RED-HOT R&B ARTIST AARON TOWNS (1/20/17)
What would it sound like if Nirvana (Kurt Cobain) met Prince (Purple Rain)? Aaron Towns’ “The Bamboo Theory” is a genre bending work of art exploring these two unique worlds as they both serve as key influences of his sound and persona. Towns talks with Koz about this brand-new and unexpected project which unveils his melodic sound to kick off 2017; having an experimental and unorthodox groove. “The Bamboo Theory” takes you on a journey from past, present to future showcasing Aaron Towns’ full array of talents, and he's also a great and enthusiastic guest. Tune in!
RIOT LA FEST FOUNDER ABBEY LONDER (1/18/17)
Comedian/producer Abbey Londer started the Riot LA comedy fest in 2012, seeking to bring Los Angeles a world-class comedy fest to a city that had surprisingly never had one of its own. In four short years, its excellent word-of-mouth has turned it into a phenomenon that this year plays host to the legendary Mel Brooks as he does a Q&A with a screening of "Blazing Saddles" at the Microsoft Theater, and has six sold-out shows by comedian Ali Wong at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel. Londer took some time to discuss the fest and its impressive history with "Kozversations."
ACE DJ MATT WELLS OF TRUE MOTHER RECORDS: KOZVERSATIONS 11/08/16
Chicago-based DJ Matt Wells not only travels the nation spinning tracks at clubs in NYC, Chicago and LA, but he's also a driving force behind True Mother Records, as well as their groups Jaded Lover and Such Pretty Losers. He talked with Koz about the label and his work with the groups and his own solo effort, and we share three of his latest tunes. Tune in to hear a truly innovative talent who's rising fast on the nation's club scene!
CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG? AND I'M TALKING HERE!: KOZ EFFECT (11/05/16)
The election season is getting really acrimonious, if you haven't noticed, and it got explosively real on this week's latest episode. Discussing the election, the FBI's now aborted look-see into Hillary's emails, and some of Cali's multitude of weird-ass ballot measures, Koz and libertarian Mark Selzer, Nasty Woman feminist Erika Schickel, and Dr. David Robinson all teamed up for one crazy hour of arguing with some laughter mixed in. This must be heard to be believed! Oh, and we had a new Will Durst rant too! tune in!
EMMY-WINNING COMEDY WRITER/PRODUCER FROM "CHEERS," NOW-NOVELIST, PHOEF SUTTON! KOZVERSATIONS 11/04/16
Phoef Sutton made us all laugh for 11 seasons as a writer/producer on the timeless sitcom classic "Cheers." He is now the author of a string of humorous thrillers, including his latest, "Heart Attack and Vine." He talked with Koz about the book, working on "Cheers" and what made it so magic, and the state of comedy on TV today. A great listen, so join us!
KENNY LOGGINS THE SOUNDTRACK KING!: KOZVERSATIONS (10/19/16)
Kenny Loggins is THE movie Soundtrack King of the '80s and '90s, thanks to such hits as "Footloose," "Danger Zone," and many more. He's now reinvented "Footloose" as a children's book with new lyrics, and he's on a national bookstore tour to promote it. In this Kozversation, he talks about his career, the new song and the creative process behind working for movies, for adults and for kids. WARNING: There is static on this one episode, due to a glitch that day, but it is audible.
"The Princess Bride" - Cary Elwes - 10/07/16
Cary Elwes was the heartthrob hero of "The Princess Bride," one of those little-movies-that-could that was a minor hit in 1987 but has grown to become a timeless classic. In his book "As You Wish," he shares a lot of great inside stories from the making of that movie. I In this "Kozversation," Elwes speaks about his inspiration for writing the book, how he recaptured all those memories, and tells an unbelievably funny story about Andre the Giant. There's also memories of Billy Crystal and Wallace Shawn before he suddenly says he has to run for a plane and just completely bails. Hey, I'll own it. It was incredibly rude, but what's here is still interesting. Tune in!
SMOKEY ROBINSON (YES, THE SMOKEY ROBINSON!): KOZVERSATIONS (10/07/16)
In this super-special episode, Koz talks with the man who's written over 1000 songs that have defined the American pop music era, then plays a few favorites: "Tears of a Clown," "I Second that Emotion," "The Tracks of My Tears" and "Cruisin'" among them. . Smokey is a feisty, funny interview, even revealing that he has come up with some of his classics while on the toilet. But he also discusses the state of pop songwriting today, the election, his creative process and why he feels better today at 76 than 36. Great stuff!
MASTER STORYTELLER MIKE DAISEY OF "THE TRUMP CARD": KOZVERSATIONS (09/16/16)
Mike Daisey is one of America's top storytellers, and now he's topped himself with the hot new show "The Trump Card," in which he applies intriguing research and his masterful storytelling skills to create a unique experience in which he tells the surprising full story of how Donald Trump used his showmanship skills to now sit on the edge of being leader of the free world. Daisey shares his process on making that show, and also tells how got into storytelling and an amazing tale of a performance for a group of long-beared Communists on the other side of the planet that didn't seem to be going too well. Tune in!!
ACTOR/COMIC/VOICEOVER STAR STEPHEN KRAMER GLICKMAN OF "STORKS" AND "BIG TIME RUSH"! KOZVERSATIONS (09/16/16)
Stephen Kramer Glickman has been a successfully working actor and comic for several years, particularly noted for playing the titular boy-band manager on the long-running kids' series "Big Time Rush." He also runs one of the hottest standup shows in LA, and he's about to break big in voiceovers as the voice of the villainous Pigeon Toady opposite legendary sitcom star Kelsey Grammer and SNL/Brooklyn Nine Nine star Andy Samberg. Tune in to hear all about it!
WORLD-FAMOUS MEGA-LAWYER MARK GERAGOS (OJ'S DREAM TEAM, COCREATOR OF NEW ABC SERIES "NOTORIOUS": KOZVERSATIONS (09/16/16)
Mark Geragos is one of the most famous lawyers in America, if not the planet. He's defended Michael Jackson, Winona Ryder, Chris Brown, and was part of OJ Simpson's Dream Team. Now he's the co-creator and an exec producer on the new ABC series "Notorious," which launches Sept. 22. The fun pulp fiction-style show fills the juicy timeslot long occupied by "Scandal," and serves up the same kind of wicked fun. In this Kozversation, Geragos discusses the show, where he draws the line with clients, how close to reality he'll allow the show to get, and much more. Tune in and then check out the series!
THE HEADLINER OF NPR'S SMASH HIT "SNAP JUDGMENT": JAMES JUDD! KOZVERSATIONS (09/09/16)
Wanna hear a great story? Then you can't beat this guy, James Judd! As the headliner for the SNAP! Live tours promoting NPR's smash hit storytelling show "Snap Judgment," he is a whirling dervish force of nature, stalking the stage with an energy that makes him a combination of David Sedaris and Chris Rock. And he's also incredibly revealing as he shares stories of all manner of mishaps and misadventures in his life. In this Kozversation, Judd tells how he went from being a standup comic to a lawyer to a storytelling star, and about how his tattoo-removal doctor turned out to be a notorious murderer whom he is now best friends with! You gotta hear this!!!
SONY COUNTRY SINGER/SONGWRITER - AND DOCTOR WHO STARTED THE GLUTEN FREE CRAZE! - KENNY DAVIN FINE: KOZVERSATIONS (09/09/16)
This truly intriguing Kozversation brought Koz together with Kenny Davin Fine, a country singer with ten albums who also happens to be the academic medical doctor who started the whole gluten-free craze. Learn how THAT happened, and how his careers come together in appearances nationwide, AND hear some of his music, right here on this episode! For more info on Kenny: His medical lab is enterolab.com. His health institute is www.intestinalhealth.org You can order his great gluten free food at www.theorganicalternative.com and find much other info at www.finerhealth.com. Check it out!
DOCUMENTARIAN JEFF FEUERZEIG OF "AUTHOR: THE JT LEROY STORY" AND "THE DEVIL & DANIEL JOHNSTON": KOZVERSATIONS (08/31/16)
Once in a while, an interview comes along that's just magic and fascinating and fun, and this was one of them. Jeff Feuerzeig has made some incredible docs over the years, including profiles of mentally troubled musician/artist Daniel Johnston, Jeff Dowd who's the real-life "Dude" of "The Big Lebowski," Chuck Wepner the real-life inspiration for Rocky Balboa, and now the infamous literary hoax known as JT LeRoy, subject of Jeff's brilliant new doc "Author: The JT LeRoy Story." You gotta hear him explain the story behind the story of the biggest literary hoax of the last 20 years. 30 years even, maybe. It's an amazing story with a fantastic tale about the real-life dude behind "The Dude", Jeff Dowd. Tune in. I'm real proud of this one.
"Blue Valentine" - Derek Cianfrance, Filmmaker (08/31/16)
This one is short and sweet, but answers a few questions about one of the most intriguing filmmakers on the American scene today: Derek Cianfrance. Whether exploring the wonderful rise and disastrous collapse of a relationship in "Blue Valentine," how the sins of the father affect their sons in the amazing "The Place Beyond the Pines," or seeing how far people will go to become parents in the new "The Light Between Oceans," his movies are deep, powerful and make you think. Kind of like this Kozversation. Tune in!
BARRY MCGUIRE, SINGER OF THE CLASSIC "EVE OF DESTRUCTION": KOZVERSATIONS (08/19/16)
Barry McGuire hit the top of the charts in 1965 with a song called "Eve of Destruction," whose stark lyrics by the brilliant singer-songwriter P.F. Sloan mourned the war and environmental destruction going on around the planet even then. The story of how it was recorded, how it hit the airwaves, the backlash against the song by politicians and DJs, and how Barry never managed to hit the charts again yet has maintained 50 years of touring off that one song is one of the most fascinating Kozversations ever. If you love a good story, a good song, and/or rock n roll history this one is for you!Listen to "BARRY MCGUIRE, SINGER OF THE CLASSIC "EVE OF DESTRUCTION": KOZVERSATIONS (08/19/16)" on Spreaker.
SINGER JONATHAN GROUT OF HOT SAUCE HOLIDAY! KOZVERSATIONS (08/19/16)
Jonathan Grout is one of the most unique performers on the LA rock music scene, as the lead singer of the "rock cabaret" band Hot Sauce Holiday. Sporting a mohawk and painted handprints on his otherwise-shaved head, he (and the rest of the band) have a slinky, sexy presence that is also hilarious a good deal of the time (and intentionally so). Here, he talks about his unique creative vision and where it came from, while we share a couple of their best tracks with you along the way. Expand your horizons and tune in!
DOMINICK DOLIO AND KEITH BURMAN OF THE DOOWOP PUNK BAND PRIVATE INSTIGATORS! KOZVERSATIONS (08/19/16)
Dominick Dolio and Keith Burman are two-thirds of the Chicago doowop-punk band Private Instigators! Along with Jeff Gonzales on drums, they have a unique sound that combines punk-pop wallop with amazing harmonies, and on today's Kozversation, Dolio and Burman share the band's story, how they got their sound, and a whole lot of fun facts about their other interests. Check 'em out here and make sure you track down more of their amazing music at www.private-instigators.com!
NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL CONVENTION!
With Carl on assignment this week, Dr. David Robinson is joined by Erika Schickel and Tymon Shipp in the studio while Will Durst joins live via the magic of telephony. The Democratic Convention is recapped, dissected, and repackaged to make an oh so tasty gathering that much tastier - especially when compared to what the Republicans have been trying to feed us.
DAVE PIRNER OF SOUL ASYLUM: THE FIRST KOZVERSATION INTERVIEW AND THE LONGEST, FROM 2012
Koz has a virtual obsession with the band Soul Asylum and its lead singer/songwriter Dave Pirner. On this episode, freshly dug out of the Radio Titans archives, he had his first and longest interview with the frontman and highly recommends you check this one out!
Dave Pirner (from Soul Asylum)
4TH TIMES THE CHARM! AN IN PERSON INTERVIEW WITH MY FAVORITE SINGER SONGWRITER (07/24/16)
Radio Titans head Carl Kozlowski has met lots of cool people throughout his seven years in podcasting, but his all time favorite has to be his all-time favorite singer-songwriter Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum. Ever since Koz heard the band's breakthrough album "Grave Dancer's Union" for the first time in 1992, he was blown away by the band on every level: lyrics, music, and the at least 25 live concerts he's seen with them. Thanks to their ace PR person Dana, he's been able to interview Dave three times by phone and have a fun little video made for the Titans homepage (www.radiotitans.com - check out the bottom of it) but on July 21, he was able to meet Dave for a real sit-down interview for the first time ever. In it, they discuss how the songwriting and live shows have changed without longtime guitarist Dan Murphy, how Dave keeps his creative flow going, and solve one of the Great Rock n Roll Mysteries of All Time: What was the deal with Dave's hair back in the early '90s, and how did he decide to change it? Video of this coming soon but you gotta hear this!
AWESOME RISING ROCK BAND 3 BY DESIGN: KOZVERSATIONS (07/21/16)
3 By Design is a fast rising rock band on the LA scene, with two hard-hitting EPs including their latest, "Enemy," already out even though they just formed two years ago. Their guitarist, Kevin Hicklin, and bassist Frank Mullis, dropped by Radio Titans studios for a free-wheeling conversation on the band, but also on what it's like for Kevin being an African-American in hard rock, the powerful influence Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch had on Kevin's spirituality and Frank's love of Michael McDonald and Hall and Oates. (Yes, you read right!) Plus we include a couple of their slammin' tunes, for a well-rounded visit that was a blast!
CONSERVATIVE ACTIVIST/FILMMAKER DINESH D'SOUZA: KOZVERSATIONS
On this quick but intriguing Kozversation, Koz talks with conservative activist/author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, who was railroaded into prison on campaign finance violation charges strangely close to having unleashed an anti-Obama documentary into American theatres. He didn't back down or get scared, though - instead, he's fighting mad and funny with his explosive new film, "Hillary's America", out next weekend nationwide. He sat down with Koz for a fun and intriguing interview.
ROCK SINGER/SONGWRITER JOIE BLANEY OF DEAD BLONDE GIRLFRIEND: KOZVERSATIONS
Joie Blaney is one of Koz's all-time favorite singer/songwriter/rock stars, ever since Koz overheard him rocking Canter's Deli like it was Madison Square Garden nearly a decade ago. Blaney has been a major player in both NYC's and LA's music scenes, and he shares his colorful life here on Kozversations as he releases his latest EP, "Love Letters and Suicide Notes." Tune in to learn about a fascinating and highly talented guy!
MICHAEL CAVANAGH: TONY-NOMINATED STAR OF BROADWAY'S "MOVIN' OUT" AND MASTER OF BILLY JOEL SONGS !
On this quick and fun episode, Koz talks with Tony-nominated singer/actor/piano man extraoardinaire Michael Cavanagh, who brought the songs of Billy Joel to life in the classic Broadway show "Movin' Out" and now performs them with symphonies around the world. Hear how he wound up with the coolest job on earth!
GREG LYNCH, AUTHOR OF THE HUMOROUS MYSTERY NOVEL "PLAIN BROWN WRAPPER"
Greg Lynch was a fellow student with Koz at Texas Christian University (TCU - Go Frogs!) and was one of Koz's editors at the school's newspaper. Together they also learned from a brilliant, Hemingway-esque writing professor named Harry Opperman. In this Kozversation, Greg discusses his debut novel "Plain Brown Wrapper," a sharp and witty mystery filled with eccentric characters , in the finest tradition of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen. He also talks about his former career as a private investigator, his work as a journalist, shares some crazy investigations he was involved with, and tries to explain why Texans can be so damn eccentric. Tune in - then buy his book at Amazon.com!
RoseanneRoseanne has been one of America's most outspoken and unique voices for the past 30 years, particularly on her groundbreaking sitcom "Roseanne." But in 2012, she took her outspoken opinions to another level by running for President. Thank God she filmed that wild ride, in which she started representing her own Green Tea Party, and then went for the nomination of the Green Party, stirring up a whole can of worms that shows even indie parties are screwed up these days. She wound up being the presidential candidate for the Peace and Freedom Party and wound up 6th nationwide! In this interview, she talks about what she learned, what fires her up, what she hopes to do next (she might still be a Veep candidate come August!) and makes it clear that she's the one who broke the glass ceiling first as a woman national presidential nominee. Hold on to your hats!
Episode 97 (6/23/16)
Episode 96: LEGENDARY ACTOR JOE MANTEGNA (06/18/16)
Joe Mantegna has spent nearly a decade on CBS' "Criminal Minds," but he's been one of America's most beloved actors long before then. Here he discusses the Ray Bradbury-based movie that's his favorite role ever, as well as his lengthy career and the role his faith and good taste have played in it. Great stuff!
Episode 95: "DAILY SHOW" CO-CREATOR MADELEINE SMITHBERG (06/17//16)
Comedy today wouldn't be the same without Madeleine Smithberg, who with Lizz Winstead teamed up to create "The Daily Show" for Comedy Central back in 1996. Having reset the rules on how political comedy is done, she is coming to Politicon (www.politicon.com) next weekend to be part of an unprecedented "Daily Show" reunion panel. But she shared the story of "TDS" founding, and how she feels it's gone since, here!
Episode 94: SNL LEGEND KEVIN NEALON (06/17/16)
In a week full of bucket list interviews, Koz strikes this one off talking to SNL legend Kevin Nealon about what it was like being one of the longest performers in SNL history, as well as what he thinks of the 2016 election, his time on the classic sitcom "Weeds" and whether it influenced America's push for marijuana legalization, and those goofy medicine commercials he's on constantly on TV with Arnold Palmer. Good stuff!
Episode 93: BRIAN UNGER OF "THE DAILY SHOW" EXPLAINS IT ALL TO KOZ (06/18/16)
Brian Unger is a comedy legend, as a star "Correspondent" for the first three years of "The Daily Show," under Craig Kilborn. He helped redefine comedy as we know it, particularly in the political realm, and he explained it all to Koz on this special episode a week before he heads to Politicon (www.politicon.com) for an epic "Daily Show" reunion. This is great stuff!
Episode 92: INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED JOURNALIST JON RONSON ASKS "IS DONALD TRUMP A PSYCHOPATH?" (06/18/16)
In this amazing episode, one of Koz's favorite writers on the planet - British journalist Jon Ronson - discusses whether Donald Trump is a psychopath (he's done some tests!) and his daring career exposing conspiracies in books like "Men Who Stare at Ghosts" and "Them!" He's at Politicon (www.politicon.com) in Pasadena CA on June 25-26 but you can hear all about it - and some amazing insights on the next dictator in chief - here!
Episode 91: POLITICON FOUNDER SIMON SIDI (06/18/16)
Simon Sidi was a rock promoter for 30 years who hatched the brilliant idea of Politicon, which is the biggest convention of political, comedy and media celebrities ever assembled. As the second Politicon prepares to go down on June 25-26 in Pasadena, CA, he tells Koz how he got the idea and some wild backstage stories. Tune in!~
Episode 90: JOHN RATZENBERGER (CLIFF THE MAILMAN FROM "CHEERS"!) (06/17/16)
John Ratzenberger played one of America's most beloved sitcom characters, Cliff the Mailman, on "Cheers" for 11 years. Since then, he has become one of the most-used voices in Pixar movies, with a role in the latest, "Finding Dory." But he's also a longtime Republican activist who will be appearing in four panels at Politicon (www.politicon.com) June 25-26 in Pasadena, CA. On this Kozversation, he discusses each of the panels' issues: his personal discovery that led him to oppose marijuana legalization ("The Weed Panel"), his concern that America will fall apart from within due to the fact new generations don't know how to construct things anymore ("Transforming Our Community"), his passion for the Second Amendment ("Tons of Guns") and his support for Donald Trump ("The Trump Panel"). This is a deep, far-ranging interview in an easy amount of time. Check it out!
Episode 89: LEGENDARY POLITICAL STRATEGIST JAMES CARVILLE (06/18/16)
Just a week before he hits the LA area for Politicon (www.politicon.com) at the Pasadena Convention Center, James Carville takes the time with Koz to analyze the 2016 election, why Hillary is doing well this year but not '08, what the magic of Bill Clinton was when he met him, and much more. This was a bucket list interview for Koz and a must-listen for anyone who loves politics and colorful personalities!
Episode 88: DOUG STANHOPE HAS A "KOZVERSATION" (05/27/16)
One of comedy's most outrageous voices, Doug Stanhope has built a long career dishing out some of the most out-there and sometimes just-plain-wrong yet funny lines of anyone. So it shouldn't be a surprise that he had an equally outrageous mother, whom he now pays tribute to in the darkly funny memoir, "Digging Up Mother: A Love Story." He talks about the book and how it came about, recalls her love of farts, assesses the state of the presidential election and Donald Trump, recalls leading an atheists' fundraiser for an Oklahoma woman who made national news for saying she was an atheist after being asked about God after her house was destroyed in a tornado, and much more, before winding up telling Koz about the only joke he's ever come to regret telling. Tune in -if you dare!
Episode 87: SHANE BLACK (Bonus round!) (05/06/16)
Hollywood's greatest action writer, Shane Black, is back with the fantastic new detective action comedy "The Nice Guys" on May 20! Koz has seen it and rates it the funnest movie of the year alongside "Deadpool." Hear Shane's amazing voice - seriously, it's mindboggling - as he discusses what inspired this '70s-style crime-buddy romp, how he picked normally serious actors like Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe to be so damn funny, how he takes the time to infuse moments of kindness and emotion amid his mayhem, why Christmas is magic to him and especially in his movies, the reason why he as a lefty is willing to argue endlessly with Koz (a righty) on politics on Facebook without each cutting each other off, and the mystery of whether Schwarzenegger will be BACK in Shane's upcoming new "Predator" movie. If you love movies or amazing voices, tune in!
Episode 86: SANDRA TSING LOH (05/06/16)
NPR Superstar humorist/host and national bestselling author Sandra Tsing Loh has long been a hero of Koz, and is now a three-timer on Radio Titans! This certainly is the charm, as she discusses her new play "The Madwoman in the Volvo" (at the Pasadena Playhouse in June), the amazing personal story of an affair that started it all, the power of creating a great show for actresses over 50 and her creative process! Loh is a master of the funny, so tune in.
Episode 85: ACTOR KENNETH LOPEZ AND SONGWRITER JAMES HOLVAY OF HOT NEW PLAY "THE EASTSIDE HEARTBEATS" (O5/01/16)
Kenneth Lopez is the lead actor and singer of the hot new LA-based play "The Eastside Heartbeats," which tells the true story of Cannibal and the Headhunters, who had a Top 10 hit with "Land of a Thousand Dances" before Wilson Pickett ever did and opened for the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl, yet never managed to explode as stars. The show has 21 songs, and 19 of them were written by James Holvay, who wrote oldies hits like "Kind of a Drag" for The Buckinghams back in the '60s. They discuss the play (which opens on Cinco de Mayo at the Casa 0101 theater in Boyle Heights), the story of the real band, their own lives and writing songs for classic hitmakers, plus share three songs from the play and Koz's attempt to duet on a live "Kind of a Drag", all in this episode!
Episode 84: Ben Mankiewicz of TCM and Charlie Tabesh of TCM talk about the TCM Classic Movie Fest!
Tune in to hear what America's greatest classic movie event, the TCM Fest's 7th edition, has to offer this year plus learn about one of TCM's two main hosts, Ben Mankiewicz, and his fascinating life story as he and TCM Fest's VP of Programming, Charlie Tabesh, share tons of great info on this episode.
Episode 83: BIG STAR: Ken Stringfellow of The Posies, legendary producer Mitch Easter (REM), and drummer Jody Stephens
In this epic three-part interview edition, Koz talks about one of the great underrated bands of all time: Big Star. They've influenced everyone from REM and The Replacements to The Posies and countless other great bands, and as the latest tribute show in which the band's album "Third" gets played live at the Alex Theatre in Glendale April 27 by an all-star band, he spoke with Ken Stringfellow of The Posies, who's played bass for Big Star since 1993; legendary producer Mitch Easter, who helped create these tribute shows;and Big Star's lone surviving original member, its drummer Jody Stephens. We include The Posies' latest single and a slew of Big Star's best songs along the way!
Episode 82: Colin Quinn
One of America's best-loved and longest-lasting comedians, Colin Quinn sat down to discuss a new one-man show about our national misunderstanding of the Constitution, in addition to his work in the "GrownUps" movies, "Remote Control" and much more, in this interview initially conducted in conjunction with Esquire.
Episode 81: Walter Mosley
One of America's most popular mystery writers, Walter Mosley is also an icon in the African-American community. He discusses his career with Koz.
Episode 80: Wendie Malick
Wendie Malick was an Emmy-winning star of "Just Shoot Me" who went on to great success on "Hot in Cleveland" as well. She is also a major spokesperson for the ASPCA in her fight against animal cruelty, and she spoke with Koz about her career, her cause and her involvement in a very special memorial service on the anniversary of 9/11.
Episode 79: Bob Mehr
Bob Mehr is a veteran rock journalist who has written a terrific new book called "Trouble Boys" about The Replacements, one of the greatest and (at the time) most underrated bands of the '80s. He managed to get stunning insights into their creative yet troubled lives.
Episode 78: Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum!
Koz's favorite singer/songwriter of all time, Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum, hangs out from Minneapolis for his third in-depth interview with "Kozversations." They talk about SA's new album "Change of Fortune" (out now! It's amazing! Get it!) and what it's like recording his first album in the band's 35 year career without former guitarist Dan Murphy, how a hearing loss scare led him to pick up the acoustic guitar and expand his songwriting for 1992's breakthrough album "Grave Dancer's Union," how the idea of helping real-life runaways reunite with their families through the "Runaway Train" video came about, and much more. It's an awesome Kozversation and is followed by three killer tracks from the new album: "Supersonic," "Change of Fortune" and "Doomsday." Tune in!
Episode 77: Alan Alda
Alan Alda (born Alphonso Joseph D'Abruzzo; January 28, 1936) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and author. A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, he is known for his starring roles as Captain Hawkeye Pierce in the TV series M*A*S*H and Arnold Vinick in The West Wing, and his supporting role in the 2004 film The Aviator as U.S. Senator Owen Brewster, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. For 14 years, he served as the host of Scientific American Frontiers, a television show that explored cutting-edge advances in science and technology. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Stony Brook University and a founder and member of the advisory board of the university's Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and the Future of Life Institute. He serves on the board of the World Science Festival and is a judge for Math-O-Vision. Alda is giving a free and rare lecture at Caltech's Beckman Auditorium on April 6, and he phoned in to talk about his lifelong passion for science, what made "MASH" work so timelessly and much more. Tune in to hear a living legend!
Episode 76: Ozomatli's Raul Pacheco and Ulli Bella
Raul Pacheco and Ulli Bella are two of the leaders of the seven-piece, multi-Grammy-winning band Ozomatli. They're celebrating their 21st anniversary as a band April 1 with a show at the Rose nightclub in Pasadena, California, that's sure to be as smoking hot as their records. They joined Koz to talk about their band's history, why they support Bernie Sanders, the odd coincidence of having released an album on 9/11 and how that drove their activism, and much much more. Then stick around for a couple hot slices of their tunes as we play "Burn it Down" and "Place in the Sun" to close it out!
Episode 75: British Singing Superstar Rumer
Koz couldn't ask for a better guest to celebrate this landmark 75th episode than British singing superstar Rumer, who has made quite a splash on the British music scene since her debut album "Seasons of My Soul" in 2010. She won MOJO Magazine's Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award, as well as two Brit Awards (the equivalent of our Grammys), and went platinum in England while selling more than a million albums across Europe. She's had a string of successful CDs since, often covering classics and personal favorites from the '60s and '70s and is currently working on her debut American album, a collection of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's finest songs. Yet there's been a real up and down to it all, as her unexpected fame also brought her battles with PTSD and depression. She's also got a lot to say about the oversexualization of many women in the music industry, with hot comments including her belief that Miley Cyrus "needs to be exorcised." And wait til you hear her discuss her charity of choice - it's incredibly moving and wholly unexpected. Hear all about that, the emotional discovery she made about her childhood, her creative process, performing for both President Obama and Queen Elizabeth at different shows, and the encounters she had with Adele while living on the same block before they both became famous. It's a fascinating listen, and an entertaining one too, with several of her best songs included! Tune in if you're a fan or are about to become one!
Episode 74: Comic Turned Personal Evolution Leader Kyle Cease
Kyle Cease won the Comedy Central Stand-Up Showdown in 2009, naming him the most popular comic on the network that year. Then, he made a transformation in both his life and career, as he found that his success did not make him happy, and he entered the world of personal evolution by working with Tony Robbins. He has developed his own style of teaching now, and the wildly popular Evolving Out Loud series of talks has his selling out theatres around the world. Kyle and Koz talk about that journey and some of his most vital ideas.
Episode 73: Comedy Mega-Manager Barry Katz
Barry Katz has been a key force in the careers of some of comedy's biggest stars, incluidng Louis CK, Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook and Jay Mohr. He is also the host of the popular podcast Industry Standard, and he sat down with Koz to discuss his comedy philosophies, how he knows who is going to be a great talent, and much more - while also analyzing Koz's comedy career and nailing him on his hangups. An in-depth Kozversation that every comic or comedy fan should hear.
Episode 72: Oscar-winning writer of 'The Departed' William Monahan
William Monahan won a screenwriting Oscar for his script of the Martin Scorsese classic 'The Departed.' He's now making his directing debut off his script for the film noir thriller 'Mojave,' and he sat down for a Kozversation about the movie, the wild story that inspired it, his love of film noir, why he doesn't focus on genres, his experience as a writer for the legendary Spy magazine, and how he cracked the Unabomber's codes a week before he was captured. Fascinating stuff.
Episode 71: Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin is one of the top film critics and historians in America. In this Kozversation, he talks about how he developed his lifelong love of movies, his favorite and least favorite movies, his guilty pleasure film, favorite director, his total disdain of the Golden Globes, and much much more. If you love film, listen to this!
Episode 70: Brad Williams
Brad Williams is one of the biggest stars in comedy today, which is even more amazing considering he overcame the challenges of dwarfism to make it. He talks about his new upcoming special taping for Showtime, being discovered by Carlos Mencia and the magic they had in working together, and much more.
Episode 69: Reza Aslan
Reza Aslan is one of the world's foremost Muslim thinkers, a frequent guest on HBO's Bill Maher show, and a voice for justice and truth regarding the Middle East. In this Kozversation, he discusses his admiration for Jesus, his own personal faith journey, his open letter to American Muslims in favor of same-sex marriage, and his devastating opinion about Saudi Arabia's influence in the terror world. Explosive stuff.
Episode 68: Peter Mehlman
Peter Mehlman is a former 'Seinfeld' writer who coined phrases that have entered the real-world slang lexicon: 'Yada yada', 'Spongeworthy' and many more. He's now the author of his debut novel, the comic masterpiece 'It Won't Always Be This Great', and he talks about his dual careers with Koz.
Episode 67: TJ MIller
Koz sits down with TJ Miller, who's not only one of America's top comics but also a star of HBO's 'Silicon Valley'. They discuss his career and much more: his insane audition with a real-live bear for 'Yogi Bear', why he stays positive in a world he sees as godless, and his incredible drive to bring happiness to humanity.
Koz speaks with one of the world's most popular comics, an American comic born in Iran whose family emigrated during the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Despite the fact he was 8 years old at that time, he grew up catching grief for being Iranian, and developed a great sense of humor about it. His headlining role on the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour brought new insights and truths to audiences worldwide with a healthy dose of laughter, and he's also had a heady couple of years starring in his dream movie 'Jimmy Vestvood' and writing his hit book 'I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV'. This Kozversation touched on the Paris attacks and how a comic finds a way to deal in a humorous healthy way with it, plus how he overcame the extra setbacks of having a unique ethnic background to find success in Hollywood. It's a fascinating and quick dose of informative fun.
Episode 65: Greg Turkington, aka Neil Hamburger
One of the world's most famous alternative comics has a new movie called 'Entertainment' out, and he breaks the facade of his character Neil Hamburger to share his creative process both with that character and the movie, what drives him to be so unusual, and a couple of funny stories about times where people just didn't understand what he was doing.
Episode 64: William Riead
The writer-director of the first major feature film about modern-day saint and icon Mother Teresa, 'The Letters' (out Dec. 4), Wlliam Riead had a prior career as a TV newsman for CBS and the precursor to CNN, in which he was present at two assassination attempts on President Ford in the space of three days. This riveting interview offers unique insights into Mother Teresa and a fascinating tale of what it's like to see a US president stare death in the face up close.
'Episode 63: Actor David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo may be British, but he’s taking on some diehard American roles these days.. His stirring portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King helped lead the movie “Selma” to a Best Picture nomination last year, but now he’s the star of “Captive,” a stirring new true-life drama about a troubled man who shot his way out of jail and a trial and wound up kidnapping a female meth addict, only to find that they helped each other live better through their ordeal and shared experience with the faith-based book “The Purpose-Driven Life,” He joins Koz for a conversation about what drives his choices, his own deeply Christian faith and how he manages to enter and leave the mindset of a killer in a healthy way for his role. Great Kozversation!
Episode 62: Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is not only one of the hottest comics in America – selling out clubs nationwide, as well as starring in hit movies like ‘This is The End,”- he’s also the star of NBC’s new hit summer sitcom “Mr. Robinson.” He’s also a friend of Koz dating back to their earliest days in standup comedy back in 1996 Chicago. With the new show on the airwaves, Craig took some time from his busy schedule working a Denver club weekend to talk with Koz about the whole glorious ride and the hard work that made it happen.
Episode 61: Matthew Sweet
Koz goes crazy with excitement, talking to his favorite singer/songwriter ever (well, maybe next to Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum, who he’s Kozversationed twice in the past). The creator of the landmark 1992 album “Girlfriend,” which was named one of the 100 best albums of the ’90s by Rolling Stone, Sweet went on to unleash one classic platter after another with “Altered Beast,” “100% Fun” and “In Reverse” before spending the past decade expanding his artistic horizons as part of the vocal supergroup The Thorns and three amazing duet albums with Susanna Hoffs as the “Under the Covers” series. He’s about to release another album, and he took the time to talk with Koz about the stories behind the music, his creative process, the rollercoaster career of a rocker and his passionate devotion to the paintings of Margaret Keane and her “Big Eyes” body of work. This is one hell of a Kozversation!
Episode 60: Kevin Allison
Kevin Allison was a member of The State – a comedy troupe that helped redefine comedy in the 1990s, alongside the likes of “Mr. Show” and “The Ben Stiller Show.” They had 11 members, many of whom continue to power American comedy through the creation of “Reno 911,” “Viva Variety!”, the “Night at the Museum” films, and cult hits like “Wet Hot American Summer.” But Allison had his own unique niche in the troupe, as he came out as gay right from the beginning of their shot at success, in 1994 – more than two decades before marriage equality was achieved. Allison invited Koz over to his New York City apartment while Koz was in the Big Apple on other Radio Titans business, and this terrific Kozversation is the result.
Episode 59: Joe Dante
Koz takes an info-packed ten with the legendary director of such horror-comedy gems as “Gremlins,” “Innerspace,” “Matinee” and “Small Soldiers,” as he marks the release of his new indie gem, “Burying the Ex.” They talk about the state of horror today, how Dante built his trademark mix of horror and comedy, and the surprising longevity of “The Burbs.” Tune in if you love movies!
Episode 58: Andy Bichlbaum
The Yes Men are activist pranksters who have spent the past two decades disrupting and embarrassing some of the largest corporations and globalist organization on earth. They’ve also had three hilarious documentaries made about their work, with the latest, “The Yes Men Are Revolting,” opening this month. One of the Yes Men, “Andy Bichlbaum,” (they use aliases) explained the manic magic behind their successes in this Kozversation.
Episode 57: Greg Proops
The Smartest Man in the World” joins Koz for a funny yet surprisingly deep discussion of his latest work, ‘The Smartest Book in the World,’ the state of the American mind and culture, his involvement with Fox News’ “Red Eye,” the battle between left and right in comedy, the brilliance of great films and much more. Tune in and feel your mind expand!
Episode 56: Andrew Niccol
One of the world’s most distinctive filmmakers, Andrew Niccol emerged from the world of commercial directing to write the 1998 classic movie “The Truman Show” before writing and directing a string of visionary films about technology and war and their effect on our humanity, including “Gattaca” (Koz’s favorite scifi film ever), “Lord of War,” “SimOne”, “In Time” and his latest, “Good Kill,” starring Ethan Hawke as a US drone pilot and the devastating psychological effects of this seemingly safer form of warfare. He spoke with Koz about his career, the causes that drive his work and the dangers of drone warfare.
Episode 55: Jamie de Wolf
Episode 54: Joie Blaney
Koz talks to his favorite rock singer ever, Joie Blaney aka Dead Blonde Girlfriend about his impending major surgery and the changes it has brought to his life and creative process.
Episode 53: Andy Summers
Andy Summers was the guitarist for one of the biggest rock bands of all time, The Police. Then one day, it was over abruptly when Sting opted to go solo – giving neither the band nor their fans proper closure. 27 years later, in 2012, they reteamed for one of the biggest grossing tours in history, and Andy was wise enough to put his passion for photography to good use documenting the ups and downs for amazing photography books, his memoir and his new documentary, “Can’t Stand Losing Again,” out in theaters now. He sat down with Koz to talk about it all in this very cool Kozversation
Episode 52 - Eric Bogosian
ERIC BOGOSIAN is one of America’s most controversial and acclaimed performers, with six off-Broadway smash hit solo performance shows to his credit and the legendary cult film “Talk Radio” to his credit. In fact, “Talk Radio” was a huge influence on all of us Titans! But now he’s the author of “Operation Nemesis,” a book about the amazing true story of six Armenian men in America who plotted how to get revenge killings of the six Turkish leaders responsible for the Armenian Genocide, and how they got away with it for life. In this Kozversation, Bogosian is fired up and controversial as hell in his frustration with the American government and President Obama in particular for not calling the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians a genocide – and praises Pope Francis for having the guts to do it. This show posted on the 100th anniversary of the Genocide’s start, so this is red hot stuff!!!
Episode 51: Julia Fairlight
Julia Fairlight has a big booming soulful voice that carries on the tradition of Janis Joplin, and she also goes old school in her music’s production values with a Wall of Sound approach (courtesy of producer Andrew Monheim, musical director of Radio Titans’ “Pajama Party”). She has also overcome an eating disorder and addictions, coming out the other side with a strongly inspirational point of view and boisterously joyful music. Her debut CD “Midnight Muse” is a blast of fun fresh air, and she brought that energy to this Kozversation!
Episode 50: Thomas McCarthy
This actor turned writer-director has created some of the most intelligent indie films of the past decade or more, with THE STATION AGENT, THE VISITOR and WIN WIN. He talks with Koz about his latest movie – with Adam Sandler – THE COBBLER, plus tells the story of discovering Peter Dinklage, the ongoing relevance to the immigration debate of THE VISITOR, what made WIN WIN special and his current work prepping the bombshell drama SPOTLIGHT, about the Boston Globe’s groundbreaking expose of the Catholic Church’s priest molestation scandals in Boston (starring Michael Keaton and likely out this fall
Episode 49: Adam Carolla
Koz says Mahalo! to the King of Podcasting, in this special episode recorded AT Carolla’s Glendale-based media empire. They talk about Carolla’s new move ROAD HARD, and the world of standup comedy and life on the road, plus a walk through some of the more outrageous moments of his career and whether PC-ness is killing American speech again.
Episode 48: T. Sean Shannon
This guy from Texas went to the Mt. Everest of Comedy- “SNL” – for eight years as a writer from 1998- 2006 (aka The Will Ferrell/Tracy Morgan years). He now makes movies, but in the wake of SNL 40, he sat down with Koz to dish on all sorts of fascinating stories from his time on the show, along with sharing hilarious stories from the time he and Fred Willard freaked out an elevator full of tourists at the Roman Colosseum!
Episode 47: Allen Covert
Allen Covert is not just a comic and actor who has been the beloved star of one of the oddest cult-comedy classics of the past decade, “Grandma’s Boy.” He recently made an in-depth interview with fellow Radio Titans show “The Sunday Show” and its host, Johnny O, which you can hear at this link, in which he talked at length about “Grandma’s Boy,” as well as Happy Madison films “The House Bunny,” “Eight Crazy Nights,” “Strange Wilderness” and more plus upcoming Sandler blockbusters “Pixels” and “The Ridiculous 6.” But he stuck around for a shorter “Kozversation,” to discuss how Happy Madison handles their often-scathing critics’ reviews, whether being conservative/libertarian has hurt him and Sandler in Hollywood, and the details behind the groundbreaking Netflix deal Sandler made to produce and star in four feature films for Netflix. It’s great stuff coming at ya!
Episode 46: Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner is perhaps the most traditional screen icon of our times, with a bedrock all-American image that ranks him with greats like Gary Cooper, John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart. His two new movies in theaters, “Black or White” and the brand-new “McFarland USA,” are both winners, and manage to take on race relations in a personal, down-to-earth, inspiring and apolitical fashion. Hear him talk about those issues, those movies, the magic of sports films, and how he keeps a level head after nearly 30 years of worldwide fame in this fascinating Kozversation
Episode 45: David Cross
David has been acclaimed as a comic mastermind for more than two decades now, since his groundbreaking work on shows like “Mr. Show” and “Arrested Development.” He’s also been a standup, author, voiceover artist and much more, but only now has he finally wound up writing and directing his own feature film debut, the new movie “Hits” out Feb. 20, 2015. He talks with Koz and Jacob Bunney of Radio Titans’ “The Cat Show” about why he chose this movie and its richly original themes, and also how he landed a stellar cast and still decided to release the movie as a pay what you want Bit Torrent release. Plus we have fun with a bunch of other hot topics from his career in this indepth interview.
Episode 44: Bradley Whitford
You knew him and loved him in his Emmy-winning role as Josh Lyman on “The West Wing,” and from countless other roles, but the one part that means most to him is his current one, as a homophobic man named Mark who winds up becoming a transgender woman named Marcy on the groundbreaking new Amazon sitcom “Transparent.” That’s because Bradley has severeal transgender relatives himself, and he tells Koz all about that and the myriad aspects of his unusual new series and how his liberal political beliefs and Christianity have driven his career choices. A really fascinating Kozvo!
Episode 43: Bill Burr and Mike Binder
One of America’s hottest comics, Bill Burr, and standup comic-turned-superb filmmaker Mike Binder have teamed up in the new movie “Black or White,” out Friday Jan. 30 nationwide. In a special episode, both are interviewed about their careers, race relations in America, and much more!
Episode 42: Wendell Pierce
This star of HBO’s classic “The Wire” and “Treme”, plus one of Koz’s favorite recent shows, “The Michael J. Fox Show’, has a juicy role in the new movie “Selma.” Here, he talks about the movie and the impact it had on him and his thoughts on race relations. Great stuff.
Episode 41: Marky Ramone
Yes, the one and only – the last surviving member of The Ramones – phoned in to discuss his memoir and revealed the truth about whetehr Phil Spector recorded the band while pointing a gun at their heads, his own amazing car crash that led him to sobriety and all sorts of wild insights into life as one of the world’s most famous punk rockers. Good stuff! Hey! Ho! Lets go!
Episode 40: Mike Marino
Mike Marino has long been one of comedy’s bad boys, a New Jersey icon who comes out guns blazing on stage. But this past June, he was nearly killed by a freak attack of intestinal illness and man, does he have one hell of a tale to tell! Check it all out on this wild episode
Episode 39: Clark Duke
A member of the cast of the greatest American sitcom ever made (in Koz’s opinion), “The Office,” as well as a member of the “Hot Tub Time Machine” team, co-star of the hit Web series with Michael Cera called “Clark and Michael” and now a cast member of one of Robin Williams’ last movies, “A Merry Friggin’ Christmas,” Clark Duke is riding one lucky wave to stardom. He tells Koz all about it and what it was like working with Robin on this special quick but informative episode.
Episode 38: Angelica Huston
An Oscar-winning actress for “Prizzi’s Honor” with two other nominations to boot, Huston has done a string of iconic roles over the years, from Morticia Addams to Etheline Tenenbaum. She’s also directed three acclaimed films, been a world-class model and loved at least two iconic men: Jack Nicholson and sculptor Robert Graham. Now she’s written the second of two acclaimed memoirs, “Watch Me,” and she talks about the decision to open her life up to the world, about the magic Nicholson and Graham each held for her, what it was like growing up as the daughter of legendary director John Huston, the key to cracking a character, and much more!
Episode 37: Dana Carvey
Koz cries out “I’m not worthy!” as he interviews one of the greatest SNL stars of all time, and learns about how Mickey Rooney was “out of his mind and carried a .38 pistol on him at all times,” how he came up with the “Chopping Broccoli” song and how it’s followed him for the past 28 years, how the Church Lady was rooted in his passive-aggressiveness, how Garth started, who were his favorite and most difficult impersonations, why it’s complete bull that only left-wingers can make political comedy funny, his friendship with the first President Bush, and his memories of Louis CK, Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert from “The Dana Carvey Show.” Oh yeah, and he also does his impression of Scarface at Thanksgiving and a little someone called The Church Lady, plus Johnny Carson and his offshoot Carsenio. All in a half hour. What’s not to love?
Episode 36: Eddie Money
One of the most enduring and beloved rock stars of the last 40 years, Eddie Money has sold 28 million records worldwide and still tours constantly today. In this episode, he tells Koz how he learned his dad’s advice to “never let an Indian punch you in the face” turned out to be true, how he once went into a catatonic state and screwed up his left leg from using barbiturates with alcohol, the secrets to writing a hit song, and why he was a vampire in that video from the early ’80s. You gotta hear this, folks.
Episode 34: Wendy Liebman
Koz’s favorite female comic is also one he’s known since 1996 – when he made his professional club debut at the Chicago Improv opening up for her. She’s like a female Seinfeld – clean, smart, classy, yet an undeniable master of the funny. This summer she took her career to new heights by competing on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” a decision she made after surviving a harrowing DUI car crash (the other driver was the drunk!) Hear all about her incredible journey and all sorts of funny stuff on this interview, it’s a great one!
Episode 33: Dr. Peter McGraw
Most professors spend their days giving lectures or doing research into quantum physics. Peter McGraw is not your typical professor. As the head of the Humor Research Lab (aka HURL) at the University of Colorado-Boulder, he not only has traveled the globe finding out why different cultures find things funny, he’s lived to write a book about it, called ‘The Humor Code.” He tells Koz all about the secrets behind what makes things funny in this interview.
Episode 32: Robert Beltran
A veteran Latino character actor, Beltran even played a Commander on “Star Trek Voyager.” But his true love is theater and he’s now directing a nearly all-Latino production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.” He talks about it here.
Episode 31: P.F. Sloan
If you thought the story of lost and found rock legend Rodriguez in the Oscar-winning doc “Searching for Sugarman” was amazing, wait til you get a load of the story P.F. Sloan tells in this interview. One of the ’60s top songwriters with tunes from “Eve of Destruction” to “Secret Agent Man” and a founder of The Grass Roots, Sloan wanted a taste of fame making his own records, andthat’s where he ran afoul of the Mob. He was forced to sign a promise not to record or sell new songs or receive royalties for his songs for 40 years under the risk that his family would be killed. Thus began a four-decade disappearance that only recently ended, and he’s back with a stunning tell-all autobiography and new CD, “My Beethoven.” Prepare to be amazed.
Episode 30: Brian Finkelstein
As the host of one of the LA Moths – America’s top storytelling show – Brian Finkelstein has taken his highly awkward set of life circumstances and made them into highly funny stories. He sat down for a Kozversation while promoting his new solo storytelling show “First Day Off in a Long Time,” which will run Oct. 1, 8, 15, and 22 at the Steve Allen Theater in Los Angeles before a planned off-Broadway run in 2015. Sit back and enjoy!(Track currently unavailable)
Episode 29: Sally Kellerman
Sally Kellerman is an actress, singer and a beauty at both, who has lasted over 40 years in show business. She earned an Oscar nomination for playing “Hot Lips” Houlahan in “MASH” the movie by Robert Altman, and here she talks about what made that movie special, her memories from it and much more!(Track currently unavailable)
Episode 28: Elliot Gould
Elliot Gould has been one America’s best loved actors ever since the ’60s, moving from his radically funny leading man performance in the classic Robert Altman film version of “MASH” before being one of the ’70s top movie stars. He’s continued to make audiences love him as ROss and Monica’s dad on “Friends”, in the “Ocean’s Eleven” films with George Clooney and now on Showtime’s “Ray Donovan.” Here he discusses “MASH” and working with Altman, and the key to his success in Hollywood.
Episode 27: Alex M. Stein
Koz sits down with Alex Stein, one of LA’s top storytellers and host of the best kept secret in Story shows – Muse on 8th on Saturday nights. He’s wise, witty and wild with the tales, so enjoy!
Episode 26: Wayne Brady
One of America’s most uniquely talented entertainers, Wayne Brady is a throwback to a time when it was not unusual to sing, dance, do comedy, act and more. He tells Koz his life story, his frustration with people who try to shoehorn African-American talents into easy boxes, and inside scoop on his skit from “Chappelle’s Show” where he shows an entirely different side while asking a fundamental question: ‘Do I have to choke a bitch!?” Not here, he doesn’t. We kept Wayne happy, and he returned the favor with a fantastic in-depth Kozversation.
Episode 25: Savion Glover
When tap dancing legend Gregory Hines says you’re the best dancer on the planet, it’s probably true. That’s certainly the case with Savion Glover, who shares his amazing life story (including starring in his own Broadway show at age 11!) and philosophies of dancing in this very special Kozversation.
Episode 24: Zachary Urbina
Zachary Urbina is one of the most fascinating people i know personally, and is the head of numerous blogs including the popular Americaninfographic.com. As a result, he’s passionately interested in all things digital, and in particular, digital privacy issues. In this interview, we discuss privacy issues in the era of Edward Snowden, the NSA and massive government interference in our digtial lives, and Urbina offers not only interesting insights but possible solutions to take our freedom back on the internet.
Episode 23: Bobby Lee
There are few comics who can flat-out be considered superstars on the American comedy-club circuit, but Bobby Lee is one of them. An eight-year veteran of Fox’s late great “MAD TV,” he has gone on in recent years to do a slew of memorable TV and movie roles, yet here he reveals a bevy of personal tales including how selling underwear to giant women drove him to pursue comedy and how he won a hard-earned battle for sobriety. One of the best Kozversations yet!
Episode 22: Brendan Gleeson
He’s burned through the screen with darkly comic fury and dramatic intensity in “In Bruges” and “The Guest,” but he outdoes himself with an Oscar-worthy turn as a Catholic priest facing down a town full of secrets in “Calvary.” If you’re a fan of intelligent British filmmaking, chances are you’re in love with Brendan Gleeson. Fascinating and honest, Gleeson opens up in this extremely revealing Kozversation.
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Episode 21: Mick Foley
A modern-day Renaissance man, Mick Foley has not only been WWE pro wrestling champion, but also a New York Times bestselling author and now a standup comic and storyteller traveling the world with the wild and woolly story of his life. He shares plenty of surprises with Koz in this interview!
Episode 20: Dave Pirner
Koz gets the thrill of his life for a second time (check out the first in season 1 archives of “Kozversations”!) when he interviews his favorite singer/songwriter ever, Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum! He gets the scoop on their upcoming album, how things are without Dan Murphy and what it’s like on the road with Everclear!
Episode 19: Jimmy Dore
Koz has a hilarious time with his political comedy guru Jimmy Dore as they talk up jimmy’s new book “Your Country Is Just Not That Into You,” as well as growing up Catholic, how Catholic school made him an atheist, and how he may not be an atheist actually. Plus Hobby Lobby and Tea Party insanity and much much more!
Episode 18: Al Madrigal
One of the most popular reporters on “The Daily Show” and a costar of the hit NBC sitcom “About A Boy,” Al Madrigal discusses his long standup career, his late start on that career, secrets of the Daily Show, his Catholic faith and how that doesn’t stop him from telling the hilarious truth about his wife even if their priest is in the club!
Episode 17: Dinesh d’Souza
One of America’s most respected and controversial conservatives, Dinesh D’Souza phoned in to discuss his new book and movie “America,” his beef with Michael Moore and why he still has hope for the nation when so much seems so wrong.
Episode 16: Jervey Tervalon
A longtime Pasadena fixture, Jervey Tervalon is also a nationally published author several times over. Here he discusses “Monster’s Chef,” which follows the dangerous situation a chef finds himself in when he snoops around too much in a place that resembles Michael Jackson’s Neverland and working for Monster, a star who’s just like Mike. Hmmmm…..Interesting!
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Episode 15: Mike Love
The world-famous Beach Boy Mike Love discusses his 50 year career, the songwriting process behind their timeless hits, his battle for credit of those songs, and working with Brian Wilson and the band’s 50 year reunion plus much more!
Episode 14: Otis Williams
The legendary founder of The Temptations is still leading the group over 50 years later. Hear him tell it all, no-holds-barred!
Episode 13: Jane Morris
One of the founders of Second City in Los Angeles, Jane Morris also owns the awesome comedy theater Fanatic Salon and has plenty to say about everyone in Chicago comedy in LA plus her own illustrious career!
Episode 12: Matt Taibbi
Rolling Stone’s top political writer Matt Taibbi packs a punch with his viciously funny explanations of America’s slow motion crash into economic demise. He joins Koz for an intense and funny discussion of where we’ve been since 2008 and where we’re going, tied to the release of his new book “The Divide,” which any sane and concerned American should read immediately.
Episode 11: Andrea Nasfell
Andrea Nasfell is a screenwriter whose dreams literally came true last weekend, when her debut screenplay “Mom’s Night Out” hit theatres nationwide! Hear her talk about her journey to the big screen, as well as how she managed to crack the code of making a Christian-toned comedy that’s actually funny without being preachy!
Episode 10: Sherry Shepard
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Episode 9: Davy Rothbart
Koz faces off with one of his writing /radio heroes, Davy Rothbart of NPR’s “This American Life,” creator of “Found” magazine and countless great essays and book collections of them. Hear all about how “Found” – one of America’s strangest magazines – happened, and lots about his amazing new documentary “Medora”.
Episode 8: Rick Springfield
Koz gets one of his favorite (well, favorite guilty pleasure) rock singers of the ‘80s, Rick Springfield, to open up about novel writing vs memoir and songwriting, about the real story behind ‘Jessie’s Girl,’ Rick’s battle with depression and a ton more, plus we include 4 slamming songs for your listening pleasure!
Episode 7: Philip Bailey
The lead singer of Earth Wind and Fire (and the voice that teamed with Phil Collins on ‘Easy Lover”), Philip Bailey has finally set his amazing life story to paper with the new memoir ‘Braving the Elements” and he talks about it here in a Kozversation.
Episode 6: Mike Farrell
He became beloved by Americans as BJ Hunnicutt on “MASH,” but Mike Farrell has kept his acting career thriving in the past 40 years along with being one of Hollywood’s most committed activists. Hear him talk about his career and motivations, along with his one night only appearance at Caltech, on this Kozversation.
Episode 5: Malcolm McDowell
Most actors would die to have one iconic role in their careers, but Malcolm McDowell has three: “A Clockwork Orange,” “Time After Time” and “Star Trek: Generations.” Hear him tell great stories about each and more on this episode.
Episode 4: Kyle Cease
One of America’s top standup comics, Kyle Cease won the 2009 fan-vote Stand Up Showdown on Comedy Central as the favorite comic of the year but still wasn’t truly happy. He started pursuing life improvement and now is one mixing humor with self-help through his Evolving Out Loud program. Hear him talk about his journey on this special Kozversation.
Episode 3: Josefina Lopez and Hector Rodriguez
This Kozversation with one of America’s top Latina playwrights, Josefina Lopez of “Real Women Have Curves” fame, and her latest director Hector Rodriguez as they discuss their new satire on Obamacare.
Episode 2: Los Angeles Magazine Associate Editor Chris Nichols
One of the LA media’s most colorful figures, Chris Nichols is not only the associate editor of Los Angeles Magazine but a unique Man About Town who knows tons of outrageous and unique secrets about Los Angeles as we discuss LA history, modern architecture, the last 50 years of changes in LA and where it’s going, plus a rundown of what his Perfect Day in LA would be.
Episode 1: Side One Dummy Records founder Joe Sib
Joe Sib is a busy man and that’s just the way he likes it. After spending the 90s playing in bands and relentlessly touring across the world, he co-founded SideOneDummy Records. He has since signed and released albums from bands like Flogging Molly, The Gaslight Anthem, Anti-Flag, Title Fight and many more. As if that wasn’t enough, Sib also began hosting the Complete Control radio show in 2004, a program solely dedicated to punk rock that airs on several stations across the country to this date, including 98.7FM in Los Angeles. In 2009, Sib created the one-man ‘broken word’ stage show called California Calling: A Story Of Growing Up Punk Rock. The show led Joe to an unexpected leap into the world of stand-up comedy and he currently performs several nights a week at venues such as The Laugh Factory, The Improv and more, and Koz talks about it all in this latest Kozversation!
Timothy Shriver, chairman of the Special Olympics speaks about ending "the fear of difference", and creating a new life for those who are disadvantaged.
Interview with the amazingly-gifted songwriter, singer, and pianist, Burt Bacharach.