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: 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

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #32: Cal Ripken Jr. & John Walters

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Description: Steve sits down with baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. to discuss the pressure of his sixteen-year streak and his memories of the amazing night he broke Lou Gehrigs longstanding record. They also talk about what it was like sharing the infield with his brother and being coached by his dad.

Then John Walters, a senior sports editor over at Newsweek, stops by to discuss the current state of the NFL and sports in general. They also talk about Bugs Bunny, Jay Mohr, Apple, U2, waiting for pregnancy tests, Steve's saddest home run and so much more.

For more info on Cal Ripken Jr. go to www.ripkenbaseball.com

Follow John Walters @jdubs88
And check out John's website www.mediumhappy.com

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #31: Ted Leo & Michael Moyer

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Description: Steve sits down with one of his all-time favorite indie musicians, Ted Leo. He's seen success with a number of bands including Chisel, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists and his latest project with fellow indie icon Aimee Mann called Both. It's a great chat and Ted is just brutally honest about his journey so far as a musician. Even if you’re not familiar with his work, you’ll appreciate this eye-opening glimpse into the life of an indie punk & rock legend.

Science writer Michael Moyer also stops by for a chilling chat about global warming.

Follow Ted @tedleo
Follow Michael @mmoyr

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #30: Ali Farahnakian

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Description: Steve sits down with actor, writer, improviser and entrepreneur Ali Farahnakian. He studied improv with legends Del Close & Charna Halpern, was a founding member of the original UCB and wrote for Saturday Night Live. He is also the founder and caretaker of The Peoples Improv Theater in NYC.

Follow Ali on Twitter @alialinyc
Follow The Pit @thepitnyc

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #29: Christopher McDonald & Dave Holmes

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Description: Steve sits down with journeyman actor Christopher McDonald. They talk about his long, successful career, -- from Grease 2 and Breakin' to Boardwalk Empire and Happy Gilmore. They also discuss his Broadway run with Tom Hanks in last summer's Lucky Man.

Then Dave Holmes stops by again for another pop culture chat. This time Steve and Dave dive deep into the movies of their youth.

Follow Dave on Twitter @DaveHolmes

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #28: Vito Lapiccola & Juan - Manuel Rocha

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Description: Steve sits down with the hosts of the Comics on Comics Podcast. They talk about their efforts to spread the Geek Gospel, Liberace, their fascination with sitcoms, Transformers movies, the one true Spiderman - Nicholas Hammond, the essence of storytelling and so much more.

Follow them @comicsoncomics and @vitolapiccola

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #27: Paulo Costanzo

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Description: Steve sits down with Paulo Costanzo from the long-running USA Network show Royal Pains. They talk about what made him go into acting in the first place, an amazing story about how he got his first big role in the film Road Trip and his experience on the failed Friends spin-off, Joey.

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #26: Ross Meyerson

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Description: Steve sits down with one of New York’s premiere casting directors, Ross Meyerson. He's worked on shows like Nurse Jackie, White Collar, Rescue Me and so many other great ones and won an Emmy Award for his work on Damages. They talk about what it’s like to win an Emmy, how network TV casting works and the Twitter hack that upset thousands of actors worldwide. A great conversation for anyone who enjoys tales of show biz, but a must-listen for any actors who want to get in the mind of a great casting director.

Follow Ross @mrmayason

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #25: Caleb Bacon & Dave Holmes

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Description: Steve sits down with Caleb Bacon, a staff writer on the hit TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son and the host of the podcast Man School with Caleb Bacon. They talk about, the exhaustion that comes from working on a weekly sitcom, his apathy for Game of Thrones and a message to all his little league coaches who said he’d never amount to anything.

He's also joined by writer and former MTV host Dave Holmes for the first in a series of conversations about their shared pop culture DNA. This week they bond over the television that forged them.

Follow Caleb @CalebEatsBacon and visit manschoolshow.com

Follow Dave @DaveHolmes and read his Vulture column at bit.ly/HolmesSIT

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #24: Ed Begley, Jr. & Jordan Brady

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Description: Steve sits down with Ed Begley, Jr. to discuss his nearly five decades in show business. They chat about how he overcame a terrible attitude at the outset of his long, successful career, his one regret about all the jokes made over the years about his eco-conscious activities and how Christopher Guest bailed him out of movie jail.

And in Part 2 of Steve's long chat with director Jordan Brady, they talk about the backstory of his unsuccessful film, The Third Wheel, why comedian Jeff Garlin hates him and some really deep tracks about the world of comedy.

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #23: Jordan Brady & Stephie Grob Plante

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Description: Steve sits down with two talented folks with inside takes on the world of stand-up comedy. In Part 1 of his long chat with director Jordan Brady they talk about a whole lotta stuff, including his two great documentaries I Am Comic and I Am Road Comic. (available at www.iamroadcomic.com)

Then Steve talks to writer Stephie Grob Plant about the five years she spent as a comedians' assistant & tour manager and the article she wrote about it for Splitsider (available at - bit.ly/SSsgp)

Follow Brady @iamcomicmovie

Follow Stephie @stephiegrob

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #22: Jon Gabrus

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Description: Steve sits down with actor/writer/comedian Jon Gabrus from MTV2's Guy Code.

They talk about Jon's early days as a lifeguard, his improv journey through UCB, making the move from NY to LA, bad commercial auditions, leprechaun mohels and much, much more, including more Long Island talk than any podcast should really have.

Follow Jon @jongabrus

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #21: Mark Normand

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Description: Steve sits down with comedian Mark Normand.

Mark was named a comic to watch at the New York Comedy Festival and included on Esquire Magazine’s list of the best new comedians. He's been on Conan and Inside Amy Schumer and now he’s got his first half-hour stand-up special. Check it out on Friday, July 18th at midnight on Comedy Central.

Follow Mark @marknorm

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #20: Bryan Bishop

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Description: Steve sits down with Bryan Bishop. A lot of you may know him as Bald Bryan from his work with Adam Carolla, but today they’ll be talking about his great new book Shrinkage that details his incredibly harrowing and ultimately successful fight against brain cancer.

Follow Bryan @BaldBryan