It was an honor to speak with legendary TV host Dick Cavett about his new book “Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks.” We had a fun conversation about comedy writing, cultural references, and why people hear his voice in their heads. Toward the end of the interview, he complimented me on my hosting skills. That specific quote is immediately going on my resume.
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Praise for RYAN GATENBY and THE BIG WAKEUP CALL
“It’s a pleasure talking to you. You do this very well.” — DICK CAVETT
Liz Tuccillo was a writer for “Sex and the City” (penning the classic episode “The Post-It Always Sticks Twice”) and is the co-author of “He’s Just Not That Into You.” Her latest project is her first feature film, “Take Care,” now in select theaters and video on demand. We talked about her writing process and how an independent film comes together.
Leighton Meester called in to promote her debut LP, “Heartstrings,” and surprised us by performing the title song live! We also chatted about how much music means to her and what artists inspired her growing up.
Sen. John McCain called in to talk about his new book, “13 Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War.” We also discussed the current status of the veterans’ health care situation and how the average citizen can help.
Ken Marino is, of course, a member of the highly influential sketch comedy group The State. He currently stars as Jake on NBC’s “Marry Me.” We talked about the quality of the show’s writing, the development of the cast’s chemistry, and the force of nature that is John Gemberling.
Graham Elliot is currently seen as a judge on Fox Tv’s “Masterchef Junior.” We talked about the incredible skills displayed by the young contestants, what continues to surprise him on the show, and why some kids think he’s too nice of a judge. I also pitched him on opening a new restaurant near my house.
Lorenzo Lamas called in to talk about his new autobiography, “Renegade at Heart” as well as his upcoming appearance on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice. He also revealed the role people still recognize him from the most, no matter where he goes.
Al Madrigal plays Andy on NBC’s “About a Boy.” We discussed his unique twist on the “married friend of a single guy” role, the chemistry of the cast (and crew), and the creative atmosphere on set that allows for creative collaboration.
Kimberly Schlapman is a member of the CMA and Grammy award-winning group Little Big Town. She called in to discuss sweet, delicious ham — and how you can give back this season with the Smithfield Lend A Ham campaign. We also talked about the band’s new record and tour.
Chef Eric Greenspan returned to the show to talk more about his National Geographic Channel show “Eric Greenspan Is Hungry,” which is getting rave reviews. This time, I made sure to pick his brain for more grilled cheese-related nuggets.