EP. 46 Stephen Joffe

December 8, 2017

Jonathan and Sergey are joined by Stephen Joffe to chat about his role on the new hit Netflix original Alias Grace. We chat about starting an acting career at an early age and being so handsome. Plus Jonathan and Sergey chat about their childhood books and high expectations from 4th grade teachers. 

EP. 45 Amber Stevens West

December 1, 2017

Amber Stevens West from FOX's new show "Ghosted" is joining us to chat about her role in the hit series. We'll talk about her career, growing up with a radio personality father and more. Also, don't miss Jonathan and Sergey's update on their house ghost "Sam".

EP. 44 Damon L. Jacobs (Spokane Sessions 2)

November 24, 2017

Jonathan and Sergey brought Damon L. Jacobs into town and sat down for a candid conversation. We'll talk about everything from his story and journey into therapy to sex. Oh and join Jonathan and Sergey for an intro with bloody dicks and movies.

EP. 43 Mike Ruiz

November 17, 2017

Jonathan and Sergey chat with famed celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz about his new calender featuring fitness models and puppies. The project sponsors animal rescues and shelters and is on sale now. Also Jonathan and Sergey talk Thanksgiving and write their own hit jingle. 

EP. 42 Elizabeth Alderfer

November 10, 2017

Jonathan and Sergey take on the high life and talk to star of the Netflix Original "Disjointed" Elizabeth Alderfer. Taking a comical approach on the topic of pot, "Disjointed" is co created by Chuck Lorre, and starts Kathy Bates, Elizabeth Alderfer, Tone Bell and more. Before that, J & S chat about their own experiences with pot, and maybe more....

EP. 41 Katie Thomas and Caitlin Barlow from “Teachers”

November 3, 2017

Jonathan and Sergey chat with two of the stars of TV Land's "Teachers" Katie Thomas and Caitlin Barlow. They're two fantastic comedians who are a part of the Katydids improv troupe. These two women join their 4 co-stars for one of the funniest shows you can find today. Jonathan and Sergey are excited to delve in with these ladies. Also on the docket, what have Jonathan and Sergey gotten into, they're alwasy hosting events and wroking on projects, tune in to fine out what's next!

EP. 40 Sarah Levy

October 27, 2017

Jonathan and Sergey are joined by the wonderful Sarah Levy on todays lounge. A star of Schitts Creek and one of the legenday Levy's, she's a guest to listen to. We talk Schitts, family dynamics and Catherine O'Hara's eclectic accent. Plus, Jonathan and Sergey share a spooky story of their own. Tune in if you dare....

Special Release: The Best of the City, Spokane

October 24, 2017

Jonathan and Sergey gave a chance to sit down with Erin Meenach (Mama O) and chat about the upcoming Best of the City party at the Montvale hotel. It's Saturday, October 28th at 6 pm and Jonathan and Sergey are hosting the red carpet. For just $25 you can come and enjoy the Gothic Nights themed event. There's much fun to be had!

EP. 39 Damon L. Jacobs (Spokane Sessions)

October 20, 2017

Damon L. Jacobs, author of "Absolutely Shouldless" and "Rational Relating", and long time friend of Jonathan and Sergey is in Spokane! We decided to grab some coffee with him and chat about his current activism. He's got a lot going on, but we don't want to spoil it for ya. Tune in for this exclusive in person "Spokane Sessions" edition of one of our favorite regulars, Damon L. Jacobs.

EP. 38 Ryan Woodle

October 13, 2017

Ryan has built an impressive resume including more than a dozen national and international commercials, leading roles in original off-broadway productions, guest starring on network television series, starring alongside Cameron Diaz and James Marsden in Richard Kelly’s feature film, The Box.  Recently, Ryan appeared in a three-episode stint in HBO television series Boardwalk Empire.  In his leisure hours, Ryan enjoys spending time in the New York area with his wife, Shannon, and their dog, Huck.


Ryan has played great roles such as in the hit Netflix Original "Daredevil", "Law & Order" and most recently on the Amazon Prime Original "The Tick". He's also been the vocal star to many videogames incluting a few GTA titles. Jonathan & Sergey Have a blast chatting away with Ryan about the highlights and stories that unfold from his career. Join us in the lounge for more on Ryan Woodle.

EP. 37 Ally Walker

October 6, 2017

Ally Walker made her television debut in the NBC daytime soap opera, Santa Barbara (1988), before landing the leading roles on the short-lived dramas True Blue (1989–1990), and Moon Over Miami (1993).

During the 1990s, Walker had roles in films such as Universal Soldier (1992), Singles (1992), When the Bough Breaks(1994), While You Were Sleeping (1995), Kazaam (1996), and Happy, Texas (1999). From 1996 to 1999, she played the leading role as Doctor Samantha Waters on the NBC crime drama series Profiler, for which she received Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television nomination. She returned to television with role in the HBO drama series Tell Me You Love Me (2007), and later played villainous Agent June Stahl in the FX crime drama, Sons of Anarchy, (2008–2010). Walker also had the leading role in the short-lived Lifetime police drama series The Protector in 2011. During Seasons 4 and 5 (2014 and 2015) of Longmire, she played Dr. Donna Monaghana, a therapist treating veterans who is the title character's love interest.

EP. 36 Liz Baxter

September 29, 2017

Jonathan and Sergey talk to Liz Baxter who made history being the first openly lesbian contestant on the iconic game
show LOVE CONNECTION airing on Fox.

The highly anticipated episode, which aired July 27, 2017, marked the first Gay/Lesbian episode of the show in its history of over 1k episodes. Baxter took the hot seat and discussed dates she had with three other women: Alison, April and Kathleen.

Watch the trailer: http://www.fox.com/watch/944355395995/7867980288

Emmy Award winner Andy Cohen hosts the one-hour reboot of the original dating show that features single men and women from all walks of life searching for romance.

It was Cohen who asked Fox if gay/lesbian singles — who had been absent from the original show which aired in the 80s and 90s — could be included in this latest iteration.

EP. 35 Lyndsay Hailey

September 22, 2017

Lyndsay Hailey is a master of comedy who has performed, written, directed and taught improvisational and sketch comedy since 2005. She can currently be seen as the Emcee for Magic Mike Live in Vegas, a show she co-wrote with director Channing Tatum

EP. 34 Logan Lynn

September 15, 2017

Jonathan and Sergey chat with Logan Lynn about the release of his new album and his trip down to Malibu. Much fun was had, laughter happened. Listen, find out. 

EP. 33 Damon L. Jacobs is Coming to Spokane!

September 8, 2017

PrEP Talk:
PrEParing for Pleasure

Everything you've been wanting to know about PrEP from Damon Jacobs, the creator of PrEP Facts - Rethinking HIV Prevention & Sex.

Damon Jacobs is best known for championing the use of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) through his work on social media, news print, broadcast appearances, is featured as one of 35 "Leading HIV Activists" by The Advocate Magazine, one of the Top 10 "Influential Voices in HIV/AIDS for 2016" by Healthline Magazine, part of the "HIV Heroes" series through Metrosource Magazine, and one of the Ten "Most Captivating Voices of 2014" by HIV Equal. .  His trainings have helped thousands learn practical skills for successfully implementing PrEP and increasing adherence. 

Free street parking is available.  Please note that the Orange lots closest to SEWC are not free lots.  See Campus Map for more info.


  • Where
    EWU Spokane Campus - SEWC 122
    668 N Riverpoint Blvd, Spokane, WA, United States
  • When
    Saturday, September 30, 2017
    4:00 PM — 7:00 PM PDT
  • Get in Touch



EP. 32 Brandon Stansell

September 1, 2017



BRANDON STANSELL is a fresh face onto the Country Music scene, but has always been nearby; honing his craft and finding his voice. SLOW DOWN, his latest EP and the title of his upcoming full-length album, is the epicenter of his “California Country” sound.

While the sounds of this country crooner are appealing, there is more that meets the eye with this singer of Nashville roots. He is navigating the path of an openly-gay Country Artist. Brandon, while not the first to chart these waters, is one of few people in the industry willing to lay everything out for the listener and the result is an honest, beautiful musical experience.

The video for Brandon’s most recent single, Spare Change, premiered on the Huffington Post earlier this month in tandem with the launch of his Kickstarter campaign to help fund his first full-length record.

To learn more about the Kickstarter and how to contribute, visit – FIRST FULL-LENGTH ALBUM: SLOW DOWN



EP. 31 Jonathan and Sergey Talk with “Claws” Jenn Lyon

August 25, 2017


Hailing from North Carolina, Jenn moved to New York City just three days after graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She has since amounted an impressive resume with roles in shows such as  “Army Wives,” “Louie,” “Phil Spector,” “Justified” and a lead role on FX’s comedy “Saint George” playing George Lopez’ wife. If you ask Jenn though, it took her a while to find her groove in Hollywood – she was still selling pizzas in Central Park while filming “Justified.” Her theatre highlights include appearing on Broadway in the American premiere of Tom Stoppard’s trilogy, “The Coast of Utopia” (which earned 11 Tony Awards) and numerous Off-Broadway productions including A.R. Burney’s “The Wayside Motor Inn” and reuniting with Tim Olyphant (“Justified”) this past year in “Hold On To Me Darling.”

She’s a favorite among fans and critics, and has been applauded by many for her work.

“Lyon is dignified perfection”

 The Hollywood Reporter review of ” Fish in the Dark”

“Beautiful and Hilarious… on and offstage”

Larry David

“Jenn Lyon is irresistible as the waitress who delivers funny but remarkably prescient social observations.”


EP. 30 Jonathan and Sergey Talk with Mikalah Gordon

August 18, 2017



Las Vegas native, Mikalah Gordon made her entertainment debut at only sixteen-years-old as one of the Top 12 contestants on season 4 of American Idol. Currently, the sultry vocalist can be seen featured at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas performing inside Rose. Rabbit. Lie. Wednesday’s through Saturday’s starting at 7pm.

Although audiences fell in love with Gordon’s powerful voice and unique stage presence, the singer has also become known for her mark on the LA comedy scene where she has headlined in legendary venues like The Comedy Store and the Laugh Factory.

She has guest starred on the WB sitcom Living with Fran, was a field correspondent for The Tyra Banks Show and The TV Guide Network, and served as a co-host onAmerican Idol Extra. Truly talented, Mikalah has also proven a knack for the dramatic where she starred on the CBS hit show, The Unit.

I look forward to hearing your interest in speaking with this spicy comedian and soulful chanteuse.

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EP. 29 Questions about Sex, Relationships and Fun with Damon L Jacobs asked by Jonathan & Sergey

August 11, 2017

14265047_10210606182060439_1692585244710Do you have Relationship questions?

Do you have Sexually related questions?

Do you want to learn more about PrEP?

Send your questions to The Martini Lounge and we will have our friend and yours Damon L Jacobs answer your questions.

WELCOME! If you are single or in a couple and looking for a different perspective on love, happiness, and pleasure, you’ve come to the right place. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has helped people find and maintain satisfying and joyful relationships with lovers, family members, and friends, for the past 18 years. Together, we will create the relationship “structure” and agreements that are uniquely right for you.

My approach to happiness and serenity is derived from tenets of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Social Justice Theory, and A Course In Miracles. The unique fusion of these models has enabled hundreds of my clients to create an enlightened balance of mind, heart, and action, as well as relationships that enable presence, peace, and pleasure.



EP. 28 Jonathan & Sergey Put their detective Hats On with Ray Donavan’s Micheal McGrady

August 4, 2017

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Michael McGrady can currently be seen on Showtime’s Ray Donovan’s Agent Frank Barnes (Season 5 premieres August 6th), as well as the Freeform hit series Beyond(returns January 2018 with new episodes) as Tom Matthews.

McGrady has been a working actor in Hollywood for decades with recognized credits such asThe Babe (as baseball legend Lou Gehrig opposite John Goodman), Diggstown (alongside Academy Award winners James Wood and Lou Gossett Jr.), Wyatt Earp (as John Shanssey opposite Kevin Costner), Terrance Malick’s The Thin Red Line, Ulu Grosbard’s Deep End of the Ocean (alongside Michelle Pfeiffer), as well as several independent films such as 5 Aces with Charlie Sheen, Rage with Nicolas Cage and The Perfect Family with Jason Ritter. Most recently he starred in the critically acclaimed FX series American Crime Story: The People VS OJ Simpson and the Emmy winning series Southland.

Father of plus-sizedSupermodel Hunter McGrady, Michael has lived a lived a life meant for a screenplay. He was born and raised in Washington State where he studied Business Administration at the University of Washington with plans to attend law school. Those plans shifted when he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma at the age of 19(the same cancer that took his father’s life only one year prior). Upon receiving a clean bill of health, he decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue his lifelong (and secret) desire of acting.

In addition to his success as an actor, he is an accomplished fine artist whose work is currently represented in several galleries across the country. McGrady and his wife Ilka, own and operate McGrady Fine Art. When not filming, McGrady can be found performing with his band Michael McGrady’s Sonic Groove in and around the Los Angeles area. He also enjoys sailing, surfing, riding his Harley or soaring his Hang Glider above the mountains of beautiful Santa Barbara. He holds two black belts in two different styles of Karate, and is actively involved in coaching youth sports– and even coached all three of his children.

Follow Michael on Social Media:
Official Site

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EP. 27 Jonathan & Sergey Monkey Around with Aleks Paunovic

July 28, 2017


Ruggedly handsome, and standing at a mere 6’5″ it’s no surprise that VAN HELSING star Aleks Paunovic is breaking hearts across screens both big and small.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to a Croatian mother and Serbian father, Aleks knew from an early age that he was destined to tell stories. A skilled athlete with a championship amateur boxing title under his belt, his thirst for living on the edge led him to a career as a stunt actor. In addition to his strength and athletic accolades, Aleks is a musician at heart and was part of a rock band in his youth. In fact, it was during a performance when he was asked to audition for the HBO movie “Heads,” and as fate would have it he landed his first acting role and set forth to take Hollywood by storm.

Fans may know Aleks from such roles as Sgt. Omar Fischer in Battlestar Gallactica, as well as his role as a developmentally challenged man accused of murder in “Personal Effects,” opposite Kathy Bates, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Ashton Kutcher.

Aleks’ other credits to date include the film “This Means War” opposite Tom Hardy, “Numb,” opposite Jamie Bamber due out this year, as well as the highly anticipated “War for the Planet of the Apes” due out in July of 2017. Additionally, he has starred in numerous television series such as: “Motive,” “Supernatural,” “Continuum,” “iZombie,” “The 100,” “Once Upon a Time,” and “Smallville,” among many others.

Aleks is an active supporter of The Red Cross/Impact Anti-Bullying Campaign.




EP. 26 Jonathan & Sergey Joke around with Heather McDonald

July 21, 2017

When Heather McDonald accepted her crown as Miss Pasadena she assumed she had peaked. Twenty something, mostly sober, years later Heather is an in-demand, multi-faceted, comedian headlining sold out stand-up shows. When not on tour she hosts and produces the hit podcast Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald. Heather is an accomplished actor and writer but her professional accolades do not eclipse what she believes to be her greatest accomplishment of all; being a mother of three and wife of sixteen years.

Yeah right.

But seriously, Heather feels like your best girlfriend. Nothing is off limits when it comes to her distinct point of view on marriage, family, friends and celebrities. In addition to meet and greets after her stand-up and Juicy Scoop Live podcast shows she often offers ViP experiences that include selfies, free merch and one-on-one gossip sessions.

Heather can be heard twice a week on her hit podcast Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald discussing pop culture, hot topics and her own personal drama. Guests range from Real Housewives to real listeners. Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald gets over one million downloads a month and has over three thousand, five (5) star reviews on Itunes.

Heather wrote best sellers, You’ll Never Blue Ball in this Town Again and MY INAPPROPRIATE LIFE: Some Material Not Suitable for Small Children, Nuns, or Mature Adults. Her weekly column “What Heather McDonald noticed this week” has been featured in InTouch for the last three years.

In 2015 she debuted her Showtime special ‘I Don’t Mean To Brag,’ later shown on Netflix. For seven years Heather wrote, produced and appeared on Chelsea Lately as well as it’s spin off show, After Lately. Heather was a contributing writer on the Wayans’ Brothers films White Chicks and Dance Flink.

For more info:
Instagram: @heathermcdonald
Twitter: @heathermcdonald
Facebook: @heathermcdonaldcomed

EP. 25 Jonathan & Sergey Talk with PJ and Thomas McKay

July 14, 2017

Based out of the booming real estate market of Chattanooga, husband-husband duo PJ and Thomas are using their design and renovation skills to improve their hometown, one flip at a time. Partnered with Thomas’ sister, Sydney, and PJ’s friend and neighbor, Tania, they’ve assembled a dynamic team that can bring beauty and value to even the most dilapidated homes.

Check out there brand new HGTB series Down To The Studs!

EP. 24 Jonathan and Sergey Talk about Fairy Tail Drinks Created by Cody Winfrey

July 7, 2017





Cinderella is whipped cream vodka, blueberry vodka and cream. Maleficent is black vodka, grape schnapps and apple pucker. Tinkerbell is honey vodka, triple sec and sparkling cider, topped with a dusting of edible glitter.

“I always try to match the character to the look of the drink and the taste as much as possible,” says Cody Winfrey, whose cocktails inspired by Disney movie characters have found an insatiable audience of fans online.

Winfrey, 23, grew up during the tail end of the VCR-and-tape heyday of Disney’s animation revival, and he recalls spending time at his grandmother’s house, where she had the whole collection. He watched The Nightmare Before Christmas every day as a kid, and now has a tattoo of Maleficent, the villain in Sleeping Beauty, on his left arm.

“The great thing about Disney is that everyone has an almost spiritual connection with some character,” he says. “Everyone has a favorite movie, everyone has a favorite character, everyone has a favorite world. So I knew that it would resonate with people in some way.”

The idea started earlier this year as a way to set himself apart — and have fun — since he wasn’t having any luck blindly dropping off applications for bartending gigs here in Spokane.

He enlisted a friend, graphic designer Lindsey Wells, to help set up an online presence. Then at the beginning of February, his creations suddenly started getting attention around the web. The drinks were picked up by a well-read Disney-themed blog, and the popular (if not always PC) instructional web series Tipsy Bartender asked to feature several of his recipes. BuzzFeed got in touch and wrote a post headlined “29 Disney-Themed Cocktails You Need To Try ASAP.”

One of Winfrey’s Tumblr posts with new drinks drew more than 285,000 “notes” — the Tumblr measure for “likes” and re-blogs — and his Facebook page has more than 30,000 Likes. He’s received messages from around the world with suggestions and requests.

“It was a very exhausting first few days, because you can’t really prepare yourself for going viral,” he says.

Realizing his drinks might also attract the attention of Disney lawyers, Winfrey gave himself a crash course on the legal aspects and makes sure to always say he owns the drink recipes, not the characters. The e-book he’s finishing with Wells titles the recipes as “fairy tale” cocktails to avoid unnecessary trouble.

To date, he’s done about 40 Disney-inspired drinks, requiring an increasingly crowded personal collection of liquor bottles to have just the right ingredients on hand. Some movies have proved to be more challenging — The Lion King and Pocahontas, for example — so he’ll watch clips to see what he can pull from the color palette or characters’ personalities.

Alice in Wonderland was also tough, because it’s such an abstract, out-there kind of movie that I wasn’t sure how to do the film justice with drinks,” he says.

Last week, his Mickey Mouse-inspired “Mouse Slide” — made with Oreo vodka, white chocolate liqueur, ice cream and Oreos for the ears — quickly became the most popular yet, with more than 2,000 Likes on Facebook.

Despite all the online success, Winfrey is still searching for bartending opportunities here in Spokane. In the meantime, he’s planning to move on to other pop culture themes that have been requested — videogames, Game of ThronesHarry PotterStar Wars — even though plenty of fans would like to see him create a drink for every single obscure movie and character in the Disney canon.

“Everyone wants me to branch out into Pixar,” he says. “And I can’t even take that on right now.” ♦ – Visit this Inlander Article

Instagram : @cocktailsbycody

Tumblr : http://cocktailsbycody.tumblr.com/



EP. 23 Jonathan and Sergey have fun with Comedians Matthew Broussard and Derek Sheen

June 30, 2017



My name is Matthew Broussard. I draw these drawings http://mondaypunday.com 

I also do stand up comedy. Check out my set on Conan or my Comedy Central Half Hour.




"Derek Sheen is a goddamn delight. So smart and funny it makes me mad. Tiny Idiot? More like Giant Genius"-Brian Posehn

"Derek Sheen has the uncanny ability to take mundane events and turn them into over-the-top comedy"- PASTE Magazine

"As often as his crowd seems to brace for impact, they spend more time howling at his audacity"-Drew Hunt/Chicago Reader

Derek Sheen is a cuddly mess of insecurities, a gifted storyteller, actor and writer. He's quickly become a favorite among comedy fans all over the globe touring with Patton Oswalt, Brian Posehn, Janeane Garofolo and Rory Scovel!

His debut album "Holy Drivel" was recorded by iconic metal producer Matt Bayles (Minus the Bear, Mastodon, Isis) and his NEW ALBUM, "Tiny Idiot", was produced by the Grammy nominated Dan Schlissel. Both are available on Stand Up! Records. His NEW, NEW album, "Disasturbation" hits this Fall!!




EP. 22 Jonathan and Sergey have few laughs with Michael Ian Black

June 23, 2017

Black-Michael-Ian-14-high-res-e1498010126781.jpeg (2592×3872)Michael Ian Black is a multi-media talent who’s starred in numerous films and TV series, written and/or directed two films, is a prolific author and commentator, and regularly tours the country performing his ribald brand of jokes and observations. He most recently starred in TVLand’s “The Gaffigan Show” and Comedy Central’s “Another Period.” He’s reprising one of his iconic film roles in the upcoming third season of the Netflix “Wet Hot American Summer” series. His third standup comedy special, “Noted Expert,” was released on Epix.

Black’s authored 11 books, including the recently released best seller, “A Child’s First Book of Trump.” He’s written two well-received memoirs: “Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but also my mom’s, which I know sounds weird)”, and “You’re Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death and Other Humiliations.” In 2012, he collaborated with conservative Meghan McCain on “America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom.” He’s the author of “My Custom Van (and 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face),” and seven children’s books, including “Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Boop!,” “Naked”, “Chicken Cheeks,” “The Purple Kangaroo,” “A Pig Parade Is A Terrible Idea” and “I’m Bored.” He also writes book reviews for the New York Times.

Previously, Black released two stand-up specials, “Very Famous” and “I Am A Wonderful Man.” He and Tom Cavanagh host the popular podcast, “Mike and Tom Eat Snacks.” He also writes and hosts a podcast with Michael Showalter, “Topics,” and his own interview podcast, “How To Be Amazing.” He hosts “Debate Wars” on SeeSo, and he recently hosted “Easiest Game Show Ever” on Pop TV.

Sketch comedy fans know Black’s work on “The State,” “Viva Variety,” “Stella” and “Michael and Michael Have Issues,” all of which he co-created, wrote and starred in. Other TV credits include quirky bowling alley manager ‘Phil’ on the NBC series “Ed,” and his hilarious commentary on cable’s “I Love the…” series. He recently starred in two hit web series that migrated to cable TV: “Burning Love” on E! and “You’re Whole” on Adult Swim.

Black’s movie roles include “Slash,” “Smosh: The Movie,” “They Came Together,” “Hell Baby,” “This is 40,” “Wet Hot American Summer,” “Take Me Home Tonight,” “Reno 911!: Miami,” “The Ten” and “The Baxter.”

Black wrote and directed the film “Wedding Daze,” starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher. He also co-wrote the comedy “Run, Fatboy, Run,” directed by David Schwimmer and starring Simon Pegg, Hank Azaria and Thandie Newton.

Originally from Hillsborough, NJ, Black resides with his family in the wilds of Connecticut.


EP. 21 Jonathan & Sergey Talk with MICHAEL HITCHCOCK

June 16, 2017

Hitchcock is an Executive Producer and writer on the CW’s critically acclaimed comedy series “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” starring Golden Globe winner Rachel Bloom, co-created by Bloom and Aline Brosh-McKenna.  He was previously a Co-Executive Producer and writer on the multi-award winning series “Glee.”

Hitchcock also currently appears as “Langston Aubrey” in the Netflix original comedy film “Mascots” directed by Christopher Guest.  This is his fifth film for Guest, which include “Best in Show,” “Waiting for Guffman,” “A Mighty Wind,” and “For Your Consideration.”

Hitchcock’s other film acting credits include “Bridesmaids,” “Super 8,”  “Serenity,” “Wild Hogs,” “Smiley Face,” “Pretty Persuasion,”  “Happy, Texas,” “Heartbreakers,” and the upcoming Disney film “Magic Camp.”   Television acting credits include “Veep,” “Nobodies,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,”  “Glee,”  “Idiotsitter,” “The New Normal,”  “United States of Tara,” “Men of a Certain Age,” “Entourage,” “Party Down,” “Desperate Housewives,” “The League,” “Pushing Daisies,” and “Arrested Development.”

Hitchcock’s additional writing credits include the acclaimed drama “Where the Day Takes You,” “House Arrest, and Disney’s “The Ultimate Christmas Present.”   Hitchcock also performed both writing and producing duties on the long-running Fox latenight comedy series “MAD TV.”   During his tenure at “MAD TV,” the show was nominated three times by the Writers Guild of America for “Outstanding Writing of a Comedy/Variety Series.”

Born in Defiance, Ohio, and later raised in Western Springs, Illinois, Hitchcock graduated from Lyons Township High School.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2008 Hitchcock was inducted into the Lyons Township High School Hall of Fame.  He is also a proud alumnus of The Groundlings, Los Angeles’ premiere comedy and improvisational troupe.

Hitchcock has performed comedy improvisation at several United States military bases in Iraq, Kuwait, Cuba, Houndras, and Africa with “Stars for Stripes,” a volunteer organization that brings entertainment to deployed troops.   He resides in Los Angeles.

EP. 20 Questions about Sex, Relationships and Fun with Damon L Jacobs asked by Jonathan & Sergey

June 9, 2017

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Do you have Relationship questions?

Do you have Sexually related questions?

Do you want to learn more about PrEP?

Send your questions to The Martini Lounge and we will have our friend and yours Damon L Jacobs answer your questions.

WELCOME! If you are single or in a couple and looking for a different perspective on love, happiness, and pleasure, you’ve come to the right place. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has helped people find and maintain satisfying and joyful relationships with lovers, family members, and friends, for the past 18 years. Together, we will create the relationship “structure” and agreements that are uniquely right for you.

My approach to happiness and serenity is derived from tenets of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Social Justice Theory, and A Course In Miracles. The unique fusion of these models has enabled hundreds of my clients to create an enlightened balance of mind, heart, and action, as well as relationships that enable presence, peace, and pleasure.

EP. 19 Jonathan & Sergey Cross the Sea To Chat with Susan Wokoma

June 2, 2017


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Susan Wokoma – British actress and writer Susan Wokoma is one of the most brilliant and interesting young actors working today. Having already established a diverse and award winning body of work in her short career.

In January, Susan reprised the role of eccentric ‘Cynthia’ in the second series of BAFTA Award winning Chewing Gum for Channel 4. The first series of Chewing Gum, a British television sitcom series set in London, debuted on E4 in October 2015. Written by and starring Michaela Coel, Robert Lonsdale, Danielle Walters and Tanya Franks, the show centers on Beyoncé obsessed ‘Tracey Gordon’, a religious, 24-year-old shop assistant, who wants to and learn more about the world.

In October last year, Susan starred in six-part comedic horror series Crazyhead, a new series from Misfits creator Howard Overman. The dark comedy, developed by Urban Myth Films for Channel 4 in association with Netflix, is a funny and gripping programme about friendship, love and facing your demons. It follows an unlikely duo of demon hunters – Susan played ‘Raquel’, opposite Cara Theobold, a self-made demon hunter with a whole lot of baggage and an impressive lack of social skills. The cast also includes Riann Steele, Lewis, Arinze Kene and Tony Curran, and Crazy Face was broadcast on E4 in the UK and was launched on Netflix globally in December.

Also in October, Susan appeared as ‘Megan’, alongside a fantastic young British cast, including Laura Carmichael, Chloe Pirrie, Jack Farthing and Joe Dempsie, in the melancholic comedy Burn Burn Burn. The independent feature was director Chanya Button’s debut and follows two best friends as they travel across the U.K spreading the ashes of their recently deceased friend. The feature was nominated for the ‘Raindance’ Award at The British Independent Film Awards and was nominated in the category of ‘Best Film’ at the London Film Festival, both in 2015, and won awards from the LOCO Film Festival, Cinema City, Odessa International Film Festival and Umberside Cinema ahead of its UK theatrical release on 28th October. The feature was distributed globally by Netflix later in November.

In April 2014, Susan made her film debut as ‘Amala’ and alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose and John Boyega, in Biyi Bandele’s adaptation of Half of a Yellow Sun. The feature, based on the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, tells the tale of two sisters after they return to Nigeria right before outbreak of the 1960 Nigerian Civil War. In August 2014, Susan took on the role of ‘Della’ in The Inbetweeners 2, the box office friendly sequel of 2011 hit film, The Inbetweeners Movie. Set in Australia, the British comedy revisits the four main characters from the original as they travel to Australia for the ultimate lads’ holiday. The film became the highest grossing British film in the UK in 2014.

In 2006, Susan made her feature film debut as ‘Marie’ in the BAFTA Award-winning fictionalized documentary, That Summer Day. The special follows the lives of six school children on the day of the 7/7 London bombings in 2005. Using archived news footage, the programme was created in response to concerns about how London’s children were coping with the events of that day. The programme aired on BBC Two one year later. Susan’s other on-screen credits include ‘Jess Manning’ in the 2015 BAFTA Craft nominated BBC film The Last Hours of Laura K; ‘Lance ‘Corporal Jasmine Jaspers’ in the third season of the BBC Three’s TV series Bluestone 42 in 2015 and, a role in the TV series Uncle, also on BBC Three in the same year. She also played ‘Jessica’ in Crashing, Channel 4’s six-part British comedy, broadcast in January 2016; ‘Doctor Sensible’ in ITV’s Horrible Science; ‘Daisy’ in Hotel Trubble (2011), and ‘Roz’ in Howard Overman’s cult hit series Misfits (2013).

Her theatre work includes productions at the Royal Court, Bush Theatre, Almeida, and The Royal National Theatre. Susan also joined the New York transfers of Phyllida Lloyd’s all female Donmar Warehouse productions of Henry IV and Julius Caesar at St. Ann’s Warehouse in 2014.

Susan is currently involved in developing new comedies with Objective, 2LE Media and Lucky Giant, and also writing her own comedy series Fix You as a writer/performer with Cave Bear Productions.

In 2016, Susan won Best Supporting Actor at the BBC Audio Drama Awards for her performance in the radio adaptation of Marie NDiaye’s Three Strong Women. She was a member of The National Youth Theatre as a teenager before going on to train at RADA.

EP. 18 Jonathan & Sergey talk to Nico Stagias about “BALLS”

May 26, 2017




Nico Stagias is a Toronto based filmmaker who has worked as a Director, DOP, Producer and Editor in television for the last 14 years.

His education includes an MFA degree in Film Production at the University
of British Columbia in Directing and an Honour’s BA in Communication Studies at Concordia University. He also studied at San Francisco State University in cinematography and lighting.

Nico has developed and produced two TV series and 2 stand-alone documentaries. These titles include I’m a Stripper, PopPorn, Balls and Studlebrity.

Nico is also an award winning filmmaker. He won the award for Best Artistic Achievement in a short film at the Inside Out Film Festival for “How to Lose a Guy” (2003) and “Recollect” (2004). “How to Lose a Guy” also won Best Audience Choice award at the Oregon Queer Film Festival.

At the 2007 DORA Awards “TimeCode Break” won the award for Best Production. Nico created all the visual elements for this show.

In 2008 he was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award as editor for the documentary “Christopher House: Ahead the Curve”.

Nico directed, produced, shot and edited over 20 promotional commercials for Nickelodeon TV. This campaign, which was shot in India, Malaysia and the Philippines, won two Silver ProMax awards for Best Campaign and Best Comedic Campaign.

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EP. 17 Jonathan & Sergey Talk to CEO of Bear World Media, Richard Jones about the Launch of BEAR WORLD TV

May 19, 2017


Richard is the CEO of Bear World Media, which runs BearWorldMagazine.com and now, launching on May17th, Bear World TV (hosted at REVRY the new LGBT VOD Network).

Richard has worked in insurance in London, where he also co-produced the original ‘SHOUT!’ at the Jermyn Street Theatre, and totally by accident began to event & wedding plan when the UK changed its marriage laws. His first time working in TV was as one half of “Ant and Dick” co-hosting a wedding challenge show on the old Wedding TV Network. He has helped to create Northern Ireland’s LGBT Magazine “Gay NI” as well as launching a dedicated bridal magazine which was short lived but gave him all the knowledge he needed to then form Bear World Magazine.

Bear World TV will be a channel dedicated to all kinds of content, including our own produced shows as well as licensed products from other talented teams and producers that have something that’s either bear or bearish.


Bear World TV and REVRY Celebrate the Launch of New Bearish TV Channel

New York, NY May 2017 – Bear World Media is excited to be growing their media group by launching a brand new TV channel BEAR WORLD TV. Bear World TV accompanies Bear World Magazine, the world’s largest online magazine aimed at the gay bear community, as being an exciting and informative source of all things ‘bear’ for what is an under-represented segment of the gay community.


Bear World TV is being hosted on REVRY. REVRY is the first global LGBT digital entertainment service delivering the best in QUEERATED movies, TV shows, digital series, music, and podcasts.

CEO of Bear World Media, Richard Jones, said: “People come in all shapes, sizes and sexual orientations, and our new channel will celebrate all things ‘Bear’, helping people in the community all round the world to feel more included”.

“We are excited to partner with REVRY to bring our new television content to a bigger audience and work with established producers to license their work under our banner, bringing it all to a more global audience. We believe that REVRY offers the best platform for discovering new content and is a natural choice for officially announcing this strategic partnership.”

“Bear World Media has long been a community hub for all things bear-related, so the creation of Bear World TV and subsequent channel on REVRY is a natural continuation of our mission to showcase stories from across the LGBTQ+ spectrum and BWM’s mission to provide the very best in bear news, views and content to more people,” Said Ben Mason of REVRY.

Check out Bear World TV – www.bearworldtv.com


EP. 16 Jonathan & Sergey have a Blast with Tovah Feldshuh

May 12, 2017


Tovah Feldshuh portrays Mrs. Bunch, Rachel’s domineering mother, on the CW awardwinning musical series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which was recently renewed for a third season. Ms. Feldshuh is widely known for her starring turn as Deanna, the head of Alexandria, on AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead. Prior to that, she recurred on the Starz’ ballet series Flesh and Bone as ballet master Ivana. Ms. Feldshuh received her first Emmy nomination for Helena, the Czech freedom fighter, in the NBC mini-series Holocaust, and her second nomination for her continuing role as defense attorney Danielle Melnick on NBC’s Law & Order, a role she recently reprised for Chicago Justice. Ms. Feldshuh starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in The Amazing Howard Hughes, James Woods in Citizen Cohn, Bill Cosby on The Cosby Mysteries and The Cosby Show, Richard Dreyfuss in The Education of Max Bickford, Piper Perabo in Covert Affairs, America Ferrara in Ugly Betty, and in The Good Wife, with Julianna Margulies, among others.

Ms. Feldshuh recently displayed her theater skills as Berthe in the Tony Award-winning Musical Pippin. Her show, Golda’s Balcony, by William Gibson, became the longestrunning one-woman play in Broadway history, and she also starred in Yentl, Sarava, Lend Me a Tenor, and Irena’s Vow. For her work on the New York stage, she has earned four Tony nominations for Best Actress and won four Drama Desks, four Outer Critics Circles, the Obie, the Theatre World and the Lucille Lortel Awards.

Film audiences recognize Ms. Feldshuh from Kissing Jessica Stein (for which she won a Golden Satellite Award), A Walk on the Moon, The Idolmaker, Lady in the Water, Just My Luck, Brewster’s Millions, The Blue Iguana, among others. Ms. Feldshuh recently completed filming roles in Peter Bogdanovich’s She’s Funny That Way with Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, Angelica with Janet McTeer, and Jena Malone, Unreachable by Conventional Means, The Life, and the title role in Glinda, a film that centers on a widow of jazz musician reclaiming the joy of life, which was selected as the “Best in Fest” at the 2014 Palm Beach Film Festival.

Ms. Feldshuh, long known for her commitment to social justice causes, is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, has taught at Yale, Cornell and New York Universities. She was awarded two honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees and is the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award, the Hadassah Mother of the Year Award, and the Israel Peace Medal. Ms. Feldshuh is married to New York attorney, Andrew Harris Levy. They have two children, Garson Brandon and Amanda Claire.

EP.15 Jonathan & Sergey Chat with Jack Plotnick

May 5, 2017



Jack has built a career as an award-winning actor, director and performance coach. He has performed in countless TV shows, commercials and feature films (103 credits on IMDB). You most likely will recognize Jack from his series regular and recurring roles on Grace and Frankie, The Mentalist, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Reno 911, Action, Ellen, and Drawn Together, and his appearance in the films Meet the Fockers, Down With Love, Rubber, Wrong, and Gods and Monsters.

Jack co-wrote and directed the Sony Pictures feature film, Space Station 76, starring Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler and Matt Bomer. He also co-wrote and directed the Broadway musical, Disaster!, to rave reviews (New York Times CRITICS' PICK!)

Jack produced, directed and acted on the Lifetime Television comedy series Lovespring International. And he executive produced and starred in the feature film (and cult hit!) Girls Will Be Girls.
Jack's highly acclaimed acting workshops have become hugely popular in Los Angeles and New York City.

More about Jack - http://jackplotnick.com/


EP. 14 Questions about Sex, Relationships and Fun with Damon L Jacobs asked by Jonathan & Sergey

April 28, 2017

Do you have Relationship questions?

Do you have Sexually related questions?

Do you want to learn more about PrEP?

Send your questions to The Martini Lounge and we will have our friend and yours Damon L Jacobs answer your questions.

WELCOME!  If you are single or in a couple and looking for a different perspective on love, happiness, and pleasure, you’ve come to the right place.  I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has helped people find and maintain satisfying and joyful relationships with lovers, family members, and friends, for the past 18 years.  Together, we will create the relationship “structure” and agreements that are uniquely right for you.

My approach to happiness and serenity is derived from tenets of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Social Justice Theory, and A Course In Miracles.  The unique fusion of these models has enabled hundreds of my clients to create an enlightened balance of mind, heart, and action, as well as relationships that enable presence, peace, and pleasure.



EP. 13 Jonathan & Sergey Talk to the one and only Alec Mapa

April 21, 2017




Ellen Degeneres has called him “smart, hilarious and funny.” Variety has said, “Alec Mapa is a freak. No one should be this talented.” With uproarious live performances and groundbreaking television roles, actor and comedian Alec Mapa has entertained audiences worldwide in every imaginable medium.

Currently that medium is television. Alec’s latest comedy special Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy premiered on Showtime June 12, 2015. Based on his award-winning solo show, Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy hilariously, irreverently chronicles Alec’s journey to fatherhood via foster adoption. TV audiences can also enjoy Alec in his recurring roles on ABC Family’s Switched At Birth and Lifetime’s Devious Maids.

Audiences first discovered Alec on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning production of M. Butterfly. He guest starred on over 40 television series, including Alias, Friends, Roseanne, Seinfeld, and NYPD Blue. Alec played network television’s very first gay Asian series regular role on the CBS sitcom Some Of My Best Friends. He then starred in four seasons of the UPN sitcom Half & Half. Alec went on to appear in the ABC hit Ugly Betty and was a frequent guest star on Desperate Housewives. Film audiences howled at Alec as “N’Cream” in the wildly popular drag queen musical Connie and Carla. Other films include Playing By Heart, Marley & Me, and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.

An accomplished stand-up comedian, Alec’s Wisecrack comedy special premiered on LOGO in 2005 and has since become a cult favorite. His follow-up comedy specials America’s Gaysian Sweetheart and No Fats, Femmes or Asians aired on the Here! And LOGO networks respectively.

Alec was awarded the prestigious Davidson Valentini GLAAD Award for promoting equal rights for the LGBT community. A tireless fundraiser, Alec has toured the country on behalf of The Human Rights Campaign and The Matthew Shepard Foundation earning him the unofficial title of “America’s Gaysian Sweetheart.”

Alec lives in Los Angeles with his husband Jamie and his son Zion.

Check out Alec's website - www.alecmapa.com


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EP. 12 Jonathan & Sergey Talk to Brandon Stansell

April 14, 2017


BRANDON STANSELL is a fresh face onto the Country Music scene, but has always been nearby; honing his craft and finding his voice. SLOW DOWN, co-written with Mylen and the title track off his new EP, is the epicenter of his "California Country" sound with the raw emotion of those first moments in a budding relationship. SLOW DOWN was produced by Nashville-based producer, writer, and guitarist Erik Halbig. Stansell met Erik a few years ago through friend, Ty Herndon, who is featured on the track.

While his casual country sound is appealing, there is more that meets the eye with this crooner of Nashville roots. He is navigating the path of an openly-gay Country Artist. Brandon, while not the first to chart these waters, is one of few people in the industry willing to lay everything out for the listener and the result is an honest, beautiful musical experience.

Director Trent Atkinson, once again, joined his team directing the SLOW DOWN music video and building on the cinematic scope their first collaborative work, DEAR JOHN, which was released in early 2016.


Visit his website:  www.brandonstansell.com

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EP. 11 Jonathan & Sergey Talk with Glenn Douglas Packard About Himself and New Movie “Pitchfork”

April 7, 2017


Glenn Douglas Packard was born the eldest of three in Detroit, MI to Roger and Paulette Packard. When Glenn was 5 years old, his father convinced the family to pack up all their belongings and move to a run-down farm in Michigan, where Roger saw a potential future in the dairy business. As Glenn was growing up into adolescence and the farm grew profitable, he began working in the family business in Clare, MI. Eventually, Glenn went on to study Dairy Management at Michigan State University. On one of his vacation trips back home, he suffered a horrible accident with a 4-wheeler. With a compound factor to his right tibia and fibula leg, his doctors insisted the only option was to amputate his leg from the knee down. After months of fighting the infection, which had spread through his entire body, due to the open wound, countless surgeries and a steel rod places in his leg, Glenn had to relearn how to walk. He made a promise to himself that if, and when, he fully recovered, he would do the one thing he had dreamt of all his life; to dance and entertain.

While at 21, where most dancers are already experienced, Glenn was just walking into his first dance class. Within 2 years he was accepted into the scholarship program of the highly acclaimed Alvin Ailey School of Dance in New York City. Fast forward 10 years later, after being dubbed "Dancing entrepreneur" by The New York Times, Glenn is one of the most sought after dancer/artist directors and choreographers in the city. His multi-dimensional & innovative work made him an international commanding force in the entertainment industry. Providing a wide spectrum of styles, he has been celebrated for casting and choreographing such projects as Whitney Houston's All-Star Gala, featuring powerhouse artists like P!nk, Deborah Cox, & Brian McKnight, and A Miracle On 34th Street, performed at the world famous Madison Square Garden with numerous artists.
Creative control was entrusted to Glenn by The 2001 GLAAD awards, the American Cinema Awards, reinventing the Chippendales show in Vegas along with their USA & world tour, Giants Half Time Show, the New York City Knicks, Miami Heat Dancers, and the Premios Awards working with the biggest artist in Latin Music like Ricky Martin, Prince Royce, Daddy Yankee, Carlos Vives, Marc Anthony, Fanny Lu, Chino Y Nacho.

Along with the Latin market take over, Glenn is also known internationally, working on the King of Morocco's New Year's Eve Gala and in Bollywood for his groundbreaking choreography in the film, "Rhythm." Other films like Little Hercules in 3D, Dancing on the Edge, and feature as one of the top choreographers in the documentary MOVE: The Film.

His music video work is a spectrum of artist like Brooke Hogan "Everything to Me", Daddy Yankee & Price Royce "Ven Conmigo", Timbland "Not All About The Money", Fanny Lu "Ni Loca" & his very own music video "Love Dance" featuring the talent Beu Sisters. Glenn even has his own instructional dance DVD called "Everyone Moves".

Glenn's work had sparked a interest in the King of Pop himself Michael Jackson, and he was asked to be the choreographer for the Television major event, Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary Celebration which Glenn worked along side industry greats like Usher, Liza, Destiny Child, Jill Scott, Missy Elliot, Gloria Gaynor, Al Jarreau, Britney Spears, NSync, Mya, Monica, & MJ himself, all artist came together to perform Michael Jackson songs, Michael was reunited with his brothers, the Jackson 5 for the first time in 20 years, & Michael performed for his last time his iconic songs. Glenn was honored with Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Choreography in Television.

As seen on the cover do Dance Spirit Magazine & acknowledged in Dance & Fitness Magazine, Glenn offer classes at NYC Broadway Dance Center, which were booked to capacity with a who's-who of dance. He goes around the world teaching his unique style and life experiences to young dancers inspiring them to be the next generation of talent.

Around the early 2000's, Glenn moved to Florida under the wing of Lou Pearlman, who, at the time, was owner of the Chippendales and creator of the boyband era with NSync, Backstreet Boys, and Otown. Glenn was part of a european boyband called twONEty, through Pearlman's camp, Glenn was introduced to Hulk Hogan's teenaged daughter, Brooke Hogan. The two quickly ignited a friendship with Glenn becoming a mentor for Brooke. Through this mentor/friend role, Glenn was then asked to join Brooke in a VH-1 television docu-series called VH1 Brooke Knows Best. For two seasons he costarred as Brooke's outgoing, gay best friend/roommate.
This open a whole new world to becoming a face in the LGBT entertainment industry, giving lectures for the Bully Academy along with countless radio, tv appearances and covers of LGBT magazines. Quickly becoming "EVERYONE'S GBFF."

Glenn being no stranger to Television had worked on The Rupaul Show, Saturday Night Live, E! True Hollywood Story, Grachi, Miss USA, and HBO. Along with jumping on the pop culture of reality TV, with such shows as VH1 Hogan Knows Best, VH1 Mission Manband, and is the creator, producer, choreographer, and creative director of the E! Network movie event Men Of The Strip.

Glenn is also president of other companies he created such as The Untouchables-Miami elite dance troupe, The Knockouts-a sexy pop burlesque girl group, Boots N Boys-the 1st all-gay male revue, Tattooed Angels-a multi media company & GDP Wear-his trendsetting clothing line.



EP. 10 Jonathan and Sergey Talk with the One and Only Margaret Cho

March 29, 2017

credits.jpgMargaret Cho was born Dec. 5, 1968 and raised in San Francisco. “It was different than any other place on Earth,” she says. “I grew up and went to grammar school on Haight Street during the ’70s. There were old hippies, ex-druggies, burnouts, drag queens, and Chinese people. To say it was a melting pot – that’s the least of it. It was a really confusing, enlightening, wonderful time.”

Ignoring the traditions of her patriarchal culture, her mother bravely resisted an arranged marriage in Korea and married Margaret’s father a Korean joke book writer. “Books like 1001 Jokes for Public Speakers – real corny stuff,” Cho says. “I guess we’re in the same line of work. But we don’t understand each other that way. I don’t understand why the things he says are funny and the same for him.”

What Margaret did know is that being a kid was hard. Racing toward adulthood as fast as she could to escape the constant bullying she endured, Margaret began writing jokes at 14 and professionally performing at age 16. Getting picked on, and not having a feeling of belonging, is a subject that’s not only near to Margaret’s heart, but something she still feels very deeply despite all of her successes. In that sense, Margaret has gladly and graciously become the “Patron Saint for Outsiders,” speaking for those who are not able to speak for themselves, and encouraging people who can to use their voice to promote change.
Soon after starting her Stand Up career, Margaret won a comedy contest where first prize was opening for Jerry Seinfeld. She moved to Los Angeles in the early ’90s and, still in her early twenties, hit the college circuit, where she immediately became the most booked act in the market and garnered a nomination for “Campus Comedian of The Year.” She performed over 300 concerts within two years. Arsenio Hall introduced her to late night audiences, Bob Hope put her on a prime time special and, seemingly overnight, Margaret Cho became a national celebrity.

Her groundbreaking, controversial, and short-lived ABC sitcom, All-American Girl (1994) soon followed. Oddly, while chosen because of who she was – a non-conformist Korean American woman with liberal views – the powers-that-be decided they preferred for Margaret to “tone it down” for the show. She soon realized that though she was an Executive Producer, this would be a battle she could not win. “For fear of being too “ethnic,” the show got so watered down for television that by the end, it was completely lacking in the essence of what I wanted to accomplish.”

The experience was a traumatic one, bringing up unresolved feelings left over from childhood, and Margaret developed an eating disorder as a response to criticism about her body. She was so obsessive in her goal to try to be what she thought others wanted, that she landed in the hospital with kidney failure. Through out this period of self-abuse, Margaret continued performing to sold-out audiences in comedy clubs, theaters, and college campuses, working to channel her anger in to something more positive.

In 1999, her groundbreaking, off Broadway one-woman show, I’m The One That I Want, toured the country to national acclaim and was made into a best-selling book and feature film of the same name. After her experience with All-American Girl, Margaret wanted to make sure she would only ever have to answer to herself, putting herself in charge of the distribution and sales of her film, which garnered incredible reviews and broke records for ‘Most Money Grossed per Print’. In 2001, after the success of her first tour, Maragaret launched Notorious C.H.O., a smash-hit 37-city national tour that culminated in a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall. Notorious C.H.O., hailed by the New York Times as “Brilliant,” was recorded and released as a feature film. Both films were acquired by Showtime, and produced by Margaret’s production company, a testament to the success of Margaret’s business model.

In March of 2003, Margaret embarked on her third sold-out national tour, Revolution. It was heralded by the Chicago Sun Times as “Her strongest show yet” and the CD recording was nominated for a Grammy for Comedy Album of the Year. In 2005, she released Assassin, with The Chicago Tribune stating “(Assassin) packs passion in to each punch.” The concert film premiered in select theatres and on the gay and lesbian premium channel Here! TV.

In 2007, Margaret hit the road with Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry and Erasure, along with indie faves The Dresden Dolls and The Cliks, to host the True Colors Tour, benefiting the Human Rights Campaign. An entertainment pioneer, Margaret also created and starred in The Sensuous Woman, a live variety show featuring vaudevillian burlesque and comedy, which she took for an extended off-Broadway run in the fall.

Margaret returned to TV in 2008 with the VH1 series, The Cho Show. Describing it as a ‘reality sitcom,’ Margaret said at the time, “It’s the closest I’ve been able to come on television to what I do as a comic.” The Cho Show followed Margaret, her real parents, and her eccentric entourage through a series of bold and outrageous experiences, shaped by Margaret’s ‘anything goes’ brand of stand-up.

The aptly titled Beautiful came next, exploring the good, bad and ugly in beauty, and the marketers who shape our world. The concert premiered in Australia at The Sydney Theater, marking the first time Margaret debuted a tour abroad. While touring through the US, the concert was filmed at the Long Beach theatre, aired as a special on Showtime in 2009, and then released as both a DVD and a book.

choM_Cho_2-18-16_123-credit.jpgIn 2009 Margaret nabbed a starring role in the comedy/drama series Drop Dead Diva, which aired for six seasons on the Lifetime network. Margaret enjoyed not having the sole responsibility for keeping things afloat. “(Drop Dead Diva) was a very fulfilling experience. It let me taking about the things I talk about, like body image, and women feeling good about themselves.”

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Margaret stepped right up to the plate when asked to do Season 11 of the highly- rated Dancing with the Stars. Paired with pro Louie Van Amstel, Margaret was on the show’s most controversial seasons. Margaret got a very strong reaction to her Rainbow Dancing Dress during a time when the issue of bullying, especially among gay teens, was being heavily covered in the media. “I am very proud to have been able to wear a gay pride dress on a show that is so conservative.”

2010 culminated with another high honor, a second Grammy Award nomination for Comedy Album of the Year for Cho Dependent, her incredibly funny collection of music. Featuring collaborations with Fiona Apple, Andrew Bird, Grant Lee Phillips, Tegan & Sara, Ben Lee and more, the album received critical acclaim. The album is funny, but also quite musical, featuring not only her surprisingly strong singing voice, but her skill on the guitar, banjo and dulcimer. “I was inspired to make beautiful music with a comic edge. I took this very seriously, taking vocal and guitar lessons while I was touring.”

Margaret self released Cho Dependent on her own Clownery Records, and was encouraged by the acclaim, since there are only a handful of artists putting out true albums of comedy music – “Weird” Al Yankovic, Flight of the Conchords, The Lonely Island, to name a few – yet no women. In 2011, Margaret released the live concert film of Cho Dependent, which also had its cable network debut on Showtime. Shot at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA, she remained uncensored, with a characteristically no-holds-barred show.

In 2012, Margaret spent whatever free time she had crafting her all new standup show, the uproariously and aptly named MOTHER, which kicked off with both a US and European tour. According to Margaret, “MOTHER offers up an untraditional look at motherhood and how we look at maternal figures and strong women in queer culture.”

Margaret’s creative side moved ahead at full speed with an Emmy nomination for “Best Guest Performance” on Thirty Rock. After the death of her mentor, Robin Williams, overwhelmed her, a mutual friend told her not to grieve Robin, but to ‘Be Robin’. The hashtag #BeRobin was born, as Margaret began setting up shop in different places around San Francisco in an effort to raise money for the Homeless community. “All I do and create a distraction – comedy and music – for several hours and collect goods and donations for people who need them.” The GoFundMe page Margaret set up [at http://GoFundMe.com/BeRobin ] has raised over $20,000.00 in donations.
In 2015, Margaret was one of the hosts of TLC’s All About SEX, a late night call-in talk show with Margaret covering sex toys and alternative sexuality. “I wanted to remove the stigma of women not only buying sex toys, but experimenting with what makes them feel good.”
2015 also brought Margaret back to the stand up stage, where she filmed her Showtime special/DVD psyCHO at the historic Gramercy Theatre in New York City. Called “wildly kinetic” by the New York Times, psyCHO “Is about insanity, about the anger I feel about everything happening in the world, from police brutality to racism to the rising tide of violence against women.” In keeping with the show’s theme, the artwork, a portrait she commissioned from artist Vincent Castiglia made entirely of her own blood.

There’s no break for Margaret in 2016: The three-time Grammy and Emmy nominee will release her next studio album, American Myth, on April 29th on her Clownery label. The follow up to Cho Dependent, it’s the first collection of new music from Margaret in 6 years. She has already debuted three music videos: “Ron’s Got a DUI” [https://goo.gl/8j3SgH], “Fat Pussy” [https://goo.gl/B6rfER] and the song that set the Internet on its ass (take that, Kardashians), “(I Want To) Kill My Rapist” [https://goo.gl/SMuKhA]. Salon magazine called the song “A new anthem” and UK’s The Guardian reminded anyone who was offended that “Cho is famed for her boldness, her taboo-breaking humour.” Margaret spoke to Billboard about the song saying, “I’m a victim, and now a survivor, of sexual abuse and rape, and I think it’s really hard to talk about it. I think having a song to perform live will allow others to talk about it. It’s a huge issue, and this was cathartic for me.”


American Myth, made with her longtime collaborator Garrison Starr, also showcases Margaret’s first efforts as a composer. Margaret says the album is “my glamorous and glittering tribute to family, comedy, anger, fame, gayness, grief, fat pride, love and hate.”

In what is a fitting tribute, Margaret has also been named special co-host of E!’s Fashion Police, covering the biggest award shows of 2016. Since Joan Rivers was not only a friend, but also a vocal supporter of Margaret, this has a unique significance. “Although I am not quite a fashionista, I would love to look at it like I am changing it up – Fashion Police: Special Victims Unit. It makes me happiest to spend time with Melissa (Rivers), and when I see her laugh at my jokes, I feel like Joan is smiling.”

And in typical “go-go-go” style, Margaret has signed on to develop a “Highland,” a dramedy for Amazon. The hour long show follows Margaret, who after court-0rdered rehab, gets a chance to start over by moving in with her (dysfunctional) family who run a pot dispensary. Co-created by Margaret and writer Liz Sarnoff (“Deadwood,” “Lost,” “Alcatraz”) Margaret is set to star and executive produce as well.


With so much success in her artistic life, Margaret has never turned away from the causes that are important to her. She is incredibly active in anti-racism, anti-bullying, advocating for the homeless and gay rights campaigns, and has been recognized for her unwavering dedication. She was the recipient of the Victory Fund’s Leadership Award and the first-ever Best Comedy Performance Award at the 2007 Asian Excellence Awards. She also received the First Amendment Award from the ACLU of Southern California, and the Intrepid Award from the National Organization for Women (NOW). Margaret has been honored by GLAAD, American Women in Radio and Television, the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), PFLAG and LA Pride, who gave Margaret a Lifetime Achievement Award for leaving a lasting imprint on the LGBT community.

Through her hard work, Margaret has had the opportunity to be heard, to extend her point of view and become regarded as a true pioneer in her field. She takes none of it for granted. “It’s a wonderful thing to be known as a ‘safe haven’ for people. People come to see me, or buy my records and/or DVDs because my point of view satisfies a lot of what needs to be said out there. More than anything, that makes me really proud.”

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/officialmargaretcho

Margaret’s Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mcho88

Twitter: http://twitter.com/margaretcho/

Official Website:http://www.margaretcho.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/margaret_cho/



EP. 9 Jonathan & Sergey Talk about Sex With Damon L. Jacobs

March 23, 2017


“Damon L. Jacobs is a New York-based Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and HIV prevention specialist who focuses his work on love, sexual health, and pleasure. He is also the author of the books RATIONAL RELATING and ABSOLUTELY SHOULD-LESS. He is best known for championing the use of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) through his work on social media, news print, broadcast appearances, is featured as one of 35 “Leading HIV Activists” by The Advocate Magazine, one of the Twelve “Influential Voices in HIV/AIDS for 2015” by Healthline Magazine, part of the “HIV Heroes” series through Metrosource Magazine, and one of the Ten “Most Captivating Voices of 2014” by HIV Equal.

WELCOME!  If you are single or in a couple and looking for a different perspective on love, happiness, and pleasure, you’ve come to the right place.  I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has helped people find and maintain satisfying and joyful relationships with lovers, family members, and friends, for the past 18 years.  Together, we will create the relationship “structure” and agreements that are uniquely right for you.

My approach to happiness and serenity is derived from tenets of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Social Justice Theory, and A Course In Miracles.  The unique fusion of these models has enabled hundreds of my clients to create an enlightened balance of mind, heart, and action, as well as relationships that enable presence, peace, and pleasure.

We invite you to listen to past shows with Damon for insight and help. If you do not hear any advice that helps feel free to ask Damon any questions you may have about your sex life or relationship problems then tune in and get the much needed advice.

Send your questions to producer@hotmesssunday.com and put in subject line “Sex Question“.

an-affair.jpgTODAY’S DRINK:


2oz Strawberry Schnapps
2oz Cranberry Juice
2oz Orange Juice
10z Club Sod

EP. 8 Jonathan & Sergey Talk with Donna Lynne Champlin from CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

March 17, 2017


OBIE and Drama Desk winner Donna Lynne Champlin graduated with high honors from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993. A Princess Grace Foundation award winner and a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, she also received intensive training in Shakespeare and Chekhov at Oxford University on the Advanced Acting Scholarship and The Vira I. Heinz Grant to study abroad. While still in college, she received her Equity card starring as “Dorothy” in The Wizard of Oz with the celebrated Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.

Champlin made her New York Debut in 1994 at Carnegie Hall starring as “May” in a concert version of Very Warm for May under the direction of acclaimed conductor John McGlinn. Her Broadway debut in 2000 as “Mary Jane” in James Joyce’s The Dead was quickly followed by another Broadway turn as “Honoria Glossop” in the Alan Ayckbourn/Andrew Lloyd Webber musical By Jeeves in 2001. In 2002, came the opportunity to work with Carol Burnett and Hal Prince in Broadway’s Hollywood Arms – the dramatization of Carol’s biography One More Time, in which Champlin played the iconic comedienne. Critics across the country proclaimed Champlin a “show-stopping star in the making” and described her performance as “brilliant”, “a triumph”, and “a tour de force.”

Next on Broadway, Champlin played “Pirelli” (and the accordion, flute and piano) in the groundbreaking 2005 revival of Sweeney Todd where the press called her both “hilarious” and “superb”. She then joined the Broadway company of Billy Elliot as “Lesley” in 2009 and simultaneously self-produced her solo debut CD “Old Friends” which was voted “One of the Best Ten Albums of 2009” and was hailed by critics as “brilliant”, “a masterpiece” and “breath taking”. She can also be heard on numerous cast albums including See Rock City, Sweeney Todd, By Jeeves, three and My Life With Albertine as well as many voice-overs.

Her film credits include Birdman, A Secret Promise, The Audition, The Dark Half, By Jeeves, and Sweet Surrender. And while her TV credits include The Good Wife, Law And Order, Mother’s Day, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Annual Tony Awards on CBS, The View (guest star), The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Regis and Kelly and Emily Dickinson of the PBS Voices and Visions series, she is perhaps most well known for her work as the caustic “Kim Gifford’ on the hit web-series Submissions Only.

Off Broadway, her performance as “Cora Flood” in the 2009 production of The Dark At The Top of the Stairs at The Transport Group (hailed by the NY press as “perfection”, “brilliant” and “a privilege to watch”), earned her the prestigious OBIE award. DL went on to win the 2013 Drama Desk Award for her performance as “Woman #3” in Working, The Musical at the Prospect Theatre and the NYMF Award for “Outstanding Performance” for not one but three separate productions including as “Jane Austen” in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Other favorite Off-Broadway credits include “Audrey” opposite Oliver Platt’s “Touchstone” in Shakespeare In The Park’s As You Like It and “Sophie” in Master Class opposite Edie Falco at the Broadhurst produced by the Metropolitan Opera.

Champlin also continues to perform her critically acclaimed one-woman show Finishing The Hat in NYC (SRO at Birdland, Ars Nova and The Laurie Beechman Theatres) and across the country while teaching master classes in acting at many prestigious colleges such as CMU, Hartt and NYU. Also of particular importance to Champlin is her fundraising for three of her favorite charitable organizations, BC-EFA, the ALSA and The Actors’ Fund.

In addition to being an actress, Donna Lynne also works as a director, writer, stand-up comedienne, pianist, composer, musical director and choreographer. A free-lance writer for Comedy Central, she is currently working on two books; a humorous non-fiction book inspired by her (mis)adventures in the theatre and the other a ‘how-to of comedy’.

Donna Lynne lives in New York City with her husband, actor Andrew Arrow and her son, Charlie.


The Drink for Today:

Crazy Ex Girl 


1 shot Southern Comfort® peach liqueur
1/2 ozDe Kuyper Razmatazz Schnapps
1 splash pineapples


EP. 7 Jonathan & Sergey Talk with Gary Lavard Star of RAYE: A New Gay Film About The Cutthroat Male Modeling Industry

March 10, 2017

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini combines yummy flavored vodkas with pineapple juice for an awesome cocktail!

1/2 cup Pinnacle Whipped Vodka
1/2 cup Pinnacle Vanilla Vodka
1 cup of pineapple juice
Maraschino cherries
crushed ice (about a cup)

Put crushed ice in shaker
Add vodka and pineapple juice to shaker
Shake away
Put a maraschino cherry in the bottom of martini glass
Strain vodka/pineapple mixture into martini glass
Slowly pour a splash of grenadine down the side of the martini glass





Gary LaVard has been gracing the entertainment scene with his presence and charm for years. A Detroit native, he currently resides between Atlanta and Los Angeles where he is a model/actor. Gary has been involved with all things entertainment his whole life. While in high school he hosted local hip-hop shows and even contributed music production to the top selling Hip-Hop Documentary (Rap Files, Vol.1 2004) (under the name Cashada). Gary has since then graced the pages of many print publications including Kontrol, KRAVE, Hype Magazine + more and has walked for Atlanta & Washington D.C.’s Fashion Weeks and many notable charity shows such as Toys4Tots and Kids Against Hunger.

Gary LaVard has also been seen in print ads for renowned brands, Gap, The Get Tested Campaign, and most recently the billboard ads for Iridium Clothing Store. Even further divulging into the entertainment realm, Gary has graced television screens in such programs as Scream Queens (FOX), The Walking Dead (AMC) and Nightmare Next Door (ID) just to name a few. He can also be seen on FOX Sports commercials. Due to his impeccable physical stature, his body was used as the body cast for legendary NFL players, Jimmy Johnson and R.C. Owens of the San Francisco 49ers, on display inside the Levi Stadium, in Santa Clara, CA. In 2015, Gary also recreated the legendary John Carlos “Black Power Salute” which can now be seen at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. In 2016, through hard work and consistency, Gary has landed principal and supporting roles in short, independent and mainstream films and television shows such as Ambivalence, RAYE, Products of the American Ghetto, the highly successful LGBT streaming series, About Him (Season 1), TV One’s “#Murder”, OWN Network’s “Greenleaf”, BET’s “The Quad”, Fast8 & ArtHouse TV’s highly anticipated series, “REDSKIN”. 2017 will be an even bigger year with production starting for About Him Season 2: The Revolution, where Gary returns in his leading role starring an all-star cast. With personal influences from his mother and sister, he has always believed in studying one's craft, faith and hard work and is determined to leave an even bigger mark than he already has.


Beautiful Men Strike a Dangerous Pose In "Raye," 


A New Film About The Cutthroat Male Modeling Industry


In Steven L. Coard's latest film, Raye, an African American man moves to New York City to pursue his dream of becoming a high fashion supermodel. One night, by chance encounter, Raymond "Raye" Buckley (played by Gary Lavard)  meets model agent Hardie Noon (played by Shawn Singleton).  With  help from Hardie, Raye becomes a modeling sensation, eclipsing his nemesis, America's former top male model, Vester V.  To hold his crown, Raye must learn who he can trust in the dog-eat-dog industry of  high fashion modeling. 
"I originally came to NYC to become a model," reveals director Steven L. Coard, who also stars in the film as Vester V.  "I was constantly told I wasn't attractive enough or fit enough or that I didn't have the right proportions.  I would go on endless casting calls only to be left broken inside."
He eventually quit modeling.  "I wasn't strong enough to make it in the industry," he admits.  
Unfortunately, giving up on his dream would become his biggest life regret.  It would also inspire him to make a film loosely based on his experience but with a happier  outcome.  "I wanted to make a film that was almost a male version of Diana Ross' Mahogany," he says.
Coard took his idea to Kaylee Fleckney, a screenwriter he had worked with previously on the film, Heartbreaks and Soulmates.  Together, they wrote the first draft of what would become Raye.   "Kaylee did her magic, editing the script and adding the final details to polish up the story."
He chose Gary Lavard, also from Heartbreaks and Soulmates, for the lead role, because, "He is such a talented actor who is always eager to work and make art.  Plus, Gary's easy to look at," he adds with a smile.
When it came to casting the other leads, Coard searched for ethnically diverse actors with real body types that would be relatable to viewers watching the film. "I wanted to show that models are not clones and that any body type can be successful in modeling."
He saved the role of Vester V for himself because he saw playing a villain as a challenge. "I can play a nice guy all day long but playing a scoundrel is something new for me," he explains.  The hardest part was bringing a likability to the character. "I wanted viewers to love to hate him."
Raye is being distributed by Color of Love Production Studios, an award-winning production company founded by Steven L. Coard that specializes in creating stories about the LGBTQ community of color.   The studio especially strives to  focus on unique issues of relevance to the gay African American identity.  Previous films include Heartbreaks and Soulmates and last fall's critically acclaimed romantic comedy, Don't Marry Griff. 
Though very different from Griff, Raye does continue some of its major themes.  In both films, men of color are chasing their American dreams.  "And without giving away endings for either, karma turns out to be a beeeotch in both," laughs Coard.
Coard wears several hats at Color of Love Production Studios.  He is writer, director, producer, and often-times actor.   "I love it all," he says.  "I love directing and producing because I call the shots and if the project isn't a success, I can only blame myself. I love acting because I can be a part of the cast, making memorable characters like Vester V that may live on through time."
Steven L. Coard may have missed out on his supermodel dream but his new aspiration is to create a place where LGBTQ talent of varying disciplines can work together in a supportive environment to create exciting visual projects.   "The Color of Love Production School for Film, Theatre, and Scriptwriting," he announces.   "It sure would make it easier to have a stable of talented actors on hand when casting my next films."
Raye is available now at https://colorofloveproduction.com.


EP. 6 Jonathan & Sergey Talk with Greg Gould about His Music

March 3, 2017



vodka-martini.jpgDRINK OF THE DAY:


Fill shaker with ice. Fill it halfway. …
Add 2 1/2 ounces Vodka
Add a splash of dry vermouth-The less you add, the drier your martini will be.
Stir or shake
Pour and add a garnish (3 green olives)




Australian vocal powerhouse GREG GOULD breathes new life into En Vogue’s classic 90’s hit  DON’T LET GO (LOVE) with a  brand new EP and powerful ROLLERCOASTER OF A MUSIC VIDEO! 

Greg Gould’s fresh take, on arguably one of the most iconic song’s of the 90’s, packs a punch with this radio-ready 2017 rework smash. Marking Gould’s first independent release and WOW, he is coming out guns a blazing!Soaring soulful vocals, dancefloor dominating beats – staying at boiling point from start to finish! Produced by Sydney’s DJ Dom de Sousa, Greg brings new flavours + refreshing energy to a song already so well respected. Greg makes it his own and serves an incredible vocal performance that hits you right in the sweet spot! Released in conjunction with his heart-wrenching self-directed short film/music video. This visually confronting collection of true stories brings new depth to the lyrics “Together we can make it right!”

Lifted from his debut EP, Don’t Let Go features 5 brand new tracks including a stripped back version of the Eurovision Winning Anthem “Euphoria”, a live studio session of American Boy, feat. Black Eyed Peas hitmaker Printz Board (Where Is The Love, Don’t Phunk With My Heart) and Greg’s beautifully written + produced original, Today. This impressive body of work sets the bar high with style, charisma and the vulnerability heard in the likes of some of Greg’s biggest influences Adele, Sam Smith or Bruno Mars.

GOULD burst onto the national scene in 2013 as the Runner Up of Australia’s Got Talent, immediately connecting to millions with his powerful rendition of Prince’s Purple Rain. Widely known for his formidable 5-octave vocal range, electrifying live performances, and charismatic stage persona, career highlights include critically acclaimed performances at the Full Moon Festival in NYC, the 2016 Sydney Mardi Gras official party and headlining alongside Grammy Award-winning Black Eyed Peas alumni Printz Board at The Star.

“A provocative vocal force that stayed at boiling point from end to end” – The Music Network
Greg is fast establishing himself as one of Australia’s premier entertainers, definitely one to WATCH in 2017!

Visit Greg’s – http://www.greggould.com.au/

Watch this beautiful Video:


Jonathan & Sergey talk to Director JARED P. SCOTT of THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES

February 27, 2017




An award-winning writer, director, and producer, Jared’s films include THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES, REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM, DISRUPTION, DO THE MATH, SPLIT: A DEEPER DIVIDE, THE ARTIFICIAL LEAF, and MONEY IS MATERIAL, which have aired domestically on IFC, PBS, The Documentary Channel, Pivot and Al-Jazeera America. They have received critical acclaim  at film festivals worldwide including TriBeCa, AFI Docs, and Sundance - and have been broadcast internationally in over 20 territories including Germany (ZDF), Japan (NHK), Austria (ORF), Spain (MultiCanal), Finland (YLE), Denmark (DR1), Israel (Channel 8) , Taiwan (PTS) & The Netherlands (EO).

The films have played digitally on Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, and Amazon.

A seasoned speaker, Jared has delivered keynote addresses at both COP 20 in Peru and COP 21 in Paris about ‘Using Film as a Tool for Social Change’ and has appeared on Huff Post Live, ABC, NBC and Al-Jazeera.


The Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth, THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability.

Through unflinching case-study analysis, distinguished admirals, generals and military veterans take us beyond the headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups like ISIS, and the European refugee crisis – and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict.

Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather, and sea-level rise function as ‘accelerants of instability’ and ‘catalysts for conflict’ in volatile regions of the world.
These Pentagon insiders make the compelling case that if we go on with business as usual, the consequences of climate change – waves of refugees, failed states, terrorism – will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century.

The film’s unnerving assessment is by no means reason for fatalism – but instead a call to action to
rethink how we use and produce energy.

As in any military defense and security strategy, time is our most precious resource.


EP 5. Jonathan & Sergey Have fun with Kenyth Mogan Singer and Song Writer

February 24, 2017


Today's Drink on The Martini Lounge is 

The Huckleberry Martini:


2 oz Huckleberry Vodka.

1/2 oz Triple Sec.

1/2 oz Fresh lemon or lime Juice.






Kenyth Mogan grew up in a typical All-American home with a typical All-American family in the northeastern corner of Montana. However, he proved that he was not a typical anything when he came out of the closet at the age of fifteen and refused to apologize for it. After graduating from the University of Montana, he traded country for concrete and moved to the fast-paced world of Hollywood. He joined the ranks of LA’s out and proud music scene with the release of his debut EP “Fall Apart” in October 2013. His second single “Unlock Your Heart” garnered worldwide recognition in media outlets like Out.com, DNA Magazine, and the Huffington Post’s Queer Voices. Now he returns with the debut single from his forthcoming EP “It Was Love”, written about the ups and downs of first love.

Listen to New Single:



Watch Some of Kenyth's awesome youtube videos


Tribute to Kenyth’s Grandmother who passed away last August




Jonathan & Sergey Talk with Gloria Calderon Kellett

February 20, 2017

Gloria Calderon Kellett is a producer and writer, known for One Day at a Time (2017), How I Met Your Mother (2005) and Drunk History (2013). She has been married to Dave Kellett since February 24, 2001.



Gloria Calderón Kellett is currently a writer and Supervising producer on the CW series “iZombie.” Before that she was on ABC’s “Mixology”, the Lifetime series “Devious Maids, the CBS series “Rules of Engagement” (2008-2011) and “How I Met Your Mother” (2005-2008) during which she won an Alma Award for Outstanding Script. She is a graduate of the Writer’s Guild Showrunner Training Program and has sold pilots to Fox, ABC Studios, CBS and TVLAND.

Her first short film, “Wounded,” was an official selection in the Geneva Film Festival, the Palm Springs Shorts Fest, the Sedona Film Fest, the Gig Harbor Film Festival and the Big Island Film Festival. Her second short, “Very Dirty Things” was an official selection in the LA Comedy Film Festival. And her third short film “BLIND” was an official selection in the NBC/Universal Short Cuts Film Fest, the Napa Valley Film Festival, The San Luis Obispo Film Festival and the Big Island Film Festival.

She has written several plays to critical success, including “In Her Shoes” (Hudson Avenue Theatre); “Baggage” (Hudson Avenue Theatre / workshopped at The Mark Taper Forum), “Left Overs” (Odyssey Theatre), “Disconnect” (Elephant Theater), “Skirts & Flirts” (Hudson Mainstage Theatre / Kraine Theatre, NYC), “Bedtime Stories” (National Comedy Theater), “Snapshots” (Pico Playhouse), “Identity Theft” (Elephant Theatre), “Drinking Games” (Pico Playhouse); “Just Friends” (Chalk Rep); “Blind” (Stella Adler Theatre); “Dinner & A Movie” (24 Hour Plays @ Wilshire Ebell) and “The Friend Zone” (Stella Adler Theatre) among many others.

Gloria graduated from Loyola Marymount University and was awarded a Kennedy Center/ACTF Award for her first play, “Plane Strangers” – which also went on to win the Del Rey Players Playwriting Award, and the LMU Playwright of the Year Award. Gloria went on to earn a Masters degree in Theatre from the University of London. Her play, “When Words Are Many,” was a finalist for the London Writers Award. Additionally, her play, “Dance Like No One’s Looking,” won the International Student Playscript Competition, judged and awarded by Sir Alan Ayckbourn. While in London, she worked at the Royal Court Theater and the London International Festival of Theatre.

Since her return to Los Angeles, Gloria has been a founding member of the sketch comedy group And Donkey Makes Five, and has written and performed stand-up comedy at The Improv and The Comedy Store. Her book, Accessories, has been translated into Italian and is published by Small Fish Studios in the U.S. and Cassini Press in Italy. In her free time she teaches and lectures about writing (Loyola Marymount University, University of Miami, Imagen Foundation panelist, CBS Diversity program special guest) and on occasion she acts.

Check out Gloria’s website: www.everythinggloria.com


EP 4. Jonathan & Sergey Talk with Hal Sparks

February 17, 2017

Today’s Drink for “The Martini Lounge” Is
The Virgin Mojito


  1. Put ¾ cut lime, 11 large mint leaves, and either the Sprite or Simple Syrup + Club Soda into a glass. Using a muddler muddle the ingredients for about a minute.
  2. Pour ice in and shake or mix well.
  3. Garnish with mint and lime.
  4. Serve immediately.



Hal Sparks currently stars as ‘Donald Davenport’, on the hit Disney XD live-action comedy series “Lab Rats.” Since the show’s premiere in 2012, ‘Lab Rats” has been the network’s most watched program. The show has been added to the Disney Channel’s regular line-up garnering more fans and ratings than ever projected.

Sparks, who was born and raised in Kentucky, began his career in comedy as a member of the famed Second City Troupe in Chicago, where he was named “Funniest Teenager in Chicago” by the Chicago Sun Times. It wasn’t long before he was selected as to host E!’s Emmy Award-winning “Talk Soup” which led to his starring role as Michael Novotny on the groundbreaking Showtime series “Queer as Folk” (2000-2005).

Hal’s feature film credits include “The A-List,” “Extract,” “Spiderman 2” and “Dude, Where’s My Car?” In addition to TV, Hal’s popular “Politishock” radio program airs weekly on Sirius/XM. In addition to acting Hal tours the country headlining local comedy clubs and performing with his rock band Zero 1.

WEBSITE: halsparks.com

Facebook: /HalSparks

Twitter: @HalSparks

Instagram: @HalSparks

IMDb: http://imdb.to/1P813cK

Jonathan & Sergey Talk with Todd Grinnell from NETFLIX “One Day at a Time”

February 13, 2017

Todd currently stars on the new Netflix show ONE DAY AT A TIME, a remake of the original Norman Lear sitcom with Rita Moreno and Justina Machado. The show premiered on January 6th to rave reviews (has a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes!).

In addition to acting, Todd is one of the co-founders of This Bar Saves Lives, a nutrition bar that uses a one-to-one model to send life-saving aid to malnourished children around the world.


EP 3. Jonathan & Sergey Talk with Del Shores & Producer Emerson Collins about “A Very Sordid Wedding”

February 10, 2017




Del Shores – Writer/Director/Producer Del Shores has written, directed and produced successfully across studio and independent film, network and cable television and regional and national touring theatre. Shores’ career began with the play Daddy’s Dyin’ (Who’s Got The Will?) in 1987. The play has been produced in over 2,500 theatres worldwide. A movie version was released in 1990 starring Beau Bridges, Tess Harper, Judge Reinhold, Keith Carradine and Beverly D’Angelo. Shores wrote the screenplay and executive produced the film.

Sordid Lives the play opened in 1996, and in 1999 Shores wrote and directed the film version starring Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, Olivia Newton-John, Bonnie Bedelia, Leslie Jordan and Beth Grant. The film took in nearly two million dollars in its eight theatre limited release and became the longest running film in the history of Palm Springs with a record ninety-six weeks. The movie won six Best Feature and thirteen Audience Awards at film festivals. The DVD has now sold over 300,000 units and the 2014 re-release recently became a top-seller for Wolfe Video.

His play Southern Baptist Sissies followed, with a ten-month, sold-out run in 2000 and 2002. Shores received multiple Best Direction and Best Writing awards, and the play won the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Production of the Year. In 2003, The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle’s Ted Schmitt Award for Best World Premiere of an Outstanding New Play and five Back Stage West Garland Awards, two NAACP Awards, an LA Stage Alliance Ovation and three LA Weekly Awards. In 2006, Shores revived Sordid Lives, Southern Baptist Sissies and The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife in Los Angeles before a successful six city national tour, starring Delta Burke and Leslie Jordan, which played in 1000-1700 seat houses.

Sordid Lives: The Series premiered on Viacom’s LOGO network in 2008 starring Olivia Newton-John, Rue McClanahan, Leslie Jordan, Bonnie Bedelia and Caroline Rhea. Shores created, wrote, directed and executive produced all twelve episodes. The series was distributed internationally in syndication in seventeen countries. Shores has written and produced in television including Dharma and Greg and Queer as Folk. He also wrote, directed and produced the Showtime movie The Wilde Girls.

In 2010, Shores’ newest play Yellow opened winning various Los Angeles theatre awards including Best World Premiere, Best Production, Best Direction for Del Shores himself (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, Backstage Garland, LA Weekly, Broadway World.) In 2011, Shores wrote, directed and produced the screen adaptation of his play The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife entitled Blues For Willadean with the entire original stage cast: Beth Grant, Octavia Spencer, Dale Dickey, David Steen and Debby Holiday.

In 2013, Shores directed and produced the film adaptation of his play Southern Baptist Sissies, which played 29 film festivals, winning 15 awards including one for Best Screenplay and nine Audience Awards. The film opened theatrically in twelve cities and is available on Amazon, iTunes and DVD released by Breaking Glass Pictures. Shores has played over 150 cities with his three one-man shows Del Shores: My Sordid Life, Del Shores: Sordid Confessions, both available on DVD, and Del Shores: Naked.Sordid.Reality.


Emerson Collins – Producer/“Billy Joe Dobson” Emerson Collins is an actor, producer and TV personality. Emerson starred for four seasons on BRAVO’s The People’s Couch. He produced and starred in Southern Baptist Sissies and won Best Actor in a Feature Film from the Red Dirt International Film Festival. In 2015, Emerson starred in the regional theatre premiere of the one-man show “Buyer & Cellar” in Palm Springs, winning the Desert Theatre League Award for Best Actor in a Comedy. He reprised the role with the acclaimed Laguna Beach Playhouse in 2016. With Del Shores, Emerson co-hosted “The Del & Emerson Show,” UBN Radio’s number one podcast for two years. Emerson co-produced Sordid Lives: The Series for LOGO and produced the New York City, Los Angeles and Palm Springs premieres of the series in conjunction with The Trevor Project, Cinema Diverse and Outfest.

Emerson produced Blues For Willadean, the independent film adaptation of the NAACP award-winning play The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife starring Beth Grant, Dale Dickey and Octavia Spencer. The film won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Birmingham SHOUT Film Festival. Emerson joined Del Shores Productions as Vice-President of Development and began as a producer on the revivals three plays running in repertory as A Season of Shores. At the end of the successful eight-month run, he produced the national tour of Sordid Lives and Southern Baptist Sissies. In 2010, Emerson also produced the world premiere production of Del Shores’ Yellow, selected as Critic’s Choice by the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly and Backstage and winner of the LA Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Best Production. Emerson also directed and produced the DVD live tapings of Del Shores’ one man shows Del Shores: My Sordid Life, Del Shores: Sordid Confessions and Del Shores: Naked. Sordid. Reality.

Beard Collins Shores Productions Beard Collins Shores Productions was founded in 2012 by Del Shores, Emerson Collins and Louise H. Beard with a dedicated focus on producing low and ultra-low budget films with a direct route to profitability. The company’s first film project was the hybrid film of Del Shores’ GLAAD Award-winning play Southern Baptist Sissies. The film was crowdsource-financed, raising $140,000 with Indiegogo. Southern Baptist Sissies played 28 film festivals, winning 15 awards including nine Audience Awards. It was released theatrically in independent theaters in twelve cities including Palm Springs, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, Phoenix, Detroit, Portland and Los Angeles. The film is now a top-selling DVD for Breaking Glass Pictures and available for streaming and download from Amazon and iTunes.

A Very Sordid Wedding Theatrical World Premiere Sequel to Del Shores’ Hit Play, Movie & TV Series Sordid Lives Reunites All-Star Cast of Iconic Characters to Explore the Acceptance, Conflict and Bigotry Following the Supreme Court Marriage Equality Decision
Two-Week Exclusive Engagement Starts March 10, 2017, at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, Calif., expanding via The Film Collaborative to Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, San Francisco, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale and other cities/dates to be announced

Bonnie Bedelia, Leslie Jordan, Rue McClanahan (portrait), Dale Dickey and Ann Walker in Del Shores’ A Very Sordid Wedding. Photo credit: Steven K. Johnson.

Palm Springs, Calif. – Award-winning writer/director Del Shores (“Blues For Willadean,” “Southern Baptist Sissies,” “Queer A Folk”) releases his latest film, A Very Sordid Wedding, the outrageously funny sequel to his play, movie and TV series Sordid Lives. The film brings back an all-star ensemble cast of characters, rooted in the Southern Baptist world of Winters, Texas, in the weeks following the U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage equality ruling where not everyone there is ready to accept it. On March 10, 2017, the film will make its World Premiere and have an exclusive two-week theatrical release at Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs, where the original film ran for 96 weeks. It will be followed by a national limited theatrical run by The Film Collaborative, expanding to Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, San Francisco, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale and other cities and dates to be announced. For ticket information and further updates on the film’s theatrical release, visit http://www.averysordidwedding.com/.

The ensemble cast of 32 actors is led by Bonnie Bedelia (“Parenthood”), Caroline Rhea (“Sabrina, the Teenage Witch”), Dale Dickey (Independent Spirit Award winner “Winter’s Bone”), Leslie Jordan (Emmy winner “Will & Grace”) with cast members from the original Sordid Lives film Newell Alexander (“August: Osage County”), Rosemary Alexander, Kirk Geiger, Sarah Hunley, Lorna Scott (“Wanted”) and Ann Walker. New additions to the Sordid Lives world include Emerson Collins (“The People’s Couch”), Levi Kreis (Tony winner “Million
Dollar Quartet”), Carole Cook (“Sixteen Candles”), Alec Mapa (“Ugly Betty”), Aleks Paunovic (“Van Helsing”), Katherine Bailess (“Hit The Floor”) and a cameo from Whoopi Goldberg.

Sordid Lives, Del Shores’ fourth play, opened in Los Angeles in 1996, and ran for 13 sold-out months. It received 13 “Critic’s Choice” honors and 14 Drama-Logue Theatre Awards. In 1999, Shores wrote and directed the film adaption of Sordid Lives starring Beau Bridges, Delta Burke, Olivia Newton-John, Bonnie Bedelia, Leslie Jordan and Beth Grant, along with most of the cast from the play. The movie became a cult phenomenon taking in nearly $2 million in its eighttheatre limited release. The movie won six Best Feature and 13 Audience Awards at film festivals. In 2002, Twentieth Century Fox released the DVD/Video, which has now sold over 300,000 units. The film was re-released by Wolfe Video in 2014. Sordid Lives: The Series, a 12episode TV series prequel to the Sordid Lives film, premiered on MTV’s LOGO network in 2008. “Not a day goes by where someone doesn’t write me asking me for more Sordid Lives. So many of my LGBTQ fans, of all ages, have come out to their folks by showing them Sordid Lives because the humor helped them share their own story,” explains writer, director and producer Del Shores. “I am excited to bring my characters up to July 2015 where they are hit with the reality of Texas having full equality. I wanted to contrast affirming churches and organizations like Faith In America with the hypocritical bigotry that is still being spewed from pulpits represented by the ‘Anti-Equality Rally’ in the film.”

“With the victory of marriage equality and the resulting backlash disguised as ‘religious freedom’ bills, our film exploring the impact of religious bigotry couldn’t come at a more timely moment in our history,” continues producer and star Emerson Collins. “Hard-fought LGBTQ rights won over the past eight years now hang in the balance with the new presidential administration and conservative state legislatures across the country preparing to target the LGBTQ community.”

As the original film dealt with coming out in a conservative Southern world, A Very Sordid Wedding explores the questions, bigotry and the fallout of what happens when gay marriage comes to communities and families that are not quite ready to accept it. Bigoted “religious freedom,” marriage equality and cultural acceptance are all explored with Del Shores’ trademark approach to using comedy and his much beloved Sordid Lives characters to deal with these important current social issues and the very real process of accepting your family for who they are instead of who you want them to be.

Synopsis: A VERY SORDID WEDDING It’s 2015, seventeen years after Peggy tripped over G.W.’s wooden legs and died in Sordid Lives, and life has moved into the present for the residents of Winters, Texas. Sissy Hickey (Dale Dickey) is reading the Bible, cover to cover, trying to make some kind of sense out of what it really says about gay people. Her niece Latrelle Williamson (Bonnie Bedelia) has divorced her husband Wilson (Michael MacRae) who has taken up with a hot young gold digger. Latrelle’s now out and proud gay son Ty (Kirk Geiger) is on his way back to town with his black man and news of their own. Her sister LaVonda (Ann Walker) is still cussin’ and drankin’ and is being blackmailed to sit with the sick and afflicted. LaVonda’s best friend Noleta (Caroline Rhea) meets a hot younger man while visiting her awful mama in the hospital. G.W. (David Steen), sporting new fiberglass legs after Noleta burned his old ones, is still feeling guilty and mourning Peggy. Nearly incoherent barfly Juanita (Sarah Hunley) has moved from her obsession with Vacation Bible School roosters to the royal family while Wardell (Newell Alexander) and Odell (David Cowgill) still bicker at the bar. Tammy Wynette champion Brother Boy (Leslie Jordan) hasn’t been back to Winters since Peggy’s funeral, and he’s working at a tragic little gay bar in  Longview, having added Loretta and Dolly to his new medley act “We Three Queens of Oper-y Are” till a chance meeting with a dangerous criminal forces him out on the run. As the sordid saga continues, an anniversary memorial service is being planned in honor of Peggy at Bubba’s Bar while the Southside Baptist Church is planning an “Anti-Equality Rally” to protest the advancement of same-sex marriage, spearheaded by Vera Lisso (Lorna Scott) and Mrs. Barnes (Sharon Garrison). Both events are to take place on the same night, so the cast of colorful characters are all on a collision course for shenanigans and fireworks, and a surprise wedding!

Credits Beard Collins Shores Productions presents A VERY SORDID WEDDING In association with Buffalo Gal Pictures Supporting sponsor: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Written and directed by Del Shores Produced by Emerson Collins, Del Shores Executive Producers: Louise H. Beard, Phyllis Laing, Jeff Beesley, Camelot Theatres, Rozene & Ric Supple  Co-Producers: Donna Mathewson, Anthony Gore, Stuart Howell Bell, Carl Foster Miller & Karl H. Christianson, Craig & Scott Caulfield-Seidner Director of Photography: Paul Suderman Production Designer: Chad Giesbrecht Editor: Donna Matthewson Costume Designer: Sandy Soke Music by Joe Patrick Ward Total running time: 109 minutes

Official Website: http://www.averysordidwedding.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/averysordidwedding/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sordidwedding

Jonathan & Sergey Talk with Lina Bradford and Her Collection of Barbies

February 6, 2017



In The Dollhouse With Lina, the rollicking YouTube show hosted by the spirited House Music DJ diva Lina Bradford, returns for its second season this month. In the show, Lina’s quick wit (known as “Linish”…yes, she has her own language) and infectious smile take center stage as she discusses music, fashion and pop culture with her celebrity friends. In season one, her magic 8 ball transported Carson Kressley, Robert Verdi and Bevy Smith (host of “Bevelations” on Andy Cohen’s Radio Andy) into the dollhouse. Season Two will welcome guests like Candis Cayne, NY Real Housewife and Home Shopping Network jewelry designer Kelly Killoren Bensimon and Whoopi Goldberg. Each episode is shot in Lina Bradford’s Barbie doll room — she has over 600 pint-sized mannequins — and includes hilarious segments like the fan-favorite “Asian Fortune Cookie Kiki” where celebs play the Origami Paper Game with Lina, answering questions no one else would dare to ask.

“The wonderful part about doing a talk show is I get to be my fun, goofball self while doing the two things I most enjoy: learning more about the interesting personalities I adore and making people happy,” says Lina Bradford from The Dollhouse studios in New York. “What more could I ask for from a job?”

Lina Bradford grew up as an only child in New York City, across the street from Carnegie Hall. Without siblings, she would spend most of her days alone with only her wild imagination to keep her company. “I would put my Barbies in the craziest scenarios,” she remembers. “Whether they were fighting crime, sailing the French Riviera, or running high powered executive meetings in the boardroom, they always did it with glamour and style.”

Lina’s career in entertainment began early. She studied dance for ten and a half years, performing modern ballet, tap and jazz in several companies throughout New York. The moves she learned would become part of her signature style when, twenty years ago, she left the dance stage for the dance floor, spinning records all over New York and Europe. She would become best known for her ten-year run on Fire Island. Lina currently holds a once-a-month residency Party TBS (Throwback Sundays) at NYC’s The Gilded Lily. “I enjoyed a very strong upbringing from very well rounded intelligent Aries women who were all true Rams,” she continues. “They taught me to be confident in who I am.” Lina Bradford is a trans woman but she does not define herself by it. “I’ve never done labels. I’ve only worn them,” she says. People are drawn to Lina because of the essence she projects, one of love and light. “I’m an Aries. I’m optimistic and I love a challenge.”

While In The Dollhouse, Lina enjoys bringing out new sides of her guests that fans don’t normally get a chance to see. With Candis Cayne, she reminisces about growing up together in the legendary nineties New York scene. In her interview with Janet Mock, a transgender rights activist and author of the New York Times bestseller “Redefining Realness”, Lina manages to tap into Mock’s edge-y comedic side. “People tend to think Janet is always very straightforward and serious but in my interview, viewers will witness a wicked sense of humor!”

It’s the reason hoards of viewers tuned into the first season of In The Dollhouse with Lina. The show offers Lina, her guests, and viewers too, a rare chance to revert back to a childhood when shaking the Magic 8 Ball, embracing imagination and playing with dolls was acceptable and encouraged. “My show brings us back to our carefree days… if only for ten or fifteen minutes.”

In The Dollhouse With Lina is free at http://djlina.com.
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Bringing Back Memories when the Whole Family Sat Around the Radio for Story Time

January 30, 2017


“OUTSpoken is excited to bring you back to the past this Sunday with the Old Time Radio Hour featuring guest readers Lance Babbitt and Abby Crawford. With a classic detective mystery, and an old time western, this isn’t a Sunday show you’d want to miss. Join us this Sunday at 88.1 and 92.3 FM at noon for a good ol’ throwback.”.