When inviting guests onto this show, I send out an informational form for them to fill out that includes how to pronounce their name phonetically. Our next guest literally has a “sigh” in the middle of his name. It certainly fits. When I first met Josiah, it was when he came as a guest to the Las Vegas Improvisational Players workshop. All the women were thrilled to have a young, good-looking long-hair join the troupe, and both the men and women were even happier to learn that he is more than a pretty face. Josiah enhanced our humble troupe with his humor, quick thinking, and musical talents. We have since performed together several times – that is, when he is not getting paid to fly off to exotic places most of us only dream of. Josiah is a man of mystery and intrigue, yet he’s still a down-to-earth sweetheart who is easy and fun to work with. I’m proud to welcome today’s guest: dating coach, public speaker, world traveler, and friend, Josiah Prise.
The Tycoon of Comedy
I first met Mr. Engelke (or Carson, as he is now known) through Toastmasters International. I ran into him again when we attended the National Speaker’s Association Academy program. Ronny has a 2,000 megawatt smile that is warm and genuine. He is bigger than life, both in physique and personality. Over the years, we’ve received a trickle of information about Ronny’s past – but he tells it all in his new book, “Overcoming Darkness.” I’m over the moon to bring Ronny on to talk about his past, present and future.
We have a very special guest this evening. He is a valued member of our establishment and one of Abby’s cherished friends. He came from humble beginnings, and, despite a rough childhood, he has made himself into a social icon. While his opinions are strictly his own, we at Counter Culture Wise celebrate our differences.
Our guest tonight sent us a 37-page document on what he desired to speak about. We chucked that and will be sticking to our regular format of shameless plugs and personal questions. Please welcome, orange polydactyl dog-trainer and voice actor extraordinaire, Maximillion Von Regal Beezer.
Hold on, let me turn on the translator.
…you may call me Max.
…OK, Max, before we begin, how may folks find you, should they want to know more or ask you questions on future shows?
I can be reached via my associate and spokesdog, Abigail, at firstname.lastname@example.org
She is very good about forwarding me my correspondences.
Great. Thanks. Max, we know your life story, but I am sure the listening audience would be interested in learning more about your origins.
I was a sickly young kitten when I was taken in as a foster by Abigail. James and Mélanie saw to my every need – including an embarrassing amount of medication and dropper-feeding, until I was able to make it on my own. Abigail, of course, would soon become my confidante and best friend.
We ended up adopting you and keeping you. How do you feel about your life so far?
I highly recommend the fostering programs out there, and hope to establish a more robust one here in Nevada. There is no reason to kill innocent children just because their mothers abandoned them. We all need a chance. I stuck with Abigail and the humans because we made an excellent team. They listen to every word I say and meet my every request post-haste. One has no complaints.
That being said, my decision to move the family from Seattle to Las Vegas was indeed a good one.
That’s right. How have you adapted to the climate in the dessert?
I was not yet a year old when we packed up and moved, so I have little memory of the soggy, snowy, cold, moldy Pacific NW. There are pictures of me in the snow that I will not allow the press to release…
Let’s talk about the world of humans. I know you have paid close attention to the recent elections and the contentious atmosphere that resulted.
Yes, cats are very insightful.
Are you a republicat or a democat?
I am a catatonic, much like the rest of the voters. I will, however say, that I do love our president’s orange hair. He makes a similar fashion statement to my own, and as you all know, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
I am all for improving the economy and lowering taxes so that I can continue with my premium organic grain-free diet and will never be forced to eat rubbish such as Purina again. While Abigail says she has no issues with Chihuahuas, I, frankly, would be happy if they were all deported and chucked over a tall wall. So, we do agree on a few fronts.
Of course, I am a cat, so by definition, I will always be an Independent.
Like most of our guests, I understand that you are working on a project. Would you like to tell us about it?
Why, yes! After the great success of the book, Nose-to-Nose Networking, Abigail and I are working with our secretary Mélanie Hope to write not one, not two, but three follow-up books that will teach about marketing, customer service, and making friends. We hope to release them by year’s end.
Um…Max…I’m NOT your secretary.
With all due respect, you ARE the one typing the thing! I mean I *do* have thumbs and am quite capable of doing so, but why should I when I have people to do it?
Fair enough. Let’s switch gears. We talk a lot about happiness and how it is a choice. What makes you happy?
I am more or less in a constant state of happiness. I am surrounded by those I care about and care about me — of all colors, genders, and species.
Frankly, the only time I ever get truly agitated is when a door presumes to be shut in my presence. I have only faced lack of treats once. It was horrific, but I overcame. I enjoy walkies with Abigail at the park and we hang together by the pool. I particularly like lying in the rainbows made by the sunshine through the glass blocks in the front room. I have many creative pursuits, for instance, I recently projectile-vomited a large hairball under the pool table. Given the sounds made by both humans, it was a successful installation.
Yes, thanks for that. Do you have any advice for our listeners?
Of course I do! Happiness, as James and Mélanie have often said, is a choice. Choose to be happy! Choose to surround yourself with love and peace and happiness. Life is too short to allow yourself to be down all the time.
Above all else, make your voice be heard. Sing out whenever you can, particularly in the middle of the night, when it is darkest before the dawn. Of course, once the household is awakened, you may then commence with naptime.
From rock operas to cop flicks, Darryl has been involved in many projects across multiple genres. Lauren is an artist and super-genius. Both have amazing singing voices. Jim himself introduced the two to each other, and, thanks to his meddling, the two are engaged! We talk about their projects and several other topics on this show.
Find Darryl & Lauren:
Forging Film (http://www.blueforgeproductions.com/forgingfilm/index.htm) includes a passcode to software that Lauren wrote to support the “Modular Method”, which includes writing, formatting, shooting, and editing film that streamlines the entire process and makes it accessible to everyone. We’ve seen this method of filming in action, and it really does everything it claims to do.
People who have come before you and have had less than you have done better than you.”
Just before our show, this is the quote that Jesse tweeted on his account.
Jesse Oakley the third (or to those who know him, i-i-i) is one of those people who brightens a room just by entering it. He is known as a consummate Toastmaster with a miracle memory. He is also a writer and the author of “Greetings Happy People.”
Jesse’s baby face and toothy, but genuine, grin make him the poster child for happiness and strong life choices. Plus, Abby thinks the world of him. Because of his intellect and his move from the east coast to the Las Vegas area as a teen, Jesse survived merciless teasing and bullying. He chose to rise above, and he has soared ever since.
I first met Holly at my Toastmasters club, where she joined after only one meeting and then jumped right onto the board. Our club meets in a bar and focuses on humor, so Holly fit right in. She is smart, sassy, and has a wicked sense of humor. She is also an accomplished author with an interesting background. She recently celebrated the publishing of her murder mystery, “A Justified Bitch.” We may disagree on everything in politics, but we agree on nearly everything in literature.
Holly has a fascinating career as a Nude Dresser in Las Vegas. She has a myriad of interesting stories and a lot to say.
If there is one thing we can say about the good doctor, it is that she is always busy. I first met Heather when she was in the play Inspecting Carol with my husband. She was looking to rebrand her website. She had already written a book, been awarded many honors from the Air Force and from the DoD, gotten her doctorates, starred in several shows, and to top it all off, was planning her own wedding. Geesh, lady, way to make us all look lazy! She has since gotten many more clinical hours as Psychologist, released several more books, recorded a jazz CD, and is in the process of finishing a screenplay. Heather’s mind is as active as the rest of her, and you’ll find that — not only is she incredibly intelligent — she is incredibly likable. This is the pragmatic, perspicacious, and powerfully pretty Dr. Heather Silvio.
Find Heather here:
I first met Dave Clark more than a decade ago at a Toastmasters meeting he was filming. Or speaking in. Or maybe I was speaking. You know, it was so long ago that I don’t remember how we met, but I do remember it was through Toastmasters and we were instant friends. One gets to know Dave incrementally. He can come off as a quiet guy, and I think that has a lot to do with the fact that he’s a deep thinker. He has an awesome sense of humor. He’s supportive, intelligent, and resourceful. We have a lot to learn from Dave and how to prepare for the zombie apocalypse (as if it hasn’t already happened).
How to find Dave:
Web site pugetsoundprepper.com
Kevin is a speaker, but not just the boring, ethics/taxes guy that you would expect at a National Association of Tax Professionals conference (sorry fellow bean counters). Kevin blends humor, magic, and know-how into powerful programs that get results. With an almost cult-like following, he is the go-to guy to get your tax and ethics continuing education credits from.
With all the letters that do (and could) follow his name, Kevin is still a down-to-earth guy. In fact, knowing him personally, I find him fun, witty, and — well, I’ll just say it — sweet. He worked hard to get where he is today, one could even call him a fighter, yet he still managed to stay true to himself and kind to others. Kevin is the type of person that enriches your life just by knowing him.
Find Kevin here:
Web site: WNCTaxHelp.com
Facebook: Blue Ridge Tax Advisors
Can laughter save your life?
George Gilbert says, “Yes!”
George comes from a highly-regarded show business family and has built on that legacy as a standup comic and improvisational actor. After graduating from UNLV with a degree in communications, he applied his background in humor to public speaking. He was the very first Toastmaster from the state of Nevada to become an Accredited Speaker (and the 50th in the world). He is the author of two books, From Standup to Stand Out, and Take Two Laughs and Call Me in the Morning. His mission is to provide information and inspiration to corporations and professional organizations by demonstrating, in an entertaining format, how humor can benefit their businesses and lives. In addition to all of this, he is a genuinely great guy.
Web site originallyspekaing.com
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