Richard E. Roeper is an American columnist and film critic for The Chicago Sun-Times, he co-hosted the television series At the Movies with Roger Ebert from 2000 to 2008, as Gene Siskel's successor. From 2010 until 2014 he co-hosted The Roe and Roeper Show with Roe Conn on WLS-AM. On October 19, 2015, Roeper was selected as the new host for the FOX 32 morning show Good Day Chicago, he served as the host until October 2017. Roeper was born in Illinois, he grew up in south suburban Dolton and attended Thornridge High School, graduating from Illinois State University in 1982. Roeper began working as a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1987; the topics of his columns range from politics to media to entertainment. He has written seven books, on topics from movies to urban legends to conspiracy theories to the Chicago White Sox. In 2009 Roeper appeared on Howard Stern's show and said he had written a book on gambling, entitled Bet the House, released in the first quarter of 2010. Roeper was a radio host on WLS AM 890 in Chicago.
He hosted shows on WLUP-FM, WLS-FM and WMVP-AM in Chicago. He won three Emmy awards for his news commentaries on Fox in the 1990s, was the film critic for CBS in Chicago for three years in the early 2000s, he won the National Headliner Award as the top newspaper columnist in the country in 1992, has been voted best columnist in Illinois by the Associated Press on numerous occasions. His columns have been syndicated by The New York Times to publications around the world. Roeper has written for a number of magazines, including Esquire, Spy, TV Guide, Playboy and Entertainment Weekly, he was once named as one of People magazine's most eligible bachelors. Roeper has been a frequent guest on The Tonight Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, The O'Reilly Factor and countless other national programs, he is the host of Starz Inside, a monthly documentary series airing on the Starz network since the fall of 2007. Roeper appeared on the first episode of the fifth season of Entourage reviewing the fake movie Medellin starring fictional movie star Vincent Chase.
In April 2008, Roeper was the central figure on an episode of Top Chef, in which the contestants served up movie themed dishes to Roeper and his friends, including Aisha Tyler. In February 2009, Roeper launched his own web site, which features movie reviews, blog entries about politics and movies, photos and Twitter entries. For most of the year Roeper was blog entries. In December 2009, he launched a video section, with on-camera reviews of movies; the video segments are produced in partnership with the Starz premium cable channel. Roeper announced the reviews will appear first on his site on the Starz channel. In December 2009, it was reported that Roeper had signed a "six-figure" deal with ReelzChannel to be a regular contributor, he co-hosted the Roe and Roeper show with Roe Conn from April 12, 2010 until October 7, 2014 on Chicago's WLS-AM 890 radio station from 2-6pm CST. Roeper stopped reviewing movies for ReelzChannel in February 2015. In October 2015, he joined the cast of the Fox Chicago morning TV show.
He continues to review movies for the Chicago Sun-Times, he publishes videos of his reviews to YouTube. Roeper signed off from Fox Chicago's morning TV on October 18, 2017. Roeper was suspended from the Sun-Times on January 29, 2018, pending an investigation into allegations that he had purchased Twitter followers. On February 2, the Sun-Times released a statement stating that their investigation did find that Roeper purchased over 25,000 fake followers, he was reinstated by the paper, though he was required to begin using a new account on which he was explicitly disallowed from buying followers. After Gene Siskel of Siskel & Ebert died on Saturday, February 20, 1999, Roger Ebert did the show with nearly 30 co-hosts. After 10 guest stints, Roeper was offered the opportunity to permanently co-host the popular film review show with Ebert; the series was renamed Ebert & Roeper and the Movies in 2000, shortened to Ebert & Roeper in 2002. Beginning in August 2006, while his co-host Roger Ebert was recovering from cancer surgery, Roeper was joined by guest critics, including Clerks director Kevin Smith and The Tonight Show host Jay Leno.
On Sunday, July 20, 2008, Roeper announced he was leaving the show in mid-August and would return with a new show in the year. He continues to write his general interest column, contributes reviews to the Sun-Times and to newspapers across the country, he Rents, She Rents: The Ultimate Guide to the Best Women's Films and Guy Movies, with Laurie Viera Hollywood Urban Legends: The Truth Behind All Those Delightfully Persistent Myths of Films and Music Urban Legends: The Truth Behind All Those Deliciously Entertaining Myths That Are Absolutely, Positively, 100% Not True Ten Sure Signs a Movie Character is Doomed, Other Surprising Movie Lists Schlock Value: Hollywood At Its Worst Sox and the City: A Fan's Love Affair with the White Sox from the Heartbreak of'67 to the Wizards of Oz Debunked!: Conspiracy Theories, Urban Legends, Evil Plots of the 21st Century Bet the House: How I Gambled Over a Grand a Day for 30 Days on Sports and Games of Chance Official website Biography from TV Tome Richard Roeper on IMDb
Andrea Louise Martin is an American actress, singer and comedian, best known for her work in the television series SCTV and Great News. She has appeared in films such as Black Christmas, Wag the Dog and the Angry Inch, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Little Italy, she has lent her voice to the animated films Anastasia, The Rugrats Movie and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Martin has been prolific in the world of theater, winning Tony Awards for both My Favorite Year and the 2013 revival of Pippin. Martin appeared on Broadway in Candide, Oklahoma!, Fiddler on the Roof, Young Frankenstein, Exit the King and Act One. She has received five nominations for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, more than any other actress in the award's history, she received her first nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for the 2016 revival of Noises Off. She starred as Carol Wendelson on the NBC sitcom Great News. Andrea Martin was born in 1947 in Portland, the eldest of three children of Sybil A. and John Papazian Martin (Armenian: Ջոն Փազազյան Մարտին.
Her paternal grandparents were Armenian immigrants who moved to the U. S. from the Ottoman Empire to escape the Armenian Genocide. Her grandfather changed the family’s name from Papazian to Martin, her maternal grandparents were Armenians from Istanbul. Her father owned Martin's Foods, a grocery store chain. Soon after graduating from Emerson College, Martin won a role in a touring company of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. After frequent visits to Toronto, she relocated from New York City to Toronto in 1970 and found steady work in television and theater. In 1972, Martin played the character of Robin in a Toronto production of Godspell, with a company that included future stars Gilda Radner, Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Victor Garber, musical director Paul Shaffer. Two of her early film roles were in horror films, 1973's Cannibal Girls, for which she won the Sitges Film Festival Award for Best Actress, in 1974, as the bookish sorority sister Phyllis in Black Christmas, a Canadian slasher. In 1976, she joined then-unknowns John Candy, Dave Thomas, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Harold Ramis and Joe Flaherty on the Canadian sketch comedy television series, SCTV, set at fictional television station "Second City Television", or SCTV, in Melonville.
Martin most notably portrayed leopard-print-wearing station manager Edith Prickley, whose dealings with the staff, including president/owner Guy Caballero, clueless newscaster Earl Camembert, washed-up actor Johnny LaRue, helped to provide much of the show's humor. Other notable characters Martin played included incomprehensible European immigrant Pirini Scleroso, organ saleswoman Edna Boil, feminist TV show host Libby Wolfson, children's entertainer Mrs. Falbo, her talent for impersonation was key in her humorous portrayals of Barbra Streisand, Ethel Merman, Arlene Francis, Pauline Kael, Sally Field, Sophia Loren, Beverly Sills, Lynn Redgrave, Linda Lavin, Bernadette Peters, Liza Minnelli, Connie Francis, Mother Teresa, Joni Mitchell, Alice B. Toklas, Patti Smith, Brenda Vaccaro and Indira Gandhi. In 1981, Martin was Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Variety Show for her work in SCTV, her 1970's stage work included the Toronto branch of the improvisational comedy troupe The Second City, a group which produced the entire cast of SCTV.
In 1992, she made her Broadway debut in the musical My Favorite Year, for which she won the Tony Award, Theatre World Award, Drama Desk Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Additional Broadway credits include Candide and Oklahoma!, the Broadway premiere of Young Frankenstein, all of which brought her Tony Award nominations for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Martin starred alongside Susan Sarandon in the Broadway revival of Exit the King. For her performance as Juliette, she was nominated for a Drama Outer Critics Circle Award, she wrote and performed in the critically acclaimed one-woman show Nude, Totally Nude in Los Angeles and New York City, receiving a 1996 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One Person Show. Other theater credits include the leads in The Rose Tattoo and Betty's Summer Vacation, for which she won the Elliot Norton Award for Best Actress, both produced at The Huntington Theatre in Boston. During the winter of 2012–2013, she played Berthe, Pippin's grandmother, in the American Repertory Theater production of Pippin in Cambridge, singing the classic song "No Time At All".
The show transferred to Broadway at the Music Box Theatre and opened in April 2013. For Pippin Martin won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Martin's last performance as Berthe in the Broadway production of Pippin was on September 22, 2013, she appeared on Broadway in the new play written and directed by James Lapine, Act One, for which she received the Outer Critics Circle Award. Martin has played Wanda the Word Fairy in numerous short segments on Sesame Street, she appeared on Kate & Allie as the executive producer of a low-rated cable channel, spun-off into her own CBS series, Roxie. Star Trek fans may recognize her as one of two actresses to play Ishka, Quark's iconoclastic mother on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. For her role, she was made up to appear as an older woman, although in reality, Martin is less than three years older than Armin Shimerman, who played Quark.
She has won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Mus
Franklin Wendell Welker is an American voice actor best known for his role as Fred Jones from the Scooby-Doo franchise since its inception in 1969 and as the voice of Scooby-Doo since 2002. He is known as the voice of Megatron in the Transformers franchise and as the voice and vocal effects of Nibbler on Futurama. In 2016, Welker was honored with an Emmy Award for his lifetime achievement. Welker was born in Denver, Colorado, on March 12, 1946, he moved to California and attended Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, where he majored in theatrical arts. In 1966, he received honors for his performance as the Cowardly Lion in the college's theater production of The Wizard of Oz. During his transition between college and his voice-acting career, his first voice-over role was in a commercial for Friskies dog food; the producer's girlfriend informed him of auditioning for Hanna-Barbera during the casting of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, where he auditioned for the title character but instead won the role of Fred Jones.
Welker's first voice role came as Fred Jones in the Scooby-Doo franchise. Welker has voiced Fred in every series and incarnation of the Scooby-Doo animated franchise and has provided the voice of Scooby-Doo since 2002; as of 2019, Welker is the only remaining original voice actor still involved in the series. His next major character voice was for Marvin White on the 1973 series Super Friends; that same year, he played Pudge and Gabby on DePatie-Freleng Enterprises' animated series Bailey's Comets. Welker continued to provide voices for many characters for Hanna-Barbera for several years, which include Jabberjaw, Dog Wonder, the Shmoo in The New Fred and Barney Show and its spin-off, The Flintstones Comedy Show. Frank Welker described the voice he used for the Shmoo as "a bubble voice". In 1978, he played the title character on Fangface and in its spin-off and Fangpuss, voiced Heckle and Jeckle and Quackula on The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle & Jeckle, Tom Cat, Jerry Mouse, Tyke, Slick Wolf and Barney Bear on The Tom and Jerry Comedy Show.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Welker became a busy actor, providing the voice for many popular cartoon characters in multiple series, including Brain, Doctor Claw, M. A. D. Cat on Inspector Gadget. I. Joe heroes and villains, he voiced various characters on The Simpsons, such as Santa's Little Helper, Snowball II, various other animals from 1991 to his departure from the show in 2002. Welker provided both the speaking animal sounds for Nibbler on Matt Groening's Futurama, he provided the voices for Mr. Plotz, Ralph the Guard and other characters on Animaniacs, Gogo Dodo, Furball and others on Tiny Toon Adventures, Pepé Le Pew on The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries, McWolf the main antagonist to Droopy and his nephew Dripple on Tom and Jerry Kids Show and Droopy, Master Detective. Welker has created the vocal effects for many animals and creatures in films, including Abu the monkey, Rajah the tiger, the Cave of Wonders in Aladdin, its two sequels, the television series, Arnold the Pig in the television film Return to Green Acres, the Martians in Tim Burton's Mars Attacks!, the penguins in Mr. Popper's Penguins.
He performed Spock's screams in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and voiced The Thing in The Golden Child, Jinx the robot in SpaceCamp, Totoro in the 2005 English version of Studio Ghibli's film My Neighbor Totoro, Alien Sil in Species, Malebolgia in Spawn, Gargamel's cat Azrael in Sony Pictures Animation's live action/animated film versions of The Smurfs. In 2006, he began voicing George in the popular children's series Curious George, he voiced George in the animated film of the same name that same year. In 2007, Welker became the new voice of Garfield, succeeding the original actor Lorenzo Music, who died in 2001. Welker voiced Garfield in Garfield Gets Real, Garfield's Fun Fest, Garfield's Pet Force, on the series The Garfield Show, which ran from 2008 to 2016. In 2011, he provided the voice of Batman in a Scooby-Doo crossover segment of the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode, "Bat-Mite Presents: Batman's Strangest Cases!". In the same episode, he voiced Batboy, the classic Mad Magazine Batman spoof created by Wally Wood.
Welker has provided voices for many video game characters, most notably Disney's Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and The Shadow Blot in Epic Mickey and its sequel Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, as well as Zurvan called the Ancient One, on StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. He provided the voice of the mad mage Xzar for the Baldur's Gate video game series, reprised his role from Avengers Assemble as Odin for Lego Marvel's Avengers. Welker's first on-camera film role was as a college kid from Rutgers University who
It Takes Two (1995 film)
It Takes Two is a 1995 American film starring Kirstie Alley, Steve Guttenberg and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Its title is taken from the song of the same name, by Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston, played in the closing credits. Two unrelated young girls who happen to look identical meet by chance. Amanda Lemmon is an orphan, she is about to be adopted by the Butkises, a family known to "collect" kids, she wants her child-loving social worker, Diane Barrows, to adopt her instead. Diane would like to do so, but authorities will not let her because of her low salary and unmarried status. Alyssa Callaway is coming home from her school piano recital competition, only to find that her wealthy father, Roger, is about to marry Clarice Kensington, an overbearing self-centered gold-digger socialite who plans to send Alyssa off to boarding school in Tibet after marrying Roger; the identical decide to switch places. While Amanda enjoys Alyssa's wealthy lifestyle and Alyssa gets to experience being a kid at summer camp, the two get to know the other's parental figure and discover that Roger and Diane would be perfect for each other.
Desperate to set them up, the girls arrange many "chance" meetings between Diane and Roger, hoping that they fall in love. Upon having spied Roger and Diane laughing and swimming together in a lake one afternoon, Clarice manipulates Roger into moving the wedding up from the next month to the next day. Soon after, while posing as Amanda, ends up being adopted by the Butkises without Diane's knowledge, is taken away by child services. Alyssa discovers the only reason the Butkises had adopted so many kids was to put them to work in their salvage yard. Two hours before the wedding, who poses as Alyssa, proves to the family butler, that she is not Alyssa, he contacts Diane and summons to have the real Alyssa picked up from the Butkises' salvage yard. In the meantime and Amanda work to stall the wedding. Just as Roger is about to say "I do," Diane bursts into the church with the real Alyssa behind her, Roger falters at the sight of Diane, recalling all the good times they had together. In that moment, he realizes he confesses this to Clarice.
Furious, she slaps him and tries to do the same to "Alyssa," blaming her for sabotaging their relationship, but is stopped by Vincenzo. As Clarice storms down the aisle, the real Alyssa steps out from behind Diane, Clarice claims it's a "conspiracy" that there's "two of them." She tries to take this new opportunity to slap Alyssa, but Diane steps forward in time, barking at her to "Back off, Barbie," and calmly informs her that she has something in her teeth. Humiliated, Clarice moves to storm out of the church again, but Alyssa embarrasses her further by stepping on her wedding gown, causing the skirt to rip off. An incredulous Roger learns that Alyssa has been with Diane all this time and it becomes apparent to them that Amanda and Alyssa had orchestrated their meet-ups all along, about which the girls are smug. After some encouragement from the girls and Diane kiss, the four of them board a horse-drawn carriage, driven by Vincenzo, to take a ride through Central Park. Amanda Lemmon/Betty Butkis is an orphan.
She loves to play stickball. She Alyssa to switch places for a couple of days. Alyssa Callaway is a rich girl and the only child of Roger Callaway, the owner of Camp Callaway, the summer camp for the orphans, she is an equestrienne. She thinks her father's fiancée, Clarice Kensington, seems nice until she overhears her saying rude things about the house and her mother, she attends Camp Callaway after switching places with Amanda. Roger Callaway is a wealthy widower, he owns Camp Callaway, which he founded with his late wife, resides in a large vacation home across the lake from it. He begins to have doubts about marrying Clarice. Diane Barrows is a social worker, she loves Amanda and would like to adopt her but does not make enough money to be allowed to do so. Alyssa especially likes her, she wants to find love and thinks she might have a chance after meeting Roger. Clarice Kensington is the opposite of Diane, she dislikes children and baseball and only intends to marry Roger for his money. She convinces him that Alyssa is too spoiled and gets away with bad behavior.
Vincenzo is Roger's butler, best friend, right-hand man as well as a father figure to Alyssa since the day she was born. Harry and Fanny Butkis are Amanda's potential adoptive parents. Although she wants to be adopted, she dislikes them, having heard that they "collect kids" and will "take anybody", they have several adopted children and a biological son, Harry, Jr.. Won – Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress Nominated – Nickelodeon Blimp Award for Favorite Movie Actress Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance by an Actress Under Ten Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Performance by an Actress Under Ten It Takes Two was released on November 17, 1995 in the United States and grossed $19.5 million. The film received an 8% rating on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, with an average score of 4/10. Kevin Thomas from Los Angeles Times called the film "a predictable but fun romp." Roger Ebert called it "harmless and fitfully amusing" with "numbingly predictable" plot and praiseworthy performances and rated it two out of four stars.
Jack Joseph Osbourne is an English media personality with dual American and British citizenship. As the son of heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne, he starred on MTV's reality series The Osbournes, along with his father, mother Sharon, sister Kelly. Osbourne has since pursued a career as a fitness and travel reporter, presenting shows such as Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie and BBC's Saving Planet Earth, he was diagnosed with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis in 2012. In 2016, he and his father Ozzy travelled the world in the History Channel reality series Ozzy & Jack's World Detour. Osbourne was born in London to heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath, his wife and manager, Sharon, he has two elder sisters and Kelly Osbourne, as well as two paternal half-siblings, Louis John Osbourne and Jessica Hobbs, from his father's previous marriage. Osbourne has stated that his childhood was "perfectly happy and contented". For the first six years of his life, he lived in the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire.
When he was six, his parents moved the family to Los Angeles, but a year the family returned to Buckinghamshire. When Osbourne was 11, the family moved back this time to Beverly Hills. In spite of moving so many times at a young age, Osbourne did not find it disruptive; the only aspect of his life that constant moving did affect was his school life, Osbourne soon despised going to school, not helped by the fact that he was diagnosed with a form of dyslexia at the age of eight, ADHD at the age of 10. At the time, he was studying at a Christian school in Los Angeles, he returned to England for a year before returning to Los Angeles, where he was enrolled into the special needs Park Century School. At 14 he was offered an internship at Virgin Records, where his mother was managing the band The Smashing Pumpkins. After Sharon stopped managing that band, Osbourne started A&R scouting for Epic Records, where his father had been on for many years. Osbourne helped his mother in managing his father's annual touring festival, advising her about up-and-coming bands.
On his 13th birthday, Osbourne got drunk for the first time on whisky. He started partying and made headlines on 21 April 2003 when he was admitted to a child psychiatric ward for an addiction to OxyContin. Osbourne's drug addiction escalated, his self-destructive behaviour came to a head when he attempted suicide by taking a cocktail of prescription pills and cutting his hands with shards of glass after hearing his girlfriend's ex-boyfriend pick up her phone when he called her. He woke up 12 hours later. Osbourne continued with his drug use until he realized that he "never wants to feel this way again" and admitted himself into an adolescent psychiatric ward, he spent 10 days detoxing and was moved to an adolescent rehabilitation center in Malibu, where he enrolled in a recovery program. Osbourne gained high visibility in 2002 after appearing in his family's reality television show The Osbournes, which aired on MTV and won an Emmy Award in 2002. In the show, Osbourne was shown as a rebellious teenager who liked to party and to fight with sister Kelly Osbourne.
In a song by Tenacious D advertising The Osbournes, Jack Black sings the line "and he's got a big'fro on his head" to describe Osbourne's curly hair that grew longer until he shaved it off in the third season of the show. In 2002, Osbourne appeared in Austin Powers: Goldmember along with the rest of his family, subsequently starred in a Super Bowl XXXVI advertisement for Pepsi Twist with sister Kelly. From 2002 to 2003, Osbourne appeared in Season 6 of Dawson's Creek, playing Audrey's childhood friend, he made cameos in The X Factor, the fifth season of That'70s Show and as a dining room guest in the eighth season of Hell's Kitchen. Post-rehab, Osbourne went on in 2003 to star in his own show on Union Jack. In 2004 he played a small role in New York Minute, a film starring the Olsen twins, in which he plays a music promoter named Justin. In 2005, Osbourne started to show more of an interest in fitness through co-hosting the ITV2 show, Celebrity Wrestling: Bring It On!. In February that year, he appeared in Extreme Celebrity Detox in which he took part in t'ai chi and climbing exercises, which inspired him to appear in his own programme, Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie produced by the same production company as Extreme Celebrity Detox.
Osbourne lost 23 kg in Thailand at a Muay Thai martial arts camp in Pattaya in order to be fit enough to climb El Capitan whilst filming the first series of Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie. It aired on ITV2 in the UK, the Travel Channel in the United States, The LifeStyle Channel in Australia, GOtv in South Africa and on MuchMusic in Canada. Adrenaline Junkie focuses on Osbourne's training for sports like rock climbing, mountaineering and a jungle trek in Belize from the Chiquibul Chamber through dense jungle ending at Caracol ruins, he showcased the effects of his weight loss with the two semi-naked photo shoots for Cosmopolitan magazine in 2005 to raise awareness of testicular cancer. The first, taken in June 2005, shows him sitting on a motorbike. After the first series of Adrenaline Junkie he began filling in for Stephen Mulhern on CITV's Saturday morning kids' show Holly & Stephen's Saturday Showdown. Osbourne took part in Sp
David Drew Pinsky known as Dr. Drew, is an American celebrity doctor, an internist, addiction medicine specialist, media personality, he hosted the nationally syndicated radio talk show Loveline from the show's inception in 1984 until its end in 2016. On television, he hosts the talk show Dr. Drew On Call on HLN, hosted the daytime series Lifechangers on The CW. In addition, he serves as producer and starred in the VH1 show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, its spinoffs Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew, Celebrity Rehab Presents Sober House and hosts podcasts on the Adam Carolla podcast network. Pinsky is a former medical director for the Department of Chemical Dependency Services at Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, staff member at Huntington Memorial Hospital, a private practitioner. Pinsky was born to a Jewish family in California, his father, Morton Pinsky, was a physician. His mother, Helene Stanton, was a singer and actress who came from a "highly Victorian upper-middle-class family in Philadelphia".
Pinsky attended Polytechnic School. He majored in biology at Amherst College, graduating in 1980, earned his M. D. at the University of Southern California School of Medicine in 1984. He served his residency in internal medicine at USC County Hospital and became chief resident at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, moved into private practice; as The New York Times described it in February 2008, Pinsky's dual career in medicine and the mass media has required him to "navigat a precarious balance of professionalism and salaciousness." In 1984, while still a medical student, Pinsky started appearing in "Ask a Surgeon", a segment of a Sunday night KROQ-FM show hosted by Jim "Poorman" Trenton and "Swedish" Egil Aalvik. "Ask the Surgeon" soon combined with "Loveline", another Sunday night segment, into a show of its own, co-hosted by Trenton and Pinsky. Loveline went national in 1995, the television version launched on MTV the following year, hosted by Pinsky and Adam Carolla; the exposure on both radio and television made Pinsky the "Gen-X answer to Dr. Ruth Westheimer, with an AIDS-era, pro-safe-sex message."
The MTV show ran for four years, while the radio show continued until April 2016 with cohost Mike Catherwood. On November 27, 2007, Pinsky began Dr. Drew Live, another nationally syndicated talk radio show where he focused on a wider range of health issues, it originated from KGIL in Los Angeles airing weekdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm PT The show was canceled in December 2008. On January 5, 2015, Pinsky launched a new weekday program, "Dr. Drew Midday Live with Mike Catherwood," on KABC in Los Angeles. On April 21, 2016, Pinsky announced Loveline would wrap up on April 28, 2016. Adam Carolla re-joined him as co-host for the final show. Pinsky's first television appearance was as a contestant on Wheel of Fortune in 1984, though he did not win, he served as "health and human relations expert" on the first season of the U. S. TV series Big Brother in 2000, he has hosted several shorter educational television series, starting with Strictly Sex with Dr. Drew, which ran for 10 episodes on the Discovery Health Channel, followed by Strictly Dr. Drew which addressed everyday health issues.
He hosted the MTV series Sex...with Mom and Dad. In 2008, Pinsky starred in Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, a reality television show which involves celebrities in a drug rehabilitation facility; the show was filmed with Pinsky serving as the resident medical expert. The series premiered January 10, 2008 on VH-1, has been renewed for multiple seasons. A follow-up show to Celebrity Rehab with many of the same celebrities was Sober House, which began its first season in January 2009, included celebrities from the first two seasons of Celebrity Rehab continuing their recovery in a sober living facility. In November 2009, Pinsky starred in a spinoff of Celebrity Rehab, Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew, which depicted celebrities being treated for sexual addiction over the course of three weeks at the Pasadena Recovery Center. Pinsky makes guest appearances on various news programs where he gives his observations on the relationship between controlled substances and high-profile individuals, he has given his views on the deaths of people such as Anna Nicole Smith, Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson, arguing that their fates should set examples of the seriousness of misusing drugs.
Pinsky has acted in several TV appearances, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Dawson's Creek, Family Guy. The Adam Carolla Project, Robot Chicken, My Gym Partner's a Monkey, Code Monkeys. Pinsky appeared in the films New York Minute and Wild Hogs. In early 2011, Pinsky began hosting his own show, Dr. Drew On Call on HLN that focuses on news involving health and addiction topics. On August 26, 2016, HLN and Pinsky announced that the show's last episode would be September 22 of that year. In 1999, Pinsky co-founded an Internet-based community and advice site for teenagers called DrDrew.com with Curtis Giesen. Among their early backers was Garage.com. DrDrew.com soon ran out of funding, the company was sold to Sherwood Partners Inc. a corporate restructuring firm, which sold the remnants to DrKoop.com in November 2000. Pinsky re-acquired the site circa 2013 and began using for general information about his books, radio and TV shows, as well as hosting his independent podcast, The Dr. Drew Podcast. In September 2012, Pinsky announced on The Adam Carolla Show that he will be doing a podcast on the Carolla Digital network.
In 2003, Pinsky authored Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again, recounti
Paul Andrew Richter is an American actor, voice actor, writer and late night talk show announcer. He is best known for his role as the sidekick of Conan O'Brien on each of the host's programs: Late Night, The Tonight Show on NBC and Conan on TBS, he is known for his work as the voice of Mort in the Madagascar franchise. Richter, the third of four children, was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to mother Glenda Swanson, a kitchen cabinet designer, father Laurence R. Richter, who taught Russian at Indiana University for more than 32 years. Richter was raised in Illinois, he graduated from Yorkville High School in 1984. His parents divorced when he was 4 and his father came out as gay. Richter is of German descent. In the late 1980s, Richter attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Columbia College Chicago as a film major. While at Columbia, he learned the basics of comedic acting and writing by starring in numerous student films and videos. After leaving Columbia in 1988, Richter worked as a production assistant on commercial shoots in Chicago.
In 1989, he began taking classes at Chicago's Improv Olympic. He went from student to "House Performer" within a year. Richter branched out working with "The Comedy Underground" and the Annoyance Theater. Richter wrote for the short-lived Jonathan Brandmeier television show. In the early 1990s, the Annoyance Theater hit gold when producer Jill Soloway staged The Real Live Brady Bunch with live, word-for-word performances of the'70s sitcom; the show was so popular that it moved to New York City. Richter was not an original member of the cast but the actor who played "Mike Brady" in the Chicago cast opted not to go to New York. Richter asked Soloway if he could play "Mike" in New York and, since Soloway had not cast a replacement, she agreed. At the same time The Real Live Brady Bunch was playing in New York, two fellow Annoyance members were hired as cast members on Saturday Night Live. With friends on SNL, Richter was able to get into the after-show parties where he met SNL writer Robert Smigel.
Two years Smigel hired Richter for a new show he was producing, Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Hired as a writer, Richter was upgraded to Conan O'Brien's sidekick just weeks before the show began airing in 1993, after it became clear the two had a strong rapport, something Smigel noticed after sending Richter to join O'Brien on stage during a practice run-through when the production staff was testing lighting angles and sound. After seven years with the show, Richter departed from Late Night after the show on May 26, 2000, he said of the decision, "After seven years of being on the show, I got itchy. I have a philosophy that if you enjoy good fortune, rather than sit there and say,'Oh, that's fine, this amount is good enough for me,' you should try and push it. You should see, and I was curious." Richter left his post at Late Night in 2000 to pursue a career acting in films and television. His first major venture, Fox's Andy Richter Controls the Universe, was canceled after two mid-season runs.
His next Fox sitcom, lasted one season. His 2007 television series, Andy Barker P. I. was executive produced by Conan O'Brien. In the series, Richter played an accountant. After a woman comes to his office thinking he is the former tenant, a private investigator, she asks him to find her husband who she thinks faked his death. Barker decides to pursue this job and becomes a private detective in earnest, continues to do his accounting job, which seems to pick up as the series goes on; the series played with all six episodes in the first season on NBC.com. The series was canceled after poor ratings despite being named by Entertainment Weekly as one of the Top Ten Shows of 2007. On February 24, 2009, it was announced that Richter would be joining Conan O'Brien once again as the announcer for The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien in Los Angeles. Richter appeared in comedy sketches on the show and commented and interacted with Conan during the opening monologue. In mid-December 2009, Richter began joining Conan on the couch during the celebrity interviews, much like he did in his former sidekick role on Late Night.
Richter said he enjoyed having a steady paycheck again and not having to deal with production companies while developing television shows. Richter said, "Now I'm so happy to be back and making TV every night, not asking permission from somebody and waiting six months to get their sparklingly clear and cogent notes, and wait another month for them to get back from Hawaii and say,'Yes, now we can go make television.' I felt like a plumber who kept going into the building and saying,'Can we put some pipes together?' and watching my wrenches gather dust." When Conan O'Brien returned to the air as host of his self-titled TBS show in 2010, Richter followed and resumed his roles as announcer, general sidekick and participant in comedy sketches. Richter was considered to be a potential host of the classic Pyramid game show, being developed for CBS, but was not picked up by the network. Had the series been picked up, it would not have affected Richter's role on Conan. On May 18, 2011, TBS announced development of a possible new version of Pyramid, again to be hosted by Richter.
In June 2010, Richter hosted the Team Coco Presents the Conan Writers Live comedy special for TBS at the Just for Laughs festival in Chicago. He hosted in place of O'Brien, still p