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 #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

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #19: Courtney Robertson & Laurel House

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Description: Steve sits down with Courtney Robertson from season 16 of The Bachelor. Her new book, "I Didn't Come Here To Make Friends," chronicles her pre-reality show life, her notorious experience on that hit franchise and its unromantic aftermath.

Laurel House also stops by to chat about how to handle social media when you're in a new relationship.

Follow Courtney @bugrobertson

Follow Laurel @QuickieChick

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #18: Henry Winkler & Rob Long

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Description: Steve sits down with two greats from television sitcom history, Henry Winkler and Rob Long.

Everyone knows Henry from his iconic role as the Fonz on ten years of Happy Days, but he's also had a prolific career as a producer and children's book author. They talk about Henry's early days in Hollywood, his thoughts on parenting and the busy schedule he still keeps as one of TV's most popular guest stars on shows like Children's Hospital, Royal Pains and Parks & Recreation.

Rob Long became executive producer of the legendary NBC show Cheers when he was just 27 years old. He's written two very funny books about the tumultuous life of being a TV writer and is now running the hit show Sullivan & Son over on TBS

Follow Henry on Twitter @hwinkler4real
Follow Rob on Twitter @rcbl

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #17: Gilbert Gottfried

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Description: Steve sits down with comedian Gilbert Gottfried in this very funny episode. They discuss his reputation as the "Too Soon" comic, dinosaur penises, Jews in Hollywood, his killer bod, Bob Dylan, Forrest Tucker, Shecky Greene, his new show Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast and much, much more. Gilbert even sings (yikes!)

To Listen to Gilbert's new show go to bit.ly/GGssACP
For more info go to www.gilbertgottfried.com
Follow him on Twitter @RealGilbert

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #16: Bert Kreischer

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Description: Steve sits down with comedian Bert Kreischer. In 1997 Rolling Stone Magazine called Bert the #1 party animal in the nation and he turned that into a successful career in showbiz. He's known as Bert the Conqueror, Party Animal, The Machine and much more. He joins Steve for a very funny hour of podcasting and promo for his new book Life of the Party: Stories of a Perpetual Man-Child.

To order Bert's new book go to bit.ly/LoP-BK
For more info on Bert go to www.bertbertbert.com
Follow him on Twitter @bertkreischer

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #15: Todd Glass

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Description: Steve sits down with comedian Todd Glass in his first promotional chat for his new book The Todd Glass Situation: A Bunch of Lies about My Personal Life and a Bunch of True Stories about My 30-Year Career in Stand-Up Comedy. They discuss how he busted out of the shed, why he jumps to the defense of the bullied, what he calls "fluffy racism", the title he originally wanted to use for the book and much, much more.

To order Todd's new book go to bit.ly/TTGSbook
For more info on Todd go to www.toddglass.com
Follow him on Twitter @toddglass

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #14: Rick Overton

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Description: Steve sits down with actor/comedian Rick Overton. Rick is an actor and comedian that you've seen in all sorts of shows and movies over the years. Probably his most well known role was as the Drake on Seinfeld, but he also played Pam’s Dad on The Office, and was so great in Groundhog Day. More recently he's been on Kroll Show, The League, Children’s Hospital, and so many others. He’s also a fellow podcaster here on the Sideshow Network where he hosts a great little show called Overview with Rick Overton.

For more info on Rick go to www.rickoverton.net
Follow him on Twitter @rickoverton

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #13: Adam Carolla & Christine Blackburn

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Description: Steve sits down with Adam Carolla to discuss his new book, President Me and his new crowd-funded movie, Road Hard. They also chat about old perfume commercials, that scary coffee pot in hotel bathrooms and why there aren't guys playing saxophone on every street corner.

The host of the Storyworthy Podcast, Christine Blackburn, also stops by to talk about her show, her showbiz journey and the humiliating things we sometimes have to do to make it in this business.

Order Adam's book here: presidentme.com

Follow Adam on Twitter @adamcarolla

Follow Christine on Twitter @storyworthy

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #12: Craig Gerard & Matthew Zinman (HIMYM Writers)

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Description: Steve sits down with sitcom writers Craig Gerard & Matthew Zinman who just completed a successful run as writers and producers on the hit CBS show How I Met Your Mother. They talk about how they became best friends in the fifth grade in East Meadow NY, how they came to work together as writing partners and how they mined parts of their lives growing up in Long Island into storylines for How I Met Your Mother. They also discuss some pretty terrible movies.

Follow Craig & Matt on Twitter @Gerard_Zinman

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #11: Jay Duplass, Apolo Ohno and Michael Moyer

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Description: Steve sits down with director Jay Duplass to discuss staying true to his indie film roots, the fraternal bond he shares with his brother Mark in both their personal and professional lives and why he only had one Lego growing up. Apolo Ohno calls in from the road for an update on his latest adventure, running the Ironman Triathlon out in Hawaii. Then Michael Moyer from Scientific American stops by to discuss the Big Bang theory and the infinite nature of our universe.

For more information about Jay and his brother Mark go to www.duplassbrothers.com and follow Jay on Twitter @jayduplass

Follow Apolo Ohno @ApoloOhno

Follow Michael Moyer @mmoyr

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #10: Richard Kline and Laurel House

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Description: Steve sits down with Richard Kline, who for many years played the used car salesman with a heart of gold Larry Dallas on the great 80's sitcom Three's Company. Richard is going to talk about growing up in NYC, serving in Vietnam, his new Broadway show and, of course, his experiences on that iconic TV show.

Relationship guru Laurel House also stops by to discuss whether or not you should have sex on the first date.

For more information about Richard go to www.richardkline.tv

For more information about Laurel go to www.laurelhouse.com and follow Laurel on Twitter at @QuickieChick

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #9: Brian Kilmeade

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Description: Steve sits down with writer and Fox News Channel host Brian Kilmeade. He’s got a great new book out called George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution. They discuss Brian's book, his take on the Fox News mindset, the criticism he and his colleagues get on an almost non-stop basis and a whole lot more.

For more info on Brian go to www.briankilmeade.com and follow him on Twitter @kilmeade

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #8: Jamie Reidy & Michael Moyer

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Description: Steve sits down with writer Jamie Reidy whose first book Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman was turned into the motion picture Love and Other Drugs. His follow-up projects have not turned out quite as well, but Jamie never lost that upbeat attitude. Michael Moyer from Scientific American also sits in for a quick chat about black holes and Stephen Hawking. Follow Jamie on Twitter @JamieReidy Follow Michael Moyer on Twitter @mmoyr

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #7: Brett Cullen

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Description: Steve sits down with veteran film & TV actor Brett Cullen. You've seen Brett in endless TV shows and movies over the years, including Apollo 13. Lost, The Dark Knight Rises, Person of Interest, Friday Night Lights, Revenge, The West Wing, Falcon Crest, Damages, Something to Talk About and many, many more. They'll discuss the ups and downs of almost four decades working in show biz.

Follow Brett on Twitter @wtrmn13

For info on upcoming appearances check out http://www.brettcullen.com or the Facebook fan page.

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #6: Negin Farsad and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

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Description: Steve sits down with comedian/documentary filmmaker Negin Farsad. They chat about her two great films, Nerdcore Rising and The Muslims Are Coming, and her struggles being a female muslim Iranian-American comedian. They also solve all the religious problems in the world.

Then Steve is joined by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje who you may have seen in the recent films, Thor: The Dark World and Pompeii, but is probably best known for his memorable roles as Simon Adebesi on OZ and Mr. Ecko on Lost.

Follow Negin on Twitter @NeginFarsad and check out www.neginfarsad.com

Follow Adewale on Twitter @adewale and check out www.adewaletheartist.com

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #5: Joel Stein Takes Over!

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Description: Writer and television personality Joel Stein takes over The Gamut this week and interviews Steve about his new book My Penthouse Past. In addition to Steve's memoir and his early career with Bob Guccione, they'll also be talking about conspiracy theories, Bigfoot, Joel’s first sexual crush, our future Ape overlords, the problem with Hooters restaurants, giant flaccid penises and much, much more.

For more information on Joel's book go to www.thejoelstein.com and follow Joel on Twitter @thejoelstein

For more information on Steve's book go to www.mypenthousepast.com

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #4: Rob Cesternino & Michael Moyer

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Description: Steve sits down with two-time Survivor contestant and reality show savant Rob Cesternino. He’s the one host Jeff Probst called "the smartest guy to have never won the game.” Steve's also joined by science writer Michael Moyer to discuss why humans eat meat and how the combination of food and fire changed our evolution as a species.

Follow Rob on Twitter @robcesternino and check out robhasawebsite.com

Follow Michael Moyer on Twitter @mmoyr

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #3: Dave Holmes

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Description: Steve sits down with writer and television personality Dave Holmes. Over the course of only a few days back in 1998, Dave went from being just another unfulfilled office drone to appearing on national TV when he competed on MTV's first Wanna Be a VJ contest. They chat about reality show fame, Twitter wars, internet commenters, the dreaded "R" word and much, much more. They even bond over their mutual admiration of Sirius/XM OnBroadway host, Seth Rudetsky.

Follow Dave on Twitter @DaveHolmes and check out his new column over at Vulture. (nymag.com/author/dave%20holmes/)

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #2: Nikki Glaser and Tom Curren

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Description: Steve visits comedian Nikki Glaser to talk about what's next after the end of her MTV show, "Nikki & Sara Live." They also discuss babysitting, porn, New York face, going to LA and surprisingly, "Deal or No Deal."

Three-time world champion surfer turned musician Tom Curren also stops by to chat about his career and play one of his new songs.

Follow Nikki on Twitter @NikkiGlaser and check out her website at www.nikkiglaser.tumblr.com

For more information on Tom check out www.tomcurren.com

Title: The Gamut with Steve Belanger #1: Jim Norton and Laurel House

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Description: Steve sits down with comedian Jim Norton for an honest & frank discussion about self-awareness, the scourge of mass media, his love of the NSA, his ongoing sex addiction, his obsession with celebrity photographs and much, much more. Dating and relationship guru Laurel House also stops by. She's appeared on the E network, the Today Show and was once MTV's "It Girl." She's got some great common sense tips for everyone out there and also answers the big question, "How does one become a dating and relationship guru?"

Follow Jim on Twitter @JimNorton, check out his website at www.jimnorton.com and listen to him every weekday morning on "The Opie and Anthony Show" on SiriusXM Radio.

Follow Laurel on Twitter @QuickieChick and check out her website at www.laurelhouse.com