10 Questions with Natalie Shure


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by Ryan Meehan

Natalie Shure is the very first writer, journalist and comedian ever to settle in Brooklyn.  She speaks fluent Russian, and would love to discuss Soviet-Nation building with you.  She is an MA student at NYU currently pursuing a joint degree in Journalism and Russian area studies.  Brooklyn Magazine named her one of the 50 Funniest People in Brooklyn.  Her writing has been featured several places, including the Atlantic, Gawker, Slate, New York Observer, Metro, The Awl, Frisky, Splitsider, Thought Catalog, Washington Post Express, and a Duane Reade memo pad full of half-baked joke ideas.  She is currently hacking away at a long-term project on drug-resistant tuberculosis in the Post-Soviet Union.  She performs stand-up comedy all over the city, and is sorry that she talks about history too much.  But that’s quite alright here at a website that goes by the name of First Order Historians, and that’s why she’s in the right place here today as my guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

10 Questions with Wink Martindale

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by Ryan Meehan and Emily Allyn

In the history of televised game shows no name is more synonymous with “host” than Wink, the man who has guided twenty-one game shows. But Martindale’s fifty-plus years in broadcasting encompass more than the hit programs for which he is best known. Before TV there was radio. Before game shows there was a Platinum record, “Deck of Cards”, leading to an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Along with “host” there have been numerous “producer” credits as well. Winston C. Martindale – nicknamed “Wink” by a neighborhood pal – was born and raised in Jackson, Tennessee. As long as he can remember there was a strong desire to be a radio announcer…a desire that was realized prior to graduation from high school at age 17. In less than two years on small stations in his hometown Martindale advanced to the much larger WHBQ in Memphis where he quickly became one of the city’s most popular personalities on both radio and television. In 1959 after being transferred by RKO to Los Angeles Wink caught on immediately. Five years of continued success on radio led to a series of popular network game shows, including “Gambit”, “High Rollers”, “Trivial Pursuit” and ten years as host of the enormously successful “Tic-Tac-Dough”. In 2006 Wink was presented with his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2012 he was honored as an original inductee into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame. May 11th of this year his alma mater, The University of Memphis, named Wink their Alumni of the Year with their Lifetime Achievement Award. Currently Martindale continues to develop television shows for network and first-run syndication. Retirement? “Why retire? I’m not tired”! Wink is the father of four children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. This August 2nd Wink and Sandy will have been married forty years and have lived in Mt. View Estates, Calabasas for twenty-three of those years.  It is an absolute honor to have the legendary Wink Martindale as our guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

10 Questions with Daryl Felsberg

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by Ryan Meehan

Daryl Felsberg is likable, laughable, and liable.  After being on the road for over ten years now, he has honed his comedic voice into a character that the industry and fans alike are taking notice of.  In 2009 Daryl produced his album “Bad Fattitude” which sold nationwide, and earned him airplay on Sirius XM’s Comedy channels.  That same year, Daryl was tapped to be the host of “The Shopper’s Club”; a shop from home show on a regional cable network.  He was yanked off the air after only three months for continually mocking the clients and their products, although viewership was at an all-time high.  Daryl is recognizable from many commercials, as well as several voiceover gigs.  His rants on obesity, society, and the absurdities of everyday life keep audiences laughing and on guard.  From stage to TV, the only thing bigger than he is are the laughs and that’s why we’re delighted to have Daryl Felsberg as our guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

7 Questions with Whitney Rice

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By Ryan Meehan

Whitney Rice is a comedic actress and stand-up comic from Virginia. After receiving her masters in rhetoric, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue comedy while teaching in colleges. Her comedic work has been featured in Buzzfeed, The Atlantic Wire, LA Weekly, LA Times, Funny or Die, and Talking Points Memo. She is the host of ORAtv’s ‘Tiny Tiny Talk Show’ and recently she partnered with Above Average, the digital branch of Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video.  We are very happy to have a healthy Whitney Rice as our guest today in 7 questions.   Continue reading

10 Questions with Rocky LaPorte

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by Ryan Meehan

Rocky LaPorte’s appeal comes from his everyman, streetwise style of comedy. Delivering laughs in his trademark Brooklyn accent, he has become one of the most sought after comedians in the country, and he appeared on season eight of NBC’s Last Comic Standing! A former Chicago truck driver and dock worker, Rocky has accumulated a slew of performances throughout his career, including being a featured comic on Showtime‘s The Godfathers of Comedy, a special starring five of America’s most hilarious Italian-American comics. On the big screen, he has been seen in two Tim Allen movies – Crazy on the Outside and The Shaggy Dog.  Rocky traveled with Drew Carey to Iraq to entertain the troops and was seen on the Showtime special Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie. Rocky has filmed his own Comedy Central Presents specialand was voted the network’s second most popular comedian in a nationwide poll. He has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and appeared on A&E‘s Evening At The Improv and VH1‘s Stand-Up Spotlight, along with sitcom appearances on Cheers and his own NBC pilot called the Rocky LaPorte Show.  Rocky has opened for the likes of Garry Shandling, Drew Carey, Tim Allen, Louie Anderson, Hootie and the Blowfish and the Righteous Brothers, just to name a few. His clean, blue-collar style of comedy continues to increase in popularity as he travels the country, and he’s my guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading