Comedy History with Fred Willard & Mary Willard

Comedy History with Fred Willard & Mary Willard

Episode 39

Comedian & actor Fred Willard (Anchorman, Best In Show, Modern Family) and writer & playwright Mary Willard (Fernwood Tonight) have been married for almost 50 years - even after the many times they've worked together. They take a trip down comedy memory lane, including how they first met, why Fred's sketch got no laughs on The Ed Sullivan Show, how he almost cast himself out of Fernwood Tonight, and why networking in the new age of online content is rather depressing. They also share why they got interested in charity work, and revisit their favorite scenes with the Christopher Guest family.

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LESSONS FROM FRED & MARY:

  1. Working with someone you love can actually be a joy.
  2. Creativity keeps us alive.
  3. Say "yes" to opportunities.

 

TOPICS IN THIS EPISODE:

Follow Fred Willard on FacebookTwitter

Follow Mary Willard on Facebook

Support UNICEF Hurricane Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

Elon Musk's offer to to rebuild Puerto Rico's electricity grid

Denmark's progress & goals in renewable energy

Las Vegas gun control debate

Our dear friend Harry Dean Stanton

LuckyHarry Dean's last film

SNL Saturday Night Live

Fernwood Tonight, TV series with Martin Mull

Alan Thicke

Harry Shearer

Elvis & JulietMary's play starring Fred

How they met - thanks to David Frye at Hungry I in San Francisco

Barbara Streisand singing "People" in Funny Girl

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" in The Wizard of Oz

Learn more about the MoHos Comedy group

Vic Greco of the comedy duo, Greco and Willard

The Merv Griffin Show

The Ed Sullivan Show

Second City in Chicago

Little Murders - directed by Alan Arkin

Norman Lear

Know your history! Robert Preston, Al Jolson, Keystone KopsMilton BerleJackie Mason

Professor Irwin Corey

Steve Bluestein

A Year at the Top, TV series starring Paul Shaffer

Deathtroupe

Farah Fawcett Foundation - hep raise funds for cancer research

HPV vaccines

Cerritos Center for the Performing Artswhere Fred and Mary will be honored

Animal rights groups - PETAActors and Others for AnimalsFarm SanctuaryKitty Bungalow

Christopher Guest, director of Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and many more

Watch Fred Willard in Best in Show

Fred's work on Funny or Die

Buck Henry, actor that helped Ed network back in the day

 

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Natural Disasters & History Trivia with Jenny Gabrielle

Natural Disasters & History Trivia with Jenny Gabrielle

Episode 38

Actress Jenny Gabrielle (Only the Brave, Georgia O'Keefe, Festival in Cannes) is a history buff and a strong believer in science. But her heart is always in the arts, the one thing robots can't do better than humans. Jenny shares what life has offered her so far, including what it was like to have a Republican father who worked on top secret scientific projects, how she lost her voice and (almost) her passport on a Cannes shoot with Anouk Aimee, and why she's become so interested in Queen Elizabeth's poetic spies.

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LESSONS FROM JENNY:

  1. Honor and respect science.
  2. Art is the one thing robots can't do better than us.
  3. Have gratitude for the things you have.

TOPICS IN THIS EPISODE:

Jenny Gabrielle's IMdB page 

Only the Brave, coming out October 20 starring Josh Brolin, Jennifer Connelly, Jeff Bridges, Miles Teller

The Yarnell Fire & the 19 firefighters who sacrificed their lives

Why are fires getting more frequent

Jesse Steed, whose wife Desiree Steed is played by Jenny

Photographer Dorothy Norman in Lifetime's Georgia O'Keefe movie with Jeremy Irons, Joan Collins, and Ed!

Burbank / Las Tunas fire in the Los Angeles area

Deepwater Horizon, the movie

The recent earthquake near Fukushima

Mutually assured destruction - no one will bomb b/c they think everyone else will bomb them too

President Trump's UN speech (CNN) 

Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan

Acting coach Eric Morris, who wrote No Acting Please and many other books

Galway, Ireland

Matilda of Scotland, Rachelle's royal ancestor

Festival in Cannes directed by Henry Jaglom and starred Maximilian SchellAnouk Aimée

Eating

Emmys 2017

Nicole Kidman & Reese Witherspoon at the Emmys for Big Little Lies

Christopher "Kit" Marlowe in Tudor England

Queen Elizabeth's spies

Bill Maher

Chelsea Handler

Keep an eye out for Jenny Gabrielle's upcoming Lifetime movie, Be My Baby

Seneca in ancient Rome

Possible parallels between history and George R Martin's Game of Thrones

Balance vegan desserts with steak

Polonius "This above all - to thine own self be true/ And it must follow as the night the day/ Thou canst not then be false to any man." (Hamlet)

 

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Healthcare Reform & iPad Filmmaking with Charles Dennis & Neil Dickson

Healthcare Reform & iPad Filmmaking with Charles Dennis & Neil Dickson

Episode 37

When you sit a Canadian, a Brit, and two Americans at the same table, certain questions are bound to come up. How will Brexit affect the UK in 20 years? What can US lawmakers learn from the British and Canadian healthcare systems? And why are foreigners so darn good at American accents? Ed and Rachelle chat with actor Neil Dickson and writer / filmmaker Charles Dennis about these issues in our political climate, and the iPad filmmaking technique with the lowest production carbon footprint.

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LESSONS FROM CHARLES & NEIL:

  1. Don’t wait for an opportunity. If you have an iPad, you can do anything.

  2. There’s no perfect political system. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t fight for a better one.

 

TOPICS IN THIS EPISODE:

Follow Neil Dickson on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter

Follow Charles Dennis on Instagram

Facebook pages for ChicaneryAtwill at Large

Watch Atwill at Large on YouTube

Check out all of Charles Dennis' work

Check out all of Neil Dickson's work

She-Wolf of LondonTV series

Remington Steele, TV series

Actors on The Kinetic Kid sizzle - Dan AykroydKen Welsh

Buffalo International Film Festival, where Charles won the Samuel Fuller Guerilla Filmmaker Award

Met through actor Ian McShane

A.D., TV mini series shot in Africa

Toronto Telegram

The O'Keefe Center

Zsa Zsa Gabor, who supposedly dropped diamonds down sink at the King Edward Hotel and began Charles' role as an reporter / interviewer

Francesca Hilton, Zsa Zsa Gabor's daughter

Ended up at press conference with Jack E. Leonard 

Nottingham, England

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Looking at Margaret Thatcher's effect on the arts

Trafford Tanzi, the play that ran in New York as Tarzana Tanzi with Debbie Harry

More cast members of A.D. (Anno Domini)James MasonJack WardenSusan SarandonAva GardnerColleen DewhurstAmanda PaysDiane VenoraChris Humphreys

Michael Halsey

Jeff Goldblum

Shure mic - helped Charles fix his sound

David O. Russell, director who saw Chicanery and wondered "But how do you zoom in?"

Patty McCormack (The Bad Seed, Frost Nixon, Sopranos)

Orson Welles

Michael Swan

Toni Basil, singer 

Helena Kallianiotes

Ben Cross

Joan Collins, actress who let Neil stay at her house on Cabrillo

Laurence Harvey

Brexit - what you should know

Will Brexit make Britain richer in the future? Some think yes, others say no

UK healthcare vs. US healthcare

Canadian healthcare vs. US healthcare

Reflexologist

Can alternative medicine really help people with strokes?

Brief history of Chinese medicine & preventative health method pay your doctor until you get sick

Channing Tatum, not Tating Channum

The Standard Bearer, Neil's one-man play directed by Julian Sands (Room with a View)

National Theatre of Luxembourg

Dream cast of Hard Fourincluding Bryan Cranston, Dabney Coleman, Ed Asner, Rachelle Carson, Ed Begley Jr, Fayard Nicholas, Paula Prentiss, Willie Garson, Ross Benjamin, Sam Gould

 

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Energy Efficient Homes & Drywall 101 with Contractor Scott Harris

Energy Efficient Homes & Drywall 101 with Contractor Scott Harris

Episode 36

When Ed and Rachelle asked for a LEED platinum house, contractor Scott Harris couldn't resist the challenge. Even without much knowledge of sustainable homes, he seized the opportunity and studied up on the features that would set this super eco-friendly house apart from the norm. But don't worry, you don't have to be Ed Begley Jr. with pot fillers, paperless drywalls, and a greywater system if you want a house with a low carbon footprint. Scott shares budget-friendly ways you can make your own house better for the environment, and take care of your own health by preventing mold from infiltrating your walls.

 

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LESSONS FROM SCOTT:

1. You can achieve your dreams without taking the traditional path.

2. A house can be functional and beautiful.

3. Green can be a way of life.

 

 

 

TOPICS IN THIS EPISODE:

Building Construction Group website

Email Scott Harris at scott@buildingcgroup.com

Follow Scott on Instagram

Watch Scott in the web series On Begley Street

Boogie Nights, the film

Adam Carolla

Why you should get paperless drywall

Tips on preventing and inspecting for mold in your home

The holy trinity of creating mold on paper on the back of drywall - put in a dark place, add water, and a food source

DensGlass

Why you should pay attention to VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and off gassing

LEED certification

Erector sets of today 

3 Advantages of Pot Fillers in your kitchen

SCI-Arc, architecture school

Barbara Barry

Other college drop outs: Steve JobsFrank Lloyd WrightLudwig Mies van der Rohe (who didn't even go to college)

William Hefner

ACT D'mand system - save electricity / heat / time / water / energy by not waiting for hot water

Learn about recirculating pumps

John Woosley

Learn about shear wall

Daikon system for heating & AC

Fly ash

Avoid flooding from your AC condensate line

Los Angeles' plan for a master rainwater catchment system

UV pool vs. ozone pool

Sierra Pacific windows & doors

Kevin James, actor

Greywater reuse vs. rainwater harvesting

US Green Building Council

What mere mortals can do:

Our episode with Corbin Bernsen & Amanda Pays

Lutron lighting

LED lighting solutions from Eaton

Caesarstone

National Council of Jewish Women

Title 24

Miter box

 

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Corbin Bernsen & Amanda Pays on Home Remodeling & Healthy Relationships

Corbin Bernsen & Amanda Pays on Home Remodeling & Healthy Relationships

Episode 35

Moving into a new house can be a hassle. But for actors and home renovators Corbin Bernsen (LA Law, Psych) and Amanda Pays (The Flash, Max Headroom), uprooting and changing locations is like therapy. They share how their spending habits have morphed from overabundance to frugality and simplicity, how the nomadic life has strengthened their relationship, and where they look for the best secondhand furniture. Of course, they also challenge Ed to travel with them across international borders, and reveal the houses that they regretted the most.

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LESSONS FROM CORBIN & AMANDA:

  1. Sometimes we have to just live life...and then worry about the finances.
  2. Go where life takes you. It can help you get out of the grind.
  3. Wherever you are, honor what the environment tells you to do. Make the most of what’S there and adapt.
  4. Trying to expand through the cheap and fast route isn’t always the best solution in the long run.

 

TOPICS IN THIS EPISODE:

Amandaandcorbin.com - stay up to date on their latest work

Open House: Reinventing Space for Simple Living - buy their book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Follow Corbin Bernsen on FacebookTwitter

Follow Amanda Pays on Instagram

Corbin Bernsen, actor / director / producer - check out his work in film & TV

Amanda Pays, actress - check out her work in film & TV

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Richard Branson - will he ever invent a biofuel so Ed will finally get on a plane?

Norwegian Air

Terrapass

Santa Fe Southwestern style that was big in the 1980s

Judd Hirsch, actor who gave them 2 barns to use the wood

Steve Martin, actor / comedian who bought the first house they sold

1994 earthquake that shook Southern California

LA Law

The Flash

Farnham, Surrey

Hampshire, England

The Cape, TV series - why Corbin had to move to Florida and left Amanda to raise 4 boys

Kennedy Space Center

Campbell Hall

Cool restaurants made of shipping containers

The science of peeing in the pool

DG (Decomposed granite) 101

Plants that should've been planted in Southern California

Son Oliver Bernsen - artist, filmmaker

Rose Bowl Flea Market

Ikea

England council houses - America's version of stucco houses

American expansion after WWII

The Crucial Decade - and After: America, 1945-1960 by Eric Goldman

McMansions

Robert Blake, actor

Priscilla Woolworth

 

 

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