Monthly Archives: January 2016

WINTER HEALTH

WINTER. Sometimes you have to make an extra effort to stick with your health goals. But anyone with internet access also has access to grocery stores. We have the incredible good fortune to be able to fill our plates with a variety of foods all year long. The Farmer’s Markets and roadside stands are a wonderful draw in summer but don’t let the winter hiatus derail you. Choose frozen vegetables or canned. Even better—eat SEASONAL fruits and vegetables!

ENDIVE

BRUSSELS

SQUASH

POMEGRANATES

SWEET POTATOES

ORANGES

CLEMENTINES

PEARS

LEEKS

There are a lot of choices and by eating foods in season you get to enjoy variety in your diet. Many winter vegetables lend themselves well to roasting, and are delicious in soups…the ultimate cold weather comfort food. If you’re a member of Marilu.com you can check out the recipes our members are posting right now in our current class START YOUR ENGINES. People are sharing their daily menu and their recipes in the FILLING STATION forum. Be part of this class, and this site. Don’t let winter get you off track.

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The Marilu Henner Show – Friday January 29th 2016

Steve WilsonToday’s guest co-host – Steve Wilson, comedian

@istevewilson
www.stevewilsoncomedy.com

Steve Wilson is one of America’s fastest rising comics, “If you haven’t seen his show live, you’re missing a great time!” The Los Angeles Times says, “We shouldn’t laugh but we couldn’t help ourselves.”

Wilson grew up in Buffalo, New York, in a house full of women, which shaped his warped comedy on life, family, and relationships. Wilson has been seen on several television shows including BET’s Comicview, Showtime at the Apollo, and ABC’s Comics Unleashed. Wilson has also been seen on The World Stands Up on the BBC in London, England, and Sydney, Australia, as well as in three other countries. Recently, he was also on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham”. He has been heard on The Bob & Tom Show, a national radio show heard in over 135 cities, Playboy Radio, and Yo on E!.
Wilson has been the opening act for singer Brian McKnight and has performed for sold-out crowds around the country. Wilson made it to the semifinals of Last Comic Standing, season six. He is the co-host of the DL Hughley syndicated afternoon radio show.
Don’t miss a good time, check him out!

Jody Watley

Photo credit: Albert Sanchez

10:30AM (PST) – Jody Watley, singer, songwriter and record producer

Jody Watley and Shalamar Reloaded make their debut appearance TONIGHT (Friday 1/29) at the ROXY in Los Angeles. Check out all tour dates at ShalamarOfficial.com
@jodywatley
jodywatley.net
facebook.com/JodyWatleyOfficial
@ShalamarMusic
shalamarofficial.com
facebook.com/ShalamarOfficial

She’s one of the most prominent visionaries of her era, and one whose influence remains a key touchstone in contemporary pop music.” – Dean Van Nguyen, Wax Poetics Magazine, Issue 57

Jody Watley unleashed the concept dance video “DANCER” at the close of 2015 exclusively on her Facebook page and nearly overnight it became a viral sensation with a spotlight on a diverse crew of freestyle dancers of all ages and helmed by her Shalamar Reloaded colleague and renowned choreographer Rosero McCoy. The Dancer Remixed EP followed with a global digital release. In 2015 with the overwhelming success of a domestic dates, media attention and fan support Watley established Shalamar Reloaded with Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy. New music with a new direction for the fashionable and dynamic dance trio is expected in 2016. That enduring connection between the artist and her fans recently received a dazzling jolt in the form of “Nightlife”, a global smash for Ms. Watley that offers just a taste of the retro-futuristic Paradise. The track – her 19th Billboard Top 20 Dance hit; a UK Top 10 Commercial Pop and UK Top 5 soul hit – adds another notch to her impressive chart history: six Top 10 Pop singles; thirteen #1 Dance Singles; seven Top 5 R&B Singles; two Top 20 pop albums; 2 Top 10 R&B albums; and a Top 5 R&B album. A horn-laced, bass-driven, beat-pumping call to glamorous arms, “Nightlife” is an anthem of uplift where the dance-floor is a refuge of self-creation and spirit preservation. The track celebrates dance music tradition, its classic sounds and motifs (nodding to disco, House, soulful R&B,) while looking squarely to the future. As an artistic statement, it’s a perfect encapsulation of Ms. Watley’s career thus far: This is where I’ve been / this is what I’ve done / this is where I am and what I’m doing right now / this is how I’m mapping the future.
From her days as one third of legendary pop-soul trio Shalamar (whose lush harmonies on such hits as “A Night to Remember”, “There It Is”, and “Second Time Around” led the UK press to coin the phrase “Shalamar sound”, to her groundbreaking career as solo artist (kicked off with her Grammy-winning 1987 solo debut album Jody Watley, whose chart-topping lead single “Looking for a New Love” launched the Watley-penned catch phrase “Hasta la vista, baby”, into pop culture vernacular, Ms. Watley has always been ahead of the pop culture curve. The video for her 1987 hit “Still a Thrill” was the first time a major pop star showcased waacking, the underground freestyle dance (an even more beat-driven cousin to voguing) that is now a worldwide phenomenon.

Jody Watley’s classic 1989 cut “Friends” carved the template for both R&B/hip-hop and pop/hip-hop fusions to come, being the first time a rapper (the legendary Rakim, of Eric B. & Rakim) wrote original verses for an R&B/pop song; long before making his mark as a film director, David Fincher (Se7en; Fight Club; Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) cut his artistic teeth on Miss Watley’s sleek music video for 1989’s smash hit “Real Love”, premiering a signature visual style that he would later impart to other pop divas and fine tune for his films; in honor of her visionary fusion of fashion, music, and music videos, Ms. Watley was featured in VOGUE Italia’s groundbreaking “Black Issue” in 2008. But that was all then. “Nightlife” and the smoldering, groove-driven EP Paradise are now as Watley.

Donald Altman11:15AM (PST) – Donald Altman, psychotherapist, international mindfulness expert and author of “101 Mindful Ways to Build Resilience: Cultivate Calm, Clarity, Optimism & Happiness Each Day”

www.MindfulPractices.com
101 Mindful Ways to Build Resilience

Donald Altman, M.A., LPC, is a psychotherapist, award-winning writer, and author of the new book, 101 Mindful Ways to Build Resilience: Cultivate Calm, Clarity, Optimism and Happiness Each Day. Called America’s Mindfulness Coach, he has trained thousands of mental health therapists and healthcare professionals how to use mindfulness for managing depression, anxiety, pain, and stress. He specializes in organizational mindfulness, conducting mindfulness trainings and retreats internationally. His books include The Mindfulness Toolbox, Clearing Emotional Clutter, One-Minute Mindfulness, and The Mindfulness Code, among others.

Dr. Ish Major11:30AM (PST) – Dr. Ish Major, Psychiatrist, relationship expert and star of WE tv’s “Ex Isle”

@DrIshMajor
www.drishmajor.com
Ex Isle | WE tv

Dr. Ish Major has spent the last 10 years demystifying the male psyche. Educated at The University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Dr. Ish is a board certified psychiatrist who specializes in women, children and families. As a psychiatrist trained to help people with depression, anxiety and substance issues, he found that most of these problems are originally caused by broken relationships. As a dating expert and single guy, Dr. Ish knows the tell tale signs men show when they are lying. He’s also identified the key defining moments relationships and is better able to help women make the right connection at every turn.
As an on camera expert Dr. Ish is a frequent guest on Fox News and The Today show. Along side Kathie Lee, Hoda and Matt he’s appeared with the likes of Kourtney Kardashian, Carrie Fisher, Lesley Jane Seymour and the then Editor in Chief of Cosmo, Kate White as they empower women across the country with insights and clues to the subtle and not subtle things they can do to find that special magic at every age and every stage of their relationships. He’s also been featured in Cosmo, More Magazine and Happen Magazine on Match.com helping single ladies hit home runs in the dating game. Dr. Ish is a highly sought after relationship consultant and was named to the prestigious list of America’s Top Psychiatrists for 2012.

Dr. Ish believes that only by getting clear about who you are and what you want do you have a real chance at finding true happiness ever after. In decoding men’s lies he created Little White Whys and The Cheater Meter. ‘Whys’ helps empower women to make better relationship decisions by revealing the hidden truths in men’s lies. The Cheater Meter is an app for your Smartphone that measures how likely a guy is to cheat! In understanding the nuances of how men and women interact he created Dating 101. A high energy step by step coaching program designed to help women find, date, and keep their Mr. Right. When people are sick and tired of not having the love they feel they deserve they come see Dr. Ish!

Dr. Ish was born and raised in South Carolina with five sisters, one brother, eight aunts and two loving parents. Surrounded by women, he became an expert in understanding women’s psyches at an early age. They were his first teachers and this is where he found his drive to not only understand how people interact but also to see women truly happy. While his older sister’s were dating in the front parlor he was the curious little brother eavesdropping down the hall.
Dr. Ish lives in New York City where he has a thriving practice and continues to explore multiple television opportunities. He is thoroughly enjoying the multicultural energy and the sexy single life of the city!

The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday January 28th 2016

Jill WhelanToday’s guest co-host – Jill Whelan, actress

@WhelanJill
www.jillwhelanonline.com

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

@rickegg
@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.

Hal Sparks9:30AM (PST) – Hal Sparks, actor / comedian

​​Hal Sparks performing one night only!
Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 7:00PM – Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank, CA
@HalSparks
halsparks.com

Actor / comedian Hal Sparks began his professional career as a teenager in Chicago. As a member of the famed Second City Troupe, his quick wit and affable personality quickly gained him recognition and acclaim. In 1987 he was named the “Funniest Teenager In Chicago” by the Chicago Sun Times. After a successful run with Second City, Sparks moved to Los Angeles and immediately began performing at numerous comedy clubs, including The Improv, The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory and The Ice House, as well as​ ​at Comic Relief’s American Comedy Festival. From 1999 ­ 2000, Sparks was the host of the Emmy-award winning “Talk Soup” on E! Entertainment Television, winning rave reviews from fans and critics alike. For five seasons, he co-starred as Michael Novotny on the​ ​hit Showtime series “Queer As Folk”, based on the controversial and critically acclaimed British series. Hal returns to his stand-up roots on June 4th when he stars in his own one-hour Showtime stand-up comedy special “Charmageddon”. The special will also be released on DVD in June.

Most recently, Hal provided the voice of Tak in the Nickelodeon animated series “Tak and the Power of Juju” which follows a teenage jungle boy and his fellow villagers as they deal with their fate as the unluckiest tribe in the world. He also lent his voice to the character “Mr. Q” in the GSN game show “20Q” hosted by Cat Deeley, based on the award-winning game of the same name. In 2006, Sparks appeared on the FOX musical competition series “Celebrity Duets” and hosted the WB reality series “Survival Of the Richest”. In 2007, he shared judging duties with Rosanne Barr on the Nick at Nite comedy competition series “America’s Funniest Mom”. Hal is one of the star commentators of the VH1 hit pop culture series “I Love The 90’s”, “I Love The 80’s”, “The 80’s Strike Back, ”“I Love The 70’s” and “I Love the New Millennium.” He also appeared in the VH1 shows “Celebracadabra” and “The Great Debate.” His television credits include guest-starring roles on “CSI”, “Frasier”, and “One on One”. He also co-starred in the Showtime Original feature “Bleacher Bums”, adapted from the critically acclaimed play of the same name. Hal starred opposite Peter Riegert, Wayne Knight and Brad Garrett in this classic baseball comedy.
On the big screen, he recently appeared in the film “Extract” and made a scene-stealing appearance with Tobey Maguire in “Spiderman 2”. He also co-starred in the 20th Century Fox comedy, “Dude, Where’s My Car?”, “Dickie Roberts, Former Child Star” and “Chopper Chicks in Zombie Town” with Billy Bob Thorton. Sparks also provided the voices for two animal characters, a bee and a fish, in the 20th Century Fox film “Dr. Dolittle 2”. His numerous television appearances include “The Tonight Show”, “Larry King Live”, “Charlie Rose”, “Good Morning America”, “The View”, CNN’s “Your Money”, “Joy Behar”, “Politically Incorrect”, MTV and “Jimmy Kimmel​ ​Live”. He starred in his own sketch comedy pilot entitled “Here Comes The Neighborhood” and produced comedy segments for Disney Channel. On the stage, Sparks has performed in productions of “The Glass Menagerie” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs”.

In addition to a busy acting and stand-up career, Hal is an accomplished singer/songwriter/musician. He and his band, Zero 1, recently released their debut album.
A native of Peak’s Mill, Kentucky, Sparks spent several years in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles. He is also an expert in the martial arts with 20 years experience in Shaolin, Kung Fu, Wushu and Karate.

Outsmarting Alzheimer's10:15AM (PST) – Dr. Kenneth Kosik, one of the nation’s most prominent neurologists in the field of Alzheimer’s research, and author of the book “Outsmarting Alzheimer’s: What You Can Do To Reduce Your Risk”

Outsmarting Alzheimer’s

Dr. Kenneth Kosik is the Harriman Professor of Neuroscience Research and Co-Director of the Neuroscience Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also the founder and Medical Director of the non-profit center, Cottage Center for Brain Fitness (CCBF). He previously served as a resident in neurology at Tufts New England Medical Center and has held a series of academic appointments at the Harvard Medical, McLean Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Kosik has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and on CNN as an expert on brain health and has won numerous awards for his work with Alzheimer’s and neuroscience. For the past 16 years Dr. Kosik has been doing extensive work with a large family in Antioquia, Colombia, who all carry a genetic mutation for Alzheimer’s, in the hopes that they can pave the way for a cure.

Jim Jacobs10:30AM (PST) – Jim Jacobs, Composer, Co-creator of “GREASE”

Watch “GREASE: LIVE” on FOX! SUN JAN 31st @ 7/6c
@FOXTV
@GoGrease
#greaselive

Jim Jacobs is an American composer, lyricist, and writer for the theatre. He is known for writing the book, lyrics and music, with Warren Casey, for the stage and film musical “Grease”.

Jacobs was born in Chicago, Illinois to Harold, a factory foreman, and Norma (Mathison) Jacobs. Jacobs attended Taft High School, during which time he played guitar and sang with a band called DDT & the Dynamiters. When he was 11, his idol was Bill Haley, but when he was fourteen it was Elvis Presley. He also cites Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Jerry Lee Lewis as influences. When he was a teenager, he would imitate playing a guitar with a broomstick. He eventually convinced his parents to pay for guitar lessons. After four lessons, he quit and decided to buy a guitar book and teach himself. From this, his found a simple chord structure: C, A minor, F, G7—this would later be Those Magic Changes featured in “Grease”. In 1963, he became involved with a local theatre group that included Warren Casey, The Chicago Playwrights Center (at that time it was called Hull House Playwrights Center)run by artistic director Robert Sickinger. For the next five years he appeared in more than fifty theatrical productions in the Chicago area, working with such people as The Second City founder Paul Sills, while earning a living as an advertising copywriter. He also landed a small role in the 1969 film “Medium Cool”. Jacobs’ Broadway acting debut was in a 1970 revival of the play “No Place to be Somebody”, followed by the national tour.
At the same time, he and Casey were collaborating on a play about high school life during the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s. Entitled “Grease”, it premiered in 1971 at the Kingston Mines Theater in the Old Town section of Chicago. Producers Ken Waissman and Maxine Fox saw the show and suggested to the playwrights that it might work better as a musical, and told them if the creative partners were willing to rework it and they liked the end result, they would produce it off-Broadway. The team headed to New York City to collaborate on what would become Grease, which opened at the Eden Theatre in downtown Manhattan. The show was deemed eligible for the 1972 Tony Awards, receiving seven Tony Award nominations. In June 1972 the production moved to the Broadhurst Theatre in the heart of Manhattan’s Broadway Theater District. Six months later it moved to the Royale Theatre where it played until January 1980. For fine final weeks of the run the show moved to the much larger Majestic Theatre (Broadway). Casey earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Book of a Musical. The show went on to become a West End hit and a hugely successful film.

He would also write a two-act musical “Island of Lost Coeds” with Warren Casey, a spoof on 1940s and 1950s B movies: a captain and crew crash on a deserted island inhabited by beautiful women with ratted hair, tiger-skin swimsuits and rubber spears. In 1980, he appeared in the film “Love in a Taxi”, directed by Robert Sickinger. Jacobs served as a judge on the NBC reality series “Grease: You’re the One that I Want!” in 2006, designed to cast the lead roles in an August 2007 Broadway revival of Grease via viewer votes.

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday January 27th 2016

Sean KananToday’s guest co-host – Sean Kanan

@seankanan
www.seankananthemoderngentleman.com
@BandB_CBS
@BOO2BULLYING

A self described nerd trapped in the body of a leading man, Sean Kanan, otherwise known as daytime tv’s baddest bad-boy, (AJ Quartermaine from ABC’s General Hospital; Deacon Sharpe from CBS’s The Young and the Restless and the Bold and the Beautiful), delivers his hilariously honest experiences from Hollywood and the parallel universe of soap operas to the world of stand up. In his stand-up routine, Sean pokes fun at his 15 years in daytime television, as well as living in Italy, Dancing With The Stars, and getting beaten up by Daniel Larusso in “The Karate Kid III”.

When Sean isn’t busy counting carbs or waiting for his close-up, he has been bringing down the house at such venues at The Laugh Factory and the world famous Hollywood Improv.
He has also travelled with the USO to Bosnia and Kosovo performing for our troops, and dedicates much of his time to numerous charitable and nonprofit endeavors including ASPCA and the Anti-Defamation League’s anti-bullying campaign.

Adam Levin

Photo credit: Deborah Copaken

10:15AM (PST) – Adam Levin, Chairman and Founder IDT11 and author of the book “Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves”

@Adam_K_Levin
Swiped

Adam Levin is a consumer advocate with more than 30 years’ experience in finance, privacy, real estate and government service. A former director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Levin is Chairman and founder of Identity Theft 911, Chairman and co-founder of Credit.com and serves as a spokesperson for both companies. An expert on personal finance, credit, identity management, fraud and privacy, he writes a weekly column which appears on Huffington Post and ABCNews.com. He is a frequent guest on television, and has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business News, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, CBS Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight and scores of radio stations throughout the country. He lives in New York City with his wife and son.

Jan Bowen11:15AM (PST) – Jan Bowen, author of “It’s Not That Complicated”

www.janlbowen.com
It’s Not That Complicated

Jan L. Bowen is an author, keynote speaker, thought leader, and facilitator committed to helping leaders find their purpose and vision through balance. Jan’s career began in education and psychology, followed by more than 25 years of successful corporate leadership. Now, as founder and principal of her business, Strategic Solutions Services, LLC, Jan leverages her experience, skills, and knowledge to help leaders reach the next level of their creative aspirations.

The Marilu Henner Show – Tuesday January 26th 2016

Ahmed AhmedToday’s guest co-host – Ahmed Ahmed

UPCOMING SHOWS
​​​Feb 11th​ ​-​ ​14th​ @ the ​​Laugh Factory​ in ​Scottsdale, AZ
​​Feb 1​5​th​ ​-​ ​21st ​@ the​ ​Laugh Factory​ in ​Las Vegas, NV
@ahmedcomedy
www.ahmedahmed.com

Egyptian-American actor, comedian, producer, and director Ahmed Ahmed is one of the most diverse, multi-faceted talents in the entertainment industry today. In 2014, he starred as “Ahmed” on TBS’ hit comedy series Sullivan & Son. Executive Produced by Vince Vaughn, the show follows Steve Sullivan [Steve Byrne], a corporate lawyer who surprises his parents when he leaves his job to take over a bar owned by his father in Pittsburgh. Ahmed made his first appearance as unlucky in love, tow-truck driver [and best friend to Steve] “Ahmed” in season one, and joined the cast as a series regular in season two, quickly becoming a fan favorite. Ahmed is currently the only Arab-American actor playing a non-stereotypical role on a comedy sitcom, today.

Born in Helwan, Egypt and raised in Riverside, California Ahmed immigrated to the US when he was one month old with his family. When he was 19 years old he made the move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His first big break was in the suspense, action film Executive Decision alongside Kurt Russell, Steven Segal, and Halle Berry in 1996. Ahmed went on to appear in a handful of blockbuster and cult hit features including “Swingers”, “Iron Man”, and “You Don’t Mess With The Zohan”. On the television front, Ahmed has appeared on top series such as “Tracy Takes On”, “Weeds”, and “Roseanne” to name a few. In 2011, Ahmed made his directorial debut with his groundbreaking documentary “Just Like Us“. The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, and went on to be selected at 30 international film festivals, winning several “Best Director” and “Best Documentary” awards. The documentary, a celebration of culture and comedy, follows Ahmed and ten American comedians through Dubai, Egypt, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, performing in front of over 20,000 Arabs and Muslims across the region. Just Like Us garnered Ahmed attention on the political front, and he was invited to The White House to have dinner with President Obama, and was also invited to The State Department to have dinner with Hilary Clinton – as they commended him on creating a project that made an effort to break down barriers and encourage cross-cultural dialogue. Ahmed is currently in post-production on Just Like Us Too, which takes place in Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and Oman.
While working in film and television Ahmed’s profile in comedy continues to rise, being hand picked by Vince Vaughn for his Wild West Comedy Tour [2005-present]. Vaughn is currently producing the first ever Wild West comedy festival in Nashville, TN where Ahmed will hold the roll of Comedy Ambassador, performing and hosting shows. In 2005, Ahmed cofounded and performed in the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour which aired on Comedy Central as the first ever Middle Eastern stand up comedy special. Ahmed is also the winner of the first annual Richard Pryor Award for Ethnic Comedy at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in Scotland. Ahmed is currently a paid regular performer at the world famous Comedy Story in Hollywood, The Laugh Factory, and the Comedy Cellar in New York City. He regularly tours nationally and internationally, and in summer 2014, Ahmed will hit the road for the Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour with his cast mates from the series, hitting 20+ markets across the country. Ahmed is a true believer that laughter heals, and that comedy can bridge the gap between communities across the world.

Mary Lane Haskell9:15AM (PST) – Mary Lane Haskell, “The Bachelor” recap

www.thedisplaceddebutante.com
@marylanehaskell

Mary Lane Haskell believes that in previous lives she lived in Jane Austen’s England and Margaret Mitchell’s Antebellum South. In this life however she is an actor, an avid journaler, and a profound Chipotle enthusiast making her way in New York City. But you can call her The Displaced Debutante.

The Displaced Debutante is a blog inspired by successes, struggles, and snapshot moments from the life of a 20-something single girl in New York City trying to balance the “Southern Belle” she was taught to be and the “Modern Woman” she feels compelled to become, all in the face of online dating, the hipster movement, and a serious frozen yogurt addiction.

Claude Knobler

Photo credit: Grace Knobler

10:15AM (PST) – Claude Knobler, father of three and author of ”More Love, Less Panic: 7 Lessons I Learned About Life, Love, and Parenting After We Adopted Our Son from Ethiopia”

More Love, Less Panic

Claude Knobler’s essays have appeared in Parenting Magazine and on NPR’s “This I Believe”, as well as in one of the radio program’s literary anthologies, This I Believe: On Fatherhood, and Worldwide Orphan Foundation founder Dr. Jane Aronson’s Carried in Our Hearts: The Gift of Adoption: Inspiring Stories of Families Created Across Continents. Claude now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Grace, and Nati. His son Clay is attending Duke University.

Johan Rockström11:15AM (PST) – Johan Rockström, Director of the Stockholm Resilience Center,​ ​International Enviro Scientist, and author of “Big World, Small Planet”

Big World, Small Planet” – Available now
@jrockstrom
@sthlmresilience
stockholmresilience.org

Johan Rockström is the Ex​​ecutive Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre. He is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues and leads the development of the Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change.

The Marilu Henner Show – Monday January 25th 2016

Josh WolfToday’s guest co-host – Josh Wolf, Comedian, Actor and Writer

Josh is the host of ​the “​Fairly Normal ​w​ith Josh Wolf” podcast on ALL THINGS COMEDY
@joshwolfcomedy
comedianjoshwolf.com

Comedian, actor, and writer Josh Wolf has become one of the most sought after personalities in comedy today. From adding his quick witted commentary on comedy round tables, to becoming a New York Times Bestselling Author, writing on hit television shows, and headlining stand up comedy tours across the nation, Wolf has proved time and time again he is one of the most dynamic and multi-faceted comedians in the entertainment business. Wolf is currently a regular round table guest and writer on the hit E! series “Chelsea Lately”, and recently appeared as a performer on the new E! series “After Lately”. In March 2013, Wolf will debut his latest book, “It Takes Balls: Dating Single Moms and Other Confessions from an Unprepared Single Dad” [Grand Central Publishing.] Funny and brutally honest, the book details Wolf’s adventures as a struggling stand up comedian, while juggling being a single parent in Los Angeles.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Amherst – Wolf had a love for comedy and making people laugh from an early age. As a teenager, he took to the stage in the Boston area, performing his first stand up show when he was 15 years old. By the time he was in his mid-twenties, he was ready for a fresh start, and moved to Seattle, Washington in hopes of expanding his comedy career. He was able to get more stage time and practice in the comedy world, as indie musicians were dominating Seattle’s live entertainment scene. When he was 28, Wolf decided to make the move to Los Angeles. After several years in Seattle he had made his mark in the local comedy circuit, and wanted to play with the big boys of comedy. He quickly discovered it wasn’t any easier being a small fish in a saturated comedy pond, than a big fish in the entertainment pond of a port city.
In 1999, Wolf got his first big break, performing a one man show at the HBO Workspace – which landed him a talent deal at 20th Century Fox, and a deal for his own television series with ABC. A deal with NBC soon followed. While testing the waters on the television front, Wolf began writing for TV, and quickly found it was another aspect of the entertainment business that he loved. He wrote on numerous sitcoms including “Yes, Dear”, Will Smith’s “All of Us”, and “Cuts”, starring Shannon Elizabeth. He soon decided he wanted to dedicate all his time to writing, and stepped down from stand up, and appearing on camera.
In 2006 Wolf returned to television, appearing on the fourth season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”. This also marked his return to sitcoms, recurring on the hit series “My Name Is Earl” from 2006-09, and recurring and writing for “Raising Hope” in 2010-11. 2009 was also a banner year for Wolf, as he started making regular appearances on Chelsea Handler’s hit E! television series “Chelsea Lately”, and he toured nationwide with stand up comedy sensation Larry the Cable Guy. Wolf also found a way to tap into his passion for sports, and hosted two seasons of “The College Experiment”, a comedic weekly online college sports show for Fox Sports. In 2011 Wolf ended his touring with Larry the Cable Guy, and committed to appearing on “Chelsea Lately” once a week, while in conjunction writing for the show. He also became a New York Times Bestselling Author, for his contributions to Chelsea Handler’s bestselling book “Lies that Chelsea Hander Told Me”.
In 2012, Wolf landed a book deal with Grand Central Publishing to pen his first book written solo, “It Takes Balls: Dating Single Moms and Other Confessions from an Underprepared Single Dad”. He also recently wrote a screenplay feature for Adam Sandler’s production company, Happy Madison. In addition to his work on “Chelsea Lately”, his stand-up comedy tours, and his book, Wolf also works on a podcast with fellow “Chelsea Lately” round table member, Ross Mathews. Airing on The Road Hop Network, “Josh and Ross” showcases the guys sharing their unique view on pop culture and the news of the day.

Wolf currently lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife Beth. In his down time, he loves to hang out with his wife and kids, Trevor, Kaitlynn, and Jacob. On the charity front, Wolf has a passion for supporting the troops & actively participates with various organizations.

The Herbivorous Butcher10:15AM (PST) – Kale Walch, Co Owner, The Herbivorous Butcher

@TheHerbivorousB
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Sister and brother duo Aubry and Kale Walch have spent the last several years perfecting The Herbivorous Butcher’s deliciously deceiving meat-free meats. Aubry has been a vegan for 18 years and has spent over a decade creating meat-free alternatives to many the foods that she grew up with on Guam, a place where cooking was a deep-rooted part of everyday life and each meal consisted of at least two different kinds of meat or seafood, not to mention a wide variety of flavors, spices, and textures, blending Guamanian cuisine with culinary cultures from across the world. After years of watching Aubry thrive as a strict vegan, Kale Walch followed suit and became vegan. Over the past four years, he has developed a keen sense for the many ingredients and methods that go into making the most flavorful, nutritious and satisfying meat alternatives. Having made the change from omnivore to vegan more recently, he is able to invoke the flavors of his previous “meat palate” to create realistic and tastefully accurate meat-alternatives.

The Herbivorous Butcher started organically. A brother and sister, sister’s husband, and sister’s surrogate sister, all vegan or vegetarian; cooked and ate together all the time – sharing recipes, improving each other’s recipes, and talking about food literally all the time. During a brief pause in food-related conversation, Aubry blurted out “LET’S OPEN A VEGAN BUTCHER SHOP!” and everyone laughed and laughed and then, just as the laughter subsided, everyone realized it was a great idea. From that moment on we’ve been planning how we can fulfill that mission to deliver delicious tasting fresh vegan meats for a happier, healthier world. They started The Herbivorous Butcher to bring you small-batch, locally-sourced, all-natural meat alternatives that are always fresh, flavorful, and protein-rich so you never feel like you’re sacrificing anything for healthy and ethical eating. The need for meat alternatives has never been greater. Global demand for meat has tripled in the last 40 years, causing dramatic and unsustainable increases in greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, and water pollution, intensifying pressures on land, water, fertilizer, feed, and fuel. A modest reduction in the consumption of animal products would not only spare billions of animals from inhumane treatment every year, but would have a huge environmental impact at a time when the world urgently needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to avert catastrophic climate change. The Herbivorous Butcher are responding to this call to action because together we can all change the world one meal at a time!

All products from The Herbivorous Butcher provide optimum amounts of protein and B-vitamins that many meat alternatives lack, as well as modest levels of monounsaturated fats that help reduce cholesterol and satisfy your hunger so you can really feel good while feeling good about eating well.

Caren Zucker

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11:15 AM (PST) – Caren Zucker, Author of “In a Different Key: The Story of Autism”

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In a Different Key

Caren Zucker is a 25-year veteran of ABC News, and producer and co-writer of the PBS Series Autism Now.

The Marilu Henner Show – Friday January 22nd 2016

Lawrence ZarianToday’s guest co-host – Lawrence Zarian

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Lawrence Zarian is one of the most sought after on-camera lifestyle & fashion experts in the television industry today with experience on-air of over​ ​15​ ​years, and author of the highly successful fashion “Bible​​”​ Lawrence Zarian’s 10 Commandments for a Perfect Wardrobe​, ​which was released with Birdstreet Books last year. Zarian will next be seen on “Live from the Oscars”, Tribune Broadcasting’s syndicated Oscar Red Carpet show, originating from KTLA-TV in Los Angeles. He will also serve as the 2016 Oscar fashion correspondent for LA’s number one local morning show, the KTLA Morning News.

With the support and endorsements of top industry professionals in the TV and fashion world, his book not only breaks down how to maximize ones wardrobe and style potential but it also emphasizes the importance that true style originates with a happy and healthy mind, attitude and lifestyle. As a consistent on-air fashion and lifestyle host for Live With Kelly & Michael for almost 15 years, in addition to Steve Harvey, Rachael Ray and Home & Family, Zarian not only knows how to spot a current fashion trend, but how to interpret Hollywood’s most expensive looks into affordable styles for everyone. With energy and sharp insight, Zarian is at home in every situation; from the award season red carpet, to hosting his own show or even making over a family of five from Ohio. Zarian also conducts standing-room-only seminars throughout the country and hosts in-store shopping events nationally.
Other credits include: ABC’s Live at The Academy Awards, Inside Edition, EXTRA, KTLA, and GDLA.

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

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In 6th grade, when Rotten Tomatoes Senior Editor Grae Drake 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:

  • The 5th Wave
  • The Boy
  • Dirty Grandpa

Dr Steven Masley and Jonny Bowden10:15AM (PST) – Dr. Steven Masley & Dr. Jonny Boden, authors of “Smart Fat: Eat More Fat. Lose More Weight. Get Healthy Now.”

Smart Fat

In SMART FAT, the authors explain how healthy fats—smart fats—can help balance hormones for increased energy and appetite control and provide substantial anti-inflammatory benefits. The solution for slimming down and keeping pounds off for life is to incorporate smart fats with fiber, protein, and flavor. The authors provide a 30-day meal plan and 50 recipes that demonstrates exactly how to ‘smart fat’ your diet.

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Steven Masley, M.D. is a physician, nutritionist, author, speaker, and award-winning patient educator. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida, and teaches programs at Eckerd College and the University of Tampa. Dr. Masley has received the award of Fellow from the American Heart Association, the American College of Nutrition, and the American Academy of Family Physicians; and in 2010 received the physician Health Care Hero award by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

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Jonny Bowden, PhD., CNS is a nationally known expert on weight loss, nutrition, and health. He is the author of fourteen books on health, healing, food, and longevity including three best-selling books. Dr. Bowden has a Master’s Degree in psychology and counseling and a PhD in nutrition. He is board certified by the American College of Nutrition, a member of the prestigious American Society for Nutrition, and an in-demand speaker at conferences and events across the country.

Shari Belafonte10:30AM (PST) – Shari Belafonte, actress

Shari is now starring on the ABC Series GENERAL HOSPITAL as Mayor Janice Lomax, the mayor of Port Charles

Shari Belafonte was born in New York City and she received her first camera (a brownie) from her grandmother, when she was just four years old, and always knew a camera would be in her life. She skipped two grades and started boarding school at 12, in Massachusetts, of her own accord. She toyed with the idea of going into medicine (following in the footsteps of her step-father, Dr. Edward Mazique), but ended up graduating with a BFA in Dramatic Production and Design, from the prestigious Carnegie-Mellon University in just 3 years. Upon graduating, Shari became a production asst/asst director at WETA/Public TV in Washington, DC. She then moved to Los Angeles, and worked at Hanna-Barbera Productions as an Asst. Publicist. Her “on” camera career started in the real life bio-pic IF YOU COULD SEE WHAT I HEAR, portraying blind musician Tom Sullivan’s girlfriend, Heather. Then she played Julie Gillette in the popular Aaron Spelling series HOTEL and went on to guest star in numerous television shows and TV movies. She starred in the supernatural series BEYOND REALITY, where she played paranormal psychologist, Dr. Laura Wingate. She can be seen as teacher Robin Rivers in the film festival released feature TEACHER OF THE YEAR, and in the audience award winning supernatural film PRIMROSE LANE, where she plays Dr. Hunt, a psychic Chiropractor, directed by Kathleen Davison. She was also the second unit DP and Steadicam operator on Ms Davison’s award winning short, EFFLORESCE. Shari also just wrapped a part as Flo, the Librarian in an upcoming Eric Stoltz directed feature. And, will be voicing Thelma Lou, a somewhat neurotic cow in the G rated comedy “DOG AND PONY SHOW”, starring Ralph Macchio and Mira Sorvino. She is also co-producing and lending her voice to a documentary entitled “LOST LEGENDS”.
Gracing hundreds of magazine covers worldwide (including Vogue, Mademoiselle, Harper’s Bazaar Germany, Italian Taxi, Self, Essence and Playboy etc…) she was also touted as one of the leading commercial spokespersons by The Wall Street Journal, and was seen in commercial’s for Mastercard, Calvin Klein, Diet Coke, Bally’s, Lawry’s, and others, and has done Voice Overs for Boeing, NASA, Sony Vaio and Lincoln/Mercury along with many cartoons for Hanna-Barbera, Disney and others as well as books on tape. She voiced the documentary on the late Los Angeles Mayor, Tom Bradley, LIVING THE DREAM. Shari can also be seen in an internet video for a project called “Inspired To Lose”. She photographed six people who have had significant weight loss, and who have a desire to get their messages out to the masses. 1 in 3 people in the United States is obese.
Shari has done her share of hosting duties as well. Included are TRAVELS IN MEXICO AND THE CARIBBEAN for PBS, ESPN’S NEW AMERICAN SPORTSMAN, LIFESTYLES WITH ROBIN LEACH AND SHARI BELAFONTE, iNEXT TV’S DESTINATIONS, and she’s done segments for THE TODAY SHOW, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, CBS’s, WOMEN2WOMEN. Not just a “talking head”, she worked with manufacturers to bring to light the concerns of todays marketplace consumer. One concern was MSG. Thus, Lawry’s beta tested then excluded MSG from their ever popular Lawry’s Seasoning Salt, while she was their spokesperson. Also, she recommended a “don’t drink and drive” campaign, that Coors beer first launched in the early 80’s. All the liquor companies followed suit shortly after. She has kept her finger on the pulse of strategic marketing ever since. She won a Telly award for excellance in marketing, and a Glass Slipper Award from the Palm Springs chapter of Women In Film.

Shari had two Pop album’s in Germany, “Shari” and “Eyes of Night”. Her single “Gimme Your Pop” stayed on Germany’s Top 50’s chart for 48 weeks in a row, and the duet she did with Pop British star, Chris Norman also stayed on the charts equally as long. She’s back in the studio, working on a new “House Music” project, with DJ Franco Munoz, from Ibiza.
Shari has spent almost as much time behind the camera, shooting stills and video for short feature films, films, international ads, music videos and concerts as well as EPK’s and travelogues. She’s had numerous gallery showings of her silk art and her photography. On the East Coast, in NY’s Village gallery, The Chair And The Maiden and the prestigious Carnegie Hall Museum, in Alderson, and at the Petersberg VA New Millenium Studios. She’s also had several shows on the West Coast at the esteemed Gallery 444/446 in Palm Springs, The Boton Gallery in Santa Monica, in Laguna Nigel, as well as in Las Vegas at the Danny Ganz Center. Her shows have included “Postcards From Cuba”, “Italia”, “Gimme Your Goofyest”, and the never ending “Mythostories”. She was in Cuba a few years ago to shoot video and stills for her father’s HBO Bio-pic, SING YOUR SONG. Shari’s a certified Steadicam Operator and will be training to be a Drone Camera Operator. Shari was also the Producer of the award winning short, BETTY’S TREATS, and the Executive Producer of the yet to be released short, LAST SUPPER, starring her father, Harry Belafonte, and has several projects in various stages of development.
She recently joined forces with 3Faces Media and Marketing Management, to expand and promote their Entertainment and commercial division. She currently serves on the board of Lili Claire Communications. The Lili Claire Foundation is for children with neuro-genetic conditions, such as Autism, Down Syndrome, William’s Syndrome, Fragile X and Fetal Alchol Syndrome. LCF provides services to those children, and their families, the world over, free of charge. She hosts and co-hosts events for them each year, and serves on the board in the theatrical production division. They are currently in development on a number of projects, both live and for television and film.

Shari hosted the launch of “Women Of War”, one of the documentaries depicting the horrific expose of sexual assault in the military. 1 in 3 women who joined the armed forces have been sexually assaulted. Shari’s also partial to Best Friends Animals Society, the “No Kill” animal shelter, in Utah and Los Angeles; The Charleston Animal Shelter which is also a “No Kill” facility, and anything to bring awareness to the safety and care of all animals, and is promoting a NO KILL LA agenda in Los Angeles. She lives with her husband, actor Sam Behrens and their six “four-legged” K9 children near Los Angeles.

Anna Bozman Thompson11:15AM (PST) – Anna Bozman Thompson, “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta”

Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” – Fridays at 9/8c on TLC
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This season on SAY YES TO THE DRESS ATLANTA, Lori and Monte step out of the salon more than ever to help brides find the dress of their dreams, even taking a road trip to Nashville. With surprise brides and last minute dress hunts, the team at Bridals by Lori has their hands full. Also, in a special episode this season, Lori helps her future daughter-in-law find the dress (or dresses) of her dreams. Then, viewers get to follow along as they prepare for the big day and get an inside look at the wedding itself.​

The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday January 21st 2016

Kato KaelinToday’s guest co-host – Kato Kaelin

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#slackerwear
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During the O.J. Simpson trial, pretty boy Kato Kaelin, while not the most helpful state witness, emerged as “America’s favorite houseguest”, eliciting laughs in the courtroom with his flippant comments. He’s still funny and, except for shorter hair, still looks about the same, thanks to Nerium age-defying cream, he insists. Kato has embraced the “Slacker” persona the media gave him, and with the help of longtime friend Rhonda Shear, created SLACKER wear,​ ​for men who work hard but appreciate their down time and want to be comfortable.​ ​Kato is hands on with everything from fabric and design details to fit and branding materials. He combines humor and interest in fashion to create a line that is perfect for any occasion, and any guy.​ ​Being a “Slacker” never looked so good​!​​

Since the Simpson trial, Ka​to​ has worked mostly in TV, starring in such shows as “Eye for an Eye”, a quirky court program that aired for five seasons. He never lost touch with Shear and two years ago reconnected with her at a pajama party at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion.
K​ato continues to live in the Los Angeles area but now has his own place — a two-bedroom, three-bathroom townhouse. Every night, he spends time as a couch potato, and he’s proud of it.​

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

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@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.

Before I Forget

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10:15AM (PST) – Dan Gasby and B. Smith, authors of, “Before I Forget: Love, Hope, Help, and Acceptance in Our Fight Against Alzheimer’s”

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Before I Forget

Dan Gasby has been a television media sales executive and a television producer for both network and syndicated programs. He helped publish and launch B.’s eponymous magazine and cofound her retail brand.

B. Smith is a true American success story. Born in rural western Pennsylvania, Barbara “B.” Smith was one of the first supermodels. She has written three highly acclaimed cookbooks, and over a twenty-eight-year period founded three successful restaurants while also launching a nationally syndicated television show and a magazine. She is also a recipient of numerous national and local awards for helping those in need.

Hal Lublin10:30AM (PST) – Hal Lublin, VO actor

Hal is host of the ​”​We Got This​”​ ​podcast ​(with Mark ​Gagliardi​)
Venture Brothers season 6 premier​es​​ at midnight on January 31st ​on Adult Swim ​- Hal plays a character named Wide Wale

@hallublin
www.HalLublin.com
@wegotthistweets
@NightValeRadio

One of the creators and co-hosts of “We Got This with Mark and Hal” on the Maximum Fun Network, Hal Lublin is an accomplished actor and improviser. Best known for his work as one of the core WorkJuice players in “The Thrilling Adventure Hour” and Steve Carlsberg on “Welcome to Night Vale”, Hal plays Wide Wale on the upcoming season of “The Venture Brothers” and will have a recurring role on Cartoon Network’s “Mighty Magiswords”.
His work runs the gamut from animated films and television programs to radio shows and video games for CBS, Happy Madison, Disney, SyFy, JibJab, Wired and more. Hal trained with Second City, The Groundlings and IO West, and has been improvising and performing sketch comedy for over 20 years.​

Lisa Nichols

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11:15AM (PST) – Lisa Nichols, Personal Transformation guru featured in the book, “The Secret” and NY Times best selling author of “Abundance Now: Amplify Your Life & Achieve Prosperity Today”

@2motivate
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Abundance Now

Lisa Nichols is the New York Times bestselling author of No Matter What! (April 2009), and the recurring motivational speaking coach on The Steve Harvey Show and the Today show. Nichols is one of only two African-American female founders to take her own company, Motivating the Masses, Inc., public. Nichols co-authored Jack Canfield’s Chicken Soup for the African-American Soul (2004), as well as Chicken Soup for the African-American Woman’s Soul (2012). A featured teacher in the self-help movie The Secret, Nichols teaches, coaches, and lives a collection of life principles, beliefs, and habits that inspire people to live better, fuller, richer lives.

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday January 20th 2016

James Lecesne

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10:30AM (PST) – James Lecesne, “Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey”

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey – currently in a limited engagement at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, through Sunday, January 31st
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The Trevor Project

James Lecesne wrote the screenplay for the Academy Award winning short film “Trevor”, which inspired the founding of the organization, The Trevor Project, which provides a 24-hour phone line and other resources for youth (much needed, 1,500 people called in on its first day). Lecesne’s novel, Trevor, was just selected as one of Italy’s ten must-reads for young adults, in a list that also includes Hans Christian Andersen, Roald Dahl, Nick Hornby and J.K. Rowling.

Lecesne has created several solo shows including “Word of Mouth”, which was presented by Mike Nichols and Elaine May and directed by Eve Ensler (NY Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award) and the acclaimed “One Man Band”. His acting credits include the original production of “Cloud 9” (Lucille Lortel), the 30th Anniversary production of “The Boys in the Band” (Lucille Lortel), “I Am My Own Wife” (Hartford Stage), “Motherhood Out Loud” (Primary Stages), and Gore Vidal’s “The Best Man” on Broadway. For television, he adapted Armistead Maupin’s “Further Tales of the City” for Showtime (Emmy Award nomination) and was a writer for “Will and Grace”. His play “The Mother of Invention” starred Linda Lavin and premiered at NY Stage and Film. The play is based on his young adult novel, Absolute Brightness, published by Harper Collins, which received The William Morris Award by the American Librarian Association and was nominated for The Lambda Literary Award.
In New York, following a sold-out run at Dixon Place, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey began performance on Saturday, July 11, running July 27 to October 18, at the Westside Theatre.​

Donna Eden and David Feinstein11:15AM (PST) – Donna Eden and David Feinstein, authors of “The Energies of Love: Keys to a Fulfilling Partnership”

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The Energies of Love

Donna Eden is a pioneer in the field of Energy Medicine who has served in both traditional and alternative health care settings. Her husband, Dr. David Feinstein is a clinical psychologist who has served on the faculties of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Antioch College. Author of eight books and more than 80 professional articles, he has been a pioneer in the areas of Energy Psychology and Energy Medicine. Together, married couple Feinstein and Eden have co-authored the bestselling class Energy Medicine, Energy Medicine for Women, and The Promise of Energy Psychology.

Nita Strauss11:30AM (PST) – Nita Strauss, Guitarist for Alice Cooper

Nita will be co-hosting and performing at the ​4th ​annual She Rocks Awards, taking pla​​ce​ ​Friday, January 22​nd​​ during the NAMM trade show ​at the ​​Anaheim ​C​onvention ​C​enter.​ ​​​​Tickets at www.sherocksawards.com
NEW Alice​ ​Cooper ​tour ​dates for 2016​ just announced

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Los Angeles-born guitarist Nita Strauss has become a force to be reckoned with in the music world, dazzling audiences across the US, UK, Europe, South America, Asia, Australia and Africa, and sharing the stage with a diverse range of artists including legendary R&B star Jermaine Jackson, early MTV darlings Femme Fatale, video game supergroup Critical Hit and popular tribute band The Iron Maidens. Her skill, exuberant stage presence and love for all things about her instrument have earned her a stellar reputation and endorsements from many top companies. Nita has been featured in many worldwide print ads and on dozens of albums, trailers, and soundtracks, most recently “Heroes Of The Storm” (Blizzard) and Grammy-nominated “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance” (Konami/Platinum Games), and is the author of the Premier Guitar column “Drop Dead Shred”. She was ranked first in the Guitar World article “10 Female Guitar Players You Should Know”, and has been featured in Revolver Magazine’s annual “Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock” issue and calendar for the last three years. In 2014, Nita became the official in-house guitarist for the LA KISS, the arena football team owned by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS. She play​ed​ guitar for Alice Cooper on the Mötley Crüe “All Bad Things Must End” Farewell tour.​