Authentic Conversations. Intriguing Guests. Time Well Spent. Gary Scott Thomas’ “Here’s What We Know” podcast will entertain you, enlighten you, and even possibly inspire you! Listen each week as Gary Scott Thomas engages guests in unscripted conversations where he’ll be just as surprised as you will be with how the talk turns out. So, join him each week and be privy to the captivating conversations that are sure to ensue.
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“Thrills, Chills, and the Art of Storytelling” with New York Bestselling Author Jonathan Maberry
54:09This week on the Here's What We Know Podcast, join us for a riveting episode as our host, Gary Scott Thomas, sits down with none other than the master of thrills and chills, Jonathan Maberry! They dive deep into his fascinating life and work as a prolific author whose career spans across novels, short stories, comic books, the big screen, and more. Jonathan's life reads like one of his novels—from martial arts expert to bestselling author. Our host couldn't get enough of his Joe Ledger series and Pine Deep trilogy. And neither will you once you dive into those heart-pounding action scenes!So tune in to this incredible episode and discover the passion and stories behind your favorite Maberry books! Also, brace yourself for spoilers!In this Episode: A Life Full of Stories: Jonathan shares his wildly varied bio, proving that his life is just as captivating as the worlds he creates. The Joe Ledger Series: Get ready to dive into the mind of a master storyteller as Jonathan discusses the completion of the 13th book and his preparations for the 14th. Crafting Fight Scenes: Find out how Jonathan's martial arts expertise translates into gripping combat sequences that are packed with physiological and psychological layers. It's like watching a high-octane fight scene on the page!Character Depth and Evolution: Hear Jonathan's insights on the development of his book protagonists and how they evolve throughout his captivating stories. Hollywood Adaptations and Casting Challenges: Get the inside scoop on past discussions about adapting the Joe Ledger series into TV shows or movies. And let's not forget the all-important casting choices. The Future of Joe Ledger: Join in on the excitement as they talk about possible future adaptations and Jonathan's appearances in other book series. The possibilities are endless!Narrative Technique Discussion: Discover how Jonathan's ideas are born from current events or scientific advancements, weaving impactful storylines that center around character experiences. It's like a masterclass in storytelling!The Story of Our Fathers: Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane as Jonathan shares stories from his upbringing. A glimpse into his past that adds an extra layer of depth to his work.Comic Books Morality: Explore the intricate world of comic books, including the beloved Marvel and DC comics, as Jonathan delves into the moral complexities they tackle. This episode is sponsored by:Habana Cuba (Be sure to use code "Gary20" to get 20% off your order!)A Flood of LoveBio:Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times best-seller, five-time Bram Stoker Award-winner, anthology editor, comic book writer, executive producer, magazine feature writer, playwright, and writing teacher/lecturer. He is the editor of Weird Tales Magazine and president of the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. He is the recipient of the Inkpot Award, three Scribe Awards, and was named one of Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers. His books have been sold to more than thirty countries. He writes in several genres including thriller, horror, science fiction, epic fantasy, and mystery; and he writes for adults, middle grade, and young adults. Jonathan is the creator, editor, and co-author of V-WARS, a shared-world vampire anthology from IDW Publishing that was adapted into a Netflix series.Jonathan and his wife, Sara Jo, to whom he dedicates all of his published works, and their dog, Rosie, live in San Diego, California. Website: https://www.jonathanmaberry.com/www.GaryScottThomas.com
“From Growing Up in a Small Town to Conquering Big Cities” with Matt Stell
36:34This week on the Here's What We Know Podcast, host Gary Scott Thomas had a fun and candid conversation with the country music singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Matt Stell. Join us as Matt shares stories from his roots in Center Ridge, Arkansas, to the bustling streets of New York City. Matt isn't just carrying his guitar on tours; he brings along memories, aspirations, and heartfelt stories that resonate across every destination he has been to! We are sure that this podcast episode has something delightful for everyone. Tune in now!In this Episode:Discover how people from small towns like Center Ridge "round up" when explaining where they're from.Get a taste of city life through Matt's eyes and why he appreciates visiting places like New York but prefers living elsewhere.Learn about being a "professional traveler" as part of a singer's job and why sometimes life gets in the way of exploring new cities.Gain insight into his record label experience with Sony in Manhattan and how his authentic style resonates beyond traditional boundaries.Pizza talk! Find out if New York really does have better pizza and what constitutes an acceptable topping according to Matt.Explore destinations still on Matt's bucket list.Understand the allure behind festival shows both as an artist performing for large crowds and as a fan enjoying other musicians' sets.Delve into who inspired him growing up (hint: '90s alternative bands) and who he'd love to collaborate with today.Peek into the creative process behind hits like “Prayed For You” starting with just one line that sparks an entire song narrative. This episode is sponsored by:Beck's Shoes(Use code "GST" on their website and enjoy an exclusive 10% discount on your favorite shoes!)Winchester Western Wear(Be sure to tell them Gary sent you so you can save 20%!)Bio:Matt Stell is an American country music singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Matt began releasing music in the early 2010s after teaching himself guitar while in college. He had a breakthrough with the streaming hit "Prayed for You" in 2018, which topped the Country Airplay charts in 2019, a position matched by "Everywhere But On" that year. After a couple of quiet years, Stell delivered the One of Us EP in February 2023.Talking about the beginning of his career as a singer, he was the lead singer of the band “The Crashers” in the late 2000s and early 2010s. This personality released three albums independently while being involved with the said band. Those albums were The Sound & the Story, Vestibule Blues, and A River Through It. Followed it with the single "Country Love Song" in 2015. In the meantime, he opened shows for headliners including Luke Bryan and Eric Church. An offer from Wide Open Music in Nashville, Tennessee, led to the release of the single "Prayed for You" and the EP Everywhere But On in 2019. "Prayed for You" went viral, amassing over ten million streams across platforms before the end of the year. The single's success translated to the charts: it topped Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as did "Everywhere But On." Another EP, Better Than That, arrived in October 2020 and included the song "Look at Me Now." The non-LP single "That Ain't Me No More" followed in 2021, with 2022's "Man Made" teasing the early-2023 release of the One of Us EP.Website: https://www.mattstell.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mattstellmusic/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mattstell/www.GaryScottThomas.com
“On Air and On Ice: Randy Hahn, the Voice of the San Jose Sharks”
1:02:27This week on the Here's What We Know Podcast, host Gary Scott Thomas had a wonderful time sitting down with the legendary television play-by-play broadcaster of the San Jose Sharks NBC Sports California National Hockey League, Randy Hahn. They dive into a reflective conversation about their long-standing careers in broadcasting. With over three decades behind the mic for the San Jose Sharks, Randy shares his journey from radio beginnings to becoming an iconic voice in sports.So, join us as we skate through memory lane with one of hockey's most enduring voices!Tune in now to this episode filled with fun and nostalgia!In this Episode:Randy spills the beans on how his broadcasting career started in 1991 and never in his wildest dreams did he imagine staying put for over 30 years. Talk about passion and dedication! Discover the challenges and unexpected twists of longevity in the industry from two veterans who have seen it all. These guys know the ins and outs, and they're ready to dish out all the behind-the-scenes stories. Ever wondered why certain game moments stick out to fans? Randy shares his thoughts and reveals why those interactions during live broadcasts hold a special place in the hearts of broadcasters like himself.Uncover the importance of connecting with fans, and creating unforgettable experiences during games and events that resonate beyond the final buzzer. Get ready to feel that sense of community and camaraderie we all love about sports. Randy opens up about making tough career moves, handling rejections early on, and eventually finding stability in a turbulent industry. His journey is one of resilience that aspiring broadcasters can learn from. Find out what ignited the passion in these seasoned pros for the world of broadcasting, from the magic of AM radio to influential figures like Johnny Carson's producer, Fred de Cordova. Inspiration awaits! Learn how growing up Canadian shaped Randy's path toward becoming a hockey broadcaster. Discover the unique influences that made him the voice we all know and love today. And of course, you won't want to miss the valuable advice these experienced voices share on building authenticity and self-confidence, essential traits for success in the media industry.This episode is sponsored by:Nugent Family Counseling CenterSterling Oak CabinetryBio:Randy Hahn is a Canadian-American play-by-play commentator for the San Jose Sharks on NBC Sports California and has held that position for over 30 seasons. He has over 40 years of broadcast experience, mostly in hockey. Celebrating a milestone, he called his 2,000th Sharks game on December 13, 2022, during the matchup against the Arizona Coyotes in San Jose.Teaming up with analyst and former partner Drew Remenda, Hahn secured five Northern California Emmy Awards in the "On Camera Sports" category, with victories in 1999, 2002, 2005, and 2008. Beyond hockey, Hahn served as a play-by-play announcer in Konami's NHL Blades of Steel '99 and 2K Sports' NHL 2K9, NHL 2K10, and NHL 2K11. Hahn and Rick Davis provided commentary for the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup final in Guangzhou, China, broadcasted on SportsChannel America in November 1991. Some of his other TV and radio work has been with the San Diego Sockers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, and Edmonton Oilers.Currently married to Andrea Buswell Hahn, owner of the Frost Cupcake Factory in San Jose, Randy Hahn continues to contribute his expertise and passion to the world of sports broadcasting.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/randyhahnsjs/www.GaryScottThomas.com
"Courtside Chronicles: Warriors' Legacy and Celebrity Encounters" with Franco Finn
1:02:12This week on the Here's What We Know Podcast, host Gary Scott Thomas shared another captivating conversation with the legendary ‘hype guy' and on-court host of the Golden State Warriors, Franco Finn. He shares his passion for basketball and takes us back to the unforgettable year of 2015, a pivotal moment that marked the beginning of a dynasty. Plus, get ready to uncover surprising truths behind the spotlight of some celebrities through intimate experiences shared by Franco.So tune in now for all these fascinating stories where entertainment meets athleticism!In this Episode:Golden State Warriors 2015 Championship Legacy RekindledNBA Star Power Dynamics, Drafting, and Team Development highlighting Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, and more.Discover the Coolest Things BackstageBehind The Scenes with Celebrities like NSYNC, Justin Timberlake, Raven Symone, Shia LeBeouf, Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Garth Brooks, and Taylor Swift.Industry Evolution Reflection and Creating Value in Radio ProductionThe Story of Our First Radio CommercialsThis episode is sponsored by:Reed Animal Hospital (Be sure to tell them Gary sent you!) Mike Counsil Plumbing and Rooter(Use code “Gary” to get $89 off any Mike Counsil Plumbing and Rooter service!)Bio:Franco Finn is a first-generation San Francisco native. Growing up, Franco graduated with a B.A. in Communications at Santa Clara University, studying television, and film production. Currently, Franco manages the Community Relations and Engagement efforts for the state of California at Alaska Airlines, while also serving as their company media spokesperson, host, and travel influencer. When Franco is not working his business and corporate jobs, people may also recognize him and his voice over the last 20 years as the in-arena MC/Host and TV Personality for the NBA World Champion Golden State Warriors. Now in his 20th season, many fans of the beloved sports franchise, fittingly know him as the “Hypeman" at the new Chase Center in San Francisco, where he energizes and entertains the often sold-out crowd of 18,000+ fans every night. Franco is also the first and only Filipino/Asian American “Hypeman” in the NBA. Franco Finn is also a well-known professional auctioneer, nicknamed the “Hypeman Auctioneer,” where he shares his voice and influence at many charity benefits, galas, celebrity events, and all types of fundraiser events all around the San Francisco Bay Area, the country and beyond. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/franco.finn/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/francofinn/X: https://twitter.com/francofinn/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/francofinn/ www.GaryScottThomas.com
"The Voice of Dub Nation: From Radio Disney to Warriors Hype Man” with Franco Finn
48:28Let’s make some noise!This week on the Here's What We Know Podcast, host Gary Scott Thomas shared an engaging conversation with Franco Finn, known as "the hype man” for his energetic presence and booming voice that fans heard inside Chase Center and the Oakland Arena before that, during Golden State Warriors home games for two decades. We delve into his fascinating world, where he opens up about his unexpected start in entertainment, his passion for radio and basketball, and how he became a renowned auctioneer. Plus, listen in for exciting NBA insider stories that could only be told by Franco, one of Dub Nation’s most beloved figures and a true maverick in sports entertainment!So, stay tuned for this epic ride full of passion, laughter, and heartfelt stories! Let's go Warriors!In this Episode:Unexpected Beginnings: Discover how Franco stumbled into radio after majoring in TV production at Santa Clara University and initially aspiring to work behind the scenes.Rise to Radio Disney Fame: Learn about Franco's first gig at Radio Disney San Francisco during the boy band explosion era and how he worked his way up from promotions to becoming "Freestyle Franco," captivating audiences with live remotes.Warriors' Hype Master: Hear about the pivotal moment when performing as an emcee at a Hilary Duff concert led to him being discovered by Golden State Warriors executives who were seeking a dynamic host for their games.Auctioneering Adventures: Gain insights into how Franco combined his on-mic energy with auction skills after attending auction school, leading him to become successful in charity auctions.Disney Discipline: Understand how working under strict brand standards set by Disney helped shape Finn’s professionalism and adaptability across various entertainment segments.Championing Underdogs: Relive the early days when hyping up crowds was challenging due to less successful seasons but prepared him for energizing fans through every high-stakes situation.NBA Recognition and All-Star Hosting: Reflect on Franco’s recognition within NBA circles which culminated in hosting duties during all-star weekends—a testament to his industry-wide impact as an entertainer.This episode is sponsored by:Habana Cuba (Be sure to use code "Gary20" to get 20% off your order!)A Flood of LoveBio:Franco Finn is a first-generation San Francisco native. Growing up, Franco graduated with a B.A. in Communications at Santa Clara University, studying television, and film production. Currently, Franco manages the Community Relations and Engagement efforts for the state of California at Alaska Airlines, while also serving as their company media spokesperson, host, and travel influencer. When Franco is not working his business & corporate jobs, people may also recognize him and his voice over the last 20 years as the in-arena MC/Host and TV Personality for the NBA World Champion Golden State Warriors. Now in his 20th season, many fans of the beloved sports franchise, fittingly know him as the “Hypeman" at the new Chase Center in San Francisco, where he energizes and entertains the often sold-out crowd of 18,000+ fans every night. Franco is also the first and only Filipino/Asian American “Hypeman” in the NBA. Franco Finn is also a well-known professional auctioneer, nicknamed the “Hypeman Auctioneer”, where he shares his voice and influence at many charity benefits, galas, celebrity events, and all types of fundraiser events all around the San Francisco Bay Area, the country & beyond. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/francofinn/www.GaryScottThomas.com
"From Vegetarian Quest to the Big Bang and Modern Biology” with Dan Levitt
1:01:23This week on the Here's What We Know Podcast, host Gary Scott Thomas had a mind-bending conversation with Dan Levitt, the author of What’s Gotten Into You: The Story of Your Body’s Atoms, from the Big Bang Through Last Night’s Dinner. From contemplating his daughter's vegetarian diet to delving deep into the history of scientific discovery, Dan took us on a ride from the Big Bang to modern biology. He also shares something enthralling about Robert Oppenheimer, Georges Lemaître, Fred Hoyle, Martin Kamen, Sam Ruben, Einstein, and all things geeky. So, join us to hear more discussions about extensive research filled with fascinating stories that may blow your mind!In this Episode:How questioning Dan’s daughter's vegetarian diet led to an intriguing path of scientific discovery.The eye-opening revelation that every particle in our bodies originated from the Big Bang.Hear stories and tales about science history, controversies, DNA discovery, tragedies, triumphs, and many more!Discussion about the human complexity, mitochondria story, and challenges faced by scientific pioneers.Reflections on life’s wonders and geological disagreements regarding evolution due to limited evidence but constant reinterpretation lead us closer to truth over time.This episode is sponsored by:Beck's Shoes (Use code "GST" to enjoy an exclusive 10% discount on your favorite shoes!) Winchester Western Wear (Be sure to tell them Gary sent you so you can save 20%!)Bio:Dan Levitt is the author of What’s Gotten Into You: The Story of Your Body’s Atoms, from the Big Bang Through Last Night’s Dinner. The book brings together a lifetime of discovery and research that led to a sweet spot where history meets science. He fondly recalls a chemistry kit his parents gave him when he was seven; he had a great time recording his results in a small notebook. He still misses those musty cards that he used to browse as he researched assignments as a student in Philadelphia’s public schools. In high school, his favorite class was chemistry, and that’s what he thought he would study, but then he found cognitive psychology at Swarthmore College.In the Peace Corps in Kenya, Dan taught high school physics, biology, and world history in a remote village. Living close to Mount Kilimanjaro, walking by anthills as tall as people, and seeing snakes, hippos, and other wildlife, gave him an intense curiosity about the natural world. He returned to Philadelphia to take a job developing exhibits and videos at the Franklin Institute Science Museum. That led to an interest in documentary filmmaking. After getting an MFA, Dan moved to Boston and started his career writing, producing, and directing documentaries for Discovery, Science, National Geographic, History, HHMI (Howard Hughes Medical Institute), and others. His productions include films on dinosaurs; how Galileo, Newton, Einstein, and Hawking made their greatest discoveries; the archeology of Custer’s Last Stand; and scientists’ efforts to uncover the cause of Malaysia’s Nipah virus. His work has received numerous awards including two Cine-Golden Eagles, Emmy award nominations, and the coveted Spur Award for script writing from the Western Writers of America.He considers himself lucky that his career combines science, history, and writing, all of which he loves. He lives in Cambridge with his other loves: his wife, two kids, and their dog, Maxwell Smart.Website: https://danlevitt.com/www.GaryScottThomas.com
"From Alice Cooper to Trans-Siberian Orchestra” with Al Pitrelli
40:00This week on the Here's What We Know Podcast, host Gary Scott Thomas had the opportunity to have a fascinating conversation with one of the most innovative guitarists of our time, Al Pitrelli of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Join us as he shares his personal and professional experiences in the music industry from playing rock with Alice Cooper to making history with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. We also delve into the heartwarming anecdotes about Paul O'Neill and how seemingly insignificant life events led Al right into Paul’s path, leading them together toward creating magic.This is not just any other podcast episode; it’s an emotional exploration of artistry, resilience, and legacy! So don't miss out on this captivating narrative where every note tells a tale!In this Episode:A look back at Al's unexpected path in music that started with Alice Cooper and eventually led him to Paul O'Neill, creator of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.Discover how working alongside Alice Cooper shaped Al’s understanding of theatrical presentation in rock 'n' roll.Sharing a heartwarming encounter years later with Paul O'Neill.Navigating the loss of Paul O’Neill and keeping his art form alive.Diving deep into music, inspiration, and influences.Discover how Al celebrates Christmas in different cities.This episode is sponsored by:Nugent Family Counseling CenterA Flood of LoveBio:Al Pitrelli is one of the most innovative guitarists of our time and has been an active and vital part of TSO since its inception. Currently, he is the lead guitarist and musical director of TSO West and the co-musical director for studio recordings. Long before he entered the TSO realm, Al set the stage for his work in the band thanks to an impressive musical pedigree. After leaving Berklee School of Music in Boston in the early 80s, Al's versatility led to recording and touring work with musicians and groups such as Alice Cooper (where he served as the band’s musical director), Asia, Megadeth, and numerous others.In the mid-’90s, he joined the progressive rock group Savatage where he began working with producer Paul O'Neill. Paul’s vision of creating a new type of band that would do anything to allow their music to have the maximum impact on the listener led to the eventual formation of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Al's edgy guitar playing and vast musical lexicon merge perfectly with TSO's passion and intensity.“I really didn't want to do anything else, no side projects,” declares Al. “I could care less, and he kept me working literally around the clock, like 10 or 11 months a year. It was Paul's world. And it is. I'm just happy to be part of it. I loved working for the man. I love working for his family. I loved to help him bring some of his ideas to life. I loved him guiding me, I loved throwing ideas at him. It was just the greatest quarter century in my life, musically.”Al is very aware of the musical legacy he is upholding in TSO and how Paul wanted the music to live on.“For those of us doing it now,” declares Al, “I'm going to make sure to the best of my ability that continues to a younger generation of people who are getting involved. It's like any other art form or anything else that you want replicated for decades and centuries – we're going to do our best. I owe everything to O'Neill and the O’Neill family.”Website: https://www.trans-siberian.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alpitrelli/www.GaryScottThomas.com
"Beyond the Pages: Exploring the Time Travel Series, Radio Tales, and Writing Wonders” with Shawn Inmon
1:05:50This week on the Here's What We Know Podcast, host Gary Scott Thomas had an exciting episode featuring Shawn Inmon, the renowned talented full-time author behind the captivating book series “The Middle Falls Time Travel.” This incredible conversation is filled with intriguing insights on work ethics as they dive into a shared history in radio and the exciting world of storytelling. But the most interesting part? Their in-depth discussion about Shawn’s books and a sneak peek into his unique writing process.Join us to hear more of his brilliant stories, and be ready to immerse yourself in the world of Shawn Inmon’s books!In this Episode:Shawn’s Career HistoryLas Vegas Trip Down Memory LaneInsight into Shawn’s Creative ProcessDiving into Shawn’s captivating Book SeriesReminiscing Early Days on the RadioThe Story of How I Got FiredThis episode is sponsored by:Reed Animal HospitalMike Counsil Plumbing & Rooter(Use code “Gary” to get $89 off any Mike Counsil Plumbing and Rooter service!)Bio:Shawn Inmon is a small-town kid who dreamed of being a writer. Today, he is now a full-time author who lives in Tumwater, Washington, USA. He worked several dozen jobs - retail, real estate, traveling with the Unlimited Hydroplanes, crabbing in Alaska, morning disc jockey and station manager, and many others he can't remember to list. These jobs gave him a wonderful base to write what he knows because he knows a little about a lot. He achieved his dream of becoming a full-time writer in 2016 and has never looked back. One reviewer called him "The King of Redemption stories." Shawn says he doesn't feel like a king of anything, but he does love a good tale of second chances.He is the author of the ever-growing The Middle Falls Time Travel series, 18 books and counting, and The Alex Hawk Time Travel Adventure series. He is also the author of Feels Like the First Time, a bestselling memoir of growing up in a small town in the seventies, falling in love, and messing everything up. He lives with his high school sweetheart - now wife -Dawn, two happy-go-lucky Chocolate Labs, and a slightly schizo cat named Georgie. Website: https://www.shawn-inmon.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShawnInmonWriter/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shawninmon/X: https://twitter.com/ShawnInmonwww.GaryScottThomas.com
Empowering Futures: Inspiring Stories, Boys and Girls Club and How You Can Make a Difference"
49:35The Boys and Girls Clubs play a vital role in shaping the lives of children and youth by providing support and opportunities for them.Join us for the Joy Drive supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley!Gift JOY this season!December 7, 20234 - 6 p.m.Three locations:Levin Club4955 Edenview Dr.San Jose, CA 95111Alviso Club5040 N. First St.San Jose, CA 95002Morgan Hill Club17666 Crest AveMorgan Hill, CA 95037In this episode, we hear inspiring stories of the enormous impacts made by the Boys and Girls Clubs. You'll hear from Adam Hernandez, Isaac Romero, Helen Sustarich, and Franco Finn.The Boys and Girls Clubs offer our youth so much:Safe Haven: Under the guidance of caring adults, these clubs offer a safe and supportive environment where kids can learn, play, and grow, serving as a sanctuary away from potential risks or negative influences in their neighborhoods.Educational Support: Boys and Girls Clubs offer educational programs that supplement what kids learn in school. They provide homework help, tutoring, and diverse learning experiences contribute to academic success.Mentorship: Through positive role models and mentors, these clubs foster personal development, self-esteem, and confidence. Mentors provide guidance and inspire children to reach their full potential.Health and Wellness: They promote healthy lifestyles through fitness activities, nutrition education, and access to sports programs. These clubs instill the importance of physical and mental well-being.Community Engagement: Boys and Girls Clubs offer opportunities for volunteerism, community service, and leadership development. They teach the value of giving back and actively creating positive change.Opportunity Equalizer: These clubs can act as an equalizer, offering opportunities and resources that may not be easily accessible to all children. Irrespective of their background or economic status, kids have access to resources that help bridge gaps and level the playing field.Life Skills Development: Children are taught crucial life skills, such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and decision-making, to prepare them for success in their future endeavors.Boys and Girls Clubs are critical in shaping well-rounded, resilient individuals with the tools and support to navigate life's challenges and pursue their dreams.Visit their site to see how else you can spread joy this season:https://bit.ly/BGCSiliconValleywww.GaryScottThomas.com
"A Comedian's Journey from Wrestling Mats to Stand-Up Stages" with Greg Warren
1:00:56This week on the Here's What We Know Podcast, host Gary Scott Thomas had a fascinating conversation featuring the incredibly talented stand-up comedian, Greg Warren. Get ready as we take you on a rollercoaster ride through Greg's comedic journey, from his daring leap into full-time funny to honing his craft on stage. Join us as we uncover the secrets behind his gut-busting jokes, share heartwarming tales of mentorship, and explore the vibrant landscape of stand-up comedy. In this Episode:Family and Humor: Learn about how Greg's family reacts to being part of his comedic material.Stand-Up Process: Discover Greg's process for creating new content from journaling exercises to listening back on performances.Comedy Influences: Hear about influential comedians in Greg’s career like Eddie Murphy and Bob Newhart.Wrestling Background: Find out how wrestling shaped Greg’s work ethic and performance style.Acting vs. Stand-Up: Understand why Greg chose stand-up over pursuing acting or sitcom roles despite opportunities.Audience Interaction: Get an inside look at how audience engagement plays a role in shaping a live comedy set.This episode is sponsored by:Habana Cuba (Be sure to use code "Gary20" to get 20% off your order!)Sterling Oak CabinetryBio:Greg Warren recently released his special The Salesman, co-produced by Nate Bargatze and 800 Pound Gorilla Media. The project tells the story of his post-college phase when he had a stint selling Jif and Pringles for Procter & Gamble which eventually led to his decision to become a full-time comedian. According to The New York Times, Greg “...has done for peanut butter what Jerry Seinfeld did for Pop-Tarts and Jim Gaffigan did for Hot Pockets.” An honest mix of self-deprecation, frustration, and an arsenal of lifelike characters highlight Greg’s colorful perspective. He can be seen in his Amazon Prime Special, “Where The Field Corn Grows”, Fish Sandwich on Dry Bar Comedy, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Late Late Show, and Comedy Central Presents. Greg attracts a diverse audience spectrum, having performed as a finalist on BET’s Coming to the Stage and on Country Music Television. He is a favorite on the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Radio Show, which led to touring theaters nationwide with The Bob & Tom All Stars Comedy Tour. Greg’s comedy has been a daily staple on Sirius/XM’s Laugh USA and Jeff and Larry’s Comedy Roundup channels for a decade. You can hear him guesting on podcasts like Nateland, Never Not Funny, Bertcast, Dumb People Town, The Adam Carolla Show, and many more. He's performed as a New Face of Comedy at JFL, on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, and on NBC’s Last Comic Standing.Website: https://www.gregwarrencomedy.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gregwarrencomedyInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/grockwarren/Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/GregWarrenTikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@gregwarren158www.GaryScottThomas.com