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The Marilu Henner Show – April 22nd 2016

Actor Jay R. Ferguson joins us to talk about his new hit show on ABC, “The Real O’Neals” and how it’s pushing the envelope of network television. Marilu and Jay also reminisce about working together on “Evening Shade” playing mother and son. Top 40 recording artist Lizzie Sider stops by to talk about her non-profit organization, “Nobody Has The Power To Ruin Your Day” and her work as an anti-bullying advocate. Finally, Michael Damian gives us a behind-the-scenes look at his new film, “High Strung“, which is available for pre-order now on iTunes.

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The Marilu Henner Show – April 15th 2016

Marilu speaks with actor Richard Schiff ​and​ his wife Sheila Kelley, Founder of the S Factor. Richard and Sheila talk about how they met and have stayed together for 26 years, as well as Richard’s ​standout ​roles on shows like ​”​The West Wing”​ and ​DirecTV‘s “Rogue​”.​ Donovan Green, celebrity fitness trainer and author of “No Excuses Fitness” joins us to talk about his new Chair Workouts app, designed to keep you fit by doing ​short, ​60-second workouts. And ​”​Happy Days”​ alum Anson Williams stops by to talk about the iconic sitcom, how he scored the role of​​ Potsie, and his latest project, “The Perfect Portion Cookbook“.

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The Marilu Henner Show – April 8th 2016

Marilu speaks with Captains Wild Bill Wichrowski and Keith Colburn about the new season of Discovery’s Emmy-winning show, “Deadliest Catch“, and what life at sea is really like. Talented author Patti Davis stops by to talk about her new novel, “The Earth Breaks in Colors“. She also shares how she felt when her father, Ronald Reagan, moved into the White House. Finally, David Michaels, Senior Vice President of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), and Executive Producer of the Daytime Emmy Awards, gives us a backstage pass to what goes on behind the scenes of the ceremony, and a preview of​ ​what we might see this year.

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The Marilu Henner Show – April 1st 2016

Marilu speaks with actor turned filmmaker Alex Winter about his Kickstarter campaign to help save Frank Zappa’s legendary archives and make the definitive documentary about his life. Alex also discusses his popular films “Downloaded” and “Deep Web”, available now on iTunes and Hulu. Talented actress and writer Illeana Douglas stops by to share her unique stories of Hollywood, including how “Easy Rider” literally changed her life, why she went to a screening of “The Graduate” to meet Mike Nichols, and her $20,000 mistake on the set of “Goodfellas”. Finally, actor Dale Godboldo joins us to discuss his role in the popular TV show, “The People v. O.J. Simpson“, how cast members really feel about the verdict, and his legacy as the oldest Mouseketeer in Disney history.

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The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday March 31st 2016

Grae Drake9:15AM (PST) – Grae Drake, Senior Editor at Rotten Tomatoes

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@GraeDrake

In 6th grade, when Rotten Tomatoes Senior Editor Grae Drake 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.

Jennifer Williams10:15AM (PST) – Jennifer Williams, TV One’s “The Next 15″

Check out new single​ ​called​ ​”No Bricks“​.​ ​Also check The Next 15, show that just wrapped it’s first season on TV One
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@tvonetv
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Jennifer Williams was raised in South Orange, NJ, an upscale suburb just outside of New York city. Jennifer attended the university of Maryland and Fairleigh Dickerson university and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science. After graduating, Jennifer married NBA star, Eric Williams, and became a basketball wife.

Growing up Jennifer always dreamed of traveling the world and being an entrepreneur. Jennifer obtained her real estate license in 2005 and sold high-end property in New Jersey for several
Years. Jennifer is a principal owner of Flirty Girl Fitness, an upscale women’s studio with locations in Toronto and Chicago. Feeling the need to give back, Jennifer also co-founded project Save the World. This charity supports many different causes such as breast cancer, youth violence and most recently the devastating effects of the earthquake in Haiti. The goal of project Save the World is to save the world one mission at a time.
On the celebrity front, Jennifer was on four seasons of VH1’s “Basketball Wives”. The series offers viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the glamorous life of being the wife of a former NBA star, and at the same time the challenges that go along with it. Since airing in 2010, “Basketball Wives” has been one of the highest rated programs on VH1. Her love for the camera has propelled Jennifer into pursing acting and hosting as well. Jennifer is currently one of the co-hosts on “Just Saying” Fridays at 7 pm est on Black Hollywood Live. On the acting front, Jennifer has studied with Tracey Moore, Marishka Phillips and presently Tasha Smith. She recently appeared in “Forty to Life” with Leon Robinson and “The Choir Director” written by NY Times bestseller, Carl Weber. Jennifer will also appear in the much anticipated feature film, “Supermodel”, about the struggles of minorities in the fashion industry which premieres at the American Black Film Festival in June 2015. She has taken on theatre as well appearing in the stage play, “The Other Side of The Pillow” written by Zane who is a NY Times bestseller also. Next up for Jennifer is a new reality series on TVOne, titled “The Next 15” executive produced by Carlos King.

Jennifer is recently divorced from NBA star, Eric Williams. But despite the personal setback, Jennifer is looking forward to a bright future in her business endeavors and career path.

Alex Winter11:00AM (PST) – Alex Winter, filmmaker

Check out Kickstarter campaign – Who the F*@% Is Frank Zappa. The campaign runs through April 8th
@alxwinter
@ZappaMovie
www.zappamovie.com

Alex Winter entered show business as a child actor on Broadway and came to prominence in movies such as Warner Bros’ hit THE LOST BOYS and the wildly popular BILL AND TED franchise. Winter has directed narrative features FREAKED for 20th Century Fox; FEVER, for Lionsgate, which screened at Cannes; and SMOSH: THE MOVIE, which opened in 2015 as the #1 comedy on iTunes. Winter is the recipient of the Charles Guggenheim award for his directing work. Winter’s VH1 Rock Doc DOWNLOADED earned nationwide critical acclaim at theatrical and festival screenings. His recent award-winning documentary DEEP WEB had a critically acclaimed world premiere at SXSW and a broadcast premiere in the U.S. on the Epix network. In September, 2015, it opened as the #1 doc on iTunes.

The Marilu Henner Show – Wednesday March 30th 2016

Amy Cuddy

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10:15AM (PST) – Amy Cuddy, Harvard Professor and author of the book, “Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges”

@amyjccuddy
AmyCuddy.com
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Presence

Amy Cuddy is a social psychologist and professor at Harvard Business School. She studies how our body language speaks not just to others, but also to ourselves. Specifically, her research focuses on how adopting powerful, expanse postures (imagine Wonder Woman) helps us to be more present in high-pressure situations, changing our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and physiology, and impacting how well – or poorly — we perform in job interviews, difficult conversations, public speeches, etc. Her TED Talk on this topic is the second-most-viewed of all time, at over 31 million views. She was one of Time Magazine’s 2012 “Game Changers”, Business Insider’s 2013 “50 Women Who Are Changing The World”, and in 2014 was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She teaches courses at Harvard on power, influence, and communication. Her book, PRESENCE was released by Little, Brown in December, 2015.

Shelly Peiken10:30AM (PST) – Shelly Peiken, Grammy Award nominee and author of the new book, “Confessions of a Serial Songwriter”

@Shelly_Peiken
www.ShellyPeiken.com
facebook.com/serialsongwriter
Confessions of a Serial Songwriter

Shelly Peiken is a Grammy-nominated songwriter. She has been a prolific, behind-the-scenes force in the music business for more than two decades. Her songs have sold in excess of 50 million records. She is best known for penning culturally resonant anthems, including Christina Aguilera’s “What a Girl Wants”, Meredith Brooks’s “Bitch”, and songs recorded by Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Natalie Cole, the Pretenders, Keith Urban, Cher, the Backstreet Boys, and many others. She lives in Los Angeles.

High Strung11:30AM (PST) – Michael & Janeen Damian, filmmakers, “High Strung”

High Strung is in theaters April 8th
@HighStrungMovie
facebook.com/HighStrungMovie
High Strung Official US Trailer

Ruby Adams (Keenan Kampa) is a dancer from the Midwest with a scholarship to one of New York’s toughest performing arts schools. Johnnie Blackwell (Nicholas Galitzine) is an aspiring British musician, playing for money on subway platforms. Ruby’s world is classical and disciplined; Johnnie’s is improvisational and street smart. When these two young artists are thrown together, they immediately clash, but neither can deny the sparks that fly between, or their shared ambition of trying to make it in the most competitive city in the world. When Ruby’s scholarship is threatened, and Johnnie suddenly faces deportation, they join forces and enter a contest where winning—or losing– could change their lives forever. With the help of a dynamic dance crew called The SwitchSteps, they prepare to perform in a competition that unites their disparate worlds, and climaxes in an action-packed extravaganza that thrillingly combines hard hitting hip-hop with contemporary and classical dance.

Michael Damian
@michaeldamian1

As a filmmaker, Michael Damian has just completed the dance film “High Strung”, which he directed/wrote/produced. He also served as writer/director on the holiday romantic comedy, “A Princess for Christmas”, which starred Sir Roger Moore and Sam Heughan (Outlander) and was released by Lionsgate. Damian directed three films for 20th Century Fox: “Flicka 2″ starring Clint Black, “Marley & Me: The Puppy Years” (which he also wrote), and “Flicka: Country Pride”. He directed, wrote and produced the feature film “Moondance Alexander”, which was also released by 20thCentury Fox. Prior to his recent work, Damian co-wrote, directed and produced the indie crime comedy, “Hot Tamale”, and television pilot “Red Eye” for France’s TF1 network.

Damian has enjoyed a prolific on-camera career and is most widely known for his 18-year run as Danny Romalotti on the number one-rated daytime television drama, “The Young and the Restless”. On the stage front, Damian starred as “Joseph” in the popular Broadway production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, which broke box office records in both Los Angeles and on Broadway and earned Damian a Grammy nomination. In addition to his Broadway career, Damian has released five albums and has had eight Top 40 hits including the number one single “Rock On”, which earned him gold records worldwide. Damian won the BMI Song-writing Award for his hit single, “Was It Nothing At All” and also has written and produced soundtracks for “Flicka 2″ and “Flicka: Country Pride”, “Marley & Me: The Puppy Years”, and “A Princess for Christmas”.

Janeen Damian
Janeen Damian began her career as a classical dancer and at the age of 14, landed a scholarship to Balanchine’s School of American Ballet in New York where she studied for five years while also attending Professional Children’s School. She performed as a soloist with the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet and as a principle dancer with Mississippi Ballet Theater. She then moved to Los Angeles where she was the youngest dancer cast as a series regular on the Television series “Solid Gold”. She soon became one of Los Angeles’ most working dancers and performed on numerous TV series, movies, music videos and musical specials including The Academy Awards, Grammys, American Music Awards, Happy Birthday Hollywood, Warner Bros. Celebration, and more. Ms. Damian was also the lead dancer in Prince’s “Batdance” video and danced in Michael Jackson’s 3-D musical film Captain EO, which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Some of her other on camera credits include the films; “Bugsy”, directed by Barry Levinson, “Annie”, directed by John Huston, “Footloose”, directed by Herbert Ross, and “Basic Instinct”. Ms. Damian also choreographed the TV series, “Party Machine”, as well as serving as its lead dancer and also played the recurring role of “Tiffany” on CBS’, “Capitol”. Ms. Damian then teamed up with her husband and writing/producing partner Michael Damian. They have written and produced 12 films. Some of her credits include the prequel “Marley & Me: The Puppy Years” for 20th Century Fox and the re-launch of the popular Flicka franchise. She also wrote and produced the holiday romantic comedy, “A Princess for Christmas” starring Sam Heughan (Outlander) and Sir Roger Moore, “Love by Design” (starring Jane Seymour), “Sweeter Side of Life” (starring her father James Best, and Kathryn Morris) and “Moondance Alexander”, for which she won Best Screenplay honors at L.A. Femme Film Festival.

The Marilu Henner Show – Tuesday March 29th 2016

John Schneider9:30AM (PST) – John Schneider, “Smothered”

John’s film SMOTHERED is available TODAY (3/29) on VOD and DVD
@StudioSchneider
www.JohnSchneiderStudios.com
facebook.com/smotheredthemovie
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Smothered on iTunes
Help Rebuild John Schneider Studios

John Schneider has been described as a true Renaissance Man. Whether he’s acting, singing, writing hit songs or great scripts; the gifted storyteller has been entertaining us for 38 years.

John landed his first television role as Bo Duke in 1978 on “Dukes of Hazzard”. While working on the show, he starred in TV movies like “Dream House” and “Happy Endings”. He also played opposite Kirk Douglas on the big screen in “Eddie Macon’s Run”. By the time Dukes was wrapping up in ‘85, Schneider was already on his way to Country Music Stardom. He signed with MCA Records in 1984, and built a catalogue of hits including: “I’ve Been Around Enough to Know”, “Country Girls”, “What’s a Memory Like You”, “You’re the Last Thing I Needed Tonight”, “A Memory Like You” and “At the Sound of the Tone”. Singing never got in the way of acting, as John continued landing movie roles in “Gus Brown and Midnight Brewster”, “Cocaine Wars”, “Stagecoach”, “The Curse”, and “Ministry of Vengeance”.
Throughout the 90s, the performer stayed busy with theatre and television. He was in off-Broadway musicals like “Brigadoon”, “The Will Rogers Follies”, and “The Music Man” He landed TV roles in “Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman”, “Burkes Law”, “JAG”, “Walker Texas Ranger”, “Touched by an Angel” and so many other great shows. John was cast in 2001 as Jonathan Kent, father of Clark Kent in “Smallville”. The show continued on the air until 2011, earning John a whole new generation of fans from around the world. In 2013, John’s starring again on a hit TV series. He is Judge Jim Cryer in Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots”. The show continues it’s rating success, as a stand out hit for OWN.

Through all of his success in acting, John’s always had a passion for writing and directing. He’s focused more in recent years, on making his own films. His movie “Smothered”, a comedy horror story, has gotten great reviews. It’s set to be released in limited theatres, DVD and VOD in March 2016. While shooting “Smothered” on location in Holden, Louisiana, John had the idea to establish John Schneider Studios. He then purchased the 58 acres, because he wanted other filmmakers shooting on a budget, to have an opportunity to tell their stories. The location has two soundstages (with more being built), two production houses, an editing bay, theatre, a river, lake, swamp, bamboo forrest and lots more. (A portion of the​ ​movie “Hate Crime” was shot here. John stars in the film, and is listed as a producer.) John’s gone on to shoot more of his own movies at the studio, which he’s written and directed, including “Anderson Bench”, “Like Son” and “Inadmissible” and he’ll start on “One Month Out” in May of 2016.

Nancy Jo Sales

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10:15AM (PST) – Nancy Jo Sales, author of the book, “American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers”

@nancyjosales
www.NancyJoSales.com
American Girls

Nancy Jo Sales is an award winning journalist and author who has written for Vanity Fair, New York, Harper’s Bazaar, and many other publications. She is known for her reporting on youth culture and for her profiles of pop culture icons. In 2000, she became the editor at Vanity Fair.

 

Dale Godboldo10:30AM (PST) – Dale Godboldo, “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson”

Dale co-stars in “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” – Tuesdays at 10/9c on FX
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godboldoenterprises.com
IamDaleGodboldo.com
@FXNetworks
@ACSFX
#ThePeoplevOJSimpson

Actor, Producer and Philanthropist Dale Godboldo has been working both in front of and behind the camera for over 25 years, and can be seen in his portrayal of ‘Dream Team’ attorney Carl E. Douglas in Ryan Murphy’s highly anticipated FX television series, “American Crime Story: The People V. OJ Simpson”. The series which is garnering attention for its depiction of the most publicized criminal trial in American history, will premiere on February 2, 2016. Douglas, the managing attorney of the Cochran law firm was a popular celebrity attorney and truly believed in Simpson’s innocence and fought passionately in his crusade against the issue of race and the LAPD.

After completing four seasons on the 90’s “All New Mickey Mouse Club” (alongside Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Keri Russell), Dale continued his acting career appearing in a dozen films including Marvel’s “Thor“, “The Sum of All Fears“, “Fame“, the Will Smith produced “Lakeview Terrace“, and the Brad Pitt produced “Year of the Dog“. Dale has also appeared in over 130 episodes of television, with guest star roles on “ER”, “Bones“, and Disney’s hit show “Good Luck Charlie“, and series regular roles opposite Jenny McCarthy on NBC’s “Jenny“, opposite Kristin Chenoweth on NBC’s “Kristin“, and 2 seasons opposite Wanda Sykes and Jurnee Smolette on FOX’s “Wanda At Large“.
As an entrepreneur, Dale has been responsible for structuring millions in entertainment related projects, events, and distribution agreements with SONY, Arista, Lionsgate, Warner Brothers, The Billboard Awards, and Clearchannel. As COO of Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, which is joint ventured with the principals of the $2B investment firm Cherokee Investment Partners, Dale is currently Executive Producing the “FLYY GIRL” trilogy of films with Lionsgate/ Codeblack (Starring Sanaa Lathan, penned by the Oscar-winning writer of “Precious”, Geoffrey Fletcher, and Produced by Dear White People’s Effie Brown), and Producing “SUPERSTITION: FINAL CHANCE“ with the creator of the hugely successful “Final Destination” movie franchise. Dale also owns a record label that released Tony Lucca’s (NBC’s “The Voice”) album “Shotgun” via Warner Elektra Atlantic (supported by Kevin Costner, Ryan Seacrest, JC Chasez, and Justin Timberlake). Dale operates his businesses under the brand, Dale Godboldo Enterprises.

Looking for ways to help the next generation reach their dreams, Dale formed the aptly named Always In The Club Foundation in appreciation of the training and mentorship he received as a young man on the Mouse Club. Dale has worked closely in developing programs with US Dream Academy, Arthur Wylie Foundation, Branson Centre Of Entrepreneurship, and Cherokee Gives Back. As part of the Philanthropy United team, Dale has fundraised for Unite4:Humanity and other events with Bill Clinton, Robert DeNiro, James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Eva Longoria, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Sean Penn, Jada Pinkett Smith, Charlize Theron, and Halle Berry, among others. Always In The Club recently became a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and announced Project:NOW, a non-profit initiative that rapidly addresses the educational needs of at-risk youth in America. Its first fundraiser was held in New York with George W. Bush on September 24, 2014. The evening was hosted by “The Good Wife’s” Chris Noth.
Dale is currently a founding member of CGI LEAD alongside Chelsea Clinton and other accomplished young industry professionals, who are committed to the work of Clinton Global Initiative and mentoring the next generation of leaders. Other charitable activities have included fundraising for Kids In The Spotlight, volunteering for anti-bullying organization, Stand For The Silent, and serving as a judge for Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Competition, where millions of dollars in scholarships have been raised to send outstanding young ladies to college. Dale has been honored by the Los Angeles Urban League Young Professionals for his work in the community, is a founding board advisor for the official Jamaica Film Festival, and is a lifelong member of Jack and Jill of America.

Melissa Ambrosini11:30AM (PST) – Melissa Ambrosini, author of the book, “Mastering Your Mean Girl: The No-BS Guide to Silencing Your Inner Critic and Becoming Wildly Wealthy, Fabulously Healthy, and Bursting with Love”

@Mel_Ambrosini
MelissaAmbrosini.com
Mastering Your Mean Girl

Melissa Ambrosini is an author, entrepreneur, speaker, and self-love teacher. In her signature straight-talking style, Melissa teaches women how to master their inner Mean Girl, smash through limiting beliefs, and ditch the self-doubt so that they can start truly living the life of their dreams. Named a ‘self-help guru’ by Elle Magazine, she is known for her inspirational live events, books, booming online community, her weekly Goddess Groups, game-changing online programs, her guided meditations, and keynote talks. Her mission is to inspire women across the globe to create a heart-centered life that is wildly wealthy, fabulously healthy and bursting with love.

The Marilu Henner Show – Monday March 28th 2016

9:30AM (PST) – Jillian Rose Reed & Beau Mirchoff, “Awkward.”

Jillian and Beau star together in AWKWARD. – Tuesdays at 10/9c on MTV
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Jillian Rose Reed
@JillianRoseReed

Raised in Northville, Michigan, Jillian Rose Reed was bitten by the acting bug at age seven. She began acting in children’s theater, first starring as Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web. By the time she was twelve, she had performed in a total of 27 musicals and plays in her home state of Michigan. Reed later stepped outside of the theater to do commercial work. After shooting an ad for Ford Motor Company, she realized she wanted to pursue acting as a career and made the move to California. Reed acted in California while continuing to travel back and forth to Michigan.

She is best known for playing the sassy and fun​-​loving Tamara on MTV’s #1 scripted and critically acclaimed series, “Awkward”. Reed’s character stands out with her delivery of witty one­​-​liners. She and the series have been praised by critics and fans alike. Reed was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series and was also named one of Buddy TV’s Best Summer Performances. The series along with the cast was recently nominated for Bingeworthy Television Show at the Young Hollywood Awards, where she was also a presenter. “Awkward.” is also a three ­time People’s Choice Award nominee, securing nods for both Favorite Dramedy and Favorite Cable TV Comedy, which they won in 2013. The show has been recognized with other accolades including the TV Guide’s Hot List. It has also been featured on numerous “Best of” TV Lists including: Variety, USA Today, Huff​ington Post, New York Times, and Time, to just name a few. The show is set to return for its anticipated fifth season this year and was recently nominated for a 2015 Teen Choice Award for Choice Favorite TV Comedy.
Though Reed is best known for her role on “Awkward.”, she has made numerous memorable appearances on the small screen. Reed had a recurring role on Showtime’s hit television series “Weeds” as Shane’s dark and rebellious friend, Simone. She has also been seen on popular shows including ABC’s “The Middle”, NBC’s “Community”, HBO’s “Hung”, and most recently Disney’s “Jessie”. These roles have allowed Reed to perfect her comedic chops. She further expanded her repertoire with a large guest role in the Jack Black­helmed web comedy series “Ghost Ghirls”, as well as a lead in a Funny or Die short with Kurtwood Smith of That 70’s Show, where she showed off her dark comedic talents. Reed has also been generating a lot of buzz with national guest appearances on E! “Fashion Police”, “The Soup”, “Hello Ross”, “On With Mario Lopez”, and “The Arsenio Hall Show”. Things haven’t slowed down for Reed. She recently started production “off the​ record” on a new show with Maker Studios and Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets. She’ll be diving in headfirst to different aspects of our culture that relate to social issues, activism and gender. Reed is also entering a new phase of her career as she lends her voice to the upcoming Disney Junior series “Elena Of Avalor”. The story centers on Princess Elena of Avalor, a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairy-tale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore. In order to make her way back to her rightful throne, Elena needs the help of her best friend, Naomi, played by Reed. The series is a spin­off of “Sofia the First” which has delivered the two highest rated telecasts in cable TV history.

Outside of acting, one of Reed’s biggest passions is giving back. She is a passionate spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association Los Angeles Chapter and was recently named to the Celebrity Cabinet for the national organization. She also serves as the official celebrity spokesperson and producer of Breaking The Chains, a global non­​-​profit artistic​-​­based charity that aims to provide awareness, understanding and support for those affected by eating disorders. The nonprofit personally hits home for her as her older brother lives with Type 1 Diabetes. Reed resides in Burbank, CA and in her spare time enjoys reading, hiking, listening to music, shopping at vintage stores, going out to eat, exploring new places with her friends. Jillian is the older sister to actor Robbie Tucker.

Beau Mirchoff
@Beau_Mirchoff

Beau Mirchoff always knew he wanted to be an actor. Born in Seattle, Washington, just two days later, his family moved home to Victoria, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island. Beau started his training as an actor at thirteen years old while living in Vancouver which required for him to take a two hour ferry-boat venture from his home on Vancouver Island to the mainland of British Columbia. He did this every week until moving to Los Angeles in 2009 where Beau began training at the Michael Woolson Studio where he still trains to this day. That same year he moved to Los Angeles, he landed the role of Danny Bolen on “Desperate Housewives”. Continuing his stardom on the small screen, Mirchoff starred opposite of Selena Gomez in a one hour special episode of “Wizards of Waverly Place”. He also played Rick Zondervan, alongside David Duchovny in NBC’s “Aquarius”. He also recently starred in the Lifetime movie “The Murder Pact”, alongside Renee Olstead, Alexa PenaVega, Michael J. Willett, John Heard and Sean Patrick Thomas.

Mirchoff can currently be seen on MTV’s #1 scripted and critically-acclaimed show, “Awkward”. He plays the heartthrob and leading male, Matty McKibben. The role earned him a Teen Choice Award in 2012 for “Choice TV Breakthrough Performance Male”. The series along with the cast was nominated for “Bingeworthy Television Show” at the Young Hollywood Awards. “Awkward.” is also a three-time People’s Choice Award nominee, securing nods for both “Favorite Dramedy” and “Favorite Cable TV Comedy”, which the cast won in 2013. The show has been recognized with other accolades including in TV Guide’s Hot List. It has also been featured on numerous “Best of” TV Lists including: Variety, USA Today, Huffington Post, New York Times, and Time, just to name a few. The show is currently airing its highly-anticipated second half of the fifth season and was recently nominated for a 2015 Teen Choice Award for “Choice Favorite TV Comedy”.
As his rise to the top continues, Mirchoff is currently working on the Comedy NBC Pilot “Good Fortune”. Mirchoff plays Dave, the best friend to June, a hyper-structured young woman who, after a fortune teller predicts she’ll die in 3 days, decides she’s finally going to live her life with no regrets. When she doesn’t die but realize how great it felt to take risks, she adopts a new life policy along with a new full-time fortune teller. While taking a step away from the small screen, Mirchoff continued to focus on theatre. In 2012 he portrayed Treat in a production of Lyle Kessler’s “Orphans” at the Hudson Theatre. The following year he played Kent in Neil Labute’s “Reason’s to be Pretty” at the MW Theatre. Aside from theater his other notable films include: “Scary Movie 4″, “The Grudge 3″, “I am Number 4″, and “Poker Night” alongside Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Titus Welliver, and Ron Eldard.

Mirchoff is well accomplished outside of acting as well. He is the co-director with the Creative Works Theater Company. The group performs monthly staged reading of contemporary plays with the objective of introducing the public to current works, while also creating an environment for actors to get on stage. Mirchoff has a pet labradoodle and plays in a band called Jimmy’s Sound Cart. He is a huge Seattle Seahawks fan and loves scuba diving, fishing, kayaking, snowboarding and hiking. He is currently taking classes at Santa Monica College and UCLA Extension and will be transferring to UCLA next year for a degree in English.

Ashley Gold10:15AM (PST) – Ashley Gold, TRUtv’s “Hardcore Pawn”

@ashleyhcp
Hardcore Pawn
www.pawnchickshopping.com
pawnchickradio.com

To Ashley Gold, managing a pawnshop has always felt like home. With her first loan at age seven and her first sale at eight, she was born — and raised — a pawnbroker. After high school, Ashley went to Michigan State University’s Eli Broad School of Business. First obtaining a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from MSU, then earned her Certification in Diamonds from the Gemological Institute of America. With her education behind her, Ashley returned to American Jewelry and Loan as the Manager of a 50-employee team and 50,000 sq. feet of retail. The excitement of her business attracted the interest of many in the media — especially those in the reality television industry. Many were excited about the prospects of showcasing the in’s and out’s of Detroit’s biggest and baddest pawnshop. That excitement spawned TRUtv’s most successful and highly rated show, “Hardcore Pawn”.

Ashley follows passionately the hottest trends in jewelry and fashion, a topic that she frequently blogs or speaks about in the media. And of course, she never skips a beat interviewing the who’s who in Hollywood on her weekly radio show, Pawn Chick Radio. Ashley travels the world doing appearances, appraising items, and spends time helping clients through her social media consulting practice.

10:30AM (PST) – Captains Wild Bill & Keith Colburn, “Deadliest Catch” on Discovery

The 12th season ‘DEADLIEST CATCH‘ premieres Tuesday, March 29 at 9 PM ET/PT on Discovery
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Captains Wild Bill
@captwildbill
www.CaptWildBill.com

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.

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.

Keith Colburn
@crabwizard
crabwizard.com

As a first generation crabber, Captain Keith Colburn fishes with a desire to prove himself and the constant stress of maintaining a round-the-clock costly operation. At the age of 22, Keith left behind his life as a Lake Tahoe ski bum to seek his fortune up north. He jumped on a plane with his best friend and landed in Kodiak, Alaska with no experience, a tent and $50. With only a hazy, but romantic vision of working at sea and the rumor of big paydays, Keith was determined to try something new and exciting. He started as a true greenhorn on the crabber Alaska Trader. Keith was instantly hooked by the fishing lifestyle and the camaraderie of being part of a crew working together against the elements. While initially looking only for adventure in Alaskan waters, Keith decided to make it a career. In 1988, three years after he arrived, he became a full-share deckhand on the Wizard. He earned his U. S. Coast Guard license in 1990 and moved from the deck to the pilothouse. Two years later, he received his masters (captain) license and has remained there as the skipper.

Keith trusts and loves his crew though he doesn’t always show it. This is Keith’s boat and he is the undisputed leader. Whatever the cause, someone or something is bound to set this ticking time bomb of a skipper off — though the veteran captain is trying to be more even-keeled. Now returning to the boat, Keith may need to temper his dogged work ethic (and his temper too) or hand over more control to his veteran crew — neither of which are appealing options to the skipper. The fleet often receives him with mixed fanfare, but whether the captains love him or hate him, everyone respects his ability to fish.

Matt Haig

Photo credit: Clive Doyle

11:15AM (PST) – Matt Haig, author of “Reasons to Stay Alive”

@matthaig1
www.MattHaig.com
Reasons to Stay Alive

Matt Haig is the internationally bestselling writer of five novels, including The Dead Father’s Club, The Humans and The Radleys. He has also written award-winning children’s books. His work has been translated into thirty languages. REASONS TO STAY ALIVE, a runaway bestseller in the UK, is his first work of nonfiction. He lives in England.

 

Joe Mantegna11:30AM (PST) – Joe Mantegna, actor, “Kill Me, Deadly”

The 11th season of ​”​Criminal Minds​”​ premiered in 2015 on CBS. Joe plays FBI special agent, David Rossi
@CrimMinds_CBS
@JoeMantegna
JoeMantegna.com

Joe Mantegna has received critical acclaim for his award-winning and highly praised performances on the stage and in numerous film and television productions. He was awarded the Tony and Joseph Jefferson Awards for his role in David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Glengarry Glen Ross”. His long-standing association with Mamet includes the premieres of “A Life in the Theatre”, “The Disappearance of the Jews” and “Speed The Plow” on Broadway. Mantegna has also directed a highly lauded production of Mamet’s “Lakeboat”, which enjoyed a successful theatrical run in Los Angeles and he later directed the film version starring Peter Falk, Robert Forester, Andy Garcia, Charles Durning, Denis Leary and George Wendt.
In the world of film, he has starred in over 100 films. Among them “The Godfather III”, “Alice”, “Celebrity”, “Liberty Heights”, “Bugsy”, “Forget Paris”, “Uncle Nino”, “Nine Lives”, “Searching for Bobby Fisher” and “Baby’s Day Out”. He starred in the critically acclaimed Mamet films “House of Games”, “Homicide”, and “Things Change”, for which he received the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival. Always the baseball fan, Joe conceived and co-wrote the Off-Broadway play “Bleacher Bums”, which earned him an Emmy when it was subsequently produced for television. Joe is a three-time Emmy nominee, first for his work in the HBO special “The Rat Pack”, where he was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Dean Martin. For his role of Pippi De Lena in the CBS mini-series, “The Last Don” and finally in 2007 for his work in the USA network series, “The Starter Wife”. In 2008 Joe won the Best Actor Award for his work in “Elvis and Annabelle” from the Newport Beach Film Festival.

In recent years Joe has stared in the critically acclaimed CBS series’ “First Monday”, “Joan of Arcadia”. For the last 22 years, he has been the voice of Fat Tony on the Fox series “The Simpsons”. Joe also lent his voice to Disney/Pixars 2011 smash hit “CARS 2″. April 2011 Joe received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next to his childhood idol Errol Flynn. In May of 2012 Joe was appointed the National Spokesperson for The U.S. Army Museum, to lead the fundraising campaign to build the long-planned National Museum of the United States Army. In 2014 Joe received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for his dedication to the community and craft of acting.

He currently stars as David Rossi on the CBS hit drama “Criminal Minds” as well as hosting and producing duties on “Gun Stories” for the Outdoor Channel. Current film projects include, “Bronx Bull”, “Kill Me Deadly” and “10 Cent Pistol”.

The Marilu Henner Show – Friday March 25th 2016

Grae Drake9:15AM (PST) – Grae Drake, Senior Editor at Rotten Tomatoes

www.RottenTomatoes.com
@GraeDrake

In 6th grade, when Rotten Tomatoes Senior Editor Grae Drake 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:

  • Batman v Superman
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Chris Offutt

Photo credit: Sandra Dyas

10:15AM (PST) – Chris Offutt, author of the book, “My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir”

@Chris_Offutt
My Father, the Pornographer: A Memoir

Chris Offutt is an award-winning author and screenwriter. He worked on the HBO drama “True Blood” and the Showtime series “Weeds”. His books include Kentucky Straight, The Same River Twice, The Good Brother, Out of the Woods, and No Heroes: A Memoir of Coming Home. His work has appeared in The Best American Essays, The Best American Short Stories, and many other anthologies. He lives near Oxford, Mississippi.

 

David Michaels10:30AM (PST) – David Michaels, NATAS Senior VP and Daytime EMMYS Executive Producer

Daytime Emmy Awards to be held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites on May 1st. Daytime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards Gala on April 29th

David Michaels began working as a performer at age of seventeen, appearing in productions in New York, around the USA, Canada and in Europe. He worked steadily as an actor until he competed on a game show when an immediate fascination with the “behind the scenes” world of Daytime Television led to his first production job with the legendary Bob Stewart Productions. He rose quickly through the ranks to producer, doing over 25 pilots and air shows eventually producing shows such as the $25,000 and $100,000 Pyramids, starring Dick Clark, and garnering multiple nominations and two Emmy Awards. He also produced Pictionary for Dan Enright. Transitioning into the talk show world, David produced such shows as Vicki! (2 nominations), Leeza (2 nominations) and Caryl and Marilyn. He also produced and wrote the primetime special, Lie Detector.

At the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, David served as Co-Chairman of the Daytime Emmy Awards serving on the Board of Governors for 14 years as well as on numerous other committees. He founded TV Cares, ATAS’ AIDS awareness committee, chairing the committee with honorary co-chair, Angela Lansbury for 15 years. He also conceived and produced the annual Ribbon of Hope Celebration honoring programs and individuals for responsible programming in the area of AIDS awareness and education. Along with Tom Viola of Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS, he helped to make the Red Ribbon an international symbol of AIDS awareness. For two years, he produced and wrote The Ribbon of Hope live event as a Television Special receiving another Daytime Emmy nomination. In addition, David spent ten years as the Director of Special Events for the Western Region of The Actors’ Fund of America.
David has produced countless star-studded live charity events, including, Tap Your Troubles Away: The Words & Music of Jerry Herman, Something Wonderful: the Richard Rodgers Centennial, Kurt Weill: The Centennial, Sing Happy: the Music and Words of Kander & Ebb, The Best is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman, Hooray For Love: The Harold Arlen Centennial; and Everything’s Coming Up Roses: The Jule Styne Centennial and Falsettos at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles.

Daryn Kagan11:15AM (PST) – Daryn Kagan, author of the book, “Hope Possible: A Network News Anchor’s Thoughts On Losing Her Job, Finding Love, A New Career, and My Dog, Always My Dog”

@DarynKagan
www.DarynKagan.com
instagram.com/darynkagan
facebook.com/daryn.kagan
Hope Possible

You might remember Daryn Kagan from her more than 12 years as an anchor on CNN. Today, Daryn continues her television career as the host of RLTV’s “Bookmark”. Daryn is also a syndicated newspaper columnist for Cox Newspapers. Her weekly, “What’s Possible!” column inspires readers in newspapers across the country.

80 of her most popular column make up her new book, Hope Possible: A Network News Anchor’s Thoughts On Losing A Job, Finding Love, A New Career, And My Dog, Always My Dog.
She is the creator and host of DarynKagan.com, an inspirational, online website featuring stories that, “Show the World What is Possible”.

Daryn lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, daughter, and Little Sister from the Big Brother Big Sister program. An old dog, a 3-legged cat and eight chickens complete the family.

Sloan Bella11:30AM (PST) – Sloan Bella, Certified Master Astrologer and Metaphysician

@SloanBella
www.SloanBella.com
facebook.com/PsychicMediumSloanBella

Sloan Bella was born with Psychic-Mediumship abilities, adopted into a business minded family in Toronto Canada. She began her lifelong study of Astrology in early childhood. And considers herself a Metaphysician.

As a 14 year old runaway Sloan was deeply connected and aware of the Other Side, by the age of seventeen, Sloan was established as a professional Psychic-Medium, while deeply entrenched in the street, music vibe. Her mediumship abilities kicked into high gear aided during other side communication with the late Jimi Hendrix. She has read everyone from Gregory Hines to Don Adams along with a large clientele which included, street kid’s, teachers, musicians, businessmen, actors, strippers, Congressmen, housewives, athletes and anyone who needed help. As Sloan’s life reached a pivotal completion of sorts, being adventurous and changeable at age 20, Sloan headed from Canada too California, where she began working immediately on the streets of Hollywood, California as a sort of “Street Psychic” to those missing and homeless kids, after which she was hired in a one of a kind inventive shelter program, communicating “purpose guidance” to runaway and sexually exploited children. To this day Sloan, works in this capacity and is still reading for Rock en Roll Hall of Fame “Guitar God’s” who have relied on her medical intuitiveness along with intuitive guidance in every area of their life. Sloan’s work is based on moving people forward and into their passion.

The Marilu Henner Show – Thursday March 24th 2016

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

@rickegg
@intouchweekly
@Life_and_Style
@closerweekly

Rick 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.

Stand Up To ALS9:30AM (PST) – Raj Sharma & Ahmed Ahmed, comedians, “Stand Up To ALS”

RAJ SHARMA PRESENTS… STAND UP TO ALS. Wednesday, March 30th at the Comedy Store in Hollywood
​​​​The Deb Bailey Foundation for Motor Neurone Disease (ALS) Research is the support foundation to The Deb Bailey Motor Neurone Disease Research Laboratory at Macquarie University, which is the only research institute dedicated specifically to MND/ALS in the Southern Hemisphere. They have experienced some sensational breakthroughs recently that will change the course of neurological inflictions. They are working to bring some much needed attention to a very worthy cause, who by extension are helping to treat Parkinsons, Huntington’s Disease and Dementia as they are all closely linked. Wednesday, March 30th, would have been Deb Bailey’s 63rd birthday – the event is also a celebration of a life taken too soon.

Raj Sharma
@comedianraj

Raj Sharma started his career in Dallas, Texas, and soon began performing all over the country. Thirteen years in and Raj has worked with some of the best comics in the business, such as; Bill Burr, Russell Peters, Tim Allen, Dave Chappelle, Whitney Cummings, Rob Schneider and many more. Tom Rhodes calls him “head-crushingly funny”. Bryan Callen says, “He’s funny in three languages: English, Punjabi and the future”. His passion for comedy (and a lot of luck) has taken him across the globe, working in clubs and numerous colleges and corporate events.

He is the co-founder of “Indians at the Improv”, a wildcard finalist for HBO’s “The Lucky 21” and has been touring with Ahmed Ahmed’s “Next Generation of Evil” comedy tour. He is an original member of “The Gurus of Comedy”, “Pundits with Punchlines” and the “United Colors of Comedy”. Raj began his comedy career in 2002 and has never looked back. A chance trip to The Improv changed his life forever.

Born and raised in Texas and brought up in a traditional Hindu household gave him all the influence he needed. Raj’s style of humor can be enjoyed by anyone of any age or background. Hilarious everyday observations combined with his upbringing and sensational crowd work is what you can expect at every show.

Ahmed Ahmed
@ahmedcomedy
www.AhmedAhmed.com

Egyptian-American actor, comedian, producer, and director Ahmed Ahmed is one of the most diverse, multi-faceted talents in the entertainment industry today. In 2014, he starred as “Ahmed” on TBS’ hit comedy series Sullivan & Son. Executive Produced by Vince Vaughn, the show follows Steve Sullivan [Steve Byrne], a corporate lawyer who surprises his parents when he leaves his job to take over a bar owned by his father in Pittsburgh. Ahmed made his first appearance as unlucky in love, tow-truck driver [and best friend to Steve] “Ahmed” in season one, and joined the cast as a series regular in season two, quickly becoming a fan favorite. Ahmed is currently the only Arab-American actor playing a non-stereotypical role on a comedy sitcom, today.

Born in Helwan, Egypt and raised in Riverside, California Ahmed immigrated to the US when he was one month old with his family. When he was 19 years old he made the move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His first big break was in the suspense, action film Executive Decision alongside Kurt Russell, Steven Segal, and Halle Berry in 1996. Ahmed went on to appear in a handful of blockbuster and cult hit features including “Swingers”, “Iron Man”, and “You Don’t Mess With The Zohan”. On the television front, Ahmed has appeared on top series such as “Tracy Takes On”, “Weeds”, and “Roseanne” to name a few. In 2011, Ahmed made his directorial debut with his groundbreaking documentary “Just Like Us“. The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, and went on to be selected at 30 international film festivals, winning several “Best Director” and “Best Documentary” awards. The documentary, a celebration of culture and comedy, follows Ahmed and ten American comedians through Dubai, Egypt, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, performing in front of over 20,000 Arabs and Muslims across the region. Just Like Us garnered Ahmed attention on the political front, and he was invited to The White House to have dinner with President Obama, and was also invited to The State Department to have dinner with Hilary Clinton – as they commended him on creating a project that made an effort to break down barriers and encourage cross-cultural dialogue. Ahmed is currently in post-production on Just Like Us Too, which takes place in Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and Oman.
While working in film and television Ahmed’s profile in comedy continues to rise, being hand picked by Vince Vaughn for his Wild West Comedy Tour [2005-present]. Vaughn is currently producing the first ever Wild West comedy festival in Nashville, TN where Ahmed will hold the roll of Comedy Ambassador, performing and hosting shows. In 2005, Ahmed cofounded and performed in the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour which aired on Comedy Central as the first ever Middle Eastern stand up comedy special. Ahmed is also the winner of the first annual Richard Pryor Award for Ethnic Comedy at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in Scotland. Ahmed is currently a paid regular performer at the world famous Comedy Story in Hollywood, The Laugh Factory, and the Comedy Cellar in New York City. He regularly tours nationally and internationally, and in summer 2014, Ahmed will hit the road for the Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour with his cast mates from the series, hitting 20+ markets across the country. Ahmed is a true believer that laughter heals, and that comedy can bridge the gap between communities across the world.

Mayor John Henry Berry10:15AM (PST) – Mayor John Henry Berry, Mayor of D’Lo, Mississippi, and star of UP TV’s new series “Small Town, Big Mayor”

@UPtv
#SmallTownBigMayor
www.UPtv.com
instagram.com/up_tv
facebook.com/UPtv
Small Town, Big Mayor

Mayor John Henry Berry is a 4th generation D’Lo resident and the great grandson of one of the town’s earliest Alderman. He lives in the same house that his parents and grandparents did before him.

Growing up, Berry’s best friend’s father was the Mayor of D’Lo, and he groomed John Henry to be a hands-on public servant. In 2000, the he talked John Henry into running for Alderman, and Berry has been working tirelessly for the residents of D’Lo ever since. In addition to his official duties as Mayor, Berry is also the unofficial town landscaper, plumber, critter catcher, lifeguard and maintenance man. He’s a 4H gun instructor, a Sunday school teacher, a parish drummer, a volunteer fireman and, of course, the voice of the Simpson High Cougars. As Mayor, Berry earns $480 a month, so he also works full-time as an air conditioning service manager at Climate Masters in the nearby town of Pearl. Berry was elected Mayor with all but 18 votes, however, he knows that he’ll only be able to stay in office if he can make his dreams of a revitalized D’Lo a reality.

Allee WIllis11:15AM (PST) – Allee WIllis, songwriter

@AlleeWillis
www.AlleeWillis.com

Allee WIllis is a one-woman creative think-tank and multi-disciplinary artist.​ ​She’s a Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Webby award-winning and nominated songwriter, performer, visual artist, multimediaist, director, collector, social artist, party thrower. Willis’s songs have sold over 50,000,000 records, including Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September”, and “Boogie Wonderland”, The Pointer Sisters’ “Neutron Dance”, Patti LaBelle’s “Stir It Up”, Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield’s “What Have I Done to Deserve This?”, Maxine Nightengale’s “Lead Me On”, and the current smash Broadway hit musical, “The Color Purple”. Willis won a Grammy for Best Soundtrack for “Beverly Hills Cop” and was nominated for an Emmy for “I’ll Be There for You”, the “Friends” theme. She also recently stopped Donald Trump from using her song “You’re The Best” from the original Karate Kid as his campaign theme. Willis developed a social network as early as 1992, with Mark Cuban joining as CEO in 1993. She also addressed the U.S. House of Representatives on artists’ rights in cyberspace as early as 1997. Willis is presently working on a massive project for her hometown, Detroit, where she recorded a song she wrote for the city, “The D”, with any Detroiter who wanted to be on the record, over 6000 people, more than have ever before been on a record in history. As a collector she has one of the largest collections of 1950’s-1970’s Soul, Kitsch and Pop Culture collections in the world. Willis also appears on the hit TV series, “Storage Wars”.