Talking With Street Drum Corps – September 26, 2013

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Photo by Karen Mandall

This week, Ira spoke with Street Drum Corps. To listen to the interview click below.

Street Drum Corps, at Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Sept. 28, Oct. 19, and Nov. 16, is a world-renowned, high energy, drum and percussion show. The group was formed in Los Angeles in 2004 and performs on musical tours, performing art centers, festivals, theme parks, sporting events, fairs, military bases, private parties, schools and colleges.

Founding members Bobby Alt. Adam Alt and Frank Zummo had a vision to create something unique and unseen in the percussion world. Today SOC has grown into a global movement with honorary members such as Tommy Lee, Adrian Young, Shannon Leto, Rob Bourdon, Jeremy Piven, Matt Sorum, Stephen Perkins, Jack Irons and more.

SDC has performed with more than 25 bands and toured more than 30 countries around the world, supporting acts such as Linkin Park, 30 Seconds To Mars, Motley Crue, Deftones, Chris Cornell, Skrillex, Paramore, My Chemical Romance, The Used, Audioslave, and Busta Rhymes.

SOC has over 14 franchise residencies in theme parks, fairs and properties across the United States.


Talking With Whitney Cummings and John Davis – September 19, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Whitney Cummings and John Davis . To listen to the interviews click below.

Comedienne and actress Whitney Cummings returns to the Treasure Island Theatre September 27 at 9 p.m.

Cummings began her comedic career as a series regular on MTV’s hit series “Punk’d” in 2004. Since then, she has appeared regularly on E!’s “Chelsea Lately” and has participated in numerous “Comedy Central Roasts” including those of David Hasselhoff and Joan Rivers. In 2010, her hour-long stand up special “Money Shot” was nominated for an American Comedy Award.

She is the co-creator and co-writer of the hit CBS series “2 Broke Girls.” Additionally, she guest starred in the television series “House, M.D.” and starred in the 2008 movie “Made of Honor.”

Cummings was named one of Variety’s “10 Scribes to Watch” in 2011, and received the “Comedian of the Year Award” at the 2010 Young Hollywood Awards. In 2009, she was honored as one of Entertainment Weekly’s “Comedy Stars of Tomorrow” and Variety named her one of the “Top 10 Comics to Watch” in 2007.
Michael Davis is headlining at the Laugh Factory in the Tropicana Las Vegas through September 22nd.

A third-generation San Franciscan, Davis’s creative efforts began early. In high school, he was a published poet and won the school acting award. In the early ‘70’s, Davis was intrigued with the art of clowning, and was handpicked from over 2,000 applicants to attend Clown College. Upon graduation, he landed a job as a clown with the Ringling Brothers Circus.

Spotted by a talent agent in 1979, he was hired to perform on HBO’s The Young Comedian’s Show, his first major television appearance. Next came Broadway Follies, followed by Sugar Babies, and soon his notices brought him to the attention of Saturday Night Live’s producers, resulting in six guest appearances on the show.

Davis has been featured on The Dick Cavett Show, The Tonight Show, Merv Griffin, 20/20, and Night of 100 Stars, among others. A Command Performance at the Ford Theatre found him in the company of Liza Minnelli, Ben Vereen, and Natalia Makarova. He has been honored by his peers with a Drama Desk Nomination and a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in Sugar Babies.

Citing Jack Benny, Fred Allen, and Charlie Chaplin as his greatest comedic influences, Davis best appreciates humor that he can perform for any audience, a type of “new vaudeville.” “I love it when I do a show and there are kids and grandparents laughing at the same joke,” he says, “It is a type of humor that doesn’t age.”



Talking With Anthony Curtis – September 12, 2013

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This week, Ira spoke with Anthony Curtis. To listen to the interview click below.

Anthony Curtis is one of the most recognized and quoted Las Vegas experts in the world. He’s the author of “Bargain City—Booking, Betting, and Beating the New Las Vegas” and co-author of “The Art of Gambling.”

Curtis also is publisher and CEO of Huntington Press and the Las Vegas Advisor, a Las Vegas consumer newsletter.