27 minutes | Nov 27, 2019
BUCKiT® #75-Shed Your Inhibitions: A Sex Symbol, Pro Cyclist and Variety Show Producers on Why Letting Loose is the Key to Success
Happy Holidays from all of us here at the BUCKiT with Phil Keoghan podcast. Thanksgiving is a great time of the year to slow down and to really appreciate the good things that life has to offer. It’s so easy to get caught up in the fast lane and forget to look around and be thankful for what we have right here, right now. While practicing being grateful, why not shed some of your inhibitions. Just let loose, even if a little, and break down some of those barriers that might be holding you back. This week’s podcast, which is about shedding your inhibitions, will be the last of the year as we are traveling the country looking for hardworking Americans, for a new CBS show called Tough As Nails. We’ll be back in 2020, but before we go, I wanted to sign off with one of my favorite steps for living the BUCKiT® lifestyle, with some really creative and fun guests. The BUCKiT® lifestyle is about learning how to live life to the fullest while you still can. It’s about saying “BUCKiT” and swerving off the predictable road you’ve been following for years – on to a completely strange and bumpy path that will hopefully get you completely lost. There are 8 steps to living a BUCKiT® lifestyle. The 8 steps: Face Your Fear Test Your Limits Take a Leap of Faith Aim for the Heart Rediscover Your Childhood Break New Ground Get Lost And… Shed Your Inhibitions. I realize that shedding your inhibitions isn’t always as easy as peeling off an extra layer of clothing on a warm day. But in a funny way, that analogy of shedding clothes is an apt one – because ultimately, in both cases, exposure is the desired result. And whether you’re exposing your body, your true feelings, or your talent, the risk is the same: the possibility of embarrassment and the chance that someone with disapprove. The trick is to come to understand that those are rather small, inconsequential risks. The embarrassment many not happen at all, and if it does, it will probably be only momentarily. It’s certainly a chance worth taking. This week on BUCKiT® with Phil Keoghan, I talk to the lead singer of Sugar Ray, Mark McGrath, a former professional cyclist, Kit Karzen, who suffered from anxiety, and the youngest Show Runner in the history of late-night television, Ben Winston and former Supervising Producer on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”, Rob Crabbe about the importance of ditching excuses and shedding inhibitions in order to live the BUCKiT lifestyle. Enjoy and we will see you in the New Year.
28 minutes | Nov 19, 2019
BUCKiT® #74-John Keoghan: Phil and His Dad Talk About What Tough As Nails Means to Them
Phil recently returned from a “Tough As Nails” casting tour in search of hardworking Americans that keep the country running, people who roll up their sleeves 24/7 and don’t think twice about working long hard hours to get dirty hands and clean money. Phil had the privilege of meeting and talking face to face with Ironworkers, Carpenters, Plumbers, Truck Drivers, Linesmen, Electricians, Longshoremen, Factory Workers -- people from all walks of life, who consider the calluses on their hands a badge of honor and who, for many, redefine what it means to be tough and that toughness comes in all shapes and sizes. Phil was born in New Zealand and has always drawn inspiration from his proud working-class family of farmers, gold miners, builders and coal miners, “I was lucky enough to spend my school holidays working alongside my grandfather, an A grade mechanic, World War II aero mechanic, gunsmith and inventor. I’m excited to celebrate the skills of those who sweat on factory floors instead of gym floors and those who wear work boots instead of workout shoes.” In this BUCKiT with Phil Keoghan podcast, Phil calls his dad in New Zealand to talk about what being Tough As Nails means to him, the values he learned growing up in a working class family and what he in turn passed down to his children.
52 minutes | Nov 12, 2019
BUCKiT® #73-Mancow: Chicago’s Favorite Shock Jock
It’s 5:30am and this shock job is about to return to the airwaves again, having being fired from his radio show 9 months earlier. Mancow is no stranger to lawsuits and FCC fines. He’s been handed many over the years. And this is not the first time he’s been kicked off the air. But this outspoken radio personality known for his bizarre stunts is ready to make an outrageous comeback. Why walk in when you can mail yourself to the radio station in a cardboard box, arriving just minutes before drive time begins. I mean, what could be easier? Erich "Mancow" Muller is an American radio and television personality, actor, and former child model. He’s won Billboard magazine's Major Market Radio Personality of the Year title more than once. He was syndicated into more than a dozen states and he had a TV series deal. His radio career began while he was in college at a small station in Missouri, playing local commercials during satellite broadcasts of The Larry King Show. He eventually moved to San Francisco and that's where he pulled a massive stunt that gained him national publicity and notoriety, AND got him his next gig…this time in Chicago. It didn’t take long for his show to rank #1 in 18 to 54-year-old white males and his ratings continued to sky rocket for many years. Mancow is opinionated and rubs a lot of people the wrong way, but his loyal listeners love him and follow him with a cult-like devotion. 25 years later, this Chicago shock jock still continues to make waves. Despite high ratings, this controversial radio personality was fired from his mid-morning show after 17 years on March 6, 2019. Now this outspoken personality is back on the air and wants to “give the people of Chicago a voice”.
14 minutes | Nov 6, 2019
BUCKiT® #72-Tough As Nails: Phil on the Road for the Tough As Nails Casting Tour
TOUGH AS NAILS, a new CBS competition series hosted and executive produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Phil Keoghan and his long time producing partner, Louise Keoghan, is looking for real people in real life who are real tough. TOUGH AS NAILS is about hardworking people who consider the calluses on their hands a badge of honor. They will be tested for their strength, endurance, agility and mental toughness in challenges that take place in the real world. One by one, they will be eliminated until the TOUGH AS NAILS winner is named. The series will redefine what it means to be tough, proving that it comes in all shapes and sizes, and will celebrate Americans who roll up their sleeves 24/7 and don’t think twice about working long hard hours and getting their hands dirty.
55 minutes | Oct 29, 2019
BUCKiT® #71-Ghen Maynard: Reality TV Maverick on Green-lighting Survivor and Taking Big Risks with Other Groundbreaking Shows.
Little does this CBS Executive know that the pitch he is about to hear will change everything. Ghen Maynard hears lots of pitches for shows but this one is different. It isn’t a scripted drama or comedy series or traditional game show. There is nothing quite like it on TV and it doesn’t fit into any existing genre — but he knows one thing, he loves it. It’s an idea that would turn into a reality series set on an island and ultimately transform the primetime landscape on broadcast television and usher in a new generation of unscripted programming that would catapult his career. Ghen Maynard is the Senior Executive Vice President of Alternative Programming for CBS Television Studios. He’s the maverick who has helped develop some of reality television’s biggest hits. Early in his career, Ghen championed and brought to life the first competition reality show for Network Television… a mega-hit called Survivor. Ghen also developed and oversaw the multiple Emmy Award-winning The Amazing Race, the U.S. version of Big Brother, America’s Next Top Model as well as Kid Nation, Power of 10, and Million Dollar Password. As a drama development executive, he helped develop CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Judging Amy and The District. The list of successful shows goes on. There’s no doubt Maynard has a keen eye for what viewers like — Survivor, The Amazing Race, Big Brother and Top Model are among the longest-running reality TV franchises in the world. I caught up with Ghen just after the premiere of an unusual reboot version of the iconic 90’s teen series Beverly Hills 90210 called BH90210, which he developed and sold to FOX, and Kids Say the Darndest Things starring Tiffany Haddish, which he sold to ABC -- Once again proving that this Executive, who likes to think big, has the Midas Touch.
22 minutes | Oct 22, 2019
BUCKiT® #70-Rediscover Your Childhood: A Comedian, An Astronaut and Some Amazing Racers on Why Acting Like a Kid is Key
The BUCKiT® lifestyle is about learning how to live life to the fullest while you still can. It’s about saying “BUCKiT” and swerving off the predictable road you’ve been following for years – on to a completely strange and bumpy path that will hopefully get you completely lost. On this week’s podcast I want to explore one of the 8 steps to living a BUCKiT® lifestyle. The 8 steps Face Your Fear Test Your Limits Take a Leap of Faith Aim for the Heart Shed Your Inhibitions Break New Ground Get Lost And… Rediscover Your Childhood Nature designed kids to be alert, curious, imaginative and adaptable. Most importantly, they know how to have fun along the way. Children tend to dive head-first into experiences without fear or judgment. Their eyes are wide open; observing, learning and absorbing. Changing your attitude starts with taking a closer look at the things you do or see every day and studying and admiring the smaller details as if you are experiencing them for the first time. With just a cardboard box a child can transform a mundane afternoon in the backyard into an intergalactic space mission with their own NASA rocket, discovering new planets and alien species. In adulthood, we tend to forget that we need our imaginations to achieve our wildest dreams. They help us discover which path to take and make the journey as extraordinary as possible. Over the past year I have talked to guests that embody this way of life. In this podcast we revisit Matt Iseman, comedian and host of Ninja Warrior, Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space, and the hilarious Afghanimals, who competed in The Amazing Race three times.
43 minutes | Oct 15, 2019
BUCKiT® #69-Antoinette Clarke & Tricia Clarke-Stone: Double Down On Your Superpowers and Become Boss Ladies
It’s Thursday at the quietest bar in town. As expected, zero students will turn up from Skidmore College because the hottest place to party isn’t here. But that was then -- and now twin sisters and budding entrepreneurs have decided it’s time to shake things up. They know music. They know cool. They know how to cover a campus in flyers. And they know a guy who loves to spin vinyl. It’s time to deliver on a big promise. Staring at the clock and the door, Antoinette, Tricia, a very nervous bar owner and a pumped up DJ stand and wait — for what will turn out to be a game changer, not only for the party animals of Saratoga Springs, New York, but for two young women who claim their White Space and make doubling down, their mantra for life. Elle magazine calls Antoinette M. Clarke and Tricia Clarke-Stone the “Power Twins”. They are a force to be reckoned with. These Identical twin sisters have taken the business world by storm. They set the bar very high, and surpassed it. They are Boss Ladies who have learned to double down and go all in on themselves. Antoinette is a Two-time Emmy award winning TV producer and VP of Branded Entertainment and Media Innovation at CBS Television Network. Tricia is the cofounder and CEO of WP Narrative, an award-winning marketing agency using a groundbreaking model uniting code and culture. Of the 8,734 CEO’s of companies in the media and advertising world, only 93 are black women. Tricia is one of 93. Both attribute their phenomenal success to a set of core principles they live by. 52 in all! Antoinette and Tricia are best friends who say “have pushed each other to be successful on their own terms, offering unconditional support, straight talk, and passionate inspiration” That’s how they got to where they are today and are now sharing these skills in their newly released book, Double Down. Antoinette and Tricia wants to help women identify their goals, trust their instincts and core passions, and double down on their superpowers and become Boss Ladies.
55 minutes | Oct 9, 2019
BUCKiT® #68-Cam Adair: Recovering Video Game Addict and Now Founder of Game Quitters
31 years old and game-free for 10 years, Cam Adair is a recovering video game addict, and now a leading expert and pioneer in the field of video game addiction. Growing up in Canada, Cam seemed normal. He went to school, played hockey, went home and played video games. But that all changed in the 8th grade when he began to get picked on. For the next ten years he disappeared into the world of video gaming. Nothing else mattered except the World of Warcraft. In 2018, The World Health Organization declared video game addiction as a mental health disorder. There are 2.2 billion gamers worldwide and it’s 3% of gamers struggle with addiction challenges. This means there could be tens of millions of addicted gamers globally. At 21, Cam beat the odds and quit gaming once and for all. He founded Game Quitters which is now the largest support community for people who want to break free from the addiction. Cam joined me in the BUCKiT® studio part way through a national tour, to tell me about how he turned his life around and the lives of so many others who suffered like he did.
51 minutes | Oct 1, 2019
BUCKiT® #67-Sabrina Jalees: Stand Up Comedian on Her Crazy and Unpredictable Journey to Network Television
Sabrina Jalees is a comedian, writer, and actor who's been described as “the lesbian Ray Romano we’ve all been waiting for”. She started doing stand-up when she was 16 and has been making people laugh since on series like Netflix's "The Comedy Lineup,” “Search Party,” “Transparent,” “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” “Last Comic Standing,” “Adam Devine's House Party,” “Best Week Ever” and now CBS’s brand new series, starring Patricia Heaton, “Carol’s Second Act.” After working up the courage to tell the Muslim side of her family – she was shunned for coming out - Sabrina learned the hard way that standing up and taking pride in who she was, would not only enhance her material as a comedian, but would lead to a fulfilling life, full of crazy coincidences, life changing surf lessons and an entirely unexpected career path. She has not looked back since. I caught up with her during the filming of her new series. She is now in prime time TV, proudly representing on camera something that was unimaginable to her as a kid. Photo Credit for Sabrina Jalees Episode: Sela Shiloni
47 minutes | Sep 24, 2019
BUCKiT® #66-Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern: Comedy Writers. The Incredible Story of How Vision and Tenacity Can Lead to Hollywood Success
Writer’s block had set in when two female comedy writers in LA put down their pens and declared they’d run out of material. But then a light bulb lit up and an idea was hatched – Sarah Haskins would marry her next-door neighbor, a man 20 years her senior with ex wives and a lot of children. It was just too good to pass up. They got back to work and at that moment “A Trophy Wife” came into existence. Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern are writers and producers on CBS’s Carol’s Second Act starring Patricia Heaton. They also co-created ABC sitcom Trophy Wife based on Sarah’s marriage to her older husband. Their first project together, the funny, edgy coming of age movie, Booksmart, was written in 2009, about two overachieving girls who realize that the only thing they haven’t accomplished is getting boyfriends. It has a lot of twists and turns just like their journey it took to get the film made in the first place. For 10 years the script was shopped around, and turned down, and reworked, and then shopped around again until finally Olivia Wilde agreed to direct it in 2019, Booksmart opened to critical acclaim. I met up with Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern during a break from writing Carol’s Second Act, to hear about their incredible story of how tenacity, vision and a great producing partner can turn big dreams into reality.
49 minutes | Sep 17, 2019
BUCKiT® #65-Robert Greene: 5 Time Best Selling Author on Attaining Mastery | Part 2
This is Part two of my interview with Robert Greene a best selling author and speaker most known for his ground breaking and life changing books on strategy, power, and seduction. He has written 5 international bestsellers - The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, The 50th Law, and Mastery as well as his new book, The Laws of Human Nature. Greene’s books are hailed by everyone from business leaders, to historians, to the biggest musicians in the industry, including Jay-Z, Drake, and 50 Cent. Robert Greene says, “I want to get under your skin and change the way you look at the world”. In the second part of my interview with this brilliant writer, we go deeper into how we all have the potential to attain MASTERY!
29 minutes | Sep 10, 2019
BUCKiT® #64-Break New Ground: 3 Powerhouse Women on Achieving Success and Happiness Through an Unconventional Approach
On this week’s podcast I am exploring one of the 8 steps to living a BUCKiT® lifestyle. The 8 steps Aim for the Heart Test your Limits Take a leap of Faith Rediscover your Childhood Shed your Inhibitions Face your Fear Get Lost And – Break New Ground… Break New Ground focuses on one main theme: Building. In the most literal sense, it could mean actually breaking ground to build a home for someone else, but there are other possibilities having less to do with making something and more to do with making something happen. If you can find a way to build, invent, or initiate something that also serves a human need beyond your own, you’re on your way toward an experience that could potentially be not only satisfying but also meaningful and important. This week Transgender Woman, Billie Lee, famous science teacher Dr. Serena McCalla and Paralympic Athlete Sarah Reinertsen talk about their unconventional road to success.
50 minutes | Sep 3, 2019
BUCKiT® #63-Robert Greene: 5 Time Best Selling Author Discusses his Ground Breaking Books About Strategy, Power, Mastery and The Laws of Human Nature
For the inmates locked up at the Utah State Prison, a self help book considered too provocative and manipulative is banned. Prison officials say it’s a matter of security, fearing inmates will learn how to control people with chapter titles like “Crush your Enemy Totally” and “Discover each Man’s Thumbscrew”. Even the author warns his readers “Power is endlessly seductive and deceptive in its own way. Do not be frivolous with such a critical matter” but one thing’s for sure - when you’re introduced to the brilliant mind of Robert Greene through his 5 international best-sellers, it’s an unbelievable ride and you do not want to be left behind! Robert Greene is a best-selling author and speaker most known for his ground breaking and life changing books on strategy, power, and seduction. He has written 5 international bestsellers - The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War, The 50th Law, and Mastery. In his highly anticipated 6th book “The Laws of Human Nature”, Greene explores the most important subject of all – understanding what drives and motivates people, even when they are unconscious of it themselves. Greene’s books are hailed by everyone from business leaders, historians to the biggest musicians in the industry, including Jay-Z, Drake, and 50 Cent. Robert Greene says “I want to get under your skin and change the way you look at the world” – which is what I found happened to me. I just finished his latest book and I can’t stop talking about it – to everyone. It has completely changed the way I see the world, so I could not wait to meet the man with the most incredible mind and explore his philosophies further.
50 minutes | Aug 27, 2019
BUCKiT® #62-David Downs: From Terminal Cancer to Miracle Treatment Plays Out Like a Hollywood Movie — Phil Follows Up With David One Year Later!
It’s November 2017 – 12 rounds of chemotherapy, 8 weeks in the hospital over 9 months - this husband and father of three sons is fighting for his life with a rare form of blood cancer. A CT scan reveals the return of the tumor and the chance of surviving has been shot. He has 6-12 months to live or find a cure overseas. But that was then! Cut to August 2019, and in front of me is what can only be described as a living, breathing miracle. In January 2017, New Zealand author and comedian David Downs resolved to lose weight and spend more time with family and friends. A few weeks later, he thought he had come down with the flu but tests revealed that David had advanced blood cancer. He went straight into an aggressive course of chemotherapy. With family and friends supporting him, David endured a grueling year long journey, filled with as many dramatic twists and turns as a Hollywood movie. Early 2018 I caught up with David in LA. He had just taken part in a clinical trial for CAR T cell therapy in Boston. It was his desperate last-ditch attempt to save himself after being told he only had months to live. One year later, here we are again - sitting at my kitchen bench catching up, sipping New Zealand wine, and talking about his second chance at life.
45 minutes | Aug 20, 2019
BUCKiT® #61-Jim Nantz | Part 2: The Voice of Sports on Calling the Masters, the Super Bowl and March Madness
This is part 2 of my interview with the voice of sports, Jim Nantz, a voice virtually all sporting fans in America recognize. Jim is a five-time National Sportscaster of the Year and three-time Emmy Award winner. He’s the youngest broadcaster ever recognized by both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Since the 1980’s, Jim has been calling The Masters, the Super Bowl, and NCAA’s March Madness successfully combining his passion for sport with his distinctive soothing voice, to become arguably one of the best commentators in the business. I caught up with Jim in the BUCKiT studio and felt privileged to get a first hand account of some of the greatest moments in sports history. Jim Recalls the game changing moment in the Final Four College Basketball Championship between Villanova and North Carolina, the excitement of calling the Super Bowl alongside former Dallas Cowboy’s Quarterback, Tony Romo, and many more stories from the hottest seat in the house- the announcers booth. Photo Credit for Jim Nantz Episode: Mary Kouw/CBS John P. Filo/CBS Peter Vander/CBS
49 minutes | Aug 13, 2019
BUCKiT® #60-Jim Nantz | Part 1: The Voice of Sports on Calling the Masters, the Super Bowl and March Madness
It’s the Masters 2019 - Tiger Woods sinks a putt to win the golf championship. The Voice of Sports announces it’s “a return to glory” - and then lets the next 3 minutes play out in silence. When Jim Nantz speaks again he says “I never thought we’d see anything that would rival the hug with his father in 1997 but we just did”. It’s a historical moment sports fans will remember forever. Jim Nantz - a voice virtually all sports fans in America recognize - is a five-time National Sportscaster of the Year and three-time Emmy Award winner. He’s the youngest broadcaster ever recognized by both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Since the 1980’s, Jim has been calling The Masters, the Super Bowl, and NCAA’s March Madness, successfully combining his passion for sport and distinctive soothing voice, to become arguably one of the best commentators in the business. I caught up with Jim just weeks after Tiger Woods’s mind-blowing return to glory at the 2019 Masters in Augusta Georgia. In that winning moment, Jim, known for his colorful and insightful commentary, decided to sit back, say nothing and let history naturally unfold. Photo Credit for Jim Nantz Episode: Mary Kouw/CBS John P. Filo/CBS Peter Vander/CBS
51 minutes | Aug 7, 2019
BUCKiT® #59-Kato Kaelin: Famous Witness From the OJ Simpson Trial, on the Importance of Staying True to Who You Are
On a hot and muggy day, in July ’94, an aspiring actor has just finished testifying as a prosecution witness in the televised preliminary trial of the OJ Simpson case. He walks out of the courthouse to a throng of media shouting “SMILE, TURN THIS WAY, TALK TO US”. Overnight Kato Kaelin has become famous all over the world and for all the wrong reason. His life would never be the same again. Kato Kaelin, also known as America’s Famous House Guest, gained notoriety for his role as a minor witness for the prosecution in the OJ Simpson Murder Case. Kato was living in Simpson's Rockingham estate guest house on the night of the two murders, June 12, and witnessed some of OJ’s movements before and after the time of the murders. As a result, Kato was thrust in to the media spotlight, at the same time losing control over his public image. Whatever he said or did set him up as a target. He was popular with many but hated too. Realizing he couldn’t convince the world who he really was, he focused on what he could do—be himself. It’s 25 years and more than 15 minutes of fame later and Kato is still a household name. But he’s stayed the course and stayed the same… genuine, energetic, likeable, goofy and very, very funny!
28 minutes | Jul 30, 2019
BUCKiT® #58-Phil Keoghan: BUCKiT® – Face Your Fear
The BUCKiT® lifestyle is about learning how to live life to the fullest while you still can. It’s about saying “BUCKiT” and swerving off the predictable road you’ve been following for years – on to a completely strange and bumpy path that will hopefully get you completely lost. On this week’s podcast I want to explore one of the 8 steps to living a BUCKiT® lifestyle. The 8 steps Aim for the Heart Test your Limits Take a leap of Faith Rediscover your Childhood Shed your Inhibitions Break New Ground Get Lost And —Face your Fear… something we can all relate to. I want to remind everyone that there’s always a million excuses you could dream up for not living your ideal, BUCKiT® life and they all sound reasonable, rational and legitimate – which is what makes them so powerful, but really the only obstacle stopping you from going after what you want, is yourself. It is up to us to choose how we spend our lives. There is never going to be enough time or money to do some of the things you want to do, and a lot of things only need your imagination and a bit of time management. Eleanor Roosevelt was quoted saying “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop and look fear in the face. You must do the things you think you can not do”.
56 minutes | Jul 23, 2019
BUCKiT® #57-Alfred Molina: Famous Character Actor Recalls the Terrifying Tarantula Scene in Indiana Jones, and Other Acting Antics
The spider wrangler has placed a large suitcase full of big hairy male tarantulas all over the terrified actor who’s playing opposite Harrison Ford. The cameras are rolling on the set of “Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark” and the dramatic cave scene is underway. But Director Stephen Spielberg is not happy. The eight legged extras are not moving and he thinks they look fake, so the spider man comes to the rescue with a cunning plan. Release a female amongst them and all hell will break loose. And that’s exactly what happened next, much to the horror of Alfred Molina. Alfred Molina is a well known actor from the UK. He’s appeared in more than 50 film, television and stage productions, including his famous role in Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark and Spider-Man 2. Over the past 30 years he’s developed a reputation for an incredible ability to nail character-driven roles. He’s able to transform himself into nearly every character imaginable and it doesn’t seem to matter what nationality or accent. Alfred is game to try them all on for size. He’s played a chronically unfaithful Mexican painter in Frida, a deranged drug-dealer in Boogie Nights as well the comic-book villain Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 2. It’s been said about this famous character actor, "He's great in just about everything but he disappears so completely in the roles you forget where you've seen him before." There’s something so familiar about Alfred’s face and his voice that it makes you want to go up and say ‘hi” like he’s a friend. And that’s exactly how I felt when I met Alfred for the first time.. and now..well.. it’s like we’ve been tea drinking mates forever.
50 minutes | Jul 16, 2019
BUCKiT® #56-Davy Rothbart: Professional People Watcher, National Bestselling Author and Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker
On a snowy winter night in Chicago, 2000, a 25-year old budding writer finds a note on his windshield. It reads “Mario, I f***ing hate you, you said you have to work then why’s your car HERE at HER place?? You’re a f***ing LIAR. I hate you, I f***ing hate you, Amber. PS Page me later. This eloquent, misplaced missive would soon join scores of other found notes and abandoned letters, eventually landing Davy Rothbart on David Letterman and kick starting a professional people watching on paper, career. Davy Rothbart is a national bestselling author and a frequent contributor to public radio's This American Life. He writes regularly for GQ and Los Angeles Magazine and his work has appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times, to name just a few publications. Davy is also a well respected filmmaker. Medora, a documentary he produced about an underdog high-school basketball team who fight to end their losing streak, won an Emmy in 2015 and his latest powerful passion project “17 Blocks”, which follows a Washington DC family dealing with a harsh life in a neighborhood plagued by poverty, drugs and violence, recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival to strong reviews. But impressive professional credits aside for one moment, the best way to describe Davy, is he’s a brilliant story teller who delights in observing human nature and presenting it in an insightful, humorous, heart warming and refreshingly candid way. His style strikes a chord with just about everyone – because somehow you either recognize yourself or someone you know, especially in “My Heart’s An Idiot”, a book about Davy trying to find love in all the wrong places. We can all relate. Phil had the immense pleasure of sitting down with Davy recently, when he poked his head up from his writing, producing and people watching - Phil wanted the chance to get inside the curious mind of this fascinating person who clearly has an insatiable appetite for meeting people, spontaneous adventures and for life!