Eddie Jemison - Episode 336

• January 25th, 2015

Steve Cooper talks with actor/director Eddie Jemison. Eddie is best known for his role as Ronnie Haxon on two seasons of HBO's series Hung. His first national break came in the Yes, I Am / Dr. Galakowitz spots for Bud Light. Several appearances on David Letterman followed. Soon after, he acted in his first film, Schizopolis, directed by Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh. He went on to act in Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen and relocated to Los Angeles. His feature work also includes his role as Ogie in Waitress directed by Adrienne Shelly, along with roles in The Punisher and Bruce Almighty. His television credits include The Closer, ER, CSI, Six Feet Under, The Guardian, NCIS, Grey's Anatomy, Franklin & Bash and many more. He recently finished writing, co-directing and co-starring in the movie King of Herrings which has been a festival favorite and is available on iTunes.

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Brian McNamara - Episode 335

• January 23rd, 2015

Steve Cooper talks with actor Brian McNamara. Brian is best known for his role as Michael Holden for 7 seasons on Lifetime's top-rated show Army Wives and has been acting for over 30 years. He got his break in Hollywood with a part in the hit movie Flamingo Kid and has since appeared in numerous roles in both film and television. McNamara starred in one of the first Lifetime Movies, Storm and Sorrow as well as The Secret Lives Of Second Wives. Some of his other film credits include, Short Circuit, Arachnophobia, Mystery Date and Dead of Winter, which was also his directing debut. Early in his career, McNamara was nominated for a Golden Globe for his work in the TV movie, Billionaire Boys Club. Some of his many TV credits include guest starring roles in such popular series as, Seinfeld, Monk, NYPD Blue, St. Elsewhere, JAG, Mad About You, Ellen, Murphy Brown, The Mentalist, Perception, Grimm, Bones and Franklin & Bash as well as playing Brooke Shields love interest in her series Suddenly Susan. He directed 4 episodes of Army Wives and currently is directing episodes of Granite Flats.

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Jason Whitton - Episode 334

• January 20th, 2015

Steve Cooper talks with Singer/Songwriter Jason Whitton. Jason was raised in Houston, TX, where he grew up listening to R&B, Rap (that's what they called it back then), and Country. His musical tastes are ALL over the map, including everything from Eminem to Tom Waits. His influences range from Garth Brooks, to George Strait, to James Taylor. He's released three records, Thriftstore Cowboy, Broken Horses, and My Way Home. You can find them on cdbaby.com and iTunes. He is currently in the studio finishing up his fourth release. He plans to make a video for one the tracks, and hopefully some touring for the record. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for this amazing Americana/Alt. Country future Superstar.

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Patrick O’Sullivan - Episode 333

• January 17th, 2015

Steve Cooper talks with actor/comic Patrick O' Sullivan. Patrick just wrapped 2 seasons as Alien Johnny Unitas on ABC's Neighbors and guests stars this season on Adult Swim's Hot Package. He has also guested on ABC's Happy Endings, Comedy Central's Free Radio and is the creator of the hit impersonator stage shows All About Walken and All About Jack. He had a two year run as Gary Busey in Point Break Live! and his one man show Young Sully was chosen as a San Francisco Chronicle Pick of the Week. He has been a fixture on the LA comedy scene at The Improv and The Comedy Store while also touring across the country. He has also produced the  hit documentary about Lenny Bruce called Looking for Lenny and can be seen on the big screen playing Detective Cooper in the horror film Smiley. His latest venture is the creation of a live stage parody of the 1987 film Summer School. 

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Suzanne Whang - Episode 332

• January 11th, 2015

Steve Cooper talks with actor/host/comic Suzanne Whang. Suzanne was the host of House Hunters the #1 rated show on HGTV (Home & Garden Television Network) for almost ten years, and she also hosted the hit spinoff show House Hunters International. She had a great time as Dick Clark’s co-host on TV's Censored Bloopers for NBC, while concurrently co-hosting New Attitudes on Lifetime Television. Prior to that, she was a field host/fill-in co-host for Fox After Breakfast with Tom Bergeron, and a field host for Personal FX, Breakfast Time and The Pet Department. As an actor, she has appeared in numerous television series, including four seasons as Polly the hilarious spa manager on NBC’s Las Vegas and was on ABC’s General Hospital as Carol Cheng, the funny and loathsome wedding planner.  She also had a memorable guest starring role on Cold Case, and co-starring roles on Two and a Half Men, Boston Legal, Criminal Minds, The Practice and Nip/Tuck to name a few. As a comic she has been on Comedy Central's Premium Blend and has performed across the country in clubs and in comedy festivals. She currently is writing a book on her beating breast cancer and can be seen on the TV series From Here on OUT.

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Brian Howe - Episode 331

• January 8th, 2015

Steve Cooper talks with actor Brian Howe. Brian is typically cast as an American everyman in many ways, the most challenging of roles to play. After spending time in stage productions in Boston he began his TV career during the mid-'90s, as an occasional guest player on episodes of such series as Law & Order and Spencer for Hire and the short-lived sitcom The Bonnie Hunt Show. He re-teamed with the venerable Hunt for a small role in his first feature, which the actress directed: the romantic comedy Return to Me. Supporting turns in an uneven series of films ensued, ranging from K-PAX to Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can. He later was cast in the short-lived sitcom A Minute With Stan Hooper then landed a trio of supporting roles in A-list films during 2006: one in the Robin William's in RV, another with Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness and a third in Tony Scott's Deja Vu. Clint Eastwood cast him in the 2008 drama Gran Torino. He appeared in the 2011 action film I Am Number Four, and in 2012 Howe appeared as Randy Scheunemann in the made-for-HBO docudrama Game Change. He recently had a recurring role in HBO's hit The Newsroom and can be seen on the new season of Showtime's House of Lies.

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Christine Blackburn - Episode 330

• January 5th, 2015

Steve Cooper talks with actor/comic/host Christine Blackburn. Christine has performed stand-up, wrote, produced and acted in her own one-woman show The Big Picture and has appeared in over 60 national commercials throughout the years. She spent two years as the co-host of the USA Network series Ready For The Weekend Movie and on the acting front‚ has starred in three feature films, Halloween Party, Interviewing Norman and the Wedding Video. Currently her podcast, Story Worthy just celebrated it's 3rd anniversary and is going strong and her game show Shotgun Story Worthy - the first Storytelling Game Show! is performed around LA frequently. Her first book PIT to LAX : My Story Worthy Life will be released in March.

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Joe Nipote - Episode 329

• January 2nd, 2015

Steve Cooper talks with comic/actor Joe Nipote.  Joe has headlined comedy clubs across the country and became a favorite opening act for many headliners in Vegas, Reno, Tahoe, and Atlantic City for such artists as Tina Turner, Captain & Tenille, The O'Jays, Dwight Yokum, Judy Collins, Barbara Mandrell, Robert Goulet, Frankie Avalon, Ben Vereen and many, many more. He went on to host WRIF in the morning for a year in 1987. His hunger for stand-up and acting drove him out of the radio booth and back out to LA where he quickly landed the co-starring role on the Paramount series Viper in which he played, Franklin 'Frankie' Xavier Waters for all four seasons. Joe went on to star in the movies, Casper, Soul's Midnight, The Fourth Tenor and Back by Midnight (Rodney Dangerfield's last 2 movies) and of course Meatballs II in which he starred as Boomer. He recently starred in HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm and Disney's Zack & Cody, The Suite Life On Deck. He has also crossed over into the another ring of performing, the boxing ring, as he has been announcing Boxing and MMA fights for HBO's Boxing After Dark and Showtime, The New Generation and currently is promoting the children's book he wrote titled Eggy Yolk and the Dirty Rotten Dozen.

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Gregory Behrendt - Episode 328

• December 31st, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with comic/writer/musician Gregory Behrendt. Gregory started his stand-up career in San Francisco and later appeared on The Tonight Show and Late Night with Conan O'Brien and recorded a special for HBO and two for Comedy Central. He landed a job on Sex and the City as a script consultant that led him to co-authoring the New York Times best seller He's Just Not That Into You which later became a major motion picture. He also hosted the talk show the Greg Behrendt Show and Greg Behrendt's Wake-Up Call. He currently is back to doing stand up comedy and performing with his band the Reigning Monarchs.

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Wendy Liebman - Episode 327

• December 27th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with comic Wendy Liebman. Wendy returns to CooperTalk for the fourth time. She has been doing stand-up for over 25 years and has been a regular on the Late Show with David Letterman and has appeared on the Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Kimmel Live! In addition she was the first comedian to appear on the Rosie O'Donnell Show and has done comedy specials for HBO, Comedy Central and Showtime. She has also performed or been seen on dozens upon dozens of various other TV shows, was recently seen on America's Got Talent and continues to headline across the country.

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Lance Barber - Episode 326

• December 25th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Lance Barber. Lance just reprised his role of Paulie G in HBO’s critically-acclaimed The Comeback, where the New York Times described him as “among the great villains of television comedy.” Lance is an alumni of Chicago's Second City and has been seen in recurring roles on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Californication and United States of Tara. He has also appeared on Masters of Sex, Grey’s Anatomy, Justified, How I Met Your Mother, Harry’s Law, The Crazy Ones and The Big Bang Theory and his film credits include The Godfather of Green Bay, For Your Consideration, Gangster Squad and Leatherheads.

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Mark Valley - Episode 325

• December 21st, 2014

Steve Cooper talks to Actor/Comic Mark Valley. Mark is making his third appearance on CooperTalk and has been a fixture on Prime Time TV for years. After graduating West Point he did extra work in Germany. He then moved back to the US and landed dozens of commercials and a part on NBC's Days of our Lives. He then began to star in many TV series including Pasadena, ER, Keen Eddie, Boston Legal, Fringe, Human Target and Murphy's Law, ABC's Body of Proof and also had a role in Zero Dark Thirty. He starred in the series Crisis last season, guest starred on Hot in Cleveland and currently can be seen as a recurring character on CSI: Crime Investigation Scene and is producing a documentary about his hometown in New York.

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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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