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The Marilu Henner Show – Friday April 17th 2015

Dan Schlissel9:15AM (PST) – Dan Schlissel, founder of Stand Up! Records and a Grammy winning producer

Record Store Day, April 18th, Joan Rivers – The Next To Last Joan Rivers Album
4th Annual Akumal Comedy Festival

Dan Schlissel took an odd route to comedy. It started on the East Coast and involved a side trip through Nebraskan punk rock. The son of a Holocaust survivor and a native Israeli mother, Schlissel was raised in a strong Jewish community, until, at age 11, he was uprooted, only to be replanted in the fertile and hostile soil of Kearney, Nebraska. Naturally, he turned to punk rock.

Music and the DIY ethos would come to permeate every aspect of Schlissel’s career. While earning a B.S. (of course) in physics at the University of Nebraska, he started –ism/ismist Recordings in his dorm room, taking tips from his favorite labels, Sub Pop, Amphetamine Reptile, Discord, SST and Touch and Go. Soon he was the man behind Indy classics by House of Large, and behind the first recordings from the perennial Spencer’s gift favorite, Slipknot.
By the time he showed up in Minneapolis in 1998 (having fallen in love with the city), Schlissel was a talented and experienced producer, but it would take meeting Lewis Black to earn him a Grammy. The two went on to produce 6 records, 3 Grammy nominees including the prize-winner, “The Carnegie Hall Performance”.
Since the late ‘90’s, Schlissel has gone on to build a stable of astoundingly talented comics and humorists, produced over 100 stand up records, and became an internationally recognized comedy expert. He now produces Stand UP! Records recordings, tv specials and DVD’s, and even Mexico’s first Stand Up Comedy festival. This is a hostile takeover.

Grae Drake9:30AM (PST) – Grae Drake, Senior Editor at Rotten Tomatoes

In 6th grade, when Rotten Tomatoes Senior Editor Grae was arranging movie outings for all her friends, she picked the movie. Through the years studying film at the University of Texas at Austin, being honored by Sundance and the Director’s Guild of America, and working as a filmmaker in Los Angeles, she realized how terrible she was at keeping her opinions to herself. The Popcorn Mafia podcast was born, and led to her becoming CNN’s movie critic. She also has dished the dirt with stars on HLN’s Showbiz Tonight, Fox News, G4’s Attack of the Show, and is a regular at the TV Guide Network and the Reelz Channel. Her passionate thoughts can also be heard on terrestrial radio all over North America. And just to note, she still won’t let other people pick the movies.

Movies this week:

  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2
  • Monkey Kingdom
  • Unfriended

Dr. Jeffrey A. Lieberman10:15AM (PST) – Dr. Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD, author of his new book, “Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry”

Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry

Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD, is the Lawrence C. Kolb Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and Psychiatrist in Chief of New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University Medical Center. Formerly the President of the American Psychiatric Association, in 2000 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. He lives with his wife in New York City.

Jaq Mackenzie10:30AM (PST) – Dimples Band, featuring Jaq Mackenzie


Jaq Mackenzie is a 16 year old singer/songwriter who was born and raised in Santa Monica, CA. She was a top 48 finalist on American Idol XIV and she continues to write and record her original music. Jaq refers to her fan base as #RoxStars and she loves them all!



Tania Luna11:15AM (PST) – Tania Luna, a “Surprisologist”, Ted Talk speaker, and author of the book, “Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable and Engineer the Unexpected”

Surprise Industries
LifeLabs New York
Tania Luna, Ted Talk speaker
Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable and Engineer the Unexpected

Tania Luna leads the culture department at LifeLabs New York, a company that helps people, teams, and organizations master life’s most useful skills (from how to ask better questions to how to think more strategically). She is also the cofounder of Surprise Industries, the world’s only company specializing in surprise. Tania writes for Psychology Today and conducts research on surprise.

The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday April 16th 2015

Rick Egusquiza9:15AM (PST) – Rick Egusquiza, West Coast Editor of In Touch Weekly, Life and Style Weekly and Closer Weekly


Egusquiza is the veteran gossip hound famed for being the first one to break the story/scandal of political figure John Edwards’ extramarital affair – ten months before mainstream media jumped on the bandwagon.

A bartender turned Hollywood reporter/gossip guru, Rick joined the National Enquirer back in early 2000 by pure serendipity – being at the right place at the right time – but also for the mere fact that the very West Coast hipster-looking thespian has a unique certain je ne sais quoi that somehow makes him a people magnet – he’s everybody’s confidant.
Egusquiza is a walking encyclopedia of all things entertainment celebrity related. Like a sponge, he absorbs information at the speed of light, retains names and faces in a heartbeat, always got the perfect punch and/or comeback line, and of course is always in the know and in the now!
It’s nearly impossible to resist the captivatingly entertaining spell of this corky, bubbly, at times goofy, unique character who luckily for us is blessed with an infectiously great sense of humor, a contagiously energetic and hysterically comical personality. Needless to say, the camera loves him! The fit 45-year-old Cuban-American/New Jersey native has a very unique fashion style sporting his trademark signature attire- flip-flops and black-rimmed glasses – and an indelible “Joie de vivre” grin on his face. He’s appeared on numerous TV shows including Inside Edition, Geraldo at Large on Fox News and CNN to name a few.

There’s definitely something reassuring and contagiously appealing about Rick’s uber cool personality that impulsively draws you to him. Charming and charismatic in a non-threatening way, his ever-so approachable demeanor naturally makes him the perfect candidate to be the ideal “best friend” – and indeed, that’s just it…everybody loves Rick.

Peg Streep10:15AM (PST) – Peg Streep, popular blogger and author
Quitting: Why We Fear It – and Why We Shouldn’t – in Life, Love, and Work

Peg Streep is a popular blogger for Psychology Today and the author or co-author of eleven books including, most recently, Quitting: Why We Fear It—and Why We Shouldn’t—in Life, Love, and Work. She lives in New York City.


George Thorogood10:30AM (PST) – George Thorogood, Musician, from “George Thorogood And The Delaware Destroyers”
George and The Destroyers at Stagecoach on April 26
George and The Destroyers co-headline tour with Brian Setzer starting May 27

In 1973, a barely-out-of-his-teens Wilmington guitarist piled his gear into the drummer’s Chevy van to play their very first gig at a University of Delaware dorm. More than 4 decades, over 8,000 live shows, and some 15 million albums sold worldwide later, that same maverick guitar-slinger is still making electrifying music, still thrilling audiences, and still the most bad-to-the-bone performer in rock. It’s 2015, and George Thorogood & The Destroyers are Badder Than Ever.

For George and his longtime band – Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone) – their new Badder Than Ever Tour is indestructible proof that staying true to yourself and the music can still mean something. And with a catalog of classics that includes “Who Do You Love”, “I Drink Alone”, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”, “Move It On Over”, “Bad To The Bone” and more, being able to share it with audiences is what will always matter.
Surprisingly, Thorogood began his career as a solo acoustic act. George called high-school friend and drummer Jeff Simon, and with the addition of a bass player – as well as Jeff’s van – the electric trio soon graduated from basement rehearsals to local gigs.
As Big Bill Broonzy said, the blues is a natural fact. If you don’t live it, you don’t have it. By this time, Bill Blough had joined The Destroyers on bass and the band signed a deal with the Cambridgebased independent bluegrass label Rounder Records. The day it was released was the day Elvis died.
Nevertheless, that self-titled and now-classic debut would soon be certified Gold. And for audiences and radio alike, the band instantly embodied – and continues to define – powerhouse rock with bar band roots, unchained attitude and a fierce love of its country, blues and R&B history. Over the course of sixteen studio albums (including six Gold and two Platinum discs), they would storm the charts by putting their own stamp on nuggets by Hank Williams, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James and more, while simultaneously delivering hit GT originals that crackle with humor and swagger. As for his signature certified classic “Bad To The Bone”, George knows the simple truth of his definitive badass anthem.
In fact, ask anyone who’s seen a GT&D performance – from that first show at Lane Hall, through legendary appearances on SNL and Live Aid, the opening slot on the Rolling Stones historic ’81 tour, their own record-breaking 50/50 tour, or any of their current 100+ shows per year – and it’s ferociously clear that the band’s reputation as worldwide road warriors remains untouchable.

Ultimately, the 2015 Badder Than Ever tour is 50% celebration, 50% declaration and 100% Thorogood throwdown. But after 4-plus decades as one of the most consistent – and consistently unique – careers in rock, can a guitar-slinger still at the top of his game choose a moment that brings it all home? For George Thorogood & The Destroyers – and for rock & roll – it doesn’t get badder-to-the-bone than that.

Steven Kotler11:15AM (PST) – Steven Kotler, Co-Author of the book, “Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World”

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World

Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist and the Cofounder and Director of Research for the Flow Genome Project. His work has been translated into forty languages and his articles have appeared in over eighty publications, including: The New York Times Magazine, Wired, Atlantic Monthly, TIME, and Forbes.

Richard Taite11:30AM (PST) – Richard Taite, founder, Cliffside Malibu, the world’s leading addiction treatment center
Richard will be featured in the world premiere of “Prescription Thugs” on April 18 at the Tribeca Film Festival

Richard Taite is a former addict who overcame dire circumstances 20 years ago and founded Cliffside Malibu, the world’s leading addiction treatment center, to help others do the same.
Cliffside Malibu generates more than $20 million in revenue annually and boasts a record of impeccable privacy in an era of celebrity rehab reality shows and newspaper headlines. Today, Richard is a best-selling author and widely-regarded industry expert on addiction leading the world’s leading evidence-based addiction treatment center. His story and success are truly remarkable.

As the CEO and founder Cliffside Malibu, Richard has developed a successful treatment protocol that includes specific evidence-based interventions reflecting the Stages of Change behavioral model. Cliffside Malibu’s approach empowers both addicts and their families to begin their recovery. Richard is also the co-author of the Amazon best-selling book, Ending Addiction for Good, which was completed just prior to his 10-year sober anniversary.
Cliffside Malibu CEO and founder Richard Taite has lived in the Los Angeles area his entire life. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in Political Science with the idea of becoming a lawyer but instead, life and fate got in the way. After spending many years as an addict and alcoholic, and being in and out of various programs and sober living facilities, Richard achieved sobriety on March 3, 2003. Soon after, with the seed money he had from his own medical bill collections and medical-legal consulting company, Richard purchased a sprawling property in Malibu with breathtaking white water ocean views. As he continued to work on his recovery, he began to notice others relapsing. He found that there was a lack of exceptional resources for people needing aftercare for their continued sobriety. It didn’t take long before the desire emerged in him to create a dedicated sober living facility for men. He started his client base with referrals received from area residential rehabilitation centers that discharged clients after 28 days. It became clear to Richard that most of these clients still needed treatment and aftercare. Richard felt that what was missing from these establishments was a lack of an integrated therapeutic approach to whole body, mind, and spirit wellness, combined with top level medical assessment and monitoring from the initial client admittance through discharge, and of course a comprehensive aftercare plan, like the one that worked so well for his own journey to sobriety.
In July of 2005, Richard opened Cliffside Malibu, a boutique eighteen bed facility for men and women. Cliffside Malibu uses treatment methods based on The Stages of Change model, a model of change that worked for Rich’s own recovery. Incorporating these stages along with wholly integrated, holistic, evidence-based treatment protocols, and with intense one-on-one psychotherapy, physical activity and rejuvenation, Cliffside is able to evaluate each person to determine their current state of willingness to change, and take the best modalities and put them all together in a personalized treatment program. Addicts who were failing in traditional twelve step programs and alternative methods of rehabilitation were finally able to achieve success in sobriety and given a chance to design the life they were always meant to have before they were derailed by drug addiction and alcoholism.
Richard credits The Stages of Change model for saving his life and wanted to pay it forward. Richard believed that since this behavioral change theory had worked for him and he was such a bad addict for so many years, it could work for others as well. In general terms, the model’s creators, Drs. James Prochaska, John Norcross, and Carlo DiClemente, observed that change is a process that occurs in a specific way with predictable steps. People overcoming addiction go through a series of stages, primarily having to do with mental preparedness and willingness to take on new actions. It is understanding this change process that has made Cliffside Malibu successful in helping people recover.
Richard has found the very best physicians specializing in addiction medicine and psychiatry who oversee all clients, initiating safe, comfortable detoxification programs, and transitioning them to a skilled and experienced team of therapists who work in tandem to bring the client to wellness. There are four full time therapists that never have more than four or five clients at any one time to ensure the clients get the individual one-on-one sessions that they really need, as well as sessions that involve the client’s family in the recovery process.

Today, Richard’s vision of Cliffside Malibu is everything he dreamed it would be. It was important for him to create the best possible experience that anyone could have under the trying circumstances that bring them into a treatment setting. To Richard that meant providing the finest clinical care you could get anywhere in the world combined with the same comfort and convenience you would receive at a five star hotel, with an understated elegance, healthy cuisine rivaling the best restaurants in LA, organic foods when available, and luxurious accommodations, all on a private serene estate. The attention to detail is unrivaled.
Richard believes in the precept of respect – respect for the healing process, the client, and the professionals who put love into their work and create a meaningful plan for recovery for all their charges. His goal is for his clients not only to achieve mere sobriety, but also for them to actually thrive, becoming their best selves with a joy for living. He is a product of his own design and he practices what he preaches: he works out four days a week; does yoga three times a week; receives acupuncture once a week; gets a massage once a week; sees his own personal therapist once a week and a therapist with his wife once a week so they can constantly improve the quality of their loving relationship. He is passionate about natural foods and fitness training.
Self-love, self-care, therapy, and taking care of yourself is not something you HAVE to do. It’s something you GET to do. There is nothing more estimable than working on yourself to become the best father, the best husband, the best employer, and best person you can possibly be.
Richard currently resides in Malibu with his wife and three year old daughter, and works as a hands-on owner of Cliffside Malibu.

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday April 15th 2015

Kat Perkins9:15AM (PST) – Kat Perkins, Correspondent, The Voice

Fearless is available on iTunes
Live on the stage of the Medora Musical for ONE DAY ONLY! ~JULY 31, 2015~

Growing up the daughter of a music teacher, Kat Perkins has been singing, dancing, and performing for just about as long as she can remember. At just 15 years old, she made the move to the Twin Cities from rural North Dakota and her professional career began as she became a success in the Minneapolis-St. Paul theatre scene.

Over the years, Perkins has performed and recorded with her bands Scarlet Haze, Northern Comfort, and SKITZOfrenic. Scarlet Haze’s third record came out February of 2012 and was produced by James ‘Fluff’ Harley of World Record Productions and the debut single features Guns N’ Roses guitars Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Nine Inch Nails drummer Ilan Rubin, Grammy-nominated producer Joe Marlett (Foo Fighters, Korn) and her current musical director Eric Warner.
Perkins recently found herself in the national spotlight on NBC’s THE VOICE as a Top 5 contestant coached by Adam Levine (of Maroon 5). Her single, “Fearless” was produced by John Fields (Pink, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez) and independently hit #5 upon release on the iTunes charts.

When not on stage, you can usually find Perkins nannying, writing, recording and constantly coming up with new projects as well as managing other bands in the business. She speaks at many schools also.

I really Hate My Ex9:30AM (PST) – Troy Byer and Darrin Henson – “I really Hate My Ex”

I Really Hate My Ex Official Trailer

I Really Hate My Ex arrives on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and On Demand in April from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. I Really Hate My Ex will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $26.98.


Troy Byer

Troy was born in New York City to a black mother and a white father. Due to racial and cultural challenges, Troy’s father abandoned her and her mother when Troy was two years old. Troy remained in New York City with her welfare recipient mother. Desperate to make financial ends meet, Troy’s mother accepted the advice of her yet to be famous neighbor Alvin Alley and took Troy to audition for a new PBS series, Sesame Street. Troy was immediately hired as one of the original cast members for the children’s program. Troy remained as a series regular on Sesame Street until the age of nine. In addition to appearing on Sesame Street, Troy went on to be featured in national television commercials and star in movies of the week until the age of eleven when her home life took a turn for the worse. By the age of twelve, Troy was taken away from her mother for child neglect and placed in foster care. Troy remained a ward of the state until the courts tracked down her biological father. Shortly thereafter, Troy moved to Idaho to live with her father whom she had not seen since the age of two. Troy describes her life in Idaho as a huge but welcomed departure from city life. “I finally got to be a normal kid,” Troy remembers. However, unable to shake the show biz bug, immediately after graduating from high school, Troy turned down a full ride scholarship to the College of Idaho to return to New York City with the hopes of re-igniting her acting career. Upon returning to New York City, Troy immediately enrolled in The City University of New York’s School for the Performing Arts with a minor in Psychobiology. After swiftly landing a bit part in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club (1984), Troy dropped out of college and moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of an acting career. Her intentions were fulfilled when she convinced the producers of Dynasty to create a role for her as Diahann Carroll’s daughter on the ABC hit primetime soap opera. Two years later, Troy went on to earn ShoWest’s Newcomer of the Year Award for her leading role in Robert Wise’s feature film Rooftops (1989). Since then Troy’s feature film credits include Disorderlies, Weekend at Bernie’s II, Eddie, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Robert Altman’s The Gingerbread Man, starring Kenneth Branagh and Robert Downey Jr., and John Q, starring Denzel Washington. In 1997 Troy put her writing skills to use, making her screenwriting debut with B*A*P*S, starring Halle Berry. Unhappy with how her script had been changed during the course of filming, the following year she decided to direct and star in her next screenplay, Let’s Talk About Sex. Troy then took a trailer of her film to the Sundance Film Festival, where she literally stood on the street and handed it out to film executives. The film was quickly in a bidding war and picked up by Fine Line Features. She next wrote and directed Love Don’t Co$t a Thing for Warner Brothers, based on the hit 1987 movie Can’t Buy Me Love. Upon release of the film, Troy made history as the first woman of color to write and direct a studio released film.

Although Troy has had a lucrative career in show business, today, her passion is working with people and communities that are stopped or stuck in their lives due to heartbreak and grief. Currently, Troy holds a master’s degree in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Community, Liberation and Eco psychology. Inside of her commitment to expand her knowledge as a Psychologist, Troy is also earning a doctorate’s degree in Jungian Analysis and Archetypal Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Still carrying somewhat of a torch for the entertainment industry, Troy managed to merge her commitment to healing hearts with her passion for filmmaking. Troy’s next film entitled, “I Really Hate My Ex”, will was released in Spring 2015 through LionsGates Home Entertainment. Troy is also the founder of Heartbreak Recovery Counseling (HRC), a non-profit organization designed to provide daily group relief meetings for heartbreak sufferers nationwide.

Troy’s hobbies include yoga, hiking, sewing, cooking and transcendental meditation. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her family.

Darrin Henson
Ain’t That the Truth
Intimate Thoughts

In 2015 Darrin Dewitt Henson can be seen in the feature film “Chocolate City” which is an African-American version of Magic Mike. Henson will also star beside Denise Boutte in call Weber’s “Choir Director”.
Henson grew to fame when playing Lem Van Adams on the hit Showtime series “Soul Food”. For five seasons Henson has given a compelling performance of a street hustler turned husband, father and businessman.
Darrin Dewitt Henson can be seen in the Universal film “The Express” where he plays, the legendary, Jim Brown opposite Dennis Quaid. He also had a lead role in “Stomp the Yard”, a film released through Sony Screen Gems.

​Henson manages to incorporate acting, dancing, choreography, writing, directing and producing with philanthropy and fatherhood. One would ask how is this possible. Well the many talents he exhibits are cultivated with his formula of: meditation, reading, exercise, proper diet and most importantly, “self-control”. He invites others to exhibit these habits in their everyday lives as well. Through his books, scripts and projects he hopes to permeate this ideology into the minds of many.
​Darrin attributes his success to his dad and other influences from various genres, such as the late music performer Michael Jackson, Comedian, Eddie Murphy, or lyricist and singer Lionel Richie. Henson’s influences helped to develop part of his purpose: A message that people should strive toward reaching their full potential, and elevate themselves through research and education. According to Henson, “Our history is not yet fully written. We have the opportunity to create our own now”. Henson feeds himself with this information by reading enlightening literature.
He has gravitated toward the likes of Authors such as, Paulo Coelho, “The Alchemist”, Robert T. Kiyosaki, “Rich Dad Poor Dad”, Napoleon Hill, “Think and Grow Rich”. Not only an avid reader, as an Author he has transcended his knowledge to the pages in his own literature, “Ain’t That the Truth” is an insert of daily positive affirmations. Henson also has written “Intimate Thoughts”, an anthology of poems and pictures.
After receiving his acting training at Carnegie Hall and dance at Broadway Dance Center (where he was given free dance classes, compliments of Frank Hatchett), Henson arrived in Los Angeles in 2000. The east coast native (Bronx, New York), was armed with drive and determination to make a difference. He landed the role of Lem {2000-2004} in the hit Showtime series, Soulfood. A role that he is often recognized for, but Darrin has catapulted his career since playing that role.

​Now days we see Darrin’s name on projects that include acting and producing. He has taken advantage of this platform in order to deliver his message. An opportunity presented itself when he produced “Four of Hearts” {2013}, a story of a young couple trying to rekindle their sex life by having a sexual escapade for one night with another couple. The young couple experienced consequences afterward that led to turbulence in their marriage.
In 2014, as the Lead Actor in “Black Coffee”, Darrin (Robert) took on a significant role that coincided with his positive message of self-progression.

Elaine Swann10:30AM (PST) – Elaine Swann, Etiquette Expert


Nick-named “The Etiquette Lady”, Elaine shares up-to-the minute tools and practical tips from a contemporary perspective, presenting workshops, seminars and one-on-one sessions with private clients. Elaine’s clients include schools, civic and non-profit organizations, as well as corporate businesses. Her passion lies in helping individuals empower themselves by developing sharp social skills that transcend into chic everyday style.

Born of Panamanian decent, Elaine is third in a family of five siblings. Elaine developed a love for everything etiquette early in life when her mother gave her the responsibility to set the table for dinner each night. Her dreams were further realized when her mother enrolled her in charm school, and later when she learned the formal teachings of etiquette through her participation in beauty pageants starting in her senior year of high school. The natural next step for Elaine was to move to New York City to pursue a career in modeling.
While living in New York, Elaine first stretched her entrepreneur wings by starting E.P. Models, a model management company that represented petite models, many whom landed principle roles in music videos. Elaine later returned to California, where she continued to develop as a creative leader, obtaining a cosmetology license, opening a full-service beauty salon called Bronzed Images, and becoming a freelance creative art director for Today’s Black Woman Magazine and writer for Word Up Magazine.
Elaine began her career in etiquette instruction when a sorority, aware of her strong pageant and modeling background, asked her to work with the girls for their annual debutante ball. The sorority continued to invite Elaine back, and each year she developed a more advanced program. After years of volunteering, a middle school principal hired Elaine to develop an after-school etiquette program for students. She immediately recognized that this would become her lifelong career motivation and began to grow her mini-empire from then on.
In 2005, Elaine auditioned for the “Martha Stewart Apprentice” in San Diego, where she was plucked from the line of several hundred prospects and interviewed on-air by an NBC reporter. After the brief interview, she was complimented by two news anchors and invited to return to do a segment about etiquette. As excited as she was about the prospect, Elaine had to put the offer on hold because she was called back by “Apprentice” producers for several more interviews. After stopping short of the top 16, Elaine refused to allow her disappointment to get the best of her. Instead, she chalked up the experience as a necessary part of her journey. Elaine followed up on NBC San Diego’s offer, and she quickly became a familiar face as a regularly featured guest on the channel.

Today as a Social Commentator Ms. Swann shares her etiquette advice on various radio programs, as well as on the TODAY SHOW, ABC, NBC, CBS, The CW, FOX News, The STYLE Network, and CNN Headline News. A recent New York Times article touted her as one of the “Emily Posts of the Digital Age”. As the go-to leader in everything etiquette her advice has appeared in publications such as the Modern Bride Magazine, Kiplinger’s Magazine, and several newspapers across the US.

Mariel Hemingway

Photo credit: Chris Baldwin Photography

11:30AM (PST) - Academy Award nominated actress, Mariel Hemingway, and author of her new book, “Out Came the Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family”

Out Came the Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family

Mariel’s much sought after purpose-driven presentations entertain, educate, engage and enrich, focusing on topics including: mind-body-spirit optimization, purposeful living, and mental health related issues. She shares her own evocative story about growing up in a home where there were great challenges in order to inspire others to do the same, thereby cultivating compassion and understanding and breaking down the stigma so often associated with the discussion of mental illness.

In a high-tech world, Mariel is considered an expert in high-touch solutions which facilitate finding one’s authentic voice and experiencing the greatest sense of personal power, life balance, joy, fitness, authenticity and peace of mind.
Mariel’s on camera film and television accomplishments include starring roles in: Manhattan, Lipstick, Personal Best, Star 80, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and appearances in television shows including Roseanne, Civil Wars and Central Park West. She’s narrated several programs and films including the documentary Ernest Hemingway: Wrestling with Life.
In 2014, Mariel and Oprah Winfrey executive produced, Running From Crazy, the Emmy nominated documentary focused on the 7 most recent suicides in the Hemingway family. It is available on Netflix.
With her two daughters, Dree and Langley successful in their own entertainment careers, Mariel is once again considering film and television series opportunities. She’s passionate about the art of acting and storytelling, and thrives in the collective creative energy when working with gifted artists, directors, producers, and writers.

Mariel’s best selling books include: Finding My Balance, reflecting her life’s journey through the lens of her yoga and meditation practices. Healthy Living from the Inside Out: a how-to guide to finding a greater sense of balance and meaning through self-empowering techniques and strategies. Mariel’s Kitchen is a healthy lifestyle cookbook offering creative gluten and sugar free recipes. Running With Nature, co written with her life partner, provides insights into the import and impact of making good choices based on an awareness of and respect for nutrition, meditation, mindfulness, movement, silence, compassion and connectedness to self and earth.
Mariel’s 2015 book releases include her memoir: Out Came The Sun: Overcoming the Legacy of Mental Illness, Addiction, and Suicide in My Family and INVISIBLE GIRL: a tender engaging book written in diary form for teen and tweens. Mariel and famed children’s book illustrator, Edward Hemingway will collaborate on a children’s book in 2016.
Recent health, wellness, inspirational, advocacy and entertainment media profiles, features and covers include those in USA Today, LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Dr. Oz Show, Fox News, in Vanity Fair, the New York Times and Interview Magazines, The Times of London, Pret A Porter and People Magazine. Mariel was also the focus of a one hour interview with Oprah Winfrey’s, on Super Soul Sunday, her book and lifestyle focused program.

The Marilu Henner Show – Best of – Tuesday April 14th 2015

Phil Rosenthal9:15AM (PST) – Phil Rosenthal, the creator of ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’, director of the documentary film ‘Exporting Raymond’ and Host of an upcoming food and travel TV series

Exporting Raymond

Phil Rosenthal was born in Queens, raised in Rockland, N.Y., and attended Hofstra University on Long Island. Starting out as an actor in New York, Rosenthal also wrote and directed theater before relocating to Los Angeles.

Rosenthal’s early writing credits include the series “Down the Shore” and “Coach”.
He was the creator/executive producer of the hit CBS comedy, “Everybody Loves Raymond”, staying with the show for its entire nine season run, beginning in l996. “Everybody Loves Raymond” was nominated for over 70 Emmy awards, and won 15 times, including for Best Comedy Series in 2003 and 2005.
Rosenthal has the distinction of having directed President Bill Clinton in the White House Correspondents Dinner video, which was shown to wide acclaim at the April, 2000 event. He co-wrote “America: A Tribute to Heroes”, the 9/11 telethon which aired on all four networks, won a Peabody Award and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing.
Rosenthal won the 2002 Writers Guild Award for Excellence in Television Writing for his “Everybody Loves Raymond” script, “Italy”.
He returned to his roots as an actor in the James Brooks feature film “Spanglish”, in which he played Adam Sandler’s sous chef. He also appeared in “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, Jake Kasdan’s feature ”The TV Set”, “The Simpsons Movie”, and starred in Funny or Die’s “Jewish James Bond” as James Bond.
Rosenthal is the author of “You’re Lucky You’re Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom”.
His first feature for Sony Pictures: “Exporting Raymond”, which he wrote and directed, the true story about the attempt to turn “Everybody Loves Raymond” into a Russian sitcom, was released in April of 2011.
In 2014 Rosenthal participated in the Emmy nominated CNN documentary series, “The Sixties” and is the host of a new food and travel series for PBS: “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having”.

Rosenthal lives in Los Angeles, with his wife, actress Monica Horan (who played Amy on “Everybody Loves Raymond”), and their two children.

Adi Jaffe10:30AM (PST) – Dr. Adi Jaffe, Clinical Director of Alternatives Treatment Center

Ecstasy Facts
Ecstasy or Molly

Dr. Jaffe is a UCLA trained addiction expert who serves as one of Psychology Today’s leading addiction authors. Dr. Jaffe received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Even before he graduated Dr. Jaffe’s name had become known through his online and academic writing. His views on addiction and his research on the topic have been published in dozens of journals and online publications and he has appeared on several television shows and documentaries discussing current topics in addiction and the problem of addiction as a whole. Dr. Jaffe also teaches courses at UCLA and the California State University in Long Beach that address addiction specifically or biological psychology and behavioral neuroscience more generally. As Alternatives Director of Research, Dr. Jaffe’s goal is to harness the latest research and monitoring tools to make Alternatives the most successful and science-based addiction treatment provider in the world. He has been featured on EXTRA, The Insider, Larry King, CNN shows, HLN shows, People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight amongst many others.

Dr. Adi Jaffe, the Clinical Director of Alternatives Treatment Center, once took part in selling MDMA and now works to treat addicts of all kinds. He has first hand accounts of the lies being told on the streets which encourage young people to ingest Molly (MDMA) as it is “safer and more pure” than ecstasy. There is nothing pure about this drug, and there is no such thing as a “bad batch”. No one knows what substances are mixed in with Molly or Ecstacy, including the dealer.

Tim Phillips11:15AM (PST) – Tim Phillips, Vice-President and co-founder of Animal Defenders International

Tim Phillips’ passion for saving animals grew from a documentary he saw in 1981 titled “The Animals’ Film.” At the time, there was little support for modern animal rights, but the film’s exposure of cruel animal treatment compelled Phillips to make a change. Within two weeks, he became a vegetarian, left his banking job, purchased a camera, and began capturing evidence of animal abuse. Phillips’ video and photographic images have revealed shocking practices in entertainment, farms, and laboratories. He has received numerous awards for his animal protection documentaries, advertisements, and training videos.

In 1990, Phillips co-founded ADI with his wife Jan Creamer, a fellow animal rights activist. With Phillips serving as Vice-President and Creamer as President, the tenacious duo built a worldwide reputation with committed teams stationed in major cities. Last year, Phillips and Creamer, following a series of dramatic ADI exposés leading to laws prohibiting animals in circuses in South America, embarked on enforcing these laws. In Bolivia, almost every circus defies the law, so Creamer and Phillips and their team set about tracking down the illegal circuses. In a series of surprise raids called Operation Lion Ark, they closed every circus and saved every animal, the climax was a huge airlift of 25 former circus lions to Colorado (four other lions were flown to California). Now, ADI’s upcoming documentary “Lion Ark” will astonish audiences with a behind-the-scenes experience of this breathtaking story of courage and compassion.
The two leaders have endured death threats and violent attacks in their mission to take hurt animals away from people who do not want to give them up. The couple publishes technical reports, educates communities, and drafts legislation documents for animals worldwide. They’ve secured bans on animal circuses in 27 countries and 44 in the US as well as a ban on cosmetic testing on animals in Europe. They are currently hard at work on the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act (TEAPA), a bill that aims to end the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses in the US.

Phillips describes ADI’s approach as “holistic,” gathering both physical and scientific evidence to stop animal mistreatment. He uses hidden cameras to capture footage of the suffering and relies on animal experts to analyze the behaviors. The covert surveillance and research provide the necessary evidence to prosecute abusers in court. Phillips and Creamer must often dodge angry mobs and handle dangerous animals in order to pursue their cause, but they persevere in their campaigns to end animal suffering.

11:30AM (PST) – Gretchen Rossi & Slade Smiley, The Real Housewives of Orange County

Gretchen Rossi
‘Real Housewives’ star Gretchen Rossi’s in Fan Fest fashion show

Gretchen Rossi joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Orange County in Season 4. The budding entrepreneur grew up in La Crescenta, California, and attended Baylor University in Dallas, Texas, where she studied Psychology. After struggling with their relationship last year, Gretchen and her long-time boyfriend, Slade, are stronger than ever. With her signature Gretchen Christine line taking off, Slade has started to veer into a new profession, hosting a local radio show. Simultaneously, he and Gretchen are focused on the well-being of his son, while also contemplating the future of starting their own family together.

Slade Smiley
First Look: Texas Rising
Where the Starlight Ends

He may be called “Mr. Gretchen Rossi” behind his back, but Slade Smiley’s history with The Real Housewives of Orange County runs deeper than just his fetching fiance and minor squabbles with the other Housewives.

Slade grew up in Anchorage, Alaska and attended college briefly at the University of Alaska at Anchorage before transferring to California State University, Long Beach.
Slade Smiley spent a good deal of the 1980s racing bicycles competitively, and claims to have raced in the Tour de France once. He also had a fairly successful modeling career, shilling for brands like Adidas, Gillette, and Cherokee Clothing. Somewhere along the way, Slade even found time to become fluent in Japanese.
But his personal life was a bit less steady. In the 1980s, he was married to Rose Smiley and had one son, Gavin, who’s now in his early 20s. He has another son, 12-year-old Grayson, with ex-girlfriend Michelle Arroyo. Sadly, Grayson suffers from a serious neurological disease called diffuse fibrillary astrocytoma. He underwent an invasive surgery last year to remove as much of his brain tumor as possible and has been recovering well ever since.

In 2006, Slade joined the Real Housewives of Orange County with then-fiance Jo De La Rosa. According to Vicki Gunvalson, Slade and Jo’s addition was a total fluke after the two of them won an opportunity to appear on the show in an auction.
Unfortunately, Slade and Jo parted ways in 2007 when Jo decided to move to LA to pursue her music career. Strangely enough, the pair reunited (professionally, at least) for the reality show Date My Ex, in which Jo went on a series of dates and received advice about her various suitors from Slade and two of her best friends.
Following his breakup from Jo, Slade also dated RHOC co-star Lauri Waring briefly before really hitting it off with Gretchen Rossi in 2009. The two are still together and happily engaged now too! Gretchen threw convention to the wind and proposed to Slade on April 14 atop the AT&T building in LA.
Although tongues have wagged in the past about Slade’s money problems (his real estate business floundered during the economic downturn, and he’s been accused of being a deadbeat dad as well), he’s now gainfully employed as a talk radio host on Orange County station Playlist 927.
With a wedding to plan and babies to be had, Slade will continue to be a fixture on Real Housewives of Orange County for a long time to come!

The Marilu Henner Show – Monday April 13th 2015

Jeff Calhoun9:15AM (PST) – Jeff Calhoun, Director – Duck Commander Musical

Duck Commander Musical at the Crown Theater inside of the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino

Jeff Calhoun (Director) Broadway: Disney’s Newsies (8 Tony nominations including Best Director), Jekyll & Hyde (2013 Revival), Bonnie & Clyde (Tony nomination, Best Score), Grey Gardens (Tony Nomination, Best Musical), Deaf West’s Big River (Tony Honor, Excellence in Theatre), Brooklyn, Annie Get Your Gun (Tony Award, Best Revival), Grease (Tony nomination, Best Choreography), Tommy Tune Tonite!, The Will Rogers Follies (Tony Award, Best Musical). US National Tour/West End/International: Mata Hari (World Premiere in South Korea Fall 2015), Maurice Hines’ Tappin’ Thru Life, Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5: The Musical, Disney’s High School Musical. Regional: Duck Commander Musical, Dodger Theatricals; Noah Racey’s Pulse, Asolo Rep.; Jane Austen’s Emma (Craig Noel Award, Outstanding Resident Musical), The Old Globe; Deaf West’s Pippin, Mark Taper Forum; Disney’s High School Musical: On Tour!, Disney Theatrical; The Civil War, Freedom’s Song, Shenandoah, and Violet, Ford’s Theatre. Jeff is an associate artist at the Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC.

Susan Anton10:00AM (PST) – Susan Anton, actress
Desert Winds Amber Concert on May 16th at 7:30 pm in Las Vegas

When the curtain came down on the July 31, 2000 performance of the Great Radio City Music Hall Spectacular at the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada, the occasion marked not only the end of Susan Anton’s longtime association with the production (over 5000 performances) but a milestone as one of the most enduring and versatile performers in show business. Yes, indeed, it was 30 years ago that Susan Anton first burst into public consciousness and, ever since she has been captivating theater, television, and film-going audiences with an ingratiating style and easy charm that is found among only a handful of performers. Her five and a half year tenure in Las Vegas as Special Guest Star with the Great Radio City Music Hall Spectacular and its renowned Rockettes, preceded by a 2 year U.S. national tour of the same production, makes her not only one of the most popular and glamorous stars on the Las Vegas Strip, but a true veteran of the theatre. During time off from the Radio City show, Susan headlined her own one woman show to sold-out audiences for two months at the prestigious Desert Inn Hotel and brought back to Las Vegas a type of entertainment rarely found there today.

Far removed from the glamour and lights of Las Vegas, however, was Susan’s early life…a life that bore more than just a slight resemblance to television’s Walton’s. The daughter of a police detective and the eldest of five children, Susan was raised in the small town of Oak Glenn, California on an apple ranch. Each morning, she would ride her horse Domingo to a one-room schoolhouse where, in her third year, she was one of only two people in the entire third grade class. Her first foray intro performing came during the third grade talent show where she played Hungarian Rhapsody on the piano. Oak Glenn legend has it that Susan won the talent show that year “hands down”.
Susan attended high school in the neighboring valley of Yucaipa. And, it was there, that her life began to change dramatically. On a dare from her high school boyfriend, she entered the Miss Redlands beauty contest. Entranced with the charisma of such performers as Doris Day, Susan Hayward, and Ginger Rogers, Susan elected to sing the torch song, Since I Fell for You. The powerful performance, aside from her intellect and obvious beauty, left the judges with no decision other than to award her the Redlands title. Little did she know, however, that the contest was a prelude to Miss America and the first step to what would become an illustrious career spanning two and a half decades.
Susan continued her success in pageants by winning the Miss California crown in 1969 and went on to become second runner-up to Miss America in 1970. She so dazzled the audience and judges in the talent portion of the pageant, that her plan to become a child psychologist went by the wayside and the idea of becoming an entertainer prompted her to pack her bags and move to Hollywood.

Susan appeared in numerous television commercials as the Muriel Girl. Her co-stars in those spots often included other budding stars such as Treat Williams and Tom Selleck. The campaign, hugely popular with the American public, was the catalyst for many appearances on the Las Vegas Strip, the first in which she headlined a production called Turn it On with French heartthrob Jean-Paul Vignon at the Hacienda Hotel. From that point forward, she appeared frequently on The Merv Griffin Show and quickly became one of Merv’s favorite guests. Susan’s appearances on Merv placed her firmly in the national spotlight and served as a launching pad for her transition into theater, films and television.
Susan made her Broadway debut by replacing Candice Bergen in David Rabe’s Tony nominated play Hurleyburly, directed by Mike Nichols. The show not only featured Susan, but a cast of both established stars and newcomers, including Danny Aiello, Kevin Spacey, and Frank Langella. Preceding Hurleyburly, she starred in the U.S. national touring company of the Neil Simon/Marvin Hamlisch musical They’re Playing Our Song and toured the U.S. with Elizabeth Ashley in A Couple of White Chicks Sitting Around Talking. She returned to Broadway in 1991 to co-star with Keith Carridine and the original Broadway cast of Tommy Tune’s Tony award winning musical The Will Rogers Follies.
Susan returned to the stage when she starred in Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues at the Alcazar Theatre in San Francisco (June 2001), the Canon and Coronet Theatres in Los Angeles (August 2001) and the Cashman Center Theatre in Las Vegas (October 2002).
Susan first emerged on the big screen in the film Goldengirl, and went on to appear in such other films as Making Mr. Right (with John Malkovich), Cannonball Run II (with Shirley MacLaine and Burt Reynolds) and New Jersey Turnpikes (with Kelsey Grammer). And, as she has in every other medium, Susan has been a significant star on the small screen. For three seasons, she was part of the cast of the world’s most popular television series Baywatch playing the role of Jackie Quinn. She starred in the international series Sail Away with Susan Anton, as well as The Travel Channel’s Las Vegas! produced by Susan and her husband, Jeff Lester. She also hosted Perfect Buns, one of the most prominent exercise infomercials on television.
Susan’s other television credits include the Warner Brother’s series Nick Freno, Licensed Teacher; NBC’s City Guys; the critically acclaimed Steven Bochco series Civil Wars; as well as Quantum Leap, Night Court; and Murder She Wrote. She starred in ABC’s Cliffhangers as well as her own variety show on NBC, Presenting Susan Anton. She has displayed her comic abilities on Gary Shandling’s Larry Sanders Show, The Ben Stiller Show and Blossom.
Her hobby is golf. She currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Photo credit: Julie Aucoin

10:45AM (PST) – Hanifa Jackson (Dancer) and Dina Emerson (Singer), Mystère, Cirque du Soleil

Mystère™, Cirque du Soleil®
Mystère by Cirque du Soleil, Treasure Island – TI Hotel Casino in Las Vegas Nevada

Mystère™ is the original, must see Cirque du Soleil®. Directed by Franco Dragone, the show combines the powerful athleticism, high-energy acrobatics and inspiring imagery that has become the company’s hallmark.
Deemed a theatrical “flower in the desert”, Mystère thrills generations of audiences with its exhilarating blend of whimsy, drama and the unimaginable brought to life on stage.
Presented exclusively at Treasure Island, Mystère provides the ultimate discovery that life itself is a mystery.
Honored eight times as “Best Production Show” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Mystère has an international cast of 75 performers featuring dancers, singers, musicians and champion-caliber acrobats.


Photo credit: Richard Termine

Hanifa Jackson is a dancer, dance instructor and choreographer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received her professional training at Philadanco!, Pennsylvania Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem and the Ailey School.

After completing her B.F.A from The Juilliard School the “world of dance” became her oyster, as she was driven to experience every thing in the Performing Arts. Hanifa has toured with West Side Story, Ballet Hispanico, Ailey 2, Complexions a Concept in dance, LVCDT, The Lion King

Hanifa is currently a principal dancer in “Mystere” By Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas.



Photo credit: Matt Beard

Born in Santa Barbara, Dina decided she wanted to be a professional singer at the age of 14 after hearing a performance from her high school choir. She graduated from Bennington College in Vermont with a BA in Drama then began her professional singing career.

In 1998 Dina came across an ad in the Village Voice saying that Cirque du Soleil would be coming to New York to audition singers. She had seen La Nouvelle Expérience on tour in 1990 and heard the soundtrack to Alegria, another of Cirque’s early big top tours, and decided to send in a demo tape. She was invited to audition and in 2007 joined Mystère as one of our two live singers.
Though she been part of too many past projects and performances to list her favorite was being part of Carnegie Hall Composer-in-Residence Meredith Monk’s Vocal Ensemble from 1990-2000. Her favorite type of music to sing is a mix between classical and folks music, which fits in very well with the style of music at Mystère. Her favorite singers represent varied styles of music and include Diamanda Galas, Lisa Gerrard, Elizabeth Fraser from the Cocteau Twins, Loreena McKennitt and Björk.

In addition to singing Dina is a connoisseur of artisanal cheese, enjoys yoga, cooking, reading (her favorite book is Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell), and spending time with her three cats – Loki, Nuggan and Inky.

The Marilu Henner Show – Friday April 10th 2015

Grae Drake9:30AM (PST) – Grae Drake, Senior Editor at Rotten Tomatoes

In 6th grade, when Rotten Tomatoes Senior Editor Grae was arranging movie outings for all her friends, she picked the movie. Through the years studying film at the University of Texas at Austin, being honored by Sundance and the Director’s Guild of America, and working as a filmmaker in Los Angeles, she realized how terrible she was at keeping her opinions to herself. The Popcorn Mafia podcast was born, and led to her becoming CNN’s movie critic. She also has dished the dirt with stars on HLN’s Showbiz Tonight, Fox News, G4’s Attack of the Show, and is a regular at the TV Guide Network and the Reelz Channel. Her passionate thoughts can also be heard on terrestrial radio all over North America. And just to note, she still won’t let other people pick the movies.

Movie this week:

  • The Longest Ride

Michael Mosley10:15AM (PST) – Michael Mosley, Hot Pursuit / Sirens finale

Hot Pursuit

Michael Mosley has been bringing characters to life in film, television, and on stage for the past decade. Mosley can currently be seen starring on the USA series “Sirens”, created by Denis Leary and Bob Fisher. The comedy based on the BBC show of the same name, follows three fast, ball-busting Chicago EMT’s whose chief talents are saving lives and self-sabotage. On the film front, Mosley can next be seen in MGM’s HOT PURSUIT opposite Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara [to be released May 2015]. He can also be seen in OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN, alongside Chad Michael Murray, Alexandra Breckenridge and directed by Liz Hinlein.

Born in Iowa City, Iowa, Mosley is an Alumnus of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, and was a 2001 company member. Upon graduating he performed in numerous theaters including the SoHo Playhouse, Cherry Lane, and Michael Imperioli’s Studio Dante. He starred in Itamar Moses’, Back Back Back at Manhattan Theatre Center, and in 2010 starred as the Gentlemen Caller in Roundabout’s adaptation of The Glass Menagerie opposite Judith Ivey, Patch Darragh, and Keira Keeley. The production earned a Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival.
Film credits include Touchstone Pictures THE PROPOSAL, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s THE ACCIDENTAL HUSBAND, and Fox 2000 Pictures’ 27 DRESSES. Mosley has also appeared in a host of independent features including SWIMMERS directed by Doug Sadler, where he starred alongside Cherry Jones, Sean Hatosy, and Sarah Paulson. SWIMMERS went to the Sundance Film Festival, and won the New American Cinema Award at the Seattle International Film Festival.
In 2006 Mosley booked a recurring role on NBC’s “Kidnapped” opposite Timothy Hutton, Dana Delany, Jeremy Sisto, Olivia Thirlby, and Delroy Lindo. Later that year he was cast in “Alpha Mom”, another pilot for NBC directed by Bill Lawrence, who would later remember him and cast him as a series regular in the 9th season of the hit comedy series “Scrubs”. From 2009-10, Mosley starred as “Drew Suffin” in the farewell season of the ABC series. His role as the cynical, anti-social, med school dropout garnered him critical acclaim. He then went on to co-star as “Ted Vanderway” on ABC’s “Pan Am”, opposite Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie, and Kelly Garner. Other television credits include: recurring roles on A&E’s “Longmire”, FX’s “Justified”, NBC’s “30 Rock”, ABC’s “Last Resort”, CBS’ “The Education of Max Bickford”, and ABC’s “Castle” as “Jerry Tyson”, the 3XK killer. He has also held numerous guest starring roles, including ABC’s “Happy Endings”, TNT’s “The Closer”, and HBO’s “Generation Kill”, and “The Wire”.

Michael Gardner11:30AM (PST) – Michael Gardner, Costume Designer

Michael Gardner was a dancer in a professional American Jazz Dance company before he began university studies at N.D.S.U., studying textiles and science. He holds an A.A.S. degree from F.I.T. in women’s fashion design. Michael worked in fashion in NYC upon graduation, ultimately leaving the world of fashion behind to work on Broadway as costumer. He did this for nearly a dozen years, working evenings on Broadway, then staying up all night after painting, and sleeping during the day. Michael is currently Head of Wardrobe for the Ahmanson Theatre. In fashion he has worked for Lane Bryant, JCPenney, and Oscar de la Renta, as associate director of fashion shows for three seasons, working with all the Supermodels! Gardner worked alongside, and for, many shows and luminaries in the field of theatre, film and TV such as; Miss Saigon, Cats, and The Metropolitan Opera, Ann Roth, Julie Taymor, and Twyla Tharp. During all these years he has worked seriously as a fine artist, painting. Taking in the enormous creative energy of his surroundings, and focusing it for his own work. Michael is currently finishing B.A. at Antioch LA, with a concentration in creative writing. He has been writing his biography of the years he lived in NYC and the many people and events experienced. It is an artistic textual study of word, story, prose, memory and form, not unlike his paintings.

The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday April 9th 2015

Rick Egusquiza9:15AM (PST) – Rick Egusquiza, West Coast Editor of In Touch Weekly, Life and Style Weekly and Closer Weekly


Egusquiza is the veteran gossip hound famed for being the first one to break the story/scandal of political figure John Edwards’ extramarital affair – ten months before mainstream media jumped on the bandwagon.

A bartender turned Hollywood reporter/gossip guru, Rick joined the National Enquirer back in early 2000 by pure serendipity – being at the right place at the right time – but also for the mere fact that the very West Coast hipster-looking thespian has a unique certain je ne sais quoi that somehow makes him a people magnet – he’s everybody’s confidant.
Egusquiza is a walking encyclopedia of all things entertainment celebrity related. Like a sponge, he absorbs information at the speed of light, retains names and faces in a heartbeat, always got the perfect punch and/or comeback line, and of course is always in the know and in the now!
It’s nearly impossible to resist the captivatingly entertaining spell of this corky, bubbly, at times goofy, unique character who luckily for us is blessed with an infectiously great sense of humor, a contagiously energetic and hysterically comical personality. Needless to say, the camera loves him! The fit 45-year-old Cuban-American/New Jersey native has a very unique fashion style sporting his trademark signature attire- flip-flops and black-rimmed glasses – and an indelible “Joie de vivre” grin on his face. He’s appeared on numerous TV shows including Inside Edition, Geraldo at Large on Fox News and CNN to name a few.

There’s definitely something reassuring and contagiously appealing about Rick’s uber cool personality that impulsively draws you to him. Charming and charismatic in a non-threatening way, his ever-so approachable demeanor naturally makes him the perfect candidate to be the ideal “best friend” – and indeed, that’s just it…everybody loves Rick.

Kira Soltanovich9:15AM (PST) – Kira Soltanovich, Comedian
How to Be a Grown Up

Kira Soltanovich grew up in San Francisco and began her comedy career in 1998. Kira’s television career began with a four year run as a series regular on the hit hidden camera series Girls Behaving Badly followed by an eight year run as a correspondent on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. As a stand-up, Kira has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Call With Carson Daly, Last Comic Standing, Hello Ross! and The World Stands Up. In 2012, Kira taped her first special Here Comes Trouble.
Kira has also worked as a writer for performers such as Joan Rivers, Scott Baio, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber. Kira is a recurring round table comic on Parental Discretion and has performed as a stand-up on both seasons of the series NickMom Night Out.

Kira’s three year old son inspired her to have her very own podcast, The Kira Soltanovich Show, where Kira interviews fellow comedians with kids and they discuss all things comedy and colic related. Kira can be seen currently on TruTV’s “How To Be A Grown Up” every Thursday.

Wild Bill Wichrowski10:15AM (PST) – Wild Bill Wichrowski, from the Discovery Channel’s award winning “Deadliest Catch”

Epic 11th Season Kicks Off Tuesday, April 14 at 9 PM ET/PT on the Discovery Channel

Captain “Wild” Bill Wichrowski‘s motto is “hard work and honesty,” though he has been known to use unconventional methods – that partly explain the nickname “Wild” – to keep his crew going strong.
While he has a potentially intimidating reputation, Bill can back up his words with the skills to get the job done. He has extensive experience as a naval engineer, boat electrician, and commercial fisherman. He is keenly aware of the risk inherent in his profession, one widely recognized as the world’s most dangerous job.

After graduating from Norwin High School in 1975, Bill joined the Navy and moved to the West Coast. When his military service ended four years later, the big money earned by Alaska’s king-crab fisherman lured him to the Bering Sea. There, he spent the next 20 years, ultimately working his way up the ladder to captain. In 2005, he semiretired to run sport fishing tours out of Costa Rica and Mexico.
Discovery Channel producers first approached Bill to join Deadliest Catch early in the television show’s run, but he declined. When interest in high-end fishing expeditions began to slow due to the economy, he decided to take Discovery up on their offer and return to crab fishing on the Bering Sea.
In 2010 — the show’s sixth season — he broke into the tight-knit circle of Deadliest Catch captains. Two years later, Bill brought his son, Zack Larson, on board his ship as a greenhorn.
Once notorious amongst the fleet for being a maverick, “Wild” Bill’s age continues to show in his demeanor (as well as his silvering mullet). Though Bill secured a new boat and crew last year, he still struggles to keep everything running smoothly. “Wild” Bill has been pretty “Mild” Bill the past few years, but last season there was a huge amount of bullying on deck and Bill largely let it happen. He even lashed out a few times himself, releasing his inner Samuel L. Jackson off at Kelly the Greenhorn (“Tinkerbelle”) and we caught a glimpse of what Wild Bill can really be.

Absent for much of his son Zack’s childhood, Bill has spent the last few years cultivating a relationship with his boy. Passing life lessons to Zack may even take priority over fishing. Bill feels Zack improved dramatically last year and has the potential to move up to the wheelhouse, but not any time soon.
That said, Wild Bill often favors deckhand, Nick McGlashan, who Bill feels is the epitome of a true crabber but cares deeply about Nicks struggle with alcoholism. After many years plying the Bering Sea in search of crab, Wild Bill is nearing the end of his fishing career. This season the captain needs to make sure he finishes strong and more importantly that he gets Zack prepared to fish when dad’s not around.
Bill is originally from Irwin, Pennsylvania, east of Pittsburgh. In the off-season, he and his wife, Karen Gillis, make their home in Sonora, San Carlos, Mexico. Bill enjoys sport fishing, travel, horseback riding, NASCAR and golf. He supports nonprofit projects including Wounded Warriors and breast cancer charities.
In addition to Zack, Bill has a younger son, Jake Wichrowski, and a daughter, Delia Wichrowski.

Linton Bergsen11:15AM (PST) – Linton Bergsen, author of the book, “Purposeful Vision: See Your Vision, Know Your Purpose”
Purposeful Vision: See Your Vision, Know Your Purpose

Linton Bergsen is a sought-after speaker, author, and champion of change. An inspired communicator and strategist, he has a record of enhancing performance for individuals and companies, including start-ups, privately held businesses, and Fortune 500 industry leaders. His expertise is in leadership, personal and professional, communicating across all levels of an organization, identifying problems, and providing effective solutions. He excels in both one-on-one settings and group seminars, helping people realize their full potential.

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday April 8th 2015

Kat Perkins9:15AM (PST) – Kat Perkins, The Voice

Fearless is available on iTunes
Live on the stage of the Medora Musical for ONE DAY ONLY! ~JULY 31, 2015~

Growing up the daughter of a music teacher, Kat Perkins has been singing, dancing, and performing for just about as long as she can remember. At just 15 years old, she made the move to the Twin Cities from rural North Dakota and her professional career began as she became a success in the Minneapolis-St. Paul theatre scene.

Over the years, Perkins has performed and recorded with her bands Scarlet Haze, Northern Comfort, and SKITZOfrenic. Scarlet Haze’s third record came out February of 2012 and was produced by James ‘Fluff’ Harley of World Record Productions and the debut single features Guns N’ Roses guitars Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Nine Inch Nails drummer Ilan Rubin, Grammy-nominated producer Joe Marlett (Foo Fighters, Korn) and her current musical director Eric Warner.
Perkins recently found herself in the national spotlight on NBC’s THE VOICE as a Top 5 contestant coached by Adam Levine (of Maroon 5). Her single, “Fearless” was produced by John Fields (Pink, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez) and independently hit #5 upon release on the iTunes charts.

When not on stage, you can usually find Perkins nannying, writing, recording and constantly coming up with new projects as well as managing other bands in the business. She speaks at many schools also.

Melanie Shankle10:15AM (PST) – Melanie Shankle, Blogger at “The Big Mama Blog” and author of “Nobody’s Cuter than You”

Melanie’s blog
The Big Mama Blog Facebook Page
Nobody’s Cuter than You

Melanie Shankle was in fourth grade when her teacher asked her to read a story she had written to the entire class. Even though that story now seems a little silly and simplistic, it made the students in Mrs. Rice’s homeroom laugh out loud, and a little dream began in Melanie’s heart—a dream to use words to make people laugh.
Over the ensuing years, Melanie wrote when she had a chance and tucked things away in notebooks and journals, rarely showing any of it to anyone. But in July 2005, on a total whim and in desperate need of a creative outlet, she began writing a blog called Big Mama. No one was more shocked than Melanie when someone other than her dad and her college roommate began to read it.
Since that time Melanie has seen her blog readership grow beyond her wildest dreams and open the doors to writing and speaking opportunities she never could have imagined. It’s proof that God wasn’t playing around when he inspired Paul to write Ephesians 3:20. It is “immeasurably more” than she could have asked or imagined.

In addition to her blog, Melanie writes a quarterly column for the popular online magazine Praise and Coffee, is a regular contributor to the Pioneer Woman‘s blog, and serves as co-administrator and writer for LifeWay Women’s AllAccess blog. She also serves as emcee for LifeWay’s annual DotMom event and participates in Compassion International’s blogger initiative. Melanie’s first book, Sparkly Green Earrings, is a New York Times Bestseller.

A graduate of Texas A&M University and a former pharmaceutical rep, Melanie loves writing, shopping at Target, looking to see what’s on sale at Anthropologie, and encouraging other moms in a humorous, yet relatable way at
Most of all, she loves being the mother of Caroline and the wife of her husband, Perry. The three of them live in San Antonio, Texas, with their two elderly dogs. She also believes she owes a debt of gratitude to Mrs. Rice for making her read that story out loud all those years ago.

Richie Furay10:30AM (PST) – Richie Furay, Legendary singer-songwriter and Rock N Roll Hall of Fame inductee
Hand In Hand

Legendary singer-songwriter and author Richie Furay is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee for his work with Buffalo Springfield, a group he formed with Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, and Dewey Martin. In addition, he was recently inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame for his work with Poco, alongside bandmates Jim Messina, Rusty Young, George Grantham, and Randy Meisner and Timothy B. Schmit.
Before Buffalo Springfield, Furay performed with Stills in the nine-member group, the Au Go Go Singers (Roy Michaels, Rick Geiger, Jean Gurney, Michael Scott, Kathy King, Nels Gustafson, Bob Harmelink, and Furay & Stills), which was the house band for the famous Cafe Au Go Go in New York City.
Stills moved to LA and called Richie with the news that he had formed a new band and to come on out. Upon arrival, Furay found out the ‘band’ was just he and Stephen. Within days Neil Young and the rhythm section joined in, and Buffalo Springfield was born.

In the late 1960s, after Buffalo Springfield disbanded, he formed the country-rock band Poco with Jim Messina (who produced albums and occasionally played bass for Buffalo Springfield) and Rusty Young. Despite the success of the band with Richie’s songs and its influence on the genre, Furay departed in 1974 and created the country-rock super group Souther Hillman Furay Band. He remained with the group until 1975 when each member parted ways to pursue their respective solo careers.
Over his career, Furay has had success with his songs “Kind Woman” for Buffalo Springfield, and “Pickin’ Up The Pieces” and “Good Feelin’ To Know” with Poco.
With two books under his belt — “For What It’s Worth”, which chronicles the life and times of Buffalo Springfield, and “Pickin’ Up The Pieces”, his own life journey — Richie will hit the road in support of his upcoming CD titled Hand In Hand, his first solo album in 8 years. The first single, “We Are The Dreamers”, was written about the formation of Poco.
The cover of Hand in Hand features the wedding photo of Richie and his wife of 48 years, Nancy. The two met at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in West Hollywood, where Nancy caught his eye and became the inspiration behind Buffalo Springfield’s, “Kind Woman”. The title track of the new record, “Hand In Hand”, serves as a follow-up song to the Buffalo Springfield hit, which is also featured as a bonus track.

Hardcore Pawn11:30AM (PST) – Les Gold, Bestselling Author, Reality Television Personality and Speaker and Seth Gold, Reality Television Personality, Blogger, National Pawnbroker of the Year – both stars of “Hardcore Pawn”


Les Gold
For What It’s Worth: Business Wisdom from a Pawnbroker

The charismatic patriarch of the Gold family, Les Gold built American Jewelry and Loan from the ground up. Les is an old school, hard-nosed pawnbroker at heart with a passion for collecting unusual items and a nose for deals – and people. Les is also the New York Times Bestselling Author of For What It’s Worth: Business Wisdom from a Pawnbroker.
In over five decades of pawnbroking, he has learned invaluable business lessons not available in any business: buying, selling, negotiating, managing employees, dealing with customers, advertising, tracking trends in technology and fashion, and predicting the economy’s ups and downs.

Becoming a reality television personality was not something that Les predicted, but he has embraced it with gusto. Hardcore Pawn has broken numerous audience records including launching as the No. 1 unscripted program in its time period among all basic cable networks for adults and men 18-49, as well as total viewers. This increased visibility and notoriety has catapulted him into speaking engagements, sales training seminars, even a TED talk. Further, he engages in product endorsements, commercials, and charity appearances. He has been sought for comment on Detroit’s financial troubles for media outlets such as The Detroit News, The Huffington Post, TMZ, and Fox Business.

Les is known for his easy-to-remember negotiating tips, which are often the topic of his media appearances including: The Today Show, Yahoo! Financially Fit, Good Morning America, Inc. Magazine, CNN Your Money, Forbes Magazine, and more.

Seth Gold

Reality Television Personality, Blogger, National Pawnbroker of the Year Seth Gold is a fourth generation pawnbroker who was named the 2013 National Pawnbrokers Association Pawnbroker of the Year at the organization’s annual meeting and conference. Seth’s nomination stemmed from his tireless commitment to supporting the pawn industry, community outreach, and bolstering the association’s charitable giving campaigns while fostering strong relationships with his community and local leaders.

Syndicated in over 52 countries, Hardcore Pawn has broken numerous audience records in the United States including launching as the No. 1 unscripted program in its time period among all basic cable networks for adults and men 18-49, as well as total viewers. Seth is frequently called upon as a consultant to peers whether they are just getting started in pawnbroking or expanding their existing business. He also speaks about business topics including marketing and social media. He engages in product endorsements, commercials, and charity appearances. He was the official Pace Car Driver for the NASCAR Quicken Loans 400 race at Michigan International Speedway. Whether accompanied by his family or alone, Seth enjoys the opportunity to connect with new audiences. His many television and media appearances include MotorTrend Magazine, Arise Entertainment, Extra, The Arsenio Hall Show, The View, The Today Show, and often co-hosts Valley View Live in Las Vegas.

The Marilu Henner Show – Tuesday April 7th 2015

One Starry Night9:15AM (PST) – Timmy Omundson, actor who currently stars as King Richard in the ABC television series “Galavant”, and Fred Fisher, President and CEO of The ALS Association Golden West Chapter

The 2015 Gala: “One Starry Night…from Broadway to Hollywood” – Monday, April 20, 2015

Timmy Omundson

Timothy Omundson currently stars as King Richard in the ABC television series “Galavant”, a fairy tale musical comedy created by Dan Fogelman, with songs composed by the legendary Alan Menken. Recently, Omundson starred as Detective Carlton Lassiter in “Psych” which aired for eight seasons on the USA Network. He also had the pleasure of working beside Tyne Daly for six seasons on CBS’s “Judging Amy”. Other television includes recurring roles on “Deadwood”, “Jericho” and “Supernatural”. He is honored to be part of the fight to conquer ALS.

Fred Fisher

Fred Fisher is the President and CEO of The ALS Association Golden West Chapter, which provides social and health services, funds research and advances public policy initiatives for the benefit of those suffering from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease). He has more than thirty years of experience leading non-profit social service and health organizations, including those serving children, families, the frail elderly, high-risk youth and the mentally ill. As a licensed clinical social worker, Fred has the experience and vision to execute creative and innovative programs that have an important and meaningful impact on the population served. His commitment to outcomes-based service delivery results in the identification and integration of best practices which lead the field to higher quality, greater impact program development and implementation.

During his over 11 year tenure as President and CEO, the Golden West Chapter’s service area has expanded to cover 31 counties throughout California and in the state of Hawaii and has been instrumental in the formation of the California ALS Research Network and in the California tax check off initiative which raised over $500,000 for ALS research. His role with Chapter is dominantly focused on leading their fundraising and leadership development, as well as the continued growth of program services.

Bruce Vilanch9:30AM (PST) – Bruce Vilanch, Broadway’s “Hairspray” – ALS Benefit

Bruce Vilanch is no stranger to dressing up like a woman, on stage at least. He starred as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, playing the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood for two years and then Broadway for a year. As a man, and a man with a beard, yet, he could be found to the left of Whoopi Goldberg, if that’s possible, on “Hollywood Squares” for half a dozen years. He’s won a bunch of Emmys, and lost a bunch more, for his television writing, which includes 23 Oscar broadcasts. He is also a songwriter, a comedian with a one-man show that tours all over the place, and a print model for magazines that have XL pages. Make that XXL. You can find him on Netflix as the star of a documentary the Weinsteins made about him entitled “Get Bruce”. And he went on “Celebrity Fit Club” and lost 21 lbs., but he found them.

Deena Katz10:15AM (PST) – Deena Katz, Dancing with the Stars

‘Dancing with the Stars’ Casting Secrets Revealed

Deena Katz is known for her work on Dancing with the Stars (2005), Real Time with Bill Maher (2003) and Big Brother (2000).


Deepak Chopra10:30AM (PST) – Deepak Chopra, NY Times best-selling author and physician, and author of his latest book, “The 13th Disciple: A Spiritual Adventure”
The 13th Disciple: A Spiritual Adventure

Deepak Chopra, M. D., is the author of more than 80 books that have been translated into over 43 languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers in both the fiction and nonfiction categories.

Deepak Chopra is the Founder of the Chopra Foundation, and Cofounder and Chairman of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California and Founder of The Chopra Well on YouTube. He is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and Washington Post On Faith and contributes regularly to,, and Huffington Post.
Chopra is known as a prolific author of more than eighty books with twenty two New York Times best sellers in both fiction and nonfiction. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra’s books have been published in more than forty three languages. His New York Times bestseller “Peace Is the Way“ received the Religion and Spirituality Quill Award in 2005, and “The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life” was awarded the Grand Prize in the 2005 Nautilus Awards. His latest New York Times bestsellers include “What Are You Hungry For: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of the Soul”, “Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of your Mind to maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well Being”, “War of the Worldviews”, “Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul”, and “Spiritual Solutions – Answers To Life’s Greatest Problems”. His book, “The Soul of Leadership”, was mentioned as one of five best business books to read for your career FINS – Wall Street Journal.
His innovative mobile programs Stress Free and Yoga and Vook’s Deepak’s Buddha Guide and Sages and Scientists applications provide an avenue to explore the world of Deepak Chopra. Released on Mother’s Day 2010, the new multi-media project, “The Mother-Infant Bond: The Biology of Love”, produced by with a consortium of partners, reveals never-before-seen scientific visuals depicting the extraordinary biological bond between mother and baby.

Deepak Chopra’s popularity as an international presenter and keynote speaker is exemplified in an impressive list of honorariums. Chopra is the recipient of the 2010 GOI Peace Award, 2010, Starlite Humanitarian Award, 2010 Art for Life Honoree, 2009 Oceana Partners Award, 2006 Ellis Island Medal of Honor presented by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations Foundation, and 2006 Trailblazer Award by the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, 2002 Einstein Humanitarian Award through Albert Einstein College of Medicine in collaboration with the American Journal of Psychotherapy. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, Assistant Clinical Professor, in the Family and Preventive Medicine Department at the University of California, San Diego, Health Sciences, Faculty at Walt Disney Imagineering and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization. GlobeIn acknowledges Chopra as “one of top ten most influential spiritual leaders around the world.” The World Post and The Huffington Post global internet survey ranked Dr. Chopra #40 influential thinker in world and #1 in Medicine.

Jeff Motske11:15AM (PST) – Jeff Motske, Author, “The Couples Guide to Financial Compatability” and President and CEO of Trilogy Financial

Quiz from “The Couples Guide to Financial Compatability”
Shop Online for “Couple’s Guide To Financial Compatibility”

As one of the nation’s foremost experts in wealth management, Jeff Motske is president and CEO of Trilogy Financial Services and in that capacity oversees 200 employees in 11 offices in 4 states. With his guidance, his team of 150 advisors/brokers help more than 45,000 clients around the nation achieve financial independence. From the company’s Huntington Beach, California headquarters, Motske oversees more than $2 billion in client-invested assets.
Motske earned his degree in business administration from Vanguard University before landing a position with a mutual fund company. He earned his Registered Principal license before setting out to form his own company, which distinguishes itself by offering clients tax and estate planning along with their wealth management. In addition, Motske sits on the Vanguard University board of trustees and recently granted chairmanship for the University’s foundation.

Over the years, Trilogy has achieved tremendous success thanks to Motske’s business philosophy of maintaining composure in a volatile financial world. When the markets collapsed in 2008, for instance, Trilogy enjoyed its strongest and best year ever. While many portfolio managers were dodging their clients’ calls, Motske encouraged his staff to reach out to their clients, explain what was happening with the markets and take immediate action to protect their assets. And, in what would turn out to be a shrewd move, asked his team to open up the lines of communication not only to clients, but to their friends & family, many of whom were being stymied by their advisors/brokers. This earned Trilogy the trust of existing clients and led many to leave their financial planners in favor of Motske’s growing company.

Motske and his wife, Kendra, are the proud parents of two children, Tanner and Brooklyn. An avid baseball enthusiast, Motske plays in an adult league with his father and is a former coach of his son’s Little League team. His love for America’s favorite sport has even influenced his business model. He believes the skills developed on the field including team-building, sportsmanship and playing fair are also needed in the financial services business. His devotion to his “team” of dedicated employees extends beyond the office as he cares immensely about them, their families and their futures. In fact, he insists they maintain balanced lives including personal time, family time and activities outside of work. He believes this results in a more effective, more focused, happier and well-adjusted employee who is able to think outside the box and maintain higher productivity and enthusiasm for their job.
A Certified Financial Planner and member of the National Planning Corporation (NPC), Motske is fast becoming a go-to expert among major media.

Bil Dwyer11:30AM (PST) – Bil Dwyer, Comedian

Bil Dwyer Videos

Hailing from Chicago, IL, Bil Dwyer, like many hearty Midwesterners, is a very private person and likes to keep things to himself. Unlike many hearty Midwesterners, he is forced to compose bios of himself written in the third person. Bil is an alumnus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Bil’s career has covered many facets of show business, from performing to writing to commercial voiceover work.

Bil is an accomplished standup comic, who has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, and his very own half hour standup special, Comedy Central Presents: Bil Dwyer. His takes on marriage, kids and family are hip and sardonic, and yet beneath lies a certain odd sweetness.
Bil has hosted GSN’s I’ve Got a Secret, Comedy Central’s BattleBots, Fox Sports’ Ultimate Fan League, PAX-TV’s Dirty Rotten Cheaters, GSN’s Extreme Dodgeball, MTV’s The 70’s House, and the Tiny Football League which ran at halftime on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
Besides appearing on great television shows like Parks and Recreation, House of Lies, Suburgatory, The Larry Sanders Show, Hot in Cleveland, Ally McBeal, and yes, iCarly, Bil has also been in such forgettable films as Ski School 2, The Bogus Witch Project, and What Planet are You From? Writing with sitcom star/television producer Christopher Titus, Bil co-created a show based on his stand-up comedy called Back After This for Sony Pictures Television.

A regular commentator on various cable shows, he is most often recognized for his work on VH1’s highly-rated I Love series. Bil was also seen as a finalist on Season 4 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and starred in Cartoon Network’s live action/animation hybrid series, Out of Jimmy’s Head. Bil currently hosts Stardumb!, a live celeb-studded game/talk/improv comedy hybrid, which has been seen at L.A.’s RIOT! Fest and San Francisco Sketchfest.

The Marilu Henner Show – Monday April 6th 2015

Dana Thomas9:30AM (PST) – Dana Thomas, author of “Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano”
Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano

Dana Thomas is the author of the New York Times bestseller Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster. She began her career writing for the “Style” section of The Washington Post, and for fifteen years she served as the European cultural and fashion correspondent for Newsweek in Paris. She is currently a contributing editor for T: The New York Times Style Magazine and has written for The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and the Financial Times in London. She lives in Paris.

Edward Smart10:15AM (PST) – Edward Smart, father of Elizabeth Smart, expert on human trafficking

Before dawn on June 5, 2002, Ed’s daughter Elizabeth Smart, age 14, was kidnapped from her bedroom. She was found alive nine months later on March 12, 2003, just a few miles from her home, with her captors, Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Lleen Barzee. Her abduction and recovery were widely reported in North American media and internationally. Ed Smart has become a nationally renowned spokesperson for child protection, advocating for legislation and non-profit organizations that focus on the prevention and recovery of missing children.

Ed is a world renowned child safety advocate and President of the Surviving Parents Coalition, and is internationally recognized as an advocate for children’s safety with particular focus on prevention, protecting children from “abduction, bullying, abuse and sexual assault.” Elizabeth’s abduction motivated him to advocate for change in the safety of our children and families. Since beginning his fight for children, Ed along with other children’s safety advocates tirelessly and successfully lobbied Congress and the Senate seeking passage of the National Amber Alert plan, the Adam Walsh Act, The Protect our children Act of 2008 and currently working cooperatively with other organizations on state felony arrestee DNA legislation.
He is currently program director of rehabilitation and prevention for Operation Underground Railroad OUR.

Ed received his Masters Degree in Business Administration, specializing in Urban Planning as well as his Bachelor Degree in Finance from George Washington University. He and his wife Lois are parents of six children and currently reside in Salt Lake City.

Donny Most - Sings and Swings!11:00AM (PACIFIC TIME) – Don Most and Judy Norton, Actors Starring in “Singing & Swinging”

Donny Most Sings & Swings 2
Mack The Knife
What’s The Matter With You
Donny Most – Sings and Swings! Special Guest: Judy Norton – Thursday, Apr 9th, 2015 – Doors Open 6:30pm / Show 8:00pm – Rockwell Table & Stage (1714 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027 323-669-1550) – Tickets are $20 and you can get them HERE


Don Most

Donny Most recently appeared before a standing room only capacity at the Catalina club last week with “Donny Most Sings and Swings”. Although best known for the role of “Ralph Malph” in the hit series “Happy Days”, it is his first love as a skilled singer that is literally taking center stage now. Most’s style is reminiscent of era that has and continues to thrive. His Rat Pack quality seems to bring in audiences of all ages and backgrounds, as he offers classic renditions of “Lady Is A Tramp”, “It Had to Be You”, “Im Beginning To See The Light”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “Shake, Rattle & Roll”, “Mack The Knife”, and much more. Shifting easily between vocal styles, Most pays homage to The Chairman of the Board, Dean Martin, and his idol Bobby Darin, while paying tribute to the path that brought him back to his musical roots.

Judy Norton

Most people remember Judy Norton as Mary Ellen – The eldest of the Walton girls. Having tackled many musical theatre roles including the lead roles in “Hello Dolly!” and “Once Upon A Mattress”, “Annie Get Your Gun”, etc., Judy has found huge success on the cabaret circuit with her concert will featuring songs from Broadway and the Great American Songbook. Singing has been a passion of Judy’s since she first stepped in front of an audience at the age of 6. Since then her musical career has expanded to include musical theatre, concert performances, USO tours and even the occasional foray into the recording studio.

Joan Kramer11:30AM (PST) – Joan Kramer author of the forth-coming book, In The Company of Legends (book coming out on April 16)

  • On April 7, TCM will be screening 5 of Joan Kramer & David Heeley’s documentaries with the pair introducing them:
  • 8pm – James Stewart: A Wonderful Life (’87)
  • 9:45pm – The Spencer Tracy Legacy: A Tribute by Katharine Hepburn (’86)
  • 11:30pm – Fonda on Fonda (’92)
  • 12:30am – Katharine Hepburn: All About Me (’93)
  • 2am – Bacall on Bogart (’88)

In the Company of Legends

Born in Chicago, IL, Joan Kramer was a ballet dancer and assistant choreographer before starting her career in film and television production. She was an assistant talent co-ordinator for The Dick Cavett Show, associate producer for a Candid Camera Special, and writer for Live from Lincoln Center. She then joined the staff of WNET where she began her long producing partnership with David Heeley. For public television and later for their own company, Top Hat Productions, they documented the lives of some of the most famous and well-respected personalities in the entertainment industry, and maintained personal relationships with many of them, their families and friends. These programs were recognized as high-quality, definitive film portraits, which revitalized the genre and made it a mainstay of television programming.