Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Marilu Henner Show – Friday May 29th 2015

Jill WhelanToday’s guest host – Jill Whelan, actress, best known for her role as Vickie Stubing, Captain Stubing’s daughter, on “The Love Boat”

Jill Whelan‘s love of theatre began at age seven when a summer musical theatre program introduced her to acting. After sending her own school picture to a San Francisco Talent Agency, she did a number of national commercials and, at the age of 10, starred in her first drama TV series, Aaron Spelling’s Friends on ABC.
That same year, she filmed the classic comedy film, Airplane, and guested on The Love Boat playing Vickie Stubing, Captain Stubing’s daughter. The guest character proved to be so popular with viewers, that Aaron personally called 11 year old Jill, and told her he she was to become a permanent cast member.
The Love Boat ran for 10 years on ABC and afforded her the opportunity to work with hundreds of legendary performers including Frank Sinatra, Carol Channing, and Ethel Merman. Through that time she hosted many ‘Variety Club’ telethons to benefit children with prosthetic limbs. For the telethons, she toured and sang/performed with Sammy Davis Jr and Liza Minnelli. In 1987, Jill was directed by the legendary Martin Sheen in the Emmy award-winning movie of the week, Babies Having Babies.
Through the 1980s, Jill worked with Nancy Reagan as her national spokesperson for the Just Say No! anti drug campaign. Jill has sung at the White House for two presidential administrations (Reagan and George Bush Sr). After The Love Boat ended, Jill attended college in England at Guildford studying English literature.
After her studies at Guildford, Jill moved to New York to do theater and performed in several off-Broadway productions. Feeling it was important to learn the “other side” of the business, Jill started a career as a producer at Madison Square Garden, where she produced live events including the MTV Birthday tribute to Bob Dylan, the ESPY Awards, Harry Connick Live, and many more.

When her firstborn child, Harrison, was three, Jill landed a role on the daytime soap The Young and the Restless, but realized that with a new child she needed to find a job with more stable work hours. A lifelong fan of news and headlines, she began working at KCOP News in Los Angeles as an assignment desk assistant, and worked her way up to an investigative producer. After four years, Jill decided to leave after their news became ‘infotainment’.
Jill moved back to the Delaware River Valley where she gave birth to her second child, Grant, in 2005. During this time, Jill also formed a successful acting studio for children and adults in Bucks County and Philadelphia where she taught improv comedy, scene study, film, television and commercial acting.
Jill has co-hosted two popular podcasts, The Venus Diaries, and then in 2012, joined forces with Brian Phelps, of KLOS’ popular The Mark & Brian Show, to form The Brian and Jill Show, which debuted at number one on iTunes.
Recently returning to her acting and singing career, she created a one-woman cabaret show, Jill Whelan: An Evening in Dry Dock, which she performed off-Broadway, and internationally. She’ll be touring the show in 2015 including a week on the RSVP Gay Cruise Line on Valentine’s Day week, where she’ll be the celebrity cohost along with Kathy Najimy.
She recently starred in the Christmas television movie, A Christmas Tree Miracle on Up TV, and the indie horror film, 6 Degrees of Hell.
In 2014, she and the cast of The Love Boat christened the Princess Cruise Lines for their 40th Anniversary in an all star celebration. The cast will also reunite for the 2015 Rose Bowl Parade on New Years Day.

Frank Cronin9:30AM (PST) – Frank Cronin, comedian

www.glowpunk.com
facebook.com/glowpunk
@GLOWPUNK
glowpunk on YouTube

Frank Cronin is an Irish born and raised comedian, actor, writer, producer and ex-Irish army officer who first achieved national acclaim for his humorous adventure sketch videos on his YouTube channel ‘GlowPunk’. In 2012 Frank won the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at the WAFF Awards in Ireland, and received an ‘Honorary Headcase Award’ in 2013. Frank was also nominated for an ‘Outsider – Person of the Year Award’ in 2013 for his documentary series about living in a tent for his entire final year of university. In 2014 Frank began opening for National Headliners and is currently studying at the Stella Adler School of Acting and writing, producing and starring in the hit Irish comedy series ‘The Boys’. Frank has made numerous TV appearances in Ireland and is currently working with SNL alumni on beyondthecomics.com.

Kiki Haynes10:30AM (PST) – Kiki Haynes, Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse

#forbetter
“Love the One You’re With” Official Trailer
For Better Or Worse – Fridays at 9/8c on OWN
@iamkikihaynes

Gorgeous and talented NAACP Image Award nominated actress Kiki Haynes reprises her role as the hilarious “Keisha Jones” on Tyler Perry’s hit dramedy series “For Better Or Worse” airing new episodes every FRIDAY night at 9/8c on OWN. The series, which is based on Perry’s 2007 film WHY DID I GET MARRIED? and its 2010 sequel WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO? centers on three couples who are at various stages in their relationships and follows their journeys as they go through the ups-and-downs of married life. Haynes portrayal of “Keisha Jones,” sees her as a single mother and ex-girlfriend to “Marcus Williams” (Michael Jai White) and the newlywed to “Richard Ellington” (Kent Faulcon).
Later this year Haynes stars in the mystery MESSAGE FROM A MISTRESS and romantic comedy MY FIRST LOVE. In MESSAGE FROM A MISTRESS, Haynes plays Renee who is the wife to Jackson (Mckinley Freeman), a mother of two and CEO of a fortune 500 company who unfortunately discovers her husband is involved a possible affair. In MY FIRST LOVE, Haynes portrays savvy, sexy, investment broker “Kareena” who, unlike her portrayal in MESSAGE FROM A MISTRESS, is the available “other woman” who becomes faced with the decision whether to capitalize on her romantic crush with long time co-worker, “Omar” (Pooch Hall) once he tells her of his decision to file for a divorce.
Haynes also stars in the recently released comedy stage play adapted for film, LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH based upon three sisters following their dreams by making life altering decisions and not letting any man stand in their way. The Wright sisters soon discover success doesn’t come without a price. Haynes tackles the role of “Miki”, the diva of the three who is determined to take a shot at fame, but may be jeopardizing her relationship in the act.

The New Jersey native is the daughter of lead singer of the “The Lengendary Escorts”, Reginald Haynes, and writer, Oona’o Haynes, a member of the (NABJ) National Association of Black Journalists and Spoken Word Artist. As a junior high student, Haynes put on a performance that won her trip to visit the set of “The Cosby Show” where she met Bill Cosby, Phylicia Rashad, Malcolm Jamal Warner and the rest of the cast. It was during that trip she knew acting was what she was destined to do.
After watching both of her supportive parents on stage her whole life and attending a performing arts high school majoring in drama, Haynes decided she wanted to see how things worked behind the camera. She attended college for communications eventually interning for “The Ricky Lake Show.” Her first acting job was a small part in Spike Lee’s BAMBOOZLED, alongside Damon Wayans and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Since then Haynes has made a number of big screen appearances including but not limited to memorable roles in NORA’S HAIR SALON, RESTRAINING ORDER, REDEMPTION OF A dog and more.​

Todd Williams

Photo credit: Jessica Castro​

11:30AM (PST) – Todd Williams, San Andreas

San Andreas – out today
@ToddWilliams

Born and raised around New York City, Williams began the pursuit of his acting career straight out of high school. Concerned about having a backup plan, he applied himself to the course study of Music Business at New York University but left NYU only after a semester to focus on his acting career goals full time. After booking several national commercial and voice over spots, he made his film debut starring opposite Kerry Washington in the critically acclaimed feature LIFT (2001).
Williams went on to book a handful of roles while in New York, including appearances on “Law & Order: SVU” [NBC] and a recurring role on “Third Watch” [NBC]. He also went on to book his first series regular role starring opposite Michael Madsen in the highly praised ESPN original series “Tilt”. Soon after wrapping “Tilt”, Williams made the move to Los Angeles and hit the ground running, securing numerous guest leads on shows such as “CSI: Miami”, “CSI” [both for CBS], and “The Game” [CW]. On the film front, he landed another lead role starring opposite Kevin Hart, Anthony Anderson, and Laz Alonso in THE LAST STAND.

In 2008, Williams procured his second series regular role on USA Network’s hit series “In Plain Sight”. He spent two seasons starring as “Robert Dershowitz”, a Detective aiding the U.S. Marshals, working in the witness protection program [opposite Mary McCormack]. In 2011 Williams landed his third series regular role on the critically acclaimed show “The Chicago Code” for FOX. The series followed officers of the Chicago Police Department as they fought crime on the streets, and worked to expose political corruption in the city. Williams was a scene stealer as young and ambitious officer “Isaac Joiner”.

Aside from his work on screen, Williams is passionate about health, wellness, nutrition, and fitness. When he is not on set you can find him working out, studying the latest and greatest in healthy recipes, eating those recipes, and spending time with his family. Williams currently lives in the Los Angeles area.

The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday May 28th 2015

Jill WhelanToday’s guest host – Jill Whelan, actress, best known for her role as Vickie Stubing, Captain Stubing’s daughter, on “The Love Boat”

Jill Whelan‘s love of theatre began at age seven when a summer musical theatre program introduced her to acting. After sending her own school picture to a San Francisco Talent Agency, she did a number of national commercials and, at the age of 10, starred in her first drama TV series, Aaron Spelling’s Friends on ABC.
That same year, she filmed the classic comedy film, Airplane, and guested on The Love Boat playing Vickie Stubing, Captain Stubing’s daughter. The guest character proved to be so popular with viewers, that Aaron personally called 11 year old Jill, and told her he she was to become a permanent cast member.
The Love Boat ran for 10 years on ABC and afforded her the opportunity to work with hundreds of legendary performers including Frank Sinatra, Carol Channing, and Ethel Merman. Through that time she hosted many ‘Variety Club’ telethons to benefit children with prosthetic limbs. For the telethons, she toured and sang/performed with Sammy Davis Jr and Liza Minnelli. In 1987, Jill was directed by the legendary Martin Sheen in the Emmy award-winning movie of the week, Babies Having Babies.
Through the 1980s, Jill worked with Nancy Reagan as her national spokesperson for the Just Say No! anti drug campaign. Jill has sung at the White House for two presidential administrations (Reagan and George Bush Sr). After The Love Boat ended, Jill attended college in England at Guildford studying English literature.
After her studies at Guildford, Jill moved to New York to do theater and performed in several off-Broadway productions. Feeling it was important to learn the “other side” of the business, Jill started a career as a producer at Madison Square Garden, where she produced live events including the MTV Birthday tribute to Bob Dylan, the ESPY Awards, Harry Connick Live, and many more.

When her firstborn child, Harrison, was three, Jill landed a role on the daytime soap The Young and the Restless, but realized that with a new child she needed to find a job with more stable work hours. A lifelong fan of news and headlines, she began working at KCOP News in Los Angeles as an assignment desk assistant, and worked her way up to an investigative producer. After four years, Jill decided to leave after their news became ‘infotainment’.
Jill moved back to the Delaware River Valley where she gave birth to her second child, Grant, in 2005. During this time, Jill also formed a successful acting studio for children and adults in Bucks County and Philadelphia where she taught improv comedy, scene study, film, television and commercial acting.
Jill has co-hosted two popular podcasts, The Venus Diaries, and then in 2012, joined forces with Brian Phelps, of KLOS’ popular The Mark & Brian Show, to form The Brian and Jill Show, which debuted at number one on iTunes.
Recently returning to her acting and singing career, she created a one-woman cabaret show, Jill Whelan: An Evening in Dry Dock, which she performed off-Broadway, and internationally. She’ll be touring the show in 2015 including a week on the RSVP Gay Cruise Line on Valentine’s Day week, where she’ll be the celebrity cohost along with Kathy Najimy.
She recently starred in the Christmas television movie, A Christmas Tree Miracle on Up TV, and the indie horror film, 6 Degrees of Hell.
In 2014, she and the cast of The Love Boat christened the Princess Cruise Lines for their 40th Anniversary in an all star celebration. The cast will also reunite for the 2015 Rose Bowl Parade on New Years Day.

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

@intouchweekly
@Life_and_Style
@closerweekly

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.

Jonathan Mangum9:15AM (PST) – Jonathan Mangum, Pop Culture Panel, American actor and comedian. He was a cast member of the variety show, The Wayne Brady Show and is an announcer for the game show Let’s Make a Deal

@Mangum1
jonathanmangum.com

Jonathan Mangum was born in Charleston, S.C., but spent most of his youth in Mobile, Alabama. He attended college in Orlando, FL. where he began performing with SAK Theatre’s TheatreSports, a wildly successful local improv show. While performing 13 shows each week and attending college, Jonathan began to work with a tight-knit group of improvisers that included Wayne Brady. While in Orlando, Jonathan appeared on such shows as Clarissa Explains it All, Welcome Freshman, Fortune Hunter, and Seaquest DSV.
Soon after, Mangum moved to Los Angeles, where he was joined by his Orlando improv troupe later called, The Houseful of Honkeys. The “Honkeys” performed their critically acclaimed improv game show, You Bet Your Honkey at the ACME Theatre for nearly five years and went on to shoot several television pilots for ABC. Around this time, Mangum appeared on Married…with Children, Just Shoot Me, and ER. Some time later, Wayne Brady asked Jonathan to join him on tour and he has been performing on the road with Wayne ever since, including a two year recent run in Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel and Casino.
Mangum has been a series regular on Comedy Central’s Stripmall, The Wayne Brady Show (ABC), The Drew Carey Show (ABC), Trust Us with Your Life (ABC), Drew Carey’s Greenscreen Show (WB), and Drew Carey’s Improv-a-ganza (GSN). He has made notable appearances on Reno 911, Pushing Daisies, The Sarah Silverman Program, and NCIS.
After two seasons on The Drew Carey Show, Drew invited Jonathan to join the Drew Carey Improv All-Stars. The group went on to tour in over sixty venues, including Carnegie Hall and currently does several yearly Las Vegas performances. Mangum has also toured with Ryan Stiles’ improv group, Whose Live is it, anyway?

Working with Rob Reiner, Jonathan appeared with Jack Nicholson in The Bucket List and soon after appeared with Eddie Murphy in Imagine That.
Jonathan has also pursued writing, having written on The Wayne Brady Show and the award winning, Brandon T. Jackson Show. He co-wrote and starred in VH-1’s spoof Home Purchasing Club as well as an award winning short film, Conversations. Recently, wrote an animated short pilot for the Walt Disney Company entitled, The Lumberjacksons and continues to develop ideas for television and film.
Currently, Jonathan can be seen as the co-host of the Let’s Make a Deal on CBS.

Jonathan is married to Leah Mangum, a casting director, with whom he has two boys.

The Mama Sherpas10:15AM (PST) – Ricki Lake, The Mama Sherpas and one of the Executive Producers of the documentary, “The Business of Being Born”

www.themamasherpas.com
@RickiLake

From executive producers Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (The Business of Being Born), this topical new documentary examines a growing shift in the birthing industry: the rise of Caesarean sections. With C-section rates dangerously over 30% in America, are midwives the solution? In recent years, the idea of a “collaborative care” practice where doctors and midwives manage women’s care together has begun to gain traction. Research has demonstrated that collaborative care models produce better outcomes for mother and baby, including fewer C-sections. This moving and urgent film provides an intimate lens into how midwives across the country work within and better the hospital system, redefining how the US looks at the birthing process.

Abby Lee Miller10:30AM (PST) – Abby Lee Miller, Dance Moms

Dance Moms
Saturday May 30th @ 3:00 p.m. grand opening celebration of the second location of the Abby Lee Miller Dance Company
@Abby_Lee_Miller

Abby Lee is the Owner and Director of the Maryen Lorrain Dance Studio in Pittsburgh. In May of 1995, she opened the doors to her brand new state-of-the-art facility, renamed Reign Dance Productions. Ms. Miller is also the founder and chief choreographer of The Abby Lee Dance Company.
Ms. Miller was certified by test to teach by Dance Masters of America and received a 25 year pin. In addition, she acts as a consultant to several Public School Districts and is an advisor to Dancer Magazine. She is honored to be the Past President of Dance Masters of Pennsylvania. She is the teacher and a choreographer of fifty-three State & Regional Title Holders & Twenty-four National Title Winners!

A teacher’s reputation is based solely on the success of her students, and successful they are! She has students appearing on Broadway, at Walt Disney World in Orlando and Tokyo Disneyland in Japan, Radio City Music Hall in NYC, Detroit, Nashville, across the United States and abroad in Italy, Greece, and Japan. For every child that has gone on to dance professionally, there are a hundred more who have traveled to exciting cities, stayed in four-star hotels and won major competitions. Thanks to her, there are countless more who have stood a little taller, spoken a little louder and learned the value of hard work. She truly teaches a child that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!

Recently, Ms. Miller gained international recognition for her tv series Dance Moms, the highest rated show on the Lifetime network, and recently debuted her newest project on Lifetime, Abby Lee’s Ultimate Dance Competition. She has received accolades across the world, inspiring countless children to dance.

Brandon Alinger11:15AM (PST) – Brandon Alinger, COO of Prop Store’s LA operation

#rickbakerauction
Rick Baker Auction

Brandon Alinger is Chief Operations Officer of the Los Angeles branch of Prop Store, a London-based company specializing in film props and costumes as memorabilia. in 2007, Allinger started the LA branch, which today employs 10 people in a 10,000 square foot facility. A long-time researcher of many aspects of film production, Allinger is also the author of Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy.

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday May 27th 2015

Laura Benanti9:30AM (PST) – Laura Benanti, Host of Drama Desk Awards and Tony Award winner

Tickets to the 60th Annual Drama Desk Awards are available to the general public at www.dramadeskawards.com, Sunday May 31st, with Laura Benanti as host
Drama Desk Awards Nominees
LauraBenanti.com
@LauraBenanti

Tony award, and two time Drama Desk winner Laura Benanti (Gypsy, Sound of Music live, ABC’ “Nashville”) will return as host of the 60th Annual Drama Desk Awards on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 8:00 PM at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street). For the fourth consecutive year, TheaterMania will present the awards ceremony and Joey Parnes Productions will produce and manage the show. Shugart is the Managing Executive Producer of the Drama Desk Awards. The Awards show will be written by Bill Rosenfield (with additional material by Benanti) and directed by Jack Cummings III (co-founder and artistic director of Transport Group).

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 currently resides in Manhattan.

Sean White10:30AM (PST) – Sean White, Comedian

Dead & Gone
Performing TONIGHT (May 27th) at The Abbey Bar in Chicago
@SeanWhiteComedy
seanwhitecomedy.com

Called a “Gem” by RE:Com Chicago Comedy magazine, “Killing it” by the Chicago Tribune, “Fearless” by ComedyofChicago.com, “starkly original” and “impressive and refreshing” by Creative Loafing, Sean White was just listed as one of the top 16 comics in Chicago by Chicago Magazine “with jokes that look misery straight in the eye” and has been performing over 8 years in clubs across 3 countries. His brutally honest style of quick thought provoking material landed him in the finals of the Hong Kong International Comedy competition with entrants from over 11 countries and his debut album, Dead and Gone was called, “an essential rumination about loss” by the Chicago Tribune with “a point of view unique among comics”. Originally from Alabama, Sean is now located in Chicago and can be seen in showcases, clubs, and family reunions throughout the Midwest and South.

Jill Skibba11:15AM (PST) – Jill Skibba, raising awareness about Lyme Disease

www.tickedoff.us

Born in Westminster, California, Jill was the second of five children. At an early age her family moved to the small Southern California desert town of Beaumont where she spent her childhood attending parochial school and later attended the local high school.

After graduating, she spent several years moving around Southern California before settling in Los Angeles in the early 90’s. Deciding to take a long sabbatical, in 1994 she flew to Brazil where she spent two of her five weeks there in the Amazon jungle where she believes she was bitten by a tick, then onto the south of Spain where she stayed for several months working as a bartender in the military town of Rota. It was here, in Spain, that she first noticed symptoms of what she now knows were the beginnings of Lyme Disease such as shortness of breath and numbness in one leg.
Upon returning to the U.S. a little less than a year later, she moved back to Los Angeles where she set off on a 19 year journey to find answers to what ailed her. Though shy as a child she is now a vocal proponent of getting Lyme Disease the recognition it deserves and is a champion for early diagnosis.​

Kathryn Goetzke11:30AM (PST) – Kathryn Goetzke, Chief Mood Officer and Founder of iFred and The Mood Factory

The Mood Factory
iFred
Schools for Hope
@kathryngoetzke

Kathryn Goetzke is the entrepreneur and innovator behind Mood-lites™, a new category of lighting in the $5 billion dollar U.S. lighting marketplace. Her mission for The Mood Factory is to ‘Improve Moods’ by teaching consumers how to engage senses, and armed with an MBA in International Marketing, an undergraduate degree in Psychology, and over fifteen years of experience with small and Fortune 100 companies, she aims to do just that. In her capacity as president, CEO and founder, Goetzke oversees sales, marketing and operations for The Mood Factory. The Mood Factory’s initial product line, Mood-lites, is available at Lowe’s Home Improvement stores nationwide and the company is now launching additional products based on how scents affect moods, including Mood-scents, Mood-candles, Mood-butters, and more.
Prior to founding her own company, Goetzke, a world traveler who has worked and studied across the globe, was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Compass Marketing. She guided Fortune 100 companies like The Gillette Company, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, General Mills, and others in development of Alternate Channels, leading revenue growth of over 400% for Compass Marketing. Goetzke also led the strategic planning and business development for Brazilian-based Seed Technology Solutions (SeedTS), a Sao Paulo based technology firm, with income rising over 200% and project acquisitions with Deutsche Bank.

Goetzke began her career with 3M Corporation where she worked as a Research Manager at their headquarters in Minneapolis. She moved on to develop her experience at American Express serving different capacities in New Products, Marketing, Research and Promotions. After spending four years at American Express she went on to learn the ropes of Advertising in the West, exploring the mountains, wildlife and adventurous outdoors along the way. Goetzke has a Master of Business Administration degree in International Marketing Management from the University of St. Thomas, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, International Studies and Biology from Winona State University.

In addition to launching Mood-lites, Ms. Goetzke founded a non-profit organization for depression called iFred (the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression) dedicated to eradicating the stigma of the disease using the sunflower, a focus on hope, the color yellow, celebrity engagement, and education on the biology of the brain. According to the World Health Organization, there are 350 million people around the world with major depressive disorder, yet depression is treatable and episodes often preventable. Goetzke is most excited about her new Schools for Hope initiative, based on research that hope is a teachable skill, and is working hard to reach 5th graders around the world so they may be equipped to always find HOPE.
Ms. Goetzke and her work has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Home, InStyle, Family Living, Scholastic Choices Magazine and more. She has spoken at the United Nations, the Global Mental Health Movement Athens Conference, MHCA Conference, the Scent Marketing Institute and more. She has been on multiple radio and television shows including BBC, WGN Chicago, and CBS Chicago. She serves on advisory boards for FundaMentalSDG and the Global Mental Health Movement.

The Marilu Henner Show – Tuesday May 26th 2015

A.J. Jacobs

Photo credit: Julie Jacobs

9:30AM (PST) – A.J. Jacobs, Organizer of the Global Family Reunion at the New York Hall of Science and author of “The Year of Living Biblically”

www.globalfamilyreunion.com
ajjacobs.com
The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

A.J. Jacobs is an author, journalist, lecturer and human guinea pig. He has written four New York Times bestsellers that combine memoir, science, humor and a dash of self-help. He is also editor at large at Esquire magazine, a commentator on NPR and a columnist for Mental Floss magazine. He is currently helping to build a family tree of the entire world and holding the biggest family reunion ever in 2015. His first book is called The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World (Simon & Schuster, 2004). The memoir — which spent two months on the New York Times bestseller list — chronicles the 18 months Jacobs spent reading the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in a quest to learn everything in the world. It was praised by Time magazine, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, USA Today, Janet Maslin in the New York Times and AJ’s uncle Henry on Amazon.com. After trying to improve his mind, he turned to his spirit. The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible (2007) tells of his attempt to follow the hundreds of rules in the Good Book. It spent three months on the NYT bestseller list, and was praised by Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, The New York Times Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and others. It appeared on the cover of the evangelical magazine Relevant, but was also featured in Penthouse. (Jacobs is proud to be a uniter, not a divider).

In 2012, Jacobs completed his mind-spirit-body self-improvement trinity with Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection. It is the tale of his quest to be as healthy as humanly possible for which he revamped his diet, exercise regimen, sleep schedule, sex life, posture and more. He wrote the book on a treadmill desk (It took him about 1,200 miles). He also published a collection of essays called My Life as an Experiment: One Man’s Humble Quest to Improve Himself (2010). The book contains experiments featuring George Washington’s rules of life, marital harmony, marital disharmony, multitasking and nudity – not in that order. It includes the Esquire piece ‘My Outsourced Life,’ which also appeared in Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Workweek.

Dr. Amit Sood10:15AM (PST) – Dr. Amit Sood, Chair of the Mayo Mind-Body Initiative, and author of the “Mayo Clinic Guide to Stressfree Living” and the brand new book the “Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness”

stressfree.org
@AmitSoodMD
The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness: A Four-Step Plan for Resilient Living

Dr. Amit Sood is a professor of medicine and the chair of the Mind-Body Medicine Initiative at Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education. Dr. Sood is the author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living. He is based in Rochester, Minnesota.

General Ann Dunwoody11:15AM (PST) – General Ann Dunwoody, author of A Higher Standard: Leadership Strategies from America’s First Female Four-Star General

@AnnDunwoody
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A Higher Standard: Leadership Strategies from America’s First Female Four-Star General

Ann Dunwoody is the first woman to become a four-star general in the United States Army. Now retired from the military and a sought-after public speaker, she is president of First 2 Four, LLC, a leadership mentoring and strategic advisory services company, and serves on the board of directors for L-3 Communications, Republic Services, and Logistics Management Institute. She is a member of the leadership council for the Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project, which envisions a future in which a year of full-time national service—a service year—is a cultural expectation and a rite of passage for every young American. She and her husband live in Florida.

General Ann Dunwoody recently retired as a four-star Army General after more than thirty-seven years of service to our country. For the last four years she led and ran the largest global logistics command in the Army comprising 69,000 military and civilians, located in all fifty states and over 140 countries. She managed a budget of $60 billion dollars and was responsible for oversight of approximately $70 billion in service contracts. She managed and operationalized the Army’s global supply chain in support of Iraq and Afghanistan, and contingency operations in Haiti, Pakistan, and Japan, while simultaneously moving the Command Headquarters from Fort Belvoir, VA to Huntsville, AL as a result of Base Realignment and Closing (BRAC).
As the commander of Army Materiel Command she was responsible for Army’s Research and Development, Installation and Contingency contracting, Foreign Military Sales, Security Assistance, Supply chain management, all Army Depots supporting supply and maintenance functions, manufacturing sites, and ammunition plants. Dunwoody led the transformation of the Army’s logistics organizations, processes and doctrine in support of an expeditionary Army. The Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General Ray Odierno, called her “quite simply the best logistician the Army has ever had.” Dunwoody offers visionary and strategic insights for managing large organizations to position them for the future and ensure relevancy—focusing on where to invest as well as divest.

In 2008, General Dunwoody earned the historic distinction of being the first woman in U.S. Military history to achieve the rank of four-star general. She is the fourth generation of her family to serve in the U.S. Army and the third to achieve flag officer rank.
General Dunwoody has been recognized by the NCAA with its highest honor, the Theodore Roosevelt Award, by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association with its lifetime Achievement Award, and by France with its National Order of Merit.
Today General Dunwoody is president of First 2 Four, LLC, a leadership mentoring and strategic advisory services company, and serves on the board of directors for L-3 Communications, Republic Services, and Logistics Management Institute.

The Marilu Henner Show – Best of – Monday May 25th 2015

Ai-jen PooAi-jen Poo, Author of “The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America”

@aijenpoo
www.caringacrossamerica.com
The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America

Ai-jen Poo, Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign, has been organizing immigrant women workers since 1996. In 2000 she co-founded Domestic Workers United, the New York organization that spearheaded the successful passage of the state’s historic Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010. As Co-director of Caring Across Generations, Ai-jen leads a movement that is inspiring thousands of careworkers, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, and lawmakers to work together to ensure that all people can mature in this country with dignity, security and independence.

Ai-jen serves on the Board of Directors of Momsrising, National Jobs with Justice, Working America, and the National Council on Aging. She is a 2014 MacArthur Foundation fellow, a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and was named to TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012. Other accolades include the Ms. Foundation Woman of Vision Award, the Independent Sector America.

Garrett ReismanGarrett Reisman, former NASA astronaut

@astro_g_dogg
garrettreisman.com

Garrett Erin Reisman is an American engineer and former NASA astronaut. He was a backup crew member for Expedition 15 and joined Expedition 16 aboard the International Space Station for a short time before becoming a member of Expedition 17. He returned to Earth on June 14, 2008 on board STS-124 on Space Shuttle Discovery. He was a member of the STS-132 mission that traveled to the International Space Station aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis from May 14 to 26, 2010.
Reisman was born in Morristown, New Jersey and is a 1986 graduate of Parsippany High School, a 1991 graduate of the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania, and received his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1992 and 1997, respectively.

In June 2003, Reisman served as an aquanaut during the NEEMO 5 mission aboard the Aquarius underwater laboratory, living and working under water for fourteen days.
Reisman was assigned as a long duration crewmember on the International Space Station. He launched as Mission Specialist 5 aboard the STS-123 (Space Shuttle Endeavour) mission on March 11, 2008. After docking he took part in the first spacewalk of the mission.[5] Reisman stayed on board as Flight Engineer 2 for part of Expedition 16 and part of Expedition 17. Having completed his mission, he returned to Earth as Mission Specialist 5 aboard STS-124 on June 14, 2008. During his time on board the ISS he had seen two visiting Space Shuttles and the installation of the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) and the pressurized section of the Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo”.
Reisman was the first Jewish crew member on the International Space Station. He sent a greeting from space to the people of Israel during the celebration of Israel’s 60th Independence Day in May 2008. He also did an entertaining, high definition video of “A day in the life of a space station crew member” while on board as well as demonstrating in the large, and at the time empty, Kibo section, that humans cannot “swim” in the microgravity of orbital space.
On March 4, 2011, SpaceX announced that Reisman would be joining the company as a senior engineer working on astronaut safety and mission assurance.

A self-proclaimed member of the “Colbert Universe”, Reisman was interviewed live from space on the May 8, 2008 episode of The Colbert Report after being seen wearing a “WristStrong” bracelet. On July 24, 2008, after returning to Earth, Reisman appeared in person on The Colbert Report as that night’s featured guest. Reisman presented Stephen Colbert with the WristStrong bracelet he had worn while in space. Riesman appeared on the final episode of The Colbert Report.
Reisman filmed a cameo appearance as a Colonial Marine for the series finale episode of Battlestar Galactica.
Reisman was a childhood classmate of actress Jane Krakowski. In May, 2010, Krakowski said on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno that she and Reisman exchanged e-mails while he was in space on Space Shuttle Atlantis. At the request of the crew, many of whom were 30 Rock fans, Krakowski provided an autographed script of the show which was brought into space.

Meili CadyMeili Cady, Author of the book, “Smoke: How a small-town girl accidentally wound up smuggling 7,000 pounds Marijuana with the Pot Princess of Beverly Hills”

meilicady.com
@MEILI_CADY
facebook.com/smokethebook
Smoke: How a Small-Town Girl Accidentally Wound Up Smuggling 7,000 Pounds of Marijuana with the Pot Princess of Beverly Hills

A native of Bremerton, Washington, Meili Cady starred as the lead actress in the Showtime comedy film Chick Magnet, and has appeared on Californication and other television shows. After a brief stint in a federal prison camp for her involvement in the internationally known marijuana conspiracy detailed in this book, Meili began the blog “House Arrest Girl” while she served a year of home confinement. She has since found her passion for writing, and has used it as a tool to reflect, and move on from her mistakes. She currently lives in Los Angeles, and is beginning to return to her acting.

Kevin PollakKevin Pollak, actor, director, comedian

Kevin Elliot Pollak is an American actor, impressionist and comedian. He started performing stand-up comedy at the age of 10 and touring professionally at the age of 20. In 1988, Pollak landed a role in George Lucas’s Willow, directed by Ron Howard, and began his acting career. Pollak is an avid poker player, hosting weekly home games with some of Hollywood’s A-list celebrities. He finished 134th out of 6,598 entrants in the 2012 World Series of Poker, earning himself $52,718.
Pollak was born in San Francisco, the youngest son of Elaine Harlow and Robert “Bobby” Pollak. He has one older brother. His brother resides with his family in Boston. He attended high school at Pioneer High School in San Jose.

As an actor, Pollak’s most notable roles are usually playing the best friend or confidant characters to the leading men, as he did in Ricochet (1991), A Few Good Men (1992), End of Days (1999) and The Wedding Planner (2001). However, Pollak has also played a wide variety of parts; he played a criminal in The Usual Suspects (1995) and a gangster in The Whole Nine Yards (2000). He also briefly hosted Celebrity Poker Showdown in its first season. His most substantial role to date was in Deterrence (1999), in which he played the main character, a Vice President who must take over for a deceased President and deal with a nuclear crisis.
In December 2006, he played Karl Kreutzfeld in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries The Lost Room. Through 2008, he had a recurring role as a District Attorney on the television series Shark. In March 2008, Pollak played himself in the web series The Writers Room on Crackle. In 2010, he portrayed Sheriff Tom Wagner in Choose.
In January 2010, Pollak was scheduled to host Our Little Genius on FOX, but the series was pulled before it could air on television. Pollak was then seen hosting Million Dollar Money Drop, again on the FOX network at the end of 2010.
In 2014, Pollak began a recurring role as Alvin Biletnikoff on the CBS sitcom Mom. However, his time on the show was cut short by the death of his character.

Pollak’s directorial debut was on the horror web series Vamped Out, featured on the internet television platform Babelgum. Jason Antoon, Seana Kofoed, Samm Levine and Pollak all acted in the ensemble cast. The screenbook was based on a simple joke that Antoon and Pollak had between them. Most recently, Pollak’s feature film directorial debut, the comedy documentary Misery Loves Comedy, premiered at The 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The film sold North American rights to Tribeca Film, a US distribution company.
As a comedian, Pollak’s most famous work was his 1992 HBO special Stop With the Kicking, directed by fellow comedian David Steinberg and produced by Boston comedy writer Martin Olson. In July 2009, The Littlest Suspect, his most recent comedy special, was aired on Showtime. Pollak is especially adept at doing impressions.

Dr. Norman DoidgeDr. Norman Doidge, author of the New York Times Bestseller, “The Brain that Changes Itself” and his new book, “The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity”

www.normandoidge.com
The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity

Norman Doidge, M.D., is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and New York Times bestselling author. His first book, The Brain That Changes Itself, has sold over one million copies. He is on the research faculty at Columbia University’s Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York City and on the faculty of the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry. He lives in Toronto.

Nely GalanNely Galan, Emmy-winning Producer & Founder of the Adelante Movement

@Nely_Galan
www.nelygalan.com
theadelantemovement.com
facebook.com/TheAdelanteMovement

A Latina leader and media mogul unlike any other, Nely Galan is lighting the way for women’s empowerment. Aptly dubbed “The Tropical Tycoon” by the New York Times Magazine, Galan is a first generation Cuban immigrant who holds the distinction of being first Latina president of a U.S. television network (Telemundo). She is an Emmy Award-winning producer of over 700 episodes of television in Spanish and English, including the FOX hit reality series “The Swan” and is the first Latina to appear on “Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump” on NBC. Her company, Galan Entertainment has launched nearly a dozen television channels internationally.

When she’s not making magic behind the scenes, Galan is front and center making her mark as a thought-leader. An activist leading the charge for Latina empowerment, Galan has become an in-demand motivational speaker and is the founder of the Adelante Movement (Move Forward!). Backed by Coca Cola, Galan’s Adelante Movement is a grassroots campaign that empowers Latinas financially and entrepreneurially in the U.S. The Adelante Movement: Tour is a series of national empowerment conferences, supported by a digital community that inform, mentor and inspire Latinas to take action!

Research has shown that Latinas between the ages of 18 and 50 are the top emerging economic market in this country, spending over a trillion dollars a year. Numerically, Latinas are the future of this country: By the year 2030, Latinos will comprise 30 percent of this country, and by the year 2050, they will be the majority. Latina moms are the key influencers in their families, controlling the purchases, the vote, and the future of their children. They may not know it, but the world is their oyster. Adelante seeks not only to unite Latinas online and on tour, but to help realize their true power and actualize their economic dreams.

The Marilu Henner Show – Friday May 22nd 2015

Grae Drake9:15AM (PST) – Grae Drake, Rotten Tomatoes

www.RottenTomatoes.com
@GraeDrake

In 6th grade, when Rotten Tomatoes Senior Editor Grae was arranging movie outings for all her friends, she picked the movie. Through the years studying film at the University of Texas at Austin, being honored by Sundance and the Director’s Guild of America, and working as a filmmaker in Los Angeles, she realized how terrible she was at keeping her opinions to herself. The Popcorn Mafia podcast was born, and led to her becoming CNN’s movie critic. She also has dished the dirt with stars on HLN’s Showbiz Tonight, Fox News, G4’s Attack of the Show, and is a regular at the TV Guide Network and the Reelz Channel. Her passionate thoughts can also be heard on terrestrial radio all over North America. And just to note, she still won’t let other people pick the movies.

Movies this week:

Robert Cohen10:15AM (PST) – Robert Cohen, “The Not Milkman”, a wannabe ironman triathlete at 64 years old, and author of over 5,300 free daily columns

www.notmilk.com

Robert Cohen performed research in the 1970’s on the hormonal effects on the brain and behavior. Twenty-five years later, this father of three became concerned about the most controversial drug approval in FDA history, the genetically engineered hormone that is now in our milk supply. Along the way, Cohen discovered that milk is implicated in causing breast cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, and chronic childhood illnesses. Cohen’s skills as a researcher, and his passion for the safety of his family, led to his single-minded pursuit to expose the truth about milk. Based on his exhaustive and comprehensive research over the past six years, Cohen predicted the Mad Cow Disease outbreak. His dogged determination has set the American dairy industry on its ear. To insure that all citizens of the world learn the truth, Cohen founded and is executive director of America’s Dairy Education Board, a group of nationally prominent doctors dedicated to dispelling the myth that milk is nature’s perfect food.

Dr. Peter Glidden10:30AM (PST) – Dr. Peter Glidden, Youngevity

@DrGlidden
drglidden.com
youngevity.com

A second generation native of Nantucket Island, and the youngest of 6 children, Dr. Peter Glidden spent childhood riding bikes, fishing, swimming, scuba diving, sailing and hunting in a quintessential Norman Rockwell-esque, small New England town. His mother’s devout catholic faith had a strong influence on him and subsequently he became involved with the Catholic Church from a young age all the way through High School. The spiritual side of life was always in the foreground of Dr. Glidden mind and for a number of years as a teenager he seriously considered becoming a Catholic priest.
Investigations into the spiritual dimensions of life led Dr. Glidden to become a Transcendental Meditation practitioner at the ripe old age of 10, the same year that he taught himself how to do yoga. Graduating third in his High School Class he matriculated to Williams College in the fall of 1976 ostensibly as a Religion major. Disenchanted with academic life he dropped out of Williams after only three semesters.
For the next 10 years Dr. Peter Glidden pursued a wandering life path of adventure and investigative spirituality which led him to Ananda Cooperative Community in Grass Valley CA, Sant Mat Spiritual Center in New Hampshire, and the Kripalu Center in Western MA. His experience with yoga and meditation had by default put him in touch with the alternative health culture in the US, and he found himself over the years in the company of many different people who referred to themselves as “healers”. Interestingly, 100% of them lacked any substantial grounding in the scientific method, and when push came to shove, they would all fall back on conventional medical methods. There were only two wholistic medical practitioners that he had any respect or admiration for whatsoever – an osteopathic doctor and a chiropractor.

In 1984 Dr. Peter Glidden went back to school, securing a BS in pre-med biology from the University of Massachusetts in 1987 with the intention of becoming an osteopath. In his senior year at U-Mass he became very sick and experienced two things that completely changed his life:

  1. The complete and utter incompetence of conventional medical doctors to help him to even understand what was wrong with him, let alone fix it;
  2. A remarkable and instantaneous cure from a licensed Naturopathic physician.

The juxtaposition of these two events completely altered his professional path, and solidified an unshakable resolve to abandon conventional medicine and become a naturopath.
Five months after experiencing the miracle cure from the naturopathic physician, Dr. Peter Glidden was enrolled at Bastyr University of Naturopathic Medicine in Seattle WA. He officially became licensed to practice naturopathic medicine in January of 1992 and have been in the front lines of private practice ever since, often working for years at a time in unlicensed states with the intention of drumming up public support for the naturopathic licensing efforts therein.
Dr. Peter Glidden is unruffled, proud and outspoken pioneer of wholistic naturopathic medicine.

Meredith Jones11:15AM (PST) – Meredith Jones, Author, “Women of the Street: Why Female Money Managers Generate Higher Returns”

www.aboutmjones.com
Women of The Street: Why Female Money Managers Generate Higher Returns (and How You Can Too)

Meredith Jones is an internationally-recognized researcher, writer, speaker and expert in the alternative investment industry with over 15 years of experience.
Alternative investment consultant and author of “Women of The Street: Why Female Money Managers Generate Higher Returns (And How You Can Too)”, Meredith began her alternative investment career at Van Hedge Fund Advisors International (VAN), where she was Director of Research. At VAN, Meredith was responsible for manager selection, due diligence, index construction and aggregate industry research for the $500 million fund of funds.
Meredith was then recruited by hedge fund analytics provider PerTrac Financial Solutions. There she focused on industry trends with an eye to providing actionable insights and information. Her research on emerging managers, initiated in 2006, and women and minority-owned funds created new investment categories. It has changed the way investors and money managers behave – both in the way investors allocate and how money managers market to and seek investors. Meredith then went on to be Director at Barclays Capital Strategic Consulting Group. There she consulted for clients and authored white papers, including her first white paper on women and minority-owned investing.

She has gone on to speak and present research internationally – including conferences in Tokyo, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Sydney, Geneva and more.
Until the acquisition of Rothstein Kass by KPMG, Meredith served as Director of the Rothstein Kass Institute, an Alternative Investment Think Tank at the professional services firm Rothstein Kass (RKCO). There she created the first Women in Alternative Investments Hedge Fund Index to measure performance of female hedge fund and private equity managers.

Meredith is a foodie and wine lover and maintains a love of charcoal and open flames when it comes to her own cooking. She is a figure skater and skates weekly, relying on an inexplicable addiction to decaffeinated coffee for her early morning ice times.

Gordon Goodwin

Photo credit: Joe Meyer

11:30AM (PST) – Gordon Goodwin, jazz musician

www.bigphatband.com
KJAZZ Summer Benefit Concert on June 27 @ Disney Concert Hall

Gordon Goodwin aspired to lead a big band from a time before he can even remember. His position at the forefront of 18-piece Big Phat Band, one of the most innovative and versatile collectives of the past thirty years, speaks reams about his seemingly limitless talents as an instrumentalist, composer, arranger, conductor and bandleader.

Born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1954, he moved with his family to California when he was only two. At a very early age, so his mother told him, he would tune in to The Mickey Mouse Club on TV and stand in the middle of his living room, pretending to conduct the orchestra. It seemed innocent enough, but it was just the beginning.
By the time he reached grade school, he was studying piano and saxophone – two instruments on which he excels to this day. While his classmates in junior high and high school were tuning in to the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Motown and other iconic rock and pop artists of the ‘60s, Goodwin was charting his own big band compositions and grooving to icons of a different era: Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich and Thad Jones.By the early ‘70s, he was able to establish a stronger connection to the soundtrack of his generation via bands like Earth Wind & Fire, Blood Sweat & Tears and others that grafted elements of jazz and swing to the basic components of rock and pop. During high school, he played in youth orchestras that came out on top of just about every competition in the region, including the Monterey Jazz Festival.
During his college years at Cal State Northridge, he spent his days studying orchestration and counterpoint, and his nights playing piano and sax in a rock band whose repertoire included hits by some of the aforementioned jazz-rock powerhouse bands. After college, he spent a few years during the late ‘70s and early ‘80s providing music for various aspects of the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California. The gig led to opportunities to compose and arrange for TV series produced by Disney, Warner Brothers and others.
Over the past couple decades, Goodwin has composed, arranged and/or conducted for a host of artists, including Ray Charles, Christina Aguilera, Natalie Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme and Quincy Jones. On the big screen, his scoring and orchestration can be heard on dozens of films, including The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Get Smart, National Treasure, The Incredibles, Remember the Titans, Armageddon and Gone in 60 Seconds.

Swingin’ for the Fences, the band’s debut recording released in 2000, featured guest artist Arturo Sandoval and Eddie Daniels. It made history as the first commercially available DVD-Audio title ever released and the first DVD-Audio title to receive two Grammy nominations. XXL, the Big Phat Band’s followup recording in 2003, featured a series of high-profile guest artists, including Mathis, Michael Brecker, vocalist Brian McKnight and Take 6. The album garnered three GRAMMY nominations: Best Large Ensemble Album, Best Instrumental Composition (“Hunting Wabbits”) and Best Instrumental Arrangement with Vocals (“Comes Love”, with a guest appearance by McKnight). XXL won the Surround Sound Award for Best Made for Surround Sound Title.
The 2008 release of The Phat Pack marked the band’s move to Immergent Records, but the band’s ability to attract impressive guest artists was not lost in the transition. The album featured performances by Dianne Reeves, David Sanborn, Eddie Daniels and Take 6. The Phat Band received a GRAMMY nomination and spent 31 weeks on the Billboard jazz charts. Act Your Age, released in 2008, far outsold every other big band record in its path. Produced by acclaimed jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour and nominated for three GRAMMYs, the album featured a host of guests, including Patti Austin, Chick Corea, Dave Grusin and Art Tatum.
Goodwin and the Big Phat Band joined the Telarc label for the 2011 release of That’s How We Roll, which included 10 original compositions by Goodwin and a GRAMMY-winning rendition of the Gershwin classic, “Rhapsody in Blue”. Special guests on Roll include Gerald Albright, Dave Koz, Marcus Miller and Take 6.
Goodwin’s latest opus with The Big Phat Band is Life in the Bubble. Often rollicking and upbeat, yet occasionally reserved and contemplative, Life in the Bubble explores the sense of isolation that has emerged in the digital age of immediate access to unlimited amounts information.

The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday May 21st 2015

Jill Whelan9:30AM (PST) – Jill Whelan, actress, best known for her role as Vickie Stubing, Captain Stubing’s daughter, on “The Love Boat”

Jill Whelan‘s love of theatre began at age seven when a summer musical theatre program introduced her to acting. After sending her own school picture to a San Francisco Talent Agency, she did a number of national commercials and, at the age of 10, starred in her first drama TV series, Aaron Spelling’s Friends on ABC.
That same year, she filmed the classic comedy film, Airplane, and guested on The Love Boat playing Vickie Stubing, Captain Stubing’s daughter. The guest character proved to be so popular with viewers, that Aaron personally called 11 year old Jill, and told her he she was to become a permanent cast member.
The Love Boat ran for 10 years on ABC and afforded her the opportunity to work with hundreds of legendary performers including Frank Sinatra, Carol Channing, and Ethel Merman. Through that time she hosted many ‘Variety Club’ telethons to benefit children with prosthetic limbs. For the telethons, she toured and sang/performed with Sammy Davis Jr and Liza Minnelli. In 1987, Jill was directed by the legendary Martin Sheen in the Emmy award-winning movie of the week, Babies Having Babies.
Through the 1980s, Jill worked with Nancy Reagan as her national spokesperson for the Just Say No! anti drug campaign. Jill has sung at the White House for two presidential administrations (Reagan and George Bush Sr). After The Love Boat ended, Jill attended college in England at Guildford studying English literature.
After her studies at Guildford, Jill moved to New York to do theater and performed in several off-Broadway productions. Feeling it was important to learn the “other side” of the business, Jill started a career as a producer at Madison Square Garden, where she produced live events including the MTV Birthday tribute to Bob Dylan, the ESPY Awards, Harry Connick Live, and many more.

When her firstborn child, Harrison, was three, Jill landed a role on the daytime soap The Young and the Restless, but realized that with a new child she needed to find a job with more stable work hours. A lifelong fan of news and headlines, she began working at KCOP News in Los Angeles as an assignment desk assistant, and worked her way up to an investigative producer. After four years, Jill decided to leave after their news became ‘infotainment’.
Jill moved back to the Delaware River Valley where she gave birth to her second child, Grant, in 2005. During this time, Jill also formed a successful acting studio for children and adults in Bucks County and Philadelphia where she taught improv comedy, scene study, film, television and commercial acting.
Jill has co-hosted two popular podcasts, The Venus Diaries, and then in 2012, joined forces with Brian Phelps, of KLOS’ popular The Mark & Brian Show, to form The Brian and Jill Show, which debuted at number one on iTunes.
Recently returning to her acting and singing career, she created a one-woman cabaret show, Jill Whelan: An Evening in Dry Dock, which she performed off-Broadway, and internationally. She’ll be touring the show in 2015 including a week on the RSVP Gay Cruise Line on Valentine’s Day week, where she’ll be the celebrity cohost along with Kathy Najimy.
She recently starred in the Christmas television movie, A Christmas Tree Miracle on Up TV, and the indie horror film, 6 Degrees of Hell.
In 2014, she and the cast of The Love Boat christened the Princess Cruise Lines for their 40th Anniversary in an all star celebration. The cast will also reunite for the 2015 Rose Bowl Parade on New Years Day.

Holly Bailey10:15AM (PST) – Holly Bailey, national correspondent at Yahoo News, and author of the book “The Mercy of the Sky: The Story of a Tornado”

www.mercyofthesky.com
@hollybdc
hollybailey.tumblr.com

Holly Bailey is a national correspondent at Yahoo News, for which she is now covering the Boston Marathon bombing trial. A former White House correspondent for Newsweek (the youngest ever) her work has appeared in Slate, Salon, Entertainment Weekly, Texas Monthly and Oklahoma Today. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, FOX and NPR to discuss her work. Originally from Oklahoma, she went to school in Moore and grew up dreaming of being a meteorologist, devouring every book she could find in the library on tornadoes. She went to the University of Oklahoma and now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Jennifer Blake10:30AM (PST) – Jennifer Blake, McCready the Musical

www.mccreadythemusical.com
@jenniferblake

Jennifer Blake is originally from Montgomery, Alabama and moved to LA from New York after working successfully in various Off-Broadway and regional productions. She was accepted into NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Summer Theatre Program and went on to earn her BFA in Musical Theatre from the Boston Conservatory.

Credits include: Off-Broadway: The Donkey Show, Original Cast; Hair, Bay Street Theatre, NY (Jeannie); Title of Show(LA Premiere), Jesus Christ Superstar, Attic Theatre, LA (Mary Magdalene); Are You There God? It’s Me Karen Carpenter (workshop/production LA); Little House on the Prairie-Oke!; Bukowsical, King King, LA & NY Fringe Festival (winner, Best Musical of Fringe); Chess, Lyric Stage Boston; The Crucible, Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Recent TV: ABC’s How to Live with Your Parents For the Rest of Your Life. Recent Film: Behaving Badly (starring Mary Louise Parker, Patrick Warburton, Selena Gomez).

Jennifer has also produced, and stars in the comedy web series, The Bar, with her production company. She’s the Most proud of her current collaboration with Jon and this sexy cast of talented boys on McCREADY!

David Feldman11:15AM (PST) – David Feldman, author, “Super Survivors”

facebook.com/SupersurvivorsTheBook
@Supersurvivors
www.supersurvivors.com

David B. Feldman, PhD, is considered to be among the top experts on hope in the field of psychology. An associate professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, he holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Kansas and completed a fellowship in the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, a medical center associated with Stanford University. His research addresses such topics as hope, meaning, and growth in the face of serious medical illness, trauma, and other highly stressful circumstances. In addition to numerous articles in academic journals, he is the author of three books and has regularly contributed to Psychology Today and The Huffington Post.

Roberto Martin11:30AM (PST) – Roberto Martin, Author of the book, “New Vegan Cooking”

facebook.com/VeganCookingForCarnivores
@_ChefRoberto
New Vegan Cooking

Roberto Martin is the author of Vegan Cooking for Carnivores and the former personal chef to celebrities including Ellen Degeneres and Portia de Rossi. He began his culinary career in college, when he fell in love with cooking while working in a restaurant. After attending the Culinary Institute of America, he became a personal chef focusing on nutrition and health. He lives in Southern California.

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday May 20th 2015

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

@katperkinsmusic
facebook.com/katperkinsmusic
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.

J.R. Martinez9:30AM (PST) – J.R. Martinez, “The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & the Military Family”

www.JRMartinez.com
@iamjrmartinez
@LincolnAwards
facebook.com/thelincolnawards
www.thelincolnawards.org

J.R. Martinez is an actor, best-selling author, motivational speaker, advocate, and wounded U.S. Army veteran. He is many things. But perhaps most significantly, he is an inspiration.
J.R.’s career path has been incredible, and perhaps even a bit improbable. Once a high school football player from a small town in Georgia, the only son of a single working mother who emigrated from El Salvador, J.R.’s trajectory is nothing if not surprising. Even to him.

Jose Rene Martinez was born June 14, 1983 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Maria Zavala. His two sisters, Consuelo and Anabel, were raised in El Salvador with his mother’s family. He never met Anabel, who died as a young child. At nine years old, J.R. moved with his mother to Hope, Arkansas, where he lived until he was 18. He then moved to Dalton, Georgia, a place he proudly calls his hometown. J.R. always loved playing football and had aspirations of making it to the NFL.
After high school, he joined the army. J.R. was proud to serve, as a way to give something back to a country that had already given so much to him and to his family. In September of 2002, J.R. underwent Basic and Advanced Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he gained skills as an 11-B Infantryman. After reporting to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in January of 2003, he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.In March of 2003, J.R. was deployed to Iraq. On April 5,he was driving a humvee in Karbala when his front left tire hit a roadside bomb. The three other soldiers were ejected from the burning vehicle, but J.R. was trapped inside. He suffered smoke inhalation and severe burns to 34 percent of his body. J.R. claims that while he was fighting for his life and awaiting medical help, his sister, Anabel, appeared to him giving him the strength to live.J.R. was immediately evacuated to a local medic station in Iraq and then on to Landstuhl, Germany, for immediate care. He spent 34 months in recovery at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC/SAMC) in San Antonio, Texas. He has undergone 34 different surgeries, including skin grafts and cosmetic surgery in the eleven years since his injury.
During his recovery, a nurse asked him to speak to a burn patient, who had just seen his body for the first time and had become withdrawn. After a brief visit, J.R. realized he had a positive impact on this patient and decided to use his own experiences to help others. He continued to visit patients every day sharing his story and listening to theirs. He learned that inspiration is often a two-way street. Martinez has since become a highly sought-after motivational speaker. He travels the world spreading his message of resilience and optimism. He devotes himself to showing others the true value of making the most of every situation. He has spoken to troops at various bases around the world, as well as to such groups as the Clinton Global Initiative, the Red Cross, and dozens of universities, non-profits, and Fortune 500 companies. His story is unique, but his message is universal: your path in life is decided by your own ability to adapt and overcome.
However, many also know J.R. as “Brot Monroe”, a combat veteran who was injured in Iraq and returned home to face the new challenges of reintegrating to civilian life, on the Emmy Award winning daytime drama All My Children.
In 2008, J.R.’s friend noticed an open casting call from All My Children looking for a veteran to join their famed cast. That friend encouraged J.R. to try out. After several meetings with producers he was cast and an actor was born. Due to his runaway popularity, what began as a three month story arc for his character developed into a three year role. After “All My Children” ran its final season, J.R. went on to surprise and inspire a nation on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. Along with partner Karina Smirnoff, J.R. won the coveted mirror ball trophy, and they were named season 13 champions.
J.R. can currently be seen costarring on the syndicated action series, SAF3 (CW Network), as a Los Angeles County firefighter, paramedic, and veteran USAF pararescue jumper “Alfonso Rivera”. He also guest starred in the season 6 finale of Army Wives.
J.R has been featured on many shows, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes, Ellen, The View, The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, CBS Nightly News, CNN, Fox, HLN, and Univision. He narrated the CNN documentary series In America: Vets Wanted? In 2013 he was a guest host on The View. He was also the host of the J.R. Martinez Showon KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles, one of the most popular talk radio stations in the country. He has also been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the New York Times, US Veterans Magazine, and was featured on the cover of People Magazine, in their annual Sexiest Man Alive issue, and was named one of their Most Intriguing People of 2011.
Martinez is the author of the New York Times best-selling book “Full of Heart: My Story of Survival, Strength, and Spirit” a memoir about how he was able to take his own personal tragedy, and turn it into an inspiration for others.

Dedicating his time to nonprofits is something J.R. is very passionate about. He serves as a spokesperson for Operation Finally Home, as well as for the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, Glasswing International, Free the Children, the Viscardi Center, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).
When J.R. does have leisure time, he likes to spend it with his family, friends, and his black lab, Romeo.

Dr. Matt McCarthy

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10:15AM (PST) – Dr. Matt McCarthy, author of “The Real Doctor Will See you Shortly”

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@DrMattMcCarthy

Dr. Matt McCarthy is an assistant professor of medicine at Cornell and a staff physician at Weill Cornell Medical Center. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Slate, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Deadspin, where he writes the Medspin column.

Sarah Tomlinson

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11:15AM (PST) – Sarah Tomlinson, journalist and author of the book, “Good Girl”

www.sarahtomlinson.com
@duchessofrock
instagram.com/duchessofrock
facebook.com/sarah.tomlinson.9210

Sarah Tomlinson has more than a decade of experience as a journalist, music critic, writer, and editor. She has ghostwritten twelve books including two uncredited New York Times bestsellers. Her father-daughter memoir, GOOD GIRL will be published by Gallery Books / Simon & Schuster on April 21, 2015.

She has turned her passion for music, literature, and pop culture trends into cutting-edge coverage and cultural criticism. Her personal essays have appeared, or are forthcoming, in publications including Marie Claire, MORE, Salon.com, The Huffington Post and The Los Angeles Review of Books. Her fiction has appeared on Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Her articles and music reviews have appeared in publications including The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Boston magazine, Spin.com, Billboard.com, Alternative Press, Swindle, Preen, Rockpile, The OC Weekly, and The Willamette Week, and she wrote a weekly local music column, “Notes”, for The Boston Phoenix. She has written bios for bands on Virgin, Red Ink/Columbia, and MySpace Records and contributed to the electronic press kits for artists on Warner Bros. Records.

After growing up in Maine, Sarah attended the early college, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and then earned a BA in Creative Writing at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. After four years spent writing and buying records in Portland, Oregon, she earned an MA in Journalism at Northeastern University in Boston. While in Boston, she launched her journalism career.
Sarah currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. She writes journalism, novels, memoirs, screenplays, TV pilots, personal essays, short stories and online dating profiles for her friends. She has read at Los Angeles literary happenings including Sit ‘n Spin, Vermin on the Mount, Tongue and Groove and Little Birds. Her favorite band is T. Rex.

The Marilu Henner Show – Tuesday May 19th 2015

Peter Mehlman9:30AM (PST) – Peter Mehlman, Author, “It Won’t Always Be This Great”

pmehlman.com
It Won t Always Be This Great: A Novel

After graduating from the University of Maryland, Peter Mehlman , a New York native, became a writer for the Washington Post. He slid to television in 1982, writing for “SportsBeat with Howard Cosell”. From there, he began forming full sentences as a writer for numerous national publications including The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Esquire, and a multitude of women’s magazines due to his advanced understanding of that gender.
In 1989, he moved to Los Angeles, where he bumped into Larry David, whom he’d met twice in New York. David, developing “a little show with Jerry Seinfeld,” invited Mehlman to submit a sample script. Having never written one, Mehlman sent a humor piece he’d written for the Times Magazine and got an assignment, which became the first Seinfeld freelance episode, “The Apartment”. Over the eight-year run of the show, Mehlman rose to executive producer and coined such Seinfeld-isms as “Yada Yada”, “spongeworthy”, “shrinkage”, and “double-dipping”.

In 1997, Mehlman joined DreamWorks and created “It’s like, you know…” a scathing look at Los Angeles. In recent years, he has written several humor pieces for NPR, Esquire, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, several of which were published in his collection, Mandela Was Late. In addition, he has also appeared on-camera for TNT Sports and the Webby-nominated “Peter Mehlman’s Narrow World of Sports”, while also starring in his short film Blank, for which he won best writing at the Los Angeles Comedy Festival.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus

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10:15AM (PST) – Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan, Authors of the book “Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland”

Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland

Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan, a husband and wife team, report from Mexico for the Washington Post. They won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for stories about the lack of the rule of law in Mexico and the horrific conditions in the Mexican criminal justice system. Formerly, the Posts’s correspondents in Tokyo, they also won a George Polk Award in 1998 for their reporting about the Asian financial crisis, as well as awards from the Socity of Professional Journalists and the Overseas Press Club of America.

James Wilder

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11:00AM (PST) – James Wilder, “3 Holes and a Smoking Gun”, DVD comes out today

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www.themodernvillas.com

For anyone who may have forgotten what a powerful and versatile actor James Wilder is, just check out his latest role in the indie psychological thriller “3 Holes And A Smoking Gun”. For his stunning portrayal of a duplicitous washed up screenwriter, Wilder garnered a Best Lead Actor nod at the Red Dirt International Film Festival, Best Actor at the Winter Film Awards, the Independent Spirit Award at the Garden State Film Festival and the Recognition of Dramatic Excellence at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival. The film was also awarded the prestigious Grand Jury Prize at the Red Dirt International Film Festival and Best Screenplay honors at L.A.’s Downtown Film Festival. The film’s DVD release is set for May 19.

The actor’s indelible portrayals include an ambitious lawyer in the Emmy Award-winning drama “Equal Justice” (co-starring Sarah Jessica Parker) and the charmingly sleazy drug dealing seducer in “Melrose Place”. His demonically authentic rendering of serial killer Carl Isaacs in the acclaimed Miramax film “Murder One” that led the New York Times to comment: “James Wilder, as Carl Isaacs, is a thoroughly malevolent character, one in whom evil rather than insanity seems to prevail.”
Wilder, however, is no one-trick pony. In fact, acting wasn’t even on his radar when he started out as a street performer in his native San Francisco and later in LA, New York, and Europe. Renowned for juggling three running chain saws as part of his perilous crowd-pleasing act, Wilder was only 14 when he performed at the legendary Moulin Rouge in his mother’s native Paris and was barely out of his teens when he staged a one-man show on Broadway. When Wilder did catch the acting bug he threw himself into it like everything else he does. He studied at the famed NY Actors Studio and quickly began getting high profile roles. At some point, however, the offers ceased being interesting and he turned his attention to his other many artistic pursuits.
Although not formally trained, he has become a formidable architect and designer who transformed a dozen empty lots throughout California into singularly unique residential art spaces that have attracted a stellar cast of celebrities and creative types. Over the years many of his properties– collectively known as The Modern Villas — have hosted long-term A-list tenants and served as sites for numerous photo shoots and exclusive events. One of his homes was even recognized by HGTV — alongside a Frank Lloyd Wright property — as among LA’s top three architectural gems. He also designs exclusive leather jackets and jewelry, refurbishes vintage furniture that he finds at auctions and flea markets, collects classic cars and commits to acting projects only when it inspires. “3 Holes And A Smoking Gun” is one such project.
Committing only to that which truly inspires him — be it a film, TV or stage role, designing award-winning Hollywood Hills homes or an exclusive line of leather jackets and jewelry — Wilder has been successfully merging creative spirit with entrepreneurial instincts since his early teens. It was then that he first discovered he could earn more money as a fire-eating/knife-throwing street performer than bagging groceries. And it was far more fun.

Raised in the bohemian enclave of Sausalito (outside San Francisco) where he attended an all-boys advanced learning institute, Wilder’s paradoxically liberal upbringing allowed for the kind of creative freedom from which his maverick tendencies were born. At the age of 14 Wilder was living in his mother’s native Paris, regaling audiences with his one man show at such legendary venues as the Moulin Rouge and Lido and later on Broadway. While there, he performed with the Nouveau Cirque De Paris, the precursor to Cirque du Soleil, before making his way to LA where he lived for several years in his customized van.
When not constructing homes, acting or designing, Wilder can often be seen searching for vintage treasures or working on one of his classic cars and Indian motorcycles.

Shane Dawson11:30AM (PST) – Shane Dawson, author, “I Hate My Selfie: A Collection of Essays by Shane Dawson”

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Shane Vlog Channel
@shanedawson
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facebook.com/shanedawsonfans
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I Hate Myselfie: A Collection of Essays by Shane Dawson

Shane Dawson is a director, actor, comedian, musician, and YouTube vlogger. The New York Times has dubbed him ― YouTube’s comic for the under-30 set. He lives in Hollywood, California. Shane’s full-length film directorial debut, Not Cool was released in September. I Hate My Selfie is his first book.

The Marilu Henner Show – Monday May 18th 2015

Ana Martinez9:15AM (PST) – Ana Martinez, Producer, Hollywood Walk of Fame

www.walkoffame.com

Ana Martinez is affectionately known as Star Girl. She started with the Chamber in 1987 as a receptionist and six months later assumed the duties of staffing the Walk of Fame. She has worked more than 600 ceremonies. “Everywhere I go, when someone finds out what I do for a living, questions fly back and forth about who my favorite star is, what was the most unusual ceremony and much more. My oldest daughter is waiting in line for my job by the way, and hopefully both my girls will experience an enjoyable career such as the one that I have. I am one of those rare people that can truly say I love my job!”

Kevin Sessums10:15AM (PST) – Kevin Sessums, Author of the New York Times bestselling memoirs “Mississippi Sissy” and his new book, “I Left it on the Mountain: A Memoir”

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@kevsessums
I Left It on the Mountain: A Memoir

Kevin Sessums is Editor-in-Chief of Four TwoNine magazine and author of the New York Times bestseller Mississippi Sissy. He was previously a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Allure. His work has appeared in Elle, Travel + Leisure, Playboy, Out, and Show People. He lives in San Francisco, California.

Sebastian Maniscalco

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10:30AM (PST) – Sebastian Maniscalco, Comedian

@SebastianComedy
sebastianlive.com

Saying what we’re all thinking has always been Sebastian Maniscalco’s specialty. Except when he says it, it’s a whole lot funnier. And in his Showtime standup special “Aren’t You Embarrassed?” the sophisticated comedian with the chiseled cheekbones gives us a hilarious reality check of the world we all find ourselves living in. Continuing to bring his witheringly sarcastic and exasperated take on modern behavior and etiquette in his second Showtime special in two years, Sebastian takes on everything from selfies that he calls “lonelies” (“Do you know how alone you have to be to have 838 photos of yourself in your bathroom?”) to online restaurant reviews (“Who’s got the time to write an 18 page essay on asparagus?”) to airport check-ins (“I’m taking out a boot…a sock…a toothpaste…does anyone know what two pounds is?”). The special has already spawned the Twitter hash tag #Aren’tYouEmbarrassed, with thousands of followers donating their take via social media on the absurdities of everyday life in the year 2014.

Taping the special “Aren’t You Embarrassed?” in Chicago was a homecoming of sorts for the self-proclaimed ‘half-Sicilian, half-Italian’ who grew up in the middle class suburbs of Chicago (“The world doesn’t match my upbringing”). Priding himself on a work ethic his father instilled in him when he began working at the age of 8, Sebastian made his first dime as an altar boy at funerals during his lunch break to contribute to the family.
Still sporting his Chicago accent despite leaving the Windy City in the early 2000’s to follow his dream in Los Angeles, Sebastian began paying his comedy dues by night playing his brand of comedy in bars and bowling alleys while working as a waiter at theFour Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. He eventually broke into the national spotlight with a 20-city tour in support of his one-hour Comedy Central DVD Special. Yet, it wasn’t until Sebastian captured the attention of award-winning actor and entertainer Vince Vaughn who selected him to be one of four featured comedians in the critically acclaimed film “Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show” that his comedy career began to explode.
Since then, the 2014 American Comedy Award nominee for Best Club Comedian has established an avid fan following via national late night television appearances on “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson”, “Lopez Tonight”, “Conan” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”. Sebastian is also a popular guest on such ground-breaking podcasts as “WTF with Marc Maron” in addition to starring in his own wildly popular “The Pete and Sebastian Show” podcast every Friday night. If that wasn’t enough, Sebastian is currently writing a pilot for NBC alongside Austen Earl and Greg Garcia.

Still enjoying the honeymoon phase with new wife and renowned L.A. based artist Lana Gomez, Sebastian continues to develop new material at frequent shows at the Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard. Sebastian also routinely devotes time to The COMMIT Foundation, which creates serendipity for veterans by fostering mentorship, extending professional networks, and promoting familiar camaraderie for our country’s military.

Jen Lancaster11:15AM (PST) – NY Times Bestselling Author Jen Lancaster and author of the new book, “I Regret Nothing”

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facebook.com/AuthorJenLancaster
@altgeldshrugged
I Regret Nothing: A Memoir

Jen Lancaster is the New York Times bestselling author of eight memoirs and four novels. She has appeared on the Today Show, The Joy Behar Show, and NPR’s All Things Considered. She resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and their ever-expanding menagerie of ill-behaved pets.

Les Gold11:30AM (PST) – Les Gold, Hardcore Pawn

@truTV
truTV.com
@Hardcorepawn
pawndetroit.com
@lesHCP
For What It’s Worth: Business Wisdom from a Pawnbroker

The charismatic patriarch of the Gold family, Les Gold built American Jewelry and Loan from the ground up. Les is an old school, hard-nosed pawnbroker at heart with a passion for collecting unusual items and a nose for deals – and people. Les is also the New York Times Bestselling Author of For What It’s Worth: Business Wisdom from a Pawnbroker.
In over five decades of pawnbroking, he has learned invaluable business lessons not available in any business: buying, selling, negotiating, managing employees, dealing with customers, advertising, tracking trends in technology and fashion, and predicting the economy’s ups and downs.

Becoming a reality television personality was not something that Les predicted, but he has embraced it with gusto. Hardcore Pawn has broken numerous audience records including launching as the No. 1 unscripted program in its time period among all basic cable networks for adults and men 18-49, as well as total viewers. This increased visibility and notoriety has catapulted him into speaking engagements, sales training seminars, even a TED talk. Further, he engages in product endorsements, commercials, and charity appearances. He has been sought for comment on Detroit’s financial troubles for media outlets such as The Detroit News, The Huffington Post, TMZ, and Fox Business.

Les is known for his easy-to-remember negotiating tips, which are often the topic of his media appearances including: The Today Show, Yahoo! Financially Fit, Good Morning America, Inc. Magazine, CNN Your Money, Forbes Magazine, and more.