Talking With Bob Newhart and Steve Shaffer – November 17, 2016


This week, Ira spoke with Bob Newhart and Steve Shaffer. To listen to the interview click below.

Bob Newhart, who will be bringing his “Evening With Bob Newhart” to Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, November 19, celebrates a career that has spanned 50 years, several successful television series, fourteen feature films and millions of albums sold worldwide. He is the recipient of many honors, including the prestigious “Mark Twain Prize for American Humor,” presented by the Kennedy Center.

“The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart” became the first comedy album to go to #1 on the charts. He was an immediate sell-out in nightclubs and theater stages all over America.

Seven more albums followed, each extremely successful multi-platinum projects. In fact, Newhart’s cumulative recording career earned him three Grammys.

He earned an Emmy and a Peabody Award for his work on the “Bob Newhart Variety Show,” which was quickly followed by the phenomenal television success of “The Bob Newhart Show” (1972 – 1978) and “Newhart” (1982 – 1990).

Despite his successful run in television and feature films, Newhart has never strayed far from his first love of performing stand-up, with his classic routines having stood the test of time.
Twitter: @BobNewhart

Comedian Steve Shaffer, who is headlining in The Laugh Factory at the Tropicana Las Vegas through November 20, headlines hundreds of shows a year at colleges, country clubs, cruise ships and corporate functions.

He has appeared on dozens of television shows including “VH1’s Stand Up Spotlight,” Comedy Central’s “The A- List,” FOX’s “Comic Strip Live,” “Evening at the Improv” and , NBC’s “The Tonight Show.”

Shaffer has performed with such artists as George Carlin, Paul Anka, and The Beach Boys.


Talking With Chef Robert Irvine – November 10, 2016


This week, Ira spoke with Chef Robert Irvine. To listen to the interview click below.

Chef Robert Irvine will be hosting the 13th annual Military Culinary Competition at Tropicana Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 12. The event is free and open to the public, and is presented by the Military Hospitality Alliance and Tropicana Las Vegas

With more than 26 years in the culinary profession, Chef Robert Irvine has cooked his way through Europe, the Far East, the Caribbean and the Americas, in hotels and on the high seas.

As the host of one of the Food Network’s highest rated shows, “Restaurant: Impossible,” Irvine saves struggling restaurants across America by assessing and overhauling the restaurant’s weakest spots. He was previously the host of Food Network’s “Dinner: Impossible” and “Worst Cooks in America,” has authored two cookbooks, “Mission: Cook!” and “Impossible to Easy,” and one healthy living book, “Fit Fuel: A Chef’s Guide to Eating Well and Living Your Best Life.”

Irvine is currently on tour with his new, interactive live show. “Robert Irvine Live,” and appears regularly as an expert guest on national morning and daytime talk shows.

In 2015, he launched Robert Irvine Foods, a company that features a nutritionally improved line of food products without compromising great taste. Irvine recently established the eponymously named non-profit organization, The Robert Irvine Foundation, in an effort to support military personnel and their families. Now in operation for a few years, the foundation continues to grow and assist those in need.

In recent years he was honored with two very distinguished recognitions for his dedication to the armed services and our country’s heroes. Irvine was first designated Honorary Chief Petty Officer by the U.S. Navy, and later that year awarded the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment and Support of our Service Members – bestowed upon him by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

Continuing his support of the military, Irvine recently became the first celebrity chef to open a restaurant, aptly named Chef Robert Irvine’s Fresh Kitchen, at the Pentagon in the fall of 2016. Also, Irvine announced the launch of the Robert Irvine Magazine in May 2016 and the opening of a new restaurant in Las Vegas at the Tropicana in 2017.

Irvine’s new daytime talk show, focused on conflict resolution, premiered on the CW Network in September 2016.


Talking With Norm Clarke – November 3, 2016


This week, Ira spoke with Norm Clarke. To listen to the interview click below.

Norm Clarke will be presenting his “Conversations With Norm” in Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center on Sunday, November 6, sitting down with baseball Hall of Famer Greg Maddux and author Jack Sheehan.

Clarke, who recently retired from the Las Vegas Review-Journal after 17 years of covering the celebrity beat with his popular “Vegas Confidential” column, is a Montana native, whose background includes more than 15 years in Denver as a baseball writer, sports journalist, and man-about-town columnist.

He had a 12-year stint with the Associated Press (with stops in Cincinnati, San Diego and Los Angeles) and has written two books, “1,000 Naked Truths” and “Sinsational Celebrity Tales.”
twitter: @Norm_Clarke