Lombardo Boyar - Episode 296

• September 29th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Lombardo Boyar. Lombardo is a veteran of the US Army and was part of the 82nd Airborne Division. After he got out he decided to pursue acting. Some of his notable performances include a brief part as convenience-store robber Ramon Garcia on Fox's 24, a starring role as burglar Eddie Tesoro in P.S. Your Cat is dead, his live-action performance as Sergio del Rio on Steven Bochco's Over There and guesting on a semi regular basis as Chuy on The Bernie Mac Show. He has lent his voice to the movies Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2 and many other projects. He recently was one of the stars of The Joe Schmo Show and the hit series Murder in the First and has appeared in Southland, Cold Case, NCIS, Shameless, Breakout Kings and many other shows. 

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Lisa Sundstedt - Episode 295

• September 26th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with comic/writer Lisa Sundstedt. Lisa is a successful stand up comic, singer, writer and voiceover actress. She has narrated dozens of shows for E! including Maxim Hot 100, The 101 Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures & 50 Most Shocking Celebrity Confessions. Some of her VO commercial campaigns include Blue Bunny Ice Cream, Safeway/Pavilion's, Ford,AT&T radio, Blackberry, Beringer Wines and Mattel just to name a few. She has been featured Chelsea Lately on E!, The Chelsea Handler Show on E!, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, Tracey Takes On on HBO, The Test on FX, Hudson Street with Tony Danza on ABC, Shasta McNasty, Jerry Lewis Telethon, Nashville Now on TNN, Robot Chicken on Cartoon Network (various voices) & over 20 National Commercials. She was also featured on Web MD’s mental health section under Bipolar Experts Answers as the comedic host. For the last 15 years she has been the face behind the comedy brand Pretty, Funny Women where she teaches female comics and produces stand-up shows at the top clubs in the LA area. 

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Jack Plotnick - Episode 294

• September 22nd, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Jack Plotnick. Jack got his first big break playing recurring characters on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Since then he has been a staple on TV and in movies. He has been a co-star or a regular on shows such as Action, Drawn Together, Reno 911, Ellen, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Joan of Arcadia, Lovespring International and The Mentalist. He has also guest starred in series such as Two and a Half Men, House M.D., Supernatural, Nip/Tuck, Glee, Dads, Seinfeld, Franklin & Bash, Criminal Minds and many others and has appeared in dozens of national commercials. His movie appearances include Meet the Fockers, Mystery Men, Beverly Hills Chihauhau and Reno 911! Miami. He recently made his directorial debut in a film he stars in and co-wrote, Space Station 76 and will be directing a play he also co-wrote on Broadway next year.

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Jeff Stilson - Episode 293

• September 19th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with writer/comic Jeff Stilson. Jeff got his start doing stand-up comedy and has performed on numerous TV shows such as HBO's 14th Annual Young Comedians Special, TV Nation, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, HBO Comedy Half-Hour, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Comedy Central Presents. He then transitioned to writing and won two Emmys, one for The Chris Rock Show and one for the Osbournes. He has also written on such shows as The Late Show with David Letterman, Lopez Tonight, Last Comic Standing, The Daily Show, Da Ali G Show, Politically Incorrect and The Wayne Brady Show. In addition he writes for many award shows and wrote and directed the documentary Good Hair. 

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Max Gail - Episode 292

• September 16th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Max Gail. Max is best known for his role as Detective Stan "Wojo" Wojciehowicz in the sitcom Barney Miller and as Harold the owner of the taxi company in D.C. Cab. He has also starred in other TV series including Whiz Kids, Normal Life and Sons & Daughters. He has made many appearances in other shows such as Cannon, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Due South, The Streets of San Francisco, The Drew Carey Show, Quantum Leap, Psych, Gary Unmarried, Legit and NCIS. He recently co-starred in the hit 2013 movie about Jackie Robinson, 42 and his production company Full Circle produces documentaries.

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Jeannette Rizzi - Episode 291

• September 12th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with comic/actor Jeannette Rizzi. Jeanette has developed the brand, Blindsided. After years of dealing with her best friend's suicide during high school and battling her own depression, she decided to overcome her problem and deal with the affects of suicide and try to help prevent it. She wrote a one woman show, Blindsided which was a humorous and touching look into her life. After the success of that she started her own podcast of the same name where her and her co-hosts, one a comic one a therapist, deal with different problems that people face. She now has embarked on the making the documentary, Blindsided that will take suicide head-on and attempt to help with finding answers and embracing the healing process.

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LaMonica Garrett - Episode 290

• September 10th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor LaMonica Garrett. LaMonica currently can be seen of FX's Sons of Anarchy where he plays deputy sheriff Cane. He may also look familiar from his role in the critical acclaimed Sigourney Weaver series Political Animals, has been seen on CBS's Mike & Molly, had a recurring part in BET's The Game and guest starred on Arrested Development. Some of his other credits include Suits, NCIS: Los Angeles, CSI: Miami, NCIS, Dark Blue and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. He also has been in numerous national commercials and was one of the stars of the full-contact basketball league Slam Ball.

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Spencer Garrett - Episode 289

• September 6th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Spencer Garrett. Spencer got introduced to the entertainment field at a young age, his mother was an actress and his father was a talent agent. After college he gravitated towards the industry and studied with the legendary teacher Sanford Meisner. Throughout his 25 year career he has consistently worked on many different projects. His various TV credits include Franklin & Bash, Masters of Sex, Star Trek: Voyager, Judging Amy, The Practice, The X-Files, Carnivale, JAG, Law & Order, Cold Case, Luck, Mad Men, Major Crimes and Satisfaction. He is also a familiar face on the big screen appearing is such movies as Yes Man, Mississippi is Burning, Charlie Wilson's War, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Thank You For Smoking and Public Enemies.

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Deana Carter - Episode 288

• September 3rd, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with singer/songwriter Deana Carter. Deana is the daughter of legendary Nashville studio guitarist Fred Carter Jr. After college graduation she worked in a few hospitals deciding to pursue a musical career at the age of 23. For several years she worked odd jobs as she continued to develop her songwriting skills and sing at Nashville nightclubs. Eventually one of her demo tapes made its way to Willie Nelson while another wound up in the offices of Capitol Nashville. Nelson, who remembered her from childhood, was impressed with her songs and asked her to perform at Farm Aid VII in 1994 where she was the only female on the bill. Within a year, Capitol Nashville had signed her to a contract. Boasting six songs she co-wrote, her debut album, Did I Shave My Legs For This? was released to strong reviews in late summer of 1996. By the end of the year the record had climbed to the upper reaches of the country charts and had made inroads to the pop charts going gold in the process. Everything's Gonna Be Alright followed in late 1998. In 2001, she realized her dream of performing with her father on the holiday album Father Christmas. I'm Just a Girl, a recording that leans strongly towards pop was released on Artista Nashville in 2003. The Story of my Life followed in 2005 on Vanguard and a second Vanguard release, The Chain came out in 2007. She then concentrated on songwriting after a series of life events kept her away from recording. She signed a deal with Warner Chappell and began returning to Nashville regularly. She and Matraca Berg had co-written You and Tequila and when the Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter version was released in 2011, the single hit the Top Five on the country charts and sold over a million digital copies. Since she was writing full-time anyway, she decided to record as well. She formed her own label, Little Nugget Records and released Southern Way of Life this year.


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Shi Ne Nielson - Episode 287

• August 31st, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Shi Ne Nielson. Shi Ne is an up and coming actress that's been in a string of popular television shows including: Grey's Anatomy, Parenthood, CSI: NY, The Young & the Restless and has appeared in numerous national commercials for companies such as Lexus, Radio Shack, Farmer's Insurance and AT&T to name a few. She also is a recurring character on ABC Family's new hit drama Chasing Life. She portrays Raquel Avila, the hard-nosed political editor of the Boston Post and the heroine's ruthless rival. A graduate from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Shi Ne continues to study improv and acting throughout Los Angeles and is one of the stars of the popular web-series The Devil Interviews.    

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Paul Greenberg - Episode 286

• August 28th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with writer/actor Paul Greenberg. Paul got his acting start by being a part of the Canadian sketch group The Vacant Lot. Since then he has appeared on various shows including as The Jenny McCarthy Show, Random Play, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Reno 911 and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He has also done voices for the cartoons Invader Zim, The Ant Bully and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius to name few. He is an Emmy winning writer and has worked on many series and award shows such as Jackass, Blue Collar TV, Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Lady Gaga & The Muppets' Holiday Spectacular, The Primetime Emmy Awards, The Annual People's Choice Awards, The MTV Movie Awards and The Annual Tony Awards. He currently co-stars with David Higgins in the series International Ghost Investigators: Hollywood Division.

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Darren Carter - Episode 285

• August 24th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with comic Darren Carter. Darren is a CooperTalk favorite and is making his 4th appearance on the show. When he takes the stage he takes the audience with him. A whirlpool of impressions and observations with on-point improvisation keeps the crowd rolling through the night and on through the morning if they are lucky. From The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to Be Cool with John Travolta to Comedy Central, BET and Showtime, the aptly named Party Starter and sometimes even Rooster gets recognized on the daily by his many adoring fans.

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Yakov Smirnoff - Episode 284

• August 21st, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with comic Yakov Smirnoff. Yakov has been a mainstay in the entertainment scene since the late 1970's and was a regular guest star on the award winning NBC sitcom, Night Court. He has been a popular guest of numerous national TV shows including the Tonight Show. You've seen him on HBO and enjoyed his humor on his critically acclaimed Showtime special. He has also co-starred in movies with Robin Williams in Moscow on the Hudson, Tom Hanks in The Money Pit, Meryl Steep and Jack Nicholson in Heartburn and Richard Pryor in Brewster's Millions. He was invited to perform at the White House for several presidents and honored guests. President Ronald Reagan called him a "national treasure." Since 1992 he has performed at his own theater in Branson, Missouri, where he has entertained over four million visitors and produced several outstanding award-winning shows. In his newest endeavor, "The Happily Ever Laughter Tour", he takes his comedy to a new level to showcase laughter's effects on relationships and envisions a world where sadness and tears are replaced with love and laughter and his funny philosophies can also be heard at Missouri State University and Drury University where he is a professor who teaches about the relationship of love and laughter. 

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Johnny “Vatos” Hernandez - Episode 283

• August 19th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with drummer Johnny "Vatos" Hernandez. Johnny professional drumming career began at age seventeen with a USO tour to South Vietnam. At nineteen, he was playing in local big bands, the LACC Studio Jazz Band and the Si Zenter Big Band. During the same time, Hernandez played in a variety of pit orchestras and backing acts, like Bob Hope, Billy Daniels and Gordon McCray. In the 1970s, he played with The Helen Reddy Band and served as the house drummer of "The Midnight Special" television show. There, he played with acts, such as Frankie Avalon, Petula Clark, Keith Carradine and Martin Mull. After having been heard, drumming with Toni Basil's band by composer, Danny Elfman and his longtime orchestrator, Steve Bartek, Hernandez was hired as a session drummer on Elfman's first film score, "The Forbidden Zone" (which continues to have a worldwide cult following). Hernandez joined the original lineup of the famous band, Oingo Boingo, a position he held for seventeen years, until their breakup in 1995. During that time, the band released eight albums, toured the world and played thousands of concerts. After the breakup of Oingo Boingo, Hernandez joined the band, Tito and Tarantula and was featured in the Robert Rodriguez film, From Dusk Till Dawn. For the past seven years, Hernandez has been touring with his own, Boingo Dance Party, a high energy, wild Oingo Boingo music show that features former members of Oingo Boingo.

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Mario Joyner - Episode 282

• August 17th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with comic Mario Joyner. Mario is best known as the host of MTV's Half Hour Comedy Hour from 1988-1992 and has done numerous stand-up appearances on TV shows including Late Night with David Letterman. He is a longtime friend and collaborator of comedians Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld. He appeared regularly on The Chris Rock Show and Everybody Hates Chris. He also guest starred in the Seinfeld episodes The Engagement and The Puerto Rican Day, playing two different characters, and voiced the character Jackson in the film Bee Movie. He has opened on national tours for Chris Rock (during his No Apologies tour) and for Jerry Seinfeld. He made his film debut in 1989 in Three Men and a Baby, and later starred in Hangin' with the Homeboys and Pootie Tang. During the October 12, 2010, episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, in an interview with Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Stewart credited Joyner with the joke: "Sort of in the way that murderers get sometimes, like, I found Jesus and I'm OK now." "Well, when did you find Jesus?" "Right after you found me." He currently is working on the web series Digital Dan which he wrote, directed and co-stars in.

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Jerry Minor - Episode 281

• August 14th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor/comic Jerry Minor. Jerry comes from the famed Second City stage, where he was the first performer ever to appear with every Second City stage, performing with the companies in Detroit, Chicago and Toronto for a total of 10 stage revues. A former cast member of Saturday Night Live and HBO's Mr. Show with Bob and David, he was also in the cast of the groundbreaking but short-lived 4-camera sitcom for HBO, Lucky Louie, as Louis CK's African-American neighbor who suffered Louie's clumsy attempts at friendship. He has appeared on such television shows as Arrested Development, The Awful Truth with Michael Moore, and on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Trigger Happy TV, Crank Yankers, Community and was one of the stars of ABC's Carpoolers and makes regular guest appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live. His feature credits include Semi Pro with Will Ferrell, Beer League with Artie Lange, plus appearances in Anchorman, Let's Go to Prison, directed by Bob Odenkirk, and Junebug.  

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Anthony C. Ferrante - Episode 280

• August 12th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with director/writer Anthony C. Ferrante. Anthony is best known for directing the cult hits Sharknado 1 & 2. He has also directed and wrote the feature films Boo, Headless Horseman and directed Hansel & Gretel. His screenplay credits include Atilla, Leprechaun's Revenge, America Horror House and Ghost Quake. He currently is also directing various commercials and choosing his next movie project.

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Bob Zany - Episode 279

• August 9th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with comic/actor Bob Zany. Bob has appeared on over a thousand national T.V. shows, from The Tonight Show to a seventeen-year stint appearing on and co-hosting The Jerry Lewis Telethon. Currently, he can be seen on Showtime in Billy Gardell’s Road Dogs. His numerous film credits include Joe Dirt with David Spade, Stephen Soderberg’s The Informant playing Matt Damon’s attorney and is currently starring with Eric Roberts in 23 Minutes to Sunrise. He also has a documentary about his 35-plus year career, Close But No Cigar. Having performed in all 50 states & D.C., plus 7 countries from England to Israel, and headlining shows from Las Vegas to Atlantic City, he’ll bring years of experience and the FUNNY. No stranger to radio, he has appeared on the Bob & Tom Show with his Zany Report, plus numerous other radio stations across the country. 

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Gregory Harrison - Episode 278

• August 7th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Gregory Harrison. Gregory is best known for his role as Chandler in the 1987 cult favorite North Shore and as Dr. George Alonzo "Gonzo" Gates on the series Trapper John M.D. He was the title character on the 1977-78 series Logan's Run after which he played the role of Levi Zendt on the 1978 NBC mini-series Centennial. His later role as a stripper in the 1981 movie For Ladies Only made him a favorite with women and gay men in the 1980s and he later played a villain on the final season of Falcon's Crest. He has starred on WB's Safe Harbor on One Tree Hill and has made guest appearances on numerous other shows such as Touched by an Angel, Drop Dead Diva, Judging Amy, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Joey, Hot in Cleveland, Psych and CSI: NY. He has been in over 50 made for TV movies including the Au Pair trilogy and recently wrapped the first season of the hit show Reckless.

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Zach Selwyn - Episode 277

• August 4th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor/host/musician Zach Selwyn. Zach is best known as the host of History/H2’s hit series “America’s Secret Slang.” He has also hosted and starred on Science Channel’s hit shows Catch it Keep it and Punkin Chunkin, the comedic sports talk show Fanarchy on Versus in 2009 and starred in the Budweiser Clydesdale Fetch Super Bowl commercial – voted top ten of all time. Zach’s sketch comedy group led him to become a traveling comedic correspondent/actor on G4’s #1 hit live show Attack of the Show from 2006-2008. He also hosted “CQC” with Greg Giraldo. He has released 4 comedy albums including “Moose Knuckle” (2012) and “Pluck Yer Twanger” (2010). Zach has also acted in such films and TV shows as “Kickin It,” on Disney XD, “Glory Daze” on TBS, “Greek” on ABC Family Dead and Breakfast, Stargate Atlantis, and That 70’s Show. His first real break came as the runner-up and “most talented contestant” on the 2004 ESPN TV show “Dream Job.” He went on to host “Around the Horn” and a special on ESPN about Jimmy Rollins as well as anchor a pilot for ESPN in 2005. He recently shot a new pilot for CMT called #Merica and starred as a comedic host of “Guinness World Records Unleashed!” on TruTV.

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Mary Scheer - Episode 276

• August 2nd, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor/writer Mary Scheer. Mary, a member of the Groundlings is best known as one of the original cast members of the sketch comedy show MADtv and for playing Freddie's mother Marissa Benson on iCarly. She has also appeared in several television shows. Her credits include Reno 911, Primetime Glick, Dropping Out, X-Chromosome, 2 Broke Girls and Seinfeld and her movie credits include Elvira's Haunted Hills, Chump Change, The New Women and It Always Get Worse Kathy. Besides onscreen appearances, she has become a voice actress, lending her voice to numerous commercials and several animated projects like Family Guy and King of the Hill. Her voice also appears in the animated feature film Beyond Batman: Return of the Joker and she performed all female voices in Spike TV's game show MXC where in season 4 she became supervising producer.

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Pat Finn - Episode 275

• July 31st, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Pat Finn. Pat attended high school at Loyola Academy in Wilmette and graduated from Marquette University. After graduation, he moved to Chicago where he worked as a beer salesman until joining The Second City National Touring Company. During this time, he was also performing improvisation with the ImprovOlympic in Chicago. After writing and performing in two Second City resident shows, Pat landed the part of George Wendt's younger brother on the George Wendt show. Pat has also had re-occurring roles on Murphy Brown, 3rd Rock From the Sun and Ed. His other television credits include series such as Friends, Seinfeld, The Drew Carey Show, That 70's Show, According to Jim, Less Than Perfect, King of Queens, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Las Vegas. His film roles include How High, The Bachelor, Dude Where's My Car, I Love You Beth Cooper, Santa Paws 2, Space Buddies and It's Complicated and he has had commercial success with campaigns for Got Milk, Sony PlayStation, DiGiorno Pizza, Holiday Inn, Toyota and others. He performs regularly with his improv group Beer, Shark, Mice. The cast includes veteran comedians Mike Coleman, Neil Flynn, Pete Hulne, David Koechner and Paul Vaillancourt. Based at the IO West theatre in Los Angeles, many of the troupe's performances are based on suggestions from the attending audience.

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Nick RIchards - Episode 274

• July 29th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with singer/songwriter Nick Richards. Nick is best known as frontman of 1980s new wave band Boys Don't Cry who are known for the hit single I Wanna Be a Cowboy, which peaked at No. 12 on the Hot 100 in 1986 and charted around the world. In 1983 he bought the Maison Rouge Recording Studios in London, where he put together the band. They are back together and releasing a brand new new album titled HEAR IT IS ! on august 14th 2014. the songs were penned by original members Nick and Brian Chatton. The album is on Nick's own label Microrich and the band will be touring the states for the rest of the year in support of the album. Nick has also produced many 80's albums to the biggest acts of that era.

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Jason Nash - Episode 273

• July 25th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with comedian/actor/writer Jason Nash. Jason recently directed, wrote and starred in the hit movie Jason Nash is Married which is based on the web series he created which was based on his one-person show In The Land of Tall Buildings and Red Fire Engines. In 2010, he was a semi-finalist on Last Comic Standing and he developed a sitcom for CBS Television. He has also developed shows based on his stand-up act for Oxygen and IFC and he created and starred in the web series The Shaman, a comedic tale of a man who thinks he's Jim Morrison. He was a cast member of the VH-1 sketch shows Random Play and Ill-ustrated and Current TV's Supernews. In addition he has produced, wrote and appeared in segments for HBO's Funny Or Die Presents. He trained with the Upright Citizens Brigade and began his career as a member of the sketch group Price, Nash and Blieden. The three developed TV shows for Fox and NBC and were selected three times to perform at the Aspen Comedy Festival. Jason also co-created the wildly successful podcast Guys With Feelings, which can be heard on iTunes.

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Jamie Kaler - Episode 272

• July 23rd, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor/comedian Jamie Kaler. Jamie gained fame by portraying the character Mike Callahan on the TBS comedy My Boys. He has appeared on such talk shows as the Late Late Show as well as having a role on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother and had a recurring role on Will and Grace. He also lends his voice to the show Robot Chicken as the suicidal blooper host. He is a member of the ACME Company, Acme Comedy Theatre's top-level sketch company and has made guest appearances on Monk, Friends and numerous other shows. He is a touring stand-up comic, has been seen in dozens of national commercials and is the host of the History Channel's show America: Facts vs. Fiction.

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