Episodes
Miracle Workers, Deadpool & now 7 Days: Karan Soni is killing it and we get into the roller-coaster ride of stories about how he went from living in New Delhi, India, prepared to inherit a role in his father's tractor business, to becoming friends with his childhood idol, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter!) and writing and starring in a film that just won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature Film: 7 Days. Join us for laughs, shocks and truths!   Shop on my Amazon Storefront to: ...
Published 05/17/22
Scandal, Pose, Da Five Bloods, Les Miserables, Porgy & Bess, Chicago, Daytime Divas, Blue Bloods, Mrs. America ... The list of Norm Lewis's Broadway musicals, TV series and films is spectacular. But WHO IS this familiar face with the smile that lights up a room? A very nice guy, as you'll witness here on Really Famous. You'll also see how his winning ways started - and the secret to their power and longevity. Join us for an enlightening and entertaining chat! LINKS My Tony Goldwyn...
Published 05/03/22
So this is new! My talk with comedian, actor and podcaster Pete Holmes, who stars in a brand-new comedy that just premiered on CBS called How We Roll, was taped live in front of a hotel (and livestreamed) audience!  You'll hear a lot about that, plus Pete's very grounded and well-earned life strategies and philosophies, his stand-up comedy, his HBO series Crashing, and his podcast, You Made It Weird. You'll also hear people! Plus a sneeze or two. And a few "bless yous." Enjoy the ride. ...
Published 04/12/22
NEW! SaSa and I are back with a new talk. I've been telling you to watch Gomorrah for years. It's one of the best TV series ever - suspenseful, smart, sophisticated. But in the US, it's been hard to find. Now it's back - thank you, HBO Max! - and I get to sit down with the lead actor, Salvatore Esposito. Salvatore isn't just the lead in Gomorrah (he plays Gennaro, aka Genny, Savastano). He's also a highlight of this season of Fargo (another great show), playing Gaetano Fadda, who you won't...
Published 03/29/22
Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs, Deadliest Catch narrator, prolific spokesperson, creator of the mikeroweWORKS foundation, author of The Way I Heard It, and soooo much more, joins me and goes with my therapy-like approach to interviews. It's fabulous. We talk: Artificially inseminating a turkey Behind the scenes of Dirty Jobs How he got his start on-air at QVC Getting fired The secret to Dirty Jobs His  6 million Facebook fans Politics discovery+ Regrets – or not His choice not to have kids...
Published 03/15/22
Wide-ranging and personal doesn't even begin to describe this talk with Emmy Award-winning host, executive producer and anchor Meredith Vieira. She's an icon and somehow super down to earth and relatable. You'll see. We talk about all of this, in depth! The View The Today Show 60 Minutes Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 25 Words or Less The Meredith Vieira Show Her new project, Find Your MBC Voice Where her career started Barbara Walters Meredith's husband, Richard Cohen Family Kids...
Published 03/01/22
Broadway performer Mauricio Martinez (Emilio Estefan in the hit musical On Your Feet!), joins me for a wide-ranging talk about making it in New York, a cancer shock (4 times), family, friends, loneliness, love and his four exes. It’s a can’t miss! Join us! Thank you to The Westgate New York Grand Central for hosting this conversation. Book a room or have a drink at this newly renovated, modern-retro hotel in midtown Manhattan. ...
Published 02/15/22
You adore Danny Pudi already, but wait! After this, you'll appreciate him even more. In our big, personal talk, Danny opens up about family, his estranged father, growing up and trying to blend in, his childhood, his new film Running, running marathons, asking questions (finally), Danny's incredible wife, his comedy career, acting on Community, his friends from the Community cast, fans, fame, his new Apple TV+ series Mythic Quest, Larry King, and why he gets this therapist's approval that...
Published 02/01/22
Friends, I'm sharing this in honor of my friend Louie Anderson, an extraordinary human with an enormous heart. It's the talk that sparked our friendship. Louie and I hit it off right away, as you'll see here. He came back on the show again later. We even tried out a new entertainment project together (mixed reviews on that; maybe I'll tell you about it someday). But more importantly, we became friends. I'll miss his phone calls and text messages. I'll miss him calling me when I was at the...
Published 01/21/22
You won't believe what US Olympic champion Apolo Ohno is up to now. Hint: He did a hard pivot. In today's talk we catch up on what Apolo, who's the most decorated US winter Olympics athlete of all time, has been up to, his ups and downs on the road to becoming a speed skating champion, his wild childhood, including supremely unique stories involving how his dad motivated him to do better, how he handled fame back in the day and what he does about fame now, secrets behind the Olympics, and key...
Published 01/18/22
FBI: Most Wanted's Julian McMahon and I catch up and hit topics of all kinds: taping his TV shows his insane schedule malls road trips New Yorkers the term "salt of the earth" tea Alexa Howie Mandel behind-the-scenes of a major FBI: Most Wanted episode interviews and a fun plan we're hatching together Join us!   Shop with my Amazon links to support Really Famous: https://www.amazon.com/shop/reallyfamous   Watch us on YouTube (videos!!) YouTube.com/reallyfamous Our first talk...
Published 01/11/22
Theater, film, TV icon Ben Vereen joins me for a down-to-earth chat about his ups and downs, family secrets, tragedy and success. Plus we talk about his sense of style, famous friendships and incredibly positive outlook. Bonus video! Watch a bonus YouTube video where Ben opens up about discovering his biological family on my YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/2pA4Pdxckn8 Shop at my Amazon storefront & support the show: https://www.amazon.com/shop/reallyfamous Join my new Really Famous...
Published 12/20/21
At the beginning of this podcast, you'll hear actor Wilson Cruz say this was pretty close to a therapy session. I'll let you be the judge! Wilson, who plays Dr. Hugh Culber on the Paramount+ series Star Trek: Discovery and was recently in Thirteen Reasons Why, shares his thoughts (and confesses a few things!) on things like: Claire Danes He played Ricky Vasquez on My So-Called Life. Wait til you hear what he says about Homeland! The Broadway show Rent! GLAAD Loneliness Dating Not dating...
Published 12/14/21
In honor of tonight's ABC special presentation of Diff'rent Strokes + The Facts of Life, I'm re-airing my talk with Todd Bridges from last year. Todd has been through the ringer. But he's come out OK. I won't bury the lead: He has 29 years clean and sober. We get into that, and I found out the hard way why he bristles at interviews. You'll hear about: Where he is now Who he is now What he went up against Why he's media-averse His new HBO documentary, Showbiz Kids Diff'rent Strokes What...
Published 12/07/21
Jason Ritter (Parenthood, Gravity Falls, Joan of Arcadia) and I have a beautifully honest (and fun!) conversation in this classic episode from 2019. Fun Fact: I wanted Jason to be a guest on Really Famous since the day I started it. You'll find out why. And...I was right! I knew I'd like getting to know him better. I predict you will, too. You'll hear us talk about: Parenthood - why he loved it, which scenes made him cry (as a viewer!) People, perfection and the real deal The downside of...
Published 11/30/21
Marilu Henner (Taxi, Evening Shade, Grease, Chicago) and I talk a mile a minute about EVERYTHING, from her incredible memory (it's called HSAM, or highly superior autobiographical memory) to party games to family to dating John Travolta and a few Taxi co-stars. Such fun! We crossed paths in New York City for just a few hours, so we went for it! On a Saturday night in late 2019, we got together and knew that our willingness to do this on the fly, between flights to and from Los Angeles, was...
Published 11/16/21
Mayim Bialik (Jeopardy, The Big Bang Theory, Blossom, Call Me Kat) is extremely introspective, analytical and accomplished. So it's no surprise this talk turns out to be what it is. Shop at my Amazon storefront & support the show: https://www.amazon.com/shop/reallyfamous Join Mayim Bialik and me as we dive deep into: growing up with uncertainty and anxiety depression and OCD trauma and emotions what a panic attack feels like therapy and how it helped Mayim over the years being an HSP...
Published 11/02/21
Emmy-winning actor Peter Scolari, who won an Emmy for HBO's Girls, died on Friday morning. This is my very deep talk with Peter, which we had in October 2017. I hope you enjoy it. I didn't know him well, but in the hour or two I spent with him I could feel that he was a warm, emotional, caring person. I think you'll feel the same. Peter and I talk about everything from Bosom Buddies to Newhart and Madoff. He opens up about drugs and alcohol, depression and learning he has bipolar disorder. He...
Published 10/23/21
It's Lisa Simpson! Yes, Emmy-winner Yeardley Smith is the voice of smart, spunky Lisa Simpson on The Simpsons. For the last 30 years. Wow! Yeardley is also an on-air actor (remember her from City Slickers, Herman's Head, The Legend of Billie Jean and Maximum Overdrive?). And she co-hosts the true crime podcast Small Town Dicks. Tune in! Subscribe! You'll hear Yeardley talk about: perfectionism success living up to your potential (or not) not being accepted to college Bill Murray's...
Published 10/19/21
Many Saints of Newark star Alessandro Nivola crushes it as Dickie Moltisanti and he nails this interview too! Well, you know what I mean. He gives us all kinds of scoop about: The Many Saints of Newark The original cast of The Sopranos David Chase Michael Imperioli Ray Liotta Nicolas Cage American Hustle Face/Off Acting ups and downs The 12 movies he starred in that were NEVER RELEASED! Emily Mortimer, Alessandro's wife! Their kids, who are about to become movie stars after something HUGE...
Published 10/05/21
Comedian Eric D'Alessandro joins me at Carolines on Broadway for a funny and serious talk. We get into: Mispronouncing his name Driving on the Autobahn Anxiety and his diagnosis Therapy Mental illness in his family A hit and run accident How he made it in stand-up comedy Improv classes where he was totally out of place Odd jobs, like at Newark Airport Pounding the pavement Emailing Taylor Swift’s booking agent Doing open mics Comedy club gatekeepers Social media comedians Young comedians...
Published 09/28/21
My heart-to-heart with the Dallas, Step by Step, The Man from Atlantis actor and I continues! The man who we all love as Bobby Ewing is here and wow, do we get into it all: life, love, TV stardom, insecurities and human connection. I LOVE this talk with actor-director Patrick Duffy and I'm pretty sure you'll love it too. We talk: Bobby Ewing, Who Shot JR, his friendship with Larry Hagman and Linda Grey, how he felt about Victoria Principal and the other cast members of Dallas, why he...
Published 09/21/21
Dallas, Step by Step, The Man from Atlantis and now: Really Famous! The man who we all love as Bobby Ewing is here and wow, do we get into it all: life, love, TV stardom and human connection. I LOVE this talk with actor-director Patrick Duffy and I'm pretty sure you'll love it too. We talk: Bobby Ewing, Who Shot JR, his friendship with Larry Hagman and Linda Grey, how he felt about Victoria Principal and the other cast members of Dallas, why he left, how he came back, that famous...
Published 09/14/21
An unforgettable talk with Ed Asner. There's a story here, friends. I share it on today's show. Ed Asner. What a guy. A gift to us all. He died on Sunday but will be making us smile again and again for years to come. Links to Ed's books: Son of a Junkman - https://amzn.to/2YbImRN  The Grouchy Historian - https://amzn.to/3h4MOsf    Video clips I took with Ed: https://www.instagram.com/karamayerrobinson    Never-before seen video I took of Ed when I caught up with him (for the second...
Published 08/31/21