My job as a performer is to make everybody on that stage look good.”
(Jim) I’ve had the pleasure to perform multiple times in many venues with tonight’s guest. He’s a man of many talents, from acting, dancing, and singing to writing and producing. He is passionate about education and helping teens excel in the arts. He he’s also funny, interesting, and a good friend. You can find him on any given week somewhere live in Fabulous Las Vegas, please welcome the Entertainer to the Masses, BIG SEXY!
We all have a story, and in this edition, you get to hear the unique stories of how four couples met. We start out by telling ours. Then we bring on Sam and Darla Stratton, who found love later in life and have been married for about the same amount of time as we have. We also get to hear from DaWayne and Kellie, who just got married a few weeks ago. Finally, we sit at the feet of the masters – Lee and Ed, who have been married for 48 years.
Abby answers a letter from a divorced man who wonders if Valentine’s Day is too much for a first date. Read her answer here.
I turned my hobby into a living, and I’ve never worked a day in my life!”
Jody is the man of a thousand voices. Most of them are cartoon voices. He is the only white guy I know who can do a bang-on Candyman. He sings like you wouldn’t believe. He even rides the unicycle AND juggles AND does magic. Is there nothing this man can’t do? Always a kid at heart, he is also an excellent cat daddy. And, given the big wads of cash I’ve seen him play with, he must be a fan-damn-tabulous poker dealer. I met Jody through improv, and it has been an honor to share the stage with him on many occasions.
Your answer to the question, “What would I love?” will help you create a life worth living and experiences worth treasuring.”
~From Embracing Greatness by Sophia Falke
I first met tonight’s guest at the Las Vegas National Speaker’s Association. At the time, she was the minister of a Unity church in Henderson and she had kindly lent her church building for the meeting. Sophia and I repeatedly ran into each other through various speaker’s activities and the small-town voodoo of Vegas itself. Sophia is one of those tough and beautiful ladies that is always getting things done with style. When I heard that she was launching her book, “Embracing Greatness: A Guide for Living the Life You Love,” I launched myself on her to get her on the show. Welcome to CounterCultureWISE, Sophia Falke, the Greatness Guru!
We get to interview the one, the only Kevin Kostiner!
…OK, the one, the OTHER only? Well…one of ‘em, anyway. Certainly not the least of them, though! Kevin is the creator and host of the new YouTube channel The Good Ol’ Days. The Past has a Story to Tell™! His episodes are not just blasts from the past, but educational and truly interesting. His Disneyland episode already has more than 5,000 views, and I highly recommend subscribing to his channel.
I met Kevin through LVIP — gotta love that networking — and was instantly taken with his Mike Rowe –esque rugged handsomeness, intellect, and humor.
The observational skills of Sherlock Holmes and the lunacy of Robin Williams.”
Today’s guest needs no introduction, but I’m going to give him one anyway. He’s a personal hero and one of the world’s most patient human beings — he has to be, he works with improv artists. Paul is the director of the Las Vegas Improvisational Players. He leads the weekly workshops and performs himself both with LVIP and his other troupe, Cardio Spider. He’s a high-powered laser-focused laughter generator with a rubber face and a thought process that only Robin Williams would understand. We’ve been working on getting him on CounterCultureWISE since last July — FINALLY we have him!
I first met our guest at a Toastmaster’s competition where he hung out with the likes of Magic Al Jensen and Kimberly Faith — both of whom have been guests on this show. He was charming and well-spoken, so of course we hit it off. He then came to visit the Las Vegas Improvisational Players at one of our workshops, and we’ve been smacking into each other in similar circles ever since. He has a lot to say on health, wellness, and mindfulness. With his boyish good-looks and his can-do outlook, Michael is a high-energy, positive force that awakens any room he walks into.
***Special for CCW Listeners — message him on Instagram or email Michael@coachskinner.com to get your FREE copy of his book, One Minute Marathon!
Just last night I was on stage with our guest for a festive, fun, and amazing friend doing musical improv and other improvy things. We’ve had S. on this show before, and we did not do enough damage the first time — plus he has a new book out he wants to pimp — so here he is, the author of 12 Reasons Why You Don’t Have Money, Mr. S. Frank Stringham!
When Christopher first walked into our improv workshop, there was no getting around it, this guy was…different. The first time he joined in on one of our games, there was no getting around it, this guy was…BRILLIANT. We immediately recruited him for the Las Vegas Improvisational Players, and I am honored to have shared a stage with him many times. Christopher — who has only one name, much like Cher — has performed for two presidents, opened for Eddie Murphy, and recently made it to the second round of America’s Got Talent. Unpacking the gift that is Christopher is an ongoing endeavor. I have found him to not only be insanely talented both in music and humor, but also humble and refreshingly honest as a fellow performer and friend.
He said his Pinocchio puppet was “unsuccessful,” and while I used the word “brilliant” about a bazillion times throughout our interview, I stand by my wording. Check it out! -Mélanie
You want positive energy? Today you not only get Hope, you get Faith on our show!
I first met Kimberly at a Toastmaster’s event. She has the type of aura that draws you in while still giving you energy, so she was quite memorable, even though the event itself wasn’t. I re-met her when she came to an improv workshop. Again, her energy combined with her fast-thinking and wicked sense of humor, enabled her to slide right into our group. Kimberly and I are kindred spirits in our A-type, always on the go, GSD mindsets. She commands every room she enters, yet she does it with a gently enthusiastic charisma. I am pleased to welcome the Chief Enthusiasm Officer, Kimberly Faith.