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Episode 32: Happy Birthday Mom!

This episode was recorded on September 9th, my wonderful, proud Jewish mama’s birthday!  My gift to her this year was an hour of questioning her cryptic and often times mumble-mouthed son on his life. Eye-rolling was kept to a minimum…Highlights include my experience at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2006, getting my acting career going as the Cowardly Lion, and what I really learned in high school.

Check out my momma’s own podcast here!

Episode 31: The Power of Belief and the Desire to Belong with Justin Kelly

This week’s episode features Justin Kelly, the writer and director of I Am Michael (starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto). We chat about the years of work it takes to climb the film-world ladder, Michael Glatze’s reaction to a film about his life, and the oddities of airplane gasoline.

Justin’s upcoming projects include King Cobra (also starring James Franco, Christian Slater, and Molly Ringwald), Welcome the Stranger (starring Riley Keough and Abbey Lee) and JT Leroy (starring Kristen Stewart).

Stay up-to-date on all of Justin’s projects by following his IMDb page here!

Episode 29: The Meat in the Cotton Candy with Robin Riker

I am joined this week by veteran actress Robin Riker, who appeared in such series as BrothersThe Bold and the Beautiful and my personal fanboy geekout, the Disney Channel Original Movie Brink! We chat about her new book A Survivor’s Guide to Hollywood, steering clear of “soul-eaters” and the necessity of champagne.

Pick up a copy of Robin’s book here!

Episode 28: A Fight Against Boredom with Johnny 3 Tears aka George Regan

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This week George “Johnny 3 Tears” Regan of Hollywood Undead stops by for another Highway to Havasu episode. We chat about the hate/hate relationship between band and record label, his approach to writing lyrics, and how his doomsday preparations are going.

Although known for his music, J3T has got some pretty great acting chops. In the upcoming Spring Break comedy Johnny plays Jonathan/Ronathan, two frighteningly weird unrelated guys, a tow-truck driver and a boat rental shop owner respectively. It was a blast to work with George, errrr Johnny 3 Tears…he’s the kind of guy that cracks open a beer before we go for a take and man can he give one menacing stare down that will make you crap your pants.

Stay up-to-date on all the latest HU news here! I hear they have a new album coming soon…

Episode 27: I’m Sitting Amongst the Best with UTM

This week I chat once again with Urban Theatre Movement, only this time its the cast of their latest play, Replica. We cover the origins of the play, why theater might be losing its edge and what plays inspire them to be the amazing and daring theater group that they are.

Stay up-to-date on all things UTM here!

Episode 25: Looking for Instinct with Kyle Patrick Alvarez

This week I sit down with the brilliant, award-winning director Kyle Patrick Alvarez,  whose films include C.O.G., Easier with Practice and most recently The Stanford Prison Experiment (starring Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano and Tye Sheridan) which opens July 17th. We chat about the realities of directing an independent film in today’s market, Jewish/Cuban relations, and how he accomplished the seemingly unaccomplishable, securing film-rights to a David Sedaris story.

Check out the trailer here!

Episode 24: Zero F**ks Given with Jeff Janke

Back to back Highway to Havasu episodes! And it’s the big one…I sit down with our writer/director Jeff Janke and talk about how this whole crazy story began, hitting the road with Good Charlotte, and how you can have some fun while getting fired from a job.

Get more info on our movie here!

Episode 23: Join the Squad with Amber Goetz

My guest this week is Highway to Havasu wonder woman producer Amber Goetz, just in time for the next installment of the H2H series! We talk about casting the film, her not so secret identity in photography, and why you do not want to drop her dirt bike helmet. Rest in peace BOT sign 🙁

Get more info on our movie here!

Episode 22: The Future of Entertainment with Julie Young

We are back and we missed you all! Thank you to Amber Goetz at AMP Creative for helping to keep SideKickBack intact. My guest on our triumphant return is another Sundance friend, virtual reality content producer Julie Young of Emblematic Group. We talk about Project Syria, working with the great Nonny de la Pena and the battle of CG vs. 360.

Stay up-to-date on all things Emblematic Group by visiting their website here!

Episode 21: Slap That Explicit On with Melani Carroll

WARNING: EXPLICIT CONTENT! I sit down with my old pal comedienne Melani Carroll. We celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style by getting all nostalgic on old memories, talking perfect 10’s and the tragedy of 1-ply toilet paper.