It Takes Balls by Josh Wolf

josh wolf 1You may recognize comedian Josh Wolf from his thirteen years of stand-up, his tours with Larry the Cable Guy and Chelsea Handler, and his TV appearances on My Name Is Earl  and Raising Hope. I discovered Josh through Ross Mathews – they both worked on Chelsea Lately and continued their chemistry on their radio show, He Said, He Said with Josh and Ross. I am now a huge fan of his, an avid listener of his podcasts, and a follower of his comedy. From my first experience with Josh, I found him absolutely hilarious and down josh wolf 2to earth. He certainly knows how to take a joke super far and make you shake your head in disgust, but he also definitely isn’t offensive. He’s a stand up guy, a solid ally, and a great comedian. Josh is from Boston, and often does shows at the Laugh Factory when he is in town. I was able to go to his show last October, where I even got to meet him afterwards and take some pictures. He does an awesome live set, so if you ever get the chance to see him don’t miss out on the fun.

jw 1It Takes Balls; Dating Single Moms and Other Confessions From an Unprepared Single Dad is Josh Wolf’s collection of his own experiences and funny stories. He finds himself, as he is breaking into his comedy career, with 3 kids and questionable help. They made it work, of course, but not without some tales to tell along the way. Josh is hilarious, and I could hear his voice as he recounted the memories. Part of his comedy comes from the fact that he’s just flat out honest, and is able to admit things that other people might be ashamed of. For example, using his kids to get dates, and going so far as to have them call him “uncle”. I was highly amused.

Part of the reason that I like Josh not just as a comedian, but also just as a human, is because I think he’s a really amazing parent. I totally respect his parenting style; he is realistic, yet encouraging and also extremely proud of his kids. This definitely comes through in his book, as he tells stories of coaching his son’s little league team and connecting with his daughter over her first kiss. He may have been unprepared, but it seems like he made out pretty good overall.

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The best part of the book was the stories about taking his buddies to Las Vegas. It starts out with antics to even get the guys on the plane, including involving one of their wives to help out. Cut to everyone taking too much advantage of their solo hotel rooms instead of hitting a night out on the town – which didn’t sit well with Josh of course. He makes up for lost time though, instigating bets and dares and getting the gang into some hilarious trouble. That’s probably the best part about Josh – he’s the kind of person that goes looking for trouble, finds it, and jumps head first into it.

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I highly recommend It Takes Balls; Dating Single Moms and Other Confessions From an Unprepared Single Dad by Josh Wolf, as well as the rest of his content and comedy. You can follow Josh Wolf on social media at @joshwolfcomedy (his Insta stories of “parenting tips” are hilarious) or visit his website comedianjoshwolf.com for more information and show dates (and a link to his YouTube channel, which includes bits from his standup). You can listen to his podcast Fairly Normal wherever you listen to podcasts, which includes audio of his Facebook TV show Controlled Chaos (which you can also, obviously, watch on Facebook TV). You can also listen to his podcast with Freddie Prinze Jr, called The Prinze and The Wolf or you can go back and binge his old radio show with Ross Mathews, Josh and Ross.

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2018 Emmy Award Winners (main event)

emmysThe 2018 Primetime Emmy Awards have arrived! I was able to tune in briefly to see the arrivals and red carpet looks before the main programming. Tiffany Haddish was seen commenting on her colorful dress after having won her Emmy award last night, mentioning that she’s always just having fun. Dynamic Duo Chrissy Teigen and John Legend walked hand-in-hand, making jokes about pronouncing their names. And Taraj P. Hensen, among many others, were seen looking beautiful and entering the venue.

The evening started out with a musical number attempting to celebrate our efforts with diversity and the social movements, which included all our favorite icons, from RuPaul, to John Legend, Kristen Bell, and many SNL cast members. michal and collinCollin Jost and Michael Che then were introduced and began delivering their comedy and hellos to the “thousands of people watching in the audience and the hundreds watching at home.” They noted that Netflix received the most nominations of the night, which they joked probably made networks nervous… probably not a joke.  Netflix currently has over 700 original shows, clearly reshaping what is considered “primetime television”.

Michael Che then highlights the issues with diversity on TV that were discussed in the opening number. Many reboots of our favorite shows will include a more diverse cast in the upcoming TV season, including a Latino Magnum PI and Latina cast of Charmed. After some quick laughs, the awards were then given for the Comedy nominations!

Henry Winkler (Barry)Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Henry Winkler (Barry)
Nominations: Louie Anderson (Baskets), Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live), Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live)

Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Nominations: Zazie Beetz (Atlanta), Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live), Betty Gilpin (GLOW), Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne), Megan Mullally (Will & Grace)

Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy Series: Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Nominations: Pamela Adlon (Better Things),  Allison Janney (Mom), Issa Rae (Insecure), Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish), Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)

Bill HaderOutstanding Leading Actor in a Comedy Series: Bill Hader (Barry)
Nominations: Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), Ted Danson (The Good Place), Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Donald Glover (Atlanta), William H. Macy (Shameless)

Other awards that were given in the Comedy category:
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Amy Sherman Paladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Amy Sherman Paladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)

An important message was quickly thrown in at the end of Rachel Brosnahan’s thank you – a reminder to VOTE this November! However, the irony became apparent at this point in the program that although the cast sang of diversity on television in the opening song and dance, all of the award winners at this point so far have been white. This was of course highlighted by Michael Che, who also called everyone out for not thanking Jesus in their speech. (Isn’t like, half of Hollywood Jewish? Just saying.) Next up, Limited Series or Movie nominations!

Merritt Wever (Godless)Outstanding Supporting Actress in Limited Series or Movie:  Merritt Wever (Godless)
Nominations: Sara Bareilles (Jesus Christ Superstar), Penelope Cruz (The Assassination of Gianni Versace), Judith Light (The Assassination of Gianni Versac), Adina Porter (American Horror Story: Cult), Letitia Wright (“Black Museum”, Black Mirror)

Jeff Daniels (Godless)Outstanding Supporting Actor in Limited Series or Movie: Jeff Daniels (Godless)
Nominations: Brandon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar), John Leguizamo (Waco), Ricky Martin (The Assassination of Gianni Versace), Edgar Ramirez (The Assassination of Gianni Versace), Michael Stuhlbarg (The Looming Tower), Finn Wittrock (The Assassination of Gianni Versace)

Regina King (Seven Seconds)Outstanding Leading Actress in Limited Series or Movie: Regina King (Seven Seconds)
Nominations: Jessica Biel (The Sinner), Laura Dern (The Tale), Michelle Dockery (Godless), Edie Falco (Law & Order: Menendez Murders), Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Cult)

Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace)Outstanding Leading Actor in Limited Series or Movie: Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace)
Nominations: Antonio Banderas (Genius), Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose), Jeff Daniels (The Looming Tower), John Legend (Jesus Christ Superstar), Jesse Plemons (Black Mirror: USS Callister)

Other awards that were given in the Limited Series or Movie category:
Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series or Movie: William Bridges and Charlie Brooker (USS Callister)
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series or Movie: Ryan Murphy (The Assassination of Gianni Versace)

The highlight of this stretch was of course, the wonderful and beautiful legend that is Betty White. 24 Emmy nominations, 8 of which she won the award, and at 96 years old looks amazing to tell the tales. Betty steals the hearts of viewers everywhere with her charm and her humor delivered in the sweet, high pitched shaky voice. Don’t ever leave us, Betty – we love you! Other note here that made me laugh is the lack of voice that Leslie Jones will have tomorrow after screaming for Regina King while announcing her win. Finally, some of that diversity you all were talking about. Michael Che was again quick to point this out, followed by rolling a digital short where he hands out Emmy trophies to black actors and actresses from shows such as Family Matters, The Jeffersons, and the Wayans Bros. There is a clear and present theme to tonight’s program.

Awards given in the Variety Special category:
Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special: John Mulaney (Kid Gorgeous at Radio City)
Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special: Glenn Weiss (The Oscars)

Stop everything! Glenn Weiss used his time for his acceptance speech to let his lovely lady know that the reason that he doesn’t like to call her his girlfriend, is because he wants to call her his wife! She then was ushered onto the stage and Glenn gave a very relatable speech before sliding a family heirloom on her finger as she excitedly nodded yes. Cute another hilarious reaction from Leslie Jones and all the tears in the audience and probably across America. Next was a beautiful ode to all the souls we lost this year from the entertainment industry, as the voice of Aretha Franklin played. And up next, the Drama nominations!

Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)Outstanding Supporting Actor in Drama Series: Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Nominations: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale), David Harbour (Stranger Things), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) Matt Smith (The Crown)

Thandie Newton (Westworld)Outstanding Supporting Actress in Drama Series: Thandie Newton (Westworld)
Nominations: Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid’s Tale), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), Vanessa Kirby (The Crown), Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Matthew Rhys (The Americans)Outstanding Leading Actor in Drama Series: Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Nominations: Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us), Jason Bateman (Ozark), Ed Harris (Westworld), Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us), Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)

Claire Foy (The Crown)Outstanding Leading Actress in Drama Series: Claire Foy (The Crown)
Nominations: Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Sandra Oh (Killing Eve), Keri Russell (The Americans), Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)

Other awards that were given in the Drama category:
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg (The Americans)
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Stephen Daldry (The Crown)

Alright, we’re getting to the end here. Before wrapping up with the last of the awards, there is a quick look back at how far the Emmy Awards has come, presented by the Chairman of the Academy, Hayma Washington. And finally, the big winners!

RuPaul's Drag RaceOutstanding Reality-Competition Program: RuPaul’s Drag Race
Nominations: The Amazing Race, American Ninja Warrior, Project Runway, Top Chef, The Voice

Saturday Night LiveOutstanding Variety Sketch Series: Saturday Night Live
Nominations: At Home With Amy Sedaris, Drunk History, I Love You America With Sarah Silverman, Portlandia, Tracey Ullman’s Show

Last Week Tonight With John OliverOutstanding Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
Nominations: The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show With James Corden, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

The Assassination of Gianni VersaceOutstanding Limited Series: The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Nominations: The Alienist, Godless, Genius, Patrick Melrose

 The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselOutstanding Comedy Series: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Nominations: Atlanta, Barry, Black-ish, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Glow, Silicon Valley, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Game of ThronesOutstanding Drama Series: Game of Thrones
Nominations:  The Americans, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Stranger Things, This Is Us, Westworld

I think the overall message from tonight is to celebrate the strides that we have made in diversity and representation, but recognize that there is a long way to go. You have to look back to go forward. But hey – here’s to some truly great television!

For a full list of nominees and award winners from the 2018 Emmy Awards, visit www.emmys.com. To read my highlighted list of award winners from over the weekend, click here! And make sure to visit kellyoharadesign.com every week for lots of recommendations, reviews, and ideas regarding TV and movies from an expert in the industry.

There were many programs both nominated and awarded that I have not yet seen, so I guess I have plenty of TV to watch. On a personal note, GO RUPAUL!!!!!!! “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love someone else – can I get an ‘Amen’ up in here?! Now, let the music play!”

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2018 Emmy Award Winners (sat & sun)

Getting excited for the TV red carpet event of the year?! The 70th PrimeTime Emmy Awards broadcasts live tonight, September rs_1024x576-180710125059-1024.emmys.7131817th at 8PM on NBC, hosted by SNL’s Collin Jost and Michael Che. Over the weekend, many nominations received their award on nights one and two that took place on September 15th and 16th. In case you need a recap, here is a highlight of several 2018 Emmy winners so far:

Samira Wiley, Handmaid_s TaleOutstanding Guest Actress on a Drama Series – Samira Wiley, Handmaid’s Tale

This Is Us - Season 1Outstanding Guest Actor on Drama Series – Ron Cephas Jones, This is Us

Tiffany Haddish, SNLOutstanding Guest Actress on a Comedy Series – Tiffany Haddish, SNL

Katt Williams, AtlantaOutstanding Guest Actor on a Comedy Series – Katt Williams, Atlanta

Queer EyeOutstanding Structured Reality Program – Queer Eye

United Shades of AmericaOutstanding Unstructured Reality Program – United Shades of America

RuPaul, RuPaul's Drag RaceOutstanding Host for a Reality Program – RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race

U.S.S. Callister Mutato Building EventOutstanding Television Movie – USS Callister

Mandy Moore, So You Think You Can DanceOutstanding Choreography – Mandy Moore, So You Think You Can Dance

Game of ThronesOutstanding Special Visual Effects – Game of Thrones

James Corden_s Next James CordenOutstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama – James Corden’s Next James Corden

one-direction-joins-james-corden-for-carpool-karaoke-720x720Outstanding Short Form Variety Series – Carpool Karaoke

Rick and MortyOutstanding Animated Program – Rick and Morty

Robot ChickenOutstanding Short Form Animated Program – Robot Chicken

Alex Borstein, Family GuyOutstanding Character Voice-Over Performance – Alex Borstein, Family Guy

Dave Chappelle, EquanimityOutstanding Pre-Recorded Variety Special – Dave Chappelle, Equanimity

Tune in tonight at 8 PM to see the rest of the big winners! (For a list of nominations and some predictions from someone in the industry, click HERE!)

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Podcast Favorites #3

podcast  Here is another round of my current favorite podcast suggestions! (#1, #2)

COMEDY:

Off The RailsOff The Rails with Sarah Colonna and Josh Wolf – This podcast is going back a couple of years, but is super worth the binge. After “Josh and Ross / he said he said” ended, Josh kept his old school radio style podcast going with a new co-host. Sarah is hilarious and their conversations are a perfect combination of relevant issues and absolutely ruthless and disgusting ideas. I’m a big fan of both Sarah and Josh from a comedy standpoint, so I recommend going a google search for their material as well.

Fairly Normal

Fairly Normal with Josh Wolf – Eventually, Josh goes solo on the podcast and Fairly Normal was born. Josh actually has an incredible story of how his family was created, and the episodes with his children are some of the most interesting. (TBH I should probably read Josh’s book to get the full story, cause its genuinely fascinating.) Some of the episodes include and guest and others are just solo rambles from Josh on the road, but all are entertaining. All the episodes of Off the Rails and Fairly normal can both be found under this logo on the Podcast app.

3 Girls 1 Keith3 Girls 1 Keith – This is a new podcast, and I only listen to the shortened version on iTunes. Apparently there is an extended version on Spotify, but I like the shortened show well enough. Amy Shumer, Bridget Everett, and Rachel Bloom partner with their friend Keith to talk about taboo topics and humiliate Keith as much as possible. If you are a fan of Amy Shumer’s, this is a good listen. Covering everything from love to pets to anal, it’s a quick and funny show in typical Amy Shumer comedy.

 

DRAG RACE:

Race ChaserRace Chaser – Sorry not sorry that I am a HUGE fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race and this podcast is EVERYTHING! Alaska and Willam are diving into each episode one by one as their love letter to the series. I am having a blast watching an episode from season one every week and listening to Alaska and Willam dissect it with their wit. There are some special guest appearances from the queens featured on the episodes and lots of inside information. If you are a fan of Drag Race, this podcast really is a MUST. I’m also obsessed with Alaska and will listen to anything with her voice in it.

Whimsically VolatileWhimsically Volatile – If you know Drag Race, you know Katya. Previous to listening to this podcast, I did not know Craig, but Katya and Craig together create an absolutely ridiculous and over the top duo. This podcast is full of inappropriateness that you just can’t find anywhere else. Katya (Brian) really goes deep into some truly gruesome stories that you can’t stop listening too. There is no lack of entertainment here, that’s for sure.

 

OTHER:

Getting CuriousGetting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness – Jonathan is my favorite of the Fab 5 on Queer Eye, and I can never get enough of him. Needless to say, when I found out he had a podcast, I immediately started binging. This podcast is super informative – Jonathan goes keep into topics that make him curious with experts from that field. This covers everything from politics to social media to a diva cup. I’ve already learned so much from listening to this podcast and there is so much information left to discover. Also, Jonathan is the best.

Self HelplessSelf Helpless – This was such an easy binge listen for a crazy person like me! If you have ever had anxiety, read a self help book, or practice the art of Feng Shui, you have to listen to these girls. Comedians Delanie Fischer, Kelsey Cook, and Taylor Tomlinson come together to talk about their experiences with self help, anxiety, and so much more. There is always a comedic relief, but also a lot of great insight. They also did an episode where they covered The Five Love Languages, and a book I am currently reading called “You Are A Badass”. Highly recommend!

NancyNancy – I SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST. Nancy is one of my all time favorite listens, and I cannot wait for them to start the new season and bring me more episodes. Nancy is an LGBTQ podcast that goes though so many issues in the community. To put it simply, this podcast is so real. The hosts Kathy and Tobin go through their experiences with coming out, cover relevant news stories, and shed light on statistics and ideas within the LGBTQ community. This was an eye-opening podcast with so many more ideas to explore. Whether you are a part of the LGBTQ community or not, this is worth the listen. I promise.

More to come! I am always looking for new podcast recommendations and suggestions, so please comment if you have any favorites to share.

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