The Gamut with Steve Belanger

A wide-ranging weekly show featuring an assortment of one-on-one interviews with celebrities, experts, writers, comedians and anyone else with a good story to share. Steve is the quintessential jack-of-all-trades, master of none. He has been a corporate executive, stand-up comedian, professional actor, author and stay-at-home dad. He has worked with Oscar-winners, written countless scripts and performed comedy on the country’s most celebrated stages. He also spends a lot of time changing diapers.

Twitter - @stevebelanger
Facebook - www.facebook.com/thegamutwithstevebelanger
Email - steve@stevebelanger.com

Title: Respect The Process #95: Comedian Derek Gaines Stars in AOL/Morgan Spurlock’s “Connected” and MTV’s “Broke Ass Game Show”

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Description: Y’all are going to love comedian Derek Gaines. Minutes before my interview with Morgan Spurlock, I got to chat with Derek, one of the stars or Mr. Spurlock’s newest project “Connected”, the awesome first-person filmed series for AOL.com for AOL Originals.

Derek and I discuss stand=up comedy, how real the show really is, how he got picked by Morgan, AOL, MTV and his future dreams. Little did we realize how parallel our journey’s are. Check Derek out on MTV’s “Broke Ass Game Show”.

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #61: Phil Stamato

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Description: Steve sits down with Phil Stamato, a working stand-up comic here in NYC. He’s also a sketch writer, a musician, a master of dead languages and he writes for the great comedy news website, Splitsider.

For more info on Phil go to his Tumblr page pstamato.tumblr.com and follow him on Twitter @pstamato

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #60: Gary Player & Keely Levins

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Description: Steve sits down with legendary golfer Gary Player to talk about his impressive fitness regimen and the importance of keeping kids active.

Then Keely Levins stops in to discuss a great article she wrote for Golf Digest about how she went undercover as a cart girl. Funny stuff!

Follow Gary on Twitter @GaryPlayer and check out www.garyplayer.com

Check out Keely Levin’s work over at golfdigest.com and follow her @kalevins

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #59: Victor Levin

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Description: Steve chats with writer/director Victor Levin. He’s written for great TV shows Dream On, The Larry Sanders Show, Mad About You and Mad Men. He wrote and directed the wonderful new film 5 to 7 starring Anton Yelchin, Bérénice Marlohe, Glenn Close and Frank Langella.

Follow Victor on Twitter @ZippyLevin
and check out @5to7film

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #58: Brande Roderick

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Description: Steve chats with model/actress Brande Roderick. She was 2001’s Playboy Playmate of the Year and she parlayed that early success into life as an actress and entrepreneur.

They talk about her experiences at Playboy, appearances on reality shows like The Surreal Life and The Apprentice and all of the post-Playboy projects she’s been working on.

Follow Brande on Twitter @BrandenRoderick
And check out www.branderoderick.com

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #57: Brandt Tobler

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Description: Steve hangs out with comedian Brandt Tobler in his garage out in Hollywood. They talk about growing up in Wyoming, his run at the top of the Cheyenne Mallfia, and a Vegas backstory that is absolutely insane. Brandt also gives Steve some life advice that everyone should follow.

Follow Brandt on Twitter @brandttobler
And for more info on his current 60-city Bad Decisions make Great Stories Comedy Tour, go to brandttobler.com

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #56: Ali Spagnola

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Description: Steve sits down with musician, YouTube sensation, drinking hero and all-around cool person Ali Spagnola.

They talked about emojis, the board game Masterpiece and how to shotgun a beer. They also discussed her various legal battles, her horrible choice of sports teams, her earlier career as an ice crew girl and much, much more.

Follow Ali on Twitter @alispagnola and check out her many endeavors over at www.alispagnola.com

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #55: Andy Ruther & Joe Praino

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Description: Andy Ruther & Joe Praino are comedians and hosts of Dirty Sports Podcast on Sideshow Network.

We talked about who has the largest member in all of professional sports, how they grew such a devoted & loyal fan base, and their place in the comedy world. Andy talks about his work with the FratBoys of Comedy and his experience with severe brain trauma. Joe shares his story of the most heartbreaking showbiz fail I’ve heard in quite a while.

Follow Andy @andyruther and Joe @fixyourlife

And go to www.dirtysports.com for more info on Dirty Sports Podcast

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #54: Steve Zissis

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Description: Steve Zissis is a very talented actor and the star of HBO's best reviewed series of the year, Togetherness. He and Steve talk about getting his start in New Orleans, his fabulous work with The Duplass Brothers and a whole bunch of other stuff that makes them both giggle like school girls.

He's been in the films Baghead, Her, The Puffy Chair, The Do-Deca-Pentathlon and Jeff, Who Lives At Home.

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevezissis

Watch Togetherness on HBO & HBO GO.

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #53: Chris Gethard

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Description: Chris Gethard is a very funny actor and comedian, who for almost four years now has been hosting The Chris Gethard Show on Manhattan cable access. It has a huge cult following and was picked up for a run on the new Fusion network.

They talk about his battles with depression, the dangerous antics of his youth, his frustrating experience with near-success on Comedy Central, his bizarre face to face encounter with an internet commenter, how he found himself getting beat up in a muay thai gym, his excellent book A Bad Idea I’m About To Do and a whole lot more.

Follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisGethard and for more info on The Chris Gethard Show, go to thechrisgethardshow.com.

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #52: Tom McCaffrey

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Description: Tom McCaffrey is a very funny comic, writer, filmmaker and rapper. His new film, Adventures in Comedy, is a mockumentary about the continuing saga of his standup career.

Follow Tom on Twitter @tommccaffrey
Or check out www.tommccaffreycomedy.com

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #51: Tom Kenny

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Description: In in honor of the release of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Steve goes back to the archives for this great chat he had with Tom Kenny a while back.

They discuss his lifelong dream of doing doing voicework, his early start in comedy, and of course how he landed the iconic role of the little yellow man himself, Spongebob Squarepants.

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #50: Robert Wuhl & Andy Engel

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Description: Steve sits down with actor/comedian Robert Wuhl and the Director of New Talent over at Gotham Comedy Club here in New York, Andy Engel.

Robert Wuhl has been a successful actor, writer & comedian for decades since getting his start in the 1980 cult classic Hollywood Knights. He has been in big films like Batman, Good Morning Vietnam and Bull Durham, but might best be known as the creator and star of Arliss on HBO for seven seasons.

Andy Engel is the Director of New Talent over at Gotham Comedy Club in NYC. He’s going to talk about how to get started in the stand-up biz and what he teaches over at his popular Manhattan Comedy School.

For more info on the Manhattan comedy School go to www.manhattancomedyschool.com
or follow them on Twitter @ManhattanComedy

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #49: Mike DelGuidice

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Description: Steve sits down with musician Michael DelGuidice.

Michael has been a musician almost his entire life. Self-taught on piano, guitars, bass and drums, he started playing piano bars when he was still in his teens. Through all those nights in the bars, everyone kept telling him he sounded exactly like Billy Joel, so he started up a Billy Joel tribute band called Big Shot. He thought he’d finally found the success he’d always been looking for, after years of ups and downs in the music biz. Then something even more amazing happened. Billy Joel asked him to join his band and he’s been touring with the man himself since 2013.

Follow Michael on Twitter @bigshotband
For more info on upcoming concerts and appearances go to www.bigshottributeband.com

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #48: Curtis Armstrong

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Description: Steve sits down with actor Curtis Armstrong.

Curtis is probably best known for his big breakthrough role in the film Risky Business and for playing the iconic “Booger" in Revenge of the Nerds. He was also in two of Steve's favorite flicks from the 80s, Better off Dead and One Crazy Summer by the amazing director Savage Steve Holland.

He still keeps very busy with recurring roles on New Girl and American Dad. Plus the third season of the reality competition series King of the Nerds, which he created and co-hosts with Nerd co-star Robert Carradine, starts Friday, January 23rd on TBS.

Follow Curtis on Twitter @curtisisbooger
For more info on TBS’s King of the Nerds, go to TBS.com

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #47: Peter Mehlman

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Description: Steve sits down with writer Peter Mehlman from the iconic TV sitcom, Seinfeld.

Peter started off as a sports journalist at The Washington Post, made the move to television working for the great Howard Cosell on SportsBeat, wrote for all of the top magazines and after a chance encounter out in LA with fellow New Yorker Larry David, he began writing for one of the most successful sitcoms of all time, Seinfeld. He’s got a great new book out called It Won’t Always be This Great.

Follow Peter on Twitter @PeterMehlman and for more info on him, his books and all things Mehlman go to pmehlman.com

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #46: Wayne Federman

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Description: Steve sits down with comedian Wayne Federman.

Among his many accomplishments Wayne is a top-notch stand-up, was the head monologue writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon when it launched and starred in the great documentary I Am Road Comic.

This is Steve’s most Gamut-running chat yet and quickly spirals out of control. At various points, Wayne diagnoses Steve with dementia, accuses him of being part of the New York crime syndicate and calls this the worst interview ever. Sadly all true to a certain degree. You be the judge.

Follow Wayne on Twitter @Federman and for more info on upcoming appearances go to www.waynefederman.com

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #45: Sophie Venable & Joe Todaro

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Description: Steve sits down with advice guru Sophie Venable and L.A. comedian Joe Todaro.

Sophie Venable is a pyschologist, a life coach and the host of the popular podcast right here on the Sideshow Network called MYLF Talk. That stands for Make Your Life Fabulous, and her mission is to help folks live more authentic and joyful lives with practical, soulful, straightforward advice.

Up & coming comedian Joe Todaro will chat about open mics, getting jobs and the landscape in L.A. for standup comics just starting out.

Follow Sophie @MYLFTalk and go to make makeyourlifefabulous.com for more about info about her book and her advice on life.

Follow Joe Todaro @sweatpantsjoe and check out some of his videos at youtube.com/sweatpantsjoe

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #44: Joe Sib & Barry Sanders

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Description: Steve sits down with punk rocker turned comedian Joe Sib and NFL legend Barry Sanders.

Joe Sib might be best known to most folks for being in the California punk rock band Wax, but he’s also the co-founder of Side One Dummy Records and now has a burgeoning career in stand-up comedy and the world of storytelling.

1988 Heisman Trophy winner, 10-time Pro Bowler and 4-time NFL rushing leader Barry Sanders will talk about his illustrious career, his earlyish retirement at age 29, how the game has changed in the fifteen years since he left and his life as a constant competitor.

Follow Joe Sib @Joesib22 and check out joesib.com

Follow Barry @BarrySanders and check out www.barrysanders.com

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #43: Aisha Tyler & Dominique Wilkins

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Description: Steve sits down with actress/comedian Aisha Tyler & NBA legend Dominique Wilkins

Aisha Tyler appears every day on CBS’ The Talk, voices superspy Lana Kane on FX’s Archer, hosts Whose Line Is It Anyway and her own popular podcast, Girl on Guy, and so much more. She talks about her unwillingness to grow up, the importance of owning your life and her status as the ultimate guy’s girl.

Former NBA All-Star Dominique Wilkins talks about some his greatest rivalries on the court and the big health battle he’s been fighting ever since.

Follow Aisha @aishatyler
Check out everything else Aisha over at www.aishatyler.com

Follow Dominique @DWilkins21
For more info on his Diabetes Dream Team Inititative go to www.DiabetesDreamTeam.com

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #42: Valerie Azlynn & Emmitt Smith

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Description: Steve sits down with actress Valerie Azlynn and NFL legend Emmitt Smith.

Valerie has been appearing on the TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son for the past three years. She talks about why she went into showbiz, her successful career and the childhood health scare that has driven her her entire life.

Former Dallas Cowboy running back Emmitt Smith is the NFL’s all-time rushing leader. He talks about his legendary career, how he looks back on it and why he isn’t resting on his laurels.

Follow Valerie @ValerieAzlynn

Follow Emmitt @EmmittSmith22

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #41: Ike Barinholtz & Rachel Rosenthal

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Description: Steve sits down with actor/writer/comedian Ike Barinholtz from The Mindy Project and improviser/storyteller Rachel Rosenthal.

Ike Barinholtz is probably best known for his five year stint on MADtv. He'll talk about getting his start on that sketch comedy series, making the transition from writing to acting on The Mindy Project, the worst audition he’s ever done and a whole lot more.

Rachel Rosenthal is coming off a critically acclaimed appearance on our buddy Kevin Allison’s popular storytelling show RISK! She’ll discuss the world of improv, how she got into comedy and her new webseries. Rachel and Steve may even get into a little two-person podcasting improv, you just never know.

Follow Ike on Twitter @ikebarinholtz

For more info on Rachel go to to theraeroshow.com and follow her @raeroshow

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #40: Dr. Donna & James Young

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Description: Steve sits down with sports psychotherapist Dr. Donna Dannenfelser and television host James Young from the DIY Network.

Dr. Donna Dannenfelser specializes in high-profile professional athletes, including their wives and families. If her story sounds familiar, it might be because they made a TV show out of her experiences called Necessary Roughness that ran for three years on USA Network. She talks about confidence on the field, football injuries, social issues in sports and the rash of trouble that professional athletes seem to be getting into this year.

James Young is the the host of the DIY Network show I Hate My Kitchen. He’ll talk about how he went from being a licensed contractor & electrican to being a full-time television host, the challenges do-it-yourself guys encounter when working on a project and a great new program he’s doing with Walmart to upgrade food pantries throughout America.

For more info on James Young’s show I Hate My Kitchen go to www.diynetwork.com

And to particpate in the Food Pantry Holiday Makeovers campaign go to www.walmart.com/holidaymakeover

You can follow Dr. Donna on Twitter @TheDr_Donna

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #39: Eddie Brill & Wil Wheaton

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Description: Steve sits down with comedian Eddie Brill and actor Wil Wheaton on this week’s episode.

Eddie Brill is a top-notch stand-up comedian who performs all over the world. He is probably best known for being both the audience warmup and stand-up booker for The Late Show with David Letterman. He is also the Creative Director of The Great American Comedy Festival.

Wil Wheaton found fame early in life starring in the hit film Stand By Me and the iconic TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation. He has several successful new projects, such as his TableTop web series, playing the recurring character of “Wil Wheaton” on The Big Bang Theory and being the spokesman for Newcastle’s Scotch Ale.

For more info on Eddie go to eddiebrill.com and follow him at facebook.com/eddie.brill.3

For more info on Wil go to wilwheaton.net and follow him @wilw

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #38: Jason Jones, Joe Namath & Laurel House

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Description: Steve sits down with three great guests on this week’s episode.

Jason Jones chats about his career, his gig on the The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the interview for the show that got an Iranian journalist imprisoned and is the basis of Jon Stewart’s directorial debut, Rosewater.

Then NFL great Joe Namath talks about his playing days, as well as his favorite show biz memories.

And relationship guru Laurel House is back to tell us about what men (and women) are doing wrong in their search for the perfect relationship.

Follow Jason Jones @jonesinforjason

Follow Joe Namath @RealJoeNamath

Follow Laurel House @QuickieChick

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #37: Dennis Dugan

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Description: Steve sits down with actor/director Dennis Dugan. He is best known for his collaborations directing Adam Sandler in flicks like Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, and Just Go With It, but he’s also done other great comedies. Plus he had a very successful career in television on shows like The Rockford Files, Hill Street Blues and Moonlighting.

They talk about, his first big movie role, a crushing moment from his Moonlighting days, making the transition from acting to directing, his history with film legend Roger Corman, how he became part of the Adam Sandler team, his major league baseball playing son and a whole lot more.

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #36: Jeanette Godoy & Andrew Furtado

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Description: Steve sits down with commercial and documentary filmmaker Jeanette Godoy. They talk about her great new film Free 2B Me, as well as her early life as a professional dancer and the surprising rap video she choreographed that skyrocketed her career (here's a hint - "Red beans and rice didn't miss her.")

Then comedy filmmaker and podcast host Andrew Furtado stops by to talk about their shared collegiate past, working with Jay Mohr, Todd Glass & the folks at Funny or Die and his great new show about Netflix called Now Streaming.

To watch Free 2 Be Me go to free2bememovie.com
Follow Jeanette @free2bememovie

To listen to Andrew's Now Streaming podcast go to nowstreamingpod.com
Follow Andrew @AndrewFurtaco

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #35: Bonnie Bernstein

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Description: Steve sits down with sports journalist and media executive Bonnie Bernstein. They talk about how she became one of the most accomplished female sportscasters in the country, her new venture Campus Insiders, what it's like to cover a Super Bowl, their shared love of NFL coach Rex Ryan and so much more.

For more info on the Campus Insiders go to www.campusinsiders.com
Follow Bonnie @BonnieBernstein

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #34: Kevin Allison

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Description: Steve sits down with comedic actor/writer/podcast host Kevin Alison. He started out as a member of MTV's The State and is now the creator and host of the wildly popular podcast Risk!

They talk about his early work with The State and the difficult times that followed after they broke up. Kev teaches Steve a thing or two about the world of kink and they also chat about podcasting, storytelling, trying to be a grown up, his new life as an entrepreneur and so much more.

For more info on the Risk! podcast go to risk-show.com
Follow Kevin @TheKevinAllison

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #33: Robert Irvine & Mark Powell

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Description: Steve sits down with celebrity chef and host of Food Network's Restaurant Impossible, Robert Irvine. They compare knife skills, talk about healthy eating and discuss a few cooking tips for the average guy.

Steve also chats with up & coming comedian Mark Powell to talk about the current NY stand-up scene for new comics just starting out.

For more info on Robert Irvine go to chefirvine.com

Follow Mark Powell @splitter2221