Featuring attorney and professor Toni Ann Marcolini and retired boxer Seamus McDonagh discussing creativity in all its forms. A show about conversations and people of interest ranging from books, films, history, sports, legal cases, healthy lifestyles, cooking, television to behind the scenes of the creative process.

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Episode 34 - Actress and Improv Coach Samantha Jones

Actress and improv coach Samantha Jones joins the podcast to talk about improvisation and her projects.
00:00:00 12/7/2021

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SAMANTHA JONES is an actor and director originally from New York City. Her recent acting credits include DR. DEATH/PEACOCK, MERGENCE/ABC, BULL/CBS, THE BLACKLIST/NBC, LAW AND ORDER:SVU/NBC, SKIN with Jaime Bell, and DRIVEWAYS with Brian Dennehy. After teaching, directing & coaching in NYC for over 20 years, she made the leap and moved to the Hudson Valley. Sam's passion and unique approach to teaching improvisation is what brings students back again and again. To Sam, improv isn't about "being funny", it's about being FREE. This philosophy is the nuts and bolts if the work she does in her Improv Empowerment classes. The result? An incredibly supportive and creative community of students personally trained by Sam who speak a common language of performance technique. 90% of Sam's students aren't actors. They are every day people with jobs, families, responsibilities and lives who want to feel better. At Hudson Valley Improv they do just that. Sam began teaching improv classes back in 1993 after studying with well-known professor and theatre director, Beverly Brumm. While her preference for performance purposes is short-form improv, Sam has developed her own unique form of improvisation which she has become known for. By combining intuitive theatre games, the Meisner technique, Viola Spolin, brain games, and physical challenges to her group events, Sam knows just how to tap into her students to quickly discover what is blocking them. She then creates original games to break down those blocks. She calls this method Improv Empowerment. Through this technique, Sam has helped hundreds of people learn how to get past the blocks and reclaim who they are instinctually. All her work on stage and off eventually lead Sam to directing. Solo shows she has directed have appeared at numerous festivals all over the world. She has co-created and directed solo vehicles for other performers including standup comedy, talk shows, solo shows, and storytelling. She has also directed full-length plays and live concerts. Sam has donated her empowerment work to several organizations including Upstate Women in Film and Television, the New Perspectives Theater Company, The Momentum Repertoire Company, and the Esther Ashkenas Central Park Early Learning Center. She was an honorary guest in the Think Tank at the Endangered Species Women's Conference in NYC. Additionally, Sam has contributed her talents to ARTISTS FOR THE CURE at Carnegie Hall, and WIGSTOCK. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild, she has represented the organization on the board of the NY Coalition of Professional Women in Arts and Media. She was a founding partner of Dora Mae Productions and in addition to SAG, a longstanding member of AFTRA, AEA, and Alpha Psi Omega. She studied performance at The LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, UCB, HB Studios, Neighborhood Playhouse, Aretha Sills and SUNY New Paltz, where she returns often to speak to young theatre students about career and creative challenges after graduation. Webpage: https://therealsamanthajones.com/ Follow us on Instagram @imiytk Hosts: Toni - https://twitter.com/AMarcolinilaw Seamus - https://twitter.com/Seamuzzz
00:00:00 12/7/2021
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Joe Estevez, member of the iconic Sheen/Estevez family, is an actor, director, and producer, who is best known for his role as President Jason Davidson in the hit TV series "Decker". Joe is the first and only recipient of the On Cinema Lifetime Achievement Award and has acted in countless movies and television shows across his career. He joined the podcast to discuss his experiences, giving a poignant, funny and forthright interview. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0261724/ Follow us on Instagram @imiytk Hosts: Toni - https://twitter.com/AMarcolinilaw Seamus - https://twitter.com/Seamuzzz
00:00:00 11/30/2021
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Shelley Fabares began her career tap dancing and modeling from the age three years old. She appeared on such TV shows as Captain Midnight (1954) and Annie Oakley (1954) and at the age 12, she made her professional film debut in the Rock Hudson/Cornell Borchers tearjerker Never Say Goodbye (1956) as Hudson's daughter, and went on to play kid sister roles in the rock 'n' roll-themed Rock, Pretty Baby! (1956) and its sequel Summer Love (1957) both starring John Saxon. Early TV appearances included the Producers' Showcase adaptation of Our Town starring Frank Sinatra and Paul Newman. She was Young Cathy in a Matinee Theatre adaptation of Wuthering Heights. Teen-idol status came with her coming-of-age role as the ever-wholesome daughter "Mary Stone" on The Donna Reed Show (1958). She had a #1 Billboard hit with the song "Johnny Angel." After which, she co-starred with Elvis Presley in the movies Girl Happy (1965), Spinout (1966) and Clambake (1967). Shelley is Golden Globe nominated for her role as the altruistic wife of a dying footballer "Brian Piccolo" in Brian's Song (1971), where she starred opposite James Caan and Billy Dee Williams. She co-starred in the series The Brian Keith Show (1972), The Practice (1976), Highcliffe Manor (1979), the late-night soap spoof Forever Fernwood (1977) and marvelously played the villian opposite Bonnie Franklin in the hit sitcom One Day at a Time (1975). On television, she will forever be associated with her character Christine Armstrong, Craig T. Nelson's resourceful mate on hit series Coach (1989), where she earned two Emmy nominations. Shelley is married to actor Mike Farrell of M*A*S*H (1972). Together, they supplied the voices for Ma and Pa Kent on the Superman: The Animated Series (1996). Shelley and Mike joined us on the podcast to talk about their love story, working with Elvis Presley and Donna Reed, starring on the hit show Coach, her hit song Johnny Angel and so much more.
00:00:00 11/25/2021
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Richie Castellano is the host of BAND GEEK on YouTube and an independent producer and songwriter. When he's not in the studio, he's on tour with the classic rock band BLUE ÖYSTER CULT. Links to Richie: https://richiecastellano.com/ https://richiecastellano.com/bandgeek/ Staten Island music store discussed during interview http://www.castellanoshouseofmusic.com/#about-marquee Follow us on Instagram @imiytk
00:00:00 11/15/2021
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Fred Rubino is a stand up comic from Brooklyn, New York. He performs all over the East Coast from comedy clubs to casinos and resorts. He has been called the voice of American Italians and has made appearances on The Sid and Bernie Show 77WABC. https://www.fredrubino.com/
00:00:00 11/14/2021
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New Jersey native Anthony Crescenzo began his career as a stand-up comedian in 2005. He is one of the hardest working comedians in the New York comedian scene. Besides appearing at Comic Strip Live, Gotham Comedy Club, The New York Comedy Club, to name a few, he is the owner of a comedy club in Newark, NJ, an actor and podcast host for Why? He also appears as a guest host for It May Interest You to Know. Follow us on Instagram @imiytk
00:00:00 11/9/2021
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Candice Cain is the founder and President of Gemelli Films Incorporated, based out of Brookhaven, NY. She has written and directed 10 feature films, 3 television series and one short form series. Candice lives on Long Island with her Police Lieutenant husband, twin teenagers Charles and Catherine, mother and 2 dogs. She joined the podcast to discuss her latest projects. http://www.gemellifilm.com/
00:00:00 11/7/2021
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Stand-up comedian and actor Rob Epple joined the podcast to discuss his brand of comedy and the business world of humor. ROB'S WEBPAGE: https://www.thecomedyhaven.com/ FOLLOW ROB: Instagram: @robepplecomedy and @thecomedyhaven FOLLOW US on Instagram: @imiytk FOLLOW OUR HOSTS: Toni - Twitter: @amarcolinilaw Seamus - Twitter: @Seamuzzz
00:00:00 11/1/2021
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Raised in New Jersey, a graduate of Northwestern University, an internationally experienced production and development executive, Michael Blum is a versatile writer, savvy media strategist, transmedia content creator and deal maker. He has won awards for programming, branding, promotions and public awareness. A few of his recent credits include: "50 Central" Variety/Comedy on BET Networks starring musician and actor 50 Cent, "American Hustlers" reality pilot on A&E, EP/Showrunner/Writer, Criss Angel-Mindfreak, Producer for Bon Jovi,- The Circle Tour, Producer for Seth MacFarlane - Swingin' in Concert. IMDB - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1946403/ WEBPAGE: https://mblumprod.com/home
00:00:00 10/31/2021
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Classically trained and with years of experience in Cuban and American salsa, jazz, and big orchestra bands, the Havana-born Gerardo Contino is a multi-talented singer and songwriter. He created the band Los Habaneros in 2012, which has gone on to become the "Best Band in Manhattan" (WNYC/NPR), and "Best Cuban Dance Band" (NY Latin Culture Magazine). Gerardo is also the lead-Latin singer for the famed Max Weinberg Orchestra, and lead vocalist for the Larry Harlow's Latin Legend's Band. Los Habaneros released their debut album, Somos Latinos, in 2013 to very high critical acclaim. He has toured internationally and in their hometown, NYC, they have performed in Brooklyn Academy of Music, BB King Blues Club, Subrosa, Sounds of Brazil (SOBs), Le Poisson Rouge, The Bronx Museum, Subrosa, Live at the Gantries, Roulette, Gonzalez y Gonzalez, Taj, and many others. With the Max Weinberg Orchestra, he has performed at The Rainbow Room, Rockefeller Center. With his own projects, Gerardo has toured in Italy, France, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Venezuela, Mexico, Peru, and Canada. He has played in international festivals of salsa and jazz such as: Toulouse Festival, France; Latin American Festival of Milan, Italy; Festival Fiesta, Rome, Italy; Festival of Munich, Switzerland, Copenhagen Festival, Denmark; Salsa Festival of Verona, Italy, Time Out New York Afro-American Roots of Maracay, Venezuela. Gerardo has also shared the stage with such artists as Oscar de Leon, Roberto Roena, El Gran Combo, La India, Los Van Van, Xiomara Laugart, Carlos Varela, Alexander Abreu, Frank Fernandez, Osdalgia, Giovanni Hidalgo, Kelvis Ochoa, David Torrens, and Jose Armando Gola. Gerardo is a recipient of the 2015 and 2014 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant for Manhattan Community Arts Fund. Gerardo is endorsed by Gorilla Ears, is an active member of Musicians on Call, and was a performer at the Kennedy Center for the Arts. Recently, Gerardo has also embarked on a career in theater. He is currently working on a new musical theater project set in late 19th century Cuba. https://www.gerardocontino.com/
00:00:00 10/27/2021
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Mike Farrell began his acting career with small parts in films like "The Graduate" and "The Americanization of Emily". Eventually, he landed on the soap "Days of Our Lives", where he starred as Scott Banning for two years. "Days" was followed by leading roles in two series, "The Interns" and "The Man and The City," then a four-year contract with Universal Pictures. Mike is best known for playing Captain B.J. Hunnicutt in the ever popular series M*A*S*H. His eight years with the memorable show allowed the opportunity to both write and direct several episodes, earning him nominations for Director's Guild and Emmy Awards. His first production experience outside of M*A*S*H was the CBS-TV film "Memorial Day", in which he starred opposite actress Shelley Fabares, who he would go on to marry on December 31, 1984. On the documentary front, among many others, Farrell co-hosted "Saving the Wildlife" for PBS, hosted "The Best of the National Geographic Specials" and had a great adventure scuba diving with his children, Michael and Erin, among hundreds of sharks in French Polynesia for "The World of Audubon". Together with partner Marvin Minoff, he formed Farrell/Minoff Productions Farrell/Minoff's first production was "Dominick and Eugene", a film starring Tom Hulce and Ray Liotta. After making a number of TV movies, their company produced theatrical film called "Patch Adams", starring Robin Williams. In 1996 Mike was presented the Valentine Davies Award by the Writers Guild of America, given to members: "whose contribution to the entertainment industry and the community-at-large have brought dignity and honor to writers everywhere." In February 1998 Farrell was appointed to a three-year term on the Commission on Judicial Performance, an 11 member California State Commission that adjudicates complaints against judges in the state. 1998 also brought him to NBC-TV"'s "Providence" playing veterinarian Jim Hansen with cast-mates Melina Kanakaredes, Concetta Tomei, Paula Cale and Seth Peterson. In 2002 Mike was elected First Vice President of the Screen Actors Guild in Los Angeles and served three years in that capacity. In 2004 he received the Donald Wright Award from California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, only the third time in its 28 year history that the award has been presented to a recipient who was neither a lawyer nor a judge. Mike joined the podcast to talk about M*A*S*H, Providence, Days of Our Lives and Patch Adams the movie with Robin Williams and the real life doctor. https://m.imdb.com/name/nm0268286/bio
00:00:00 10/23/2021
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Lawrence H. Levy is a novelist, an award-winning film and TV writer, a Writers Guild Award winner for the hit TV show Seinfeld, and a two-time Emmy nominee. He has written for various hit TV shows such as Seinfeld, Roseanne, Family Ties, Who's the Boss, Facts of Life, Seventh Heaven, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Trapper John,, MD, Charlie's Angels, and Saved by the Bell. He now primarily focuses on writing historical mysteries novels creating the Mary Handley Mysteries. Second Street Station was his debut novel in the series, which was named "One of the five best mysteries of 2015" by Library Journal. It is based on a true story incorporating real world characters like Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, J.P. Morgan, the inventor of Coca-Cola, etc., all of whom are suspects in the book. The fourth installment was recently published to continued acclaim. Check out the series: Amazon Barnes & Noble Audible Credits: IMDB
00:00:00 10/17/2021
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A former Distinguished Visiting Fellow in American History at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Harlow Giles Unger is a veteran journalist, broadcaster, educator, and historian. He is the author of 27 books, including 10 biographies of the Founding Fathers-among them, Patrick Henry (Lion of Liberty); James Monroe (The Last Founding Father); the award winning Lafayette; and The Unexpected George Washington: His Private Life. Cited by Florence King of the National Review as "America's most readable historian," he has appeared on the History Channel and C-SPAN's Book Notes and spoken many times at Mount Vernon, Valley Forge, Yorktown, Williamsburg and historic sites in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC. Mr. Unger is a graduate of Yale University and has a Master of Arts from California State University. He spent many years as a foreign correspondent and American Affairs analyst for The New York Herald Tribune Overseas News Service, The Times and The Sunday Times (London), and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and he is a former associate professor of English and journalism. He is author of many books on American education as well as American history, including the popular" "But What if I Don't Want to Go to College? A Guide to Success Through Alternative Education, and the award-winning, three volume Encyclopedia of American Education, a standard reference in academic and reference libraries. After many years in France, Mr. Unger now lives in the United States and is an avid downhill skier and horseman. http://www.harlowgilesunger.com/ https://www.amazon.com/Harlow-G.-Unger/e/B001IQZL0E?ref_=d6k_applink_bb_dls
00:00:00 10/16/2021
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Dan Jurgens began his career with DC Comics as an artist on THE WARLORD. Shortly after, he created, wrote and drew BOOSTER GOLD for DC Comics. He continued with stints on FLASH GORDON, GREEN ARROW, and THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA. Most notably, he logged a ten-year run as writer/artist on SUPERMAN, including the best-selling Death of Superman for which he won the National Cartoonists Society Award for Best in Comic Book Division. Jurgens followed up with the mega-hit crossover ZERO HOUR, which redefined the DC Universe. He moved to Marvel Comics and launched a new Spider-Man series, THE SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN. Jurgens then logged seven years writing THE MIGHTY THOR and also wrote and drew CAPTAIN AMERICA. In 2005, Jurgens shifted into the world of book publishing to write and illustrate 'You Can Draw Marvel Characters' for Dorling Kindersley Publishing. Jurgens has since returned to DC Comics where he helped relaunch, write and draw BOOSTER GOLD, which he first created in 1985. He moved on to write and draw TIME MASTERS: VANISHING POINT and revisit the Death of Superman in DC UNIVERSE: LEGACIES. In 2011, Dan returned to writing and drawing BOOSTER GOLD in order to make it part of a very special storyline involving the entire universe of DC characters. As part of DC Comics' major NEW 52 launch, Dan was heavily involved in two projects. He started with JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL, which focused on a team of global heroes serving as earth's protectors. The team was lead by Dan's creation, Booster Gold. In addition, Dan drew the newly launched GREEN ARROW series, featuring a dramatic new vision of DC's Emerald Archer. Dan followed that up with a return to the SUPERMAN and FIRESTORM titles, which he wrote and drew. In 2014, Dan was one of the writers on the weekly NEW 52: FUTURES END series, which explored DC's future. That led to DC's CONVERGENCE event and SUPERMAN: LOIS & CLARK, which reestablished Superman as DC's pre-eminent hero and also introduced his son Jon. As part of DC's incredibly popular 2016 REBIRTH effort, Dan wrote two titles. The first was DC Comics' longest running title, ACTION COMICS, which debuted on newsstands in 1938, starring SUPERMAN. Dan revitalized the Man of Steel with a different approach and continued that all way through ACTION COMICS #1000.Dan also took over BATMAN BEYOND, which tells the story of BATMAN forty years in the future. Dan continues with that title today while also writing the adventures of Dick Grayson in NIGHTWING. Dan joined the podcast to discuss his accomplished career. https://danjurgens.com/ https://www.dccomics.com/
00:00:00 10/9/2021

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