Jim, himself 17 yrs sober from any mood altering drug including alcohol, has left rock and roll to help others with addiction, mainly to prescribed opioids. With a heroine epidemic touching many of our lives this subject is one that is top of mind. And a calling that hits VERY close to home.
In part 2 of our interview we talk about Jim's spina bifida and how he has endured over 55 surgeries. He received opioid treatment for 18 years and is convinced he was addicted for 17 of those years. In 1999 he decided to get help. He went back to college and acquired a Master’s degree in counseling and human services from John Carroll University and is a licensed mental health counselor and licensed clinical addictions counselor.
He was determined to find a better way to manage chronic pain. Including treating addiction/mental illness with the same dignity that we treat other behaviorally based illness such as diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure. Very few people “shame” a diabetic for ending up with problems because they forgot to take their insulin or ate too much sugar. Jim believes the same can be done for those suffering from addiction.
Using an Outpatient program that encompasses support groups, a 12 step program and physical and occupational therapy he hopes to keep fighting the war on drugs one recovering addict at a time. This podcast will enlighten and entertain as we talk about the early days of his music and “taste of rock n roll success” to the continuing job of staying sober and helping others. He even pulls out the guitar for a live musical treat.
Since the time spent with Jim was so informative and entertaining we are separating the podcast into 2 episodes this week. Enjoy!
For more info on the Chronic Pain program please email Jim Ryser at Jryser@iuhealth.org
or for immediate assistance call: 317-962-2622
When the blues sound this good you will want them all the time! Singer Tad Robinson has been nominated for 8 Blues Music Awards so far in his career.
Born and raised in New York City, Tad’s first gig was playing at Tavern on the Green in Central Park, Not bad for a kid who was in 5th grade at the time.
With idols that included, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, James Cotton and Sonny Boy Williamson, Tad knew he wanted to be a singer. In the late 70’s he attended Indiana University’s School of Music and started the Hesitation Blues Band.
From there it was off to the vibrant Chicago Blues scene where he fronted the house band at the famous Rosa’s Lounge. During that time Tad also became well known in the commercial jingle business both as a performer and producer.
In 2003 Tad signed a deal with Severn Records and to date has recorded four titles: Did You Ever Wonder? (2004), A New Point of View (2007), Back in Style (2010) and Day into Night (2015).
Also a talented and accomplished harmonica or “harp” player, Tad Robinson is the ultimate bluesman. He and his band have played all over the world and at some of the biggest Blues festivals.
I am honored to sit down with Tad and talk about his career up to this point. And even more importantly share with you a few songs from his work on Severn Records.
Here’s to the Blues…
For more information on Tad Robinson go to tadrobinson.com
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So you made a resolution to “get lean in 2017”. How are you doing? Maybe you haven’t even started, maybe you have fallen off a bit... Well, today’s show will hopefully help keep you motivated or get you motivated to begin a new fitness lifestyle. I have invited my own personal trainer Joe Boggs to join me in discussing what it takes to “be fit”.
Joe studied exercise science at Ball State University, is an HCCS Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise Certified Health Coach and a Certified Power Plate Instructor.
We explore the options available to those of us who weren’t born to work out everyday for hours at a time. The positive and negatives of the “Big Box Gym," the power of having the right mind set, what to look for in a trainer, nutrition, stretching, bad gym etiquette and STRESS. We discuss the “I have to lift heavy weights to get buff” mentality, one that almost cost Tom Brady his football career, and ladies, yes you can lift weights and not bulk up. I promise.
So pop in your earbuds and jump on the treadmill. Or take a walk outside and listen as Joe and I hold a pep talk just for you! Let’s GET LEAN in 2017 together! You’ve got this! For more information on Joe Boggs check out his website: myconcepttraining.com
The most creative, talented guy I know who hasn’t made it big in show business, yet!
Comedian Henry Phillips has been a favorite on The Bob and Tom Show and the Friends of Bob and Tom Comedy Tours for years.
Today he joins me on the podcast to talk about his comedy, his early years in LA, family, and movies. More importantly HIS movies.
The first, Punching the Clown which was an audience award winner at the Slamdance film festival in 2009. And the sequel Punching Henry that will be released in February of 2017.
The latest film stars academy award winner J.K. Simmons, comedians Sarah Silverman and Doug Stanhope along with Silicon Valley’s Mike Judge. We find out how the films came about and how hard it is to get people in the seats to see them.
We also explore his wonderful Youtube series, Henry’s Kitchen. Which has become a creative outlet for not only his comedy but also his music. (We are including one of those songs in this episode.) Last but not least Henry has the BEST hidden talent story to date. YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT!
Smart, Talented, and Funny! Just a few adjectives to describe this weeks guest, Comedian Nick Griffin, a veteran of Conan, The Late Late Show, Comedy Central and 11 appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman stops by the podcast!
A longtime friend of The Bob and Tom Show, Nick shares with us his how he started in stand up and his upcoming taping at the Comedy Cellar-The Village Underground on the 31st!
We talk about his life in New York City, his love of horror movies, screenwriting and the revelation that he has NEVER taken a vacation. Enjoy spending some time with one of the hardest working comedians in the business and one of my favorites! Find out more about Nick at nickgriffin.net and @thenickgriffin on twitter.
Ralph Harris brings his hilarious, infectious and warm personality to the podcast this week. His credits are many: DREAMGIRLS with Jamie Foxx and Beyonce, EVAN ALMIGHTY, ON OUR OWN, (which can be seen in syndication on TVOne), SEINFELD, THE PARENT ‘HOOD, LIVING SINGLE, IN LIVING COLOR, THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JAY LENO, LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN and more. He has had specials on HBO AND COMEDY CENTRAL. And is a regular guest on THE BOB AND TOM SHOW.
To me, Ralph is family. We sit down and discuss the early days growing up in a very “untraditional” home. How joining the Army led him to comedy. And growing into finding his "voice" on stage. We also talk about his one man show MANISH BOY. And the special relationship he has with Bob Kevoian and his wife Becky. I hope you enjoy this time with Ralph and much as I did. Like I said earlier he is and always will be family.
Step into the world of the Orangutan with Indianapolis Zoo Executive Vice President and Zoo Director, Dr. Robert Shumaker, PH.D. Dr Shumaker or as we like to call him Dr. Rob is one of the foremost authorities on primate behavior, including the cognitive abilities of the highly intelligent orangutan.
In 2009 Dr. Shumaker moved to Indianapolis to open the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center. After opening in 2014 it has become the largest of it’s kind. His main goal is to make people care more about these amazing, intelligent creatures that deserve our respect and the chance to survive.
The wild orangutan habitat is being threatened in the Southeast Asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra. We discuss ways to help replenish forests and keep the species thriving. If we do nothing the orangutan could die out in 10 to 20 years. We also discuss the incredible cognitive skills of the orangutan and the role “Rocky”, one of the orangutans, is playing in the origins of spoken language.
Fascinating insight and conversation with one of the leaders in his field. I hope you are inspired to help these spectacular animals. For more information please go to: indianapoliszoo.com or check out Dr. Rob on twitter @RobShumaker
Get ready to be “knocked out” by my guest this week. He may only stand 4ft 4in tall but comedian Brad Williams packs quite a talented punch. Brad’s comedy specials for Showtime, “Fun Size” and “Daddy Issues” and tours with the likes of Carlos Mencia have catapulted him to the best of the best in the comedy world. He also co-hosts a podcast with comedian Adam Ray called “About Last Night”. He has appeared on numerous TV shows including Legit, Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground, Sam and Cat, Live at Gotham, the Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Mind Of Mencia, and Pitboss. On this episode we cover not only comedy and acting but Brad’s recent engagement and discover his hidden talent! Find out more about Brad at bradwilliamscomedy.com.
I can’t think of a better way to kick off 2017 than with comedian Bert Kreischer! He is the most energetic, happy, enthusiastic person I have ever met. His genuine passion for his work is palatable. Bert began his rise to fame by being the “party guy” at Florida State University. Seriously. His love of having a good time became the subject of an article in Rolling Stone Magazine that changed Bert’s life path. It made him an instant celebrity. He cashed in on his “15 minutes of fame” and is now a star! Standup, movies, tv shows, a book... We dive into as many of these topics as time allows. And maybe the biggest surprise to some is the family side of Bert. Yes this party boy is a happily married father of two girls. Find out how he balances work and home. Let’s jus say, I think he married a saint! To learn more about Bert Kreischer simply go to his website: BertBertBert.com
This podcast was the best of the year. It was my first and strongest to date. I am sharing it again for those who loved it the first time and for those of you who may have missed it. The special guest: retired radio hall of famer, Bob Kevoian with his writing partner and long time voice artist (one of the Love Brothers) Whit Grayson recorded at Bob’s secret home studio. Hard to believe it’s been one year since Bob decided to retire from The Bob and Tom Show.
When we recorded this it was still fresh for both of us. Much has changed but the memories will always be the same. We reminisce, talk about the future, drink whiskey and take you behind the scenes of some of you favorite Bob and Tom moments...
You also get to hear some of those on air moments from the Bob and Tom archives. Disclaimer: the interview portion of the show was produced and edited by Bob Kevoian. Who did such a great job he now has his own podcast with his lovely wife Becky called June Bug Podcast find it on iTunes or at JuneBugJourneys.com.
If you are a regular listener to The Bob and Tom Show then my guest is no stranger. Dave Dyer hails from Michigan and has distinguished himself in the world of comedy as both a writer and stand up. He has written for Bill Maher on ABC’s Politically Incorrect and Jimmy Fallon on Late Night. He is a theater major from Michigan State and has also played drums in a band. His radio skills are not limited to Bob and Tom, he is also a regular fill in host in the Grand Rapids, MI area. On this podcast we discuss some of these things and a lot more. How did he get his start? The influence his dad had on his comedy. His favorite karaoke song. Plus the wonderful “Pillars” series he films for Youtube. You can find out more about Dave at: daviddyercomedy.com!
Tis the holiday season and along with it go the pressures of family, gift giving, traditions and more. What better way to talk about the stresses and fun of the holiday season than with Tiffany and your favorite guest, Britt. She's back and she's been laid on this Holiday edition of Shit with Britt.
Sure Adam Ferrara is a top notch stand up comic and an amazing actor but his is also a “good man”. After you listen to this episode you will understand exactly what I mean. We chat about his career which includes 3 Comedy Central Specials, working along side his best friend Dennis Leary on the Emmy nominated “Rescue Me” and countless other roles in movies and television.
On his latest TV gig he was as one of the co-hosts of “Top Gear US”. So naturally we talk cars. Lots of car talk! However, the best part of our conversation focuses on family and the important role his father had in Adams life. From early in childhood to the wonderful husband he has become today the love and respect Adam has for his dad is heart warming.
In a very unexpected twist we remember 9/11/2001. Adam a native New Yorker was in Manhattan that fateful day. He shares with us what it was like in the area around ground zero the day of and for many many days after. We could use a few more “good” men like Adam Ferrara these days...
Haling from the small isolated Canadian town of Terrace, my guest today has made a big name for himself in comedy. Ian Bagg shares with us his journey through Canada into the United States all in the name of making people laugh. His stand up has come a long way from his first open mic, where all of his jokes that were written on his hands melted away in his nervous sweat, to one of the finalist on “Last Comic Standing”. Ian shares his thoughts on hockey, a horrible reaction to a tattoo, and his brush with dynamite. We also get a glimpse into his private life as we talk about his wife and dogs. Find out what terrifies him and what it was like to hear that your mom may or may not have slept with Wayne Newton. And how could we not talk about his movie career which included working with chimpanzees. Who wouldn’t want to do a film about a hockey playing chimp? All that and more as we have a fascinating conversation with comedian Ian Bagg.
Comedian Chad Zumock joins me on the podcast! Chad is from Cleveland and a HUGE Cleveland sports fan. We will touch on the World Series, the Cavaliers Championship and Chad’s most prized possession, which happens to be sports related but NOT from a Cleveland team.
Chad shares with us the touching story of meeting his dad for the first time at the age of 22! How his mom almost named him Elvis. A stint in radio on the legendary WMMS which came to end with a DUI. A bout with depression that lead him to therapy, anti-depressants and ended with finding himself in a “good place”. And it wouldn’t be a podcast without finding out about Chad’s hidden talent. Oh and I think he is the first stand up comedian I have ever met that has never taken a selfie!
On today’s show we explore each of those topics and more. Including his stint as a corrections officer in Yuma Arizona, a friendship and working relationship with comic Gabriel Iglesias, and what it’s like to be in the world of NFL Indianapolis Colt’s punter Pat McAfee. Shaun shares his wonderful wit and a great recipe for Carne Asada on today’s show. And yes, he has a lazy eye. Thus “Team Lazy Eye” of which I happen to be a member, sort of. Find out why I technically I am not a member anymore. Fun show with a talented smart guy.
There are few people in the world who have almost been killed by an ex-lover. Comedian Pat Dixon is one of them and he tells us in spectacular detail about the experience. The talented Mr. Dixon was left with his life and an obsession with crime that he channels into his podcast, New York City Crime Report. He shares stories ripped straight from the New York City headlines and police blotters that are just unbelievable.
We also talk about happy stuff as Pat has recently been married to journalist, podcaster Mandy Stadtmiller. Learn how the two met through a story Mandy was researching, how Pat played hard to get and eventually married. They staged their nuptials at the Gotham Comedy Club in November of 2015 and unlike most weddings they actually made money. Of course we talk stand up too! Pat’s slant on comedy is unique and a bit edgy. Fascinating conversation... Enjoy.
In honor of Halloween my guest today is Shaun Burris star of the A&E Special “Extreme Paranormal” and the co-host for the past 10 years of the Ghostman and Demon Hunter Show podcast. Shaun calls himself “a collector of strange experiences” in the realm of the paranormal. He shares stories of growing up in a haunted house that he and his family shared with a “woman” spirit. That experience led him on a journey of many haunted houses and spooky places across the Unites States.
He has visited and “felt” paranormal activity in Octagon Hall in Kentucky where he spent the night with “ghosts”. You will hear stories of Voodoo when he talks about visiting Manchac Swamp in Louisiana and the legend of The Curse of Julia Brown. The most “haunted” place he has ever encountered is revealed as the New Mexico State Penitentiary In Santa Fe, NM. We discuss reincarnation, aliens, monsters and more; However, the most compelling story involves a close call for his family after a discussion on his radio show/podcast of the Haunted Dybbuk Box. It is so scary I was afraid to even google Dybbuk Box.
A chilling, hair raising show for the Halloween holiday. Enjoy but maybe do so with the lights on!
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Even if you are not a divorced parent I can bet you know one or two. We live in an age when divorce is almost the norm for many parents and children. I brought my ex-husband Adam Ritz and Psychotherapist/Emotional Wellness Expert Dr. Will Miller in to discuss how to coparent more effectively.
I do not claim to be an expert on this topic but I am not afraid to say that Adam and I have done a pretty good job raising our two daughters in a “non-traditional” home situation. I hope we may be able to answer some of your questions. Dr. Will touches on topics like, bringing in a new partner, the knowledge of extended family members, and the importance of putting KIDS FIRST!
I admit we barely scratched the surface on this topic and I hope to have another show with the three of us again. I would also like to recommend a book that helped me tremendously when I divorced. EX-Etiquette for Parents by Jann Blackstone-Ford and Sharyl Jupe. You may have to look for it since it’s been around for awhile but I can’t tell you how many times I referred to this book. I have also given it too many of my divorcing friends.
30 years ago a little film about high school basketball in Indiana made it to the big screen. No one could have predicted the impact the movie “Hoosiers” would have on moviegoers to this day not even the two men responsible, Emmy award winning Director David Anspaugh and screenwriter/producer Angelo Pizzo. The 1986 classic went on to garner two Oscar nominations one for Dennis Hopper for Best Supporting Actor and for Best Original Score for composer Jerry Goldsmith.
I traveled to Mr. Anspaugh’s lovely home for this comfortable conversation. Amongst his wonderful movie memorabilia we discuss how the end of Hoosiers could have been very different or not at all. Plus the cameo appearance of David Anspaugh in another of the duos great films "Rudy". We discuss the art of filmmaking from both David and Angelo’s point of view. Find out how the movie Hoosiers is still inspiring and influencing people today. (hint: Michael Phelps) And let’s not forget the revelation that Angelo Pizzo was once in the ballet! All in all the hour scratches the surface of a wonderful friendship and working relationship that has lasted some 50 years.
I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed bringing it to you!
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You may be an avid reader of his column in USA Today. You may have seen him on Good Morning America. Heck, maybe you have read one of his TEN books! Pete the Planner is a seriously funny guy about a serious topic...finances! He makes often dreaded and scary topics such as 'financial security' and 'saving for the future' fun and interesting to discuss...which is precisely what he did with Kristi Lee.
This 'reformed slacker' will be the first to admit the money makes people jerks and can cause them to feel vulnerable. In fact, one of the most controversial topics he ever wrote about was 'adult children living with their parents.' Many listeners can likely relate to this. It struck a nerve he wasn't expecting.
Branding has been critical to his success. He and Kristi chat about his family, his visit to the Bob & Tom Show that he left concerned he might have melanoma, and their joint love for being an emcee at charitable functions (they mutually agreed no cussing or drinking).
Kristi hopes to publish a book someday. The advice Pete gave was simple...write like you talk. I think that would be a pretty great book to read.
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Bob Zany is a legend in the world of comedy. He began his career at the tender age of 15 when he auditioned for the Gong Show and he hasn’t looked back.
As a teen he became a non paid regular at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles working on perfecting his stand up. He also worked in radio at the legendary KLOS in LA one of THE top stations in the country all before his 22nd birthday; however, comedy was his first love and he eventually put down the headphones and pursued his dream.
He has made quite a career, from co-hosting the MDA Telethon with Jerry Lewis, working 2 years with Rodney Dangerfield, acting in movies with the likes of David Spade & Matt Damon, being the subject of a Documentary about his career called “Close but no Cigar” to touring the country with The Bob and Tom Comedy Tour and performing stand up in every state of the union.
Bob Zany has been there done that. And we are lucky enough to hear stories from these remarkable milestones and more....
Without further ado, lets chat with my good friend Bob Zany....Baybee!
Ben Glenn not only had a difficult time sitting still in school but concentrating on what his teachers were instructing. As a young boy, he was mis-diagnosed with Dyslexia and other learning disabilities. It wasn't until he became a young adult that the picture became clearer...he had ADHD! He struggled consistently through school (until he took an art class), and finally left a college basketball scholarship to pursue his love of art and public speaking.
He has traveled internationally as an advocate and inspiration to thousands of young kids and their parents. Ben's message is powerful, and his success a testimony to how the diagnosis can be a blessing depending on how it is handled. While he was wriggling in his seat, Ben shared with Kristi Lee, the tools he has learned after years of living with and studying ADHD, as well as overcoming adversity, into creativity.