Thu, 9 October 2014
It may be a life in "the middle" but Kevin Pollak details a pretty cool life so far...
Comedian, actor, director, writer and producer Kevin Pollak has moved through show business with great success.
His book HOW I SLEPT MY WAY TO THE MIDDLE is full of great stories of a life in the business.
Mark pumps him for some of those, and Kevin also discusses his latest documentary film project.
Josh Weinstein, an accomplished comic himself (Mystery Science 3000, etc) joins with Heather Ankeny
Mon, 29 September 2014
He also was the original host of AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS during that same period. All of that vaulted him to enormous visibility.
All this time Bob has been a master of a stand-up act that is shocking to many given his wholesome image but is consistently in demand. It's terrific.
Bob was the voice of the future Ted Mosby on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER.
His new book DIRTY DADDY which you can buy here through our Amazon link is a great read and takes the reader through his life that is filled with bitter loss but also amazing life gifts. It's filled with stories of meeting some of the shining lights of a show business career that's spanned decades
We talk to him about all of it.
Heather Ankeny joins with The King of TV, Paul Goebel.
Fri, 12 September 2014
According to people who keep up with such things, Walter O’Brian is likely the 4th smartest man in the world.
Is it lonely at the "genius top"? We ask him.
Walter visits THE EDGE and tells of hacking into Pentagon computers when he was only 13 and then moving up to hacking into one of the world’s top banks when he was 16.
Of course, by the time he was that age Walter was amassing quite a reputation already and building a business plan for hackers who could make a difference or at least make a buck.
Part of putting a sort of A-Team of genius techies together has led him to clients who range from celebrities to our own U.S. government. And now it’s led to the CBS series SCORPION (his hacker name). Walter talks about that television series that's based on his life.
His mathematically weighted but technologically accelerated view of the world has led him to pursue human immortality for the entire planet (or at least everyone who can afford it) in the form of the 2045 project. This is arguably the most provocative part of our conversation
Fri, 29 August 2014
How to survive the Zombie Apocalypse??
In the wildly popular show DOOMSDAY PREPPERS the idea is that people are preparing to survive an apocalyptic scenario.
California just sustained a sizable earthquake and, in truth, most disasters are less than apocalyptic. How do you prepare for those...?
The answers are in Scott Hunt's latest book:
Everything from general supplies to bug out bags, to water and food is covered in this book and he reviews plans with the crew.
Here's a link to the LIFESTRAW he recommends for water to get you started
The group also checks in on Fred Stoller who has come through the "Seinfeld/Kramer lawsuit" complete with a lawyer who is on the phone with him.
Josh Weinstein and Heather Ankeny join Mark Thompson
Thu, 21 August 2014
A CONVERSATION WITH CENK UYGUR OF THE YOUNG TURKS, THE MOST WATCHED ONLINE NEWS NETWORK IN THE WORLD.
The TYT NETWORK just passed 2 billion views on YOUTUBE and has 3 million subscribers.
It's founder, Cenk Uygur, discusses building this success and how he has now turned his attention to leading the biggest people's revolt in memory, WOLFPACK, designed to get money out of politics.
This is a JUMBO EPISODE that runs much longer than others but Cenk gets into a lot of interesting stuff that you will eat up.
Also along for the ride is Emmy award winning comedy writer, David Feldman and regular co-host Heather Ankeny.
Sun, 10 August 2014
In a coast to coast network television event the United Armwrestling League has just concluded their championships.
It seemed like a good time to sit in with United Armwrestling League founder Robert Drenk who joins Mark and Heather along with the greatest armwrestler in the world, John Brzenk.
Brzenk made an appearance in the Stallone movie Over the Top about the world of competitive arm wrestling but his real fame has come in real life on the worldwide competitive arm-wrestling circuit.
We knew nothing about this sport and how serious it was before we began but Robert and John filled it all in with great detail.
Fri, 1 August 2014
Molly Bloom shares the story of what was the most famous underground poker game in the country...until it got busted by the feds.
A-Rod, Leo Dicaprio, Ben Affleck, Toby McGuire and a bunch of super rich, billionaire's boys club types all played in "Mollys game" as it came to be called .
She took the game from Hollywood white hot success to even greater success in NYC where Wall St. money blew the game into the stratosphere financially and made Molly a target of the mob and ultimately the feds.
Josh Weinstein (@JElvisWeinstein) and Heather Ankeny (@HeatherAnkeny) join Mark (@markthompsontv)
Thu, 17 July 2014
Jay updates Mad Men as it winds down (over the next year) and shares his love of other TV.(He and his father almost entered Amazing Race)
Heather is back from a Disneyland birthday during which she gets stuck on a ride and Jay is fresh off a family trip to Disneyland as well that has practically left him with post traumatic stress.
Everyone in the group trades tales from the "Magic Kingdom" after that.
Paul Goebel, dubbed The King of TV for his vast TV knowlege not only talks TV but about raising kids as a single dad of two teenage girls.
Fun conversation with people we really enjoy.
Thu, 10 July 2014
James Wilks won season 9 of Ultimate Fighter.
He's an MMA expert, a certified handgun sharpshooter, a knife fighting champion and a NAVY SEAL instructor.
He takes the crew through his life as a kid in England and talks about what inspired him to get into the brutal fight game.
After suffering repeated injuries and during his rehab James studied his training regimen and top research on nutrition. He talks about the fact that he realized that a plant based diet would actually help in his strengthening and healing process more than his animal based diet.
After he converted to a vegan diet he tells us about a sudden and miraculous change in his body, training and life.
Heather Ankeny and J. Elvis Weinstein join Mark Thompson
Wed, 11 June 2014
On the 20th anniversary of the OJ Simpson murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, Josh Mankiewicz previews his 2 hour Dateline NBC special looking back at the murders.
Mankiewicz reviews the evidence that prosecutors kept out of the case and why.
Jimmy Dore and Heather Ankeny chime in with Mark Thompson.