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Dusty Slay

By Comedian, Fun, Personal Growth, Uncategorized No Comments

You have to listen to this episode with comedian Dusty Slay. You may remember having seen him on Netflix or The Tonight Show. This episode is the one that makes Gary snort! Also, you’re going to have to rewind the part where Dusty talks about his family tree and convoluted family dynamic just to make sure you heard him correctly. You can make this stuff up!

Key Takeaways From Episode:

  • Sobriety & accidentally almost relapsing
  • Growing as a person and looking back at those who peaked in high school
  • What dating was like as a comedian
  • How his parents’ divorce shaped his career
  • Using humor to heal
  • How he reacts when an audience doesn’t think he’s funny
  • How prevalent divorce was many decades ago
  • Disappointing truckers
  • Growing up with rough friends
  • Moving on from people from the past
  • Having friends who are better than you are
  • The time when $20 blew his mind
  • The mattress that almost killed him

Quotations:

“When so many things are thrown at you, you just learn to make jokes about it.” ~Dusty Slay

“What’s wrong with this audience.” ~Dusty Slay

“Laughter is an aphrodisiac.” ~Dusty Slay

“I thought I was hilarious.” ~Dusty Slay

People are dealing with addiction like never before.” ~Dusty Slay

“Life is better for me without alcohol.” ~Dusty Slay

“I love to be underestimated.” ~Dusty Slay

Guest’s Bio:

Dusty Slay is a standup comedian appearing on ‘The Standups’, streaming on Netflix for the third season now according to Wikipedia.

Dusty Slay has also appeared in The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel.

Dusty is known for Laughs in 2014, The Standups in 2017, and Somewhat Damaged Podcast in 2021.

He is now featured on the new series called “The Standups” where the comedians are generally less well-known than comics who have stand-alone specials.

Dusty Slay came from a broken family who divorced when he was young. He parted his childhood by spending time between the two of them.

His mom lived in an Alabama trailer park whereas his dad lived on a farm outside of LaFayette.

Dividing his time with both of his parents, he has so many memories he shared on the stage and they are hilarious.

Dusty Slay is 39 years of age as he was born in 1982 on 18 May. He hails from Opelika Alabama and he now resides in Nashville. Tennessee, USA.

He grew up in an Alabama trailer park and he has so many stories of his blackout drunk memories.

The comedian Dusty Slay is happily married to his wife Hannah Hogan for quite some time already. Hanna is also a standup comedian, actress, and writer from Canada.

The couple also started a podcast “We’re Having A Good Time” about their journey on road as a comic. But soon Hanna left the show in March of 2021 and Dusty hosted the show alone for a while.

Hanna can be seen acting in Nothing Shocks Anyone Anymore in 2006, To Each Her Own in 2008, That’s So Wrong in 2011, and Meet The Family in 2014.

Guest’s Contact Info:

https://www.dustyslay.com/

Marc Straus

By Author, Education, Personal Growth, Philosophy, Uncategorized No Comments

*Trigger Warning: domestic abuse*
This episode with highly accomplished oncologist Marc Straus is jam-packed with astonishing stories that take you by surprise and inspire you to stay in the fight.

Key Takeaways From Episode:

  • Being published over 100 times
  • Poetry
  • Why Americans don’t like poetry as much as other places
  • Growing up with a father who wasn’t allowed to go to school
  • What immigrant families can do to set their kids up for success
  • Going against the grain with his new book
  • Childhood abuse
  • Being a streetfighter
  • Putting a stop to the abusive cycle
  • Being able to drift out and not feel pain
  • The Fisherman & The Sea and how he could relate
  • Staying true to his childhood voice
  • The unusual fact about his art collection
  • Turning a bad situation into a way to help others
  • Being married to his childhood sweetheart
  • Being in a nearly fatal hit and run
  • Growing up Jewish in the 70s
  • Racism around the world
  • How he came up with the name of his book One-Legged Mongoose

Quotations:

“When I had an idea, I just pushed ahead and did it.” ~Marc Straus

“Poetry is a unique way to use language.” ~Marc Straus

“You can’t do the best job without being fully committed.” ~Marc Straus

“I was meant to be a cancer doctor.” ~Marc Straus

“I was in the fight.” ~Marc Straus

“A lot of who I am today is because I fell in love with books.” ~Marc Straus

“I think books in some way saved me.” ~Marc Straus

“I don’t look back. It gets in your way of moving forward.” ~Marc Straus

“You have to be decisive.” ~Marc Straus

“We have a long history of not learning from history.” ~Marc Straus

Guest’s Bio:

MARC STRAUS is a poet, writer, medical oncologist, and art collector who lives with his wife, Livia, in Chappaqua, NY. The author of numerous scientific papers and articles on contemporary art, and has published four poetry collections including Not God, staged Off-Broadway. His poems and stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, and many other literary journals. The Strauses founded Hudson Valley MOCA in Peekskill, NY, and Marc runs the Marc Straus Gallery in New York City. One-Legged Mongoose is his first book of prose. For more information, please visit https://marcjstraus.com/.

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Bobby Spears, Jr.

By Author, Philosophy, Politics, Uncategorized One Comment

Key Takeaways From Episode:

In this dynamic episode, Bobby Spears, Jr. and Gary Scott Thomas have an open and honest conversation about race, politics, raising kids, and more.

Also in this jam-packed episode:

  • What it means to leave a legacy for his kids
  • How not being a millionaire is a good thing
  • Changing the way minorities are viewed and how they view themselves
  • The truth about minorities and poverty
  • How the media’s portrayal of minorities and poverty is perpetuating self-limiting beliefs
  • How the media could help
  • Getting pulled out of his car because of the color of his skin
  • Being “1 step away from Armageddon”
  • How words lose meaning because of hashtags
  • What Americans really have in common
  • His rule for comedians
  • Being an observer
  • His new book
  • and more!

Quotations:

“I’m trying to leave something for my children.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

“If you give your children too much, they don’t understand the value of those things.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

“There’s a value in rolling your sleeves up.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

“When you don’t have a plan B, you throw everything into plan A.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

“I’ve never seen a crime happen in front of me.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

“People spend more time insulting and tearing down each other than having discussions.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

“Politics is supposed to be the art of compromise.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

“If you can’t laugh at yourself, you’re brittle.” ~Bobby Spears, Jr.

Guest’s Bio:

Bobby Spears, Jr. is a husband, father, and writer. Spears attended Howard University on an Annenberg Scholarship awarded in part to an academic paper he wrote on the importance of changing the ways minorities are viewed and view themselves in the media. After graduating in 1996 with a BA in television and film production, he chose to work in his family business, providing housing and attendant care to the mentally disabled. Over more than 20 years, the Spears family has grown their business into the largest privately-owned personal care provider in Pennsylvania. At their height, the company housed and cared for nearly five hundred disabled clients monthly.

During his career, Mr. Spears provided assistance to nearly ten thousand clients and families, worked with thousands of third-party health care providers, dealt with three state administration changes, and consulted for multiple entrepreneurs opening their own facilities. Spears never gave up his desire to impact the world through media, so at the age of forty-three, he decided to focus on writing and television, and film production. He is supported and motivated to succeed by his wife Adrienne and two children, Zakhari and Zoie.

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David Bahnsen

By Author, Philosophy, Politics, Uncategorized No Comments

Key Takeaways From Episode:

  • Being bicoastal
  • What’s forcing people out of California
  • Moving Tax Day
  • The difference between wanting socialism and hating capitalism
  • Telling the whole story of the cogs of a free society
  • Crisis of responsibility
  • What he would say to Bernie Sanders
  • Decline of the relevance of college
  • His new book, There’s No Free Lunch
  • Consequences of inadequate self-responsibility

Quotations:

“I blame the voters.” @DavidBahnsen

“Human liberty creates a greater good.” @DavidBahnsen

“We get the government we deserve.” @DavidBahnsen

“If we sit around waiting for the government to shrink itself, we’re wasting our time.” @DavidBahnsen

“People don’t hate billionaires because they have too many zeroes and commas, they hate billionaires because they’re richer than they are.” @DavidBahnsen

Guest’s Bio:

As the founder, Managing Partner, and Chief Investment Officer,  David oversees the management of over $3.5 billion in client assets.

Prior to launching The Bahnsen Group, he spent eight years as a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and six years as a Vice President at UBS. He is consistently named as one of the top financial advisors in America by Barron’s, Forbes, and the Financial Times (2016-2021).more …

He is a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox News, and Fox Business, and is a regular contributor to National Review. He hosts the popular weekly podcast, Capital Record, dedicated to a defense of free enterprise and capital markets. He is a regular lecturer for the Acton Institute and the Center for Cultural Leadership and writes daily investment commentary at thedctoday.com and weekly macro commentary at dividendcafe.com.

David is a founding Trustee for Pacifica Christian High School of Orange County and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Review Institute and the King’s College, both in New York City.

He is the author of several best-selling books including Crisis of Responsibility: Our Cultural Addiction to Blame and How You Can Cure It (2018), and The Case for Dividend Growth: Investing in a Post-Crisis World (2019). His newest book, There’s No Free Lunch: 250 Economic Truths, was released in November 2021.

David’s true passions include anything related to USC football, the financial markets, politics, and Chinese food. His ultimate passions are his wife of 20+ years, Joleen, their children, Mitchell, Sadie, and Graham, and the life they’ve created together on both coasts.

Guest’s Contact Info:

  • https://twitter.com/DavidBahnsen
  • https://thebahnsengroup.com/