Curtis Armstrong - Episode 644

• September 20th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with actor Curtis Armstrong. Curtis started his show business career with Risky Business. It was the first in a string of classic comedy films and TV shows, including Better Off Dead, One Crazy Summer, Moonlighting and, most significantly, Revenge of the Nerds, in which he played the iconic role of Booger. Since then he has  appeared in films and TV shows including Supernatural and New Girl. He co-created and co-hosted the hit comedy-reality show, King of the Nerds, which brought his nerd narrative full circle and just released a book titled Revenge of the Nerd: Or...The Singular Adventures of the Man Who Would Be Booger.

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Vicki Peterson - Episode 643

• September 13th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with musician Vicki Peterson. Vicki is best known for being one of the founders and lead guitarist for The Bangles. The Bangles formed in Los Angeles in 1981. They scored several mega hits as the decade continued including Walk Like an Egyptian, Manic Monday, Hazy Shade of Winter and Eternal Flame. After they broke up Vicki went on to play with the Continental Drifters and The Psycho Sisters and also played for the Go-Go's 1994-1995 tour. She currently plays with a new band Action Skulls that features her husband John Cowsill and Bill Mummy and she still tours and records with The Bangles.

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Dan Lauria - Episode 642

• September 11th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with actor Dan Lauria. Dan is best known for playing Jack Arnold, the father on The Wonder Years. A familiar face to TV, movies and the stage he has been constantly working for over 35 years. Some of his television and film credits include Growing Pains, LA Law, Cagney & Lacey, Amazing Grace, Party of Five, From the Earth to the Moon, Costello, The Hoop Life, Law & Order, JAG, Ed, Big Momma's House 2, Independence Day, The Bronx is Burning, Psych, The Mentalist, Criminal Minds, Harry's Law, Sullivan & Son, Hot in Cleveland, The Good Wife, Perception, Blue Bloods, Pitch and many, many more. He is also an accomplished stage actor appearing on Broadway in Lombardi and A Christmas Story plus other theatre productions across the country.

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John Parr - Episode 641

• September 8th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with musician John Parr. John is best known for his 1985 US number one hit single St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion) and in 1984 for his US number one rock single Naughty Naughty. He has sold 10 million albums worldwide, and has written and performed 12 Hollywood movie themes, including for Three Men and a Baby, Running Man, Quicksilver and Near Dark. He has also written for artists such as Roger Daltrey, Meatloaf, Tom Jones and The Monkees. After ten years out of the music business he returned in 2007 and joined Canadian pop-rock artist Bryan Adams on his tour and later was a special guest of Journey on their entire UK tour. In 2011 he was a guest on ESPN show SportsNation where he sang a special rendition of St. Elmo's Fire replacing the words with Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. A reworking of the song's lyrics with the title Tim Tebow's Fire, went viral on YouTube and has received over a 1,000,000 views. 

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Michael Des Barres - Episode 640

• September 5th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with musician/actor/radio host Michael Des Barres. Michael currently is the host of Little Steven's Underground Garage on SiriusXM Radio Channel 21 and is heard by more than six million listeners, five days a weeks. He has appeared in over 150 hours of American television and more than 40 feature films, and has sold over 7 million albums as both a recording artist and songwriter. Over the past five decades, he has appeared in numerous feature films such as To Sir With Love with Sidney Poitier, Pink Cadillac with Clint Eastwood, The Man From Elysian Fields with Mick Jagger and Diary of a Sex Addict with Rosanna Arquette as well as countless television shows such as NCIS, Bones, CSI, Seinfeld, Frasier, Roseanne and Melrose Place, and as the infamous assassin Murdoc on MacGyver. He was also the touring singer for the Duran Duran spin-off group, The Power Station, performing at Live Aid with one of the most iconic live acts of the mid-1980s. From 1982 to 1984, he was a member of Chequered Past, which included Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols, and Clem Burke and Nigel Harrison of Blondie. In 1983, he penned the song Obsession, a number one hit in 27 countries for LA new wave group Animotion.

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Don Most - Episode 639

• August 30th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with actor/singer/director Don Most. Don is probably best known for his co-starring role as Ralph in the long running television series Happy Days. Recently, he was seen in a recurring role on the hit TV show Glee, as well as starring roles in the indie film  The Yankles and Chez Upshaw starring Kevin Pollack and Illeana Douglas. He just finished starring in Campin Buddies, along with a role in the independent film Remember Isobel and the short film Duality. His other feature film credits include ED TV, directed by Ron Howard: Crazy Mama, directed by Jonathan Demme, and The Great Buck Howard, starring John Malkovich. In television, his other guest starring roles include Men Of A Certain Age, Century City, Star Trek: Voyager, Yes, Dear, The Crow, Sabrina, Sliders, Dark Skies and The Family Guy. Following in the footsteps of some of his peers, Don has now directed three feature films. His first, The Last Best Sunday, had its World Premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival, and was a feature film winner at the Telluride IndieFest. Moola, starring William Mapother, Shailene Woodley, Treat Williams, Daniel Baldwin, and Curtis Armstrong, premiered at The Newport Beach Film Festival, where it earned Most The Outstanding Achievement In Directing Award. He also directed Harley's Hill, his first family film, which was recently seen on Showtime, Starz and Encore. In another area, he has recently gone back to his first love - singing. He has always loved the standards/swing/big band style of music, and has just mounted his show Donny Most Sings And Swings. He recently performed it at Catalina's Jazz Club in Hollywood, CA and Vitello's Jazz Club in Studio City, Los Angeles to great acclaim.

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Cathy Ladman - Episode 638

• August 28th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with comic/actor Cathy Ladman. Cathy 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 made four appearances 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, Everybody Loves Raymond and NCIS: Los Angeles and has had recurring roles in Caroline in the City, Pretty Little Liars and I'm Dying Up Here. 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? is in the works.

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Robert Romanus - Episode 637

• August 25th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with actor/musician Robert Romanus. Robert is an American film/television actor and musician. He is best known as ticket scalper Mike Damone in the 1982 comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Natalie Green's boyfriend Snake on The Facts of Life. He starred in the 1983 series The Best of Times as Pete Falcone. He also starred in the 1985 film Bad Medicine. His other TV roles include Fame as Miltie Horowitz in 1986-1987, and two short-lived shows: the 21 Jump Street spin-off Booker as Tony DeAngelo in 1989, and as Jeff Foster in Maggie Winters in 1998. He has starred on soap operas such as Days of Our Lives as Marvin 'Speed' Selejko from 1983-1985, and The Young and the Restless as Lou in 2002. He has guest starred on many shows, including CHiPs, 21 Jump Street, Alien Nation, MacGyver, Providence, Will & Grace, My Own Worst Enemy, Code Black, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Cougar Town, Family Guy, Touch, Cold Case and Legit. He directed the 2008 drama Grapefruit Moon and had a small part in American Pie Presents: The Book of Love, as himself. In 2010 he played the guitar teacher in The Runaways.

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Tony Luke Jr. - Episode 636

• August 22nd, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with entrepreneur/restaurateur/actor/musician Tony Luke Jr. Tony recently has started a national campaign that deals with heroin addcition that is rampantly spreading across the USA called #brownandwhite. He opened a sandwich shop in South Philadelphia in 1990 and Tony Luke's has turned into an international brand with stores currently open in Bahrain, the Mid-Atlantic region and Florida. Tony Luke's has twice been hailed by Gourmet Magazine for quality and innovation, renowned by GQ Magazine, The New York Times and is a member of Philly Mag's Hall of Fame. The sandwich shop is featured on episodes of Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, Dinner: Impossible, Man v. Food and Food Wars. Tony a man of many hats has appeared in many feature films including Invincible, 10th & Wolf and The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone, which he co-wrote and co-produced. He also has written and produced songs for Billy Paul, A&M Records and even topped the CD Baby charts with his song, Right Here and was a series judge on SpikeTV's first culinary based reality show, Frankenfood.

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Matthew Quick - Episode 635

• August 18th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with writer Matthew Quick. Matthew is the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, which was made into an Oscar-winning film, The Good Luck of Right Now, Love May Fail, The Reason You're Alive and four young adult novels: Sorta Like a Rock Star, Boy21, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and Every Exquisite Thing. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages, received a Pen/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention, was an LA Times Book Prize finalist, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a #1 bestseller in Brazil, a Deutscher Jugendliteratur Preis 2016 (German Youth Literature Prize) nominee, and selected by Nancy Pearl as one of Summer’s Best Books for NPR. The Hollywood Reporter has named him one of Hollywood’s 25 Most Powerful Authors. All of his books have been optioned for film.

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Billy Sheehan - Episode 634

• August 16th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with bassist Billy Sheehan. Billy started in his hometown of Buffalo, NY in the early ’70’s with the now legendary hard rock trio Talas, he went on to join David Lee Roth in the summer of ’85 when Dave quit Van Halen to go out on his own. Along with Steve Vai & Gregg Bissonette, the legendary Eat ‘Em and Smile record and tour went on to platinum status and sold out shows everywhere. Leaving in 1987 to start his own new band, he founded Mr. Big, who went on to achieve a number one hit in fourteen countries, staying number 1 in the USA BillBoard charts for 3 solid weeks. Along with Mr Big members Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert and Pat Torpey, they recorded and toured the world for a decade more, till disbanding in 2002. During that time he found time to start Niacin a fusion/blues trio based around the Hammond B3 sound that featured drummer Dennis Chambers. He rejoined his old bandmate Steve Vai for several tours as well as Steve’s Real Illusions record and tour. After he released several solo records and much more, Mr Big reunited in 2009 and performed a sold-out world tour, and then recorded What If… in 2011 to rave reviews and another sold-out world tour. Most recently he joined Mike Portnoy and Richie Kotzen to form The Winery Dogs. Their first release in July of 2013 entered the BillBoard Top 200 Albums at #27 and has been received everywhere with spectacular reviews and sold-out shows.

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Judith Scott - Episode 633

• August 15th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with actor Judith Scott. Judith can be currently seen playing the role of Claudia Crane in FX's hit drama Snowfall which takes a look back to the early days of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles during the beginning of the 80s. She began her career as part of the legendary Second City improv troupe out of Chicago. Her acting credits include recurring roles in shows such as Dexter, Castle, Jake 2.0, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and has guests starred on series including The X-Files, Frasier, The Bernie Mac Show, 24, Monk, ER, Criminal Minds, Cold Case, Numb3rs, House, Franklin & Bash, CSI: Miami and Murder in the First. She has also been seen in the movies The Santa Clause, Opportunity Knocks, Dunston Checks In and Flightplan to name a few.

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Todd Lowe - Episode 632

• August 10th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with actor Todd Lowe. Todd is best known for his role as Terry Bellefleur on HBO's True Blood and and as Zach Van Gerbig on Gilmore Girls. He can currently be seen on the USA series Shooter and has appeared on shows and movies such as Criminal Minds, Cold, Ave 43, Bunheads, CSI:Miami, NCIS, Without a Trace, The Princess Diaries , Walker, Texas Ranger and more. He also has been a singer and guitarist for Pilbilly Knights a country-rock band based in Los Angeles and a member of another rock country band, The LA Hootenanny.

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Desmond Child - Episode 631

• August 8th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with songwriter/producer Desmond Child. Desmond has reigned as one of music's most successful creative forces for four decades. His accolades include Grammy awards, over 70 Top 40 singles and songs that have sold more than 300 million albums worldwide. His career has been highlighted by a stunning array of diversity. His collaborations run the gamut from Aerosmith to ZEDD, Bon Jovi to Ricky Martin, KISS to Kelly Clarkson, Cher to Katy Perry, Garth Brooks to Carrie Underwood, and from Megadeth to Mickey Mouse and Kermit The Frog. Despite having worked for nearly forty years in the music industry as a songwriter, producer and artist, he remains energized and enthusiastic ready to create hits indefinitely. In 2008 he was inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame and in 2012 he co-founded the Latin Songwriter Hall of Fame.

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Chip Z’Nuff - Episode 630

• August 3rd, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with musician Chip Z'Nuff. Chip is best known for being one of the founders of Enuff Z'Nuff a Chicago area band that is best known for their charting singles Fly High Michelle and New Thing. Enuff Z'Nuff has continually recorded and toured throughout their career of more than 30 years, releasing 13 studio albums and a total of 21 CDs to date. They have appeared on MTV, The Jenny Jone's Show, Mancow's Morning Madhouse and multiple times on The Howard Stern Show and Late Night with David Letterman.

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Michael Wilton - Episode 629

• July 31st, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with guitarist Michael Wilton. Michael is one of the founding members in 1982 of the band Queensryche. The band has released 14 studio albums, 1 EP, several DVDs and continues to tour and record. They have sold over 20 million albums worldwide, including over 6 million albums in the United States. The band received worldwide acclaim after the release of their 1988 album Operation: Mindcrime which is often considered one of the greatest heavy metal concept albums of all time. Their follow-up release Empire, released in 1990, was also very successful and included the hit single Silent Lucidity. The band has received three Grammy nominations for songs from both albums. His nickname is The Whip for how fast his fingers "whip" around the guitar fretboard and he also has his own beer called Whip Ale.

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Bill Knoedelseder - Episode 628

• July 26th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with writer Bill Knoedelseder. Bill is best known for his book I'm Dying Up Here which recently was turned into a Showtime series. Bill was a staff writer from 1977 to 1989 reporting on the entertainment industry for the Los Angeles Times. His series of articles in the 1980s into corrupt practices in the record business formed the basis for the book Stiffed: A True Story of MCA, the Music Business and the Mafia. In 2012, his book Bitter Brew, which spans five generations of the Busch family and the foreign takeover of Anheuser-Busch made the New York Times Bestseller list and his latest book Fins: Harley Earl, the Rise of General Motors, and the Glory Days of Detroit is slated to come out in early 2018.

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W. Bruce Cameron - Episode 627

• July 24th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with writer W. Bruce Cameron. W. Bruce is best known for his book the New York Times bestseller A Dog's Purpose. He is also the author of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (that became an ABC sitcom), The Dog Master, A Dog's Journey, The Midnight Plan of a Repo Man, Bailey's Story, Repo Madness and many others. In 2011 he was named Columnist of the Year by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and recently wrote a book geared to school age kids.

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Eric Martin - Episode 626

• July 20th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with singer Eric Martin. Eric is best known for being the front man for the band Mr. Big. Mr. Big was orginally together from 1988-2002 and recorded six albums. They had worldwide success playing sold out shows everywhere and had a huge hit with the single To Be With You. They recently re-united and just released a new cd titled Defying Gravity. Before, after and in between his career with Mr. Big he has recorded solo albums and been involved with many other bands including 415, Tak Matsumoto Group and Scrap Metal.

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Rocky LaPorte - Episode 625

• July 17th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with actor Rocky Laporte. Rocky has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and appeared on A&E‘s Evening At The Improv and VH1‘s Stand-Up Spotlight, along with sitcom appearances on Cheers and his own NBC pilot called the Rocky LaPorte Show. He has become one of the most sought after comedians in the country, and appeared on on the season 8 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing! where he came in 5th place. He was a featured comic on Showtime‘s The Godfathers of Comedy, a special starring five of America’s most hilarious Italian-American comics and the big screen, he has been seen in two Tim Allen movies, Crazy on the Outside and The Shaggy Dog. He has also traveled to Iraq to entertain the troops, was seen on the Showtime special Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie and has opened for the likes of Garry Shandling, Drew Carey, Tim Allen, Louie Anderson, Hootie and the Blowfish and the Righteous Brothers, just to name a few.

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Ginger Gonzaga - Episode 624

• July 14th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with actor/writer/director Ginger Gonzaga. Ginger is best known for her role as Christy on the Duplass Brothers’ critical darling Togetherness, on HBO and as Jim Jefferies’s frustrated and immature girlfriend Peggy in FX’s dark comedy Legit. She can currently be seen in Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here. She was also the lead of ABC’s Mixology, and TBS’s Wrecked, as well as the host of Hulu’s comedic daily pop culture recap show The Morning After, for which she also wrote. Other television credits include her recurring roles on Tad Quill’s Jane Lynch comedy Angel from Hell for CBS, NBC’s Trial and Error, and Comedy Central’s Key and Peele.  

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Joel Hoekstra - Episode 623

• July 12th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with guitarist Joel Hoekstra. Joel plays for Whitesnake and Trans Siberian Orchestra. He’s also well-known for his work with Night Ranger, the Broadway show Rock of Ages and his fill in work with acts like Foreigner and most recently, Cher. Frontiers Music recently released the critically acclaimed debut from his new side project Joel Hoekstra's 13 entitled Dying to Live. He has also released 3 solo albums that you should own!

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Tammy Pescatelli - Episode 622

• July 6th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with comic Tammy Pescatelli. Tammy was part of the Final Five on NBC's Last Comic Standing 2 and headlines comedy clubs across the country as well as performing many Corporate gigs. She has appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Dennis Miller and has been a featured comic on An Evening at the Improv, PAX's Balderdash, National Lampoon's Funny Money and Comedy Central's The World Stands Up. She has added her comedic observations to specials on VH1, E!, G4, Country Music Television and TV Land and is featured weekly as part of the Fashion Police panel for US Weekly. She has also had her own half-hour special for Comedy Central, Comedy Central Presents: Tammy Pescatelli and a Netflix one called Finding the Funny.

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Kyle Turley - Episode 621

• July 5th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with former NFL all-pro Kyle Turley. Kyle was selected 7th overall in the 1998 NFL Draft and played for 8 season. He played for the New Orleans Saints and a year with the St. Louis Rams before a serious back injury sidelined him for the 2004 and 2005 seasons. He returned to football in 2006 as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, where he spent the last two years of his career before announcing his retirement in December 2007. His high level of play earned him all-pro honors for the 2000 season and a Pro Bowl invite following the 2001 season. His career is best remembered by many for a 2001 incident in which he ripped off an opposing player's helmet and tossed it downfield, playing a key factor in his team losing the game but also earning the respect of many Saints fans for his defense of the quarterback. He has also been outspoken and involved in a number of player health issues post-retirement, particularly in regards to the neurological problems resulting from his football career.

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Mark Slaughter - Episode 620

• June 28th, 2017

Steve Cooper talks with singer/musician Mark Slaughter. Mark is one of the founders of the band Slaughter. They have sold more than 5 million records world-wide. The group has had numerous top hits on the Billboard charts such as Fly To The Angels, Up All Night, Spend My Life and Mad About You. They also won the 1991 American Music Award for Favorite New Artist. Mark recently released a solo album Halfway There and tours both solo and with the band.

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