Talking With Rich Little – October 27, 2016


This week, Ira spoke with Rich Little. To listen to the interview click below.

Rich Little, who has just released his first book, “Little By Little: People I’ve Known and Been,” was born in Ottawa, Canada and started his “career” at the age of 12 when he answered back to his teachers in their own voices. Little was working as a disc jockey and talk show host before parlaying his talents into the big time of television.

Still in his early 20s, Little, who was discovered by singer Mel Torme, (then with “The Judy Garland Show,”) was asked to make a tape. Instead of the usual impressions, Little did voices nobody did, and was booked on the show.

Appearances on many TV variety shows starring Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, Glen Campbell and Dean Martin followed, as well as on series such as “Laugh-In,” “The John Davidson Summer Show” and as a regular on “The Julie Andrews Show.”

Little also had his own variety show in the 1970s and was the star of the television show “KopyKats.” Little was a guest host early on for “The Tonight Show,” hosting 12 times. He quickly became a household name sitting in one of the Hollywood Squares and went on to do “The Muppet Show.”

Named “Comedy Star of the Year” by the American Guild of Variety Artists, Little was the perpetrator of nine comedy albums and three HBO comedy specials, as well as the Emmy award-winning special “Rich Little’s Christmas Carol.”

A master mimic of more than 200 voices, Little continues to impress with a touring schedule throughout the United States and Canada and is currently performing inside the Laugh Factory at New Tropicana Hotel Las Vegas, for an extended engagement of his show “Rich Little Live!” and is also touring with his latest project, “Little by Little” a self-written, humorous show about his life, featuring more than 30 characters.


Talking With Jason Hanson – October 20, 2016


This week, Ira spoke with Jason Hanson. To listen to the interview click below.

Ex-CIA Officer Jason Hanson is host of the “Spy Escape & Evasion Las Vegas Show,  ” a 75-minute spy craft stage show opening Wednesday,  October 26th at the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino.

The show is designed to teach, inform and entertain individuals and their families. After almost a decade in the CIA, Hanson brings real-world spy safety experience and techniques direct to audiences, teaching critical skills and valuable information to the show.

Hanson, who was born and raised in Northern Virginia, but recently moved with his family to Southern Utah, spent six years with the Central Intelligence Agency.

He is a graduate of Radford University, author of “The Covert Guide to Concealed Carry” and “Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life,” writer for Combat Handguns magazine and Personal and Home Defense magazine, a NRA Certified Instructor, and Utah Concealed Firearms Permit Instructor.


Talking With Brian Culbertson – October 13, 2016


This week, Ira spoke with Brian Culbertson. To listen to the interview click below.

Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, writer and producer Brian Culbertson, who will be performing at The Aliante Casino and Hotel, October 14- 15, began his musical studies at the early age of 8 on piano and quickly picked up several other instruments by age 12, including drums, trombone, bass, & euphonium.

Inspired by the great R&B/Jazz/Pop artists of the 70’s like EWF, Tower of Power, Chicago, David Sanborn, and others, Culbertson started composing original music for his 7th grade piano recital and hasn’t stopped having self-produced 16 solo albums, most of which have topped the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts.

Having worked and performed with countless industry all-stars, including Michael McDonald, Chris Botti, Ledisi, Barry Manilow, Herb Alpert, Natalie Cole, Chuck Brown, and Bootsy Collins, Culbertson has received numerous awards including being nominated for a 2012 NAACP Image Award and a 2012 Soul Train Award. Also in 2012, he founded the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway now in its 5th year.

His new album, Funk! is a throwback to the stanky P-Funk records from back in the day combining infectious bass lines, greasy horn licks, sing-a-long hooks and of course, landing hard on the “One.” This record is also a follow-up to his successful Bringing Back The Funk album from 2008, which was co-produced by the late Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire.


Talking With Marty Allen and Karon Kate Blackwell – October 6, 2016


This week, Ira spoke with Marty Allen and Karon Kate Blackwell. To listen to the interview click below.

Marty Allen has worked solo as a comedy headliner in nightclubs and as a dramatic actor in television roles. His friendly, “Hello Dere” greeting is known and imitated by fans throughout the world.

During the 1950s, Allen worked in many of the top nightclubs in the country as an opening act for such stars as Sarah Vaughan, Eydie Gorme and Nat King Cole. It was during this time he became part of the legendary comedy team of Allen & Rossi.

That association produced a string of hit comedy albums, dozens of television appearances, including 40 visits to the Ed Sullivan Show and the theatrical motion picture, “The Last of The Secret Agents.”

Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, Allen made hundreds of television appearances. He eventually became a regular on “Hollywood Squares.” He also made appearances on “Password” and many other game shows. They used to call him “the darling of daytime television.”

When Karon Kate Blackwell and Allen met in the mid 80s, the two began performing together, combining her music and his comedy.
Blackwell’s career began in nightclubs and showrooms throughout the country, opening for Wayne Newton in Las Vegas and Burl Ives in Reno.
Blackwell’s television credits include “The Tonight Show,” “The Regis Phibin Show,” and “Hour Magazine.”