July 15th, 2021
In this Episode I get to speak with Bladesmith and Forged In Fire Champion, Jay Replogle! It was so great speaking to Jay! He's such a fun and Intelligent guy and I really enjoyed just hanging out with him and getting to know him more. We spoke about him teaching at the Appalachian Center for Crafts, his recent achievement of becoming a Journeyman Smith with the American Bladesmith Society and what it takes to accomplish that and the importance of being a part of the ABS, his passion for bladesmithing and why it means so much to him, and of course winning Forged In Fire and how that opportunity came about(as well a great behind the scenes story)! Jay finally takes on My Questions of Torture and Awesomeness! Thanks Jay for speaking with me and thanks to all of my Peeps for your support.
November 15th, 2020
In this Episode I get to speak with legendary actress Adrienne Barbeau! This is a conversation I wont ever forget and I'm so truly thankful that she took some time to speak with me. We talk about her appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, how and when she got into theater, her experience overseas as an actress and how it was an eye opening experience for her, going to New York and what her first year was like, playing Rizzo in the original production of Grease and if she related to the character. It was also so great hearing about her working with the great Bea Arthur and how she made an impression on her, why her character Ruthie in Carnivale was her favorite character to play and why it was so hard to let that character go, what she likes from a director, writing her memoir, what it means to be a mom and so much more! Finally Adrienne takes on my quick shortened version of My Questions of Torture and Awesomeness and we do a little Word Association game at the end with people and things from throughout her career. A very special thank you to Adrienne and thanks so much to all of my Peeps! Enjoy!
November 8th, 2020
In this Episode I get to speak with Herb "Flight Time" Lang! I so appreciate Herb taking the time to speak with me and it was so much fun hearing so many stories throughout his career and life. We spoke about how he became a Harlem Globetrotter and what that first year was like as well as so many experiences he had throughout his 18 year career. He told me about meeting Pope Francis and what was the thing he was most nervous about and also meeting President Obama twice and what that experience was like. We then talked about him being on The Amazing Race three times and what a crazy and fun experience that was and also about his partner on The Amazing Race and his longtime friend Nate "Big Easy" Lofton. Herb finally takes on My Questions of Torture and Awesomeness! I'm so thankful Herb took the time to speak with me and so thankful for your support. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!
October 18th, 2020
In this Episode I get to speak with the all around talented Rock ICON, Cherie Currie! I'm so honored Cherie took the time to speak with me and we got to cover a variety of topics. We spoke about her solo album that was released this year digitally and how much fun it was to make and work with so many talented artists, her recent cover of the classic 'What The World Needs Now Is Love', the challenges of doing the audiobook for her bestselling auto-bio book Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway, how she became a Chainsaw Carving Artist, a favorite moment of hers when she was lead singer of The Runaways, and how proud she is of her very talented son Jake Hays. I also loved hearing about her meeting David Bowie for the first time. Finally, Cherie takes on My Questions of Torture and Awesomeness! Thanks to Cherie Currie for speaking with me, Ken Phillips for making this happen, and to all of my Peeps for your support. This was truly an all time great moment for me as a fan and as a podcaster.
June 6th, 2020
In this special Episode I get to speak with voice actor, James Arnold Taylor!! James does the voices of Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Clone Wars and Johnny Test for the Johnny Test cartoon and so many more voices throughout his career. I wanted to do a special episode for both of my sons and this first one is for my youngest, Ethan. He loves the Star Wars universe and especially the Clone Wars cartoon. This was so much fun talking to James and funding out about how it all started for him as well coming up with that iconic Obi Wan voice and so much more. Finally, James leaves a special message for Ethan! Thank you so much, James! Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!
May 17th, 2020
In this Episode I speak with Putnam County(my hometown)Mayor Randy Porter! Im so thankful for Randy for taking the time to speak with me during such trying times for our community these past few months. Mr. Porter talks about his early career as a paramedic and then just three years later being promoted as Emergency Services/911 Director and serving for 30 years. We also talk about what made him decide to run for mayor and what that first day was like for him and how important it is for him to have the support of his family. We then talk about the tornados that touched down here in Putnam County on March 3rd and what those first 48 hours were like for him both professionally and personally and the challenges he and the community faced but also how much it meant to have the support of local communities and counties come to our aid and how his background in emergency management helped him. Finally, Mayor Porter talks about the visit by the president and how much that meant for the community, dealing with a worldwide pandemic and the challenges that brings, the importance of all of the emergency workers,and his friendship with Cookeville city Mayor Ricky Shelton. Now sit back,relax,and enjoy the show!
May 10th, 2020
In this Episode I get to speak with, 'Miss America 2020' Camille Schrier! It means so much to me that Camille took the time to speak with me and we cover so many things! We talk about what her 2020 has been like thus far as 'Miss America' and what she has been doing to stay busy during this quarantine time, what the past year has been like for her after winning Miss Virginia and then winning the crown of 'Miss America' in the same year, taking the time to appreciate everything that's happened the past 12 months to her, what it was like winning the crown and then what the first 24 hours were like afterwards, and what she was thinking as she waiting for the winner to be announced. Camille also gives some advice for those that might be thinking about trying to become 'Miss America' and as well as why she did her talent and what that meant to her. We also talk about two things that Camille is very passionate about, the Mind Your Meds program and what it is as well as STEM and why its so important to her. Finally, Camille takes on My Questions of Torture and Awesomeness! Now sit back,relax,and enjoy the show!
May 5th, 2020
In this Episode I speak with 13 year old bull rider, Najiah Knight! This was such a fun conversation and im so grateful Najiah took the time to speak with me and share her story and experience thus far! We talk about so many things including who inspired her to get into bull riding, who she looks up to in life, what bull riders inspire her and the advice they have given her along the way, what its like watching her dad ride bulls and having him as a coach, advice she would give girls that are afraid to go after their dream, what she does before she gets on a bull as well as what shes thinking about when she is on one, how great it is having people cheer for her, what her ultimate goal is, and so much more! Najiah finally takes on My Questions of Torture and Awesomeness! A special thanks to Najiah and her parents and also thanks to my Peeps! Now sit back,relax,and enjoy the show!
April 26th, 2020
In this Episode I get to speak with Al Snow! Ive been a fan of wrestling since I was a kid so to be able to speak with one of my all time favorite wrestlers is truly a highlight for me! We talk about lots of things in and out of the wrestling business from running a wrestling company during a pandemic and the challenges that come with it, what a blessing it is for him to run Ohio Valley Wrestling and dealing with the different aspects of it from business to the creative side of it. We then talk about how the opportunity came about for Al to be in one of the all time greatest sports movies 'Rudy' and he shared some really cool stories and little known facts about that experience. It was also great hearing about what its like hearing people cheer for you and managing and dealing with your own ego and so many more different things throughout our conversation. Al finally takes on My Questions of torture and Awesomeness! Now sit back,relax,and enjoy the show!
April 19th, 2020
In this Episode I speak with a super talented artist and longtime friend of mine, Justin Stewart! It was so great to catch up with my buddy Justin and talk about all kinds of things from going to High School together,how he met his wife and their first date,how the name Justin 3000 came about,getting older,how art came about for him and dealing with perfection as an artist as well as creating your own style and dealing with creative walls. We also talk about Lexington Comic Con and his involvement with it as well as meeting people and fans at conventions. Finally, Justin takes on My Questions of Torture and Awesomeness! Now sit back,relax,and enjoy the show!