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Beyond the Mic features conversations with interesting people from a variety of fields, including authors, musicians, athletes, celebrities and people you need to know. Hosted by Sean Dillon, Beyond the Mic goes deeper with guests than just the surface conversations of other interviews.

With engaging interviews and relaxed atmosphere, this podcast is perfect for anyone!

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Beyond the Mic with Sean Dillon Beyond the Mic with Sean Dillon

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 20 Ratings

Beyond the Mic features conversations with interesting people from a variety of fields, including authors, musicians, athletes, celebrities and people you need to know. Hosted by Sean Dillon, Beyond the Mic goes deeper with guests than just the surface conversations of other interviews.

With engaging interviews and relaxed atmosphere, this podcast is perfect for anyone!

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    The Hidden Files of Fred Otash: Josh Young & Manfred Westphal Reveal "The Fixer"

    The Hidden Files of Fred Otash: Josh Young & Manfred Westphal Reveal "The Fixer"

    "We reveal in the book very new information about what might have happened. And let's just say it's not the official version of the events."
    Welcome Josh Young & Manfred WestphalWe’re joined on the Starline by an author and a PR executive. One has five books made into documentaries, 5 NY Times bestsellers and 4 Los Angeles Times bestsellers, the other took care of stories at Disney, Fox and Warner Brothers. They have come together for the gripping book “ : Moguls, Mobsters, Movie Stars, and Marilyn” We welcome Josh Young and Manfred Westphal.
    Friends, let’s go Beyond the Mic. Fred Otash was an ex-marine, turned LAPD vice cop turned private detective to the entertainment industry. Manfred, you were working with Fred on his life story before he passed. How much of the story of the private eye who never blinked has been released and how much do you still have forthcoming?
    Josh, as a writer of very diverse topics, what amazed you about the files of the late Mr. Otash?
    Gentlemen, with the rash of reports from TMZ, social media and anyone with a cell phone camera today, how many secrets in Hollywood are still kept right now?
    The Rockin' 8:It’s the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions, answer with the first thing that comes to your mind. There is no Pressure. Since we have two guests, I’ll alternate questions.
    1. Josh, which book of yours didn’t get the attention you thought it should have?
    2. Manfred, best place you ever modelled?
    3. Josh, are lawyers the best or worst of society?
    4. Manfred, best client at APA?
    5. Josh, best book you’ve ever picked up at any independent bookstore?
    6. Manfred, which was your favorite between American Idol, America’s Got Talent or X Factor?
    7. Josh, 1st book you were ever given to read?
    8. Manfred are you an over achiever or perfectionist?
    Sneaking in a couple more:What’s the one story that shocked you and why?
    How did Fred Otash’s daughter support of this book help you so much?
    What’s the one question you wanted the answer from Fred?
    One Big Question:Do you believe that you have ALL of Fred Otash’s files or have some been disappeared to keep the truth of Marilyn’s death and some other cases hidden forever?
    The Wrap:Manfred loved modeling for Italian Vogue, Josh’s favorite book was about Albert Broccoli and they want you to read their book “THE FIXER: Moguls, Mobsters, Movie Stars, and Marilyn” Josh Young and Manfred Westphal thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us today.
    And that my friends is a Beyond the Mic Short Cut.


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    • 9 min
    Honoring a Hero: Steve Sax on Captain John J. Sax Foundation

    Honoring a Hero: Steve Sax on Captain John J. Sax Foundation

    "John was a guy who loved his country, he loved his family. He gave his life to keep us safe." - Steve Sax
    Welcome Steve SaxWe’re joined on the Starline by an author, speaker and broadcaster. 2 years ago his son was among five killed when a MV-22 Osprey crashed in a training accident. He’s a five-time All-Star, Rookie of the Year, Silver Slugger Award Winner, two-time World Series Champion and most importantly dad. He formed the Captain John J. Sax family foundation is his honor. We welcome Steve Sax. Let’s go Beyond the Mic.
    Steve, thank you for everything your son did and stood for. He was a Marine in the elite Purple Foxes but he was so much more. What’s one thing few people knew about him?
    The Rockin' 8:It’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions, answer with the first thing that comes to your mind. There is no Pressure.
    1. How much did you celebrate when Angel Hernandez “retired”?
    2. Which of the six critical elements from your book “Shift” is the most important to you?
    3. Least favorite ballpark to play in?
    4. Pitcher who gave you the most competitive at-bats?
    5. Unsung place in Sacramento?
    6. Least favorite of your own baseball cards?
    7. Weirdest Cameo request you ever received?
    8. Could you have hit a homer off of Babe Ruth?
    The Impossible Question:If you could tell your son one more thing, what would you say?
    One Big Question:You dad didn’t do things through words, but through his actions. Your life was initially through actions, but now through words. If you could tell people why supporting the Captain John J. Sax family foundation is important for them to do in just a minute, what would you say?
    The Wrap:He hated playing in Oakland, got the most competitive at-bats from John Dobson and he wants you to go to johnnyourhero.org to support the Captain John J. Sax family foundation. Steve Sax, thanks for taking the time to talk with us today.
    And that my friends is Beyond the Mic.


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    • 8 min
    Jerry Adler on "Too Funny for Words" and 70 Years of Entertainment

    Jerry Adler on "Too Funny for Words" and 70 Years of Entertainment

    "These are stories I used to tell to my family and friends when we had parties and things. And everybody kept saying, listen, you got to put this stuff down on paper for posterity."
    Welcome Jerry AdlerWe’re joined on the Starline by a theatre director, producer, film and television actor and now author. You’ve seen him in “Manhattan Murder Mystery”, “The Good Wife”, “The Sopranos” and countless other efforts.
    His book “Too Funny for Words” takes the reader through 70 years of entertainment. We welcome the legendary Jerry Adler.
    Jerry, let’s go Beyond the Mic. Your book has so many incredible moments. From the roles you wanted and didn’t get, to the differences actors are treated. Why was it important to tell all these stories?
    What did it feel like to hold it in your hand?
    What’s the one story that you wanted to put in, but just couldn’t due to space?
    Which of the legendary personalities you’ve worked with in your life amazed you on a different level?
    The Rockin' 8:It’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions, answer with the first thing that comes to your mind. There is no Pressure.
    1. Which Broadway musical is your favorite of all time?
    2. Best thing about your wife Joan?
    3. You’ve acted with just about every big name. Who was the one person you would have loved to do a show with?
    4. Favorite deli in New York?
    5. Which was your favorite Broadway show to direct?
    6. Could you ever tap dance?
    7. Which show didn’t get the love you thought it deserved?
    8. Last TV show you watched?
    One Big Question:What’s your favorite memory in your life that isn’t Hollywood or Broadway related?
    The Wrap:He doesn’t know how to use a computer, loves the corned beef at Katz’s deli and wants you to read his book “Too Funny for Word. Jerry Adler... I laughed so hard reading this.
    Yes I did, thank you my friend. Thank you for taking the time to talk wo us today.
    And that my friends is a Beyond the Mic Short Cut.


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    • 7 min
    Unmasking Corruption: Steve Fishman & Dax-Devlon Ross on "The Burden"

    Unmasking Corruption: Steve Fishman & Dax-Devlon Ross on "The Burden"

    "The ​law ​was ​my ​girlfriend. ​I ​had ​to ​love ​it. ​It ​was ​my ​only ​way ​to ​freedom." - Derek Hamilton
    Welcome Steve Fishman Dax-Devlon RossWe’re joined on the Starline by a pair of award winning writers & investigative journalists. One owns a cocktail bar, the other enjoys tequila after justice. They’ve teamed up for a podcast about a corrupt cop and the wrongfully convicted who brought the corrupt cop to justice. We welcome Steve Fishman + Dax-Devlon Ross co-hosts of “The Burden”.
    Friends, let’s go Beyond the Mic. As you examined this, why was this story the one that needed to be told?
    Which of the wrongfully convicted by Detective Scarcella story’s touched you the most?
    The Rockin' 8:It’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions, answer with the first thing that comes to your mind. There is no Pressure. Two guests so we’ll swap questions.
    1. Steve, favorite drink at your cocktail bar?
    2. Dax-Devlon, favorite interview from your book “Beat of a Different Drum”?
    3. Steve, would you rather have a building or statue named after you?
    4. Dax-Devlon, who’s the one person you’d like to change places with for a day?
    5. Steve, what is your favorite cookie flavor?
    6. Dax-Devlon, what’s the quickest way to your heart?
    7. Steve, best place to think at the Brown campus?
    8. Dax-Devlon, favorite course at Rutgers?
    Two Nearly Impossible Questions:Steve, what does the word justice mean to you?
    Dax-Devlon, when you are done with this story, what’s the next one?
    The Wrap:Steve Fishman loves a Senor Hemingway, quickest way to Dax-Devlon Ross’s heart is dinner with his wife & they want you to listen to “The Burden”. Steve, Dax-Devlon, thanks for taking the time to talk with us.
    And that my friends is a Beyond the Mic Short Cut.


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    • 10 min
    Paul Scheer on his book “Joyful Recollections of Trauma”

    Paul Scheer on his book “Joyful Recollections of Trauma”

    "...everything that I am is through other people sharing their stories with me, inspiring me, making me go forward, making me find help, making me change."
    Welcome Paul ScheerWe’re joined on the Starline by an actor, comedian, director, filmmaker and podcaster. You’ve seen him in “The League”, “Black Monday” “Knuckles” and early in his career he had lunch with pre-dances with knives Britney Spears.  His latest effort is the book “Joyful Recollections of Trauma”. We welcome Paul Scheer.
    Paul, let’s go Beyond the Mic. Life isn’t fair and in some cases it sucks. As a divorced dad, I know the pain of living without my children. You grew up as the only child of divorced parents. What makes your wife June such an anchor for your heart?
    “Auditions and gigs will come and go, but in a career as hard as this, the most important thing is having people who will get your back on and off the stage.” Who is the one person, not related to you, that has had your back from the earliest days to today?
    His book “Joyful Recollections of Trauma”
    The Rockin' 8:It’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions, answer with the first thing that comes to your mind. There is no Pressure.
    1. What was your 1st Star Wars action figure?
    2. First comic book you ever collected?
    3. Best Clippers basketball game you’ve ever attended?
    4. You’re a collector so, do you still have your blockbuster card and or employee badge?
    5. What’s the look June gives you that can make you laugh without a single word?
    6. Best place in New York to get a meal?
    7. Which movie will never find its way onto your top 100 list that your wife loves?
    8. What makes you laugh?
    Sneaking in One More:You faced your share of bullies growing up but your son Gus changed your life completely. How did those ten fingers & ten toes changed the way you dealt with anger forever?
    One Big Question:Adversity is your pal, you’ve fought it, hugged it, and kicked it in the nuts. Why should people read this book and how had adversity and the fight you gave it made you a better man?
    The Wrap:His 1st action figure was Luke Skywalker, he’ll eat any ny street corner pizza. His book “Joyful Recollections of Trauma” is out Paul Scheer, thanks for taking the time to talk with us today.
    And that my friends is a Beyond the Mic Short Cut.


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    • 7 min
    Catherine Ariale Talks "The Cher Show", Music Roots, and Broadway Dreams

    Catherine Ariale Talks "The Cher Show", Music Roots, and Broadway Dreams

    "It feels like an absolute dream every single day. This is what I've been wanting to do since I was a child."
    Welcome Catherine Ariale: We’re joined on the Starline by a singer and actor and if you make her laugh you might hear her Kristen Wiig impersonation. She’s on the road portraying glam pop Lady Cher in National Broadway tour of “The Cher Show”. We welcome Catherine Ariale.
    Catherine, let’s go Beyond the Mic. 32 weeks ago you started on this path. When people come see “The Cher Show” how does their applause make you feel?
    Where did your love of music begin?
    You’ve done “Night of Sondhiem”, “Sewing the Dream” among many other projects. Why was playing Lady Cher the next logical step for you?
    Best Broadway show you ever saw live and who starred in it?
    The Rockin' 8:It’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions, answer with the first thing that comes to your mind. There is no Pressure.
    1. Favorite and least favorite Cher song?
    2. How long does it take you to do an average Sudoku puzzle?
    3. Last thing you bought when you went thrifting / vintage shopping?
    4. Best place in the Magic Kingdom?
    5. Favorite family memory at the outer banks?
    6. I have 20/40 vision without my glasses, how strong is your prescription?
    7. Favorite type of casserole?
    8. Best thing about your dog? Chill
    The Back Half:Your tag team partners Ella and Morgan started this road with you. How has this tour brought you tighter together?
    Working together you get really close. So what’s the one thing that is amazing about them each?
    Have you ever met Cher?
    Everyone has one, Catherine, when you made it, you have done this role. What’s your dream role?
    We’ve talked about your dreams, let’s talk about the one thing that changed you forever, the day you got the call saying you got this gig. Tell me about that day.
    Inspiration guides us from where we are in the past to who we are today. Who inspires you today?
    How has this role changed the way you look at theatre?
    On Scene:Life for you is bus, plane, hotel and repeat. Where’s the one place you have to find when you arrive in a new city?
    What’s the one comfort item on the tour?
    Typical outfit of the day?
    How many shoes are in the one bag?
    What’s your warmup routine preshow?
    How has your parents and family supported you on this adventure?
    How many times have your parents and boyfriend seen the show?
    Challenges:The end of the tour is coming up, what happens after San Francisco? What’s your next challenge?
    Talk to me about the cast & crew and how special they are to you?
    How has this changed your life?
    What does that mean to you?
    One Big Question:Pace Performing Arts shaped you, changed you and helped form you to the talent you are today. What’s the best and worst thing about your time there?
    Catherine, why should people watch “The Cher Show”?
    Which is stronger now, your Kristen Wiig or your Cher impersonation.
    The Wrap:It takes her two minutes to finish an easy Sudoku puzzle, loves riding Space Mountain and her mom’s Christmas Breakfast casserole. She’s glam pop Lady Cher in the Cher Show on tour now. Catherine Ariale, thanks for taking the time to talk with us today.
    And that my friends is Beyond the Mic.


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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

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Most researched interviewer ever

I thought I would never hear an interviewer who did more research than Larry King, but I have to say that Sean Dillon finds information on his guests that most people would require a professional background search to achieve. Sean’s show is filled with these surprising gems that his guests are almost always thrilled to talk about. It infuses his already wonderful segments with the passion and enthusiasm that he has for storytelling and the people who are lucky enough to be on his show!

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Sean is the best researcher ever

I am so impressed by Sean and his Beyond the Mic show! Blowed away actually! I love the mix of guests and how he gets people vulnerable

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Host of the Better Call Daddy Show

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Gets interesting quickly

Sean turns bite-size audio interviews into highly bingable ear candy; really a great podcast that makes the most of it’s brief format. Personal favorite episodes are Stephan Pastis and the new Grant Morrison one.

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