7 Questions with Jerry Minor

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by Ryan Meehan

Memphis born actor Jerry Minor is known for his work in such feature films as Anchorman:  The Legend of Ron Burgundy, I Love You, Man, and Beer League.  Minor was a cast member and writer on NBC’s Saturday Night Live from 2000-2001, and was also a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  He has appeared on a plethora of other television programs, such as Lucky Louie, Arrested Development, Lewis Black’s The Root of All Evil, Crossballs, Drunk History, The League, Key & Peele and Cedric the Entertainer Presents.  An alumnus of the Second City Touring Company, Jerry is currently the only performer to ever belong to all three of Second City’s Touring Companies.  We are delighted to have Jerry Minor as our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

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10 Questions with Brooks Wheelan

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by Ryan Meehan

Twenty-nine year old Comedian Brooks Wheelan was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa but raised in the sleepy little town of Manchester in Delaware County just forty-five minutes north of there. He attended the University of Iowa, where he received a degree in biomedical engineering. Somewhere along the line he stayed on that career path but also pursued stand-up comedy, a decision that on paper probably didn’t make a whole lot of sense at the time but has since ended up paying huge dividends. Since then, he’s had a #1 comedy album on iTunes titled “This is Cool, Right?” and ended up with the job of a lifetime when he was hired to write for Saturday Night Live for the 2013-14 season. That gig got even better when a week before the season started Wheelan was upgraded to cast member. The gig lasted just one short year but Brooks has also appeared on such programs as The Comedy Central Half Hour, Conan, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Ridiculousness, @midnight, and Adam Devine’s House Party. He’s also performed at the South Beach Comedy Festival, Bonnaroo, SXSW, and the Moontower & Bridgetown Comedy Festivals among many others. I am honored to have the one and only Brooks Wheelan as my guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

10 Questions with Cone McCaslin of Sum 41

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by Ryan Meehan

In 1998 Canadian musician, producer, and songwriter Jason “Cone” McCaslin joined Sum 41. Shortly thereafter, the band signed a major label deal to Island Records in 1999 and went on to establish itself as one of the most successful Alternative/Pop Punk/Punk Rock acts in the years following. Their reputation for being hard-working and immensely creative has also lead to collaborations with Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee, grandfather of Punk Iggy Pop, heavy metal legend Rob Halford of Judas Priest, rapper Ludacris as well as the multi-talented Jack Black just to name a few. Sum 41 has inarguably made an indelible mark within the industry, having sold millions of records, scored videos on MTV’s coveted show Total Request Live, topped the billboard charts and made live performance appearances repeatedly on Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Last Call with Carson Daly and MAD TV. In 2007 Cone co-founded a side project with friend Todd Morse (H2O, Offspring, Petty Cash) called Operation MD. In 2007 Cone started his Producing Career with a co-production credit on the 1st Operation MD album “We Have An Emergency” which was nominated for 2 Casby Awards. Since then he has produced many albums including Operation MD’s 2nd album 2010’s “Birds + Bee Stings”, 6 songs for Hard Rock Halifax band Shelter With Thieves’ 2011 album “Someday Is Never Soon Enough” which Won an ECMA Award for “Loud Recording Of The Year”. Most recently in 2012, Cone Produced Bluegrass/ Folk/Alt-Country Toronto band The Strumbellas debut full length album “My Father + The Hunter” which was nominated for a Canadian Juno Award for “Best Roots/Traditional Album” in 2013. Cone’s latest production was on Toronto band Sun K’s debut album called “Northern Lies”, which is it out now on Maple Music. I am very happy to have Cone McCaslin of Sum 41 as my guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

7 Questions with Keith Alberstadt

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by Ryan Meehan

Keith Alberstadt grew up the son of a Vanderbilt professor and a craft artist. The result . . . a very clever comic with sharp perception, unmatched creativity, and a treasure trove of unique material. His likable personality and down-to-earth charm invite people into his brand of humor—one that is smart but not brainy and relatable but not hacky. While performing, Keith takes pride in laughing at himself and his “inner dork”, which he attempts to prove is something in all of us. Current events, popular trends, personal details… Keith shares his witty insight on everything, all the while doing it with a mischievous smile that quickly becomes infectious. A regular performer for the U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, Keith has been described as “absolutely hilarious” by Armed Forces Entertainment and “a hidden gem” by the Boston Globe. He’s also a contributing writer for Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, National Lampoon as well as other various online magazines and he’s our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

7 Questions with Jamie Lissow

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By Ryan Meehan

Jamie Lissow’s first experience doing stand-up comedy was when he placed 5th in a comedy contest in Toronto, Canada. There were only 3 contestants, but he was hooked. He began turning heads right away when he would yell very loudly in crowded places.  Jamie was then invited to do the Montreal Comedy Festival, in the sought after New Faces Category.  At the time his face was only 25 years old so it was a perfect match.  The set went well, and he has since been on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show, NBC’s Late Friday, Last Comic Standing, Star Search and in his own 1/2 hour special on Comedy Central.  He has performed at hundreds of colleges and been nominated for Campus Performer of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine.  Since then Jamie has been performing for sitting room only crowds all across the country.  Jamie has been heard on XM/Sirius Radio, Pandora, Opie and Anthony, The Bob and Tom Show and has appeared on Fox News Redeye over 50 times while still managing to have no political opinions.  He recently finished writing and will be starring in a television show with SNL alum Rob Schneider, and is living in Austin, TX with his wife and two beautiful children (unfortunately he has 3 children.)  We are pleased to have him as our guest today in 7 questions.  Continue reading