Class #58: The Asshole with Mike Dawson

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Mike Dawson [Twitter] is the voice of The Adam Carolla Show.  He also hosts his own podcast, Front of House, where he interviews musicians and then lets them play a few tunes.  He's also considered a polarizing personality and many think he's an asshole.

In this class we talk about:

  • Taking his great voice with him everywhere he goes.
  • Being a North California hippie guy.
  • Growing up in Concord, California.
  • Living a sheltered, Catholic school life.
  • Going to multiple colleges.
  • Defending his degree from UC-Santa Barbara.
  • Winning people over with charm.
  • Having social advantages.
  • Getting into the highly dysfunctional radio business.
  • Being in charge of radio stations.
  • Working the shitty jobs in radio.
  • Not making millions but, being happy.
  • Balancing partying and work.
  • Helping out interns who deserve a break.
  • Staying off the radar on The Adam Carolla Show.
  • Being short tempered.
  • Discovering that he wanted to be a radio DJ.
  • Studying his father’s mean face.
  • Liking yourself.

 

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Class #57: I Adopted A Kid (REBROADCAST)

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Willie Garson is a very recognizable actor who has been in a million TV shows and films but is best known for Sex and The City.  (Who would've thought Man School would meet Sex and The City?)  As a 45 year-old single guy Willie adopted a his son Nathen who was seven.  This is a re-broadcast of Man School #7.

In this class we talk about:

  • Not adopting a kid in Africa. like other actors. 
  • People Magazine photoshoot. 
  • Getting the word out about adoption. 
  • Being a parent being more important to him than being married. 
  • Formerly being a Big Brother and a camp counselor. 
  • Not caring about passing on his genes to a biological child. 
  • The Alliance for Children's Rights charity.
  • Adopting a grown kid and not a newborn.
  • Adopting through LA County's Department of Child Services. 
  • The foster care system in Los Angeles.
  • The adoption fair where he met Nathen. 
  • The first day Nathen moved in with Willie. 
  • Nathen's first Passover. 
  • The logistics of raising a kid when you are an actor who works in New York and Los Angeles. 
  • The feelings and benefits of being a parent.  

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Pre-Order James Ellroy's New Novel Now

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So much great feedback about the recent episode with legendary writer James Ellroy! Thanks for listening.  Your next project is to pre-order his next book, Perfidia, and then read it.  You'll be happy you did.

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Class #56: My Talented Family

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Rick Overton [Twitter] is an actor, comedian, and Emmy winning writer.  This comedy veteran also hosts the wonderful podcast Overview.  Rick is a guy who grew up with two parents in the music business and for him that meant his house was always full of legends like Salvador Dali, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and more.

In this class we talk about:

  • Being surrounded by the idea of improvisation
  • Having jazz legends at his house constantly growing up
  • Having an alcoholic father and seeing him drink as a child
  • Taking the essence of jazz from his childhood to his comedy career
  • Being intimidated by his parents' talents
  • Appearing in the upcoming film “Haunted House 2”
  • A special role on “Seinfeld” as The Drake
  • How most movies are no longer shot in L.A.
  • Having a mom that was in The Chordettes
  • Losing a father to alcohol
  • Making George Burns laugh
  • Having parents that encouraged him to be creative
  • Hearing graphic WWII stories from his late father
  • First doing stand-up in high school
  • The politics and problems performing in a group
  • Being terrified to perform comedy in front of his parents
  • Having two different influences because of opposite parents
  • Struggling as a young comic
  • Moving to Los Angeles for acting work
  • Memorizing lines with dyslexia

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You Can Now Donate Using Bitcoin!

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Multiple fine listeners have wondered if they could make donations to Man School using Bitcoin.

The answer is now YES.  We haven't accepted regular donations thus far but doing so by Bitcoin just seems like a great idea.  I really dig this new form of currency.  If you wish to do so you can use the above QR code or:

Address: 1D5AYUEYovfu6iLHt2WNgHsGTmC8txF5JL

Many many thanks!

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Class #55: Love and Passion

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James Ellroy is one of America's finest novelists.  Some of his 19 books include: LA Conflidential, White Jazz, American Tabloid, Shakedown, and the Black Dahlia.  His latest novel, Perfidia, comes out in September and is available for pre-order now.  James is a man whose live has full of notable love and passion. 

In this class we talk about:

  • The complete list of Ellroy’s work.
  • Love of Beethoven’s music and identifying with him.
  • His first music appreciation class.
  • Writing a book about the unsolved murder of his mother.
  • Being a sex crazed teenager.
  • Being obsessed with your mother.
  • Having the choice to live with either your mother or your father.
  • Being divorced twice and having no children of his one.
  • Living in an imaginative life.
  • Training to be a novelist.
  • Having conversations with women who were strangers.
  • Having a heartbreaking conversation with someone who dialed the wrong number.
  • Having parents that had a rocky relationship with each other.
  • Having a father who was all talk.
  • Having very few of happy memories with his parents.
  • Staying healthy and fit in your sixties.
  • Early forms of pornography in the 1970s.
  • Wanting to save porn actresses on the screen.
  • Having a connection with women other than physical connection.
  • Begging for love, attention, and commitment.

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Class #54: One Depressed Kid

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Liam McEneaney [Twitter] is a New York City-based stand-up comic.  His new comedy album is called Comedian.  He also produced Tell Your Friends, a live stand-up DVD featuring Reggie Watts, Kristen Schaal and more.  He was also diagnosed with "suicidal depression" at age ten.  From there, he experienced years of highs, lows, medication, booze, and sobriety. 

In this class we talk about:

  • The humbling experience of stand up comedy.
  • Having “suicidal depression” at a young age.
  • Feeling like you don’t fit in or that you don’t belong.
  • Thinking that everyone hates you.
  • Telling your parents you are thinking about killing yourself.
  • Having parents immediately respond to your cries for help.
  • Coming from a family of stress eaters.
  • Gaining weight from eating and antidepressants.
  • Not performing well in school.
  • Finding there were no consequence to not doing well in school.
  • Having issue authority issues.
  • Having anger issues combined with depression.
  • Taking himself off of antidepressants at 21.
  • Dropping out of college and doing stand-up comedy.
  • Going through six months of withdrawals.
  • Walking to lose weight.
  • Drinking booze.  A lot.  
  • Realizing that you have to stop drinking to function.
  • Having feelings again after you stop drinking.
  • Having an addictive personality.
  • Avoiding drugs because of your addictive personality.

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