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Adam Trent | travel the world using magic while making people happy

Adam Trent

How can I travel the world and perform my magic?

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.”

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William Lee Martin | cowboy versus redneck what’s the difference

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How to survive as a comic on a ship?

William Lee Martin has toured for over 20+ years in comedy clubs, theaters, cruise ships. He toured with country music legends George Strait, George Jones and all 4 members of the Blue Collar Comedy tour. William Lee Martin had a one-hour television special that aired on CMT which had over a million viewers. Carnival Cruise Lines top rated and most requested act performing in front of 100,000 people. He writes, acts and produces a successful web-blog called the “Living in the Middle Report” where he tackles current events and the issues facing most middle Americans today. He and his wife 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.

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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.

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Adrian Cosby | comic making road work fun and getting laughs on the road

Adrian Cosby

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 | country music star, businessman and father of triplets

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What’s it like traveling the world for country music and having triplets at home?

Cowboy Troy is my guest on today’s podcast. I had a great chat 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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Laugh With Me - Cowboy Troy