Talking With Tom Dreesen – May 24, 2012

This week, Ira spoke with Tom Dreesen. To listen to the interview click below.

Tom Dreesen has made over 500 appearances on national television as a stand-up comedian, including more that 60 appearances on The Tonight Show. He is a favorite guest of David Letterman, and frequently hosts the show in Letterman’s absence. For 13 years he toured cross country and opened for Frank Sinatra, and has appeared countless times in Las Vegas, Tahoe, Reno and Atlantic City with artists like Smokey Robinson, Liza Minnelli, Natalie Cole and Sammy Davis, Jr. Tom has acted in numerous television shows – from Columbo to Murder She Wrote – and appeared in motion pictures including Man on the Moon and Spaceballs. He has recorded comedy albums, starred in his own TV comedy special, Dreesen Street, and hosted a late night talk show in Chicago, Night Time Starring Tom Dreesen.

He is currently appearing around the country in his one-man show “An Evening Of Laughter and Memories of Sinatra.”

For 30 years, Dreesen has has lent his talent to over 100 charities, and founded a “Day for Darlene” to bene?t Multiple Sclerosis Research. He ran 26 miles on three occasions for the event, which is named for his late sister who was af?icted with MS.

A proud veteran of the United States Navy, he continues to perform for US troops all over the world, and recently appeared at numerous bases in Iraq. Tom Dreesen’s hometown of Harvey, Illinois named a street after him. He was a 2005 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.


Talking With Anita Mann – May 17, 2012

This week, Ira spoke with Anita Mann. To listen to the interview click below.

Anita Mann is the producer of Vegas’ hottest adult revue, FANTASY at Luxor. Now in its 12th successful year on the Las Vegas Strip, FANTASY has been featured on the “Good Day L.A.,” and Oxygen Network’s “The Bad Girls Club.”

Mann has been honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as one of America’s top five contemporary choreographers. She is also the recipient of six Emmy nominations, one Emmy Awards and accolades from every corner of the industry.

Her choreography credits include five seasons on “Solid Gold” (which earned her two Emmy Nominations), “The Muppets Go Hollywood” (her first Emmy Nomination), “The Cher Show,” “The Jacksons,” “The Academy Awards,” “The Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” “The Miss America Pageant” (her first Emmy Award), “The People’s Choice Awards,” “The Grammy Hall of Fame,” “The Emmy’s,” “The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon (one Emmy nomination), “The Great Muppet Caper,” “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Live,” “Sesame Street Live,” “The Mighty Morphin Power Ranger Tour” as well as countless other live, film and Television Shows.

Mann was the coordinating producer for the television series, “Dirty Dancing,” which was produced for the WE Channel by Lionsgate. She has also worked with Comcast on its “Get Up and Dance” and “Fantasy Dance Camp” series, available at Comcast “On Demand.”

Mann has also danced and choreographed for Elvis Presley, Davy Jones, Lucille Ball, Michael Jackson, and countless other stars while having a four-decade relationship with all the major networks.