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Matthew Berry is a Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst for ESPN. Berry writes regularly for ESPN.com, hosts the Fantasy Focus podcast with NFL reporter Field Yates, and co-hosts ESPN.com’s live Sunday morning fantasy football program Fantasy Football Now, as well as Fantasy Football Kickoff on Tuesdays during the NFL season. He also appears regularly on ESPN television and radio shows including, Sunday NFL Countdown, SportsCenter, NFL Live, Baseball Tonight, First Take, Mike & Mike in The Morning and more. Berry, also known as the “Talented Mr. Roto,” is an Emmy Award winner for his work on Fantasy Football Now and a five-time Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner, including a Writer of the Year award.
Berry joined ESPN in February 2007 when his Web site, TalentedMr.Roto.com, was acquired by ESPN.com. Launched by Berry in March 2004 as an online fan group, Talented Mr.Roto.com quickly became known as an online community with quality, timely fantasy news and analysis. Developing as a place for “Personality Driven Fantasy Analysis,” the site earned 51 Fantasy Sports Writers Award (FSWA) nominations (winning 12), and four Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) award nominations (including Best Site) over its three year existence. Berry also founded (and still owns) RotoPass.com.
Described as “One of the stars of the web” and a “fantasy savant” by the New York Times, Berry has been covered in books, magazines, Web sites and newspapers across the country.
Prior to starting Talented MrRoto.com, Berry was a screenwriter in Hollywood, where, among other credits, he wrote for the sitcom Married with Children and worked on movies including Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles.
He began his professional career as a standup comedian, once opening for Dennis Miller at Goldstein Auditorium at Syracuse. He also spent a year as a production assistant for The George Carlin Show on Fox, before being accepted to the prestigious Warner Brothers Writer’s Workshop, due in part to a recommendation letter from Carlin.
Born in Denver, but raised in College Station, Texas, Berry began playing fantasy sports at age 14 and plays in dozens of leagues every year across multiple sports. He started writing about fantasy sports professionally in 1999 and has been a contributor to many top media and sports outlets prior to joining ESPN, including MLB.com and NBA.com.
He is a graduate of Syracuse University.
With over 20 years of stand-up comedy experience, Jim Breuer remains one of today’s top entertainers and continues to win over audiences with his off-the-wall humor and lovable personality. Named one of Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time,” Breuer is one of the most recognizable comedians in the business, known for his charismatic stage antics, dead-on impressions, and family-friendly stand-up.
Even as a young student at Valley Stream Central High School in Long Island, NY, Breuer knew he wanted to be a stand-up comedian. After spending several years working comedy clubs across the country, Breuer settled in as a regular on the New York comedy club circuit. After being in New York for only seven months, Breuer landed a gig on the nationally syndicated show, “Uptown Comedy Club,” where he spent two seasons. Later he appeared on ABC’s “Home Improvement” starring funny man Tim Allen, before making his big break which came in 1995 when he joined the cast of NBC’s legendary “Saturday Night Live.” During his four years on SNL, Breuer quickly became a fan-favorite for his original character “Goat Boy” and his dead-on impressions of actor Joe Pesci.
Following his success on SNL, Breuer starred alongside Dave Chappelle in the cult favorite film “Half Baked.” He has since appeared in the popular films “Zookeeper,” “Dick,” “Titan A.E.” and “Beer League.” On the small screen, Breuer hosted MTV’s popular “Beach House” and VH1’s “Web Junk 20.” His other television appearances include “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and “The Marriage Ref.” Breuer is also a frequent guest on the Howard Stern Show.
In 2008, Breuer set out for his “Breuniversity Tour” with his 85-year-old father and a film crew. The footage that was captured blended together to create “The Jim Breuer Road Journals,” which showcased what life is like on the road with a comedian and his father. Videos from that tour also sparked the making of his documentary “More Than Me,” which was shown at the 2009 Montreal Film Festival. In July of 2009, Breuer’s one-hour Comedy Central special “Let’s Clear the Air” premiered with hilarious topics that included what “success” really is, his SNL days and life with his elderly parents, his wife and his three daughters. In 2011, Breuer embarked on a national tour with three of the country’s top comedians, Dave Attell, Bill Burr, and Jim Norton, for “The Anti-Social Network” tour. That same year, Breuer’s acclaimed autobiography, “I’m Not High: (But I’ve Got a Lot of Crazy Stories about Life as a Goat Boy, a Dad, and a Spiritual Warrior),” was released on paperback. In the memoir, Breuer sheds light on his early struggles, his rise to fame and the many lessons he’s learned along in an extremely funny, yet personal and touching way that fans have never seen before. Most recently, Jim released his all new one hour comedy special on EPIX, “Jim Breuer: Comic Frenzy.” The latest special focuses on what Breuer’s life (and all of our lives) truly consist of: dealing with the elderly, becoming our parents’ caretakers, parenting teenagers, and what it takes to be a “marriage warrior.” As an added bonus, Breuer also sheds some light on what it’s like to perform on “heavy metal-themed” cruises. It’s not nearly as glamorous as one might think.
Throughout the years, Breuer has supported various charities through his comedy, including the Chris Farley Foundation, MusiCares, his local police and fire departments and more. Breuer currently resides in New Jersey where he enjoys spending time with his family, playing pick-up games of baseball, softball and wiffle ball and watching the NY Mets.
Charles (Chuck) Bryant co-hosts the Stuff You Should Know podcast, a platform he uses to educate the public about common things and how they work. Bryant also writes articles for the site, touching on a potpourri of various subjects. Born in Atlanta in the early 1970s under the sign of Pisces, Chuck earned an English degree at the University of Georgia. After graduating, he spent the next decade traveling. Upon returning from his travels, Bryant hooked up with HowStuffWorks.com, co-host Josh Clark was hired, and the pair bonded immediately over their love of Hunter S. Thompson, the fight-or-flight response and dive bars. In his off-time, Chuck enjoys hanging out with his wife, cooking and playing in his old-man band.
ADAM CAROLLA is best known as a comedian, actor, radio personality, television host and NY Times best-selling author. He currently hosts THE ADAM CAROLLA SHOW, which holds the Guinness Book of World Records for “most downloaded podcast.” The show is under the PodcastOne network umbrella.
Adam started THE ADAM CAROLLA SHOW podcast with only a computer and a microphone from his home office in Feb. 2009. The podcast has been featured in Fast Company Magazine, Entrepreneur, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. Adam became a New York Times best-selling author when his book, IN 50 YEARS WE’LL ALL BE CHICKS, topped the charts for ten weeks. The audio version went straight to the #1 position on iTunes. He has since released two other New York Times Best Selling Books, NOT TACO BELL MATERIAL and PRESIDENT ME. Adam began his career on the nationally syndicated radio program LOVELINE with Dr. Drew Pinsky. MTV developed a television version of the show, which was co-hosted by Adam and Dr. Drew for five seasons (1996-2000). With his partner Daniel Kellison, and Jimmy Kimmel, Adam created and starred in two hit Comedy Central shows, THE MAN SHOW (1999-2003) and CRANK YANKERS (2002‐
2005). Adam also recently completed two feature length films: ROAD HARD, a crowd-funded comedy that raised over a million dollars in a single month, and the inspirational documentary WINNING: THE RACING LIFE OF PAUL NEWMAN. Both films are now available on disc and VOD.
Malcolm Gladwell is the author of five New York Times bestsellers — The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and David and Goliath. He has been named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME magazine and one of the Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers.
He has explored how ideas spread in the Tipping Point, decision making in Blink, the roots of success in Outliers, and the advantages of disadvantages in his latest book David and Goliath. In his latest project, Revisionist History, Gladwell examines the way the passage of time changes and enlightens our understanding of the world around us.
Ira Glass started working in public radio in 1978, when he was 19, as an intern at National Public Radio’s Washington headquarters. Over the course of the next 17 years, he worked on nearly every NPR news show and did nearly every production job they had: he was a tape-cutter, desk assistant, newscast writer, editor, producer, reporter, and substitute host. He spent a year in a high school for NPR, and a year in an elementary school, filing every week or two for All Things Considered. He moved to Chicago in 1989 and put This American Life on the air in November of 1995. Serial is the first spinoff show from the creators of This American Life. Serial’s first season launched in September of 2014.
Emmy-nominated Padma Lakshmi is internationally known as an actress, food expert, model, and award-winning author, as well as the recipient of the 2016 NECO Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Lakshmi also serves as host and executive producer of Bravo’s Emmy award-winning Top Chef, currently filming its 14th season.
For over twenty years, Marc Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought- provoking comedy for print, stage, radio, online and television. A legend in the stand-up community, Maron has appeared on many television talk shows, including David
Letterman, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, Charlie Rose and Bill Maher. He has appeared on Conan O’Brien more than any other comedian.
On the small screen, Maron’s critically acclaimed half-hour scripted series, Maron, wrapped its fourth and final season on IFC in July 2016. The show was created, written, and produced by Maron, who also directed episodes in seasons 2 and 3. Seasons 1-3 of Maron can be found on Netflix to stream and the show was nominated for a WGA Award in 2016. Marc has also performed guest starring roles in the hit series Girls and Louie and can be seen in the feature films Get A Job and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.
Maron’s first book, The Jerusalem Syndrome: My Life as a Reluctant Messiah, was based on his solo show and is available for purchase on Amazon.com. Maron also penned a collection of essays titled Attempting Normal, which was released by Spiegel and Grau in 2013, later making The New York Times’ Best Seller list. His first three albums, Not Sold Out, Tickets Still Available and Final Engagement are comedy cult classics, and his release, This Has To Be Funny (Comedy Central Records), was named #1 Comedy Album of 2011 by LaughSpin.com. Marc released his stand-up special, Thinky Pain, on Netflix in 2013 and as an album in 2014. His most recent special, More Later, premiered on Epix in December 2015 and is also available on Hulu and Amazon Prime.
Maron’s podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, premiered in September 2009 and features compelling monologues and interviews with iconic personalities such as Conan O’Brien, Terry Gross, Robin Williams, Keith Richards, Ben Stiller, Lorne Michaels and President Barack Obama. It has become a worldwide phenomenon; averaging 6 million downloads each month, with over 240 million lifetime downloads. WTF regularly hits #1 on the iTunes charts, and was named the #1 Comedy Podcast by LA Weekly, as well as The AV Club. It has been deemed as a “must-listen” by Vanity Fair and The New York Times, and, in 2014, Slate named WTF’s two-part episode with Louis C.K. the “best podcast episode of all time.”
In 2012, TIME Magazine included Maron in its short list of the 100 Most Influential People and was nominated for two Comedy Central 2012 Comedy Awards: Best Comedy Podcast and Best Comedy App. He also travels the world performing sold-out, stand-up comedy shows and delivering lectures on podcasting, technology, and his journey through comedy. In 2011, Maron was given the honor of delivering the Keynote Address at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and he has more recently spoken at Princeton, USC, and at the 2015 Podcast Movement Festival and AdTech.
Maron currently resides in Los Angeles.
How do you improve upon a 19-year NBA career that includes 4 Championships, 3 MVP Awards, 15 All-Star appearances and roughly two dozen nicknames? With a BIG podcast! Currently an analyst on TNT’s Inside The NBA, Shaq looks to continue to grow beyond basketball as he ventures into the world of podcasting. In addition to his basketball career, O’Neal has released four rap albums with his first, Shaq Diesel, going platinum. He has appeared in numerous films and has starred in his own reality shows, Shaq’s Big Challenge and Shaq Vs. New episodes of The BIG Podcast with Shaq are available every Monday at PodcastOne.com. Following the upfront event, Shaq will be headed off to be inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame.
Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and member of The Roots – Questlove, is the unmistakable heartbeat of Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop group. He is the Musical Director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where his beloved Roots crew serves as house band. Beyond that, this 4-time GRAMMY Award winning musician’s indisputable reputation has landed him musical directing positions with everyone from D’Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. Questlove has also released two books including the New York TimesbestsellerMo’ Meta Bluesand Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation. One of his latest endeavors includes scoring Chris Rock’s film, Top Five, and also working as the music supervisor. He also recently co-produced the GRAMMY Award winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hamilton, alongside Alex Lacamoire, Bill Sherman, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tarik "Black Thought" Trotter. He served as the Executive Music Producer and Composer on the A&E Mini Series “Roots.”
Questlove made his way into the culinary world with his signature "Love’s Drumstick.” Currently, he is hosting a series of Food Salons with world-renowned and innovative chefs at his Financial District apartment in the NY by Gehry building. Questlove has appeared as a Guest Judge on Top Chef Season 11, his interest in food and his own culinary endeavors have been featured on the cover of New York Magazine, in Food & Wine Magazine, Bon Appetit, and seen on The View, Watch What Happens Live, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He is a Celebrity Ambassador for Food Bank For New York City, is on the City Harvest Food Council, a board member of Edible Schoolyard, and the first Artist-in-Residence at the Made in NY Media Center. Questlove is also a Founding Member of the CAPA Foundation in Philadelphia.
Questlove released his acclaimed new book somethingtofoodabout in April 2016 via publisher Clarkson Potter.
Actor/Director/Comedian Michael Rapaport started his career garnering critical acclaim after starring in the independent film Zebrahead in 1992. Since then, he has become an award winning documentary director and has had standout roles in films such as True Romance, The Basketball Diaries, Hitch, and The Heat, as well as television shows such as Friends, Boston Public, Prison Break, Louie and more.
Modeling his comedic styling after great stand-up comedians like George Carlin, Don Rickles, and Eddie Murphy, Rapaport’s versatility allows him to discuss anything and everything, from the NBA or Fantasy Football to Bravo’s reality shows. He is a frequent guest on shows like Watch What Happens Live and ESPN’s SportsNation, and he recently won the inaugural Biggest Bravoholic Award in Bravo TV’s award show. In August of 2014, Rapaport discovered his love for podcasting and decided to start his own. Unfiltered, unrestrained and unrated, the “I AM RAPAPORT: STEREO PODCAST” on CBS Radio’s Play.it podcast network has become a worldwide phenomenon, climbing its way to the Top 25 charts on iTunes.
Guy Raz is the host and editorial director of TED Radio Hour, a co-production of NPR and TED that takes listeners on a journey through the world of ideas. Each radio show is based on talks given by riveting speakers on the renowned TED stage, bound together by a common theme such as the thrill of space exploration, going to extremes, the source of happiness or ‘when rights goes wrong’ in our justice system. Since its official launch in March 2013, TED Radio Hour has become the fastest growing program in public radio history and one of the top podcasts in the United States.
Previously, Raz was weekend host of NPR News’ signature afternoon newsmagazine All Things Considered. Raz was named host of that program in July 2009. During his tenure, Raz transformed the sound and format of the program, introducing the now-signature “cover story” and creating the popular “Three-Minute Fiction” writing contest.
Raz joined NPR in 1997 as an intern for All Things Considered and has worked virtually every job in the newsroom from temporary production assistant to breaking news anchor. His first job was the assistant to NPR’s legendary news analyst Daniel Schorr.
In 2000, at the age of 25, Raz was made NPR’s Berlin bureau chief where he covered Eastern Europe and the Balkans. During his six years abroad, Raz covered everything from wars and conflict zones to sports and entertainment. He reported from more than 40 countries including the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Macedonia and the ongoing conflict in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
He served as NPR’s bureau chief in London and for a brief, two-year stint left NPR to work as CNN’s Jerusalem correspondent chronicling everything from the rise of Hamas as a political power to the incapacitation of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Israel’s 2005 withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. Two years later Raz returned to NPR to serve as defense correspondent where he covered the Pentagon and the US military.
For his reporting from Iraq, Raz was awarded both the Edward R. Murrow Award and the Daniel Schorr Journalism prize. His reporting has contributed to two duPont awards and one Peabody awarded to NPR. He’s been a finalist for the Livingston Award four times. He’s won the National Headliner Award and an NABJ award in addition to many others. In 2008, he spent a year as a Nieman journalism fellow at Harvard University where he studied classical history.
As a host and correspondent, Raz has interviewed and profiled more than 6,000 people including Christopher Hitchens, Condoleezza Rice, Jimmy Carter, Shimon Peres, General David Petraeus, Al Gore, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Eminem, Taylor Swift and many, many others.
Raz has anchored live coverage on some of the biggest stories in recent years including the killing of Osama bin Laden, the Newtown School Shootings and the 2012 Presidential election.
He has also served as a Ferris professor of journalism at Princeton University and an adjunct professor of journalism at Georgetown. In 2015, he will teach journalism at George Washington University as a Shapiro Fellow.
Most importantly, Guy is a father. He’s performed in DC children’s theater as the narrator in “Cat in the Hat.” He helped design the local playground in his neighborhood. And Guy is also known as the “Cokie Roberts for the 4-8-year-old crowd” as the news analyst for the Breakfast Blast Newscast on Kids Place Live on SiriusXM radio. You can catch his updates each Friday morning.
Raz is also an avid cyclist and in the summertime, a fanatical vegetable pickler.
Phoebe Robinson is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor who has been named by Vulture, Essence, and Esquire Magazine as one of the top comedians to watch. She has appeared on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers and Last Call with Carson Daly, Comedy Central’s Broad City, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, and @midnight. She was also a writer on MTV’s hit talking head show Girl Code and is currently a writer for Vulture.com and VanityFair.com. Most recently, she consulted on Season 3 of Broad City and is working on her first book of essays You Can’t Touch My Hair for Plume publishing, which will be released in Fall 2016.
With Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller, Hanna Rosin co-hosts Invisibilia, a show from NPR about the unseen forces that control human behavior—our ideas, beliefs, assumptions, and thoughts. Invisibilia interweaves personal stories with fascinating psychological and brain science, in a way that ultimately makes you see your own life differently. Excerpts of the show are featured on the NPR News programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered. The program is also available as a podcast.
Rosin comes to NPR from the world of print magazines. Most recently she was a national correspondent for The Atlantic, where she wrote cover stories about various corners of American culture. Her favorite stories are dark but reveal something humane about the way we live now, "The Craigslist Murders," "The Overprotected Kid," and "The Suicides in Silicon Valley." She is a longtime writer for Slate and host of the DoubleX Gabfest. She has been on the Daily Show and the Colbert Show when they were both shows and so fun to be on. Rosin has headlined a TED conference and was part of a team at New York Magazinethat won a National Magazine Award for a series of stories on circumcision. She is also the author of two books, including the End of Men. She likes men, though, and she really likes learning radio from her fellow Invisibilia hosts.
Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. She has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have sold more than two million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages. She makes frequent TV appearances and is in much demand as a speaker. On her weekly podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she discusses good habits and happiness with her sister Elizabeth Craft. Rubin started her career in law and was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters. Read more about Gretchen on her About page: http://www.gretchenrubin.com/about/
Alix Spiegel has worked on NPR’s Science Desk for 10 years covering psychology and human behavior, and has reported on everything from what it’s like to kill another person, to the psychology behind our use of function words like "and", "I", and "so." She began her career in 1995 as one of the founding producers of the public radio program This American Life. While there, Spiegel produced her first psychology story, which ultimately led to her focus on human behavior. It was a piece called 81 Words, and it examined the history behind the removal of homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
In January 2015, Spiegel joined NPR Science Reporter Lulu Miller to co-host Invisibilia, a series from NPR about the unseen forces that control human behavior – our ideas, beliefs, assumptions, and thoughts. Invisibilia interweaves personal stories with fascinating psychological and brain science, in a way that ultimately makes you see your own life differently. Excerpts of the show are featured on the NPR News programs Morning Editionand All Things Considered. The program is also available as a podcast.
Over the course of her career in public radio, Spiegel has won many awards including a George Foster Peabody Award, a Livingston Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, a Scripps Howard National Journalism Award, and a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.
Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Spiegel graduated from Oberlin College. Her work on human behavior has also appeared in The New Yorker magazine and The New York Times.
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