Entertainer

Max Martini – Actor Director Writer

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Max Martini is my guest this week. His latest movie release, Sgt. Will Gardner is available on Itunes, YouTube, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu and Netflix. Sgt. Will Gardner co-stars Omari Hardwick, Lily Rabe, Robert Patrick, Dermot Mulroney, Gary Sinise, JoBeth Williams, Jay DeMarcus, Max’s son Leo Martini and Elisabeth Rohm.

Max was great sharing his travel stories from the movies he worked on. His latest role as director makes him responsible for everyone’s traveling and he shared some of the differences. He has worked with the best people in the movie and television industries in a career spanning decades so it was a pleasure getting to spend some time speaking with him.

I’m excited to watch his upcoming movie “Manson Brothers Zombie Massacre” and he is getting ready to direct a rodeo movie in Oklahoma.

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Wikipedia

Max Martini is an American film, theater and television actor, writer, and director known for his roles as Corporal Fred Henderson in Saving Private Ryan, Wiley in Level 9, First Sergeant Sid Wojo in The Great Raid, and as Master Sergeant Mack Gerhardt on the military television drama, The Unit. He also starred in the film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.

Early life

Martini’s father, Raffaelle Martini Pandozy, a sculptor and reformist artist was born in Rome. Martini’s mother, Patricia (née Dunne) Martini Margolin, was a private investigator and parole officer. He has two siblings: actor/producer Christopher Martini and costume designer Michelle Martini. His stepfather, Stuart Margolin, is a director and actor. Martini attended St. Michaels University School in Victoria, Canada.

Max moved to New York City and studied acting, first at the Neighborhood Playhouse before continuing training at Michael Howard Studios. He then attended the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and received a B.F.A.in painting and sculpture.

Filmography

Film

  • The Glitter Dome (1985)
  • Paramedics (1988)
  • Pictures of Baby Jane Doe (1995)
  • “Behind Enemy Lines” (1996)
  • Contact (1997)
  • Saving Private Ryan (1998) – Corporal Henderson
  • Cement (1999)
  • Backroads (2000)
  • Another Day (2001)
  • The Great Raid (2005)
  • Street Warrior (2008)
  • Redbelt (2008)
  • Mandrake (2010)
  • The Town – FBI/HRT Swat
  • Colombiana (2011) FBI Agent Special Agent Williams
  • Pacific Rim (2013) – Hercules “Herc” Hansen
  • Captain Phillips (2013) – U.S. Navy SEAL Commander
  • Sabotage (2014) – Tom “Pyro” Roberts
  • Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) – Jason Taylor
  • Edge (2015)
  • Spectral (2016)
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016)
  • Live by Night (2016)
  • Fifty Shades Darker (2017) – Jason Taylor
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (2017) – Boyle
  • Fifty Shades Freed (2018) – Jason Taylor
  • Eli (2019) – Paul
  • Will Gardner (2019) – Will Gardner

Television

  • The Pretender (1996–2000)
  • Walker Texas Ranger (1993–2001) – Luke
  • Da Vinci’s Inquest (1998–2002)
  • Harsh Realm (1999–2000) – Mel Waters
  • Level 9 (2001)
  • Taken (2002)
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2003 & 2011)
  • The Division (2003)
  • 24 (2003) – Agent Steve Goodrich
  • CSI: Miami (2003–05)
  • Try to Remember (2004)
  • Without a Trace (2004)
  • Numb3rs (2005) – Billy Cooper
  • The Unit (2006–09) – Mack Gerhardt
  • Burn Notice (2008) – Gerard
  • Street Warrior (2008) – Jack Campbell
  • Lie to Me (2010) – David Burns
  • Dark Blue (2010) – Tim Rowe
  • White Collar (2010) – U.S. Marshal John Deckard
  • Hawaii Five-0 (2010) – Nick Taylor
  • Castle (2011) – Hal Lockwood
  • Flashpoint (2011) – Bill Greely
  • Rizzoli & Isles (2011) – Dan Mateo
  • Revenge (2011–12) Frank Stevens
  • Criminal Minds (2011) – Luke Dolan
  • The Mentalist (2012) – Fletcher Moss
  • Republic of Doyle (2013) – Big Charlie
  • Person of Interest (2013)
  • Crisis (2014) – Koz
  • Real Detective (2016) episode; “Darkness” – Detective Tommy Ray
  • Training Day (2017) – Agent Jack Ivers
  • NCIS: Los Angeles (2018) episode; “Ninguna Salida” – Arlo Turk
  • The Order (2019) – Edward Coventry
  • Doom Patrol (2019) – episode; “Hair Patrol” – Alistair

Jethro Alcuaz – Magic Black Belt

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Jethro Alcuaz is my guest on today’s The Travel Wins weekly podcast. Jethro is an illusionist, performing magic and a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. We talk about his efforts traveling to different states performing magic. Some of his tricks need to be seen to be believed. We also discussed some of the similarities between performing magic and training in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Needing similar attributes to be proficient at both disciplines learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu reminded Jethro of learning a magic trick for the first time.

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Jethro’s listening choice while traveling for work is:

  • Reggae music, but it really depends on my mood.

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Jethro Alcuaz Background

Jethro is available for corporate and special events to help create a magical and entertaining evening. His magic is enjoyed by audiences of all ages and is full of comedy, audience participation, and more!

Please browse through his website to find more information. Make sure check back frequently as more updates are added with video, press, and photos!

Illusionist and Prestidigitator, JETHRO enhanced his knowledge in magic when he graduated at Chavez Studio of Magic in La Verne, California under the instruction of Dale Salwak.

Creating a different style in magic that is truly Mind-Blowing, Entertaining and lots of surprises keeps his audiences off their feet. He likes leaving them with a sense of wonder. “HOW DID HE DO THAT?” Question on their minds after watching the show.

JETHRO can entertain his audiences of all ages. The show involves lots of audience participation. Performing his pure sleight of hand manipulation act done with cards, coins, balls, sexy show girls and mind-blowing Vegas style illusions before your very eyes.

Available for Private Parties, Corporate Events, Holiday Parties, Casinos, Stage, Close-Up magic and Strolling.

5 for Friday with Jethro Alcuaz

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Jethro Alcuaz is my guest on today’s “5 for Friday”. Jethro is an illusionist, performing magic thru out California, Las Vegas, New York and Hawaii. Hopefully he will get a chance to perform in the Philippines soon. Utilizing both street magic as well as production shows makes Jethro a well rounded magician. Make sure to check out his social media links below.

I talk to Jethro about how he travels with his gear and some of the fun places he has already performed in. Make sure to listen to the full episode on Monday so you can hear how he recently received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I asked him how learning a martial art is relative to learning illusions for his magic show.

I know 2018 was a great year for him, receiving his black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu and getting married so I hope 2019 turns out to be a great year for him as well.

Jethro Alcuaz on social media:

Jethro Alcuaz Background

Jethro is available for corporate and special events to help create a magical and entertaining evening. His magic is enjoyed by audiences of all ages and is full of comedy, audience participation, and more!

Please browse through his website to find more information. Make sure check back frequently as more updates are added with video, press, and photos!

Illusionist and Prestidigitator, JETHRO enhanced his knowledge in magic when he graduated at Chavez Studio of Magic in La Verne, California under the instruction of Dale Salwak.

Creating a different style in magic that is truly Mind-Blowing, Entertaining and lots of surprises keeps his audiences off their feet. He likes leaving them with a sense of wonder. “HOW DID HE DO THAT?” Question on their minds after watching the show.

JETHRO can entertain his audiences of all ages. The show involves lots of audience participation. Performing his pure sleight of hand manipulation act done with cards, coins, balls, sexy show girls and mind-blowing Vegas style illusions before your very eyes.

Available for Private Parties, Corporate Events, Holiday Parties, Casinos, Stage, Close-Up magic and Strolling.

Kevin Gootee – Comics Watching Comics

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On today’s podcast I’m happy to have comedian Kevin Gootee. Kevin started his career in comedy like so many other comics ….. having a regular day job. His frustration with his sales job was the extra push to get him excited about having a career in comedy. He worked countless hours at clubs in the New York area and beyond. He now has a career in comedy as well as voice over acting work and hosting his own show on Amazon called “Comics Watching Comics”. If you get a chance you need to connect with Kevin and enjoy his work.

KEVIN GOOTEE – Comedy with Comics

His official entrance into the world of stand-up comedy began in the Spring of 2010, and he’s never looked back. Kevin’s fans have described his comedy as “cerebral fraternity guy.” He’s not sure what that means, but he likes it.

He has performed at Caroline’s (NYC), the Stand (NYC), Caroline’s Comedy Club (NYC) Southpoint Casino (Las Vegas), Levity Live (NY), Standup NY (NYC), NY Comedy Club (NYC), Atlantic City Comedy Club (NJ) Broadway Comedy Club (NYC), Greenwich Comedy Club (NYC), Eastville Comedy Club (NYC), HA! Comedy Club (NYC), Stress Factory (NJ), Taj Mahal Casino (NJ), and Comedy Cove (NJ).  He’s appeared at the Meadowlands Comedy Festival for 3 straight years.  He also does private gigs so drop him a line if you would like to book him.

Kevin is also the creator, host, executive producer, and director of the show, “Comics Watching Comics”  You can find it on Amazon Video now.

Two other shows he has created are, “License to Kill, No Odd Job”, began airing on the Twitch network Feb 2018.  Also, look out for Comics Watching Football which should be airing soon.

He also co-hosts 2 podcasts which are both found on iTunes: Safeword pc and Sportsbook/Box office

Lastly, he does voiceover work and you can check out samples on his website.

Kevin’s ultimate goal is to be the next great game show host, where he can continue to entertain millions while giving out free washers n’ dryers.

Currently, Kevin lives in the New York City metro area, where he is learning the ropes of fatherhood. He is the proud dad of a baby girl.

Come check out one of Kevin’s upcoming shows.

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Kevin’s traveling music/song/podcast choice is:

Nirvana and Bad Religion

“punch you in the face” punk playlist when the mood is right

High energy or House music when heading to Vegas

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“5 for Friday” with Kevin Gootee

5 for Friday with Kevin Gootee

“5 for Friday” with Kevin Gootee

Here is the, under 5 minute, preview of my episode with comedian Kevin Gootee. Kevin is a comedian, voice over actor, host, entertainer, husband and father who shares stories from the road and how he has made changes to his career path. Diversifying his goals and balancing his family life made for a great conversation.

You can catch up with Kevin on his Website or watch his show “Comics Watching Comics” on Amazon Prime. I’m very thankful for Kevin sharing his time and stories.

The full podcast will be available on Monday with expanded stories and successes from the road.

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Erin Lamont The Business of Dance

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On today’s podcast is Erin Lamont. Erin is a choreographer, dancer, entrepreneur, wife and mom who  has been working professionally ever since she graduated from college with a B.A in Dance, and a B.B.A in Marketing from Western Michigan University. On this podcast she shares her views and insights on how to be successful in business as a working mom and wife.

“It’s a grind but you just learn how to sleep on a plane, especially when you have kids that don’t realize you only slept two hours the night before.”

She has worked with notable artists; Kevin Rudolph, the Veronicas, Trace Adkins, Boys Like Girls, and Lady Gaga. Her choreography can be seen on; L.A Fashion Week, the 2009 Miss USA Pageant, the 2008 Miss Universe Pageant in Vietnam, NBC, Exercise TV, and ESPN. Other credits include; Warner Brothers Film “The Lonely Dog” directed by Avika Goldsman, Skechers, Nike, Nuskin, ABC, Puma, Wella, Wyndham Resorts, Playboy, EMI Records, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Disney, Spike TV, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and the NBA L.A Clippers Dance team. 

Erin also tours as a guest artist and has worked with Sydney Dance CompanyMelbourne Music Academy, ABC Dance Group in Vietnam, Broadway Dance Center TokyoEDGE Performing Arts Center, and has taught master classes in over 40 states across the U.S. Lastly, this year she was nominated by Capezio and Dancer Magazine as one of the top ten choreographers in the country. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA where she produces L.A’s most rockin burlesque group called: The Lalas.

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About The Lalas Burlesque

Definitely not a typical bawdy burlesque show, The Lalas is a Los Angeles based burlesque troupe delivering an extra special dose of fun. Lead by creator and choreographer Erin Lamont, The Lalas dancers also include Kelley Koski, Tonya Kay, Janelle Dote, Kelley Koski, Reyna Godoy, Tonya Kay, Janelle Dote, Jahnel Curfman, Erika Marosi, Aleksandra Wojda and Chantel Gonsalves. There is so much more to these glamorous beauties than their impeccable performance technique, professional industry status and striking looks. Audiences are in for an over-the-top extravaganza performance, which goes way beyond traditional burlesque. Every time the Lalas step out on stage, crowds sit at the edge of their barstools. The Lalas put on a tongue-in-cheek presentation, which includes comedic shenanigans, daredevil aerial tricks, Indiana Jones style whipping vignettes, jazz dance, pointe ballet and of course the girls exercise their talent to tease. While The Lalas Burlesque dancers love their bras and undies, they do a lot more than just perform while scantily clad. Whether it is performing a bluesy and seductive cigarette-filled show to the likes of Peggy Lee or rocking out to AC/DC and James Brown, The Lalas have the market covered when it comes to live burlesque entertainment. Breaking walls, The Lalas go way outside of the box and you never know what you are going to get!

Erin’s traveling music/song/podcast choice is:

Bob Marley station on Pandora

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Sandy Knights – Singing and Chasing Dreams

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Today’s podcast is with singer Sandy Knights. Sandy started singing in her home state of California. She decided to make a career of it and moved to Las Vegas several years ago. Sandy started singing and touring with a local Vegas band, Whiskey Maiden. She traveled to several western states this past year and got to experience life on the road as the only woman in a five piece band. I was excited to speak with a female lead singer that traveled with a band. Part of our discussion was about the hardships of traveling while she was missing out on her hobbies, friends and family.

“I’ve recently come across some free time and I kind of sat back with some solitude and thought to myself, when is the last time I rode a horse? When’s the last time I shot a gun? When’s the last time I went fishing? These are all things I did on a weekly basis back home.”

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I am truly thankful for the time Sandy shared with me. Our conversation was one of several I’ve had with different friends as we are all trying to figure out where we fit in the world and what are we contributing to it. I hope you enjoy the conversation with Sandy Knights.

Sandy’s BIO

They say some people are born to do what they do and Sandy is living proof of that. Since before she could talk and barely walk Sandy’s grandmother would catch her pulling herself from the ground up her high chair and use the handle as microphone to sing in. This came as somewhat of surprise since no one in Sandy’s family had any kind of career in music.

At the young age of 3 Sandy began dance classes and started performing on stage in recitals and in church plays. At age 12 Sandy fell in love with musical theater where she was able to not only dance but also use her vocal talent and began performing in various musicals through Junior High and High School. During her junior year in high school Sandy began thinking about her future. As much as she loved performing she could not ignore her family’s expressed concern for a more stable career path.

Sandy then became a Volunteer Fire Fighter (Fire Explorer) for the city of Fremont and was ranked 2nd in the Academy. After high school Sandy went on to college for Fire Science Technology and was looking to have a career in the Fire Service. Call it fate, call it what you will, or you could just say life took a few different turns and Sandy ended up in Sacramento at age 19. Finally out of her hometown she began searching for her own identity. She worked a couple of fun, but dead end jobs in her first year on her own while continuing various college classes. One night she went out with a few guy friends to dinner at Hooters and was offered a job on the spot. Flattered and ready for new adventure; she accepted. Sandy went on to be crowned Miss Hooters of Sacramento 2007 and competed in Miss Hooters International Pageant in Las Vegas. While in Vegas she appeared on an episode of ESPN’s Best Damn Sports show with Pamela Anderson and Randy Couture. Upon Sandy’s arrival back from Vegas she received a message from the WWE that she had been scouted to audition to become a WWE Diva. During her audition Sandy was asked if she could sing…being out of singing for so long she replied “yes???”. Sandy was then asked to sing for the first time in 3 years and had an overwhelming feeling of stage fright. Sandy made it to the top 25 and was cut in the last round. After the audition Sandy could not stop thinking about singing and wondered how or if she would ever overcome being afraid to sing on her own. Just before turning 21 Sandy was introduced to a friend of a friend who was going to be opening a new country bar in Sacramento and was offered a bartending position.

Sandy, up for another new adventure, accepted. Soon after the bar opening, they began to have karaoke every night and Sandy began singing again. Shyly singing karaoke turned into her becoming “THE Singing Bartender”, which then turned into live bands asking her on stage during shows, which then created a buzz and people began asking Sandy why she doesn’t sing in a band. After 4 years of encouragement and persistence from customers and friends, Sandy joined her first band in 2011. She has since developed as a performer and singer and had no intention on stopping.

Kevin Krohn – Music and Eating Vegan

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On my Travel Wins podcast is pianist/keyboard player Kevin Krohn. Kevin has been a professional musician for 30+ years. He spent time touring as the keyboardist for the 80’s band Missing Persons and more recently toured with the Pink Floyd Experience. He is continuing his playing as part of a dueling piano ensemble in Las Vegas playing to thousands of people each week.

“The work and being away from home it’s sort of a necessity, I grit my teeth and bear it”

I was really happy getting the chance to speak with Kevin because of his eating choices and being a vegan for the past 27 years while being a touring musician. I know many of us business travelers struggle eating healthy while on the road. Not that we have to eat a vegan diet but more of the idea of making smarter, healthier choices while traveling. I know it’s just as easy to grab a candy bar, soda and some chips versus a protein bar, banana and water. Personally I am trying to be more aware of the positive aspects of eating healthier, maybe it’s just my advancing age?

Again I would like to thank Kevin for his time and sharing his experiences.

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Adam Trent – Traveling Magic

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My guest is magician Adam Trent. Adam has traveled performing magic and creating entertainment for his fans around the world. He’s performed on Broadway with The Illusionists and this past year had over 70 show dates using magic, comedy and music. He has his own 10-episode TV series called The Road Trick available on Netflix right now, along with frequent TV appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Americas Got Talent, The Today Show, and countless others.

“Everybody sleeps on a bus, you go to bed after a show and wake up in a new city”

With Adam traveling roughly 200 days a year for his work, I thought he would be an excellent guest on my show. On the podcast he shares stories of his favorite places to visit and some extra travel tips for magicians.

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Biography

Adam Trent shatters stereotypes and brings a new generation of magic to fans fusing technology illusions, dancing and comedy with classic techniques. Adam looks to change people’s perception of magicians with his refreshing approach to magic; entertainment first and tricks second. He doesn’t want people to remember “tricks” as much as the laughs and memories made with the performance. 

He has mesmerized live audiences around the globe, in person and as a featured guest on America’s Got Talent, The Today Show, Ellen, the Travel Channel and Disney Channel among countless other TV appearances. The 31-year-old also stars in his own recently launched 10 episode TV series ‘The Road Trick’ on Red Bull TV.

Adam doesn’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t performing, starting with birthday party shows at age 9 and bigger events when he was 13. At age 14, he started street performances which he says “was the most amazing and brutal training a performer could ever have.” 

Through this experience, he discovered an audience’s true attention span and when he was 18, went to a Los Angeles college for a degree in finance and entertainment marketing. “Apart from learning that a tiger would be tax-deductible, I got a crash course in LA’s music and comedy scene. I realized that the most important element in a show is the performer’s connection to the audience, and without that even amazing skill can fall as flat as a bad boy band.”

William Lee Martin – Cowboy versus Redneck

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Here is my podcast with comedian William Lee Martin. William has toured for over 20+ years in comedy clubs, theaters, cruise ships and toured with country music legends George Strait, George Jones and all 4 members of the Blue Collar Comedy tour.

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His wife, Michele, and him started the Cowboys Who Care Foundation seven years ago delivering hats to kids with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. To date they have delivered over 7,000 hats across the country.

BIOGRAPHY

Quitting your job and starting a comedy career 4 days before turning 30, is probably not the smartest plan but that’s exactly what comedian William Lee Martin did in 1996. Three short years later he was opening for country legend, George Strait at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, TX in front of 75,000 laughing concerting goers.

That performance propelled William Lee’s career.

Rising quickly to the role of headliner for some of the most prestigious clubs including the Funny Bones, Improvs, Catch a Rising Star, Loony Bin, Carnival’s Punchliner and becoming a regular in Las Vegas, William Lee first hit the stage under the lifelong nickname his grandfather gave him, “Cowboy Bill”. He has also entertained our troops overseas and toured with other country stars like George Jones, Brad Paisley and all four of the Blue Collar guys. 

It all culminated in his getting his first one-hour television special in 2015 on CMT called Cowboy Bill Martin: Let the Laughter Roll which was seen in over 1.7 million homes. In January, 2016, Martin launched the Kings of Cowtown Comedy Tour with stand-up comedy newcomer and internet sensation, Chad Prather. 

Despite the success, William Lee once again made wholesale changes in life and career in 2017 including cleaning up his act, dropping the moniker, Cowboy Bill and getting his first movie role in the film, 300 Savage.

Now with an impeccable reputation for writing accessible, original material with gut busting laughs, William Lee is hailed as one of most talented comedians working today. On social media, he writes and performs the hugely popular, The Living in the Middle Report, a hilarious explanation of problems facing middle-income America.

Although William Lee’s passion is comedy, he also has written several songs including, I’ll Stand for You and 400 Horses.

On the home front, William Lee is happily married. He and his wife are the proud parents of five beautiful children.

William Lee and his wife also founded Cowboys Who Care Foundation, a 501C3 non-profit, to deliver cowboy hats to boys and girls who have cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. To date, CWCF has delivered over 8,000 brand-new hats across the country from New York to California.

William Lee is kicking off his 2019 Runnin’ with El Diablo Comedy Tour and releasing two brand new comedy TV specials, Standing in the Middle and The Nutcracker Comedy Special.

Adrian Cosby – Laughs On The Road

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My podcast today is with funnyman Adrian Cosby. Adrian is a stand-up comedian from Yellow Springs, Ohio. He started performing stand-up comedy in 2009 and quickly decided that making audience’s laugh was more important than making lots of money. He talks about life traveling on the road versus working around home. He has a great podcast talking comedy and all things about LIFE.

“I like traveling, I like the road….the most attractive part of being a comedian is working the road”

Described as, “Thinking peoples comedy” Cosby has made a name for himself in his home state by being the Spokes-model for the Dayton Gems hockey team 2011/12 season and appearing in Wiley’s Comedy Niteclub Commercial. Cosby has become a crowd favorite not just because of his onstage likability but also because he enjoys making the comedy show experience a “live-action event” for show-goers.

When not performing stand-up, Adrian is a motivational speaker who talks to children and adults about adversity, diversity and compassion. You can check out his podcast, Totally Unrelated, and upcoming shows on his website www.adriancosby.com.

Adrian is an avid runner, amateur soccer player and volunteer Soccer referee.

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Cowboy Troy Coleman – Hick Hop and Business

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A great talk with country music star Cowboy Troy Coleman about his life on the road, balancing work/life commitments, family life and diversification in the music/entertainment business.

“It’s kind of that gypsy lifestyle”

A six-foot five-inch, hick-hop artist is going to get a response, and Cowboy Troy is okay with the strong reactions and endless questions. “I have crazy intentions,” he says with a grin. But anyone who thinks that the Cowboy Troy experience ends there, doubts his country credentials, or is inclined to dismiss him as a novelty, is in for quite a surprise. “People have different paths,” Troy says. “I’m not going to apologize for my music, because this is who I am. I didn’t just wake up one morning, put on a cowboy hat, and get a gig rapping on a country album. You don’t do something for 15 years on a lark.”

Cowboy Troy rapped his way into the country mainstream on the first cut of Big & Rich’s 2004 debut Horse Of A Different Color. And while his admonition to “let go of all your preconceived notions” certainly wasn’t the first time elements of rap had been incorporated into country, it was the boldest statement yet. Explaining the journey that placed Troy Coleman at this unlikely intersection is as complicated as explaining the evolution of American culture. At the same time it’s as simple as the story of a kid from Texas who did what all kids do–he soaked up the world around him.

Troy spent his childhood in Ft. Worth, where his dad took him to rodeos and stock shows. “We’d listen to Willie Nelson, Jerry Reed, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Rogers, and other artists who were getting airplay on the adult contemporary stations at that time,” Troy says. “I didn’t realize it was country music, I just knew it was what my parents listened to before they went to work in the morning.” Troy spent his high school years in Dallas and collegiate years in Austin, Texas at the University of Texas.

In addition to solo releases [Loco Motive (2005), Black in the Saddle (2007), and Demolition Mission (2009)], Troy has spent time on TV. He’s been a part of the ESPN College Gameday video intro along with Big & Rich since the 2006 football season. He also served as co-host for USA Network’s Nashville Star in 2006 and 2007. Most recently Troy performed on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars on the final episode of 2012 Spring season. His appearance in Big & Rich’s Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy video, as well as his own I Play Chicken With the Train and Hick Chick videos remind viewers of his “party starter” nature.

Troy knows he’s challenging conventional thinking about what country music is, but expects that his music will find its place. “I’ve never been like everybody else and it wouldn’t do me any good to try,” he says. “Some people are going to love it and some are going to hate it, which is probably how it should be because it means they’re talking.” The way Troy sees it, “innovation is a tradition, not a trend or secondary option…authenticity comes in the commitment.” Troy calls Warner Music Nashville his recording home. His latest installment of music, “King of Clubs” was released March 11, 2014.

He released his 7th studio album this year called “Laugh With Me”.

 Troy speaks extensively about his calculated plan to diversify, as the industry constantly changes. Troy also talks about the work/life balances of traveling while being a husband and father of triplets.

Troy is one of the good guys and I know he appreciates your follows, comments and likes on his various social media pages.

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