Kyle Secor - Episode 506

• May 1st, 2016

Steve Cooper talks with actor Kyle Secor.  Kyle is best known for his role as Detective Tim Bayliss on the crime drama Homicide: Life on the Street. His first major television role was the character Brian Bradford on the soap opera Santa Barbara, soon followed by a stint on the hospital drama St. Elsewhere, in which he played Bret Johnson, a patient dying of AIDS. After working in several movies, including Heart of Dixie, City Slickers, Sleeping with the Enemy, Delusion and Untamed Heart. He was cast as Det. Tim Bayliss in the pilot of Homicide: Life on the Street in 1993, a role which he would fill for the entirety of the series. He then had recurring roles in shows such as Party of Five, City of Angels, Philly and Veronica Mars. From 2005 to 2006, he starred with Geena Davis in ABC's Commander in Chief, playing Rod Calloway, the husband of the female President. He has been keeping busy ever since guest starring on such shows as Aquarius, Agent X, American Horror Story, Resurrection, Scandal, Castle, Private Practice and Hawaii Five-0 to mention a few and can be seen in the upcoming feature The Purge: Election Year.

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Ione Skye - Episode 505

• April 29th, 2016

Steve Cooper talks with actor Ione Skye. Ione is best known for her role as Diane Court in the iconic 80s film Say Anything written and directed by Cameron Crowe. She has starred in many films including River's Edge, Wayne's World, Gas Food Lodging, Four Rooms, Fever Pitch, Bad Girls Behind Bars and appeared in television shows such as Covington Cross, The Twilight Zone, The Dead Zone, Private Practice and Arrested Development. She is also an accomplished painter having art shows in Tokyo and Los Angeles and recently had a children's book published. 

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Greg Hetson - Episode 504

• April 26th, 2016

Steve Cooper talks with guitarist Greg Hetson. Greg is known as the Gordie Howe of Punk”, has been a staple of the L.A. punk scene since 1979. He got his start playing in the influential Red Kross, leaving in ’80 to form the Circle Jerks (featured in The Decline of Western Civilization Vol. I). Since 1984, he has split his time between Bad Religion, the Circle Jerks and a variety of other projects including more recently Black President (with members of Goldfinger, Unwritten Law and Guttermouth), Punk Rock Karoke (with members of NOFX and Social Distortion), and GFP. He is currently working on recording tracks utilizing many musical genres. 

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Steve McGrew - Episode 503

• April 24th, 2016

Steve Cooper talks with comic Steve McGrew. Steve better known as 'Mudflap' (the hellbent southern gent) has been featured on Comedy Central in his own half hour special. He can be heard on 24/7 Comedy and on Sirius XM radio. He has released several comedy CDs, his latest, One Sick Puppy, is now available on iTunes. He is a regular at Brad Garrett's Comedy Club, The Laugh Factory and Sin City Comedy club in Las Vegas. He is also in high demand for comedy clubs and casino shows all around the country. He performs regularly in London and around the UK and in China. Additionally, he has opened concerts for several rock and country artists. He was an award winning morning radio host with 3 CMAs (country music awards) and currently is the host of the popular podcasts Re-Masculate and Wrinkled Sheets. 
 

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Phil Varone - Episode 502

• April 22nd, 2016

Steve Cooper talks with drummer Phil Varone. Phil is a founding and former member of the band Saigon Kick from 1988–1996 and from 2012–2015. While out of Saigon Kick for several years, some of which Saigon Kick wasn't active, he played for Prunella Scales, Skid Row, and Vince Neil. When he left the music business in 2004 he decided to pursue a career in acting and stand up comedy. He appeared as a celebrity customer in an episode of Miami Ink, in which he got a tattoo of his son's name. He also appeared in episodes of the Showtime series Californication, and the CBS series Numbers and appeared the E! program Inside Celebrity Rehabs, the NBC game show Identity, in which he was correctly matched to his identity as a rock and roll drummer, and on an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories on the BIO Channel. He also appeared in an Asian Nokia TV commercial. He has participated in Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew and appeared on episodes of Oprah,The Tyra Banks Show and the Today show. Years ago he was a Playgirl centerfold and in April 2013 Un-Philtered: Real Life On and Off the Rock'n'Roll Tour Bus, a tell-all memoir of his days on the road, was published by Riverdale Ave Books.

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Frazer Smith - Episode 501

• April 22nd, 2016

Steve Cooper talk with radio host/comic Frazer Smith. Frazer is not only one of the funniest comics on the LA scene today, he is also one of comedy’s most well connected personalities. He is undoubtedly a MADE MAN in the comedy business. After 30 years in the business as a comedian, he has made stops on numerous TV shows as well as being one of the nation’s most listened to radio jock’s on KLOS for years on end! You may also recognize Frazer as the host on NBC’s Rock 'N' America and from recent appearances on Comics Unleashed and Maron. He has the ability to make you laugh and inform you as well. One of the industry’s top interviewers, he can do more than just ask questions with the best of them, he can get all the right people to answer those questions too! He has interviewed everyone from comics, to athletes, to big celebrities. He is no stranger to live comedy and his interviewing style is synonymous with the likes of Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, and David Letterman. Listen to him live on air on Los Angeles' 95.5 KLOS Sunday nights 9PM - 2AM.

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Patrick Fabian - Episode 500

• April 16th, 2016

Steve Cooper talks with actor Patrick Fabian. Patrick is best known for his roles as Howard Hamlin on Better Call Saul, Professor Jeremiah Lasky in Saved by the Bell: The College Years and Cotton Marcus in the feature The Last Exorcism. His recurring roles include shows such as Big Love, Veronica Mars, Providence, Joan of Arcadia, 24, The Newsroom and others and he has co-starred in countless series like Ugly Betty, NCIS, Will & Grace, Friends,Scandal, The Mentalist, CSI: Crime Investigation Scene, Bones, Criminal Minds, Castle, Burn Notice, Longmire and many more.

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Bodhi Elfman - Episode 499

• April 13th, 2016

Steve Cooper talks with actor Bodhi Elfman. Bodhi has had roles in films such as Mercury Rising, Collateral, Godzilla, and Armageddon along with smaller parts in The Mod Squad, Keeping the Faith, and Gone in 60 Seconds. He starred in the TV series Freedom and in Pirates of Silicon Valley alongside Noah Wyle and Anthony Michael Hall. He appeared in the short-lived television series Hiller and Diller and guest-starred in such series as Code Black, Criminal Minds, Melrose Place, Dharma & Greg, Ellen, Veronica's Closet, Las Vegas, The Mentalist, Sliders, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and many more. He was also part of the recurring cast of Touch and currently co-hosts the podcast Kicking and Screaming with his wife Jenna Elfman. 

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Francesco DiCosmo - Episode 498

• April 12th, 2016

Steve Cooper talks with bassist Francesco DiCosmo. Francesco played with a number of bands in the northeastern Pennsylvania area, before moving to Los Angeles and being chosen by Billy Sheehan to take part in the Musicians Institute Scholarship Contest. He attended the Institute during the 1990s, graduating in 1995, and subsequently teaching and providing private tuition. In the late 1990s he joined Mumbo's Brain with former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland, and also performed on Poland's solo album Chasing the Sun. He later worked with Stanley Whittaker with whom he formed Spirit Noise, along with his brother Rico DiCosmo. He subsequently undertook more session work with a number of artists. In 2002, DiCosmo worked with Evanescence on their debut album Fallen, which was released the following year. The album produced a number of hit singles featuring him on bass including Bring Me to Life and My Immortal. Between 2007 and 2009, DiCosmo played bass guitar as a member of Thin Lizzy and later toured with ex-Toto frontman Bobby Kimball and returned to session work with artists such as Ronnie Montrose and Jason Bonham.

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Eric Lutes - Episode 497

• April 8th, 2016

Steve Cooper talk with actor/artist Eric Lutes. Eric is best known known for his roles as Del Cassidy on Caroline in the City, Jerry Stanton in Switching Goals and Jake Carlson on So Little Time, both starring Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen. His career started with several commercial spots. He then moved to New York and appeared in many off-Broadway productions before finally making the move to Lo Angeles where he landed the role on Caroline in the City. He also played the KACL station manager, Tom Duran in the second season of Frasier and has appeared in numerous TV movies. He guest-starred on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody as Harry O'Neal, a guest who conned the Tipton staff into giving him free stuff and has also guest-starred on 90210, Cold Case, CSI: Miami, House M.D., Desperate Houswives, How to Get Away with Murder and many more series. Besides being a talented actor he is an accomplished artist whose paintings are displayed in galleries across the USA.

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Kirsten Vangsness - Episode 496

• April 5th, 2016

Steve Cooper talks with actress Kirsten Vangsness. Kirsten is best known as the bespectacled-brainiac-tech-kitten Penelope Garcia on the CBS hit drama Criminal Minds (and its spin-off Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior). She has had a long and varied career prior to joining the cast of the hit CBS series. Stage appearances include Perfuct, The Book of Liz and a number of plays at Hollywood's Theatre of NOTE (where she has been a longtime member and past president of that theater's Artistic Board), including The Learned Ladies, The Fan Maroo, Spider Bites and A Mulholland Christmas Carol. Her stage work has garnered the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Natalie Schafer Award for best emerging comic actress, the 15 Minutes of Fem Best Actress Award, and a Garland Award for best actress for the West Coast premiere of Neil LaBute's Fat Pig at the Geffen Playhouse. She was recently seen on stage as the torch-singing femme fatale in Bill Robens' critically acclaimed film noir spoof Kill Me, Deadly which has been made into a feature starring and executive produced by her.

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Mark Polish - Episode 495

• April 4th, 2016

Steve Cooper talks with actor/writer/director Mark Polish. Mark broke onto the independent filmmaking scene at the Sundance Film Festival in 1999 with the premiere of his first film Twin Falls Idaho, an atmospheric and heartfelt tale of conjoined twins, which he co-wrote and starred in with his identical twin brother Michael Polish. His second film, Jackpot, received the John Cassavetes Best Independent Film Award at the 2001 Spirit Awards and the New American Cinema Award at the 2001 Seattle International Film Festival. His third film, Northfolk, premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and was hailed by Roger Ebert as “a masterpiece.” For Lovers Only, a black and white homage to the French New Wave, starred him and Stana Katic as regretful former lovers reunited in France by fate. The film was released on iTunes where it remained at number one for three weeks. His next film, Headlock, which he wrote, directed and stars alongside Dianna Agron, will premiere in 2016. Filmed on location in over 15 countries, the story centers on married intelligence traffickers battling nano-terrorism. He also co-wrote The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking, a practical guide to writing, shooting, editing, scoring and distributing films, published by Harcourt.

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Amanda Wyss - Episode 494

• April 2nd, 2016

Steve Cooper talks with actor Amanda Wyss. Amanda was discovered by an agent as a teen while starring in the play, The Bad Seed at a local LA theatre and then went on to work in many commercials and landed her first television role, recurring on Universal's When the Whistle Blows as Dolph Sweet's daughter. Some of her most memorable film performances were in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Better Off Dead, Silverado, and the award-winning Powwow Highway. She's also worked extensively in television, with recurring roles on St. Elsewhere, Cagney & Lacey, Highlander, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Dexter. She is honored to lend her time and talent to environmental organizations, The Erudio Project, Technology for Peace and Project Happiness. Look for her in the soon to be released The Id and William Froste.

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Lou DiMaggio - Episode 493

• March 31st, 2016

Steve Cooper talks with comic/actor/writer Lou DiMaggio. Lou began his career as a comic in NYC in the boom 80’s. After moving to Los Angeles he appeared in many national commercials, TV shows and films. He’s probably best know for his role as a restaurant investor alongside Ted Danson and Michael York in Curb Your Enthusiasm. He also won an Emmy for writing on Win Ben Stein’s Money. He stopped doing stand-up in the late 90’s but is now making a comeback which is documented in the film he’s currently making with director Brad Kuhlman entitled, Where Have you Gone Lou DiMaggio? This film explores the process of returning to the stand-up stage after an 18 year hiatus. It features appearances from such comedy greats as Larry David, Ray Romano, Colin Quinn, Jeff Garlin Joy Behar, Susie Essman, Howie Mandel and many more.

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Gene Pompa - Episode 492

• March 30th, 2016

Steve Cooper talks with comic/actor Gene Pompa. Gene’s television credits include numerous appearances on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and several appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS. Other credits include Comedy Central, The Arsenio Hall Show, HBO, The Latino Laugh Festival on Showtime, BET, Scrubs and In Living Color. He has appeared in two Happy Madison films Just Go With It with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston and Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star starring Nick Swardson, Christina Ricci, and Don Johnson. More recently, he starred and produced two one hour comedy specials at The Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles at L.A. Live. He also starred in two ½ hour solo stand-up specials, Pompalicious for Comedy Central and a self-titled ½ hour stand-up special for Nuvo TV.

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Charley Koontz - Episode 491

• March 28th, 2016

Steve Cooper talks with actor Charley Koontz. Charley is best known for his work as Fat/Real Neil in Community and currently starring as FBI agent Daniel Krumitz on CBS' hit television series, CSI:CYBER. His additional television credits include Perfect Couples, Awake and a recurring role in Royal Pains. His first film, Rubber, directed by Quentin Dupieux, premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and garnered an enthusiastic and dedicated cult following. He worked with Dupieux again in the 2011 film Wrong. His additional film credits include the thriller Contracted, directed by Eric England, and the prison-set paranormal film, Apparitional.  Also, he is part of the Los Angeles based Shakespeare theatre company Will & Company.

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Erica Rhodes - Episode 490

• March 25th, 2016

Steve Cooper talks with actor/comic Erica Rhodes. Erica Rhodes started her entertainment career by voicing the conscience of legendary humorist and writer, Garrison Keillor on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion and has worked on that show ever since. In 2012, she also became a writer for the show when it toured Houston, NYC and San Francisco. She starred in the cult horror film Plague Town and recently wrapped a supporting role in Play Nice, directed by Rodman Flender and starring Mary Lynn Rajskub. She also starred in Big Sky, an indie road trip movie that followed a young couple's journey from L.A. to Montana.   She co-created and starred in the award-winning web series Apt. 45, but is probably best known for the character of Sandy in Iron Sink Media's web series Upstairs Girls and her own hit spin-off Sandy's Channel.  She produced and starred (with Ray Wise and Oscar nominee Sally Kirkland) in the short film Posey which premiered at the 2013 Idyllwild Cinema Fest and made the festival rounds, garnering many awards.   She was also nominated by the 2015 Los Angeles Short Film Festival as "Best Actress" for her work in The Platinum Plan. Recent TV credits include Fox's New Girl, IFC's Comedy Bang Bang and Comedy Central's Why? With Hannibal Buress.  She has also guested on The Howard Stern Wrap-up Show on Sirius XM after being named on his site as number one of the top nine comics to watch and has had appearances on AXS' Live at Gotham and the syndicated Comics Unleashed.  

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Kenny Aranoff - Episode 489

• March 22nd, 2016

Steve Cooper talks with drummer Kenny Aranoff. Kenny is one of the world's most influential and in-demand drummers. The list of artists he's worked with reads like a who's who of the music industry, and includes John Mellencamp, The Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Seger, Melissa Etheridge, Jon Bon Jovi, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Alanis Morissette, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Avril Lavigne, John Fogerty, Joe Cocker, Mick Jagger, Alice Cooper, Meat Loaf, Bonnie Raitt, Ricky Martin, Santana, Trey Anastasio, Michelle Branch, and many others. With a style of playing that combines power and finesse, he was named the #1 Pop/Rock Drummer and the #1 Studio Drummer for five consecutive years by the readers of Modern Drummer Magazine, and in addition has played on over 30 Grammy-nominated recordings.                    

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Chris Diamantopoulos - Episode 488

• March 20th, 2016

Steve Cooper talks with actor Chris Diamantopoulos. Chris is best known for his roles on the Showtime sitcom Episodes opposite Matt LeBlanc, the hit comedy Silicon Valley, Netflix's Arrested Development and as Moe in the feature film The Three Stooges. In addition he has lent his voice talents to popular shows including Family Guy, American Dad and six-time Emmy Award-winning show, Mickey Mouse. Other credits include The Starter Wife, a role as one of his idols, Frank Sinatra, alongside Greg Kinnear’s title role on the Emmy nominated miniseries The Kennedys, Guy de Cornet in Jonathan Sobol’s film The Art of the Steal, Chief-of-Staff Rob Weiss on the eighth season of 24 and the role of actor-comedian Robin Williams in the 2005 NBC telefilm, Behind The Camera: Mork & Mindy for which he earned Gemini and Prism Award nominations for his performance. Additional television appearances include, but are not limited to, guest star roles on Law & Order, Third Watch, Frasier, Nip/Tuck, American Dreams, Kevin Hill, Charmed, The Sopranos, CSI, Boston Legal and Eli Stone. He has also enjoyed his recurring roles on the NBC television show The Office and Up All Night with Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph, as well as NBC’s FBI drama Hannibal and will be starring in the new Amazon series Good Girls Revolt.

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Catherine Dent - Episode 487

• March 18th, 2016

Steve Cooper talks with actor Catherine Dent. Catherine is best known for the role of Danielle "Danny" Sofer in the FX series The Shield. She has starred in film and in television as of the early 1990's. Her first feature film was the 1994 movie Nobody's Fool. On television she played Janice Talbert in One Life to Live, and well has made many guest appearances on several TV shows, such as on The Pretender, The X-Files, The Invisible Man, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Sopranos, Frasier, Judging Amy, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Without a Trace, Grey's Anatomy, NCIS, The Mentalist, The Player, Castle, Rake and The Astronaut Wives Club. She was also a recurring character on Fox's Gang Related and has appeared in Replicant, The Majestic and 21 Grams.

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Robb Cullen and Scott Hodges - Episode 486

• March 15th, 2016

Steve Cooper talks with TV/Film writers Robb Cullen and Scott Hodges. Robb has created the TV series Lucky, Gary the Rat, Heist, Back in the Game and Mr. Robinson, written for the show Las Vegas and wrote the movie Cop Out all with his brother and they recently co-directed their latest screenplay called Going Under. Scott parlayed a successful career as a producer for talk radio into a TV writing career where he has been on staff for the shows Back in the Game and Mr. Robinson. Him and Robb are currently developing TV series and screenplays together.

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Jodi Lyn O’Keefe - Episode 485

• March 11th, 2016

Steve Cooper talks with actor Jodi Lyn O'Keefe. Jodi Lyn portrayed Cassidy Bridges on Nash Bridges. She is also known for her role on Prison Break as Gretchen Morgan, a.k.a. Susan B. Anthony and as Josette "Jo" Laughlin in The Vampire Diaries. She made her big screen debut in 1998 in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later and later starred in such films as The Crow: Salvation, Whatever It Takes and Devil In The Flesh 2. In 1999, she co-starred in the teen film She's All That. She kept on filming both movies and Nash Bridges until the series ended in 2001. Later films have included Out for Blood and Venice Underground. On the small screen, she has appeared in various shows including Dharma & Greg, Boston Legal, Two and a Half Men, Charmed, The Evidence,The Big Bang Theory and Tru Calling. In 2014 she was cast in a recurring role in VH1's TV series Hit the Floor.

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Jimmy Pardo - Episode 484

• March 8th, 2016

Steve Cooper talks with comic/host Jimmy Pardo. Jimmy is a seasoned veteran of comedy clubs and late night television and has appeared on such shows as The Tonight Show, Conan, The Late Late Show and his own half hour special on Comedy Central. Utilizing his trademark crowd work skills, he spent 6 years as Conan O'Brien's opening act at Conan tapings and has also appeared on Conan as a panel guest, a field correspondent and even filled in as co-host. In 2006, he became a podcasting pioneer when he began hosting the raucous-but-smart weekly podcast Never Not Funny, which Entertainment Weekly called "one of the sharpest and gut-bustingest shows on the Internet." The show has been named a top comedy podcast by The AV Club, Esquire, GQ and USA Today, and its guest list (Conan O'Brien, Jon Hamm, Richard Lewis, Zach Galifianakis and Sarah Silverman, just to name a few) reads like a Who's Who of Hollywood.

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Ralph Garman - Episode 483

• March 5th, 2016

Steve Cooper talks with actor/radio personality/voice actor Ralph Garman. Ralph best known as the host of The Joe Schmo Show for three seasons, for his voice work in Family Guy and as the entertainment reporter and impressionist for the Kevin and Bean morning show on Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM. He was hired to work on the Kevin and Bean show through Jimmy Kimmel (who at the time was working as the sports reporter on the show) who had received a recommendation to hire him through former roommate Adam Carolla. He also hosts the Hollywood Babble-On podcast with Kevin Smith on SModcast.com, who cast him in his movies Red State, Tusk, Yoga Hosers, and the upcoming MallBrats. He has also been in the movies Ted, Ted 2, Sharktopus and A Million Ways to Die in the West and recently played a radio announcer on ABC's Agent Carter.

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Patrick Fischler - Episode 482

• March 4th, 2016

Steve Cooper talks with actor Patrick Fischler. Patrick began building up his résumé in the late 90s, making appearances on TV shows like Sister, Sister and Nash Bridges. His intense looks and malleable demeanor soon made him a familiar face, and in 2001 he was cast in the David Lynch film Mulholland Drive. By the late 2000s, Fischler was landing recurring roles on major primetime series, playing Jimmy Bartlett on the period drama Mad Men and later taking on the role of Dharma Initiative employee Phil on the hit Lost. In 2009, he joined the cast of another network drama, portraying Detective Kenny No-Gun on police drama Southland. He has also recurred on series such as Silicon Valley, Californication, Shameless and Once Upon a Time and has guest starred on countless shows including Maron, Hawaii Five-0, Mob City, Body of Proof, The Mentalist, Grey's Anatomy, Castle and many more. 

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