Talking With Lindsay Roginski – May 26, 2016

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This week, Ira spoke with Lindsay Roginski. To listen to the interview click below.

Lindsay Roginski is an American actress, singer and dancer that critics have applauded for bringing a rare, old-time Broadway glamour to every role. Currently the principal singer in Steve Wynn’s ShowStoppers at the Wynn in Las Vegas, she continues to captivate audiences with her talent and performances.

Recently, Roginski starred as Roxie Hart on Broadway in CHICAGO the Musical (2014) the National Tour and at Sacramento Music Circus. She also starred as Lola in Damn Yankees opposite Richard Kind. Off Broadway, she played the role of La Goulou/Antoinette in The Fartiste and was a feature in Heat Wave: The Jack Cole Project, directed and choreographed by Chet Walker, the creator of Fosse.

Other notable credits include One for My Baby starring Vivian Reed, Grease, 42nd Street, Godspell, Crazy for You, Closer Than Ever, My One and Only, Annie, and more. She recently made her New York cabaret debut at the prestigious Metropolitan Room, Iridium Jazz Club and 54 Below. She is currently working on her new cabaret show set to debut later this year.

Roginski was first trained by her grandmother, Eileen O’Day, a critically acclaimed big band jazz singer in the ‘30s and ‘40s who toured nationwide with a 52-piece orchestra. At a very early age, her grandmother taught her how to sing and play piano. She started dancing at age five. After graduating high school, she moved to New York to attend school at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

Her dream was to be in Chicago after she saw the production for the first time. “Chicago was my first Broadway show, I fell in love with it, it’s the reason I moved to New York…to be in that show!” When she came across the opportunity to audition for the National Tour, she was first in line. She landed the role of Roxie Hart.


Talking With Sommelier Kirk Peterson – May 19, 2016

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This week, Ira spoke with Sommelier Kirk Peterson. To listen to the interview click below.

Kirk Peterson grew up in a small town in Northern Nevada before eventually making his way to Las Vegas to attend film school. After working in the entertainment industry from Los Angeles to Australia, he returned to Las Vegas to make his favorite hobby and true passion a career: wine and spirits.

After joining the opening team of Carnevino in 2008 as a sommelier, Peterson now serves as beverage director for B&B Ristorante, Carnevino Italian Steakhouse, Otto Pizzeria e Enoteca, and B&B Burger & Beer.


Talking With Terry Fator – May 12, 2016

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This week, Ira spoke with Terry Fator. To listen to the interview click below.

Terry Fator, “The Voice of Entertainment,” headlines at The Mirage, Mondays – Thursdays, became a household name in 2007 when he won Season 2 of “America’s Got Talent.” He continues to entertain with a unique combination of singing, comedy and celebrity impressions.

After 25 years of honing his skills at county fairs and venues across the country, the Dallas-bred entertainer’s big “AGT” win at age 42 catapulted him into the upper echelon of entertainers, landing him at No. 2 on Forbes’ list of the top-earning comics behind Jerry Seinfeld in 2013. The feat is due largely to his multi-million dollar deal with The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas where his award-winning show, “Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment,” has been running since 2009.

With a cast of characters including Winston, the Impersonating Turtle; Emma Taylor, the little girl with the big voice; Maynard Tompkins, the Elvis Impersonator; Duggie Scott Walker, the annoying neighbor and many others, Fator has been raking in awards, accolades and industry admiration ever since.

In 2014, Fator released a DVD “Terry Fator: Live in Concert,” a country music CD “It Starts Tonight,” as well as a series of children’s books including “Lamu, The Christmas Kitten.”


Talking With Kliph Nesteroff – May 5, 2016

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This week, Ira spoke with Kliph Nesteroff. To listen to the interview click below.

Kliph Nesteroff, author of “The Comedians…Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy,” is a former stand-up comic turned writer. Writing about the history of showbiz for WFMU, he has retained a cult following for years. Nesteroff’s latest project is hosting the Classic Showbiz Talk Show, a live series in Los Angeles that has welcomes comedy luminaries such as Mel Brooks, Fred Willard, and Laugh-In creator George Schlatter.

In “The Comedians,” Nesteroff brings to life a century of American comedy with real-life characters, forgotten stars, mainstream heroes and counterculture iconoclasts. Based on over two hundred original interviews and extensive archival research, his groundbreaking work is a narrative exploration of the way comedians have reflected, shaped, and changed American culture over the past one hundred years.

Starting with the vaudeville circuit at the turn of the last century, Nesteroff introduces the first stand-up comedian—an emcee who abandoned physical shtick for straight jokes. After the repeal of Prohibition, Mafia-run supper clubs replaced speakeasies, and mobsters replaced vaudeville impresarios as the comedian’s primary employer. In the 1950s, the late-night talk show brought stand-up to a wide public, while Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, and Jonathan Winters attacked conformity and staged a comedy rebellion in coffeehouses.

From comedy’s part in the Civil Rights movement and the social upheaval of the late 1960s, to the first comedy clubs of the 1970s and the cocaine-fueled comedy boom of the 1980s, “The Comedians” culminates with a new era of media-driven celebrity in the twenty-first century.
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