The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday December 31st 2015

Anson Williams9:30AM (PST) – Anson Williams, “The Perfect Portion Cookbook”

The Perfect Portion Cookbook” – available for PRE-ORDER now, released February 2016

Anson Williams is living proof that “Sixty is the New Sexy”, and now he shares his own philosophy on fitness in “The Perfect Portion Cookbook”, which was recently selected and scheduled by QVC to be launched on Super Bowl Sunday.

Anson Williams, best known for his role of Postie Weber on “Happy Days”, had the 100-calorie idea, based on his own need to stay fit and still be able to eat the foods he loved. He, along with and JoAnna Connell, contacted Bob Warden (New York Times best selling cookbook author and TV cooking personality), who partnered with Mona Dolgov (experienced nutritionist, cookbook author and marketer for the food and appliance industry) and the result was “The Perfect Portion Cookbook”. Unlike any other programs out there, you can eat what you love and never over eat! The successful entrepreneurial team of Williams and Connell along with Warden and Dolgov, two of the most revered and respected individuals in the cooking world, have created an exciting lifestyle platform that will fight a horrendous problem – obesity. A catastrophic condition in the USA, “The Perfect Portion Cookbook” is a major step toward solving the problem.

In a world that has been so “millennial” focused in recent years and where “boomers” are being judged as old or not happening, Anson sets an example of how vital they can be by using the Perfect Portion Control system himself, which has resulted in a slimmer and more energetic outlook.

Korie Robertson10:30AM (PST) – Korie Robertson, star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” and author of “Strong and Kind: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed”

Strong and Kind

Korie Robertson is a New York Times bestselling author, the wife of Duck Commander® CEO Willie Robertson, and star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty. She balances family life and her role at Duck Commander with several other ventures, including retail store Duck and Dressing, philanthropic work in the Dominican Republic, adoption and foster care advocacy, and overseeing licensing for the family brands. Korie met Willie in third grade when he asked her to go on a moonlight hike at summer camp. They have been married since 1992 and have five children.

11:15AM (PST) – Dr. Henry Emmons and Dr. David Alter, authors of the book, “Staying Sharp: 9 Keys for a Youthful Brain”
Staying Sharp

Henry Emmons, MD

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Henry Emmons, MD, is a psychiatrist who integrates mind-body and natural therapies, mindfulness and compassion practices, into his clinical work in Minneapolis with Partners in Resilience. He is also the author of The Chemistry of Joy and The Chemistry of Calm, and is a popular workshop and retreat leader for both healthcare professionals and the general public. Dr. Henry Emmons practice focuses on helping clients to use the connections between their minds, their brains and their bodies to restore health.


David Alter, PhD

David Alter, PhD, is a psychologist with thirty years’ experience in health psychology, neuropsychology, and clinical hypnosis, which he integrates in his work. He is also a sought-after speaker, teacher, and trainer offering talks, workshops, and retreats to general and professional audiences. He is a cofounder of Partners in Healing, a center for holistic health in Minneapolis, and conducts his practice there.

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday December 30th 2015

Timmy Omundson9:30AM (PST) – Timothy Omundson, actor, “Galavant”

The new season of GALAVANT premieres Sunday, January 3rd at 8/7c on ABC
Timothy plays “King Richard” – self-proclaimed ‘evil’, yet spoiled and petulant

Timothy Omundson recently starred as Detective Carlton Lassiter in “Psych” which aired for eight seasons.

Omundson was raised in Seattle where he joined The Seattle Children’s Theatre when he was 12 years old. With acting as his main focus, Omundson interned at theatres throughout high school and spent the summer of his junior year in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He also held the honor of being Washington State Debate Champion in Dramatic Interpretation for two years. While earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Southern California, Omundson received the Jack Nicholson and James A. Doolittle awards for outstanding achievements in acting. His professional career began when Larry David, creator of “Seinfeld”, gave him his SAG card on an episode of the hit show.
In television, Omundson co-starred opposite Emmy and Tony winner Tyne Daly for six seasons on “Judging Amy”. His additional credits include lead and recurring roles on Stephen Chbosky’s “Jericho”, “Medicine Ball”, Disney’s “The Luck of the Irish”, “SeaQuest DSV”, “Jack & Jill” with Amanda Peet and Jaime Pressly, “Fired Up”, the international cult hit “Xena: Warrior Princess”, and the critically acclaimed “Nip/Tuck” and “Deadwood” among others. He also made appearances on shows such as on “Supernatural”, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, ”CSI: Miami”, “24”, “Boston Legal”, “Without a Trace”, and “The O.C.”.
Omundson’s film credits include “Down with Love” for director Peyton Reed, “Swordfish” alongside John Travolta, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry, “Starship Troopers” for director Paul Verhoeven, “Hardpill”, and “25 Hill”.
Theater roles include turns as Iago in “Othello”, Faustus in “Dr. Faustus”, Valmont in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”, and Newman Noggs in “Nicholas Nickleby”.

Rob Paulsen10:30AM (PST) – Rob Paulsen, VO artist


Maybe you’ve never heard of Rob Paulsen. But you’ve heard him. A lot. Maybe you don’t know Rob Paulsen, but you know Pinky and the Brain, Animaniacs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius, and most of the other animated projects that Paulsen has been part of as a voice actor for nearly three decades. With over 2,000 (yes, that’s right) half-hour programs and dozens of films, video games, and other animated media to his credit, Paulsen has been one of the hardest working, most in-demand, and most beloved voice artists in the industry. A Daytime Emmy, Peabody, and three-time Annie winner, he’s also launched a successful podcast (“Talkin’ Toons”) about the animation industry and art of voice acting, and has started performing “Animaniacs Live!”, a traveling live show that brings the magic of the legendary series to symphony orchestra halls and comedy festivals all around the country.

Born in Detroit and attending high school in Grand Blanc, the proud Michigander soon realized that he “didn’t quite have the talent, temperament, nor dental insurance to become a professional hockey player.” Paulsen quickly turned to his second love, music, as a way of making a career for himself. More than just a would-be rock band frontman, Paulsen listened to a wide variety of music and learned how to read music. That time and dedication to the craft, he believes, started to train his ear, eye, and voice to work together in a wide array of styles. He didn’t realize it at the time, but those are exactly the kind of skills that makes for a great voice actor. Arriving in Los Angeles in the late 1970s, he intended to pursue live action work, and indeed appeared in guest roles on shows like St. Elsewhere and MacGyver, and in Brian DePalma’s Body Double. He also studied at the Groundlings, Los Angeles’ legendary comedy/improvisation troupe, where he befriended and had the opportunity to work with some of the group’s notable members like Phil Hartman, Paul Reubens, Lynne Marie Stewart, John Paragon, Cassandra Peterson, and Laraine Newman. The training added to Paulsen’s comedy skills, and allowed him to pursue a passion he had harbored since childhood. British influence would provide the inspiration for the unlikely voice of the lab rat, Pinky, whose foolish, good-natured British twang is the perfect counterpoint to the Brain’s sinister, dead-on reimagining of Orson Welles as voiced by Maurice LaMarche. While Pinky and the Brain was still a ways off, some early voice work on series such as the animated G.I. Joe brought Paulsen in contact with the world of professional voice actors at a time when the profession and the industry was just about to explode. Along with industry vets like Frank Welker, Tress MacNeille, Billy West, John DiMaggio, and LaMarche, Paulsen became a part of the “next generation” of great voice artists following in the tradition of Mel Blanc, June Foray, Arthur Q. Bryan, Hans Conried, Don Messick, and Bea Benadaret. G.I. Joe lead to an audition at Hanna-Barbara for a revival of the classic series Jonny Quest. Paulsen landed the role of Hadji, Jonny’s Indian-born adopted brother, and he knew he had found a career. Paulsen credits veteran television director Gordon Hunt for casting him and mentoring him at a key point in his career.

That early success came right at the advent of the cable revolution and the millennial baby boom, and there was suddenly a demand for family-oriented programming that would enchant young viewers as well as their parents – parents who had their own connections and memories to animation from years of growing up watching cartoons on Saturday morning. Disney, Warner Brothers, and Hanna-Barbara all started reviving old series and creating new ones, while networks like Nickelodeon and syndication outlets began demanding more original daytime programming. Paulsen and his colleagues have worked for all of them, using their incredible talents to literally bring to life some of the most beloved original characters of a generation while simultaneously bringing back to life the classic characters of yesteryear. Paulsen’s credits are too numerous to detail, and he has a strong, intuitive emotional connection to many of his more beloved characters. But it’s only recently that he’s begun to realize how much his work has shaped the lives of viewers in unexpected ways. You see, Paulsen was the original voice of Raphael on the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle series – an early project that unexpectedly became a pop culture sensation. A quarter of a century after that original series, Paulsen was approached about doing the reboot of TMNT – but to audition for Donatello. It turned out that the new producers had been raised on the original series and were thrilled that Paulsen might be available to work with them. That generation of millennials who grew up in the world of Paulsen’s characters are now his colleagues. Beyond that, Paulsen has also been made deeply aware of the impact of his work beyond the industry. That’s one of the reasons Paulsen has been more active recently in reaching more people and reminding them of the ways in which being passionate about your career can provide a lifetime of happiness. His podcasts features chats with the many industry professionals he has worked with over the years reflecting on the personal and cultural value of their work. He’s also been given permission by Steven Spielberg and Warner Brothers to produce “Animaniacs Live”, which Paulsen performs with the Emmy-winning writer of series’ most beloved songs, Randy Rogel. That program, which can be performed with a full symphony orchestra or as a cabaret-sized two-person show, features Paulsen singing some of the series’ memorable musical​ ​numbers with live accompaniment while the cartoon plays on a screen.

Vicki Abelson

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11:30AM (PST) – Vicki Abelson, Founder of Women Who Write and author of “Don’t Jump”

New book, “Don’t Jump

Vicki Abelson is a writer, performer, producer and promoter, utilizing all that and more (mopping the floors), at her renowned celebrity-driven literary salon, Vicki Abelson’s Women Who Write. A featured contributor to The Huffington Post, The Fix and Reimagine Magazine​. She can currently be seen in Henry Jaglom’s feature, ​​The M Word. Vicki lives in Los Angeles with her awesome (she never uses that word, except about them) kids, Harry and Samantha.

The Marilu Henner Show – Tuesday December 29th 2015

Grit to Great9:00AM (PST) – Linda Kaplan Thaler, Chairman of the Ad Agency, Publicis New York, and Robin Koval, CEO and President of the Truth Initiative, authors of the book, “Grit to Great: How Perseverance, Passion, and Pluck Take You from Ordinary to Extraordinary”

Grit to Great

Bestselling authors of The Power of Nice and The Power of Small, Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval return to reveal the surprising characteristic that 98% of the world’s most successful people have in common and how you can harness it to get ahead of the competition.

Linda Kaplan Thaler

Linda Kaplan Thaler is an Advertising Hall of Fame luminary, and creator of many of the industry’s most iconic campaigns, including Kodak Moments, and the hilarious Aflac duck. Linda was the co-founder and CEO of the Kaplan Thaler group, which quickly became one of America’s fastest growing ad agencies. She is currently Chairman of Publicis Kaplan Thaler, and the co-author of several national bestsellers, including Bang! Getting Your Message Heard in a Noisy World, The Power of Nice, and The Power of Small. She lives with her family in New York City.

Robin Koval

Robin Koval is the CEO and President of Legacy, the national public health foundation dedicated to achieving a culture where all youth and young adults reject tobacco and the creators of the award winning and life-saving truth® youth tobacco prevention program. Robin is also a leader in the world of advertising and marketing. She is a co-founder of the Kaplan Thaler Group, creators of the Aflac Duck and many other well-known campaigns, and was CEO of its successor, Publicis Kaplan Thaler. She is the co-author of three other best-selling books: The Power of Nice, The Power of Small, and Bang! Getting Your Message Heard in a Noisy World. Robin lives with her husband in Washington, D.C.

Judah Friedlander

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9:30AM (PST) – Judah Friedlander, comedian and author of the book, “If the Raindrops United”

New book, IF THE RAINDROPS UNITED, a hilarious and surprisingly profound book of drawings and comics that shows a new side of Friedlander. Out now!

Judah Friedlander was a series regular on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning hit show 30 Rock for seven seasons (SAG Award for Best Ensemble). He won international acclaim for his portrayal of Toby Radloff in the award-winning movie “American Splendor”. He is the author of the bestselling instructional karate book How To Beat Up Anybody, featuring his photography and artwork. Friedlander is featured in Netflix’s just-released “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”, and his upcoming projects include a new comedy album and a stand-up documentary concert film. He will be a series regular on FOX’s 2016 primetime animated series “Bordertown” from executive producer Seth MacFarlane. But long before he became a stand-up comic and actor, Friedlander drew stuff.

IF THE RAINDROPS UNITED (Hachette Books; October 20, 2015) is a collection of hilarious and surprisingly profound drawings and comics that shows a new side of Friedlander’s “terrifically entertaining” (New York Times) comedy and marks a milestone in the career of one of America’s most inventive comedians. Hailed by Tina Fey as “one of the all-time great weirdos,” Judah’s drawings and cartoons push boundaries, exploring absurdities from American life and sex to history and human rights. Whether imagining George Washington in Las Vegas, plastic surgery for imperfect triangles, or the Keystone Pipeline as a sex act, Friedlander’s riotous drawings in IF THE RAINDROPS UNITED are laugh-out-loud funny, thought-provoking, and conversation-starting.

Travis Mills10:15AM (PST) – Travis Mills, Retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant of the 82nd Airborne, and author of “Tough as They Come”

Tough as They Come

Retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills of the 82nd Airborne is a motivational speaker and advocate for veterans and amputees. He started the Travis Mills Foundation, which benefits and assists wounded and injured veterans.

Delia Ephron

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11:00AM (PST) – Delia Ephron, novelist, screenwriter, and author of books of humor

Delia’s newest book is Do I Have to Say Hello? Aunt Delia’s Manners Quiz for Kids and Their Grownups

Delia Ephron is a bestselling author and screenwriter. Her movies include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, You’ve Got Mail, Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael. She has written novels for adults and teenagers, including her most recent, The Lion Is In; books of humor, including How to Eat Like a Child; and essays. Her journalism has appeared frequently in The New York Times, and also in Vogue and Vanity Fair.

Jake Marcionette11:30AM (PST) – Jake Marcionette, Bestselling Teen Author

Jake’s third book, Just Jake – Camp Wild Survival

Bestselling author ​​Jake Marcionette made history when, at age 12, he became the youngest fiction author to grace the New York Times’ Top 10 with the first book in his popular Just Jake series. Three years later, Jake is releasing his third book, “Just Jake – Camp Wild Survival”.
Just Jake #1 was published in February 2014. Just Jake #2 came out one year later, and now Just Jake #3 is slated for January 2016. Jake considers the third in the series his best book yet. He wanted to write books for kids, about a kid, and from his experiences being a kid. The books are published as part of Jake’s deal with Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Group. Jake is the youngest author in the history of Penguin Books to get a publishing deal.

In addition to writing, Jake, now a Tenth Grader in Jacksonville, Florida, is a successful motivational speaker. He travels to schools nationwide talking to students about the importance of writing, literacy, determination, and crafting their own road map to success. In addition, Jake has given motivational talks to schools in Canada, Indonesia, and Europe via Skype. An avid reader, Jake’s goal as an author is “to get kids to read and laugh”. Recently Jake has enjoyed reading a variety of biographies including those of Jon Stewart, Coach K (of Duke’s Men’s basketball), Coach John Wooden (UCLA’s men’s basketball), and the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Jake’s all time favorite book is The Godfather by Mario Puzo. He is also a huge fan of the Vordak The Incomprehensible books.

Jake, who is Italian-American, was born in Singapore and moved to Poughkeepsie, New York at age three because of his attorney father’s job. His mother, who runs the education website would urge Jake and his sister to write every day from breakfast to lunch during summer break. A love for writing was born in Jake.
When he’s not reading, writing, or giving talks, Jake is your typical teen that loves playing and watching sports, hanging with his friends and hitting the beach.

The Marilu Henner Show – Monday December 28th 2015

Dr. Jane McGonigal

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10:15AM (PST) – Dr. Jane McGonigal, world-renowned designer of alternate reality games — or, games that are designed to improve real lives and solve real problems, and author of the book, “SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient–Powered by the Science of Games”

Jane McGonigal, PhD, is the director of game research and development at the Institute for Future and the author of The New York Times bestseller Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. Her work has been featured in The EconomistWiredThe New York Times, and on MTV, CNN, and NPR. Her TED talks on games have been viewed more than ten million times. She has developed resilience-building games for the American Heart Association, the World Bank, the Oprah Winfrey Network, the New York Public Library, and Nike. She lives in San Francisco.

Charlotte Rae11:15AM (PST) – Charlotte Rae with her son (and co-author) Larry Strauss

New memoir​, “The Facts Of My Life​​”. ​Available now!​​

Actress and singer Charlotte Rae was born Charlotte Rae Lubotsky in Milwaukee, WI. The two time EMMY nominated actress would be loved by generations of television fans, but Rae initially found success as a nightclub performer and theatrical actress. Rae fine-tuned her skills at the prestigious Northwestern University before becoming a regular in summer stock productions. She found work on television and radio programs showcasing her voice and comedic chops, until she tackled New York City. She made her Broadway debut in the musical comedy “Three Wishes for Jamie”, then appeared with Bea Arthur and John Astin in a revival of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s “Threepenny Opera”. She went on to originate the role of Mammy Yokum in the musical “Lil’ Abner”, based on the popular comic strip. In addition to recording albums and musical theater, Rae landed many television guest spots on the United States Steel Hour, The Phil Silvers Show, and Play of the Week. In 1961, Rae became a series regular on the police comedy, “Car 54, Where Are You?” Before the show even ended, she was back on Broadway in “The Beauty Part”, with Alice Ghostley and Bert Lahr. Rae earned her first Tony Award nomination for her work on the original musical “Pickwick” and garnered another nomination for her role in “Morning, Noon, and Night”. It was the role of Edna Garrett on “Diff’rent Strokes” and later her own spin off entitled “The Facts of Life”, that made Rae a household name and TV Icon.

Today Rae continues to work on television and in the theater, most recently appearing opposite multiple Oscar winner, Meryl Streep in “Ricki and the Flash”. She has appeared on the sitcom “King of Queens” and the dramatic series “Strong Medicine”. In 2006, Rae appeared in a Los Angeles production of “70, Girls, 70” with Olympia Dukakis.​

Larry Strauss

Larry Strauss is author of four novels, including the recent Now’s the Time and many non-fiction titles, including Unfinished Business, a collection of essays. For 80s cartoon devotees, he wrote four episodes of the first-generation Transformers show. He lives and teaches high school in Los Angeles.

The Marilu Henner Show – Friday December 25th 2015

Michael Grandinetti9:30AM (PST) – Michael Grandinetti, “Masters of Illusion”


Michael Grandinetti is not your ordinary magician. With performances on national and international television, in stadiums, arenas, casinos, and theaters around the country, with symphony orchestras, for NFL halftime shows and major sporting events, for Fortune 500 companies, and even at The White House, Michael has made a name for himself around the world as an extremely talented and innovative illusionist.
Over the past 20 years, Michael has been driven to make magic contemporary and to give it a wide, mainstream appeal. He has been featured on NBC’s “The World’s Most Dangerous Magic II” television special, The CW’s “Masters of Illusion” series, and Pop TV’s “Don’t Blink!” series, as well as “CBS Sports”, “Entertainment Tonight”, “SportsCenter”, “Pardon The Interruption”, “NBA on TNT”, “New York Today”, “FOX & Friends”, “The Bold and the Beautiful”, “Crook & Chase”, and “The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon”. He has also appeared as a guest on national radio shows and in media including Parade Magazine, Starpulse, MAGIC Magazine, TV Media Insights, Young Hollywood, Pittsburgh Magazine, Tucson Living, and The Marilu Henner Show. In addition, Entertainment Weekly named Michael as one of the magicians they would like to see with their own television series, calling him “a great magician who can truly communicate with a TV audience”.

Possessing a true passion for amazing live audiences, Michael has performed at Heinz Hall with Oscar-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Grand Central Station in New York City, Harrah’s Resort in San Diego and Atlantic City, Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada, Navy Pier in Chicago, John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA, the Four Seasons Resort in Lanai, Hawaii, on the red carpet of ESPN’s ESPY Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, and at The White House Easter Celebration. Michael was recently honored to be the first illusionist ever invited to perform in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington DC. During this remarkable celebration of our country, Michael levitated a girl high above one of the floats as it moved down Constitution Avenue, while a live audience of 250,000 people lined the streets.
Last summer, Michael was one of the headlining performers in “Masters of Magic”, a large-scale production show which ran nightly for two months at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, in Reno, Nevada. Presented on the world’s largest indoor stage, a full acre in size, Michael caused a 500lb motorcycle to appear in mid-air, levitated 10ft into the air under bright lights at the front of the stage, created interactive magic with everyone in the theater at the same time, and melted his body through a 7ft tall wall of solid, examined steel.
Michael is currently starring in the CW television series “Masters of Illusion”, hosted by Dean Cain (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Hit The Floor). Showcasing the world’s top magicians and illusionists, Michael performs both grand illusions and interactive stage magic in front of a live studio audience, including shrinking a girl to the size of a basketball, vanishing borrowed rings and causing them to reappear baked inside a loaf of bread, and escaping from a platform suspended 20ft above the stage. In one of the latest episodes, special guest Ace Young, star of American Idol and Hair on Broadway, assisted Michael onstage for his “Walking Through Steel” illusion. Michael is also a headlining performer in “Masters of Illusion Live!”, the largest touring magic production in the world, and season 2 of “Masters of Illusion”, featuring all new illusions, premieres on The CW this summer.
Michael is also featured in the new Pop TV series “Don’t Blink”, in which he performed both large-scale grand illusions and visual and interactive close-up magic while surrounded by audiences outdoors, at locations including Hollywood Blvd., Venice Beach, and Universal Studios. “Don’t Blink!” premieres nationally in the summer of 2015 as well.
Always dreaming big, Michael has pioneered live magic in one of the most challenging environments imaginable, major-league football stadiums, baseball stadiums, and basketball arenas. He performed an NFL halftime show at Bank of America Stadium while a live audience of over 70,000 people watched with a 360 degree view as Michael caused people to appear, vanish and shrink in size, right on the 50 yard line. At Citizens Bank Park, Michael made the 7ft tall, 300lb Philadelphia Phillies mascot, The Phanatic, magically appear in the center of the outfield. At Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium, Michael performed one of the largest live interactive illusions in history when he read the minds of all 45,000 people in the stadium at the same time. This spring, Michael performed the halftime show for the Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship at Barclays Center in New York City and for the Chicago Bulls NBA playoff game at United Center in Chicago, where he levitated at the center of the court while surrounded by a sold out crowd of 22,000 people. Michael’s performance even caused commentators Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley to comment in amazement during the live national broadcast on TNT.
This is​ ​magic on a major scale.

Michael Grandinetti has come a long way since he received his first magic set for Christmas, and performed his first show, at the age of five. His personality and style were introduced to the world when he performed his original creation “The Spike Tower” on the NBC television special “The World’s Most Dangerous Magic II”.​ ​While covered with a mixture of gasoline and kerosene and secured by chains, Michael had only sixty seconds to escape before two walls of flaming steel spikes were thrust towards him at over 50mph. Bringing together seven illusionists from around the world, at just 21, Michael was the youngest performer on the show.
In addition, Michael has created and developed custom magic presentations for Fortune 500 companies and major corporations including Mazda, Hewlett Packard, Grainger, Ernst & Young, The American Marketing Association, Harley-Davidson, Rite Aid, and Bayer.
As a respected Creative Consultant, Michael has taught sleight of hand magic to the actors on CBS’s “The Bold and the Beautiful”, consulted on a national commercial featuring magic for the United States Treasury, created a special illusion design for the TBS show “Conan”, starring Conan O’Brien, and provided historical information for “Spellbound”, a biographical book on famed illusionist Doug Henning. His original creations have been featured around the world, including stage productions in Japan, Korea, and Italy. Michael was even called about the possibility of making Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, magically appear – before it was built!
Michael Grandinetti is making the ancient art of magic charismatic and contemporary. By blurring the line between illusion and reality in a groundbreaking yet personable way, Michael gives the audience an engaging, entertaining, and one of a kind experience they will not forget.

10:15AM (PST) – Zoe Lister-Jones & Daryl Wein, Consumed

Dramatic thriller CONSUMED set in the controversial world of Genetically Modified Organisms
Consumed – Official Theatrical Trailer

Zoe Lister-Jones

Zoe Lister-Jones grew up in Brooklyn, New York, the only child of two artists. She graduated with honors from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company Acting School. Lister-Jones wrote and starred in her critically acclaimed one-woman show entitled “Codependence is a Four Letter Word”, which premiered at NY’s P.S. 122, in November 2004. Additionally, she has completed her first screenplay, entitled “Dolly”, which is in the midst of pre-production. For a number of years, she toured the city with the glam rock art band, Maxi Geil, playing at venues such as Joe’s Pub, Luxx, and Galapagos, for which she was heralded by Culture Bunker Magazine as “Olivia Newton-John on glue”.

Daryl Wein

Daryl Wein is an award-winning filmmaker. He is represented by the William Morris Endeavor agency.
He co-wrote and directed, “Lola Versus”, for Fox Searchlight starring Greta Gerwig (Greenberg), Zoe Lister-Jones (Breaking Upwards), Joel Kinnaman (Robocop), Hamish Linklater (The Future), Debra Winger (Terms of Endearment), and Bill Pullman (Independence Day). His debut narrative feature film, “Breaking Upwards”, with Zoe Lister-Jones, Julie White (Transformers), Peter Friedman (The Savages), Olivia Thirlby (Juno), and Andrea Martin (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), was an official selection in the Narrative Competition at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival. IFC Films released the film theatrically and on VOD in 2010. Wein’s feature length documentary, “Sex Positive”, won the Grand Jury Prize at the L.A. Outfest Film Fest, and was an official selection at the 2008 South by Southwest Film Festival, London Film Festival, Boston Independent Film Festival, among thirty other film festivals around the world. Regent Releasing distributed the film theatrically in North America, and the film has been released in 8 foreign countries on broadcast and theatrically, most notably at the BFI in London.
In 2006 Daryl co-wrote and directed, “Unlocked”, a short psychological drama starring Olivia Thirlby and executive produced by Stephen Daldry (The Reader, Billy Elliot). The film was an Official Selection at the Tribeca Film Festival, as well as the Gijon Film Festival in Spain and 20 other film festivals. It was voted one of the “Best Short Films in the World” by Indy Mogul.

He is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Julia Pimsleur

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11:15AM (PST) – Julia Pimsleur, CEO and founder of Little Pim and author of “Million Dollar Women: The Essential Guide for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Go Big”

Million Dollar Women

Julia Pimsleur is the CEO and Founder of Little Pim, the leading system for introducing young children to a second language. Little Pim has won twenty-five awards for its proprietary Entertainment Immersion Method® and its products are sold around the world. After raising millions in angel and venture capital for her own company, she created her popular “Double Digit Academy” and online course “Further. Faster. Funded.” to help other women raise capital and get further, faster. Pimsleur blogs about entrepreneurship for; has been featured on Today, NBC Weekend Today, and Fox News; and her company has been highlighted in Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. She won the 2013 Smart CEO Brava! Award for women entrepreneurs, serves on the board of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and has spoken about entrepreneurship at Yale, Stanford and NYU. Pimsleur is fluent in French and lives in New York City.

The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday December 24th 2015

Angel Parker9:30AM (PST) – Angel Parker, “American Crime Story” on FX

​​You can catch Angel starring in FX‘s upcoming series “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson” – premiering in February

Sophisticated, hard-working, and a committed philanthropist, Angel Parker is a conservatory-trained actress, and one of Hollywood’s most dynamic performers, with credits ranging from daytime soaps and Disney slapstick, to Shakespearean comedy and prime time drama. Angel can next be seen starring in FX’s “A​ ​merican Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson”, alongside an impressive ensemble cast including Cuba Gooding Jr., John Travolta, David Schwimmer, Sarah Paulson and Courtney B. Vance. “American Crime Story”, slated to premiere February 2, 2016, is a true crime anthology television series that will focus on the murder trial of O.J. Simpson. Angel is a scene stealer as famed celebrity attorney ‘Shawn Chapman’, one of O.J. Simpson’s ‘Dream Team’ lawyers.

She is best known for her role as the intrepid and vivacious ‘Tasha Davenport’ on Disney XD’s live-action comedy series “Lab Rats”. Tasha is a fun, lively mom who marries inventive scientist Donald Davenport, played by Hal Sparks, and welcomes three super-humans into her family. “Lab Rats” completed its fourth season, and is currently airing new episodes.
Angel’s first acting job was, ironically, on Joss Whedon’s hit series, “Angel”. Since then, she’s been a prolific television performer, appearing on critically acclaimed and long-running shows like “ER”, “Castle”, “Criminal Minds”, “The Closer”, “Days of Our Lives”, and “Sean Saves the World”, in addition to a recurring role on “The Soul Man”. On stage, Angel has turned in powerful performances in classics including “The Tempest”, “Twelfth Night” and “Dr. Faustus” with the Independent Shakespeare Company, as well as “Julius Caesar”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and the one-woman show “Faces of America” for Will and Company. She’s also performed in the Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival for more than 10 years.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Angel and her family settled in San Clemente, a small beach town in south Orange County. Upon graduating high school at just 16 years old, Angel gained acceptance into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. There she excelled in her craft, eventually going on to study Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy.
When she’s not on set or on stage, Angel serves on the board at the Blank Theatre Company and as an active member of The New Hollywood, a diverse, philanthropic women’s goal group that focuses on personal empowerment and community partnerships. She also mentors and meets with young women and girls, as well as aspiring actors, to promote professionalism, positivity and creative collaboration. Angel currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.​

Stefany Sheehan10:15AM (PST) – Stefany Shaheen, author of the book, “Elle and Coach: Diabetes, the Fight For My Daughter’s Life, and the Dog Who Changed Everything”


Stefany Shaheen has dedicated herself to making life better for people living with diabetes. A Harvard graduate, she launched a company to help those with chronic conditions better manage eating and exercise. She is on the Board of Trustees at Joslin Diabetes Center, served as the National Chair for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Children’s Congress, and currently serves on the Foundation’s Research and Advocacy Committee. She is a key spokesperson for her mother, Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Senator and former New Hampshire Governor, and currently serves on the City Council for the City of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she and her husband, Craig Welch, live with their four children.

Bruce Sudano10:30AM (PST) – Bruce Sudano, musician

The Burbank Sessions” – his latest project, out now

Bruce Sudano first entered the charts in the 1970’s as a founding member of both Alive N Kickin’ (“Tighter, Tighter”) and Brooklyn Dreams (“Heaven Knows”). Over the years he has co-written numerous songs for other artists, including “Starting Over Again” (charting #1 for Dolly Parton and #3 for Reba McEntire), “Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming” for Jermaine and Michael Jackson, and “Bad Girls” for his late wife and long-time musical partner, the iconic Donna Summer.
However, beginning with his 2004 release “Rainy Day Soul” and the subsequent “Life & the Romantic”, his work became involved with the raw expression of internal challenges central to adult lives. 2014’s “With Angels On A Carousel” continued this journey with songs that reflect his recent experience with crisis beyond control. With the release of “With Angels On A Carousel”, Sudano set out to put together what became The Candyman Band with the help of his producer and guitarist, Randy Mitchell, and actively returned to the stage, performing his new material around Los Angeles and New York.
Over the course of the year he continued writing, constantly incorporatingthe new material into his live set. This led to the recording of “The Burbank Sessions” at Lokisound, the band’s rehearsal studio in Burbank, California. Sudano set out to capture the feel of a nightclub performance, recording each song live in one or two takes.

Kliph Nesteroff11:15AM (PST) – Kliph Nesteroff, comedy historian and author of “The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy”

The Comedians

Kliph Nesteroff is a former stand-up comic turned writer. A longtime contributor to WFMU, writing about the history of comedy, Nesteroff’s latest project is hosting the Classic Showbiz Talk Show, a live series in Los Angeles that has welcomed comedy luminaries like Mel Brooks, Fred Willard and Laugh-In creator George Schlatter.

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday December 23rd 2015

Heckerty9:30AM (PST) – Jan Ziff, Creator, Heckerty

Check out Heckerty's Christmas, book 7 in the Heckerty Series
Heckerty Spells. new app/book is available on Amazon, iTunes and Google Play Store
Heckerty’s 12 Days of Christmas
Heckerty in the Classroom

Jan Ziff
Jan Ziff is an award winning, engaging, radio host and international former BBC correspondent who co-creates, writes and voices children’s stories and apps about Heckerty, a zany, lovable, 409 year old, green-faced witch and her faithful cat, Zanzibar. Heckerty educates as she entertains, teaching kids a vocabulary that is beyond “yummy” and “cool”. Jan passionately believes in the power of reading and encourages students worldwide to consider a book their new BFF (best friend forever). She has presented Heckerty stories, games and class quizzes to children worldwide using the Internet.
Jan also produces and hosts Sound*Bytes for CBS Radio, an award winning, longest running technology show on a national radio network. Sound*Bytes pioneered consumer and personal technology on radio, focusing on its benefits to consumers and not on the technologies themselves.

She is a former State Department Correspondent and Foreign Policy Analyst for the British Broadcasting Corporation, Washington DC 1987-1993 where she provided explanation of and context to US foreign policy to hundreds of millions of listeners worldwide.
The daughter of internationally known musical story teller, Ann Rachlin, who makes her home in Icklesham, Jan is a frequent visitor to Winchelsea and is a Friend of Winchelsea Church and a member of the Winchelsea Literary Society. Jan and her three dogs, live in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dr. Mike Dow10:00AM (PST) – Dr. Mike Dow, NY Times Bestselling author of “The Brain Fog Fix: Reclaim Your Focus, Memory and Joy in Just 3 weeks”, and host of Hay House Radio’s The Dr. Mike Show

Dr. Mike Dow is a New York Times bestselling author of The Brain Fog Fix and the cohost of several TV shows. He makes regular appearances on The Dr. Oz Show as one of his “core experts” and well as shows like Today, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, The Doctors, Dr. Drew on Call, Wendy Williams, Rachael Ray, Bethenny, Anderson, Ricki Lake, Nancy Grace, Access Hollywood Live, and Nightline. Dr. Mike has been seen as the cohost of E!’s Sex with Brody, VH1’s Couples Therapy, LOGO’s That Sex Show, TLC’s Freaky Eaters, TLC’s My 600-lb Life Reunion, ID’s My Strange Criminal Addiction and is featured on OWN’s My Life with La Toya as La Toya Jackson’s therapist. He has been featured in articles for GQ, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, Fit Pregnancy, Emmy Magazine, and is a blogger for The Huffington Post.

Dr. Mike holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Doctorate in Psychology. He is a licensed psychotherapist and lives in Los Angeles where he is in private practice.

Ted Dintersmith11:00AM (PST) – Ted Dintersmith, long-time venture capitalist and author of the book “Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era”
Most Likely to Succeed

After a twenty-five year career in venture capital, Ted Dintersmith is now focused on issues at the intersection of innovation, education and film. He is actively involved with a number of initiatives that seek to deliver vastly-improved learning experiences to people around the globe. He is particularly interested in the role of film in effecting social change. His Executive Producer credits include Most Likely To Succeed and The Hunting Ground, both of which premiered at Sundance 2015.

In 2912, Ted served as part of the delegation representing the United States at the United Nations General Assembly, where he focused on global education and entrepreneurship. Ted is a Partner Emeritus with Charles River Ventures, a leading early-stage venture capital firm. He has been an early, active investor in numerous successful start-ups. Ted has served on the Board of the National Venture Capital Association, chairing its Public Policy Committee. Ted earned a Ph.D. in Engineering from Stanford University, and his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, where he earned High Honors in Physics and English.

Fee Waybill11:30AM (PST) – Fee Waybill from The Tubes

The Tubes 40th Anniversary world tour

John Waldo “Fee” Waybill is the lead singer and songwriter of the rock band The Tubes. The San Francisco based band, The Tubes, was known for its live performances that combined lewd quasi-pornography and wild satires of media, consumerism and politics. The Tubes have etched a unique place in the history of rock music. They are best remembered for their 1983 single “She’s a Beauty”, a top 3 U.S. hit single bolstered by a frequently-played music video in the early days of MTV. Other classics hits include: “Talk To Ya Later”, “Don’t Touch Me There”, “Young and Rich”, “White Punks on Dope”, “Mondo Bondage”, “Sushi Girl”, “Prime Time”, “The Monkey Time”, “Piece by Piece”, and “What Do You Want From Life?”.
The Tubes are in the midst of 40th Anniversary Tour with the current five-man line-up of featuring four original members – Fee Waybill (lead vocals), Roger Steen (guitar), Rick Anderson (bass) and Prairie Prince (drums), plus David Medd (keyboards.).

Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Waybill hooked up with founding Tubes Rick Anderson, Bill Spooner and Vince Welnick as they moved from an Arizona art school to a California cult following in 1972. The Tubes’ insane stage act used risque theatrics and burlesque, and their album debut, produced by Al Kooper, included the instantly unforgettable “White Punks on Dope”. In 1984, a year after The Tubes released one of their most successful albums, “Outside Inside”, Waybill released his first solo album called “Read My Lips”. This album surpassed all expectations with its numerous chart busters. That same year, he enjoyed a fruitful writing partnership with Richard Marx; their most popular and well known collaboration being “Edge of a Broken Heart”, recorded by the female band “Vixen”. In 1996, Waybill released another album called “Don’t Be Scared By These Hands” before rejoining The Tubes in the 90s. In addition to his work with The Tubes, Waybill now works as a record producer. He produced and collaborated with a number of popular artists including Bryan Adams and singer/songwriter Richard Marx. One of Fee’s latest efforts includes vocals and co-writing on “All’s Well That Ends Well”, the 2011 critically acclaimed song by Steve Lukather of Toto.
During the early 1980s, Waybill appeared as himself on a short-lived television program called “Rock-N-America”, usually performing as a street reporter who annoyed pedestrians with bizarre interviews. He also made appearances in “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” as one of “The Three Most Important People In the World” and in a Fishin’ Musician episode from Second City TV. In 1982, Waybill turned up in the independent Canadian film, Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains where played the character “Lou Corpse”, the washed-up frontman of the band The Metal Corpses.

The Marilu Henner Show – Tuesday December 22nd 2015

Dr. Jeff Werber9:30AM (PST) – Dr. Jeff Werber, Veterinarian


Practicing veterinarian and established veterinary medical journalist, “Dr. Jeff” Werber, is frequently seen on the nation’s top news and talk shows educating and enlightening pet parents on everything from basic pet care and nutrition to abnormal behavior and prevention of disease. An Emmy-Award winner, Dr. Jeff works hard at his mission to strengthen the “Human-Companion Animal Bond”.

You’ve likely seen him on The Dr. Oz Show, Rachael Ray, Fox & Friends, Inside Edition, CBS’ The Early Show, CNN, and Fox News, among many others. He’s provided his animal and pet expertise for publications such as Ladies Home Journal, Martha Stewart Living and Prevention. Some people remember him from his days hosting Petcetera on Animal Planet and Lassie’s Pet Vet on PBS. Dubbed a “Celebrity Vet” by The Hollywood Reporter, he cares for furry friends of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Eva Longoria, Magic Johnson, Judy Greer, Paula Malcomson, Neal McDonough, Ron Perlman, Demi Moore, Lori Loughlin, Sophia Bush, Drea de Matteo, Emmy Rossum, Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Kelly Hu, Jodi O’Keefe, Daisy Fuentes, Steve Moyer and Anna Pacquin.
Dr. Jeff also dedicates his time to several animal welfare and rescue organizations such as Best Friends Animal Society, Last Chance for Animals, Hounds and Heroes, Angel City Pits, Ace of Hearts, Forever Fido, Wags and Walks, Furry Friends, Eloise, and Bill Foundation.

President and Chief Veterinarian of the Century Veterinary Group in Los Angeles, Dr. Jeff has practiced veterinary medicine for more than 30 years and is one of a select few actively-practicing veterinary medical journalists in the United States. He serves on the advisory board of Veterinary Economics Magazine.

Frankie Avalon10:00AM (PST) – Frankie Avalon, American actor, singer, playwright, former teen idol and author of the book, “Frankie Avalon’s Italian Family Cookbook: From Mom’s Kitchen to Mine and Yours”
Frankie Avalon’s Italian Family Cookbook

Frankie Avalon is one of the busiest nightclub performers in the country, playing the finest supper clubs and headlining top Las Vegas main rooms. He has a long string of gold record million-seller singles and albums, and 30 films, including Grease and Beach Blanket Bingo. Frankie lives in California with his wife of 50 years, Kay.

Matthew Gavin Frank

Photo credit: Louisa Frank

11:00AM (PST) – Matthew Gavin Frank, author of “The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Tour Through America’s Food”
The Mad Feast

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of Preparing the Ghost and has written about everything from Italian wine-making to the social hierarchies of a pot farm in California. He teaches creative writing and lives in Marquette, Michigan.

Spencer Liff11:00AM (PST) – Spencer Liff, Choreographer/Director/Performer

Spring Awakening on Broadway – limited engagement through January 24

New York and Los Angeles based choreographer Spencer Liff has been nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on the smash-hit Fox series “So You Think You Can Dance” in the category of “Outstanding Choreography”!

Spencer Liff’s work has been seen on the last four seasons of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance”, as well as “Dancing with the Stars”, “How I Met Your Mother”, and “Parks and Recreation”. This past season, his theater choreography credits included “Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Rock Opera” for The Shakespeare Theatre Company of DC, “The Wedding Singer” for Musical Theater West, “A Snow White Christmas” for the Lythgoe Family Productions’ Panto series, and two brand new shows for the Disney Fantasy “A Fantasy Come True” and “An Unforgettable Journey”. He just finished directing and choreographing a reading of “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” at Musical Theatre West. Past theatre choreography credits include “Saturday Night Fever” for Royal Caribbean, “Broadway By The Year” 2010 at Town Hall in NYC, and “Gypsy of the Year” with Daniel Radcliffe.
As a performer, Spencer appeared on Broadway in “9 to 5”, “Equus”, “Cry-baby” (2008 Astaire Award Winner for Best Male Dancer on Broadway), “The Wedding Singer”, “Big the Musical”, and the 1st national tour of “The Will Rogers Follies” with Keith Carradine and Dee Hoty. Spencer can be seen in the NBC TV series SMASH, and the recent remake of “Footloose”. Other film credits include “Hairspray” (Mikey), “Across The Universe” (Daniel), and “Gypsy” with Bette Midler. He has danced for two Presidents of the United States, and performed on The Academy Awards, The Grammys, The Tonys, and The Kennedy Center Honors.

The Marilu Henner Show – Monday December 21st 2015

Heather Storm9:30AM (PST) – Heather Storm, holiday cocktails
Fair Pear Cocktail

Heather Storm is a professional host and actress with a passion for environmental conservation, delicious cocktails and adrenaline pumping fun. From a classy woman who appreciates fine wine and to one of the guys in the shop, Heather’s charm and quick wit ensite the enthusiast. Heather is currently on Velocity working on classic cars with the Garage Squad team, but you may have also caught her as the slick Mercury Insurance agent, or on the golf course in the Top Flight Gamer commercials.

Heather has always been athletic, gravitating towards gymnastics, track n field & cross country throughout her youth and later becoming an NASM Certified Fitness Trainer. While attending Oregon State University, Heather signed with an sports modeling agency & started working for local companies, including Nike & Adidas, she’s now appeared in commercials, films, TV, and fitness videos worldwide. Cleverly comedic, she’s appeared on Tosh.0, several Spike TV shows and in teen comedy features, “Epic Movie” and “Dorm Daze 2”. Heather is the co-founder of Black LAB, a mobile mixology company with and eco-conscious mind. Black LAB’s fresh juice cocktails and dedication to sustainable events are setting new industry standards. Heather hosted the EDM cocktail series, “The MixDown” on Complex TV and is a recurring guest mixologist on “The Playboy Morning Show” where she shares homemade cocktail recipes with over 1 million listeners monthly.
Carrying an Environmental Science degree from Oregon State University and a SCUBA Rescue Certification, Heather’s an adventure seeking science nerd who has traveled the globe. She studied the queen conch population off South Caicos Island, designed green practice toolkits for the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism in Puerto Rico and trekked through remote areas of Asia and Central America. Her love of nature and affinity for heights draw her to extreme sports including skydiving, surfing and rock climbing.

She’s agile, quick and not afraid to get dirty. A life long pescatarian, Heather recognizes the importance of living consciously and shares her blog, Eco-Conscious Living. Discover recipes, reviews and travel tips that encourage the evolvement into a more sustainable future.​

Tommy StewartTommy Stewart, drummer-turned-personal movement specialist

Tommy Stewart grew up in Flint, Michigan where he played in local bands “Bad Axe”, “Kody Lee” and “Damage Inc.” in the ‘80s. Best known for his role as drummer with the hard rock band “Godsmack”, he has also toured and recorded with a number of other bands including “Halloween”, “Lillian Axe”, “Fuel”, “Everclear” and “Lo-Pro”. As a drummer with a vested personal interest in all aspects of movement and anatomy, Tommy became certified as a personal trainer through ISSA (International Sports Science Association) in 1998. Shortly after that, he moved back to Boston to re-join “Godsmack”, release their first record and begin touring in earnest. After years spent on the road, he began to seriously integrate more training into his time off, receiving his certification with NASM (National Association of Sports Medicine) in 2006, and, two years later, his Level 1 and 2 Power Plate credentials. In 2012, after continued and concentrated study about human movement, Tommy formed Functional Body Movement.

Whether one’s goal is weight loss, core strength, cardio, greater flexibility, post-pregnancy toning or general well-being, Functional Body Movement provides each individual with a specific set of skills and the physical self-awareness they need, custom-tailoring each regimen and avoiding one-size-fits-all solutions. Stewart sees himself as a guide to overall wellness rather than as a traditional trainer, and his years as a professional drummer have given him rare insight into biomechanics and body movement, while his extensive knowledge of physical anatomy supports his intuitive, artistic talents.

Brian Kellow

Photo credit: Kurt Sneddon

Brian Kellow, author of the book, “Can I Go Now? The Life of Sue Mengers, Hollywood’s First Superagent”

Can I Go Now?

Brian Kellow is the author of Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark, which was a 2011 New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and also appeared on the Best of the Year lists of Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker and the Chicago Tribune. He is also the author of Ethel Merman: A Life, The Bennetts: An Acting Family, and the coauthor of Can’t Help Singing: The Life of Eileen Farrell. The features editor of Opera News, Brian Kellow lives in New York City.


Dr. Carol EikleberryDr. Carol Eikleberry, psychologist who has specializes in career counseling and author of “The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People”

A friend of Dr. Carol Eikleberry gave her the book, What Color is Your Parachute? It was like throwing a drowning person a lifeline. She faithfully completed the exercises in Parachute, and chose to go into counseling. After two-and-a-half years, she returned to graduate school. She found a program in Counseling Psychology.
Eventually, an editor at Ten Speed showed her proposal to Dick Bolles, the lifesaving author of Parachute. Dick’s response was to tell Ten Speed that “they had to publish her book”. Dr. Carol wrote the first edition of The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People so that her readers wouldn’t have to learn the hard way, as she had.

Now, twenty years after the first edition and fifty years, literature remains her first love. Dr. Carol retired from practicing psychology to write fiction and begin a blog for parents and educators at

Jon WhelanJon Whelan, “STINK”

Film STINK – in select theaters this Friday 12/4 (already opened in NY)

Director Jon Whelan entered the world of documentaries in a roundabout​ ​way.​ ​Whelan got his MBA while dabbling in Virtual Reality. In 1999 he co-​​founded​ ​the Web auction, selling just before the bubble burst in​ ​2000. Whelan was also a founding member of the New York Angels.​ ​The arrival of​ ​children in the next decade caused a shift in Whelan’s focus,​ ​this time to social justice, and the development of “Stink!”. Whelan currently​ ​advocates for​ ​truthful product labeling and serves as advisor to internet and​ ​media startups.​ ​He is also a principal of Net Return, Inc., and full-time parent to​ ​two young​ ​daughters in Manhattan. “Stink!” is his first documentary​.

The Marilu Henner Show – Friday December 18th 2015

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

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.

Magi Helena10:15AM (PST) – Magi Helena, Certified Level IV Magi Astrologer and creator of the Star-Timer Calendar

Magi Helena is creator of the Star-Timer Calendar, used by actors, singers and directors, it gives a personalized look into your star patterns that can guide your choices in work, love and life. She is a Certified Level IV Magi Astrologer (one of only two practicing at the highest level of certification) and has clients in every state and in 40 countries worldwide. She works with corporations as well as individuals to discover relationship compatibility, whether in the workplace or romantically. She is an instructor in the Magi Astrology Certification Program and author of Build Your Dream Life and How To Sing The Uni-Verse.

Shakil Hussain10:45AM (PST) – Shakil Hussain, the inventor of The Sky Deck, and President and CEO of Windspeed Technologies

Originally from Singapore, Mr. Shakil Hussain has a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, a diploma in Business Management and over 20 years of experience as an Aircraft Stress engineer. His experience includes Composite and metallic aircraft structures including fatigue and damage tolerance analysis.
He has held the position of Chief Engineer, Engineering Manager and Senior Engineer in the past in the USA and Singapore. Mr. Hussain has worked on several aircraft programs and models including 787-8, 787-9, 787-10, 777-200LR/300ER, 777 VIP Interior Configuration, 747-100 Cargo-Combi Special Freighter Conversion, 747-8 cargo and passenger aircraft, 747-400 aircraft, 737 BBJ, 737 NG system installation, Gulfstream GIV & GV executive jets, MD80 cargo conversion and DC9 engine hush kit.

His hobbies include windsurfing, flying, biking and reading.

NuLife11:15AM (PST) – Kage Njaka, Founder and Executive Director & JD Meints, Co-Founder and Director of Development and Operations at NuLife Recovery

NuLife Recovery in Calabasas specializes in working with addiction in the music industry – they have an entire program focusing on this issue, helping musicians who have addiction problems but no insurance or funds to get help

Kage Njaka
Kage Njaka is all about the belief that sobriety must be filled with passion, a passion that merges with the individual and which fuels the ongoing love for living. He opened his first recovery facility in 2006, which quickly gained regional attention due to its unique structure and affordability. Over the years, he has fostered strong business and personal relations with various treatment facilities throughout areas like Malibu, Los Angeles and Ventura County. Today, NuLife Treatment Center represents the evolution of his passion for recovery. Having teamed up with partner JD Meints, together they plan on harnessing a myriad of highly effective treatment tools as they embark on a mission to change the world, one addict and one family at a time.

Kage’s corporate finance degree from West Virginia University set the stage for embarking on a journey entailing prominent positions in the banking and finance industry, as well as in pharmaceutical sales with Merck. Soon after moving from the East Coast to California in the early 90’s, his entrepreneurial spirit manifested through property acquisition and development. Having learned the intricate balance between working hard and working smart, while always keeping his own personal recovery above and beyond all else, he was able to broaden his scope into the realms of television and music production. Over the years, he has held lead interests in a number of entertainment and music productions, some of which have gained national acclaim.

JD Meints
Fascinated with business, leadership and what motivates people from an early age JD Meints knew he was born to create organizations and movements that would make a significant impact on the world. Growing up in a family of Entrepreneurs JD learned early what it took to be in the top 95% of self made business owners. Sometimes called forceful and expansive with his beliefs others at times interpret JD as being too direct, domineering or intensive. Feeling at times unable to get his mind to “turn-off” or by being “misunderstood” it comes as no surprise that it was just a matter of time until alcohol soon become a problem creating a wall that would take decades to surmount, but he did.
Being of a goal-oriented mindset JD brings an acclaimed track record of success that includes a BS in Finance at San Diego State University. His inherent love for the ever-evolving world of business and technology has brought him to such positions as, Founder & CEO of a leading automotive aftermarket ecommerce platform, Founder & CEO of a North American residential property management software technology company, Executive VP of Business Development with a worldwide software consultancy and committee membership at the Insurance Accounting and Systems Association, Inc. Today however, with a love for sobriety and its life-changing gifts, JD works closely with Kage in creating and fostering an enhanced approach to residential treatment that aims to dramatically improve historically low success rates seen at so many typical rehab centers. It is JD’s vision of positively impacting 1,000,000 lives affected by alcoholism & addiction that gives him the passion to drive change in the world by proving your greatest weakness, in his case Alcoholism can be your greatest strength. JD is currently working on a book with business partner Kage Njaka entitled “The Alcoholic Entrepreneur” that will tell the story of their lives with the goal of inspiring those who suffer from addiction by proving they too can change themselves and improve the world every day.

Today JD lives in Bell Canyon, CA with his Wife Samrah, daughters Alexis and Mackenzie. JD has dedicated himself to living a well-balanced life between family, health, fitness, community involvement and building Nulife. Even with his busy life JD has found time to start movements such as The Hope & Recovery Foundation a charity aimed at helping those in entertainment struggling from addiction seek proper long term treatment and The Color Blind® concept, founded on the premise that we are all “One”.