Michael McGrady - Episode 306

• October 23rd, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Michael McGrady. Michael made his foray into television was quickly as he was cast in one of the nations first Cherry Pepsi commercials. From then on he has worked steadily in the industry for almost 30 years. He has guest starred on countless shows such as 24, CSI: Miami, Leverage, Prison Break, Rizzoli & Isles, Hawaii Five-0, Longmire, Breakout Kings and Castle. He has co-starred in the series Low Winter Sun, Southland, Mob City and Day Break and currently can be seen playing Frank Barnes in Showtime's hit series Ray Donovan.

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Zack Ward - Episode 305

• October 20th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Zack Ward. Zack gained immortalization in his first role as schoolyard bully Scott Farkus in the timeless movie A Christmas Story. However he has a resumé spanning much further than the long-standing holiday favorite. The Canadian actor is well known for his role as Dave Scovil on the darkly humorous, Emmy-nominated sitcom Titus, and has participated in a number of prime-time shows including Crossing Jordan, NCIS, Cold Case, Mike & Molly, Chicago Fire, Lost and Hawaii Five-O. He can also be seen in two video-game inspired films: BloodRayne 2 and Resident Evil: Apocalypse and has appeared in movies such as Transformers, Almost Famous and Freddy vs. Jason. He recently producer and co-starred in the suspense thriller Don't Blink which was released on October 14.

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Season 4 Seinfeld Writers - Episode 304

• October 17th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with Steve Skrovan, Bill Masters and Jon Hayman. The three wrote for Seinfeld in season 4 under the title Program Consultants. Their job was to tell stories and pitch ideas for scripts. Season 4 was one of Seinfeld's best and included episodes such as The Contest, The Virgin, The Bubble Boy, The Junior Mint, The Smelly Car and The Movie which the three of them co-wrote. All had successful stand-up careers and have amassed an amazing amount of writing credits between them including shows such as Everybody Loves Raymond, Hot in Cleveland, The Chris Rock Show, Murphy Brown and Caroline in the City. Skrovan has won two Emmys.

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Alejandro Patino - Episode 303

• October 15th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Alejandro Patino. Alejandro is best known for his role as Cesar on the FX hit The Bridge. He has been steadily working in Film, Television and on Stage for over 20 years after getting his break in the movie Bowfinger. He has 58 film credits including Our Family Wedding, The Runaways, Holyweed, Freeloaders and the blockbuster Iron Man 2. You can also see him in Fast & Furious and The Soloist. In A Border Story, he turns in a compelling performance as the lead character Eliseo Gomez an immigrant in search of a better life for his family. On television, he has appeared in the mini-series Kingpin, 5 television movies with recurring roles on ABC’s Desperate Housewives and Weeds on Showtime. He recently filmed 2 pilots, Mr. Sunshine starring Matthew Perry, executive produced and directed by Thomas Schlamme, Dick Wolf's Lost & Found and has a long list of episodic television credits including It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Cold Case, Las Vegas, My Name Is Earl, Medium, Criminal Minds, House M.D. and Huff to name a few. 

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Mark Brazill - Episode 302

• October 13th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with TV writer Mark Brazill. Mark started his career doing stand-up comedy and quickly made many television appearances and headlined clubs across the USA. After he opened for Dennis Miller he got recruited to be a writer on The Dennis Miller show. After the ending of that show he started to write for In Living Color. He later joined the writing staff on 3rd Rock from the Sun and eventually created the long running Fox hit That 70's Show. He also created the sitcoms Mr. Rhodes and That 80's Show. He left the business for 7 years and owned an 100 acre farm but recently came off of his hiatus. He currently writes for Disney XD's number one show Lab Rats and is creating a series with Jason Lee for TBS.

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Cathy Ladman - Episode 301

• October 11th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with comic/actor Cathy Ladman. Cathy She has not only appeared on The Tonight Show nine times, but was also the only female comic to appear on the last two of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show Anniversary shows. She’s made four appearances, thus far, on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, did her own HBO One Night Stand comedy special, and was awarded the American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand Up Comic. She is an acclaimed television and film actor. Her film credits include Charlie Wilson’s War, The Aristocrats and White Oleander. Her TV appearances include Mad Men, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Everybody Loves Raymond. She's done several TV pilots, including Caroline in the City, in which she had a recurring role and a bunch of others that barely saw the light of day. She also appeared regularly on ABC's Politically Incorrect and Comedy Central's Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist. Besides writing her standup act and original scripted projects, she was on the writing staffs of The Caroline Rhea Show, Caroline in the City and Roseanne. She also wrote an episode of King of Queens and other sitcoms. Her theatre credits include a successful run Off-Broadway in, The JAP Show: The Princesses of Comedy, the 25th Anniversary production of Last Summer at Bluefish Cove in Los Angeles, which was nominated for several GLAAD awards, and she and HBO developed her first solo show, Scaredypants and took it to the Aspen Comedy Festival. Her second solo show, Does This Show Make Me Look Fat? will be opening in Spring of 2014.

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Mark Boone Junior - Episode 300

• October 8th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Mark Boone Junior. Boone is best known for his role of Bobby Munson in FX's hit series Sons of Anarchy. He has had a successful acting career spanning three decades, appearing in a plethora of films across all genres. He has appeared in blockbuster hits such as Warner Bros. Batman Begins which was directed by Christopher Nolan who also directed him in Memento. He has also appeared in Armageddon 2, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The General's Daughter and Die Hard II. Boone's additional film credits include Get Carter, Of Mice and Men, The Thin Red Line, Seven and many others including Trees Lounge in which he starred opposite his long time writing partner and friend Steve Buscemi. In addition to his numerous film credits, Boone has also starred in a myriad of television roles in hit shows such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Law & Order, Seinfeld and Carnivale.

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Art LaFleur - Episode 299

• October 6th, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor Art LaFleur. Art has had many guest-starring roles on television series that include JAG, Angel, Webster, Benson, Northern Exposure, Home Improvement, ER, Boy Meets World, The Practice, Malcolm in the Middle, Cold Case and The Mentalist. He is also a familiar face to the big screen where some of his roles include Babe Ruth in The Sandlot, the Tooth Fairy in The Santa Clause 2 & 3 and Chick Gandil in Field of Dreams. He also has appeared in numerous other movies such as The Man with One Red Shoe, City Heat, WarGames, Cobra, Death Warrant, Jack the Bear, Forever Young and Bad Guys.

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Jeannette Godoy - Episode 298

• October 3rd, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with director Jeannette Godoy. Jeannette has a varied background, having begun her career as a choreographer for commercials, feature films and music videos. She is well known for her choreography in Sir Mix-A-Lot’s famous video Baby Got Back. She later became a stylist for feature film and commercials but it was her desire to share her poignant, method of storytelling that led her to pursue directing. Her passion for filmmaking was evident in her work, which garnered praise from major sources during her rookie year of directing.  She was nominated for Shoot Magazine’s prestigious New Director Showcase and Best Work You May Never See, Shots Magazine Young Directors Award at Cannes and Shots Best New Directors of 2011.   Since then she has worked with companies such as Zest, NHL Team the Phoenix Coyotes, Gannett and Nike, and collaborated with agencies like Barkley, Cramer Krasselt and Partners + Napier. She has also crafted a documentary short film Free 2 Be Me which premiered in film festivals throughout the US.

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David Marciano - Episode 297

• October 1st, 2014

Steve Cooper talks with actor David Marciano. David is best known for his roles as Detective Steve Billings in The Shield and Virgil in Homeland. He has been a regular on many other series including Mind of a Married Man, Judging Amy, Due South and Civil Wars. He also has guest starred on countless shows including NYPD Blue, Nash Bridges, Wiseguy, JAG, CSI: Crime Investigation Scene, NCIS, Lie to Me, House M.D., CSI: NY, Criminal Minds and Law & Order: SVU.

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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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