Jim Florentine - Episode 610

• May 26th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with comic Jim Florentine. Jim was the co-host of VH1's That Metal Show and was Special Ed from Comedy Central's Crank Yankers and made his mark on the comedy scene not long after his Terrorizing Telemarketers' prank CD exploded shortly after it's release. His hilarious, unapologetic deadpan style has him not only among the top touring stand-up comedians in the country, but lending his unique comedic skills to a multitude of shows, films, comedy albums and radio programs including The Howard Stern Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Chelsea Lately and far too many others to mention. He also hosts the podcast Comedy Metal Midgets, the radio show Metal Midgets on SiriusXM and recently released a dvd/cd A Simple Man.

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Sue Kolinsky - Episode 609

• May 22nd, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with producer/writer/comic Sue Kolinsky. Sue started her comedy career at the NY Improv and for 20 years performed at clubs and colleges and did numerous tours with the USO, along with appearances on The Tonight Show and Bob Hope’s Young Comedians Special. She has written on Brotherly Love, Sex and the City and The Ellen Show. In 2001, she got a call to be a producer on the groundbreaking reality series, The Osbourne’s and after garnering her first Emmy nomination, she went to produce a new MTV show called, Newlyweds, a reality series that documented the early-married life of Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey. In 2009 she landed a job as supervising producer of the highly touted culinary competition series, Top Chef. She eventually became co-executive producer, garnering two more Emmy nods. Adding to her many hats, she also co-hosted a morning radio talk show with Steve Mason, on NY’s iconic WNEW. She recently produced a season of Last Comic Standing, is writing an animated feature, has the sports blog Sue's Got Game and writes for the website Metsmerizedonline.

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Young MC - Episode 608

• May 16th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with rapper/director/writer Young MC. Young is best known for his rap mega-hit Bust a Move and for writing the Tone Loc hits Funky Cold Medina and Wild Thing. In January 1990 he won the American Music Award for Best Rap Artist. In February 1990 he won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance and won the Billboard Award for the Best New Pop Artist in December 1990 and to date he has recorded eight studio albums. Songs from his later albums have been featured in network television shows including NBCs Scrubs and Knight Rider, ABCs Ugly Betty, HBOs Entourage and numerous others. They were also used in trailers for the films Four Brothers, Crossover and Barnyard. He has acted appearing in movies like The Player and Up In The Air and most recently directed, wrote and co-starred in the motion picture Justice Served. He also still hits the road performing concerts with an all-star 90's tour.

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Bill Leverty - Episode 607

• May 7th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with guitarist/singer/songwriter Bill Leverty. Bill is best known for being a founding and current member of the band Firehouse. Firehouse reached stardom in the early 1990's with many hit singles and ballads. They also remained very popular in Asia, South America and Europe throughout the early 2000s. During his tenure with the band, Bill has also released multiple solo albums including an instrumental one and a Christmas one and he is currently working on new material.

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Brian Forsythe - Episode 606

• May 3rd, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with guitarist Brian Forsythe. Brian is best known for being the guitarist for the band Kix. Kix achieved major popularity throughout the 80's and 90's on both the record charts and performing around the world and still tour together today. When he isn't busy with them he plays for the LA based band Rhino Bucket.

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Jeffrey Jena - Episode 605

• April 30th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with stand-up comic Jeffrey Jena. Jeffrey is one of the top corporate and cruise comics working today. His thirty three years of live performance experience and over forty national television shows,both as an actor and comic give him the ablity to work for any audience. In his years as a stand-up comic he has appeared on over forty national television show, including Comics Unleashed, The Bob and Tom Show, The Dennis Miller Show, HBO, MTV, Evening at the Improv, NBC Friday Night and The Showtime Comedy Club Network. As an actor he has been seen on Murder She Wrote, Hunter, appeared in shows with Jenny McCarthy and Weird Al Yankovic and in several films including Raising the Dead with Allison Eastwood. He has played over 1000 venues including clubs, Las Vegas, and cruise ships. He has opened for acts as varied as Barry Manilow, Jeffrey Osborne, The Temptations, Delbert McClintock, and Englebert Humperdinck and has also written jokes for a wide variety of comedians including Ron White and Marty Allen.

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Troy Patrick Farrell - Episode 604

• April 18th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with drummer Troy Patrick Farrell. Troy is appearing on CooperTalk for the second time. He is best known for his stick work with White Lion and Gilby Clarke. He has toured the world 7 times, North America 14 times, performed in nearly 40 countries and has played with the Bulletboys, Jani Lane of Warrant, CC DeVille of Poison, John Corabi, Ugly Kid Joe, Enuff Z'Nuff and jams with a super group Cheap Thrill that includes members of Cinderella. He also drums for The Raskins and did a 60+ city tour where they opened for Motley Crue and Alice Cooper.

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Xander Berkeley - Episode 603

• April 12th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with actor Xander Berkeley. Xander makes his second appearance on CooperTalk. He started off playing minor roles in 1981, with appearances in Remington Steele, Miami Vice, Moonlighting and countless other series. Much later, he also appeared on The X-Files, CSI, ER and Law & Order. As for the big screen, he counts Sid & Nancy, North Country, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, A Few Good Men, Apollo 13, Gattaca, The Rock, Air Force One, Spawn, Amistad, and Timecode as some of his credentials. In 2001, he bagged a recurring spot as George Mason, head of the Counter Terrorist Unit on the hit series 24. His character was killed off in season 2. In 2009, he was cast on the NBC sci-fi series Day One, which follows apartment residents who survive an unknown worldwide catastrophe. From 2010 to 2012, he starred on The CW’s Nikita as the villain Percy. In the following years, he was seen on Being Human, Longmire, Louder than Words, Salem, The Mentalist, Justified, 12 Monkeys, Aquarius and numerous other shows. Most recently he played Gregory in The Walking Dead and co-stars in LAbrynth with Johnny Depp and Forrest Whitaker.

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Richie Kotzen - Episode 602

• April 6th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with guitarist, singer, songwriter Richie Kotzen. Richie has released a long series of more than twenty albums with musical influences ranging from Rock, Hard Rock, Pop, Blues, Blue-eyed-soul, R&B and Funk to Jazz Fusion. In 1991, at age 21, he joined glam-metal band Poison and in 1999 played for the rock band Mr. Big. In 2006 he opened for the Rolling Stones in Japan and recently was in the supergroup The Winery Dogs with Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy. He currently is embarking on a tour to promote his latest album Salting Earth. 

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Peter Onorati - Episode 601

• April 2nd, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with actor Peter Onorati. Peter makes his second appearance on CooperTalk. He has amassed quite the resume over his years in the business. He has starred in the TV series such as Cop Rock, Civil Wars, Murder One, Murer in the First and Joe's Life and has appeared in shows that include How to Get Away with Murder Kate & Allie, Tales from the Crypt, The Pretender, NYPD Blue, Nash Bridges, Walker Texas Ranger, ER, Sex and the City, Everybody Hates Chris, Monk, NCIS, CSI:NY, Cold Case, Boston Legal, Desperate Housewives, The Mentalist, Glades, Rizzoli & Isles, Sons of Anarchy, Blue Bloods and Castle. He also lends his voice to many different projects including Teen Titans, Justice League and Batman Beyond. He recently had a recurring role on This Is Us and is currently shooting a pilot for the remake of SWAT for CBS.

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Chuck Darrow - Episode 600

• March 27th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with Chuck Darrow. Chuck is a freelance writer and host of a weekly, entertainment-based radio program in Philadelphia who has been covering the Philadelphia/Atlantic City entertainment scene for more than 40 years. During his 23 year run During his time at the Courier-Post, he published thousands of articles on everything from the legendary Live Aid concert at Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium to the opening of multiple casino-hotels to feature stories filed from the 2005 Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla and later wrote for the Philadelphia Daily News. He has also been the creative partner of entertainer and former Saturday Night Live star Joe Piscopo for 25 years and together, the two have written TV and film scripts, as well as material for Joe’s acclaimed nightclub act.  Currently, he hosts “That’s Show Biz with Chuck Darrow” on Philadelphia’s WWDB-AM. It is that market’s only regularly scheduled radio program dedicated exclusively to entertainment, the arts, dining, casinos and special events.

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Stephen Pearcy - Episode 599

• March 21st, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with rock star Stephen Pearcy. Stephen is best known as lead singer and songwriter for the heavy metal band RATT and has released four solo albums under his label Top Fuel Records, the latest being SMASH. He has also written music for NHRA ESPN2 Drag Racing, co-sponsored Top Fuel cars since the mid 1980s and has written the book 2014 Sex, Drugs & Ratt n' Roll and has another in progress.

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Troy Luccketta - Episode 598

• March 16th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with drummer Troy Luccketta. Troy is best known for the drummer of the band Tesla which is celebrating 30 years together of making music and touring the world. He also produces other artists and has played drums on recording sessions in the studio with artists like Ronnie Montrose, Marc Bonilla, Eric Westphal, and others.

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Liz Vassey - Episode 597

• March 12th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with actor/writer Liz Vassey. Liz is best known for her roles as Emily Ann Sago on All My Children, Captain Liberty in The Tick, Wendy Simms in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Nikki in the Web series Nikki & Nora. She has been a regular or recurring character in many other series including Maximum Bob, Brotherly Love, Necessary Roughness and Two and a Half Men. She has also guest starred or co-starred in many other shows such as Castle, Dharma & Greg, Dawson's Creek and Early Edition. Lately she has been writing and selling screenplays and TV projects and is producing and directing the documentary The Human Race. 

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Ace Von Johnson - Episode 596

• March 7th, 2017

Sreve Cooper talks with guitarist Ace Von Johnson. Ace is currently the lead guitarist and tours nationally with the popular LA based band Faster Pussycat. He was previously a member of metal bands such as Cheap Sex, Madcap, The U.S. Bombs, The Generators, Unwritten Law and Murphy's Law.

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Tony Harnell - Episode 595

• March 4th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with singer Tony Harnell. Tony is an American singer, best known for his work with the Norwegian hard rock band TNT. As a vocalist, songwriter and producer, he has led a career as a recording and touring artist since the mid 80's. He has sold close to two million albums worldwide, has been a solo artist and been involved with such bands as Morning Wood, Westworld, Starbreaker and SKid Row. He also did tracks for the Sonic the Hedgehog video game series.

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Slim Jim Phantom - Episode 594

• March 1st, 2017

DISCLAIMER: There were technical difficulties in the first 18-19 minutes of this interview. The dialogue is a little choppy but listenable. At 20 minutes it reverts back to normal and is a great interview with a iconic figure in music.

Steve Cooper interviews Slim Jim Phantom. Slim Jim is best known for being the drummer for the legendary rock trio the Stray Cats. Alongside band mates Brian Setzer and Lee Rocker, he spearheaded the neo-rockabilly movement of the early 80s. He continues to play music with very respected artists, heads up the Slim Jim Phantom Trio and just released his autobiography A Stray Cat Struts: My Life As A Rockabilly Rebel.

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Jeff LaBar - Episode 593

• February 25th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with musician Jeff LaBar. Jeff is best known as Cinderella's lead guitarist. He joined the band when original guitarist Michael Smerick left in 1985, and remained with the group through its subsequent configurations and revivals through the first decade of the 21st century, as well as working with side projects like Naked Beggars and Cheap Thrill. He released his first solo album, One for the Road, in 2014, in which he played all the instruments himself except for drums, and handled all the songwriting and singing.

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Kenny Aaronson - Episode 592

• February 19th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with bassist Kenny Aaronson. Kenny has had a very prolific career playing with many rock bands over the years. Some of the highlights of his career include playing with Foghat, Bob Dylan, Hall and Oates, Billy Idol Sammy Hagar, Leslie West, Billy Squier, Rick Derringer, Dave Edmunds, and Graham Parker. He also was one of Joan Jett's Blackhearts for 5 years and was named Bassist of the Year by Rolling Stone Magazine in 1988. He currently plays for the Yardbirds.

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Stuart Pankin - Episode 591

• February 15th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with actor Stuart Pankin. Stuart is a five-time nominated, CableAce Award winner for HBO's award-winning series Not Necessarily The News and is well-known for providing the voice of Earl Sinclair, the blustery father, on the Emmy award-winning Dinosaurs. Some of his film credits include Honey We Shrunk Ourselves, The Hollywood Knights, Mannequin on the Move, The Dirt Bike Kid, Second Sight, The Artist and Fatal Attraction. He has also been a series regular on nine prime time television productions and pilots, has guest starred on over 300 television shows and has provided many cartoon voices for the popular series Animaniacs, Batman, Superman, Aladdin, Lilo and Stitch and Darkwing Duck.

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Sam Jones - Episode 590

• February 10th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with photographer/director/host Sam Jones. Sam is an acclaimed photographer and director whose seminal portraits of President Obama, Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, Bob Dylan, Kristin Stewart, Robert Downey Jr, Amy Adams, Jack Nicholson, and many others have appeared on the covers of Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, Time, Entertainment Weekly and Men’s Journal. He is also an acclaimed director, creating numerous national commercials for Skype, Sonos, Canon, Target, Dove and many others and is a sought after music video director who won MTV’s music video of the year for Foo Fighters Walk. He has directed videos for Mumford and Sons, Tom Petty John Mayer, and many others. In 2002, Jones started his feature-length documentary career with I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, which chronicles beloved indie-rock band Wilco’s tumultuous recording of their acclaimed fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and most recently he launched Off Camera with Sam Jones on Directv’s Audience Network. Off Camera is an hour long show created out of his passion for long form conversational interviews.

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Mike Royce - Episode 589

• February 7th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with Mike Royce. Mike has co-created the shows Men of a Certain Age and the remake of One Day at a Time. He has also won two Emmys for writing on Every Loves Raymond and has written on such shows as Spin City, Lucky Louie, 1600 Penn, Enlisted and The Carmichael Show.

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Tracy Newman - Episode 588

• February 4th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with producer/writer/musician Tracy Newman. Tracy is a founding member of the improvisational theater troupe The Groundlings and was co-creator and executive producer of the 2001-09 sitcom According to Jim. Her TV writing credits include Cheers, The Nanny, The Drew Carey Show and Ellen which she won an Emmy and a Peabody Award for. She also is the lead singer/songwriter of the folk music band Tracy Newman and the Reinforcements and has released three albums, her latest being I Can Swing Forever which is for children and was released with a coloring book.

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Mike Starr - Episode 587

• January 29th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with actor Mike Starr. Mike is best known for his roles as Frenchy in Goodfellas, Joe in Dumb & Dumber and Frankie in Miller's Crossing. Over the years he has worked with top directors in movies such as Born on the Fourth of July, Clockers, The Bodyguard, Last Exit in Brooklyn, New York Stories, Funny Farm, Billy Bathgate, Son of the Pink Panther, Mad Dog and Glory, Ed Wood, Cabin Boy, Summer of Sam, Bad Santa 2 and many more. His numerous TV credits include Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bones, Public Morals, Chicago Fire, Elementary, Psych, CSI: Crime Investigation Scene, Black Dynamite, The Office, CSI: NY, NCIS and Scrubs.

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Laila Robins - Episode 586

• January 24th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with actor Laila Robins. Laila has had a very successful career on both stage and screen. She has appeared on Broadway in such shows as Hearbreak House, Frozen, The Herbal Bed and The Real Thing and has toured the country in many major theatre productions and starred in the fiftieth anniversary production of A Street Car Named Desire at the legendary Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. She has also landed roles on the small screen, including Victoria Heller on ABC’s Gabriel's Fire, as the younger version of family matriarch Livia Soprano on HBO’s The Sopranos, as Claire Williams, the mother of lesbian Reese Williams on the daytime drama All My Children, playing Tammy Kent on HBO’s In Treatment and many others on shows such as Murder in the First, Homeland and Quantico. Some of her popular movie credits include The Book of Daniel, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, A Walk on the Moon and The Good Shepherd.

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