Considered one of LA’s finest vocal coaches, Katie Riggs has been teaching voice for over twenty-one years. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Katie grew up at the knee of arguably the most distinguished and successful voice teacher in the business, her father Seth Riggs. His voice training has worked for many of the world’s best singers. It’s been studied by over 200 Grammy winners, including Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Cher, Tina Turner, Josh Groban, Barbara Streisand, Ray Charles, Diana Ross, Julio Iglesias, Michael Bolton, Luther Vandross, and Madonna.
Working side-by-side with her father has earned Katie a lifetime of training. It’s given her extraordinary vocal insight, extensive knowledge and instincts second to none. Katie's clients include Ozzy Osbourne, Brian Wilson (Beach Boys), Dua Lipa, Tobey Maguire, Tiffany Haddish, Bert Kreischer, Bobby Lee, and countless others.
Paul Costabile is a host, comedian, writer, producer and entertainment reporter. He is the newest face on Universal Kids as the host of the iconic revival of Beat The Clock. He also appears on daily segments on NBC's New York Live and is the host of Doodle Wars on NBC’s digital network Bluprint. Most recently, Paul interviewed the band One Republic for The Netflix/NBCU series Once in a Lifetime Sessions and is a brand ambassador and face for Universal Kids.
“From Life in a Maze, to an Amazing Life” best describes De’Juan “DJ” Verrett. On February 6, 1990 DJ Verrett was arrested on drug charges at the age of 19, and was sentenced to 19 ½ years of imprisonment.
After serving 16 years 10 months and 3 days in some of America’s most notorious federal prisons DJ Verrett was released on November 1, 2006. The day he was released DJ Verrett made the decision to change everything about him.
JF Harris is a former NY now LA based stand up comic and writer. You may have seen his stand up on the Late Late Show with James Corden or Bill Burr presents The Ringers on Comedy Central. JF has written for big stars like Will Smith and shows like Netflix's Magic For Humans. He tours regularly in arenas with his good friends The Impractical Jokers. JF also headlines clubs around the world from Hong Kong to Australia, the US and Canada. He's been part of the NY Comedy Fest, the Kennedy Centers District of Laughs, Just For Laughs Road Shows, Wild West Comedy Festival, Guild's Laugh Fest and many more. If you are in NY you can probably catch him at the Comedy Cellar or NY Comedy Club and if you are visiting Los Angeles hosting Workshop, a new material show at the World Famous Comedy Store the last Tuesday of every month. JF is also regularly at the Comedy & Magic Club, The Laugh Factory, and the Hollywood Improv.
Kyle Joachim is a third-generation Presbyterian pastor, a recovering alcoholic, and a compulsive people-pleasing do-gooder.
After working with Middle Eastern refugee youth in Berlin, Kyle moved to Los Angeles to study theology at Fuller Seminary. He served at churches in Hollywood and The Valley, but then took a break from church work to get some sobriety and perspective. Kyle helped run his father-in-law’s construction business before pivoting back to Christian ministry.
He has now served as the pastor at Silverlake Community Church since 2018. His church is dedicated to bringing healing to the hurt in their community by meeting the needs of the local unhoused, supporting recovery and social wellness groups, and helping people find hope through God’s promises and the teachings of Jesus.
Gregg Adams’s life was forever changed in 2015 with the death of his wife, Leslie, from a long-time battle with Lupus. He became a single parent to his teenage son Tyler, who during this same time was also diagnosed with Type I Diabetes. How he successfully dealt with these hardships and challenges eventually led to Gregg becoming an empowering and inspirational speaker to colleges, police departments, and businesses.
In his talks, he shares his incredible story and describes the step-by-step process he used for persevering and overcoming adversity when faced with life’s crossroads.
Jennifer Gimenez is an American model, actress, reality television personality, and addiction recovery advocate. She has appeared in music videos for Tupac Shakur, Babyface and Mick Jagger, in films such as Blow, Vanilla Sky, and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, and on TV shows such as The Bold and the Beautiful and Karen Sisco. She ranked 77 on Maxim magazine's 2001 Hot 100 list. She has appeared as the sober living House Manager for the VH1 reality television series, Sober House, a spinoff of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, on which she has appeared as a rehab technician at the Pasadena Recovery Center. She has also been featured on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as a “friend” of full-time cast member Brandi Granville from seasons 2–5.
Tamer began his comedy career in Los Angeles and New York, but very quickly began to tour internationally. His over-seas experiences include tours for the troops in Afghanistan, performing at the American University in Cairo (during the Egyptian revolution) and the Edinburgh fringe in Scotland, where he received three 4 star reviews from international press. He was most recently featured on Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity event with Todd Glass and Hannibal Buress, won the 2015 World Series of Comedy, in 2017 won his episode of Comedy Knockout on truTV, 2019 won “Best of Fest” at Big Pine Comedy Festival & 3 weeks later won The Portland Comedy Festival. He has TV & Radio credits on BBC and SkyTV in the UK as well as in the U.S. on Fox, HULU, Netflix, Amazon & truTV.
Jeff Greenstein is a television writer, producer, and director known for his work on Friends, Will and Grace, Desperate Housewives, and countless others.
Jeff was one of the writers on the Charmings. After that, he worked on Dream On for five seasons, before becoming a writer on the show Friends. He was the co-creator and co-showrunner of Partners and also created, produced, wrote for, and was the showrunner on Getting Personal. He was the head writer and showrunner for Will and Grace and also wrote, executive produced and directed for Desperate Housewives.
Jeff is a member of the Writers Guild of America and Directors Guild of America. He grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Tufts University with a major in film and dance.
Megan Holiday has been obsessed with music for as long as she can remember and her record collection varies from Motown and The Beatles to Nirvana and Post Malone. Megan always had a love affair with listening to radio and it was when she first attended a local radio summer concert in college that she realized she could harness that passion into a career.
This episode is different from the past ones. Instead of focusing on our guests' life stories, we focused on one particular event in their lives: Near Death Experiences. Tom Wells and Ken Cross tell their stories of seeing the other side.
Matt Gallagher (comedian, actor, storyteller) has performed thousands of shows in comedy clubs all over New York and Los Angeles and is currently a regular on the Sunset Strip, at the world famous Comedy Store and at The Dojo of Comedy.
A Stumble in the Woods, his "sober stand-up special you have to see" (Genius Recovery), is available on Amazon Prime.
Dawn Ritz is an international costume designer, stylist and conceptual artist who interweaves seamlessly between the worlds of music, film, television, commercials, fashion and art. She creates an alchemy of textures, fabrics and emotion across her characters elevating the power of their transformative journeys across multiple mediums be it, live performance, conceptual editorial or abstract experimental landscapes.
Greg Roque is a screenwriter and accomplished stand-up comedian residing in the Los Angeles area. He’s been featured on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle II and is the 2017 winner of the Uncle Clyde’s Comedy Contest at Flapper’s Comedy Club as well as a finalist in The US Comedy Contest.
Uzette Salazar is radio personality, producer and TV host. She was the producer and on air personality of the popular radio show Sara & Vinnie on Alice 97.3, co host with Don Bleu on Star 101.3, and worked for numerous other radio stations. She Currently, does segments for KOFY TV-20 and voicetracks for Hall of Fame Music Radio.
Danny Boy O'Connor is a rapper, hip hop artist, founding member of the rap group House of Pain, current member of the hip hop supergroup La Coka Nostra, creator of the Delta Bravo Urban Exploration Team, and owner of The Outsiders House Museum.
Abby Roberge, born Abbyram Roberge is an extremely talented and popular comedian who has been making everyone laugh.
He has built a name for himself in the L.A. scene, regularly performing at The Comedy Store and Laugh Factory. In 2016, videos of his stand-up and sketches were viewed over 100 million times. He has performed at Just For Laughs Northwest, toured with Bill Burr, Bob Saget, Steve-O, and many more. As an actor, Abby has played in a major NBC pilot and just wrapped a guest-starring role on MODERN FAMILY.
You probably know Rosalee Mayeux from the cult classic The Lawnmower Man with Pierce Brosnan. A high-fashion Ford model in New York and Paris the 80’s, Rosalee moved to Los Angeles and played the quintessential mom in over 300 movies, commercials, and TV shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, Nickelodeon.
Rosalee won The Columbine Writers Award for non-violent conflict resolution at the Moondance International Film Festival 2005 for not killing her sons’ drug dealer in the short, Coyote Nights.
Catch her standup comedy at clubs all around Los Angeles, and watch her in the new YouTube series: Comedy Girls Road Trip with Jessica Wellington.
Matt Pinfield is an American music personality, TV host and radio DJ best known as a video deejay on MTV and VH1. Pinfield also worked as a Vice President of A&R and Artist Development for Columbia Records.
Joe Manganiello is an actor, director, producer, and Emmy Award-winning narrator. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and during high school, he was captain of the football, basketball and volleyball teams. He went on to play varsity level in all three. It was during school that he enjoyed making films with his friends and, as a result, became interested in acting. He went on to study acting at Carnegie Mellon, after which he moved to Los Angeles. He landed a great first job as 'Flash Thompson' in Spider-Man (2002). He is also known for his roles as the werewolf Alcide Herveaux on the HBO series True Blood, and as Big Dick Richie in the Magic Mike films, as well as countless others. Joe is married to actress Sofia Vergara.
Alexandra Rose shares her journey of how she went from being a junkie to being an entertainment lawyer. After battling a heroin addiction, she got sober at the age of 19 and has been unstoppable ever since.
She dropped out of high school at 16, got her GED, moved away from Massachusetts, got sober in Orange County, attended UCLA, graduated law school, and passed the bar exam just recently on her first attempt. Alexandra is also an open lesbian and talks about her scary and surprising coming-out story. Today, with 11 years of sobriety, she works for one of the top music law firms in the country. Alex considers her life’s purpose is to inspire people to achieve their goals and to never give up. How that new purpose manifests is anyone’s guess, but we know it will be as inspirational as she is.
Gerry Pass is a Producer and President of Chrome Entertainment in Los Angeles, established in 2013. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts, he began his career at Paramount Pictures in NYC then moved to Walt Disney working for studio icons Gordon Weaver, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Dick Cook, Michael Eisner and Arlene Ludwig on many movies including TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS, A CHORUS LINE and KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN.
The beautiful and talented Bobbie Brown was spotted in a mall in 1987 and said yes to entering the Miss Louisiana Teen USA Competition. After winning the pageant, Bobbie went on to star in 9 music videos, the most famous being “Cherry Pie” by Warrant.
Chasing the Hollywood Dream, the actress and model won the spokesperson competition on Star Search 13 consecutive times and has 16 filmography credits.
Most recently, Bobbie has authored two books, Dirty Rocker Boys and Cherry on Top, and has a podcast called “The Bobbie N’ Sharise Sweet and Sour Hour”.
She has her own memorabilia website and you can catch her live on stage doing stand up comedy in Los Angeles, usually at The Dojo. She is very funny and has recently headlined The Shindig Show.
Jason's uniquely Yankee American upbringing as an adopted Korean kid in Mr. Roger's white picket fence neighborhood of New Boston, New Hampshire gave him a distinctive "slant" on life, now put to hilarious use in his stand-up routines. The self-proclaimed "Caucasian Asian" put it this way in his "Go pahk yah cah" wicked-thick New England accent, "I created the show to incorporate all kinds of comedians. I wanted to stay away from an all Asian-, white-, black-, purple-, blue-themed show." American Me Comedy, is an evening of the best standup comedy featuring today's hottest working comics from all walks of life—race, color, religion, sexual orientation—sharing their unique and hilarious perspectives on life experiences. Catch the show monthly at the Hollywood Improv and San Jose Improv and periodically at the Punch Line San Francisco.
Actor/comedian Darrell Hammond fondly recalls his first taste of show business at age five practicing the impressions of his family members on the porch of their home in Melbourne Florida. It wasn’t many years later when Darrell realized he wanted to submerse himself in the pursuit of bringing his comedy and impressions to a much bigger stage. For years now, Hammond has brought to life a cavalcade of politicians, media figures, celebrities and newsmakers on television. Darrell is known for being one of the most prolific comedians of his time. He holds the title for being the longest-running cast member on SNL. He frequently tours comedy clubs and theaters boasting a number of brilliant impressions in his act that keep people laughing nationwide.