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Dylan White

By Author, Comedian, Fun, Movies, Sci-Fi No Comments

You know how big of an audiobook fan I am, and I know many of y’all are, too. So, I had to bring Dylan White on my podcast! He’s an author, actor, comedian, and even played the Genie in Disney’s Aladdin musical! Plus, I’m sure you’ve heard his voice on national commercials.

We talked about a variety of things, including Will Smith and aliens. This conversation was so interesting, it flew by! If you’re a fan of Sci-Fi, be sure to listen!

Also in this episode:

  • Being an odd kid
  • Knowing your audience
  • How he came up with the idea for his first book The Orion Abduction.
  • The art of narration (where he would project his voice from to change the sound for each character)
  • Why he didn’t watch the version of Aladdin with Will Smith in it
  • Aliens
  • His writing process
  • Having a teenage girl’s insight
  • The biggest secret skill a man can use when arguing with a woman
  • The technicality of comedy
  • Offending people during comedy shows
  • Looking at the universe from our limited perspective

Quotations:

“I wasn’t like a normal kid.” ~Dylan White

“You gotta know your audience.” ~Dylan White

“The technicality of comedy; you wanna get more laughs per minute or per set as you can. And if it takes you too long to get to your next punch or your next laugh line, you’ll lose an audience.” ~Dylan White

“I didn’t see it [Will Smith’s Aladdin].” ~Dylan White

“I’ve always been fascinated with aliens and UFOs and abductions.” ~Dylan White

“What if we’re the weird ones [instead of aliens]” ~Dylan White

Bio:

After over 10 years of playing the Genie in Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular at Disney California Adventure, Dylan is “out of the blue”—but only in terms of the costume and makeup. Dylan has been on the standup scene for quite some time and uses his snarky Gen-X sensibility to share his unique perspective on divorce, dating after fifty, depression, and everything in between. He is also a successful author and voiceover artist so be sure to follow him on his social media. But not on the street. That’s creepy.

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://www.dylanwhite.com/

Instagram username
@itsdylanwhite

Amazon page

“Irish Dave”

By Author, Comedian, Fun, Travel No Comments

Comedian “Irish Dave” joins Gary Scott Thomas this week to share hilarious stories about being an Irish comedian in America like how he accidentally put some tourists on top of a Tiger Shark.

Also in this episode:

  • Why he thinks it’s weird that Americans introduce themselves with what they do
  • How Ireland differs from America
  • How America still uses a term that’s technically a racial slur
  • Going for the laugh no matter what
  • How he got into comedy
  • His thoughts on English people
  • His strong stance on peanut butter and America’s obsession with it
  • Why there are no Irish restaurants 
  • How he and his buddies tricked their neighbor into calling the police on himself
  • Waking up wrapped up in an Italian flag
  • Working on a whale-watching boat

Quotations:

“The whole country [Ireland] is just magically funny.” ~Dave Nihill

“If I can make fun of someone I will.” ~Dave Nihill

“I only ever got into up comedy because I was trying to get over a fear of public speaking.” ~Dave Nihill

“You can get away with not knowing about whales, but when you’re trolling people in the water with sharks of any variety, you should probably should know about them.” ~Dave Nihill

“We get very busy in March when everybody cares about Irish people for one month. And then after the year, it’s not quite as hectic.” ~Dave Nihill

Bio:

David is the author of the best-selling book Do You Talk Funny? and the Founder of FunnyBizz Conference. His work has been featured in Inc., Lifehacker, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Forbes, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The Irish Independent, TV3, Newstalk, TED, and The Irish Times.

“One of the best speaking coaches out there” according to Forbes.com, David’s program with over 34,000 students has been featured by Prezi as one of the best training courses for presenters. His book remains one of the highest-rated in the world on the (usually not so wildly exciting) topic of public speaking and his content has been read by over one million people.

A sought-after international business speaker, David also performs standup comedy and was the winner of the prestigious 43rd annual San Francisco International Comedy Competition. As a storyteller, he finished runner up in NPR’s the Moth’s largest US storytelling competition. As a lecturer, he has taught at Stanford Graduate Business School, UC Berkeley, University of Oxford, and University College Dublin. (Told you this was random). 

A graduate of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School he calls San Francisco home when immigration officials permit. David was named on the Irish America 100 List, which recognizes the accomplishments of the best and the brightest Irish-American and Irish-born leaders, and the Top 30 Global Guru’s List for communications professionals.

A big fan of travel and languages David has lived and worked in 12 countries and visited 74 and counting.

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://davidnihill.com/

Instagram username
@davidnihill

Thompson Square

By Comedian, Fun, Music, Personal Growth, Philosophy, Politics No Comments

Shawna and Keifer Thompson of country duo Thompson Square join Gary Scott Thomas this week and let me tell you. This is a juicy conversation!

In this episode:

  • Why they moved so far out of Nashville
  • Their song “Are You Going to Kiss Me or Not?”
  • Their new song “Country in My Soul”
  • The peaks and valleys of being an artist
  • The odds of “making it”
  • Losing family & friends along their journey to the top
  • Their new team
  • Parenting in the music industry
  • Parents’ responsibilities to teach equality
  • Racism in America
  • How to judge someone
  • Defining what success looks like to them
  • Why they’ll never play 270 shows in a year again
  • The root of Country Music
  • The problem with appealing to the masses
  • The evolution of award shows
  • Why a show got canceled
  • Championing people who show value
  • Comedy and Country
  • Being divided as a country

I told you it was a juicy one! Dive in!

Quotations:

“I don’t feel famous.” ~Shawna Thompson

“We don’t feel like we exude the ‘famosity.'” ~Keifer Thompson

“You always feel like you’re clawing and scratching.” ~Keifer Thompson

“The crazy ride continues.” ~Shawna Thompson

“In the eyes of God, we’re all equal.” ~Keifer Thompson

“Anytime you force something, it’s not real.” ~Keifer Thompson

“People seem to be more open now.” ~Keifer Thompson

“There are some great artists you’re never going to hear, just because that’s the nature of the industry.” ~Keifer Thompson

“We have to continue to check ourselves and say, ‘I’m not better than anyone.'” ~Keifer Thompson

“I hate social media for all the hate it spreads.” ~Keifer Thompson

“He’ll pull a Will Smith real quick.” ~Shawna Thompson

Bio:

Thompson Square is an American country music duo composed of husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson, both of whom alternate as vocalists. They’ve won awards such as the Academy of Country Music Award for Duo of the Year and the Country Music Association Award for Vocal Duo of the Year. Their new single is “Country in My Soul.”

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://thompsonsquare.com/

Jungle Doug

By Comedian, Fun, Music, Personal Growth, Uncategorized One Comment

*Trigger Warning: suicide

By audience demand, Gary Scott Thomas reunites with his former co-host Jungle Doug! This episode will make you laugh, make you think, and make you feel like you made a new friend.

Key Takeaways From Episode:

  • Sending radio tapes for his made-up radio station
  • Doing German radio
  • Being a candy dealer at age 9
  • How independent he had to be as a young kid
  • How he got into radio
  • Embracing fun for a career
  • Being judged by a Christian radio audience
  • Clean humor
  • Finding humor in the everyday
  • Putting ego aside
  • Baby Man
  • His mother’s suicide
  • EMDR
  • Getting rid of his porn ‘stache

Quotations:

“We need less Facebook and more face to face.” ~Jungle Doug

“When stones get thrown at you, just get out of their firing range.” ~Jungle Doug

“Suicide is tough to talk about, but we need to.” ~Jungle Doug

“Being transparent on the radio is just what we do.” ~Jungle Doug

Guest’s Bio:

Doug began his career in 1986 on the radio in the San Francisco Bay Area and started his mobile DJ business in 1988.  In California, Doug worked on over 25 stations, including six years as morning sidekick “Jungle Doug” on 95.3 KRTY Hot Country/San Jose, mid-day personality on the adult contemporary KKIS/Concord, and traffic rapper “Doug EEE Fresh” on the urban KSOL/San Francisco.   In 1998, Doug moved to Tennessee for 3 years as a host on the “Doug & Connie” and “Doug & Karla” morning shows on WAY FM.  In 2001, Doug moved to 94FM The Fish and has been on the air there since the station’s first morning on the air.

Currently, you can hear Doug as the Afternoon Drive Host (3-7 pm) – Prior to that Doug spent six years on the “Doug & Jaci Velasquez – Family Friendly Morning Show” and 9 years on “Doug & Kim”  94FM The Fish is the flagship station for the nationally syndicated “Today’s Christian Music” Network heard on over 80 stations in the US.  Doug is also a member of the Tennessee Wedding and Event Specialists Association and is a multi-year award winner on Wedding Wire.

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://douggriffin.com/

https://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2017/07/01/christian-radio-personality-blast-his-moms-ashes-skyward-fireworks/439291001/

Instagram: @djdouggriffin