#82: Lifting Weights with Dr. Drew

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Dr. Drew Pinsky [Twitter] is a guy you probably know.  But did you know he's had a compulsion around weightlifting for years?  And in keeping with that, we record a podcast from his gym, only taking breaks to pump iron.  You may know him from Loveline, the Adam & Drew Show, The Dr. Drew Podcast, HLN's Dr. Drew On Call, Celebrity Rehab... well, you get the point.   (Plus, he has a new talk show on KABC in Los Angeles.)

In this class we talk about:

  • Dealing with prostate cancer -- from PSA results, to biopsies, to recovery.  
  • Having body dysmorphia (body dysmorphic disorder) his whole life.
  • Seeing himself as overweight.  
  • His busy busy schedule.
  • Dealing with criticism from Celebrity Rehab as well as misinterpretations of comments made on the radio.  
  • Being blamed for Rodney King's death.
  • Being willing to take professional risk.
  • Being paid less than the patients on Celebrity Rehab.
  • Common misperceptions on how media works.
  • The importance of being doctor to the American culture.
  • Starting to lift weights with Bill Pearl at 15.
  • Working out with noted bodybuilding competitors of the 1970s.
  • Finding football a release for aggression while in high school.  
  • His first panic attack, and trips to the Emergency Room.   
  • Having background depression.
  • Being medically mismanaged for mental health.
  • Finding inspiration to work in adolescent medicine.
  • His love of carbohydrates.
  • Eating healthy and what food can do.
  • His prescription for health eating.  
  • How weight lifting helped a sore shoulder.  
  • How workouts are not one size fits all.
  • How he despises moral judgement on substances/drugs.
  • The behavior of addicts.
  • How, by definition, there's no such thing as a “positive addiction.”
  • Being realistic about aging.
  • Colon cancer and how often to get prostate exams.
  • Having exercise bulimia.  
  • Lifting weights and also running.  

Related Link: Adam Carolla on Man School

Related Link: Prostate Cancer Foundation

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#81: Coming To America

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Matt Kirshen [Twitter] is a British comedian who decided to give life a full-time try in America.  After being a finalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing, Matt felt that living in Los Angeles would be the best move for his career.  He can be heard on the podcast Probably Science.

In this class we talk about:

  • Being legal via a visa.
  • Applying for a green card.
  • Being nervous about runs ins with the police.
  • Being caught up with protestors in London.
  • The process of deportation.
  • Being sent to secondary screening at the Border.
  • First US visa being for NBC (”Last Comic Standing.”)
  • Being a finalist NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” season five.
  • Being skeptical about appearing on an America reality show.
  • Paying three or four grand for each visa renewal.
  • Having to prove he was a legitimate worker and performer.
  • Visiting America as a kid.
  • Disneyworld being the most American thing.
  • Doing his first State-side gigs in Los Angeles and Atlanta.
  • Realizing how restrictive visas can be for working.
  • Staying in a depressing L.A. Hostel.
  • Being on TV in England post Last Comic Standing.
  • Picking America over England.
  • Leaving his family and friends behind.
  • Taking an American driving test.
  • Choosing the wrong visa lawyer.  
  • Being lonely and without friends in a new country.
  • How fleeting a glimpse of fame can be.  
  • Having to do both America and British tax.
  • Learning about the American entertainment industry.
  • Having a clean slate in America.
  • Having a low point three years in.

Related Link: Andy Wood on Man School

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#79: Men, Women, and Rape

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Bridget Phetasy [Twitter] is a comic, a writer, and a woman.  And she's the first ever woman to appear on Man School.  After reading her recent article Bill Cosby Raped Me... Sort Of, I felt compelled to share with her how touched I was by her touching, brave, and powerful piece.  I highly suggest reading it.  Same goes for listening to this episode.

 

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#78: One Good Brother

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Aaron Roden [Twitter] is the host of the wonderful Air Raid podcast, and he's also one good brother.  Growing up, his younger Brad had a rare immune disease called chronic granulomatous disease (aka CGD.)  When they were in their 20s, Aaron was able to donate his own bone marrow and that saved Brad's life.

In this class we talk about:

  • Growing up with a brother who has Chronic Granulomatous Disease (CGD).
  • As a kid, being pawned off to family members while his brother was in the ER.
  • How the common cold would cause flu like symptoms in his brother.
  • His brother having infections from minor cuts and scrapes.
  • Having a narcissistic personality.
  • Resenting his brother at a young age.
  • Having anger issues as a child because of his situation.
  • Not getting along with his brother as he got older.
  • His brother's sickness progressing to the lymph nodes.
  • The first time his brother had a drastic surgery to remove infections from his lymph nodes.
  • The chlorine-bleach-urine smell in hospitals.
  • How children's hospitals were better than regular hospitals.
  • Suffering from depression at five years old.
  • Going to therapy with his family.
  • Going through six or seven therapist by the time he was a senior in high school.
  • Being on anti-depressant drugs throughout school years.
  • Feeling numb from anti-depressants.
  • Breaking himself from Paxil.
  • Not being mature when he started college.
  • Being told that his brother's disease is terminal.
  • His brother's life expectancy not to exceed 25.
  • Suffering from Insomnia.
  • Feeling like he was being watched.
  • Reading "The Pocket Therapist."
  • Finding out he is a perfect blood match and DNA match to his brother.
  • Going to college with his brother is Ellensburg, Washington.
  • Getting the call that his brother was in the hospital and that he needed to talk to him.
  • His brother developing a lung infection in the alveoli.
  • Taking his brother to a bronchoscopy for a medical case study.
  • Trying an experimental bone marrow transplant with his brother.
  • How the bone marrow transplant had never been successful before.
  • His brother taking chemotherapy before the transplant.
  • Getting 80 holes drilled into each of his hips.
  • Being prepped for the transplant with many blood tests.
  • Taking four weeks to recover from the transplant.
  • Still feeling pain from the transplant after three years.
  • His brother being quarantined after the transplant.
  • His brother being cured three years after the transplant.
  • How his brother now has a thriving life.

 

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#77: The Self-Made Man

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Zane Lamprey [Twitter] returns to Man School!  This trailblazer has hosted a variety of television shows where he has been able to drink his way around the world ("Three Sheets" & "Drinking Made Easy.")  And his path has had all sorts of ups and downs.  Be sure and check out his new television show, Chug, coming to National Geographic on Monday November 24th at 10:30pm.  Also, his Kickstarter for The Drinking Jacket!

In this class we talk about:

  • Sharing a flight in Costa Rica with ‘The Old Caleb.’
  • Zane’s old television shows and old television networks.
  • Owning a home in Los Angeles.
  • Adventures in Chile.  
  • Building himself as a brand.
  • The difference between regularly hosted shows and Zane’s shows.
  • Being wanted by Food Network to recreate “Three Sheets” for food.
  • Being told his show is "unwatchable" by Anthony Bourdain.  
  • Three Sheets dying on Mojo network.
  • Being picked up by Travel Channel and Spike.
  • Not knowing when Three Sheets would come back.
  • Having a “Save Three Sheets” campaign.
  • Getting career advice from his mother.
  • Starting to grasp the use of humor in college.
  • Knowing when to shut up.
  • Trying to please his dad.
  • Trying to please his wife.
  • Anticipating his next professional moves.
  • Alcohol and travel becoming his brand.
  • Getting advice from his 70 year old self.
  • Not feeling threatened by the competition.
  • His career influences.
  • Starting his new show “Chug” on Kickstarter.

Related Link: Caleb Bacon as 'Ben Franklin' with Zane Lamprey

Related Link: Zane on Man School #16

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#76: The Gangster Lean

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Mike Konowitz is a friend of the show who, as a result of two childhood strokes, found himself facing certain unique troubles.  Though he still walks with a limp, Mike has risen above a host of significant challenges.  Nowadays, he loves to do something that he never thought was possible... skydive!  Mike credits today's happy life to the hard work he put into personal development.  His first big step was a series of bootcamps with relationship gurus, The Art of Charm, and the second is his continued work with the life coaches at the Fearless Man.

In this class we talk about:

  • Having two strokes at a young age.
  • Having a great college experience at Oregon.
  • Having to learn to walk and talk again and again.
  • Being babied and helped too much.
  • Trying to focus on his normal qualities.
  • Dealing with dyslexia.
  • Not knowing how to connect with people.
  • Being a ‘people pleaser.’
  • Being put in to play for his senior Homecoming football game.
  • How people genuinely want to help.
  • Exploiting the help he was given.
  • Not knowing how to take a joke with the guys.
  • Being afraid of being rejected.
  • Being diagnosed with depression.
  • Getting involved with personal development.  
  • Doing a zip line in Las Vegas.
  • Having a personal trainer and working out.
  • Facing his fears.
  • Owning his disability.  
  • Lots and lots of skydiving!

Related Podcast: Jordan Harbinger of The Art of Charm on Man School!

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#75: A Kid In A Cult

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Mike Carano [Twitter] spent his junior high years in a religious cult in California that was an extreme offshoot of Christianity.  Nowadays, cult-free, Mike is a photographer, podcaster, and all around funny guy.

In this class we talk about:

  • Spending two pre-teen years with his family in a cult.
  • Having divorced parents.
  • His mom turning weird.
  • Moving a numerous amount of times as a child.
  • Living in an old military building with his family.
  • Being the oldest of his siblings.
  • Having a dysfunctional relationships with his parents.
  • His mother being a devout -- yet extreme -- Christian.
  • Not having school while in the cult.
  • A whole lot of anger -- then and now.  
  • Feeling stuck.
  • Returning to the scene of the cult crime as an adult.
  • Being terrified of the cult’s pastor.
  • Being forced to talk to strangers about the Bible.
  • Being fascinated by cults nowadays.
  • The cult being all about making money.
  • Finally leaving the cult with the help of his father.   
  • His mom losing all her parental power once the kids became adults.
  • His siblings having alcohol and drug problems.
  • Being involved in his nephew's lives.
  • Still letting his mom get under his skin.
  • Alcoholism and sobriety in his life. 

 

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