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40 minutes | May 17, 2022
231. Kevin Mellon shares how he got to be a successful comic book artist, musical artist and presently the storyboard artist for the Emmy award winning animated show Archer.
I knew nothing about the animated and comic book world before I talked to Kevin Mellon. He is a fascinating man with a lot of experience in his expertise. Kevin is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Arts. He has been working in the comic industry since his first book, GEARHEAD debuted in 2007. Since then he has gone on to do various other projects including THIRTEEN STEPS and THE ATHEIST VOL. 2 with writer Phil Hester. In fall of 2008, GEARHEAD was optioned by Gale Anne Hurd and Vallhalla productions for adaptation into film. He is currently working on an Original Graphic Novel for AiT/PlanetLar with GEARHEAD co-creator/writer Dennis Hopeless as well as writing and drawing his solo creator-owned series for APE Entertainment called SUICIDE SISTERS. Kevin is currently a story board artist for the popular FX TV show Archer. For more information about where to buy his music and art go to: kevinmellon.com
36 minutes | May 17, 2022
230. Scott Huber is the tour manager for Major Classical Rock Groups and boy does he have stories.
Scott Huber went from being a drummer and dive-in instructor for Norwegian Cruise Lines to being the tour manager for major music acts all over the world. He’s got great stories and fascinating details on how complicated it is to taking care of the travel, performance, and equipment logistics for the concerts we all love to go to.
35 minutes | May 16, 2022
229. The Gift of Covid with Dylan Carnahan
How 24-year-old Dylan Carnahan chose to deal with the disappointments Covid brought to his life is inspiring and heartwarming. Dylan is an amazing young man with an extraordinary life ahead of him, because of his perspectives.
29 minutes | May 16, 2022
228. Mistakes in Communication can cost you an important friendship with Baseball Great, Greg Pryor
Baseball great Greg Pryor is a good friend. He texted me to tell me I spelled a word wrong in my book. It was actually the name of the man who hired him to play on the Chicago White Sox. The man’s name is Bill Veeck. I spelled it “Veck.” Greg simply let me know for my next printing. I didn’t interpret it that way. What happened next, is the beauty of the podcast. When we only hear and read words through our own “filter” it can cause damage to a friendship. But when we take the time to understand and admit we reacted through our own ‘filter’ and it wasn’t the best way to respond – your friendship can get closer. That’s what happened, and it was me who reacted like, well, rather childish. Hey, You Just Have To Laugh at yourself, and things can really clear up. This is great podcast in communication. Thanks Greg Pryor for your friendship and proof-reading skills. thedaytheyankeesmademeshave.com – Greg’s book naster.com/laughstore - David’s Book – You Just Have to Laugh Manual
69 minutes | May 13, 2022
227. Getting FUNKY and FUNNY with Emilio Castillo who started Tower of Power 54 years ago.
In 1965, Emilio Castillo took to music after he and his brother Jack were caught stealing by his father who told him he could stay in his room until he thought of something to 'Keep him off the street'. Castillo and his brother chose music. Emilio chose saxophone and Jack chose drums. He took lessons in saxophone, piano, and guitar, and also took lessons in music theory from one-time Dave Brubeck bass player Norman Bates. His first musical endeavor was in Extension Five which later became The Gotham City Crime Fighters due to the Batman craze at the time. He played both organ and sax. The group also consisted of his brother Jack on drums, Jody Lopez on guitar Frank “Rocco’ Houghton on bass (later going by the name of Francis Rocco Prestia), and Dave Getner on vocals. In March, 1966 they released the song "Who Stole The Batmobile" After seeing Bay Area soul band The Spyders, Castillo switched to saxophone and formed 'The Motowns' playing soul music covers. After meeting baritone sax player Stephen "Doc" Kupka Castillo switched, on Kupka's suggestion, to performing original material and the band changed its name to 'Tower of Power'. The band recorded their first album, East Bay Grease, in 1970. Castillo has been with the band ever since, as leader and 2nd tenor saxophonist. He and Kupka are also responsible for writing many of the band's best-known songs. Emilio openly talks about the importance of getting sober and how that motivated him to live his life with principals first. His approach now with Tower of Power is, “I want people to say that we have super high musicality played by 10 principled men. His final story about playing with the Rolling Stones is priceless. YJHTL sincerely thanks Emilio Castillo for sharing his heart and soul that has given the world 54 Funky years of Tower of Power. towerofpower.com
35 minutes | May 10, 2022
226. Groovin’ with Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals.
Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals joins the YJHTL family to share his heart and soul behind his music. Felix explains what it was like playing with ‘Joey Dee and the Starlights’ in Germany and Sweden and having the Beatles open for them. He was moved by their original songs which inspired him to do the same with his creation of his own tunes. Felix also shares the importance of focusing on the business part of the music business. His new book, ‘Memoirs of a Rascal’ is now available on amazon and at felixcavalieremusic.com. He shares his profession and personal life, and if you are fan like me, you don’t want to miss a word of it. Felix’s music is stamped permanently in our memories and hearts. We thank Felix Cavaliere for the time he spent with us and he assured me he wants to do another podcast, because he thoroughly enjoyed the interview. Order “Memoirs of a Rascal” at felixcavalieremusic.com.
65 minutes | May 9, 2022
225. Living the Garden of Eden in a Trailer with Gene McGuire
Gene McGuire is a great human being who is very very funny. He achieved great success as Stand-up Comedian Healiner in clubs all over the country, but when that began to dry up, he didn't. Gene began drinking more. This podcast is Gene's journey through physch hospitals, rehabs facilities and group homes. He graciously share his story through selfish addiction hell to the promised land of healing, love and selflessness. There is a happy ending to his story which he lives now with Tami. (picture) A massive You Just Have To Laugh "Thank You" to Gene McGuire for showing how to get through life's toughest times with humor and faith.
36 minutes | May 6, 2022
224. Stories to Live by with Steve Rizzo – Rodney Dangerfield was funny, but not happy.
Comedian, author and inspirational speaker Steve Rizzo was friends with Rodney Dangerfield. In our series of “Stories to LIVE by” Steve shares his relationship with Rodney. The focus of this podcast is to show how being happy is a choice we have to make no matter the fame or financial success. This is in no way to shed a negative light on Rodney Dangerfield, but to illustrate how no matter who we are, we have to choose to be happy and then do it. Steve Rizzo has great insight on his good friend Rodney and the subject of happiness. Steverizzo.com – for more about Steve and his great work for humanity.
53 minutes | May 2, 2022
223. How humor works for preventing suicide with Dr. Chris Celio
Dr. Chris Celio is a great contributor to the You Just Have To Laugh Family. His expertise is how he incorporates humor in his practice to help ease the uphill climbs and bumpy roads of depression and suicide. Chris explains this with his clients, so they are on board with his approach. In this episode Chris gives an example that one client gave him permission top share. Dr. Celio also explains working the suicide hotline in Los Angeles and how his stuttering actually got the caller to open up to Chris and help the woman on the other end of the phone. Chris Celio is a gift to our humanity to show the power humor and laughter have in helping the depressed and suicidal patient.
52 minutes | Apr 30, 2022
222. Music likes Humor Heals the soul with Steve Barrett
The latest YJHTL Podcast is with Steve Barrett. Even though we get silly and have fun, Steve shares his heart and soul as talks about getting through cancer, losing his music therapy career to covid, the disappointments, fear, sadness of being a professional musician even openly talking about his father's suicide. But don't worry he also has had great success too. Get ready to laugh and have your heart warmed as my great friend Steve Barrett proves why you just have to laugh and have music in your life.
41 minutes | Apr 29, 2022
221. Stories to LIVE by with Steve Rizzo
Steve Rizzo was once an English teacher for the 7th and 8th grade students at West Babylon Junior High School in West Babylon, New York, and counselor to students with behavioral problems in the 9th to 12th grades. He later became a comedian, and was roommate to Drew Carey, had Dennis Miller and Rosie O'Donnell open shows for him and shared the stage with Eddie Murphy, Rodney Dangerfield, Jerry Seinfeld and Ellen DeGeneres before moving on to become a motivational speaker. Rizzo left a promising career of over 18 years in stand-up comedy to pursue a new career in motivational speaking; he became a professional speaker in 1994. steverizzo.com
53 minutes | Apr 27, 2022
220. Comedian Ross Bennett, "I dropped out of West Point to Become a Comedian... probably the greatest service I will ever do for my country."
In this podcast Ross Bennett, a well-seasoned national headline comedian explains his struggles and triumphs as a very funny man with his own unique style of comedy. His raw honesty is why this podcast is so compelling and oh, he’ll get you to laugh too. Ross left the United States Military Academy after deciding that he preferred to take aim and fire jokes instead of bullets. Since that day Ross' comedy career has taken him from New York to Los Angeles and all points in between. Ross has developed a brand all his own described as "Comedy For The Rest Of Us" which resonates with everyday working-class Americans who prefer clean humor that is both clever and politics-free.” Ross also coaches and has a comedy school with classes on how to create a stand-up comedy act. For information contact Ross at: rossbennett.com
79 minutes | Apr 26, 2022
219. Mark Farner – the heart and soul of the co-founder of Grand Funk Railroad
Legendary all-American frontman and guitarist, Mark Farner, was the engine that pulled the original Grand Funk Railroad repeatedly to the top of the charts, and today he’s a platinum recording artist 30 times over. At age 70, Farner commands the stage with the same intensity and outpouring of love as he did during the summer of ’69 and his fans are still flocking to see “the Captain.” The rock patriot’s synergy and open heart still come through in epic hits that defined a generation including— “I’m Your Captain” (Closer to Home)” “We’re An American Band” “Heartbreaker” “Bad Time To Be In Love” and recut covers of “The Loco-Motion” and “Some Kind of Wonderful.” Being viewed as a “Rockstar” is only one facet of the legacy of this Michigan-born son. Mark is as real as they get: he’s a husband, a father, and grandfather, and in his fourth decade of marriage to wife Lesia. He’s a true family man. This podcast reveals the heart and soul of Mark. He shared some great stories that you have never heard before relating to the power of love and soul that radiates from his essense. Special thanks to Melissa Kucirec for arranging Mark to be a part of our Podcast family.
43 minutes | Apr 25, 2022
218. A father, artist, son, and artist of an amazing imagination, David Alton shares the importance of all five. And that doesn’t include how he survived a head on collision.
David Alston showed up to the podcast with the painting he did of me in 75 minutes earlier that morning. It is the one he is standing next to in the picture. I was blown away of his accuracy of my eyes and smile. I was more blown away when I learned the character of David Alston. He as a man of great integrity and goodness which he shares he learned from his mother and grandmother. You will hear the lessons he learned from his mother, grandmother and Aunt. You will also hear how he broke the chain of being abandoned by his father to being there always for his sons. This podcast will inspire and warm your soul with the creative artistry is which David Alston lives a life of spiritual goodness for all humanity. Follow David Alston on Facebook as you will learn where to buy his paintings and hear him sing – like no one else you have ever heard as well as his brilliant artistry.
41 minutes | Apr 25, 2022
217. James Gregory – The Funniest man in America
James was born in Lithonia, Georgia, on May 6, 1946, and worked as a salesperson until he was 36, when he began introducing performers at The Punch Line comedy club in Atlanta. His first feature act at the Punch Line was February 17, 1982. He has gone on to be known as the Funniest Man in America with such great albums as “It Could Be A Law, I Don't Know” and a video called Grease, Gravy & John Wayne's Momma. James Gregory's style is storytelling that has you holding on to every word. Go to his facebook page of James Gregory, and you will instantly see and hear the master storyteller at work that earns him the title of “The Funniest Man in America.”
69 minutes | Apr 25, 2022
216. Laugh, Learn and LIVE with the insight of Steve Rizzo
Steve Rizzo is a Hall of Fame speaker and former national headline comedian. Steve knows how to captivate and inspire. He engages the audience with laughter as he gradually challenges them to SHIFT their way of thinking to discover Increased Productivity, Greater Joy and Enthusiasm and new levels of success. “If you are not enjoying yourself on the journey to you goal, you’re ripping yourself off. Trust me. There are enough people willing to do that for you. - Rizzo-ism Go to Steve’s website to learn about the great work he has done and continuing to do -steverizzo.com Steve also has a great series of helpful books including his latest, “Conversations with Bob” which you can buy at: steverizzo.com/store
58 minutes | Apr 20, 2022
215. This 24 year-old ain’t no woke snowflake. He is smart with a dedicated work ethic specializing in understanding people and the human condition. Meet an impressive young man, Dylan Carnahan.
Hello Everyone, my name is Dylan Carnahan. I am a recent college graduate and former collegiate baseball player. After hanging up my cleats at the end of my 5-year college career, I now fill the shoes as a Health Information Management (HIM) Consultant at Cerner, where I’m aligned with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM) project. Where I help configure, validate, and demonstrate Cerner's software to improve the quality of care for our nation's veterans. Outside of my responsibilities at Cerner, I work as the passionate founder and host of the “Simple Questions Podcast”. The podcast serves as a platform to ask Kansas City experts community-generated questions. We have had a variety of local guests such as World Series champions, a two-time Olympian, C-suite executives, a Human Rights Lawyer, and many more Kansas Citians on the podcast. Creating this platform enables the promotion of the talents and knowledge that Kansas City has to offer through the guests' stories that are told & the musicians that allow their music to be featured on each episode. If you’re looking to learn more about me or my responsibilities, let’s connect and learn from one another. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and find the "Simple Questions Podcast" on our website simplequestionspodcast.com or your preferred streaming platform.
82 minutes | Apr 19, 2022
214. Step-kids, triplets and a wonderful surprise! How in heck has she and her hubby raised such great kids? Helene Slutsky’s stories are funny and inspiring.
First off, Helene chooses to call her step-kids her 'chosen kids' - major distinction. Helene and Jeff Slusky have been featured in a previous podcast #204 about their courtship and marriage - it's hysterical. We brought Helen back to talk about how great kids come from great parents - it's no magic - it's, well, listen to Helene and you'll see, well, you'll actually will hear it, but you can easily envision it by Helene's great story telling.
21 minutes | Apr 19, 2022
213. Dr. Chris Celio proves when you laugh at yourself, you heal yourself - especially when you stutter.
Dr. Chris Celio stutters. Sometimes less or more than other times. This episode shows Chris's ability to laugh and find the humor in his stuttering. His wife has been a lovable humorous inspiration to him as she finds the humor right along with Chris. If you, or you know anyone who stutters, especially a child, this is a great way to learn ,laugh and share the joy of who you are with people you care about.
42 minutes | Apr 18, 2022
212. Another fun and savory episode with the always lively and entertaining Chef Mitchell Allen
Chef Mitchell Allen is heading off to work on a private yacht off of St. Barts in the Caribbean. Mitchell shares more funny stories of his cooking for people private parties and his recipes for medical cannabis. Never a dull moment with Mitchell and be prepared, he loves to use the f… word and he does it so well. YJHTL folks. To arrange your next private gathering of a memory evening of great food and fun, go to - chefmitchellallen.com
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