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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CooperTalk Live! Bootleg - Jordan Brady

• July 20th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with director/comic Jordan Brady. This interview is a live performance from Bob's Espresso Bar located in North Hollywood, CA. Bob's is owned by Robert Romanus who played Damone in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Jordan has been seen on TV doing his stand-up, directed features,hundreds of commercials and most recently did the documentaries I Am Comic and I Am Road Comic. This a bootleg recording straight off the camera and has a gritty sound quality.

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Episode 270 - Brian Volk-Weiss

• July 16th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with president of production for New Wave Entertainment Brian Volk-Weiss. Brian is currently overseeing production on the second season of the Vh1 series Stevie TV and the new series for Bounce TV - Forever Jones, a series for the History Channel as well as pilots for MTV, Logo, E! and the Style Network. He previously managed New Wave‘s production on True Grime: Crime Scene Clean Up for Investigation Discovery, Pretty Wild for E!, TBS‘s Frank TV, HBO‘s Tourgasm, ABC‘s The Next Best Thing, and U.S. of Ant for Logo. He served as a producer on the feature films Employee of the Month, Good Luck Chuck and My Best Friend‘s Girl. New Wave Entertainment is the largest producer of stand-up comedy specials in the country, for which Brian is heading up production, working with such talent as Whitney Cummings, Jim Gaffigan, Jim Norton, Aziz Ansari, Jim Jefferies, Bill Burr, Mike Birbiglia and Marc Maron. In 2012, Brian was featured in Daily Variety‘s Comedy Impact Report. He has one pet African turtle.

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Dante Basco - Episode 269

• July 12th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Dante Basco. Dante is an actor, voice actor, poet, and dancer. He is best known for voicing Zuko in the Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender, Jake Long from the Disney series American Dragon: Jake Long and playing Rufio in the 1991 live-action Peter Pan film Hook. In his early years, he was part of the Streat Freaks breakdancing crew. When he got into acting, he started taking on minor roles in television. He had guest roles on television shows Hangin' with Mr. Cooper and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and had a recurring role in Moesha. He played a gay teenager in the 1999 film But I'm a Cheerleader and starred as breakdancer Ramos in the film Take the Lead with Antonio Banderas. He also has produces a Poetry Slam night, started a production company in Hawaii and writes plays and screenplays.

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Larry Poindexter - Episode 268

• July 9th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Larry Poindexter. Larry is currently best known for his role in 2003's S.W.A.T. where he played by the book LAPD Captain Tom Fuller who went head to head with Samuel Jackson's Hondo and also from playing the father in MTV's The Hard Times of RJ Berger. Daytime audiences know him best from General Hospital but he has also appeared in Days of Our Lives and Santa Barbara. He has acted in over 30 movies including America Ninja 2, Going Beserk, Judgment Day, 17 Again and Material Girls. A very familiar face to TV he has been a guest star on numerous series including The Mentalist, NYPD Blue, Happy Days, Nip/Tuck, CSI: Crime Investigation Scene, Will & Grace, Bones, Crossing Jordan, How I Met Your Mother, Franklin & Bash, Californication, Rizzoli & Isles, Drop Dead Diva and CSI Miami.

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Kevin Weisman - Episode 267

• July 2nd, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Kevin Weisman. Kevin is known for playing Marshall Flinkman on the ABC series Alias, which ran for five critically acclaimed seasons. Recently, Kevin worked on Stephen Merchant's HBO comedy series,Hello Ladies. He has worked with esteemed director Rob Reiner on Flipped, reunited with JJ Abrams and Jeff Pinkner on Fringe, and with Anthony Zuiker on all three installments of CSI, in addition to Zuiker's New York Times Best Selling digi-novel, Level 26. Other television projects include a recurring role simultaneously playing dual roles, both the mysterious, Mr.Blonde and the straight shooting, intense Detective Hawkins on NBC's critically acclaimed drama, Awake. Kevin also portrayed an airplane engineer, who elects to fight the system as a corporate whistleblower on the USA hit show, Fairly Legal. Other work includes: Human Target, (Fox), Chuck (NBC), October Road (ABC), The Glades, and The Ghost Whisperer (CBS). Additional guest spots include CSI Miami, Miami Medical, The Forgotten, Numbers and CSI NY. He also played Steve Balfour, the sarcastic cameraman, on the cult hit, Moonlight starring Alec O'Loughlin. Previous television credits include recurring and guest starring roles on Felicity, Roswell, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, Frasier, E.R., Just Shoot Me and The Drew Carey Show.

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Gregg Binkley - Episode 266

• June 28th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Gregg Binkley. Gregg is best known for his roles as Kenny James on the NBC's My Name is Earl and as Dan the Del Taco spokesman. He has had guest spots on shows including Gilmore Girls, Malcolm in the Middle, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Yes Dear, The Drew Carey Show, Full House, Wizards of Waverly Place and The Millers. He has also appeared on the big screen in such movies as Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation, Galaxy Quest, The Man That Wasn't There and The Changeling. Most recently he was seen as series regular Barney on Fox's Raising Hope. 

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Brian Palermo -Episode 265

• June 26th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Brian Palermo. Brian a member of the sketch comedy group The Groundlings  has appeared in a number of television shows, commercials and movies. He is also a writer whose credits include Warner Brothers' Histeria! and Disney's Dave the Barbarian and Weekenders. His film credits include The Social Network, Daddy Day Care, My Life in Ruins and Big Momma's House among others. His TV appearances include Beverly Hills 90210, Zeke and Luther, State of Georgia, The Middle, Gary Unmarried, Friends, Malcolm in the Middle, Entourage, Will and Grace and many others. He has also appeared numerous times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno mostly in sketches within the show, though in April 2011 he started doing 'correspondent' pieces and has a recurring character on Tyler Perry's House of Payne.

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Richard Karn - Episode 264

• June 22nd, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Richard Karn. Richard earned a B.F.A. at the University of Washington in their Professional Actor Training Program and played in off-Broadway and Broadway productions (his Broadway debut was playing a suit of armor in Me and My Girl), in the 1980s. However, it was his role as the shy, but confident Al Borland on the 1990s television sitcom Home Improvement that made him a star. He discovered it by accident after he ran a stop sign, was sent to traffic school, and met an agent who told him about the Home Improvement audition. Looking back at the success of the series and his beloved character, it seems hard to believe that the actor kept his job as an apartment manager during the first season, unsure of the fledgling show's future. During his years on the sitcom, he appeared as a host for TV specials and in made-for-TV films, including ABC's Picture Perfect and HBO's Bram Stoker's Legend of the Mummy. Following Home Improvement, he found a new niche as a game-show host, replacing Louie Anderson as the host of Family Feud, and Patrick Duffy as the host of Bingo America. He is an avid golfer and has become a national spokesman for the Mr. Handyman franchise.

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Matt Iseman - Episode 263

• June 19th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with host/comedian/actor Matt Iseman. Matt currently hosts NBC's American Ninja Warrior. He has appeared  in commercials for Pontiac, Dodge, JC Penney, PlayStation, Bank of America, Off! and Lamasil. He fulfilled a life long dream to be a superhero when he was featured in a campaign for Net10 as Captain Obvious. He began his hosting career with the show Scream Play on E! which allowed him to combine his love of movies and dangerous stunts. He then got lucky as he ran the streets of Las Vegas hosting Casino Night for GSN. Shortly thereafter, he started a 5 year run as the Goto Guy on Clean House, the #1 show on the Style Network. He also hosted a spin-off show called Clean House Comes Clean and tackled 5 Messiest Homes in the Country, garnering ratings 400% higher than Style had ever seen and earning him a Daytime Emmy. He made his movie debut in Transformers 2 and made appearances on the Drew Carey Show, NCIS, Courting Alex and had a recurring role on General Hospital. He's appeared on Premium Blend on Comedy Central, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen and he's a regular panelist on RedEye. His CD, I Want a Happy Ending, has become an iTunes sensation. You can also hear his comedy on SiriusXM, Pandora and countless radio stations around the nation.

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Doug Jones - Episode 262

• June 17th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Doug Jones. Doug is a former college mascot, a mime and a contortionist who moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. He has appeared in close to 100 commercials and his acting resume is very extensive. He is best known to fans for his role as Abe Sapien in Hell Boy and it's sequel and as the Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and has appeared in many science fiction projects such as Hocus Pocus, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Pan's Labyrinth.  He has also appeared in such TV shows as Sons of Anarchy, Criminal Minds,CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Teen Wolf and recently played Dominique Wilkins in The Neighbors and will be seen in the upcoming season of Falling Skies and Guillermo del Toro's The Strain.

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Brian T. Finney - Episode 261

• June 12th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Brian T. Finney. Brian has been acting on stage, TV and film for over 25 years. He has been a member of The Actors' Gang since 1994. He received the prestigious Ovation Award for Best Actor in 2001 for his role in Underneath the Lintel performed at the Gang. Also with the Actors' Gang he has traveled to New York and London to perform in Embedded as well as Hong Kong, Melbourne, Athens and all around the USA in the production of 1984, both directed by Tim Robbins. On television he has had a recurring role on Reno 911!, and has been seen in Modern Family, Grimm, Maron, Weeds and Turn as well as many other shows and movies. He can often be seen in commercials, of which he has appeared in close to a hundred.

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Mark Beltzman - Episode 260

• June 9th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Mark Beltzman. Mark has been acting,writing and directing since 1981. He was a founding member of Improv Olympic and of the legendary group, Barons Barracudas. He has worked and directed many improvisational and theatrical productions at Second City in Chicago and Los Angeles, including Second City Alumni Jam.He has also acquired a great deal of knowledge about the creative process while performing in such notable productions as: Mo Money, Billy Madison, The Wedding Singer, Speed 2, Star Maps, Employee of the Month, Seinfeld, Roseanne, Norm, Curb Your Enthusiasm, According to Jim, Cold Case, House, True Jackson VP, The Young and the Restless and Pretty Little Liars and is a very respected Improv teacher who has teaches classes around the world and is an amazing Tuba player.

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Josh Mankiewicz - Episode 259

• June 5th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with news correspondent Josh Mankiewicz. Josh began reporting for Dateline in February 1995, and since then, he has contributed a mix of breaking news stories, news analysis, investigative reports and clever features to the broadcast. He has covered a wide range of stories including Hurricane Katrina, the 1996 and 2000 presidential campaigns, the terrorist takeover of Japan’s embassy in Lima, Peru, the mysterious mental disorder known as Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy, the story of John Walker Lindh, the American who joined the Taliban, and numerous aspects of airline and airport safety and security. Prior to joining Dateline, he served as a correspondent for Fox Broadcasting Company's newsmagazine Front Page. Before he joined Fox Broadcasting, he was a political reporter for KCAL-TV, Los Angeles from 1991 to 1993. He also worked as political correspondent for WCBS-TV, New York where he covered local, state and national elections from 1986 to 1991 and from 1982 to 1986, he was a correspondent with ABC News.

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David Wild - Episode 258

• June 1st, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with writer David Wild. David is  an American writer and critic in the music and television industries and a contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine. His published books include Friends: The Official Companion, Seinfeld: The Totally Unauthorized Tribute, Friends Til' the End and others. He was the host of the television series Musicians which aired on Bravo and his writing credits for television include over two dozen series and specials. In 2001 he was nominated for an Emmy for his work on America: A Tribute to Heroes. He is also a regular guest on The Adam Carolla Show and brings a music guest or a musical selection to feature on the show.

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Mick Betancourt - Episode 257

• May 28th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with comedian/writer Mick Betancourt. Mick has written scripts for several television shows on major networks. He was born in Chicago but now resides in LA. He sold his first television show to CBS television at age 30 and has since written on or produced shows such as Breakout Kings, Black Donnellys, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Chicago Fire, The Mob Doctor, Detroit 187, Necessary Roughness, Ironside and Chicago PD. Recently he directed his first short film which was well received at independent film festivals. He also has performed at The Chicago and Montreal Comedy Festivals as well as performed stand-up on NBC, Comedy Central, HBO and TBS and hosts the popular podcast The Mick Betancourt Show.

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Clive Farrington - Episode 256

• May 24th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with musician Clive Farrington. Clive is the vocalist who founded the popular 80' band When in Rome. Michael Floreale and Andy O'Connell were recruited by him to replace departed members of his Manchester-based group Beau Leisure. Floreale and him began to write songs together. Later, Farrington and Floreale saw Andrew Mann, a beat poet, and had him join their performances. The group was signed by Virgin UK and when their song The Promise became popular, hitting the top of Billboard's Dance Club Play chart, Virgin ordered an album. A remixed version of The Promise was the first single from their self-titled debut album. It was an instant success, barely missing the Top Ten in the United States, peaking at No. 11. After the band broke up The Promise was heard in the movie Napoleon Dynamite and found a brand new audience. Clive recently moved to the US and is playing with his version of When in Rome and also collaborating with other artists.

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Reed Diamond - Episode 255

• May 19th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Reed Diamond. Reed got his first big break in the movie Memphis Belle. Since then he has made an impact in both films and TV. He has co-starred in many shows including Homicide: Life on the Street, Judging Amy, The Shield, Journeyman, Dollhouse, 24, Bones and The Mentalist and has been a guest star on the series Cold Case, The West Wing, Medium, Law & Order, CSI, Castle, Monk, White Collar, Revolution, The Glades and Criminal Minds and many others. He has also been in numerous movies such as Moneyball, Good Night, and Good Luck and Much Ado About Nothing. He can be currently seen on the hit series Franklin & Bash.

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Regan Burns - Episode 254

• May 14th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Regan Burns. Regan has a long list of TV guest appearances that include Weeds, Curb Your Enthusiasm, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Without a Trace, CSI, Supernatural, Las Vegas and Back to You to name a few. He’s also had recurring roles on Reno 911, Sonny with a Chance, Titus, Once and Again and Rodney. A veteran of 100 plus commercials, Regan starred in famous campaigns for CapitalOne, Burger King and AFLAC. He hosted two seasons of the Spike TV game show Oblivious and three seasons of AMC’s Cinemania and he appeared regularly as a personality on AMC’s The Movie Club and PAX-TV’s Balderdash. He also co-hosted  GSN’s pilot of Annie Duke Controls the World and starred in the pilot of Craig Ferguson’s Really Big Improv Show for CBS. In 2007 he starred in a season of the improv/sitcom hybrid Halfway Home for Comedy Central and he  currently stars in the Disney Channel’s Dog with a Blog.

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Joe Nieves - Episode 253

• May 11th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Joe Nieves. Joe moved to LA from Brooklyn to become an actor and started landing roles in shows such as Arli$$, Becker, The X-Files, Judging Amy and Six Feet Under. After that he was seen in NYPD Blue, ER, The Young and the Restless, Without a Trace and many others that led him to being a regular on Day Break which was followed by guest star roles in hit series including Cold Case, Prime Suspect, Castle, The Shield and Gray's Anatomy. He has also had recurring parts in 24, The Mentalist and was Carl the Bartender in How I Met Your Mother. His movie credits include The Bling Ring and the upcoming West End.

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Jon Polito - Episode 252

• May 7th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Jon Polito. Jon a veteran of over 100 films is most recognized for his work with The Coen brothers, as well as his many television appearances as a series regular and guest star. Notable Motion Picture roles are in Millers Crossing, The Big Lebowski, Barton Fink, The Man Who Wasn't There, The Crow, Blankman, and The Freshman with Marlon Brando, and his cameo performance in Gangster Squad. On Television he starred as a series regular on Crime Story, Ohara, Hearts are Wild, The Chronical, and the critically acclaimed Homicide, Life on the Street. Notable guest star roles include the befuddled landlord Sylvio on Seinfeld, his only role as a woman, Rhonda, on The Chris Isaak Show, Danny Devito's brother Frank on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and recently an ex-mobster on Castle. He starred on Broadway with Faye Dunaway in The Curse Of An Aching Heart and with Dustin Hoffman in the 1985 Tony award winning revival of Death Of A Salesman, which he also filmed for CBS. He received the Best Actor OBIE award for Off Broadway theater in 1980.

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dUg Pinnick - Episode 251

• May 4th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with musician dUg Pinnick. dUg is an American musician best known as the bass guitarist, songwriter, and co-lead vocalist for the band King's X. He has fifteen albums with King's X, four solo albums, and numerous side projects and guest appearances to his credit. He is known for his gospel-like voice and his heavily distorted bass tone, played through multiple Ampeg SVT-4 amplifiers. In March, 2014 his side project Grinder Blues with the Emmy Award-winning Bihlman Brothers signed a deal with Megaforce Records and are scheduled to release their debut record in July 2014. He also recently released a CD with the supergroup kXm that also includes George Lynch and Korn's Ray Luzier and he still stays busy touring and recording with King's X.

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Jere Burns - Episode 250

• May 1st, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Jere Burns. Jere is best known for his roles as ladies' man Kirk Morris on the television series Dear John, psychiatrist Anson Fullerton on the television series Burn Notice and as Wynn Duffy in Justified. Over his career he has been a regular on many other shows including Bob, The Mommies, Something So Right, Good Morning, Miami, Help Me Help You, Breaking Bad and Bates Motel. He has also appeared on Grey's Anatomy, Hawaii Five-0, CSI, Trust Me, Psych, According to Jim and many others. He currently is about to start shooting the film Tribeca.

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John Easdale - Episode 249

• April 27th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with singer/songwriter John Easdale. John is the lead singer for the band Dramarama who was founded in NJ in 1982 and disbanded in 1994. They formally reunited in 2003 following an appearance on the VH1's Bands Reunited show. They have performing ever since with different line-ups. Their song Anything, Anything (I'll Give You) was a staple of 80's music and still is very popular to this day. John also does acoustic sets and is working on a solo album.

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Bruce Smith - Episode 248

• April 22nd, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with talent manager Bruce Smith. Bruce is a graduate of Queens College located in Queens, New York where he majored in communications. He was the founding member of the 60's Tribute Band called Kivetsky with whom he performed for ten years. From 1979 to 1983, he worked as a booking agent for a Long Island based talent agency where he was responsible for band placement in the northeast United States. In 1983, he started Omnipop solely as a personal appearance agency for bands and comics with placement in clubs and colleges throughout the country. He remained in the east coast office until 1990 when he opened the west coast office. He is the president of Omnipop and is head of the west coast office and is responsible for the placement of their clients in film, television and commercials.

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