Nick Newell is a CT boy who is 11-0 in Mixed Martial Arts and 2-0 in World Series of Fighting, where he began competing last year. Newell is one of the most popular fighters outside of the UFC and quickly making his way up the ranks of the lightweight division. Born missing the lower half of his left arm, Newell's success in the sport of MMA is inspiring to anyone who has been told they are not properly equipped for handling a sport, a task or a challenge. Nick proves that hard work and technique can overcome anything by not just winning all his fights, but winning in impressive knockout and submission finishes that have fans on their feet. Nick joined me to discuss his short but storied career thus far, what the future holds for him, Anthony Robles, being from CT and much more! Follow Nick on twitter @NotoriousNewell and be on the look out for his next fight with World Series of Fighting!
In the world of Comedy Central Roasts, Jeff Ross is more than a household name. He is regarded as the roast Master, being that he has appeared in more or less every roast of the last ten-fifteen years and been an integral part behind the scenes as well. Jeff joins me to talk about the art of the roast, what "too soon" is, the infamous Dave Chappelle heckling incident in Hartford last year, Charlie Sheen, all before speed roasting myself, Connecticut and Syracuse University. Follow Jeff on twitter @RealJeffRoss and who knows, maybe he’ll be kind enough to roast you, the highest honor a comedy fan can receive these days!
UFC is in town for Superbowl weekend and they are planning on blowing the roof off the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. less than 24 hours before kickoff at Metlife stadium. Not one but two title fights headline the card as fan favorite Urijah Faber takes on Bantamweight Champion Renan Barao in the main event, Jose Aldo defends his featherweight title against Ricardo Lamas and two absolute monsters battle as Alistair Overeem takes on UFC veteran Frank Mir. I got a chance to speak to all the fighters at Madison Square Garden during media day. This podcast includes my chats with Overeem, Mir, Faber and Lamas. Four interviews all in one pod-stravaganza! A great card this Saturday so if you’re in the area grab some tickets or if not, order the show, as the UFC is sure to kick off Superbowl weekend with a bang as always! Enjoy!
UFC Welterweight Jake Shields returns to the program to discuss his upcoming fight with Hector Lombard at UFC 171 in Dallas on March 15th. The card is filled with Welterweight bouts and Jake weighs in on who he thinks will win the title bout between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler as well as Carlos Condit’s fight with Tyron Woodley. Jake shares his feelings on the last two guys he beat, Woodley and Damian Maia, getting higher profile opponents then him (based on rankings) as well as whether the rankings mean anything to him at all. Jake shares his thoughts on GSP taking time off and vacating the belt, Anderson Silva breaking his leg and his fellow teammates Gilbert Melendez and Nate Diaz having trouble working out their proposed fights with Khabib Nurmagomedov. As always Jake has a lot to say and that’s why he is one of our favorite guests from the world of Mixed Martial Arts. Look for the movie Jake is involved with Fight Life online HERE and follow Jake on twitter @JakeShieldsAJJ
Bob Marley is a very funny stand-up comic from the great state of Maine who you might also recognize as Detective Greenly from the Boondock Saints films. Marley tours the country telling stories about growing up and raising family in the torturous New England weather and even holds the Guinness Book record for the most consecutive hours of standup comedy ever performed on stage. Bob dropped by for a fun chat about Maine, Boston, Boondock Saints, Troy Duffy, and what it’s like sharing a name with one of the most famous musicians of all time. Follow Bob on twitter @BobMarleyComedy
When it came time to put together my annual Top Ten Albums of the Year for The Sound Magazine one album immediately jumped into my head. It was the album that I had been listening to non-stop since being introduced to it back in September. That album was Spreading Rumours by GROUPLOVE. The album is filled with single-worthy tracks that get you up, bring you down, chill you out and get you thinking. What’s different about this band and this album is that not every song sounds the same. In fact, you can make the argument that a lot of the tracks on Spreading Rumours sound like a completely different band entirely. The record plays like a movie soundtrack from the 90’s and I mean that in the best way possible. Recently I got to chat with Christian Zucconi, the lead male vocalist of the band who shares singer/songwriter duties with his female counterpart Hannah Hooper. Spreading Rumours ended up at #2 on my Top Ten Albums of the Year list but to be fair, depending on the minute or the hour or the day of the week, any of the top three on that list are my favorite at any given time. It was a great year for music. Christian and I chat about making this awesome record, what separates it from their debut LP, how the band is dealing with success and what to expect from them in 2014. Follow the band on twitter @Grouplove and be sure to check them out when they come to your city for a live show that is not to be missed!
Nick Kroll had quite the year on the small screen. The successful standup comic is part of the ensemble cast of the hit comedy, The League, which has already been picked up for it’s sixth season. His own sketch show, Kroll Show will be premiering it’s second season on Comedy Central in January of 2014. Last but not least, Kroll was one of the standouts on the very funny James Franco Roast, holding his own with Hollywood heavyweights like Seth Rogan and Jonah Hill. Even with all this Nick still has time to tour the country performing his true love, standup comedy, for his devoted fanbase. On December 13th he will be swinging through Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut in what is somewhat of a homecoming for Kroll, who grew up a bit further down I-95 in Rye, NY. Nick joined me to talk about The League, his personal relationship with fantasy football, what fans can expect from the upcoming season of Kroll Show, who his favorite guest stars were and we end by playing the podcast’s first edition of Google Over/Unders, a new fun game that alienates guests by comparing their level of fame with that of other celebrities that share their first name, all based on the order in which they show up in a Google search. A fun show as always that you don’t want to miss! Follow Nick on twitter @NickKroll
(SPOILER ALERT: This interview is SPOILER CITY. Do not listen to it until you have at least seen one version of Oldboy or do not mind having the twists and turns revealed to you here)
This is the third and final installment of my Oldboy coverage and was actually the one-on-one interview I was the most looking forward to. As you may know by now, I saw director Spike Lee and screenwriter Mark Protosevich’s version of Oldboy first and then watched the remake two days later. This not only caused me to really enjoy the remake, but also with both films so fresh in my mind I was instantly able to pick out the changes that Mark made when adapting the cult film for American audiences.
Mark Protosevich and I go through all the differences between the two films, why he felt they were necessary, the pressures of adapting a true cult phenomenon, restructuring the twist, where this twist ranks in the pantheon of famous movie twists and much much more! If you are a fan of Oldboy, original, remake or both, you MUST listen to this fascinating interview at some point! It’s rare that you get to break down a project, spoilers and all, with the man who crafted each and every moment on a keyboard.
(SPOILER ALERT: If you have not seen either Spike Lee’s Oldboy or the original Korean film you might want to wait to listen to these interviews as plot elements are mentioned. You have been warned)
Oldboy is one of the best movies of the year and definitely the craziest. Unlike most film-buffs, I saw this version first, and was glad I did because it gave me different perspective from most people covering the film. I watched the original two days later and then went to the Conrad Hotel in New York City to discuss the film with it’s director Spike Lee, as well as it’s stars Elizabeth Olsen and Michael Imperioli.
First up, Spike discusses the film as a whole as well as some of the differences between his version and the original. Next, Elizabeth Olsen takes us behind the curtain of a sex scene and talks about what is was like working with the much older Josh Brolin. Last but not least, a dream come true for this die-hard Sopranos fan as after Michael Imperioli tells me about working with Spike for the sixth time he briefly discusses the greatest show of all time, his dear friend the late James Gandolfini and in what form, if ever, David Chase would ever consider bringing back the show.
This is a LOADED podcast that you do not want to miss if you are a fan of either Oldboy film. Oldboy is in theaters NOW and the original is on Netflix so check them out and them take A Shot of Yager!