Friday, August 29, 2014

Charlie Murphy

Performing at Charlotte's Comedy Zone this weekend including a show on Sunday. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Charlie Murphy Charlie Murphy's rapid evolution from "Chappelle's Show" cast member to top-billed international comedian, playing to sold-out audiences around the globe, has been remarkable. He has spent the past 8 years performing his critically acclaimed stand-up show and solidifying his position in Hollywood as a true acting, writing and producing talent, in his own right. Charlie has toured nationally w/ the "I'm Rich Bitch" comedy tour, featuring fellow "Chappelle's Show" cast members Bill Burr and Donnell Rawlings. "Charlie Murphy and Friends" and a co-headlining tour with Mike Epps followed. Next, Murphy co-headlined the 20-city "Maxim/Bud Light Real Men of Comedy Tour" with Joe Rogan and John Heffron. Soon after was the headline tour "I Will Not Apologize" for which Murphy filmed his first DVD special of the same title. Distributed by Image Entertainment, this special premiered on Comedy Central in the #1 slot and is available in stores, Amazon.com and iTunes.. Internationally he has invaded Europe and Canada, an accomplishment very few American comedians can boast of. A career spanning 2 decades, Charlie has worked with top Hollywood talent such as Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy, Danny Aiello, Terrance Howard, Gabrielle Union, Queen Latifah, Vanessa Williams, Rip Torn, Peter Falk, Redd Fox, Angela Bassett, Wesley Snipes, Jamie Foxx, Samuel Jackson and Sammy Davis, Jr. His feature films include: The Guys Who Move Furniture (Will Sasso) Lottery Ticket (Bow Wow, Ice Cube), Our Family Wedding (Forest Whitaker, Carlos Mencia) A Perfect Holiday (Gabriel Union, Latifah), Kings Ransom (Anthony Anderson, Jay Mohr, Donald Faison), Roll Bounce (Bow Wow, Mike Epps), Chris Rock's classic hip-hop parody CB4, Spike Lee's Jungle Fever and Mo' Betta Blues, Unearthed, Night At The Museum & Harlem Nights. Charlie's screenwriting credits include Norbit, Starring Eddie Murphy, which opened #1 at the box office, a remake of The Incredible Shrinking Man, Vampire In Brooklyn, Paper Soldiers for Jay-Z's Rockafella Films and Tales of the Dogg, an animated pilot for Snoop Dogg and MTV. His voice is a favorite as Ed Wuncler III on Adult Swims Boondocks, A Cat Named Rolo in the Black Dynamite animated series and Freaknik The Musical (T-Pain, Snoop Dog) as The Perminator. Charlie has been a popular guest on a wide-variety of television talk, variety and news shows, including: Lopez Tonight, The Monique Show, The Joy Behar Show, and Fox Business's National Primetime Show. In an effort to create internet content, Charlie wrote, produced, and starred in Charlie Murphy's Crash Comedy, a series of webisodes for Sony Entertainment's Crackle.com. His web presence is additionally bolstered by a multi-media advertising campaign for Nike's Jordan Brand, featuring Charlie as long time Jordan nemesis/inspiration Leroy Smith and the up and coming "The World According To Charlie" His autobiographical book entitled The Making of a Stand Up Guy, was published by Simon and Schuster and is available on Amazon.com. In 2012 Charlie is preparing to film his second live stand up DVD, "Charlie Murphy's Acid Trip" as well as guest star in several episodes of TBS's hit show "Are We There Yet?" http://www.charliemurphycomedy.com/about.html

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Liane Moriarty Big Little Lies

Authors fascinate me! Their ability to take a simple thought and draw pictures in a readers imagination an entire planet away is mind blowing. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with New York Best Selling Author Liane Moriarty Nicole Kidman and her Blossom Films production banner, along with Reese Witherspoon and her Pacific Standard, have optioned screen rights to The New York Times bestseller Big Little Lies. The Oscar-winning actresses will shape the novel by Liane Moriarty as a star vehicle for themselves. Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard partner Bruna Papandrea and Blossom partner Per Saari will produce with Kidman and Witherspoon. The novel tells the comic tale of three mothers of kindergartners whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. The book just got published. Pacific Standard and Blossom Films, both book-smart companies, have been busy. Pacific Standard just produced the Jean Marc Vallee-directed Wild for Fox Searchlight based on the Cheryl Strayed memoir, with Witherspoon starring; the David Fincher-directed Gone Girl; and the untitled Anne Fletcher-directed comedy that stars Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara for MGM and New Line. Books on the Pacific Standard slate include Pennyroyal’s Boot Camp and The Engagements at Fox 2000. Blossom Films is currently filming the Jason Bateman-directed adaptation of the Kevin Wilson novel The Family Fang, with Kidman and Bateman starring together. Blossom produced Rabbit Hole, which got Kidman an Oscar nom, and Monte Carlo. Also in the works are book adaptations of The Silent Wife and Reconstructing Amelia, the latter in development at HBO Films. Australian novelist Moriarty, who’ll serve in a producing capacity, wrote the bestsellers What Alice Forgot, Three Wishes, The Hypnotist’s Love Story and The Husband’s Secret, along with a line of children’s books. (credit: Deadline.com) Last summer, Liane Moriarty delivered her breakout novel, The Husband’s Secret, which landed at number one on the New York Times bestsellers list, has sold more than 1.25 million copies across all formats in the United States alone, and was translated into over thirty-five languages. She’s back with BIG LITTLE LIES (Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam; Publication Date: July 29, 2014), a brilliant novel that explores the realities of modern parenting and schoolyard scandal as it traces the huge impact of the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive. BIG LITTLE LIES follows three mothers, each at a crossroads. Funny and passionate, Madeline is a force of nature. She remembers everything and forgives no one, but she has a huge heart and a complicated blended family that is about to drive her over the edge. Madeline’s best friend Celeste is a traffic-stopping beauty with an equally stunning husband and a pair of five-year-old twins. She’s also harboring a startling secret that no one—not even her best friend—knows. The pair befriends a new single mom in town, Jane, who has moved to their seaside town for a fresh start with her five-year-old son. None of them have a clue that Jane’s arrival will trigger a series of events that irrevocably alters their lives and their community. What begins as a boisterous school fundraiser ends in a riot and a tragic death. Is it murder, an accident…or something else? In her pitch perfect style, Liane Moriarty reveals what really goes on behind closed suburban doors. Her gripping fiction keeps readers wondering how she can possibly resolve the events she’s set in motion, yet she does so flawlessly while her deft plot twists and turns keep us guessing until the very end. Moriarty has mastered the art of writing clever, thought-provoking page-turners with the perfect mix of depth, humor, and darkness

Richard Lewis

I've always believed Pam Stone put a curse on me. "I won't be the only funny person you'll talk with! You'll spend the rest of your life laughing with everybody I once created with and everyone new to the stage!" From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Richard Lewis... A Collection of Some of the Comic’s Finest Work available September 2, 2014 on DVD for the First Time LOS ANGELES, CA – On September 2nd, Video Services Corp. (VSC) will release "Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves" featuring the comedian who has turned mental anguish and self-loathing into his own hilarious art form. This two-DVD set is the Richard Lewis collection for all your neurotic needs, containing his much lauded HBO stand-up special Magical Misery Tour, the TV movie Diary of a Young Comic(co-written and staring Lewis) and the brutally honest theatrical film Drunks with Lewis in a dramatic lead role. The collection also contains a bundle of bonus features including brand-new introductions from Lewis, commentary tracks for Diary of a Young Comic (Lewis and co-writer Bennett Tramer) and Drunks (Lewis and director Peter Cohn) and a brand new documentary House of a Lifetime, directed by emerging director Charley Rivkin and created exclusively for this set, which is an unforgettable look at Lewis’s history-filled home. If all that isn’t enough, the cool box cover art is by Richard’s pal, The Rolling Stones’ Ron Wood! “Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves” contains three distinct phases in Richard Lewis’s career. Magical Misery Tour is the "Prince of Pain" doing what he does best in his fourth cable special, working live in front of an audience, baring his soul and getting non-stop laughs. This 1997 stand-up special, filmed at the once historic Bottom Line in Greenwich Village, features the comedian in top form, and shows why he is one of the few performers who can go to many dark places, fearlessly, without losing the audience or his mind. Diary of a Young Comic is the 1979 cult classic that stars Lewis as aspiring comedian who agonizes over every detail of life and never seems satisfied with his work or himself. While meeting some interesting LA show biz folks along the way, he eventually converts his fears and worries into a hip and hysterical nightclub act. Directed by Gary Weis of “Saturday Night Live” fame, this TV movie originally aired in the SNL time slot during its classic early days and is now an important piece of comedy history. With a terrific performance by Lewis and some odd comedic cameos, the film has a real feel for Los Angeles and comedy club life in the late ‘70’s. Drunks, based on a hit off-Broadway play, is the groundbreaking 1995 film that uses an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting as the backdrop for a dark tapestry of stories about addiction and survival. Lewis received great reviews and shows a dramatic depth that had only been hinted at in previous work. Directed by Peter Cohn, the film features memorable performances by Faye Dunaway, Dianne Wiest, Spalding Gray, Parker Posey, Amanda Plummer, Calista Flockhart, Sam Rockwell and Howard E. Rollins Jr. In House of a Lifetime, we get an intimate peek at where Richard has lived, nearly overdosed, and created his work for almost 25 years. His house is nestled in the rustic Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles. This is where rock icons also lived and wrote some of the greatest songs of the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. From CSN to Hendrix and Morrison – all called the Canyon home. Amazingly, it’s just a few miles away from where his heroes Keaton and Chaplin made their movie magic. Richard has made his version of a home movie as a special treat just for this collection that documents life inside his house of a lifetime. “I’ve known Richard for a long time and I’m a big fan of his comedy,” explained VSC President Jonathan Gross, “I decided it was high time for him to have his own DVD box set.” “’Bundle,’ which was put together tirelessly by VSC, might be the most important document of my 45 year career” says Lewis. “These wildly eccentric, rare films and specials, which are finally on DVD, span over four decades and are now considered ‘iconic.’ The set is topped off byHouse of a Lifetime, which is a documentary about my historic house/museum in the Hollywood Hills. It’s really an homage to my entire career and love of the arts…and as a world-class recluse, making this film was the only way I could have guests.” In “Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves” Richard Lewis and VSC have brought together an anthology that serves up comedy, drama and honesty…all with a side order of angst. They say misery loves company - who knew that misery loves comedy as well? Richard Lewis knows, and this collection truly illustrates the tracks of his fears. For more Richard Lewis information, go to: Website: richardlewisonline.com Twitter: @TheRichardLewis

Monday, August 25, 2014

Beverly Delich

Because radio disc jockeys hit the internet for the quick bits about artists. Listeners have never been able to get a full grip on who Michael Buble' is. Until now. From the I Heart Radio Studio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with the woman that brought Michael to fame. Beverly Delich. Michael Bublé just kicked off his Summer 2014. How long a road was it to this status and who believed in him back in 1993 when he was an 18-year old performing at a Local Youth Talent Show in Vancouver? The answer is Beverly Delich - entrepreneur, talent agent extraordinaire, president of Silver Lining Management and author of just released, Come Fly With Me…Michael Bublé’s Rise to Stardom (A Memoir), published by Douglas & McIntyre. Come Fly With Me reveals Delich’s true behind-the-scenes story of the raw beginnings of Bublé’s struggles and the stepping-stones that led to his ascent to the top. “From the very beginning, deep inside his heart and soul, Michael wanted the brass ring and nothing less”, says Delich. “Even facing adversity, his desire for a major label and a major management company were the objectives.”

Brian Ray from Paul McCartney Returns To The Show with The Bayonets

I've hooked back up with Paul McCartney's lead guitarist. From the I Heart Radio Studio Brian Ray returns to Unplugged and Totally Uncut. This is Part One of a Three Part series... Guitarist Brian Ray’s extraordinary career has been a real-life rock & roll fantasy. Best known as a key member of Paul McCartney’s band since 2002, Brian has the rare distinction of having worked at no other profession but music his entire adult life - and he’s played alongside some legendary musicians in the process. http://www.thebayonets.com/

Friday, August 22, 2014

George Takei

You know there's something very right in the world when George Takei wants to play on your radio show. On I Heart Radio I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut with Sulu!!!! Starz Digital Media Presents TO BE TAKEI, in Theaters August 22nd Featuring: George Takei, Brad Takei, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Dan Savage, and Walter Koenig Directed by: Jennifer M. Kroot TO BE TAKEI is an entertaining and moving look at the many roles played by eclectic 76-year-old actor/activist George Takei whose wit, humor and grace has allowed him to become an internationally beloved figure. It balances unprecedented access to the day-to-day life of George and his husband/business partner Brad Takei with George's fascinating personal journey, from his childhood in a Japanese American internment camp, to his iconic and groundbreaking role as Sulu on "Star Trek," through his rise as an internet phenomenon with over 6-million Facebook likes. The film shows what it truly means TO BE TAKEI. ***Official selection at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival*** ***Official selection at the 2014 Hot Docs Film Festival*** GEORGE TAKEI QUICK BIO Best known for playing Sulu on the original Star Trek TV series and six movies that followed, George Takei is unlikely social media royalty. Unofficially dubbed the King of Facebook, he counts over 5 million fans in his online empire — including Trekkies, Howard Stern listeners, and the LGBTQ community — who devour his quirky mix of kitten jokes, Star Trek references, heartfelt messages, and sci-fi/fantasy memes. An outspoken advocate for civil rights, Takei has used his unmistakable baritone in several satiric PSAs, including one in response to Tennessee’s infamous “Don’t Say Gay” bill that encourages viewers to say, "It’s OK to be Takei." His current projects include the musical Allegiance, drawn from his experience of growing up in Japanese American internment camps during World War II, and the recently published Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet.

Jimmy Shubert and Zainab Johnson

From the I Heart Radio Studio. The interview that comes once in a lifetime. Appearing this weekend at Charlotte's Comedy Zone. I'm Unplugged and Totally Uncut and I mean very uncut with Jimmy Shubert and Zainab Johnson. Normally I love to do post production. Its not everyday that you're blessed with mind blowing real conversation with real people. Being a writer and a producer can't get in the way of content. Something as simple as adding a rhythm and tone. A soundtrack beneath an interview can steal from the essence of where the conversation is going. I never know where a nationally recognized comedian is going to take me. That's the best part of the ride. If you think I'm sitting in a chair conducting an orchestra. Then you don't know how to interview. I honestly think Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton just appeared in my studio wearing the body suits of other people.