The Paul Mecurio Show
Summary: A-list guests like ... Paul McCartney, Stephen Colbert, Bryan Cranston, Judd Apatow, Bill Burr, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Kristen Chenoweth, Sugar Ray Leonard, Chris Matthews, Rob Corddry, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Prosecutor Marcia Clark, Bob Costas and more, join Emmy & Peabody award-winning comedian Paul Mecurio who interviews the biggest names in entertainment/music, media, sports, politics and science. Paul uncovers hilarious anecdotes and never-before-heard insights about his guests and how they became so successful.
Billy Gardell, star of hit CBS show "Mike and Molly" and a great comedian. Billy is really terrific in this episode, he's super honest - we really get to know him, like how he got started in comedy being a seater at a comedy club, his passion for stand-up, how he got the lead role in "Mike and Molly" with Melissa McCarthy (amazing story), how important family is, his current role playing Colonel Tom Parker (Elvis' Manager) and more. This is a a fun, complete interview that covers so much ground.
Justin is a terrific stand-up based in NYC who's appeared on Comedy Central and hosted his own show on CBS. Dave is a writer who authored a book with Justin called, "The Language of Dogs." A very cool conversation about Justin's background and life, comedy, how Justin came to discover he had natural ability with dogs, how he and Dave worked together to help turn Justin's passion into a business training and fostering dogs with Dave and ultimately a hit TV show on CBS called, "Dogs In The City" that Justin hosted and Dave was a big part of. A really interesting look into a couple of very unique guys, as well as animal behavior and dog training from a perspective you haven't heard before.
Dr. Drew Pinsky joins me to talk the Kathy Griffin - bloody Donald Trump head controversy, intolerance in politics, narcism, the harm social media and our phone obsessions are doing to us, Teen Mom Show and much more. Really fun, interesting chat that covers a lot of ground.
Virginia Grohl, mother of FOO FIGHTERS' DAVE GROHL talks about her amazing book where she interviews the moms of 18 world-famous musicians like DR DRE, PHARRELL, ADAM LEVINE, GARY CLARK, JR., DAVE MATTHEWS, ZACH BROWN, AMY WINEHOUSE, MICHAEL STIPE, MIKE D (of THE BEASTIE BOYS) to share their experiences raising their musically gifted kids. Great stories from these moms and their rock star musical kids. One of the best books I've read in ten years. A really cool look at what these musical geniuses were like as kids, how they got their start and how important their moms were in their development as musicians and people.
The Beatles, Richard Pryor, Michael Jackson, Whoppi Goldberg, Cher, Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger - all stars who Sandy worked with and shaped their careers. He is one of the most powerful figures in the entertainment business. Sandy has a great story about Richard Pryor and urination and a lot more to say. His close inner circle of friends include, Barbra Streisand, Jon Bon Jovi, Barry Diller, David Geffen, Calvin Klein, and Donna Karan. A world class producer he has produced such films, "Father of the Bride," and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Straight Talk."
Carrie is a legend in national radio, she's been working 19 years at the biggest rock station in Boston, WAAF, as afternoon drive host and music director. She's very opinionated and hilarious. You will want to hang with her after hearing this interview. We talk her working in the family bakery as a kid, being a ballsy roadie, then intern at WAAF and moving her way up to being a huge on-air talent, her divorce (very interesting), what she wants in a man (not a pussy), meat slicers, and visiting troops in Iraq & Afghanistan. You will feel like you have known Carrie all your life.
My friend and the GREAT comedian Colin Quinn sits down for a great conversation about race, being Irish, the overly sensitive world we live in, how being too PC is killing all of us, how he remains so prolific in his writing, his one-man shows and more. Colin is hilarious in this interview but also gives you a glimpse in to how he thinks and where his brilliant comedy comes from. You will REALLY feel you know him after hearing this. Release date - 05/08/17
Tom Barnard. Radio legend, Host of "The Tom Barnard Show" on KQRS in Minnesota. Tom has the biggest radio show in Minnesota and the Mid-West. Tom is a close friend and a great guy, He's old school so it's fun to talk with Tom, he is not "PC." We talk everything from me being a pain in the ass to where the best place to eat is in Minneapolis to his deep voice to race and more. On his radio show and Westwood One podcast, "The Tom Barnard Show" Tom says whatever the hell he wants and that's what makes him so compelling to listen to? Release date 05/01/17
This is an episode of a talk show I created called, "The Paul Mercurio Show" (I struggled with the name). Bobcat was my guest, and this is an amazing look into one of the most groundbreaking comedians of our time. Bob talks about how his father influenced his "unique" comedic point of view, how he developed the "screaming" chracter, setting the Tonight Show set on fire, his daughter's "time of the month," and how he had to ditch the "screaming guy" and turn a page to do the kind of comedy and filmmaking he is now passionate about. A true artist, Bob's is an amazing story.
We tall about Tommy's days as part of the famous Cheech & Chong comedy team, how the two met, and started working together and what made them one of the most successful comedy teams in the history of show business. We also talk about Tommy's beginnings as a musician, his relationship with Motown world famous producer Berry Gordy and The Jackson 5, his introduction to comedy, how he writes his material and more. I got a contact high talking to him and I was all the way across country when we spoke.
LLC, a multi-dimensional therapeutic program with specialized one-on-one programs at home and in school for children with autism. She is a licensed psychotherapist and has worked with children with ASD and other related disorders for over 20 years. Dr. Nunez’s mission is to enrich the lives of children by providing academic, behavioral, cognitive and social support so that each child will be integrated into general educational classrooms, be able to develop friendships with peers, and become productive, independent individuals. She received a BA in Psychology, an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Ph.D. in Quantitative Research Methods with a specialization in Child Development. Release date - 04/10/17
This the most surprising, eye-opening interview I've done. Rabbi Mark was a mobster, gangster, con man, gambler, thief, and drunk. At 14 his father died. Within months, he was selling stolen goods for the mob, beginning a twenty-year life of crime that ran the gamut from bar hustles and con games to check-cashing scams. In prison, he played every angle and then some. Mark talks about his checkered past and how while in prison he found the keys to saving his soul by helping others which he does to this day. He is the rabbi at Beit T'Shuvah in Los Angeles, The House of Return, a rehabilitation facility for addicts of all kinds. And has dedicated his life to helping those with substance abuse and other problems. This is an AMAZING story. Release date - 04/03/17
Todd has a great take on things, smart, angry and funny as hell. We get into how he started doing comedy in high school -- he found out the hard way practicing medicine in High School was illegal. We talk what makes for a good and bad comedy club, dealing with hecklers, and people who hit their kids ... my mom used to hit me with her shoe. That's why I don't wear shoes. Enjoy! Release date - 03/27/17
Tom created the groundbreaking HBO series "Oz" and NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street," among others. "Oz" set the stage for serialized dramas with flawed characters like "The Sopranos," "Game of Thrones" and more. Tom also is known for "Copper," "Borgia," and "St. Elsewhere." My good friend Tom talks writing at a very young age, like play at the age of 9 and at 11 writing a book where people could get pregnant without touching each other. We discuss his unique writing process -- you gotta hear it -- what he wants people to take from his amazing body of work, how it is much harder to get creative freedom in television these days and much, much more. This is amazing insight into one of the most brilliant writers and producers in the last half century. No joke!
One of the most interesting interviews I've done, Michael has great stories about acting in "Goodfellas" opposite legends, Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci and how he prepared for the big scene where Pesci kills his character - fascinating look at how a great actor like Michael works. He also talks about the iconic show "The Sopranos," what it's like working with the great Director, Spike Lee, his movie "The Wannabes," Buddhism and much more. Release date - 03/13/17