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Doug Elfman Show
44 minutes | Sep 23, 2015
Biff Isn't a Real Person, says the comedian who played him, Tom Wilson
Strangers say "I hate you" to Tom Wilson at barbecues, because they were so greatly impacted by his legendary portrayal of Biff in "Back to the Future." The twist: Wilson was bullied as a kid; then he portrayed film's most iconic comic bully; and ever since then he's had one stranger after another bully him verbally. Wilson is quite funny and deep in this fascinating conversation about Los Angeles, the small mean Internet, Back to the Future, his work for Nickelodeon, and his book "The Masked Man: A Memoir and Fantasy of Hollywood." I'll see you at DougElfman.com.
77 minutes | Sep 20, 2015
Jami Rodman, ex-prostitute
Jami Rodman grew up religious in small-town Oregon. She couldn't cut her hair. She couldn't watch TV. No music. And certainly no sex images. But whenever she saw a friend's Playboy, or online porn, it stirred her. So in her early 20s, she moved to Vegas, where she cocktailed, stripped, escorted, then became a madam. After a decade in sex work, she went out of business after being outed by SmokingGun.com. She sat with me in a Paris hotel convention hall, and I asked her all the relevant questions. How do prostitutes have sex with people they're unattracted to? How many voluntary sex workers enjoy their careers? And does she think I know any women who secretly prostitute themselves in the city of new beginnings? Her book, coming out in December, is available for pre-sale on Amazon. It's called, "The Las Vegas Madam."
69 minutes | Sep 19, 2015
Brad Garrett Living Room Show
Big, tall Brad Garrett gives us a private stand-up gig, more or less, from his living room couch, where I interviewed him, thumped his coffee table like a drum, and laughed at jokes about Donald Trump, Obama, Bernie Sanders, butts, colons, running, Fargo, love, health, fat, reflux, plastic and oh yes, Terry Fator. Garrett is not on social media, so I can't tag him. But I can tag myself. @VegasAnonymous on Twitter and https://instagram.com/dougelfman and facebook.com/elfmonster and DougElfman.com and dougelfman.libsyn.com and http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/doug-elfman
77 minutes | Sep 11, 2015
Our Favorite Books with Geoff Schumacher
I have written my first short story for publication, for the annual Las Vegas Writes project's upcoming seventh volume, "The Anarchy of Memories." The editor is former Review-Journal writer and editor Geoff Schumacher, and the other writers are Scott Dickensheets, Sonya Padgett, Jessica Humphries, Drew Cohen, C.J. Mosher, Erica Vital-Lazare and Helen H. Moore. My story is a futurist's satire about a giant bedbug wreaking havoc on the robot population of Las Vegas. And on today's podcast episode of the "Doug Elfman Show," I quiz Schumacher extensively about his favorite novels and authors, good books about Vegas and the mob, and we wonder which kinds of books political conservatives write better than liberal authors. Schumacher himself wrote "Howard Hughes: Power, Paranoia & Palace Intrigue," and Sun, Sin & Suburbia: The History of Modern Las Vegas." And he's director of content at the Mob Museum. "The Anarchy of Memories" comes out October 16 at Writer's Block, 1020 Fremont St., during the Vegas Valley Book Festival. Find out more about Geoff at geoffschumacher.com and themobmuseum.org and I'm always at DougElfman.com.
56 minutes | Aug 22, 2015
THE NEWS * Adam Kealoha Causey Returns
Should I write for the readers I have, or should I write for the readers I want? How do I tell the difference between a real journalism outlet and a propagandist outlet? There are many journalism questions on my mind today as I discuss them with Adam Kealoha Causey of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. You can find him at @akcausey and me at @VegasAnonymous. And as a couple of LSU boys, we say hi to our prof, my mentor, Jay Perkins. Hi Jay.
87 minutes | Aug 22, 2015
LSU Alums * Me and Adam Kealoha Causey
LSU & JOURNALISM — Me and Adam Kealoha Causey both went to LSU, we both ran the daily newspaper there, the Daily Reveille, we both learned from Jay Perkins at LSU, we both work at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and we both say "me and this other person," on occasion, because we sharpened our tongues on Southern grammar. Adam is more charming than me, talks better, and has a red beard. You can find him @akcausey and I'm @VegasAnonymous.
17 minutes | Aug 20, 2015
PAULY D * Life in Vegas
Pauly D moved to Vegas and lives a single life, hiking, DJing, boating, and hanging with Diplo, Skrillex and Chumlee. I talked with him right before he was to DJ Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, at Rehab dayclub pool party in the Hard Rock Hotel. Tell him how great he was on my show by Tweeting him and me @DJPaulyD @VegasAnonymous. DougElfman.com
29 minutes | Aug 20, 2015
BEER! Cicerone Sarah Johnson tries improving Vegas' luxury beer market
Beer geek Sarah Johnson says Vegas lags in luxury beers compared to other cities, so she's on a mission to get local distributors, and international brands, to put luxury beer on Vegas menus for tourists clamoring for higher quality brew, which would only make the rich richer so it sounds like a no-brainer but it hasn't happened yet. Johnson, Nevada’s first female certified cicerone, names her favorite beers she can't buy in Vegas, and explains archaic Prohibition laws preventing her from buying a favorite Russian six-pack willy-nilly. If you wish to drink with her, she hosts the Mandalay Bay Beach Beer and Barrel Festival on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. For more on that, check out MandalayBay.com. As always, I'm at DougElfman.com and @VegasAnonymous.
75 minutes | Aug 15, 2015
The Bold and Courageous Return of Tony Macklin at Ronald's Donuts
Tony Macklin met John Wayne's mistress, was on the set of Alfred Hitchcock's last movie, and has insights into film, criticism, and life. He's at tonymacklin.net and I'm at DougElfman.com.
62 minutes | Aug 7, 2015
Elvis TCB by Justin Shandor
Lady underwear and hotel keys have been thrown at Justin Shandor, the best Elvis TBA I've ever seen. Or, Elvis Tribute Artist. And there are a lot of great Elvis Presleys (Elvi) in Las Vegas, so that's no small feat. I went to his house and got this great glimpse of the man, his family, and his room of belts. You can keep up with Justin at http://www.justinshandor.com. — Doug DougElfman.com
95 minutes | Jul 25, 2015
Film critic Tony Macklin @ Ronald's Donuts (Cold open)
Tony Macklin is a film critic who interviewed Alfred Hitchcock, Clint Eastwood and many silver stars from the Golden Age. In this first part of our conversation, I ask Tony about our brands of liberalism, since movies are political, and we discuss the chutzpah of Donald Trump, plus pretty women in film, and other topics that occur naturally to two guys who never met each other before they started recording at Ronald's Donuts in Las Vegas. You can find Tony at http://tonymacklin.net. You can find me at DougElfman.com.
63 minutes | Jul 3, 2015
The Chef Who Almost Died From Eating (Chef Hubert Keller)
The Chef Who Survived Food Poisoning, Hubert Keller (HubertKeller.com), is one of the world's great chefs and he has a cool accent. He's cooked for the president, Make-A-Wish Foundation kids, and zillions of tourists in Las Vegas, where he runs the amazing Fleur and the acclaimed Burger Bar in Mandalay Bay hotel. Interview starts at 3:20 minutes. In order, we talk about his nitrogen-frozen ice cream (the best I've ever had), flaming absinthe, Americans' increasing sophistication for food and beer, his DJing, chefs as entertainers, the end of snobby chefs, cooking in the White House and undergoing Secret Service checks, French cuisine surviving in San Francisco in the 1980s and Vegas in the xenophobic early 2000s, foodie movies, antique guns, suave French people, Freedom fries, Bleu Blanc Rouge, how his wife and he view America as home, his cooking show, Make-A-Wish, Batkid, almost dying from food, and my request that he supply me with a table with an exercise bike attached so I get more food only after I've burned calories. Follow Chef Hubert at HubertKeller.com and @ChefHKeller.
86 minutes | Jun 21, 2015
Dayna Roselli (@DaynaRoselli)
DAYNA ROSELLI'S CHEERLEADER CATASTROPHE, HER BILL CLINTON SURPRISE INTERVIEW, AND HOW SHE LIVED THROUGH SEVERAL HELICOPTER DROPS. My pal Dayna is a popular social media icon and broadcaster in Las Vegas. We took a $1 comfortable monorail ride to the Paris hotel and sat in a convention hallway to catch up and for me to ask simple questions I'd somehow never asked her before. Follow Dayna on your favorite social media platforms at @DaynaRoselli, and on www.kxnt.com and www.daynaroselli.com. In order, we talk about people who follow her, Facebook vs Twitter vs Instagram vs Periscope, her lack of an Anchorman vocal exercise, TV station partiers, has she had fans send flowers on Valentine's Day?, she's on TV in cabs, Uber, my Vegas throat this spring, Dayna's mom likes Chippendales, Dayna says the dirtiest thing I've ever heard, her niece calls her Jasmine, what her favorite shows?, she never feels alone in Las Vegas, she survived crazy helicopter spins and never even worried, she was a cheerleader in fifth grade?, she hates memorizing lines and talking to cue, how she earned a surprise interview with Bill Clinton while he was walking on the side of the road, she liked talking to Donnie Walberg and the great TJ Miller, she suffered a Jenny Garth fail, she puts up a case for Tom Cruise, I talk Buffy yet again, she talks to her mom every day, we return to cheerleading because she cheered forever and had a heartbreak during competitions, she caught lightning bugs and played ghost in the graveyard, she was a shot putter, why she's a rule follower, how she ended up leaving the Northeast, she lives day by day, and I am not a big shot. Follow Dayna on your favorite social media platforms at @DaynaRoselli, and on www.kxnt.com and www.daynaroselli.com.
86 minutes | Jun 19, 2015
Doug in Brock's Backyard (@brockradke)
'I DON'T KNOW WHAT WEIRD IS, ANYMORE' SAYS Brock Radke, my buddy who is a more relaxed person than me. We're both seasoned, but not grizzled, Vegas journalists. In order: We compare families, journalism styles, interviewing techniques, and talk Jacob Dylan, Amy Schumer, "bag of dicks," Kelis, vomit tourists, Tara Reid/Real World, Encore Beach Club, Rehab, 24-hour clubbing, video game gambling, meeting Sarah McLachlan, meeting Prince, Madonna, our plan to interview people on the sidewalk, talking like an interviewer, and getting shit on by a bird. You can follow Brock at @brockradke and brockradke.com.
78 minutes | Jun 15, 2015
Marijuana/Jason Sturtsman (wecan702.org)
POT TALK. I WENT TO JASON STURTSMAN'S HOUSE AND FOUND OUT HOW MARIJUANA PLANTS ABSORB THE GROUND, and many facts about weed as a medicine. Jason Sturtsman owns a cannabis cultivation facility. He will be one of the managers for Las Vegas Releaf Dispensary once it opens. He is a member of Nevada's Independent Laboratory Advisory Committee, which has come up with testing standards, as well as the board of directors of WECAN, the Wellness Education Cannabis Advocates of Nevada. He used to part original owner of Beauty Bar in downtown Las Vegas. He writes for Elevate and Cannabis magazines. You can find him at http://wecan702.org. And email@example.com
61 minutes | Jun 10, 2015
Best Restaurants in Vegas with Heidi Knapp Rinella
What are the best restaurants in Vegas for locals and tourists? Heidi Knapp Rinella is the James Beard judge and anonymous reviewer in Las Vegas who pays her own way every single meal, building a sterling reputation as the most important foodie in one of the world's premier hubs for fine cuisine and good grub. You can find her at http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/heidi-knapp-rinella. You can buy her book "Personal Favorites" here (http://www.amazon.com/Personal-Favorites-The-Chefs-Vegas/dp/1932173137). Restaurant links are at the bottom of these liner notes: 1. One-minute intro. Welcome back. I love you all. 2. (1:00 minute in): If you're on a plane to Vegas, what restaurants should you rich, middle class and poor people plan to eat at? Where are the best mashed potatoes in the world? She doesn't take freebies. 3. (8:15): Heidi's favorite smell is butter. Ohhh then we talk delicious crepes! Is Vegas outstripping New York for fooding? 4. (11:30): I took my tourist niece and her fiance to Casa Don Juan. Where should I have also taken her? We dish on Gordon Ramsey's restaurants. 5. (14:30): What Heidi won't eat. Shark vs. Pigeon. Her husband ate the Lion King. Frog legs. I'm a peskatarian because my body is weird. 6. (16:40): What are the telltale signs of a good restaurant? What is chive oil? She's a James Beard judge. 7. (21:00): When we drive past restaurants at red lights, why don't we just pull in and try something new? Heidi's job is to find gems. Bobos. What's the biggest difference between her and her husband? 8. (24:30): I say everything is better with sour cream and Tabasco. What does Heidi say everything is improved by? What's the best kind of butter to buy at the grocery? Black Hawaiian volcano salt vs. Pink Himalayan. 9. (27:30): What's the best food she's ever eaten? What's her go-to wine? Is it OK I drink merlot? We aren't into pinot. 10. (31:00): Is it OK to eat a restaurants on Mondays? We talk Anthony Bourdain. Heidi has written books for you. What's her favorite? "Personal Favorites," recipes and stories from Vegas chefs. 11. (34:00): What question does she hear the most? We talk about the guy who invented food for McDonald's but is actually good at food. I wish restaurants would flash freeze their ice cream. Heidi encourages you to make ice cream a home. We talk beef and fondue, and bagel buggies. 12. (3
115 minutes | Jun 6, 2015
Doug's Mystic Mona Reading
Ever wonder what a psychic reading's like? Here's audio of Mystic Mona's session with me. If you want to skip straight to the reading, it comes at the 53-minute mark, or so. But these were two of my favorite hours in 2015, so I recommend the whole thing, or starting with the reading and going back to the start. Either way, I hope you enjoy. Mona's website is Mona.vegas, and her app is available through Dicewisdom.com, and Twitter enthusiasts can follow @THEMysticMona. And I'm at DougElfman.com.
79 minutes | May 25, 2015
Elfman & Miss Asian Las Vegas Pageantry
Annie Chang Evans walks up to women in Vegas and says, "You should be in my pageant," sort of. She started the Miss Asian Las Vegas pageant, which has changed the way she thinks about women. I sat with her and husband Tom Evans at the Hard Rock Hotel pool and talked about the pageantry and a lot of other fun stuff . She once was Miss Chinatown San Francisco and Miss Asian San Francisco. She and Tom met at a dayclub party in Vegas, then got together, got hitched, and had some kids. They're a successful dayclub story. For more on the pageants, check out MissAsianLasVegas.com, and MsAsianNorthAmerica.com. Social media: @msasianvegas @anniechangevans. 2:00 minutes in — Oh the pageantry. 5:00 — She was miss Chinatown San Francisco and Miss Asian San Francisco and wasn't dramatic like most girls. Promoted herself. Here harder for girls to find sponsors. 10:30 — Asian pageant winners become very famous in Asia and Hong Kong, like it used to be in America. Women don't pay for anything in Las Vegas. 21:00: Raising kids in Vegas. 26:00 — Working with women's emotions and stress has changed her opinion of women. Next year Ms becomes national Ms 30:00 — Venetian going all out for Asian market. 32:00 — What summer tourists look like demographically. Hard Rock Hotel Sept 1st new hard rock. John Entwhistle died here. Ben Affleck banned. 37:00 — My mom used to tell me I was a mistake and I should go play in traffic. Sports teams in Vegas will bring dudes waving Styrofoam fingers yuck. Where is Rockville Maryland? 40:00 — The Asian community in Las Vegas is fighting for domination? Asian newspaper ads. Vegas doesn't always have cohesive communities. People are skeptical of newcomers. 46:00 — Asian families, Venetian. They have Mr Asia Las Vegas pageants in Asia. She should license Zoolander pageant in Las Vegas. 48:00 — They met at a dayclub, Tao Beach but he doesn't remember. 52:00 — Can parents in Las Vegas have fun in the suburbs? Chinatown is growing beyond shopping centers. Vegas isn't white bread anymore. Not a lot of Chinese people in Winnemucca. 59:00 — We don't pay taxes here so our public services aren't anything like services in the original 13 colonies. Vegas public schools versus private schools. 62:00 — How to make Vegas better. More involved. Kid sports. I think kids could play violi
84 minutes | May 17, 2015
Elfman Exit Interviews Martin Stein (@DFW_Martin)
Strippers, swingers, Gatsby parties — those are a few Vegas stereotypes I talk about with journalist and publicist Martin Stein, mere moments before he and his wife left Vegas after 11 years to settle in Texas. Martin and I have taken part in, or witnessed, many Vegas clichés, so I asked him to do a quick and dirty exit interview to boil down his 11 Vegas years into an hour or so of clichés. Enjoy! I love you all. Thanks so much for being so supportive. #dougelfman, #dougelfmancom, #nevada, #vegas, #vegasanonymous #libsyn #podcast, #martinstein, #lasvegas
50 minutes | May 15, 2015
Elfman Reviews Mad Max with Ched (@ched777)
The new Mad Max movie places women in a perpetual state of victimhood, depicted as enslaved milk producers and Victoria's Secret-type models. It's certainly no "Aliens." But Ched and I disagree if it's any good. We also talk about all the dumb movie trailers these days, kid actors cussing in movie trailers because America has changed, and we even hash out whether the New England Patriots are the new Pete Rose. Let me know if your thoughts! I love you all. ... #actionmovie, #atheism, #feminism, #feminists, #women, #charlizetheron, #christianity, #cowboyssuck, #dallascowboys, #dougelfman, #dougelfmancom, #film, #halloffame, #kidscuss, #lazyboy, #madmax, #movies, #movietheaterseats, #movietrailers, #nationallampoonsvacation, #nevada, #newenglandpatriots, #peterose, #religion, #theater, #tomhardy, #vegas, #vegasanonymous #libsyn #podcast #moviepodcast
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