Today’s guest host – Jill Whelan, actress, best known for her role as Vickie Stubing, Captain Stubing’s daughter, on “The Love Boat”
Jill Whelan’s love of theatre began at age seven when a summer musical theatre program introduced her to acting. After sending her own school picture to a San Francisco Talent Agency, she did a number of national commercials and, at the age of 10, starred in her first drama TV series, Aaron Spelling’s Friends on ABC.
That same year, she filmed the classic comedy film, Airplane, and guested on The Love Boat playing Vickie Stubing, Captain Stubing’s daughter. The guest character proved to be so popular with viewers, that Aaron personally called 11 year old Jill, and told her he she was to become a permanent cast member.
The Love Boat ran for 10 years on ABC and afforded her the opportunity to work with hundreds of legendary performers including Frank Sinatra, Carol Channing, and Ethel Merman. Through that time she hosted many ‘Variety Club’ telethons to benefit children with prosthetic limbs. For the telethons, she toured and sang/performed with Sammy Davis Jr and Liza Minnelli. In 1987, Jill was directed by the legendary Martin Sheen in the Emmy award-winning movie of the week, Babies Having Babies.
Through the 1980s, Jill worked with Nancy Reagan as her national spokesperson for the Just Say No! anti drug campaign. Jill has sung at the White House for two presidential administrations (Reagan and George Bush Sr). After The Love Boat ended, Jill attended college in England at Guildford studying English literature.
After her studies at Guildford, Jill moved to New York to do theater and performed in several off-Broadway productions. Feeling it was important to learn the “other side” of the business, Jill started a career as a producer at Madison Square Garden, where she produced live events including the MTV Birthday tribute to Bob Dylan, the ESPY Awards, Harry Connick Live, and many more.
When her firstborn child, Harrison, was three, Jill landed a role on the daytime soap The Young and the Restless, but realized that with a new child she needed to find a job with more stable work hours. A lifelong fan of news and headlines, she began working at KCOP News in Los Angeles as an assignment desk assistant, and worked her way up to an investigative producer. After four years, Jill decided to leave after their news became ‘infotainment’.
Jill moved back to the Delaware River Valley where she gave birth to her second child, Grant, in 2005. During this time, Jill also formed a successful acting studio for children and adults in Bucks County and Philadelphia where she taught improv comedy, scene study, film, television and commercial acting.
Jill has co-hosted two popular podcasts, The Venus Diaries, and then in 2012, joined forces with Brian Phelps, of KLOS’ popular The Mark & Brian Show, to form The Brian and Jill Show, which debuted at number one on iTunes.
Recently returning to her acting and singing career, she created a one-woman cabaret show, Jill Whelan: An Evening in Dry Dock, which she performed off-Broadway, and internationally. She’ll be touring the show in 2015 including a week on the RSVP Gay Cruise Line on Valentine’s Day week, where she’ll be the celebrity cohost along with Kathy Najimy.
She recently starred in the Christmas television movie, A Christmas Tree Miracle on Up TV, and the indie horror film, 6 Degrees of Hell.
In 2014, she and the cast of The Love Boat christened the Princess Cruise Lines for their 40th Anniversary in an all star celebration. The cast will also reunite for the 2015 Rose Bowl Parade on New Years Day.
9:30AM (PST) – Brad Williams, comedian
About Last Night Podcast
Brad Williams has become one of the funniest, most in demand comedians working today. A California native, Brad started doing stand-up at age 19 and has been touring ever since.
He has appeared on numerous TV shows including Legit, Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground, Sam and Cat, Live at Gotham, the Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Mind Of Mencia, and Pitboss.
In addition to stand-up, Brad has become a dynamic on-air personality as well. His podcast “About Last Night” is a mainstay on the iTunes Charts. He is a regular on KROQ’s Kevin and Bean Show in Los Angeles as well as the Adam Carolla podcast.
Brad’s show is high energy. Robin Williams called him “Prozac with a head”. Brad’s ability to make humorous observations on disability, relationships, sex, and race are winning over audiences and proving anyone can overcome their shortcomings.
10:30AM (PST) – John Kapelos, 30th Anniversary of The Breakfast Club
John Kapelos on iTunes
John co-starred in a several of John Hughes’ generation-defining Brat Pack films, notably THE BREAKFAST CLUB (as Carl the Janitor), 16 CANDLES and WEIRD SCIENCE. John Hughes discovered John while Kapelos was a member of the resident company at Chicago’s legendary SECOND CITY. He spent 8 years with Second City, both on their Chicago main stage, in their National Touring Company and in ORWELL THAT ENDS WELL, their triumphant 1984 off-Broadway return at the celebrated Village Gate in Manhattan.
Since that time John has made his mark in more than 60 features films including LEGALLY BLONDE, ROXANNE and the independent feature AFTERNOON DELIGHT written and directed by Jill Soloway (winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Directing Award for this film.) John will soon be seen in the upcoming independent feature, THE TAKER.
On television, John has proven his diversity in such series as Amazon’s groundbreaking Golden Globe-winner, TRANSPARENT. He also received critical acclaim in a 9-episode arc on the hit FX series, JUSTIFIED. Other TV work includes guest starring and recurring roles in such hit series as GRACELAND, THE REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, PSYCH, FRANKLIN & BASH, MODERN FAMILY, SEINFELD, FRASIER, SHAMELESS, CASTLE, LAW & ORDER: LOS ANGELES, HOUSE, CSI: NY, WEST WING and the sci-fi cult favorite, US/Canadian co-production FOREVER KNIGHT, in which he co-starred in 48 episodes, as Detective Don Schanke. He will soon be seen in the Disney Channel’s new TV series, I DIDN’T DO IT and as a guest star on the upcoming web series, THE SKINNY.
John produced and starred in the popular short film COMMENTARY. John also wrote an episode of FOREVER KNIGHT and co-wrote, co-created and starred in the NBC sitcom pilot, MONTEREY JACK. John is also a writer-composer and musician, having released two CDs of his own music. SYD THE KARAOKE KID was an ambitious one-man musical John wrote, which he performed in Chicago in 1998. In 2010, he released MAY on his own label, Carpuzi – an ambitious project for which he wrote, sang and played every instrument. John, recorded two Christmas singles on the BSX label: “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”. John is putting the finishing touches on his latest CD, TOO HIP FOR THE ROOM, a 15-song set of jazz compositions, both satiric and delicious. John wrote 7 of the CDs songs and on April 1, 2015 John will drop an advance single, his cover of the Breakfast Club theme, Simple Minds’ 1980s mega-hit: “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”.
The CD will drop in the spring of 2015, alongside a Kickstarter campaign designed to aid production on John’s planned North American tour in support of the CD, accompanied by a 18-piece Jazz Big Band.
John resides in Los Angeles.
11:00AM (PST) – Jonathan Mangum, American actor and comedian. He was a cast member of the variety show, The Wayne Brady Show and is an announcer for the game show Let’s Make a Deal
Jonathan Mangum was born in Charleston, S.C., but spent most of his youth in Mobile, Alabama. He attended college in Orlando, FL. where he began performing with SAK Theatre’s TheatreSports, a wildly successful local improv show. While performing 13 shows each week and attending college, Jonathan began to work with a tight-knit group of improvisers that included Wayne Brady. While in Orlando, Jonathan appeared on such shows as Clarissa Explains it All, Welcome Freshman, Fortune Hunter, and Seaquest DSV.
Soon after, Mangum moved to Los Angeles, where he was joined by his Orlando improv troupe later called, The Houseful of Honkeys. The “Honkeys” performed their critically acclaimed improv game show, You Bet Your Honkey at the ACME Theatre for nearly five years and went on to shoot several television pilots for ABC. Around this time, Mangum appeared on Married…with Children, Just Shoot Me, and ER. Some time later, Wayne Brady asked Jonathan to join him on tour and he has been performing on the road with Wayne ever since, including a two year recent run in Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel and Casino.
Mangum has been a series regular on Comedy Central’s Stripmall, The Wayne Brady Show (ABC), The Drew Carey Show (ABC), Trust Us with Your Life (ABC), Drew Carey’s Greenscreen Show (WB), and Drew Carey’s Improv-a-ganza (GSN). He has made notable appearances on Reno 911, Pushing Daisies, The Sarah Silverman Program, and NCIS.
After two seasons on The Drew Carey Show, Drew invited Jonathan to join the Drew Carey Improv All-Stars. The group went on to tour in over sixty venues, including Carnegie Hall and currently does several yearly Las Vegas performances. Mangum has also toured with Ryan Stiles’ improv group, Whose Live is it, anyway?
Working with Rob Reiner, Jonathan appeared with Jack Nicholson in The Bucket List and soon after appeared with Eddie Murphy in Imagine That.
Jonathan has also pursued writing, having written on The Wayne Brady Show and the award winning, Brandon T. Jackson Show. He co-wrote and starred in VH-1’s spoof Home Purchasing Club as well as an award winning short film, Conversations. Recently, wrote an animated short pilot for the Walt Disney Company entitled, The Lumberjacksons and continues to develop ideas for television and film.
Currently, Jonathan can be seen as the co-host of the Let’s Make a Deal on CBS.
Jonathan is married to Leah Mangum, a casting director, with whom he has two boys.
11:30AM (PST) – Liz Callaway, Emmy-winning Actress/singer
Liz Callaway is a Tony nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist. She made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along, received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Baby, and for five years, won acclaim as Grizabella in Cats. She has also starred in the original casts of Miss Saigon, The Three Musketeers, and The Look of Love.
Off-Broadway she received a Drama Desk nomination for her performance in The Spitfire Grill (Playwrights Horizons), and also appeared in Brownstone (Roundabout), No Way to Treat a Lady, Marry Me a Little, and Godspell. Other New York appearances include the legendary Follies in Concert at Lincoln Center, A Stephen Sondheim Evening, Fiorello! (Encores!), and Hair in Concert. Regionally, she starred as Venus in the Chicago Ovations! production of One Touch of Venus, in Elegies at Reprise! in Los Angeles, and Fascinating Rhythm at Hartford Stage. She also played Nora Desmond in Sunset Boulevard at Pittsburgh CLO.
Ms. Callaway has also established a major career as a concert and recording artist. The award-winning Sibling Revelry (created with sister Ann Hampton Callaway) was presented to great acclaim at the Donmar Warehouse in London. Boom!, a celebration of the music of the 60’s and 70’s, also created with her sister was recorded live at Birdland, and is currently touring performing arts centers around the country. Recently she had the pleasure of singing Chances Are with singing legend Johnny Mathis in Vancouver. She also co-starred with Jimmy Webb & Paul Williams in their critically acclaimed engagement at Feinstein’s in New York and joined Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, and Stevie Wonder at Hal David’s 90th Birthday Celebration Concert at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Her extensive US symphony work includes appearances at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Ravinia, and The Hollywood Bowl. Worldwide, she has performed in China, Australia (with Stephen Schwartz), New Zealand, Iceland, Estonia, France (Theatre du Chatelet, Paris), Slovenia, South Korea, and Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu where she premiered a new concert featuring the music of Stephen Sondheim.
Liz sang the Academy Award nominated song “Journey to the Past” in the animated feature Anastasia and is also the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin and the King of Thieves and The Return of Jafar. Other film work includes the singing voice of the title character in The Swan Princess, Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride, Beauty and the Beast, and The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars.
She received an Emmy Award for hosting Ready to Go, a daily, live children’s program on CBS in Boston. Other TV credits include In Performance at the White House, Inside the Actor’s Studio: Stephen Sondheim, Christmas with the Boston Pops, The David Letterman Show, and Senior Trip (CBS Movie of the Week).
Liz has released four solo recordings: Passage of Time (PS Classics) as well as The Beat Goes On, The Story Goes On: Liz Callaway On and Off-Broadway, and Anywhere I Wander on the Fynsworth Alley label. Her numerous other recordings include Sibling Revelry (DRG), Boom! Live at Birdland (PS Classics), Unsung Sondheim, Lost in Boston, The Maury Yeston Songbook, Dreaming Wide Awake: The Music of Scott Alan, Hair in Concert, and the complete recording of Allegro produced by the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization.