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An “all access pass” to the entertainment business through the eyes of comedy manager/producer Barry Katz and the industry's biggest "behind the scenes" players who candidly reveal the risky decisions they made that led to the most groundbreaking internet, television, radio, music, and film content in the world. Combining humor, insight, and motivation; Katz premieres a new episode every Monday.






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216: Byron Allen Re-Release

BYRON ALLEN is a multiple Emmy winning 35-year entertainment veteran, who began his career as a stand-up. At 14 years old, he got his first break when Jimmie Walker saw his stand-up act and was so impressed that he invited him to join his comedy writing team alongside promising young comedians Jay Leno and David Letterman. By the age of 18, Allen made his television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and was the youngest comedian ever to have performed on the show. His first...

Duration: 02:42:57

215: John Heffron

John Heffron is an American stand-up comedian, who is best known as the winner of the highest rated season of NBC’s hit reality competition "Last Comic Standing." Heffron first took the stage at the University of Michigan campus’s Main Street Comedy showcase and soon found himself skipping night classes to pursue his passion. His first break was branching into FM radio, serving as Danny Bonaduce’s wingman on Detroit’s number one morning show. In the television world, he has made multiple...

Duration: 01:28:07

214: Vir Das

Vir Das is the biggest English speaking comedian in India and one of the country’s top stand-up performers, actors, writers, musicians, and festival producers. He recently made an impact globally with his Netflix original special “Abroad Understanding” and was honored by "Variety Magazine" as one of their annual “Top 10 Comics to Watch.” He climbed the ranks of the Bollywood elite in various films such as "Badmaash Company," "Delhi Belly," and "Revolver Rani" to become the Indian Adam...

Duration: 01:21:42

213: Pat O'Brien

Pat O'Brien is an american author, radio host, and legendary sportscaster. He worked at CBS sports from 1981 to 1997, as well as the anchor and host of Access Hollywood from 1997 to 2004, and The Insider from 2004 to 2008. After graduating from college in 1970, he worked as a researcher at NBC News in Washington, D.C. and was a production assistant for the Huntley-Brinkley Report. He then served as an anchor and reporter in Chicago in 1977, and moved to KNXT-TV (now KCBS-TV) in Los Angeles...

Duration: 01:17:27

212: David Crane & Jeffrey Klarik

David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik have been partners, while successfully writing and producing television together for close to 3 decades. David Crane is best known as the co-creator of the long-running series "Friends," which ran for 10 seasons and earned him numerous awards including an Emmy for outstanding comedy series. Crane also co-created the classic HBO comedy "Dream On," for which he received an Emmy nomination for outstanding writing for a comedy series. Klarik’s respected writing...

Duration: 01:36:42

211: Steve Byrne

Steve Byrne has risen through the ranks of the comedy world to become one of the industry’s most innovative and sought-after performers. He just released his 4th hour stand-up special entitled "Tell The Damn Joke." He has been seen on TBS’s "Conan," ABC’s "Jimmy Kimmel Live," CBS’s “The Late Late Show,” BET’s "Comic View," and has appeared on NBC’s "Tonight Show" a total of 10 times. Byrne also had the honor of opening for popular musical acts such as Kanye West and Mariah Carey. His film...

Duration: 02:03:51

210: Jim Marrs - His Final Interview

Jim Marrs is an American journalist and JFK assassination expert. He has worked for several Texas newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where, beginning in 1968, he served as police reporter and general assignments reporter covering stories locally, in Europe, and the Middle East. In 1989, his book, "Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy", was published to critical acclaim and reached the New York Times paperback non-fiction best seller list in mid-February 1992. It became...

Duration: 01:00:29

209: Sasheer Zamata

Sasheer Zamata is a comedian, film/TV actress & writer best known for her great work on "Saturday Night Live". She received improv and sketch training from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and performs stand-up at colleges, clubs and has appeared at prestigeous festivals like Montreal Just For Laughs, Bonnaroo, SXSW, Moontower, SD Sketchfest, Vodafone, Bridgetown, New York, Brooklyn, Limestone, Woodstock, North Carolina, Great American, and Women In Comedy.

Duration: 01:31:40

208: Rikki Hugues

Rikki Hughes is a veteran producer of comedy specials, award shows and independent features. She is currently the executive producer and showrunner of "Hood Adjacent with James Davis" for Comedy Central as well as HBO’s upcoming comedy special "All Def Comedy Series". In the past few years alone, Hughes has been the executive producer of "Dear Mama," a Mother’s Day special for VH1, "The ABFF Awards: A Celebration of Hollywood" for BET, and the highly anticipated comedy special on Netflix...

Duration: 01:33:18

207: Bart Baker

Bart Baker is an American entertainer, web-based comedian, video producer and artist known for his short videos on Youtube, Vine and also He started his own Youtube channel in 2010 which quickly became a success through his parodies of music videos from famous artists. His parodies include Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and many others. Today, Bart is one of the top online influencers in the world with a YouTube following of over 12 million.

Duration: 00:59:38

206: Deborah Aquila

DEBORAH AQUILA is one of the most renowned casting directors in Hollywood. She began in NYC with Steven Soderbergh's "Sex, Lies and Videotape" and Uli Edel's "The Last Exit to Brooklyn" before moving to L.A to cast "The Shawshank Redemption." After several years as the head of casting for Paramount, Aquila returned to the independent casting world with Sam Raimi's "The Gift," starring Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves, and Katie Holmes, and "What Women Want," directed by Nancy Meyers and...

Duration: 01:33:24

205: Wonder Woman Director, PATTY JENKINS (re-release)

PATTY JENKINS is an award winning writer/director, best known recently for directing the highest grossing film by a woman in history ("Wonder Woman") and for her debut feature “Monster,” based on the life of convicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos. The film was named best first feature by the 2004 Independent Spirit Awards, one of the ten best films of the year by the AFI, and # 3 film of the decade by critic Roger Ebert. The movie also earned star Charlize Theron an Oscar, Golden Globe,...

Duration: 01:27:39

204: Chris Myers

Chris Myers is an Emmy award winning American sportscaster with more than 30 years in broadcasting. He has covered premiere events, including the Super Bowl, World Series, NBA finals, NCAA final four, NASCAR, the Masters and U.S. Open (golf), the Daytona 500, and the Olympics. He was awarded an Emmy in the sports features category in 1990 as an anchor/reporter. One of the busiest broadcasters in sports, Myers has interviewed everyone from Muhammad Ali to John Wooden to OJ Simpson to Tom...

Duration: 01:42:42

203: Mark Lonow and Jo Anne Astrow

Mark Lonow and Jo Anne Astrow have shared 50 years of personal and professional relationship together. Mark Lonow is an actor and producer who has appeared in countless films and worked with the greatest. His credits include The Wedding Singer with Adam Sandler, National Security with Martin Lawrence, & City Hall with Al Pacino. Lonow is also the owner of The Improv with his friend Budd Friedman. The legendary comedy club opened in 1963 and remains to this day a landmark of stand up...

Duration: 01:53:58

202: Best of the Comedy Directors: Apatow/Feig/Hudlin/Zucker/Marshall

The best of all the episodes with some of the greatest comedy directors in the entertainment industry, featuring Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up), Reggie Hudlin (House Party, Boomerang, The Great White Hype), David Zucker (Airplane, The Naked Gun, Scary Movie 3), Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy, Ghostbusters) & Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, The Flamingo Kid, The Princess Diaries).

Duration: 02:16:56

201: Andrew Golder

Andrew J. Golder has created, produced, and written numerous TV game, reality and comedy programs. His credits include "1st and Ten" with OJ Simpson, the multiple Emmy-winning "Win Ben Stein's Money" that launched the career of Jimmy Kimmel, "Solitary", “the Game of Life” for the Hub, Comedy Central’s “Gong Show," NBC’s “Identity” with Penn Jillette, CBS' “Star Search”, & the magic series "Penn & Teller: Fool Us", which begins its' 4th season this summer on the CW on July 13th

Duration: 01:41:34

200: Lee Harvey Oswald's lover, Judyth Vary Baker

LEE HARVEY OSWALD’s girlfriend in 1963, JUDYTH VARY BAKER is an American artist, writer, cancer researcher, and poet who was the lover of the accused assassin in the murder of JFK, which she claims was a CIA/Mafia conspiracy with Oswald being a designated scapegoat. A wizard student with the highest IQ in her class, in 1958, she was introduced to a high-ranking Norwegian geneticist and radiobiologist with CIA ties who had served as a double agent against Hitler. His exploits as a spy...

Duration: 01:49:57

199: Best of Casting Directors

The best of all the episodes with the biggest casting directors in the entertainment industry.

Duration: 01:59:56

198: Rob Schneider Re-Release

ROB SCHNEIDER is a 3-time emmy nominated TV and film actor, well known all over the world for his hugely successful tenure on "Saturday Night Live," his trademark blend of character/comedian acting, as well as for his esteemed career as a stand-up comedian, director, producer, and writer. His more memorable films include "The Chosen One" (a drama he also co-wrote), "You may Not Kiss The Bride," as well as several Happy Madison productions including "Bedtime Stories," "You Don't Mess With...

Duration: 02:12:53

197: Steve Mosko

STEVE MOSKO is one of the most famous and powerful personalities in the world of television. During his 24 years at Sony Television, including 16 as president, Mosko oversaw some of the best TV shows in history, including "The Shield," "Outlander," "The Goldbergs," "The Blacklist," "Preacher," "Better Call Saul," "Masters of Sex," "Wheel of Fortune," "Jeopardy," and of course, the hit show that won 16 Primetime Emmy Awards and 2 Golden Globes during its 5 year run, "Breaking Bad."

Duration: 01:30:11

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