Amy Dresner - Episode 324

• December 17th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with writer/comic Amy Dresner. Amy was the first guest ever on CooperTalk. She's a recovering comedian and currently a columnist for The Fix magazine where she has written over 40 pieces. She has also freelanced for Refinery 29, Alternet, After Party Chat, Salon, The Frisky, Cosmo Latina, Unbound Box and others. One of her short stories was published in the anthology True Tales of Lust and Love. She is has been interviewed by Huffington Post Live on the connection between addiction and creativity. 

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Steve Hofstetter - Episode 323

• December 12th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with comic Steve Hofstetter. Steve made his national TV debut came on ESPN's Quite Frankly, where Stephen A. Smith yelled at him for three minutes. He has also appeared on CBS' Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Showtime's White Boyz in the Hood, VH1's Countdown, Sundance's On the Road in America and ABC's Barbara Walter's Special. One of the top booked acts on the college circuit, the original writer for collegehumor.com has also released five albums and three books. He has written humor columns for the New York Times, SportsIllustrated.com, and NHL.com. While his live shows are routinely sold out, he is best known for his writing, first published at age 15. At 18, he co-founded Sports Jerk of the Week, an irreverent website featured by press like USA Today's Baseball Weekly, Sports Illustrated and CNN. And at 20, he took a year off of school to head up web content for the New York Yankees. While an undergraduate at Columbia University, he was a well-read columnist for the Columbia Daily Spectator and a voice of the Lions. After a summer writing for Maxim, ESPN, and Sports Illustrated for Kids, he turned his column into two books, and syndicated it in several newspapers. He currently is the host and executive producer of Laughs on Fox networks.

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Alicia Coppola - Episode 322

• December 10th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Alicia Coppola. Alicia starred on CBS’s Jericho, the only television show in a decade to be renewed after cancellation due to popular fan response. You also know her from the 141 episodes of primetime television that she has done in her twenty-year career: From the role of Lorna Devon on NBC’s long running soap opera Another World for which she was nominated twice and won the Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Leading Actress to starring in television series such as TNT’s Bull, NBC’s Cold Feet, to name a few and she is highly recognizable for her roles in CBS’s CSI and Two And A Half Men, NBC’s Law And Order; Criminal Intent, Crossing Jordan, USA’s Suit and the Feature film National Treasure 2, Book Of Secrets.  She has recently recurred on ABC Family’s Nine Lives Of Chloe King and USA’s Common Law. She recently appeared as Talia Hale on the flashback episode of MTV’s Teen Wolf. It brings her back to her home network where she began her career during her college years at NYU, as the hostess of the iconic popular MTV game show Remote Control alongside co-host Colin Quinn. She recently released the book Gracefully Gone which is a decade long dialogue between her father Matt, and her as he lay dying from brain cancer while she struggled to grow up within that murky shadow.  It is a fusion of two journals; her father’s writings from his 1980 diagnosis until his 1983 remission and her journal from 1989-1991 as she cared for him until his passing. 

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Steve Simeone - Episode 321

• December 8th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with comic Steve Simeone. Steve has spent the last ten years slowly honing the craft of Stand Up Comedy. He is a regular performer at Hollywood’s most prestigious Comedy Clubs, The Comedy Store, The Improv, and The Laugh Factory.  When he’s not headlining clubs on his own he can be seen on the road with The Playboy Comedy Tour, Pauly Shore, and Andrew Dice Clay.  A proud member of Comics On Duty, Steve has entertained our troops around the globe on four continents.  He has been on television  in the shows NBC’s Spy TV, Current TV’s The Schmoes Know, TBS’s “Minding The Store and Comedy Central's Stand-Up Revolution. He also hosts the popular podcast Good Times: With Steve Simeone. 

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David Ury - Episode 320

• December 6th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor David Ury. David is an actor/comedian best known for his role on Breaking Bad, where he was crushed by an ATM. A chameleon character actor, he has played various dirt bags in films and dramas, as well as a 12 episode run as Don the Donut Man on Disney's Zeke and Luther. He's had recurring roles on Grimm, Raising Hope, Heroes, Life, Hollywood Heights, and the Young and the Restless and guest starred on shows such as Major Crimes, The Mentalist, CSI: Crime Investigation Scene, Community, Masters of Sex, Justified, Touch and Mom. He began his acting career on Japanese television as the "zany Japanese speaking foreigner and learned to speak Japanese fluently while at college in Tokyo and has translated over 150 books into English. 

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Alan Ruck - Episode 319

• December 3rd, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Alan Ruck. Alan is best known for his role as Cameron Frye, Ferris Bueller's hypochondriac best friend, in Ferris Buehler's Day Off and as Stuart Bondek, the lecherous, power-hungry member of the mayor's staff on the hit series Spin City. His first film role was in the 1983 drama film Bad Boys and has appeared in numerous films since then such as Class, Three for the Road, Young Guns II, Speed, Three Fugitives, Star Trek Generations, Extraordinary Measures, The Happening and Ghost Town. His long list of TV credits include Psych, Grey's Anatomy, Stargate Atlantis, Cougar Town, Drive, Scrubs, The Bronx is Burning, Medium, Burn Notice, Hawaii Five-O and NCIS. He also made his first Broadway appearance in Biloxi Blues in the early 80's and starred in a version of the Producers in 2005.

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Rachel Butera - Episode 318

• December 1st, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with comedian/voice actor Rachel Butera. Rachel is most recognized for her impressions on the Howard Stern Show, and most recently as a contestant on America's Got Talent. She does stand-up all around LA, and incorporating the voices of Wanda Sykes, Rosie O'Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, Cyndi Lauper, Joan Rivers, Jodi Foster, among many others. She draws her humor from her crazy family and the rich New Jersey characters she grew up with. She currently provides voices for FOXADHD's Golan Insatiable, Adult Swim's King Star King, Comedy Central's Trip Tank and you can hear her in various radio and TV commercials. Look for her in an upcoming episode of The Impression Guys from Soul Pancake on YouTube, and as a guest star on the Josh Robert Thompson Show.

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Sean McNabb - Episode 317

• November 29th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with musician/actor Sean McNabb. Sean got his first big break in music playing bass for Quiet Riot when he was 21. He has recorded over 35 CD's in his discography. He has also toured and recorded with House of Lords, Great White, Lynch Mob, Montrose, Edgar Winter, Maya, Bad Moon Rising, Rough Cutt, and XYZ. He can be heard on the Dr. Phil Show in the music tracks and the I'm Loving It, McDonald's breakfast commercials. He has also performed with several pop artists, country, blues, and folk singer/songwriters. In addition to music, he is acting in Hollywood in film and television, most recently on FX TV's Sons of Anarchy. He starred along TV and Broadway greats in Los Angeles plays. He has appeared in films, TV and in commercials. He was on the cover, and was profiled, by the Beverly Hills Times as a rising star in the world of acting. 

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Brad Carter - Episode 316

• November 25th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with Brad Carter. Brad is a multi-talented actor, musician and comedy writer who recently earned critical acclaim as incarcerated criminal Charlie Lange opposite Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey and Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson in the HBO Emmy nominated series True Detective. He also joined the final season of Kurt Sutter’s critically acclaimed FX series Sons of Anarchy in the recurring role of Leland Gruen opposite Charlie Hunnam and will soon star in SyFy’s new highly anticipated series Ascension. Additionally, he is soon to release his debut, self-produced studio album and in 2015 and he will share the silver screen with Johnny Depp in Warner Bros suspense thriller Black Mass. In 2014, he made history when he underwent Deep Brain Stimulation surgery in an effort to slow down the progression of his battle with Essential Tremor. The seven hour procedure, which he allowed to be filmed live, consisted of implanting electrodes into his thalamus to get relief from a Tremor disease that had plagued him for years. The video immediately went viral as he played the guitar during the seven hour procedure garnering hundreds of millions of views worldwide. In all, Brad had two brain surgeries and a 3rd surgery to implant the pacemaker in his chest.

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Michael Platt - Episode 315

• November 21st, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with TV writer Michael Platt. Michael got his start in stand-up performing around NYC and on the road, appearing on shows such as Evening at the Improv, Caroline's and on Comedy Central and later opened on the road for Howie Mandel. He crossed over to the writing field when he got a staff job for the Rhea Perlman's sitcom Pearl. Since then he has written or been a producer for numerous shows including Weeds, Glory Daze, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Howie Mandel Show, What About Joan, Betas and Sullivan & Son.

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Erik Palladino - Episode 314

• November 18th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Erik Palladino. Erik has been in over 20 feature films. He has starred in movies U-571 alongside Matthew McConaughey and Harvey Keitel, Finders Fee opposite James Earl Jones and the teen comedy Can't Hardly Wait. In 1999, Palladino landed his breakthrough series regular role, one month after returning from the U-571 shoot in Rome, on ER as Dr. Dave Malucci, which he played in season six until season eight in 2001. In 2005, he was one of the leads of the critically acclaimed FX television series Over There as Sgt. Scream, the leader of a squad of U.S. 3rd Infantry Division soldiers involved the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. He has guest starred on many shows such as 666 Park Avenue, NCIS: Los Angeles, Harry's Law's,  Castle, Rizzoli & Isles, White Collar, NCIS, Burn Notice, Fringe, Private Practice, CSI, Judging Amy, Murphy Brown, Joan of Arcadia Law & Order: SVU, Numb3rs and Criminal Minds to name a few and is also the singer of the rock band Hearing Red.

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Alex Fernandez - Episode 313

• November 16th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Alex Fernandez. Alex is an accomplished actor and with voice-over work artist. Through the latter you may have heard him in Spawn, Pet Shop of Horrors, Spicy City, Final Fantasy X, James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing, Dead Rising, Saints Row and many others. As an actor he has had recurring roles or been a regular on series such as Dallas, The Bridge, Devious Maids, Commander in Chief, Prison Break, Army Wives, NCIS and Killer Women and has guest starred in numerous shows including Stalker, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Modern Family and Rizzoli & Isles. He is also directs and performs in stage productions throughout the L.A. area. 

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Thaao Penghlis - Episode 312

• November 12th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Thaao Penghlis. Thaao is better known for roles in U.S. daytime Soap Operas such as Santa Barbara, Days of Our Lives where he played Tony DiMera and General Hospital where he was Victor Cassadine. He has also appeared on many major crime shows such as Kojak, Cannon, Hart to Hart, Tenspeed and Brown Shoe and Magnum P.I. plus he starred in the late 80's remake of Mission Impossible. An accomplished stage actor and master storyteller he is about to release his second book about his travels titled Places, The Journey of my Days, My Lives.

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Larry Hankin - Episode 311

• November 9th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Larry Hankin. Larry is an American actor, producer, director and performer. He studied acting at Syracuse University and started his career doing stand-up comedy where he opened for acts such as Woody Allen and Miles Davis. He is known for his roles on the TV series Seinfeld and Friends as Mr. Heckles and has appeared in over 100 other shows. One of his notable roles was in the movie Escape from Alcatraz, in which he acted with Clint Eastwood. He also had a significant role with the actor Adam Sandler in the movie Billy Madison. He has had cameo roles in a number of John Hughes films, Planes, Trains & Automobiles and Home Alone as well as minor roles in the movies Running Scared and The Sure Thing and numerous others. He received an Academy Award nomination for the short film, Solly's Diner. One of his recent popular appearances includes a role as a junkyard owner in Season 3 of TV's Breaking Bad. He currently is writing, producing, directing and starring in a series of short movies.

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Perry King - Episode 310

• November 7th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Perry King. Perry has had a very versatile career starring in roles in film, television and on Broadway. He first became a favorite with American TV audiences playing Dectective Cody Allen in Riptide. In 1995 he starred as Haley Armstrong on Melrose Place. He also had a recurring role as Heather Locklear's love interest on Spin City and has had guest starring roles on shows such as Will & Grace, Cold Case, Without a Trace, Big Love, Brothers and Sisters, Drop Dead Diva, The Mentalist and numerous more. He played the President in The Day After Tomorrow and has been in countless films including The Lords of Flatbush, The Possesion of Joe Delaney, Mandigo, Lipstick, Class of 1984 and Switch. He currently is about to start shooting The Divide which he is producing, directing and starring in.

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Carlos Alazraqui - Episode 309

• November 4th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor/comic/voice-over artist Carlos Alazraqui. Carlosis the World's 1,247TH Most Interesting Man. Currently he is the breakout voice of El Chupacabra in the Disney Toons Film, Planes. El Chu will also be appearing in the Planes sequel coming out July 2014. Starting out as a stand up Comic and winning the San Francisco Comedy Competition in 1993 and then moving to Los Angeles to start his voice over career as the voice of Rocko, on Nickelodeon's Rocko's Modern Life. Soon after he was Mr. Weed on Family Guy and then on to The Taco Bell Chihuahua. On camera Carlos is best known for his super accurate portrayal of law enforcement officer, James Garcia on Comedy Central's Reno 911!. Since then Carlos has guested on CSI, Pushing Daisies, Big Time Rush, Las Vegas, and appeared as Nestor in both Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2.

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Louis Herthum - Episode 308

• October 31st, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Louis Herthum. Louis got his first big break after moving to LA from Louisiana by being cast as Deputy Andy Broom in the CBS hit Murder She Wrote for five seasons and hasn't looked back. His impressive resume includes recurring roles in TV shows such as Longmire, True Blood and The Gates and has guest starred in numerous series including Men of a Certain Age, Criminal Minds, Stalker, CSI: Miami, The Mentalist, NCIS, The Riches and Breaking Bad. His film credits include Thank You Phillip Morris, Favorite Son, The Rain Makers, The Mist, The Last Exorcism and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He also produced seven movies including the documentary The Season Before Spring. 

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Mircea Monroe - Episode 307

• October 29th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Mircea Monroe. Mircea currently can be seen co-starring in the Showtime series Episodes as Morning Randolph and as Tansy Truitt in Hart of Dixie. She has numerous other TV film credits including Sullivan & Sons, Supernatural, Franklin & Bash, Without a Trace, Anger Management, Magic Mike, The Mentalist, Ghostfacers, Drive, How I Met Your Mother and White Collar.

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Michael McGrady - Episode 306

• October 23rd, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Michael McGrady. Michael made his foray into television was quickly as he was cast in one of the nations first Cherry Pepsi commercials. From then on he has worked steadily in the industry for almost 30 years. He has guest starred on countless shows such as 24, CSI: Miami, Leverage, Prison Break, Rizzoli & Isles, Hawaii Five-0, Longmire, Breakout Kings and Castle. He has co-starred in the series Low Winter Sun, Southland, Mob City and Day Break and currently can be seen playing Frank Barnes in Showtime's hit series Ray Donovan.

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Zack Ward - Episode 305

• October 20th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Zack Ward. Zack gained immortalization in his first role as schoolyard bully Scott Farkus in the timeless movie A Christmas Story. However he has a resumé spanning much further than the long-standing holiday favorite. The Canadian actor is well known for his role as Dave Scovil on the darkly humorous, Emmy-nominated sitcom Titus, and has participated in a number of prime-time shows including Crossing Jordan, NCIS, Cold Case, Mike & Molly, Chicago Fire, Lost and Hawaii Five-O. He can also be seen in two video-game inspired films: BloodRayne 2 and Resident Evil: Apocalypse and has appeared in movies such as Transformers, Almost Famous and Freddy vs. Jason. He recently producer and co-starred in the suspense thriller Don't Blink which was released on October 14.

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Season 4 Seinfeld Writers - Episode 304

• October 17th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with Steve Skrovan, Bill Masters and Jon Hayman. The three wrote for Seinfeld in season 4 under the title Program Consultants. Their job was to tell stories and pitch ideas for scripts. Season 4 was one of Seinfeld's best and included episodes such as The Contest, The Virgin, The Bubble Boy, The Junior Mint, The Smelly Car and The Movie which the three of them co-wrote. All had successful stand-up careers and have amassed an amazing amount of writing credits between them including shows such as Everybody Loves Raymond, Hot in Cleveland, The Chris Rock Show, Murphy Brown and Caroline in the City. Skrovan has won two Emmys.

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Alejandro Patino - Episode 303

• October 15th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Alejandro Patino. Alejandro is best known for his role as Cesar on the FX hit The Bridge. He has been steadily working in Film, Television and on Stage for over 20 years after getting his break in the movie Bowfinger. He has 58 film credits including Our Family Wedding, The Runaways, Holyweed, Freeloaders and the blockbuster Iron Man 2. You can also see him in Fast & Furious and The Soloist. In A Border Story, he turns in a compelling performance as the lead character Eliseo Gomez an immigrant in search of a better life for his family. On television, he has appeared in the mini-series Kingpin, 5 television movies with recurring roles on ABC’s Desperate Housewives and Weeds on Showtime. He recently filmed 2 pilots, Mr. Sunshine starring Matthew Perry, executive produced and directed by Thomas Schlamme, Dick Wolf's Lost & Found and has a long list of episodic television credits including It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Cold Case, Las Vegas, My Name Is Earl, Medium, Criminal Minds, House M.D. and Huff to name a few. 

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Mark Brazill - Episode 302

• October 13th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with TV writer Mark Brazill. Mark started his career doing stand-up comedy and quickly made many television appearances and headlined clubs across the USA. After he opened for Dennis Miller he got recruited to be a writer on The Dennis Miller show. After the ending of that show he started to write for In Living Color. He later joined the writing staff on 3rd Rock from the Sun and eventually created the long running Fox hit That 70's Show. He also created the sitcoms Mr. Rhodes and That 80's Show. He left the business for 7 years and owned an 100 acre farm but recently came off of his hiatus. He currently writes for Disney XD's number one show Lab Rats and is creating a series with Jason Lee for TBS.

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Cathy Ladman - Episode 301

• October 11th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with comic/actor Cathy Ladman. Cathy She has not only appeared on The Tonight Show nine times, but was also the only female comic to appear on the last two of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show Anniversary shows. She’s made four appearances, thus far, on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, did her own HBO One Night Stand comedy special, and was awarded the American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand Up Comic. She is an acclaimed television and film actor. Her film credits include Charlie Wilson’s War, The Aristocrats and White Oleander. Her TV appearances include Mad Men, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Everybody Loves Raymond. She's done several TV pilots, including Caroline in the City, in which she had a recurring role and a bunch of others that barely saw the light of day. She also appeared regularly on ABC's Politically Incorrect and Comedy Central's Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist. Besides writing her standup act and original scripted projects, she was on the writing staffs of The Caroline Rhea Show, Caroline in the City and Roseanne. She also wrote an episode of King of Queens and other sitcoms. Her theatre credits include a successful run Off-Broadway in, The JAP Show: The Princesses of Comedy, the 25th Anniversary production of Last Summer at Bluefish Cove in Los Angeles, which was nominated for several GLAAD awards, and she and HBO developed her first solo show, Scaredypants and took it to the Aspen Comedy Festival. Her second solo show, Does This Show Make Me Look Fat? will be opening in Spring of 2014.

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Mark Boone Junior - Episode 300

• October 8th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Mark Boone Junior. Boone is best known for his role of Bobby Munson in FX's hit series Sons of Anarchy. He has had a successful acting career spanning three decades, appearing in a plethora of films across all genres. He has appeared in blockbuster hits such as Warner Bros. Batman Begins which was directed by Christopher Nolan who also directed him in Memento. He has also appeared in Armageddon 2, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The General's Daughter and Die Hard II. Boone's additional film credits include Get Carter, Of Mice and Men, The Thin Red Line, Seven and many others including Trees Lounge in which he starred opposite his long time writing partner and friend Steve Buscemi. In addition to his numerous film credits, Boone has also starred in a myriad of television roles in hit shows such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Law & Order, Seinfeld and Carnivale.

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