The Blogger’s Roast of J-Dub

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Originally posted on Dubsism:

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"Fix you a drink, Ladies?" (picture some Sade music playing underneath this...) “Fix you a drink, Ladies?” (picture some Sade music playing underneath this…)

SportsChump: As part of marking the 1,000th post on Dubsism, a few fellow bloggers and fans thought it might not be a bad idea to honor the man behind Dubsism with an old-fashioned roast.  Not the Dean Martin or Comedy Central type, we’re talking about shoving an apple in that fat fuckers’ mouth, tossing him on a spit and feeding 75% of Africa.  But since there are laws against that sort of stuff, and even those kids Sally Struthers hasn’t eaten yet won’t eat meat that tastes of bourbon and despair.  Not to mention, that whole cannibalism thing is only OK if you are a South American soccer team stranded in the Andes.

So, we went right back to the Dean Martin thing. We all broke out our tuxedos, or in J-Dubs’ case – his tarp with a…

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10 Questions with April Richardson

April Richardson

by Ryan Meehan

Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, April Richardson moved to Los Angeles after graduating from college (later than most people do). Growing up, she was always obsessed with comedy and was always, as the expression goes, the “class clown.” She never realized you could get paid for being obnoxious and disruptive until she moved to L.A. and got a job on E!’s hit show Chelsea Lately — Hollywood dreams, they do come true!  Since Chelsea Lately ended, she has toured with Dana Gould and Chris Hardwick, and have appeared several times on Comedy Central’s hit show @midnight. She’s published her own photocopied zine since the age of 14, and has been a blogger since way back in 1997.  April created and hosted the popular Go Bayside Podcast for nearly two years, and has seen Morrissey live in concert over a hundred times.  She even made Lord of the Underworld Glenn Danzig laugh once, which was the deciding factor in qualifying April Richardson as my guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

10 Questions with Alexandra Paul


By Ryan Meehan

The star of over 75 feature films and television programs and internationally recognized for her five year starring role as Lt. Stephanie Holden in the TV series Baywatch, Alexandra Paul began her acting career at age 18 starring in the highly rated telefilm Paper Dolls.  She then starred in dozens of films, several television series and  more movies for Lifetime Television than any other actress.  Alexandra is a vegan and an environmentalist who has been recognized by the United Nations for her work on the human overpopulation issue.  She has registered voters in South Africa, delivered medical supplies to war torn Nicaragua, volunteered for a population nonprofit in Sierra Leone and been arrested over 16 times in the United States for civil disobedience actions on peace, gay rights and environmental issues.  Alexandra has been driving electric cars for 25 years, and was featured in the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?  Alexandra is also an athlete who competed in the Boston Marathon, the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon and who participates ocean swim races as long as 13.7 miles.  She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, triathlon coach Ian Murray.  We are grateful to have the extremely talented Alexandra Paul as our guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

7 Questions with Liz Hill of Starling Glow


by Ryan Meehan

Liz Anne Hill took about 15 years and a few busted romances to create the songs that make up her band Starling Glow’s self-titled debut album, a blend of modern pop musical styles that ranges from pop/rock to dance and indie.  A multi-instrumentalist, Hill grew up in Orange County surrounded by music—her mom played piano, her dad guitar and older sister piano, pipe organ and drums, while they all sang. “They told me early on, if I don’t pick up an instrument, they would kick me out of the family,” she laughs. “I was handed a bass at 10 years old and told, ‘It’s easy to play and you’re not very coordinated.” Growing up, Liz was a member of a variety of bands when she wasn’t horseback riding, the other passion in her life. “All I’ve known is being in rock groups, because I enjoy that collaborative thing,” she explains. “A lot of the bands that I grew up listening to were on small indie labels and played good music – I was into that. For me, playing in a band is all about building that energy and engaging people.” Grammy-nominated producer, songwriter and musician Billy Mohler—one-time member of L.A. band The Calling, who has also played or worked with Smashing Pumpkins, Macy Gray, Liz Phair, Kelly Clarkson, AWOLNation and skateboard pro Tony Hawk—was hired to produce the record and immediately recognized the fellow Orange County native’s talent.  The record is being released through newly formed Indie Label Trailblaze Music Group, where Mohler is General Manger.  The album, despite some of its modern EDM touches, is rooted in the rock ‘n’ roll of her youth. “I know my father would’ve killed me if I didn’t have guitars on there,” she admits. “Being able to perform these songs, get them into people’s hands and, hopefully, have them enjoy them for as long as possible would just be more than I could ever wish for.”  Liz Hill and Starling Glow are primed and ready to share their music with you, and we are proud to have her as our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading

7 Questions with Pat Kilbane


by Ryan Meehan

Best known for his three year run on Fox’s MadTV, Pat Kilbane made his mark on the show with outrageous physical comedy and uncanny celebrity impressions.  Among his more memorable characters were “Stan the Java Man”, the shady Spishak spokesman, and the floppy superhero “Rubberman”.  Kilbane’s impressions are too numerous to list, but notable his mimicry of Howard Stern and Lyle Lovett fooled some viewers into believing that the stars actually appeared on the show.  After MadTV Kilbane was signed to a two-year deal with Dreamworks, during which he appeared in the movies Evolution and Eurotrip, and on ABC’s hit show Spin City.  He later added to his eclectic menagerie of characters with appearances on My Name is Earl and in the films Day of the Dead, Semi-Pro, and Meet Dave.  Raised in Dayton, Ohio Kilbane earned his bachelor’s degree from Beloit College before beginning his career as a stand-up comedian.  He headlined clubs throughout the United States and was featured on Showtime’s Full Frontal Comedy as well as A&E’s Evening at the Improv and Comedy On the Road.  After moving to Los Angeles he appeared in over a dozen national commercials, made guest appearances on The Single Guy and Arli$$, and played the role of the Anti-Kramer in the Emmy nominated Seinfeld episode “The Bizzaro Jerry”.  Now a writer and producer of science-fiction, Kilbane recently penned The Brain Eater’s Bible, a zombie book published by St. Martin’s Press.   That’s why I’m currently wearing a helmet, but am still delighted to have Pat Kilbane as our guest today in 7 questions. Continue reading