Talking With Whoopi Goldberg – August 30, 2012

This week, Ira spoke with Whoopi Goldberg, followed by an excerpt from a 2000 interview with Phyllis Diller. To listen to the interview click below.

Whoopi Goldberg began her career working in theatre and creating characters that became “The Spook Show” and evolved into the hit Broadway show, Grammy® Award-winning album and HBO special that helped launch her career. During her Broadway show, Goldberg grabbed the attention of Steven Spielberg who cast her in “The Color Purple,” her first big-screen role. Since then she has starred in many other films including “Ghost,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” and “Girl, Interrupted.”

In 2002, she became part of a very elite group of artists who have won a Grammy® (“Whoopi Goldberg”), an Academy Award® (“Ghost”), a Golden Globe® (“The Color Purple” and “Ghost”), an Emmy® (as host of AMC’s “Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel”) and a Tony (as producer of “Thoroughly Modern Millie”).

Goldberg has also penned many books including the children’s book “Alice,” the best-selling “Book,” “Whoopi’s Big Book of Manners” and “Sugar Plum Ballerinas.”

She has appeared in a variety of television programs, and hosted the Academy Awards®.  She currently serves as moderator of “The View” and is making guest appearances in the Broadway musical “Sister Act,” a show she also produces.  Goldberg recently guest starred in multiple episodes of the hit television show “Glee.”

On Twitter:  @WhoopiGoldberg



Talking With Clint Holmes – August 23, 2012

This week, Ira spoke with Clint Holmes . To listen to the interview click below.

Clint Holmes, named Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year three times, Singer of the Year four times and awarded the Sammy Davis Jr. Foundation award, has begun an exclusive engagement at Cabaret Jazz inside The Smith Center.  The newly opened Smith Center For the Performing Arts, is a world-class venue in the heart of Las Vegas.

Holmes comes by his talent naturally. His father was an African-American jazz musician and his mother a classically trained opera singer from Great Britain. Holmes admits it was the best of two musical worlds. “My mom taught me how to sing correctly, and my dad taught me how to enjoy it.” Casual elegance describes Clint’s presence on stage. His musical selections range from contemporary to classic, with jazz and opera thrown into the mix.

In the world of theater, Holmes, along with Nelson Cole, created the book, music, and lyrics for the musical, “Comfortable Shoes.” He starred in the world premiere of this musical at the legendary Papermill Playhouse. His latest musical, “Just Another Man” with Larry Moss and Bill Fayne, had its premiere at the Nevada Conservatory Theatre at the Judy Bailey Theater at UNLV.

In April of 2012, he premiered a major cabaret piece, “Remembering Bobby Short,” a loving homage to the man who defined New York cabaret. It was performed at the legendary Cafe Carlyle, where Bobby Short held court for more than thirty years. In July of 2012, he premiered another major work, “This Thing Called Love-The Music of Cole Porter and Paul Simon,” directed by Larry Moss, also at the Cafe Carlyle in New York, to rave reviews.


Talking With Rosanna Telford & Evan Davis – August 16, 2012

This week, Ira spoke with Rosanna Telford and Evan Davis . To listen to the interview click below.

Rosanna Telford, a singer, actress, and voice-over artist who recently arrived from Costa Rica, has recorded more than 200 jingles and voice- overs for television commercials in that country.  She is considered one of the best jazz and contemporary singers in Costa Rica.  Rosanna has also performed in the United States and Spain, and is the answering voice and actress for Claro, the Mexican owned telephone company.

She is also a baking entrepreneur, starting her own baking business in Costa Rica, Rosannas Café, selling her products to high end supermarkets and restaurants. Her Christmas CD is available at

Evan Davis has spent the last three years supporting and promoting live local music in Las Vegas.  He has taken on the task of helping local Las Vegas entertainers find the right gigs at the right venues to showcase their talents.

His blog site features a weekly calendar of  live local entertainment that appeals to locals and visitors looking for music throughout Las Vegas.


Talking With Chef Megan Romano – August 9, 2012

This week, Ira spoke with Chef Megan Romano. To listen to the interview click below.

Pastry Chef Megan Romano is owner of the new Chocolate and Spice Bakery in Las Vegas and author of “It’s A Sweet Life, ” a book that takes a unique look at dessert as food. Prior to opening her bakery, she served 16-year tenure as executive pastry chef with Aureole in Las Vegas, which she helped open with chef and husband, Joe Romano.

An award winning chef, Romano was named Best Pastry Chef by both Desert Companion and Vegas Seven in 2011, rounding out 16-year tenure as executive pastry chef at Aureole, Las Vegas and a career spent working with notable chefs including Charlie Palmer, Charlie Trotter and Grey Kunz.  She’s been featured in Bon Appétit, Shape, Runner’s World and other publications.  Romano still finds the time to donate her talents to local charitable organizations such as Three Square, Share Our Strength, Jean Louis Palladin Charity Dinner and others.

Romano grew up in a close-knit family in which the kitchen table was always a focal point. She attended The Fine Arts School of New Haven, Connecticut and graduated from Northwestern University in Illinois. Romano spent a semester abroad in Paris, France where she experienced the birthplace of cooking methodology; building inspiration for her own culinary ventures.

Upon graduation, Romano took a risk and applied for a position under acclaimed Chef Charlie Trotter. With no formal training but a clear passion for cooking, she gained substantial experience in all areas of cooking as she manned every station in the kitchen while working her way up the ranks. When Romano decided to make her next jump, she left Charlie Trotter’s kitchen with a true appreciation for unique products, inventive presentation and the inspirational drive to communicate enthusiasm through food.

In May 2012, Megan expanded her dessert and chocolate enterprise into her own bakery.




Talking With “Weird Al” Yankovic – August 2 , 2012


This week, Ira spoke with “Weird Al” Yankovic. To listen to the interview click below.

“Weird Al” Yankovic, a shy, accordion-playing teenager got his start sending in homemade tapes to the Dr. Demento Radio Show, and would go on to become the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history with more than 12 million album sales.  He will be headlining at the Cannery Casino August 4.

He has won three Grammys (with 14 nominations) and won countless awards and accolades for Weird Al classics like “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Fat,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise,” and “The Saga Begins.”  Yankovic is also well-known for his cult-hit feature film “UHF” (1989), his late ‘90s CBS Saturday morning series “The Weird Al Show” and the numerous AL-TV specials that he’s made for MTV and VH1 over the years.  His previous album Straight Outta Lynwood (2006) spawned the Billboard Top 10 single “White & Nerdy,” the video for which spent two months at #1 on iTunes and garnered over 100 million hits on the Internet.

Alpocalypse, his first full-length studio album in nearly five years (released on June 21, 2011), features the Lady Gaga parody “Perform This Way.”  It  also features parodies of Miley Cyrus (“Party In The CIA”), Taylor Swift (“TMZ”), B.o.B Featuring Bruno Mars (“Another Tattoo”) and T.I. (“Whatever You Like”).  The album’s requisite polka medley – “Polka Face” – features accordion-driven versions of songs by artists  including Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Britney Spears, P!nk, Lady Antebellum, Katy Perry and, as mentioned, Lady Gaga.