribute to Heroes” to “The Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade” (Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Special)… the “MTV Movie Awards”… “Tsunami Aid: A Concert for Hope”… and “The Annual Academy Awards” to name a few. His work on the annual CBS special “A Home For the Holidays” was recognized by the Television Academy Honors. Pack also co-created, produced, and wrote the situation comedy pilot “Signs Of Life” for VH1. Other producing credits include “Countdown to the Emmys” for NBC, “ACM ‘s Girls Night Out” and “The Academy of Country Music Awards”.
Other shows Pack has written for include: “CBS Hollywood After Party”, Fashion Rocks!”, “Boston Pops Spectacular”, “The American Giving Awards”, “The Daytime Emmys”, “The Mentalist”, “Sabrina: The Animated Series”, “The My VH1 Music Awards”, “The NFL Opening Kickoff”, “Countdown to the Oscars”, “The Victoria’s Secret Special”, “GQ Man of the Year Honors”, and “VH1 Divas Live!”.

The Marilu Henner Show – Friday April 24th 2015

Randi Rahm9:30AM (PST) – Randi Rahm, Fashion Designer

www.randirahm.com
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@RandiRahm
Randi Rahm Studio on Facebook

Randi Rahm is an American fashion designer based in New York City and raised in Long Island. She is a classically trained concert pianist and musician. She is well known for her couture gowns, bridal wear and evening wear collections and her wide range of clientele, including celebrities and socialites.

Rahm has made wedding gowns and has dressed celebrities ranging from artists such as Carrie Underwood, Beyoncé Knowles, Mariah Carey, Ashanti, Fergie to actresses such as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Halle Berry, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Katherine Heigl, Hayden Panettiere, Eva Mendes, Eva Longoria and Nikki Reed along with various other celebrities.
Her designs have been featured in leading publications such as the New York Times, New York Magazine, New York Daily News, Los Angeles Times, InStyle, Us Weekly, People, IN Touch, People en Espanol, WWD, Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, Soap Opera Weekly and on the hit ABC Reality show ‘Bachelorette’. Ashley Herbert wore one of Rahm’s designs in the live “Will you accept the rose?” episode.
Randi opened her Fifth Avenue Atelier in 1998. As word of her design talent grew, so did her business; In 2010, Randi was profiled and interviewed on FOX NEWS regarding her success as an entrepreneur and the format of her business model, since then she has been featured in many leading publications and had a miniseries filmed for LXTV which aired on NBC New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Miami & Philadelphia.
She recently moved into her chic new Madison Avenue Atelier and as the Randi Rahm brand grows so does Ms. Rahm’s international presence. With clients globally it was only with time that articles appeared in British publications such as Essence Magazine. Rahm has every plan to branch out to several continents over the next few years.
Rahm may be known for her couture gowns and designs, but she is also trained as a classical conductor and concert pianist – She constantly references the arts through all of her work and stays very active in the Broadway circuit and has co-produced several west end shows. Ultimately, Ms. Rahm takes her most distinctive cues from the perspective of the woman she designs for – a woman who is in so many ways just like herself – intuitive, sensual, and passionate, and most importantly, eager to express life in her own unique fashion.

When Rahm isn’t designing in her atelier, she dedicated her time to charity. Among the many charities she supports, she holds a special place in her heart for organizations that support the arts and education and reach out to the less fortunate in her local community.

Donna Lewis10:00AM (PST) – Singer, Songwriter, and Recording Artist, Donna Lewis

donnalewis.com
@donna__lewis
facebook.com/DonnaLewisMusic
instagram.com/donnalewismusic
TheDonnaLewisChannel
SLEEP by Donna Lewis

The Welsh­born singer Donna Lewis is one of those rare artists whose immense success on the pop radio charts disguises an exceptional and serious musicianship and breadth of repertoire. Lewis’ new album, Brand New Day, reveals the range of her artistry, and may surprise listeners who know her only for her pop hits “I Love You Always Forever”, “At The Beginning”, “I Could Be The One” and “Love Him”. Produced and arranged by Lewis’ longtime friend David Torn, the genre ­busting composer and producer, Brand New Day is an intoxicating set of jazz­-inflected covers and Lewis originals in which she is joined by the eminent progressive jazz musicians Ethan Iverson (piano), Reid Anderson (bass) and Dave King (drums). Palmetto releases the album March 10, 2015.

With her distinctive, breathy voice and unique phrasing, Lewis brings a fresh immediacy to the covers on Brand New Day, including David Bowie‘s infrequently heard “Bring Me the Disco King”, Neil Young‘s “Helpless”, Damien Rice‘s “Amie” and Chocolate Genius‘ “My Mom”, among others. The album also features two new Lewis originals, “Sleep” and “Brand New Day”, as well as a powerful remake of “I Love You Always Forever”. For an artist used to the do-and­-do-­gain perfectionism of pop music recording sessions, returning to the improvisational nature of jazz was an exciting prospect. It took nerve for Lewis to take on songs so deeply etched in the pop consciousness in such a stripped­-down setting, but she recorded most of them in a single take. As a result, the record has live, organic, nearly ambient feel.
“I Love You Always Forever” was such a hit for Lewis that, for many listeners, it will always be the thing for which she is remembered. Atlantic Records Chairman Doug Morris had been so enamored with the demo for that song that he flew Lewis to New York to meet him and perform her material, and offered her a deal on the spot. It became the first song ever to get a million spins on American radio and the third best­-selling song in the history of Atlantic Records. The record also was an international sensation, topping charts all over the world. Lewis’ second album for the label, Blue Planet (1998), spawned two hits: “Love Him”, which topped the Billboard Dance charts, and “I Could Be the One”.

She soon began to reveal other dimensions of her creativity. While on hiatus to start a family, she left her mark on such projects as The Art of Noise’s The Seduction of Claude Debussy. She began her longtime collaboration with David Torn, a guitarist and studio wizard known for his film scores including Friday Night Lights, The Order and Lars and the Real Girl, as well as for his work with rock legends such as David Bowie and Jeff Beck. In 2001, five electronically textured songs Torn and Lewis wrote and recorded for the Chute project were among the most requested on Los Angeles’ KCRW for three weeks running. She released the acoustic Be Still in 2002 and the high-energy In the Pink in 2008.
Still, the aptly titled Brand New Day is both a striking departure from anything she has done before, and the fullest realization of qualities that have always set her apart. As Time Out NY said before a recent NYC performance, “If you really listened past the earworm chorus and bubbly beat of Lewis’s debut hits, you quickly sensed that she was no flash in the pan. The classically trained…Lewis had a breathy coo that could recall Kate Bush, and used it with a flexibility that few pop princesses could muster.”

Evette Rios10:30AM (PST) – Evette Rios, Host of Recipe Rehab, Contributor to @ParadeMagazine, spokesperson for @GoodwillIntl, all around home enthusiast, and Rachael Ray’s Design Buddy

@evrios
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EVETTE RIOS HOSTING REEL
Evette Rios on Recipe Rehab Sizzle Reel

Latina TV host and personality, writer, and lifestyle expert, Evette Rios, currently stars as the host of the Emmy nominated CBS cooking series, “Recipe Rehab”. The show finds a fun way to participate in the effort to curb the rise of obesity in America with a competition that promotes the use of healthy, wholesome ingredients, and demonstrates the positive effects of healthy food choices. Each week two chefs face off in a competition to give one family’s high-calorie recipe a new low-calorie twist. After the family members try out each recipe in their own kitchen, they decide their new favorite.
Prior to her work on CBS, Evette starred on ABC’s “The Chew” as a field correspondent and roving reporter. Latina Magazine has embraced her as one of the “50 Reasons to Love Being Latina Right Now”, calling her the “Mobile Martha Stewart”. Her role on “The Chew” made her the only Latina on a national daytime talk show. Evette is also a regular contributor in fluent Spanish to Univision’s “Despierta América”, “Tu Desayuno Alegre”, “Al Despertar”, and Telemundo’s “Buenos Días Nueva York”.

Recently, Evette was named Director of Development for Latina Media Ventures three brands, Latina Magazine, Latina.com, and the Latin Kitchen. There, she is bringing her trademark can-do lifestyle content both in-book and online, and representing the brands on TV segments in both English and Spanish. She posts weekly blogs on her own website, EvetteRios.com, and is a contributor to rachelray.com, xoJane.com, and Parade.com. Evette is also known as host of the popular Better Homes & Gardens 100-Days of Holidays online video series.
Evette spent years as contributing design expert on Rachel Ray, where she became known for fabulous advice, innovative crafts, and dramatic room revisions. Rachel also personally invited Evette to be her entertaining expert, and one of 7 “buddies” on the Ehow Food Channel, “Rachel Ray and Her Buddies”.
Goodwill Industries has made Evette their National Spokesperson to supercharge its focus on expanding charitable outreach and job training services to Latinos. She also sits on the board DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids), one of NYC’s oldest HIV/AIDS charities, with Whoopi Goldberg, David Rockwell and Richard Meir, and is chair of the Multi-Cultural Steering Committee at Bates College.
Evette is a consummate re-user and re-purposer and inspires her fans with eco friendly ideas on a regular basis. As the “Salvage Queen” on Planet Green’s flagship show, “The GWord”, she spared the environment, while spotlighting green art and sustainable solutions, and created amazing furniture from curbside junk. Evette was also previously the host/designer on Freestyle and TLC’s home repair show “In A Fix”. Her frequent guest appearances include: “The Talk”, “The Today Show”, the “Early Show” and “Meredith Vieira”. She has shared gardening tips on “Inside Edition”, in a series of appearances inspired by the Obama’s garden, and penned a chapter to the bestselling book, The Experts Guide to Doing Things Faster.

Her Puerto Rican roots, love of travel, and years mentoring with some of NYC’s finest architects and designers have both inspired and influenced Evette’s work. However, nothing sparked her food and design interests more than watching her parents cook and work on their homes together as a child.
She lives in downtown Manhattan with her husband Stephen, baby boy Yaguez, dog Baloo, and cats Henwin & Miss Kitty.

Nancy D. O'Reilly11:15AM (PST) – Dr. Nancy D. O’Reilly, Author of “Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share their Secrets”

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@DrNancyOReilly
Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business, and Life

Nancy D. O’Reilly, PsyD, is an author of Leading Women: 20 Influential Women Share Their Secrets to Leadership, Business, and Life and urges women to connect to help each other create a better world. As a clinical psychologist, motivational speaker, and women empowerment expert, O’Reilly helps women create the satisfying and purposeful lives they want to benefit themselves, their families, and their communities. To accomplish this, she devotes her energies to fulfilling the mission of the Women Connect4Good, Inc., foundation, which benefits from her writing and speaking services. O’Reilly is the founder of Women Connect4Good, Inc., and for seven years she has interviewed inspiring women for online podcasts available on her website.

The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday April 23rd 2015

9:15AM (PST) – Tony Awards preview: Laura Benanti, Charlotte St. Martin, and Heather Hitchens

Tony Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, April 28th
69th Annual Tony Awards to air on CBS on Sunday, June 7th

Laura Benanti
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@LauraBenanti

Tony Award winning star of stage and screen, Laura Benanti will write a collection of humorous essays for St. Martin’s Press. Kat Brzozowski, Associate Editor for Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, negotiated a deal for North American rights from Creative Artists Agency and Brookside Artist Management. Publication is planned for Fall 2016.

Ms. Benanti recently joined the season 3 cast of ABC’s hit series “Nashville” in the recurring role of songbird Sadie Stone. She will also appear as Alura Zor-El in the CBS pilot SUPERGIRL. Last year, Laura appeared in recurring roles on CBS’s “The Good Wife” and HBO’s “Nurse Jackie” in addition to her critically acclaimed performance as Elsa Schrader in NBC’s The Sound of Music LIVE, starring Carrie Underwood. In addition to her television work, Ms. Benanti is a highly celebrated, four time Tony Award-nominated stage actress, who won a Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award for her revelatory portrayal of Gypsy Rose Lee in GYPSY.
In the book, Benanti will share humorous stories from growing up in New Jersey, moving to New York City at the age of eighteen to pursue her career on Broadway, and finding herself married and divorced twice by the age of thirty-four. In addition to expositional essays, Benanti will explore themes addressed on her popular Twitter account, @LauraBenanti, including learning to be alone, people pleasing, and lady friendships.
In addition to television work, Ms. Benanti is a highly celebrated, four time Tony Award-nominated stage actress who took Broadway by storm at the age of 18. She received a Drama Desk award, Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony Award Nomination for her starring role in the Broadway production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown for Lincoln Center where she also starred in the Broadway production of Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play. Ms. Benanti earned the 2008 Tony Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award for her revelatory portrayal of Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy opposite Patti LuPone and directed by Arthur Laurents. Her other Broadway roles include The Wedding Singer, Nine, starring Antonio Banderas, her Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-nominated performance of Cinderella in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods and her sultry Tony nominated turn in Swing! Ms. Benanti made her Broadway debut as Maria in The Sound of Music opposite Richard Chamberlain.
Other distinguished theater performances include the Public Theater’s production of Christopher Durang’s Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them, Perdita in The Winter’s Tale at the Williamstown Theatre Festival opposite Kate Burton, Anne in A Little Night Music at the L.A. Opera opposite Victor Garber, Eileen in Wonderful Town opposite Donna Murphy and most recently her portrayal of Rosabella in the Most Happy Fella, both for City Center Encores! Ms. Benanti completed a week-long engagement at the popular New York cabaret club, 54 Below, for which The New York Times hailed her as a “supremely confident” performer whose “bright, full soprano, with its semioperatic heft, can go almost anywhere.” In September 2013, she released her debut album, “In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention: Live at 54 BELOW” on Broadway Records to ecstatic reviews.
Laura currently performs her concerts in venues around the country and even recently performed for the President and First Lady of the United States at both the Fords Gala and the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington DC.

She just completed shooting the pilot for Supergirl, where she will play Alura Zor-El, the mother of the title character. Laura is currently starring in Radio City Music Hall’s New York Spring Spectacular, directed by Diane Paulus and Warren Carlyle. She currently resides in Manhattan.

Charlotte St. Martin

Charlotte St. Martin joined The Broadway League as Executive Director in 2006. The Broadway League is the trade association representing commercial theatre in the United States, whose members include producers, theatre owners, and presenters of Broadway across the country and internationally.
As Broadway is one of the leading tourist destinations in New York, Ms. St. Martin’s expertise from her former career in the hospitality industry serves her well. She spent nearly three decades with Loews Hotels, where she served in a variety of positions including Executive Vice President of Operations and Marketing; Executive Vice President, Marketing and Sales; President and CEO of Loews Anatole Hotel; Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing; and as the first employee of the Anatole Hotel as Director of Sales and Marketing.

One of the highest-ranking women in the hospitality industry, Ms. St. Martin was honored with many of the highest awards given in the industry. She was noted as one of Meeting News’ 25 most influential people in the meetings industry, and one of Travel Agent Magazine’s 100 most powerful women. She served as Chair of the Meeting Planners International and the Professional Convention Management Associations Foundations. Most recently Ms. St. Martin has been recognized by the League of Women Voters as a “Woman of Distinction” and received the “Good Scout Award” by the Hospitality and Entertainment Industries of Boy Scouts of America. In 2013 she received the “Woman of Achievement” from the Women’s Project.
During her tenure to date at The Broadway League, Ms. St. Martin has successfully managed various challenges affecting the industry including Labor Strikes, Economic Downturns, and Government Issues; as well as creating Audience Development and Educational programs. The award winning annual Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

Current civic responsibilities include posts on the Executive Committees of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, NYC & Company, and the Times Square Alliance where she has recently been named Co-Chairman of the Tourism and Economic Development Committee. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Actors Fund, serves on the Tisch School of the Arts Advisory Council and sits on the corporate board of Ryland Group, Inc.

Heather Hitchens

Heather A. Hitchens is a nationally recognized arts leader with nearly 20 years of performing arts administration, policy, and program development experience. She currently serves as President of the American Theatre Wing.

Hitchens began her tenure as Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing in July of 2011. As the Wing’s chief executive officer, she is charged with maintaining its brand of excellence in the Tony Awards as well as overseeing and shaping its other vital grant making, professional development, educational, and media programs.
Hitchens came to the Wing after a four-year term as Executive Director of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the largest state arts agency in the country. An appointee of Governor Eliot Spitzer, Hitchens oversaw the distribution of over $123 million in grants to more than 2,000 New York State organizations in every artistic discipline while at NYSCA. She also fostered closer collaboration and partnerships between the arts and other sectors including tourism, economic development, and parks, and in collaboration with a number of public and private funding sources, launched the New York State Cultural Data Project, which is developing more comprehensive and reliable data about the impact of the arts in the state.
Prior to her leadership of NYSCA, Hitchens served as President of the renowned national arts service organization Meet The Composer for nearly a decade. There, she revitalized the organization’s artistic programs and strengthened its financial standing by establishing a multi-million dollar endowment fund and fostering a many-fold increase in individual giving. Hitchens also served as CEO of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and worked in the development department of the American Music Theatre Festival.

A percussionist since the age of six and a lifelong lover of the performing arts, Hitchens holds a M.S. in Arts Administration from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA and a B.M. in Percussion/Music Business from DePauw, Greencastle, IN.

Tim Morehouse10:00AM (PST) – Tim Morehouse, Olympic Silver medal winning fencer and founder of Fencing In The Schools

@TimMorehouse
www.timmorehouse.com
Fencing In The Schools

Three time Olympic fencer Tim Morehouse who is a Silver medalist that has started an organization called Fencing In The Schools (FITS). FITS’ mission is to introduce the sport of fencing to children across America to keep them both physically and mentally fit. Tim is working with P.E. teachers across the country to incorporate the fencing into their curriculum. To date, FITS has introduced the sport of fencing to over 10,000 students in eight different states and is looking to reach 1 million students eventually.

10:30AM (PST) – Michael Cerveris and Judy Kuhn from “Fun Home”

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@funhomemusical

Michael Cerveris
@cerveris
www.loosecattle.com

Michael Cerveris (Bruce) originated the role of Bruce Bechdel in Fun Home at the Public Theater, winning the 2014 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actor. He received the Tony Award for his portrayal of John Wilkes Booth in Assassins, and Tony nominations for his roles in Evita, LoveMusik, Sweeney Todd, and The Who’s Tommy. Other Broadway appearances include In The Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play), Hedda Gabler, Cymbeline, and Titanic. Known for his versatility as an actor, Cerveris also performed in Off-Broadway productions of King Lear, Macbeth, Nikolai and the Others, and Sondheim’s Road Show, among others, and brought his performance as Hedwig from Off Broadway to LA and London’s West End. Cerveris has also appeared in many films and television series, including roles on the “The Good Wife”, “Treme”, and “Fringe”. He has sung with the NY City Opera and the NY Philharmonic, and at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center to New Orleans’ JazzFest and a tour playing guitar for Bob Mould. Cerveris has recorded two solo albums, Dog Eared and the upcoming Piety. His country band Loose Cattle recently released their live debut record, North of Houston.

Judy Kuhn
@JudyKuhn1
www.judykuhn.net

Judy Kuhn (Helen) is thrilled to be reprising her performance as Helen Bechdel in Fun Home for which she received a Lucille Lortel award in 2014. Other Bway appearances include: She Loves Me (Tony nomination), Chess (Tony & Drama Desk nominations), Les Miserables (Tony & Drama Desk nominations). Off-Broadway: Rags (Drama Desk nomination), Two Shakespearean Actors (Lincoln Center Theatre), Alan Menken & Tim Rice’s King David, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (NYSF). Most recently Judy appeared as Fosca in Stephen Sondheim & James Laipine’s Passion at CSC directed by John Doyle, and The Visit by John Kander, Fred Ebb & Terrance McNally at The Williamstown Theater Festival also directed by John Doyle. She was the singing voice of Disney’s Pocahontas and has released three solo CD’s.

Dr. Sara Gottfried11:15AM (PST) – Dr. Sara Gottfried, a Harvard and MIT trained Integrative Physician, scientist, and board-certified gynecologist; New York Times bestselling author, “The Hormone Cure”, and the author of the new book, “The Hormone Reset Diet”

www.hormonereset.com
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@DrGottfried
www.SaraGottfriedMD.com

Sara Gottfried, M.D. is the New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure. After graduating from the physician-scientist training program at Harvard Medical School and MIT, Dr. Gottfried completed her residency at the University of California at San Francisco. She is a board-certified gynecologist who teaches natural hormone balancing in her novel online programs so women can lose weight, detoxify, and feel great. Dr. Gottfried lives in Berkeley, CA with her husband and two daughters.

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday April 22nd 2015

Kat Perkins9:15AM (PST) – Kat Perkins, Correspondent, The Voice

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www.katperkinsmusic.com
Fearless is available on iTunes
Live on the stage of the Medora Musical for ONE DAY ONLY! ~JULY 31, 2015~

Growing up the daughter of a music teacher, Kat Perkins has been singing, dancing, and performing for just about as long as she can remember. At just 15 years old, she made the move to the Twin Cities from rural North Dakota and her professional career began as she became a success in the Minneapolis-St. Paul theatre scene.

Over the years, Perkins has performed and recorded with her bands Scarlet Haze, Northern Comfort, and SKITZOfrenic. Scarlet Haze’s third record came out February of 2012 and was produced by James ‘Fluff’ Harley of World Record Productions and the debut single features Guns N’ Roses guitars Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Nine Inch Nails drummer Ilan Rubin, Grammy-nominated producer Joe Marlett (Foo Fighters, Korn) and her current musical director Eric Warner.
Perkins recently found herself in the national spotlight on NBC’s THE VOICE as a Top 5 contestant coached by Adam Levine (of Maroon 5). Her single, “Fearless” was produced by John Fields (Pink, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez) and independently hit #5 upon release on the iTunes charts.

When not on stage, you can usually find Perkins nannying, writing, recording and constantly coming up with new projects as well as managing other bands in the business. She speaks at many schools also.

Ken Davenport9:30AM (PST) – Ken Davenport, Broadway Producer

@kendavenport

Ken was featured on a national commercial for Apple’s iPhone, was named one of Crain’s “Forty Under 40″, and is one of the founders of TEDxBroadway.

Combined, Ken’s productions have grossed more than $100 million worldwide and are being produced internationally in over 25 countries including Germany, Mexico, France and Korea. He created and developed the Broadway board game Be A Broadway Star, recently seen on “The Today Show.” He runs a number of theatrical websites including YourBroadwayGenius.com and DidHeLikeIt.com, for which he also developed the smartphone app DID HE LIKE IT?.
Current projects include his adaptation of the novel and film Somewhere in Time, which premiered at Portland Center Stage, Gettin’ The Band Back Together, which premiered at George Street Playhouse, as well as bringing the first ever revival of A Few Good Men to Broadway.

His blog, TheProducersPerspective.com, has been featured in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Gothamist and more. He has written articles for Forbes, Mashable, Imedia and others.

Ben Brantley10:00AM (PST) – Ben Brantley, Chief Theater Critic for “The New York Times”

Benjamin D. Brantley became chief theater critic of The New York Times in September 1996 after having served as its drama critic since joining the newspaper in August 1993. Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Brantley was a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine from August 1992 to July 1993. Before that, he was a writer at Vanity Fair magazine from January 1987 to August 1992 and he reviewed films for Elle magazine from September 1988 to March 1993.

In the early 80s, Mr. Brantley worked as a freelance writer and European editor, publisher and Paris bureau chief for Women’s Wear Daily. Before that he served as a reporter and then editor at Women’s Wear Daily. He was a summer intern at The Winston-Salem Sentinel in 1976 and an editorial assistant at The Village Voice in 1975.
Mr. Brantley is the editor of “The New York Times Book of Broadway: On the Aisle for the Unforgettable Plays of the Last Century”, which was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2001. He received the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for 1996-1997.

Born in Durham, N.C., on October 26, 1954, Mr. Brantley received a B.A. degree in English from Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, P.A., graduated with high honors, and is a Phi Beta Kappa.

drama10:30AM (PST) – Gabriel Shanks, head of The Drama League

81st Annual Drama League Awards

Gabriel Shanks is a stage director, writer, photographer, arts leader and teacher. He has directed over fifty theatrical productions across the United States and Europe, and is the author of 17 plays. Born in Athens, Georgia, he began his career as a performer, winning Best Actor at the Southeastern Theatre Conference for his portrayal of Jean in Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros. He made his professional theater debut at the age of 18, playing a young Tennessee Williams at 7 Stages Performing Arts Center in Atlanta. He became the Artistic Associate of OutProud Theater in 1989, and the Artistic Director of Theatre Conspiracy at the District of Columbia Arts Center (DCAC) in 1993. Having made his home in New York City since 1998, he is the Executive Director of The Drama League of New York, one of the nation’s most prestigious organizations for artists and audiences. In 2013, he conceived, built, and opened The Drama League Theater Center, a multi-purpose arts hub in Tribeca which serves over 2,000 artists each year. At the Center, he launched the organizations first-ever Resident Artist program, which supports the development of dozens of plays and musicals each season. He also expanded the organization’s fellowship programs, launching new programs in classical theater, musical theater, and international/global theatre collaboration.
One of the directors of Peculiar Works Project’s Village Fragments (2007 OBIE Award), Gabriel has directed productions at HERE, Dixon Place, The Bushwick Starr, The Red Room, CAP21, Ars Nova, Abingdon Theatre Complex, The Brick, Bank Street Theatre, The NYC Fringe Festival, the Arthur Seelen Theatre, the OHIO, Peculiar Works Project, the Independent Theater, New Georges and at Judson House (NYC); A Contemporary Theatre/ACT (Seattle); Theatre Project,14 Karat Cabaret, and AXIS Theatre (Baltimore); Arena Stage, Source Theatre Company, Theatre Conspiracy, DCAC, Tavern Stage and the Corcoran Gallery (Washington,DC); OutProud Theatre, 14th Street Playhouse, and Seven Stages (Atlanta); and venues in Dallas, Philadelphia, Chicago, Vienna and Budapest, among others. He has directed area and world premieres by Theresa Rebeck, Brad Fraser, Gretchen Michelfeld, Daniel MacIvor, and Michael Hollinger. In 2014, he collaborated with 24 Bulgarian and American artists on the world premiere of a site-specific promenade performance for the Varna International Theatre Festival. Upcoming productions include BE NEAR ME WHEN MY LIGHT IS LOW with Built4Collapse; NOBODY EVER BRINGS ANYTHING SMALL INTO A BAR with Peculiar Works Project; and SUPERCOLLIDER, a collaboration with Chantal Pavageaux, Sam Pinkleton and Slats.

Gabriel co-wrote and directed the large-scale world premiere of IMMORTAL: THE GILGAMESH VARIATIONS, which received rave reviews, SRO audiences, and was named a “Theater Best Bet” by Time Out/New York. As artistic director for two seasons at Creative Mechanics, he devised the performance installations BETTER AND WORSE (StART Series, NYC), IN PRAISE OF FOLLY: STEALING PEARS (The Don Quixote Project, Peculiar Works, NYC), and directed revivals of Steven Berkoff’s FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (Ten Best NYC Productions of 2004, Backstage), Brecht’s EDWARD II, and Frank Blocker’s SOUTHERN GOTHIC NOVEL, which was selected for the 2004 National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival. He also produced two short-work festivals, Free:Space and Stage This!, supporting the work of hundreds of artists and companies. Gabriel is the former artistic director of the Baltimore-based art ensemble Funkopolis, where he conceived and directed PIERCED, 3 STORIES TO THE GROUND, RITE #55/WONDERWALL ELEGY and BOCHENSKI’S BRAIN, as well as Brad Fraser’s POOR SUPER MAN, chosen as one of the Five Best Productions of the Year by Baltimore City Paper and the Baltimore Alternative. For 3 STORIES TO THE GROUND, Gabriel received the Theatre Project Honor for Outstanding Vision in the Theatre.
Gabriel’s plays have been seen in dozens of productions in the U.S., Vienna, Tokyo, and Buenos Aires. He is the recipient of the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Award and the Southern Young Playwrights Award, among others. His short autobiographical play OVERANALYSIS was chosen as one of the “Best Short Plays of All Time” by City Theatre, and has been produced in almost every major city in the United States, as well as Japan and Argentina. In New York, it has been performed in three separate incarnations at the Ohio Theater, Bank Street Theater, and Dixon Place.

Gabriel is a member of adjunct faculty at Pace University, and has led master classes, workshops and guest lectured at Ithaca College, Towson University, Muhlenberg College, the University of Maryland, Rutgers University, Union College, Abrons Arts Center, Theatre Outlet, the American Corner, the Independent Theatre Festival, and more. He received his B.F.A. from Georgia State University and his M.F.A. from Towson University.
Gabriel previously held leadership positions at George Street Playhouse, Alliance Theatre Company, Baltimore Theatre Project and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. He was honored with commendations by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, and has received commissions and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Peculiar Works Project (NYC), North 4th Arts (New Mexico), and elsewhere. He lives in New York City with his partner Dennis and their dachsund, Kylie.

Travis Macy11:15AM (PST) – Travis Macy, Author, “The Ultra Mindset”

The Ultra Mindset: An Endurance Champion’s 8 Core Principles for Success in Business, Sports, and Life
travismacy.wix.com

From canyoneering in Mexico, to mountain biking in Australia, from adventure racing in Scotland to setting the Record for the Leadman series, Travis Macy has earned a prominent place in today’s racing world.

Ultra marathons and adventure races have exploded in the last few years, and Travis Macy’s The Ultra Mindset transports readers to moments of tension, suspense, and greatness in an approachable way. With Macy’s first words written on Mt. Evans at twelve thousand, eight hundred feet, he inspires readers to take ownership of the process of achieving their goals. Macy takes the mindset that allows him to win races and applies it to success in all areas of life. He breaks his ultra-mindset into eight core principles, including:

  • It’s All Good Mental Training: Challenges make you stronger and build inner resilience.
  • Be a Wannabe: Select role models who inspire you and keep you going.
  • Have an Ego and Use It: Remind yourself what you are capable of and keep your self-confidence high.
  • The 4:30 a.m. Rule: Stick to your resolutions even when you don’t feel like it.

Macy’s enthusiasm is contagious, and his book empowers readers to push themselves to achieve greatness. Infused with stories of commitment, focus, and endurance, The Ultra Mindset redefines success and failure.
Travis Macy, professional ultra-endurance athlete, has competed in numerous countries around the world and is the Leadman series record holder. Macy is a blogger, motivational speaker, and endurance coach. He and his wife Amy started Macy Consulting, LLC to help high school students and their families through the college preparation.

Swoosie Kurtz11:30AM (PST) – actress, Swoosie Kurtz

Part Swan, Part Goose: An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work, and Family

A multiple Tony, Emmy, Obie, and Drama Desk Award winner, Swoosie Kurtz is a Broadway icon whose work also includes movies like Liar, Liar, Dangerous Liaisons, Citizen Ruth, and the television hits Sisters, Pushing Daisies and Mike & Molly. Her book Part Swan, Part Goose: An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work and Family will release in paperback this May.

The Marilu Henner Show – Tuesday April 21st 2015

Jason Daniely

Photo credit: Justin Patterson

9:30AM (PST) – Jason Daniely, plays “School Master Kuhn” from “The Visit”

www.jasondanieley.com

Broadway actor, singer, concert performer and recording artist Jason Danieley will be returning to Broadway this spring in The Visit by Terrence McNally and Kander & Ebb starring Chita Rivera and Roger Rees at the Lyceum theatre.

Other Broadway appearances: Next To Normal (with wife Marin Mazzie), originating the role of Aaron Fox in Curtains (Outer Critics Circle Nomination), originated the role of Malcolm in The Full Monty (also London’s West End) and made his debut as the titular role in Candide (Theatre World Award and Drama Desk Nomination). He’s had leading roles in A Tree Grows In Brooklyn and Strike Up The Band (City Center’s: Encores!). His Off-Broadway performances include The Trojan Women: A Love Story and world premieres of Dream True by Ricky Ian Gordon and Floyd Collins by Adam Guettel.
Some of his Regional Theatre appearances include four other world premieres; Secondhand Lions, Some Lovers by Burt Bacharach, The Highest Yellow by Michael John LaChiusa (Helen Hayes Award) and Beauty by Tina Landau. Other regional credits include Aristede Forestier in Can-Can at The Papermill Playhouse, George in Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s production of Sunday In The Park With George (Joseph Jefferson Nomination), Casino Paradise by William Bolcolm, 110 In The Shade (L.A. Garland Award) and Brigadoon (L.A.’s Reprise!).

As a concert soloist, Jason has appeared with many of the country’s leading orchestras including the New York, Boston and Philly Pops, L.A. and New York Philharmonics, St. Louis, Grant Park, Ravinia Festival, Utah, Minnesota and Buffalo Symphonies, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Pops Orchestra. Concert highlights include many PBS Great Performances and Live from Lincoln Center television appearances including Enoch Snow in Carousel (NYPhil – Emmy nominated), Ring Them Bells: A Tribute to Kander & Ebb (Jazz @ Lincoln Center: with Chita Rivera and Marin Mazzie), Lt. Cable in South Pacific (Carnegie Hall – Emmy nominated) and Sondheim!: The Birthday Concert (NYPhil – Emmy nominated). Major staged performances of Candide and Of Thee I Sing/Let ‘Em Eat Cake (S.F. Symphony), The Mikado and The Song Of Norway (American Symphony & Collegiate Chorale/Carnegie Hall). In addition to symphony appearances Jason and Marin have performed in most of the prestigious nightclubs around the country in their cabaret concerts of Opposite You and He Said/She Said.

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe10:00AM (PST) – Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, Director – St. Monica’s Girls Tailoring Centre and Expert on the crisis of the abduction of young women and girls by militia groups and their rehabilitation

SistersUnited.org

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, a Catholic nun whose humanitarian work has drawn the attention of Bill and Chelsea Clinton, Forest Whitaker and other high-profile supporters, has dedicated her life to helping girls formerly held captive by warlord Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army.

A native of Paidha, Uganda, she began serving the people of her country after joining the Catholic order of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1976. As director of St. Monica’s since 2001, Sister Rosemary has given hope to more 2,000 young women, many of whom were abducted, raped, tortured and forced to kill their own family members as soldiers in Kony’s army. In addition to providing a safe harbor for the former abductees, who are often shunned and persecuted by the people of their own villages, she has given them a way to support themselves through job training in tailoring, catering and other skills. Currently, approximately 250 girls and 250 children live at St. Monica’s. Sister Rosemary also oversees a second school in Atiak, Uganda.

Miriam Shor10:30AM (PST) – Miriam Shor, Starring in the new TV Land series, “Younger”

Younger | TV Land

Actress and singer Miriam Shor was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and at six months old moved to Venice, Italy where her academic father was teaching and studying. It was there her love of theater started when she saw her first opera at the age of two. She began doing plays in high school, and went on to be among the first people to receive a BFA from the theater program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor as well as a BA in English. After graduation she moved to New York City to pursue a career in the theater.

In the early 1990s, Shor landed a variety of roles in many Off-Broadway productions, the most successful of which was the rock musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” by John Cameron Mitchell, in which she played drag queen Yitzhak. In 2001she starred in the musical’s critically successful film adaptation and in 2002 received an Outfest Screen Idol Award for her Yitzhak portrayal. She also lent her voice to the film’s GRAMMY-nominated soundtrack. Having gone back to her theater roots many times, Shor has worked with a range of renowned artists such as Stephen Sondheim, Terrence McNally and Lanford Wilson as well as many young, up and coming writers.
In addition to “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”, Shor has appeared in more than a dozen films throughout her career including Mary Stuart Masterson’s drama “Cake Eaters” and the comedy “Bedazzled” with Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley. She’ll next appear in the upcoming film “Puerto Ricans in Paris” where she plays an undercover cop in the NYPD Counterfeit Goods Recovery Department opposite Luis Guzman and Edgar Garcia. The independent comedy feature is written and directed by “How to Make It in America’s” Ian Edelman.
On television, Shor has starred in a range of series that included playing Cricket Caruth-Reilly, a strong-willed business woman with an apparently perfect marriage, on ABC’s 2012 comedy series “GCB” alongside Leslie Bibb, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Aspen, Marisol Nichols and Annie Potts.Shor’s other small screen credits include “Then Came You”, “Inside Schwartz”, “Big Day” and “Swingtown”. She also appeared on the first and third season of the FX drama “Damages”, the HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce”, and as the dogged reporter Mandy Post in the fourth and fifth season of the “The Good Wife”. Her guest star credits include “Becker”, “The West Wing”, “My Name Is Earl”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Bored to Death”.

Miriam speaks fluent Italian, having grown up splitting her time between Detroit, Michigan and first Venice, then Torino, Italy. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Manhattan. She also loves to travel, but having established her status as a true New Yorker, hates driving.

Steve Guttenberg11:00AM (PST) – Actor, Steve Guttenberg, “The Pride of San Quentin”, “Lavalantula”, “Community”

www.steveguttenberg.com
@SteveGuttbuck
NBC series, The Mysteries of Laura on Wednesday evening, May 13th

Steve Guttenberg has delighted and charmed millions of moviegoers throughout the world. He has starred in more than 60 films, including some of the most successful blockbuster movies and sequels of all time: “Police Academy”, “Three Men and a Baby” and “Cocoon”, among others.

Steve was born in Brooklyn, NY to Ann (a stay-at-home mother) and Stanley Guttenberg (a policeman and electrical engineer). His family later moved to Massapequa, Long Island, where, as a youngster, Steve developed a dream of becoming a movie star. A not-so-sensitive agent, to whom Steve’s godfather had introduced him, told young Steve: “Forget being an actor. You don’t have the look. You don’t have the talent and your name is ridiculous. You are the last guy I would ever pick to be a movie star.” Needless to say, the advice was wrong on all counts. Steve had everything the agent said he did not have, plus the fierce ambition, persistence and tenacity to make it big. He attended a summer program during high school at the Julliard School where he studied under John Houseman and won a role in an off-Broadway production of “The Lion in Winter”.
Upon graduation from high school, 17-year-old Steve talked his parents into letting him go to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. Within weeks, he got cast in a Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial playing opposite Colonel Sanders, followed by a bit part in the film, “Rollercoaster” and a supporting role in “Something for Joey”, a made-for-TV movie. His career then skyrocketed. Steve’s movies have generated more than $1 billion in international box office sales, a feat accomplished by relatively few superstars. In addition to the “Police Academy”, “Three Man and a Baby” and “Cocoon” films, he won critical acclaim for his roles in “Short Circuit”, “Diner”, “The Boys from Brazil” (with Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier) and “The Bedroom”.
He earned raves for “P.S. Your Cat is Dead”, his first film as director, producer, co-screenwriter and star. He produced and starred in the independent film, “A Novel Romance”, which won best feature at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. Steve’s other films include “Can’t Stop the Music”, “Tower of Terror”, “Mojave Phone Booth”, “Making Change”, “Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus”, its sequel, “Meet the Santas” and “It Takes Two” (with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen).
His California high school comedy film, “The Chicken Chronicles”, remains a cult classic. Steve has just completed work on “Lavalantula”, a SYFY channel creature movie about giant spiders attacking Los Angeles. He reunited with some of the “Police Academy” cast in the film. Steve’s new movie, “Affluenza”, is garnering excellent reviews.
An accomplished stage actor, Steve’s theatre credits include his Broadway debut in the lead role in “Prelude to a Kiss”. He also starred on Broadway in Woody Allen’s one-act play, “Honeymoon Hotel”, which was part of the show, “Relatively Speaking”. Steve performed in London’s West End in “The Boys Next Door” and in the stage premiere of “Furthest from the Sun”. He also appeared in a Cinderella pantomime in England.
On television, Steve’s work includes the critically-acclaimed, “Miracle on Ice”, “To Race the Wind” and the nuclear holocaust picture, “The Day After”, one of the highest-rated made-for-television movies in history. Steve appeared as a lead in the NBC made-for-television remake of “The Poseidon Adventure”. His other TV credits include “Veronica Mars”, “Dancing with the Stars” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”.
He was executive producer of the CBS School Break Special, “Gangs”, which earned an Emmy nomination and he debuted as a TV director in another critically-praised CBS School Break Special, “Love Off Limits”.
Steve’s knack for comedy comes through loud and clear in two books he has authored: his charming and candid memoir, “The Guttenberg Bible”, which describes his coming-of-age in Hollywood. Steve’s recently-published children’s book, “The Kids from D.I.S.C.O.”, is a story about four of his nieces and nephews who become a funky superhero team led by their groovy uncle, Disco Man, and his pet Cockatoo. It is the first in a series of “The Kids from D.I.S.C.O.” books planned by Steve.

In his spare time, Steve is involved in many charitable causes. They include Guttenhouse, an apartment complex in south Los Angeles which he founded to house and mentor young people no longer in foster care status. He spearheaded Sight for Students, a $7 million program to provide glasses for 50,000 underprivileged visually-challenged children. He was lauded by the Red Cross for his work with hurricane victims.
The Fire Island Golden Wagon Film Festival honored Steve with a lifetime achievement award for his work in the entertainment industry and his community service efforts. In 2011, Steve received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Steve, who resides on New York’s Upper West Side, is an avid surfer, golfer and devoted animal lover. Despite all the excesses of a celebrity lifestyle, Steve applauds his family who, he says, “always kept me grounded”. In dedicating his memoir to his mother and father, Steve wrote, “Everything important to survive in this world, I learned at your kitchen table.”

Kevin Allison

Photo credit: Gene Silvers

11:30AM (PST) – Kevin Allison, comedian

@TheKevinAllison
www.thestorystudio.org
Risk! Live happens monthly in NYC and in LA, and the next show is this Thursday April 23

Kevin was a founding member of legendary comedy troupe The State and he is the creator and host of the award winning storying telling show and podcast, Risk! It is a live show which features true, personal stories as told by celebrities and everyday folk alike. Risk! sells out monthly in LA and NYC and often travels to other US cities to showcase local talent. Risk! just did sold out shows in Detroit and Chicago, goes to Boston next. Each show is recorded for the Risk podcast which gets 1M downloads a month.

Kevin also created The Story Studio in NYC, a school dedicated to teaching people from all walks of life to turn their most meaningful experiences into powerful self-expression.
Kevin’s other tv appearances include Reno 911, The Ten, Stella, Flight of the Conchords and more.

He lives and works in NYC.

The Marilu Henner Show – Monday April 20th 2015

Marc Berman9:15AM (PST) – Marc Berman, Editor in Chief for TV Media Insights

www.tvmediainsights.com
@marcberman
@TVMediaInsights

Marc Berman is the Editor in Chief for TV Media Insights, the online destination for television and media. Berman has appeared on camera for Extra, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, The CBS Evening News, CNN, and more; and his 2014 desk calendar, “Today in TV History,” is presently available.

10:00AM (PST) – Dr. Ellen Fienstein

Sophie B. Hawkins10:30AM (PST) – Legendary Songstress, Sophie B. Hawkins

@therealsophieb
sophiebhawkins.com

After a stretch in Los Angeles, the iconic singer-songwriter and NY native is back on the East Coast with a new album—a rich compilation of beautiful tunes each telling its own powerful story through soaring melodies and evocative lyrics. In conjunction with the album release, Hawkins will make a special appearance at NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall.
The new album carries Sophie’s signature style, painting beautiful scenes of love, heartbreak, self-awareness and everything in between. “I’m Better Off Without You” is an empowering tale about betrayal and the strength that comes from it. “Love Yourself” is a wonderful lesson of self-acceptance, in which Sophie learns to enjoy the peace of just being herself “Consume Me In Your Fire” is a raw poem about being drawn to the fire and letting yourself burn, not worrying about anything else, because it’s all transitional.

Born and raised in NYC, Sophie has always been an artist at heart. After attending Manhattan School of Music as a percussionist for nearly a year, Sophie left to pursue a professional music career. She got her big break playing percussion for Bryan Ferry, and he fired her and she was inspired to write the hit single, “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover”. She released her critically acclaimed debut album Tongues and Tails in 1992, which earned her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.
Sophie has since proven herself a resonant and enduring artist, earning six New York Music awards as well as an ASCAP award for longest running single “As I Lay Me Down”. She has performed with some of the biggest names in the industry, including Chris Isaak, Melissa Etheridge, and Sting. Over 20 years and six albums later, Sophie has come home to NY and is ready to enchant once more with her eloquent lyrics and breathtaking vocals.
With this new collection of gorgeously crafted songs, Sophie will further solidify her place as a storytelling legend, and her return is well worth the wait.

Dr. Joseph Mercola11:00AM (PST) – Dr. Joseph Mercola, Health Pioneer and NY Times Best-selling Author of “Effortless Healing: 9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight, and Help Your Body Fix Itself”

www.mercola.com
Effortless Healing: 9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight, and Help Your Body Fix Itself

Dr. Joseph Mercola is a passionate advocate of natural medicine. He is a wellness champion and a visionary, who has succeeded in implementing much-needed changes to our current health care system. After 25 years as a family physician to tens of thousands of patients, Dr. Mercola merged his passion for health with his interest in technology and created www.mercola.com in 1997. Mercola.com is the #1 natural health website, educating and empowering tens of millions of subscribers to take control of their health.

11:30AM (PST) – Lisa Howard and Montego Glover, It Shoulda Been You

Official Site of IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU on Broadway

Lisa Howard
www.lisahowardnyc.com
@LisaHowardNYC

Lisa Howard has appeared on Broadway as Diva 1 in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Missy Hart in 9 to 5 the musical, Head Nurse in Lincoln Center’s revival of South Pacific and as Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, for which she won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. She toured the US in the national company of Les Misérables, where she played many performances as “Madame Thénardier”, and has played leading roles regionally at Pittsburgh CLO, St. Louis MUNY, Olney Theater Center, Human Race Theater and Kansas City Starlight. Lisa made her feature film debut as Siobahn in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” and has also been seen on television in “Ugly Betty”. Her debut solo CD, “Songs of Innocence and Experience” is available on iTunes. Lisa is a graduate of the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.

Montego Glover
www.montegoglover.com

Tony Award nominee, Drama Desk Award winner, Outer Critics Circle Award winner and Drama League Award nominee for Memphis, is thrilled to have originated the role of Felicia Farrell. Broadway: The Color Purple (Celie / Nettie). Numerous regional theatre credits including an IRNE Award (Aida), and a Helen Hayes Nomination (Timoune / Once On This Island). TV: The Good Wife, White Collar, The 2-2, Law & Order, Made In Jersey, Guiding Light, Wonderful World of Disney. Commercial campaigns include: Charmin, Subway, Verizon, Wishbone, McDonald’s. Bachelor Fine Arts from Florida State University.