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The ONE YEAR Anniversary Special!!!

The ONE YEAR Anniversary Special!!!

Happy Anniversary!!

Has it REALLY been a year already? We decided to forego the usual format of our show and instead reminisce about our beginnings, our changes, our successes (and room for improvement), and play some of our best spoofs. We also talked about our plans and hopes for the future of our show.

When Proof offered us our own time slot on Sundays (after co-hosting on his show), we had a vague idea of what we wanted to accomplish…some political talk, maybe some interviews. Mélanie came up with the idea of DOG ABBY, which Jim thought was a silly idea, but went along with it. It has become one of Jim’s favorite parts of the show (you go, Abby!)

Eventually we decided to devote the second half of each show to an interview. Since then, we have booked authors, Vegas entertainers, political candidates of all stripes (no “gotchas” on this show, EVER!), renowned motivational speakers, you name it! The best is yet to come.

Jim has found his artistic groove again, writing spoofs and sketches for the show, which Mélanie records and produces. Jim says that he likes to take real-life situations (and stupid things politicians and pundits say) and stretch them into the absurd. He has had particular success with his character FBI Agent Orange. We played our series of Orange sketches, every single one of them based (sadly) on actual events. We also presented one of our CNN spoofs.

We then switched focus to the Dog Abby segment, which Mélanie produces. She puts herself into the mind of a Golden Retriever and helps give advice that is sweet, sensitive and simple, yet at the same time, wiser than that which most humans are equipped to give.

We are still looking for sponsors to help us upgrade our equipment and our production level. Please go to our Support Us page to find out how you can help!

Throughout the show, we received tributes from many guests and fans of the show. We are so grateful to you all…we wouldn’t be here without you! Also, special thanks to Proof Negative and Freedomizer Radio for the opportunity.

Year Two begins next week-don’t miss it!

 

Dog Abby

All three pets wanted to give advice. Abby had to step in to fix it.

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Angelo Casino

Angelo Casino

If it can be made better, then it IS broken.”
~Angelo Casino

Our guest today has been blessed with the perfect name for the county is running for office in. Mr. Casino says on website that his promise to you is “a revitalized and modernized County Assessor’s Office that champions fairness, transparency, and efficiency.” He has served in the public capacity on several levels from working with the Department of Defense to teaching Social Studies at a local school. In this interview, Mr. Casino tells us a little more about him and his platform as the democratic candidate for the Clark County Assessor’s Office.

Mr. Casino is passionate about this position, and he was open about his desires to change things for the better. His focus is on transparency and ease of access.

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Carolyn Pelletier

Carolyn Pelletier

You want to captivate your audience and keep them entertained.”
~Carolyn Pelletier

Carolyn Pelletier was one of the first friends I made when I moved to Las Vegas. I met her first at Toastmasters — where she is quite the celebrity after having gone all the way to the semi-finals of the World Championship of Public speaking TWO YEARS IN A ROW! I met her again when another Toastmaster took me to an improv show, and I could not wait to start attending the workshops and share the stage with her and several of the other talented performers that we have had on this very show. Carolyn has it all: she works hard for a charitable organization, she’s cute, she’s funny, she sings, she speaks, she does stand up, and she’s an amazing storyteller. Oh, and men, she’s SINGLE! Just saying…

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Daniel Hofstein

Daniel Hofstein

Daniel Hofstein

My biggest edge is that I do not have to pander to either side of the aisle. That means I can take a hybrid approach and not be an extremist either way.”
~Daniel Hofstein

Daniel is running for Assembly District 35 Candidate under no political party (NPP). He has some amazing ideas on how we can save money from incarceration and spend it on education.

Daniel is a Toastmaster in the same club as Jim, I’ll Drink to That. He is the author of 13th Grade: Real World 101, a controversial book about acting like a grown-up in a world that teaches you stupid things instead.

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BIL & Bill

BIL & Bill

Catching up

Jim

Shave and a haircut… too short! (Had a run in with some clippers a few days ago) Jim also made another concession to old age: getting reading glasses. Oh well…After hearing Philip K Dick’s speech at the end of Ancient of Days, Jim picked up a copy of his novel FLOW MY TEARS, THE POLICEMAN SAID. He is enjoying the book, and will talk about it more when he finishes it.

He also wished his dear old Mum a happy birthday. She must marvel at how the boy whose diapers she changed is now a wrinkled, balding old fart with reading glasses.

Mélanie

Melanie is getting ready for the Toastmasters contest in Bakersfield next weekend. (She shall bring it!) She is also continuing work on her books and webinars. You can find her latest Clear and Persuasive Business Writing 101 here.

 

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This is insanely cool…Friends of Disabled Man Carry Him Up Mountain So He Can Go Volcano Surfing

 

Rants and Rabbit holes

Our scheduled AGENT ORANGE sketch has been postponed due to technical issues. We will play it next week! We are proud of this one.

We talked about the rise and fall of one Dr. William H. Cosby Jr. Although we believe that many of his accusers were liars, hangers-on and “serial accusers,” we know that he has admitted drugging women and having sex with them. The fact that he made his Pound Cake speech knowing that he was hardly the role model he made himself out to be was the beginning of his downfall. He was one of our favorite entertainers (Jim in particular cites Cos as a huge influence on his stand-up comedy), and this is a huge disappointment.

We also made a jab at 60 Minutes, and Fake News in general. (Our show is better —- tune in!)

 

 

Dog Abby

How does a man deal with his new girlfriend’s teenage sons? Read Abby’s answer here.

 

Special Guests: Barefoot is Legal

Starting May 4, take off your shoes to put off a bully. Join the #barefootagainstbullying Challenge!

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Sheryl Green – Unstuck

Sheryl Green – Unstuck

You catch more dogs with a Kong full of peanut butter than with a shock collar.”
~Sheryl Green

At CounterCultureWISE, when we get a good guest, we recycle them! Recently, we had George Gilbert on for a third time. Today, we are bringing back one of his partners in crime, Sheryl Green. Sheryl is the author of “Surviving to Thriving: How to Overcome Setbacks and Rock Your Life,” as well as a professional speaker. We will be talking about her newest book, “Once Upon a Bottom Line: Harnessing the Power of Story in Sales” which is ALMOST out. I am pleased to bring back busy lady, Storytelling Expert, and Animal Rescuing Badass, Sheryl Green.

 

 

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Phil Valentine

Phil Valentine

When we don’t have something to compare our fear to, we can’t measure it, so it seems enormous.”
~Phil Valentine

Tonight’s guest has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment business, which, judging by his looks, means he began at age 2. Phil’s flagship program is a unique seminar on how to permanently overcome the fear associated with public speaking. He has worked with lawyers, corporate executives, sales people, and entrepreneurs nationwide teaching them that rather than “masking” their fear, nervous speakers can actually “cure” it and reach their full potential. He is known for his book, “Why Can’t You Tickle Yourself,” enjoy this interview with Performance Coach, Phil Valentine.

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Donate Life with George Gilbert and Jereme Pierce

Donate Life with George Gilbert and Jereme Pierce

 

By the end of your show, 9 people will have been added to the the wait list. One will have died.”
~George Gilbert

Tonight, we have two guests to discuss a specific topic. April is “Donate Life” month, and this donation is the most selfless thing you can imagine — the donation of your own tissues and organs to save another person’s life. If you are unfamiliar with the organization, Donate Life America, please visit donatelife.net to learn more. They have a robust Q&A, and there you can register to be a donor.

Our first guest and his wife have been dear friends for well over a decade. Jereme has been living with Cystic Fibrosis and he had a double lung transplant in 2013. I asked Jereme if he would be willing to share his story, as he has the first-hand experience that we so rarely hear. If it weren’t for his strength, his patience, and his enduring sense of humor, who knows how brief his life would have been. Both Jim and I are proud and honored to have been his and his wife, Cat’s friend through all of their trials and tribulations.

Our second guest, George Gilbert, has been a guest on our show a couple of times already, but tonight he wants to focus on something different. George wrote his book, Take two Laughs and Call Me In The Morning, about using humor to cope with illness. Because the illness he wrote about in this case was kidney failure and waiting for a kidney-pancreas transplant, George also goes around the country talking about organ and tissue donation and how it saved his wife’s life.

 

 

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Have a Heart…or a Lung…

Catching up

Jim

We had lunch with the Big Kahuna himself, Proof Negative on Thursday. Had some of the best fish and chips in the area at the Lakes Lounge. Always a pleasure to catch up and plan for the future of our radio network and Barefoot is Legal.

Mélanie

Melanie won the Division H Toastmasters Table Topics Contest. Barefoot. At a shoe company.  This stuff writes itself. Table Topics are an opportunity to practice impromptu speaking, which is a great skill to develop. Go to Toastmasters.org to find a cub near you.

Good news

Dog That Shoplifted a Book on ‘Abandonment’ is Given the Love It Was Asking For

 

High School Student’s Ingenious Solution Could Save Bees From Drinking Poisonous Water

These Ordinary Hats Are Actually Bicycle Helmets That Could Save Thousands of Lives

Toddler Wakes Up Right When Parents Agree to Remove Life Support, Doctors Call it Easter Miracle

Rants and Rabbit holes

What would a TV show featuring a Constitutional Super Hero be like if if was a Quinn Martin production a la THE FBI or THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO? Tune into THE O’REITZ FILES to find out.

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Dog Abby

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Bella Garris

Bella Garris

That alone is what keeps me strong in the community, that anyone can be part of this world.”
~Bella Garris

I first met Bella through my improv troupe. She is a strong supporter and comes to all of our shows. After one of our shows, she joined us for dinner and I had the honor of sitting next to her. Since then, I have little by little learned more about Miss Bells, who is smart, funny, and has a heart of gold. Bella is a strong supporter of the burlesque community, which I’ll be honest, I know little about. Bella says that the art form gives women and men everywhere a chance to perform regardless of age, background or body shape and she feels that the genre is empowering to be around. Tonight we will learn more about Bella herself, and the world of burlesque.

 

The fundraiser is called Las Vegas Loves Its Legends: A Burlesque Fundraiser.  The event takes place on Friday, April 27th at 8pm at Artifice and features ten local performers and scheduled performances by living burlesque legends Marinka, Queen of the Amazons; Bambi Jones; Georgette Dante; Gina Bon Bon; and Tiffany Carter.

There will be raffles and a silent auction.

Included in those are autographed pieces of burlesque memorabilia as well as costume pieces worn by actual legends.

All proceeds raised from the event will help living legends travel to the annual Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender held the first weekend in June here in Las Vegas.  Burlesque is an art form that has been passed down through performance and tradition.

For many living legends, the weekender is their only chance to reconnect with old friends from the business and provide guidance, advice and encouragement to the new performers of today.  Performers from around the world attend the Weekender to honor those that have inspired them.  And what better way to honor the past than by preserving it – which is what the BHOF Museum works hard to do every day.

So for us, the fundraiser is doubly necessary – assist legends with travel expenses so they can attend the Weekender and raise awareness not only about the BHOF Museum but about the art of burlesque in general.

Just plug the fundraiser and the museum and encourage them to check out local burlesque..  I will get the info for Brown

 

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