329 episodes

Take a deep dive into pop nostalgia with us! Pop culture influencers, TV stars, film actors, comedians, and musicians share inspirational stories about the road to success. Insightful conversations that are part comedy/part drama and are always entertaining! With your host, comedian, Jeff Dwoskin.

Classic Conversations Jeff Dwoskin

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 104 Ratings

Take a deep dive into pop nostalgia with us! Pop culture influencers, TV stars, film actors, comedians, and musicians share inspirational stories about the road to success. Insightful conversations that are part comedy/part drama and are always entertaining! With your host, comedian, Jeff Dwoskin.

    Behind the Late Night Curtain with Bill Scheft

    Behind the Late Night Curtain with Bill Scheft

    Bill Scheft takes us on a journey through his illustrious career in comedy and writing. From his early stand-up days to becoming a key writer for David Letterman, Bill's stories are filled with humor and insight. He discusses his books, his love for classic music, and his recent work in documentaries, providing a well-rounded view of his contributions to the entertainment world.
     
    Show Highlights:
    Early Career and Comedy Clubs: Bill shares anecdotes from his early days in comedy, including his time performing at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle in Detroit, a favorite spot for many comedians. Transition to Writing: Insight into how Bill transitioned from stand-up comedy to writing for television, including his initial experiences and challenges. Working with Legends: Stories about working with comedy greats like David Letterman, and his interactions with other iconic figures in the industry. Bill’s Books: Discussion about Bill's novels, including the stories behind their creation and the themes he explores. Band and Music: Bill talks about his band, The Truants, which only plays music from 1967 or earlier, and how it connects to his novel, "Time Won't Let Me." Documentary Work: Bill’s involvement in documentaries, including the award-winning "Take My Nose… Please!" and his ongoing projects. Bill Hicks on Letterman: Bill Scheft shares an insightful and poignant story about the late, great comedian Bill Hicks. Bill recounts how his wife, Adrienne, played a crucial role in getting Hicks on the Letterman show. He also delves into the controversial moment when Hicks' final performance on Letterman was cut, and the emotional aftermath of Hicks' untimely death.  
    You're going to love my conversation with Bill Scheft

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Behind the Scenes with Dan Bakkedahl star of Dinner with the Parents

    Behind the Scenes with Dan Bakkedahl star of Dinner with the Parents

    Dan Bakkedahl, star of the new show "Dinner with the Parents" on Freevee shares insights from his eclectic career, from his beginnings in improv with Second City to his memorable roles in popular TV shows like "Veep," "Life in Pieces," and "The Daily Show." Dan reveals behind-the-scenes stories, the challenges of playing comedic jerks, and the joys of working with legends like Steve Carell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Tune in for a fun-filled conversation packed with laughter, anecdotes, and Dan's unique perspective on the entertainment industry.
    Show Highlights:
    Dinner with the Parents: Dan's latest project, the dynamics of the show, and working with Mikayla Watkins and Carol Kane. Second City: Dan's early career in improv and his journey with Second City. The Daily Show: Experiences and challenges during his time on "The Daily Show." Veep: Behind-the-scenes stories and working with Julia Louis-Dreyfus on "Veep." Life in Pieces: Memorable moments and character insights from "Life in Pieces." Legit: Dan's experience and stories from working on "Legit" with Jim Jefferies. Other Notable Roles: Guest appearances and roles in shows like "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "The Goldbergs," and "Community." Comedy Process: Dan's thoughts on playing comedic jerks and his creative process.  
    You're going to love my conversation with Dan Bakkedahl

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    • 56 min
    On The Road with Comedian Marc "Skippy" Price from Family Ties

    On The Road with Comedian Marc "Skippy" Price from Family Ties

    Marc Price, famously known as "Skippy" from the beloved TV show Family Ties takes us on a journey through his illustrious career, sharing hilarious anecdotes from his time on Family Ties, his adventures in the world of stand-up comedy, and his roles in cult classics like "Killer Tomatoes Eat France" and "Trick or Treat" alongside legends like Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons.  
     
    Highlights:
    Early Career and Family Ties:
    Marc’s entry into show business through his father's influence. His journey to becoming a beloved character on Family Ties. Memorable moments from the set and working with Michael J. Fox. Cult Classics:
    Stories from the sets of "Killer Tomatoes Eat France" and "Trick or Treat." Marc’s reflections on his co-stars and the films' lasting impact. Stand-Up Comedy:
    Marc's experiences on the road as a stand-up comedian. Insight into his comedy style and influences. Tales from his touring adventures and interactions with other comedians. Current Projects:
    Marc’s efforts in raising money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. His upcoming horror film "Witchy Ways," where he plays the antagonist. Reflections on the evolving entertainment industry and future aspirations. Personal Anecdotes:
    Hilarious and heartwarming stories about Marc’s personal life and career. His unique perspective on the changes in Hollywood over the years. Marc's humorous take on life, fame, and his beloved pet dog, Casper.  
    You're going to love my conversation with Marc Price

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    • 34 min
    Tonya Todd on Writing, Filmmaking and Inclusion

    Tonya Todd on Writing, Filmmaking and Inclusion

    Tonya Todd shares insights into her dynamic career in writing, acting, directing, and podcasting. She discusses her creative processes, the importance of diversity and inclusion in storytelling, and her directorial debut with the short film "Mourning Sacrifice." This engaging conversation highlights the passion and dedication behind Tonya’s multifaceted career.
     
    Highlights:
    Creative Control: Tonya prefers writing novels for the control it offers compared to screenwriting. Directing Challenges: The process and challenges of directing "Morning Sacrifice." Diversity Advocacy: Importance of diversity and inclusion in storytelling. Teaching Experience: Tonya’s role in conducting workshops on diversity. Career Journey: Moving from acting and writing to directing. Inspiration: Tonya's influences and motivations in her creative work. Project Insights: Behind-the-scenes look at Tonya’s various projects and future plans.  
    You're going to love my conversation with Tonya Todd

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    • 43 min
    The Hidden Rose of Napoleon Dynamite: Darci Monet

    The Hidden Rose of Napoleon Dynamite: Darci Monet

    Discover the untold story behind the iconic film Napoleon Dynamite as Darci Monet shares her experiences and challenges in the music industry. From singing as a child to her pivotal role in the film's soundtrack, Darci reveals the highs and lows of her career, including the struggle for proper recognition. This episode delves into her journey of resilience, creativity, and the power of turning setbacks into comebacks. Hear how she reclaimed her narrative and continues to inspire others through her music and coaching.
     
    Highlights:
    Introduction and Overview: Jeff introduces the episode with a nostalgic nod to the 20th anniversary of Napoleon Dynamite. Darci Monet's Early Years: Darci shares anecdotes from her childhood, discovering her love for music, and her first performances. Career Beginnings: Insights into Darci’s initial steps into the professional music world, including her experiences in Nashville and Los Angeles. Napoleon Dynamite Experience: A deep dive into Darci’s involvement with Napoleon Dynamite, the behind-the-scenes story of recording "The Rose", and the challenges she faced with credits and recognition. Turning Lemons into Lemonade: Darci talks about her journey of reclaiming her narrative, recording a full version of "The Rose", and the empowerment she found in sharing her story. Other Notable Collaborations: Highlights of Darci’s work with industry icons like Dolly Parton and Steve Winwood. Vocal Coaching and Future Projects: Darci discusses her transition into vocal coaching, her podcast ventures, and upcoming projects.  
    You're going to love my conversation with Darci Monet

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    • 43 min
    Napoleon Dynamite 20th Anniversary and A Disturbance in the Force with Jeremy Coon

    Napoleon Dynamite 20th Anniversary and A Disturbance in the Force with Jeremy Coon

    Jeremy Coon, known for producing the iconic Napoleon Dynamite and directing the new documentary A Disturbance in the Force. Jeremy celebrates two decades of Napoleon Dynamite, revealing the film's origins, its surprise success, and its lasting legacy. He also delves into the making of his documentary on the Star Wars Holiday Special, shedding light on this peculiar piece of pop culture history. Hear about the process of bringing these projects to life, from the challenges faced to the unexpected joys encountered. 
     
    Highlights:
    Jeremy Coon discusses the 20th anniversary of the cult classic film, Napoleon Dynamite, reflecting on its creation and unexpected success. Insight into Coon's latest documentary, A Disturbance in the Force, which delves into the making of the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special. Behind-the-scenes stories from the making of Napoleon Dynamite. The cultural impact of Napoleon Dynamite and its lasting legacy over the past two decades. Detailed exploration of 70s TV variety shows and their influence, as featured in A Disturbance in the Force. Fun anecdotes from Jeremy Coon about his filmmaking journey, including interactions with key figures in the Star Wars Holiday Special. Reflections on the challenges and triumphs in creating documentaries and feature films.  
    You're going to love my conversation with Jeremy Coon

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    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 Ratings

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Love Classic Conversations

This is one of my must listen podcasts and I have recommended it to my friends. I hope it just keeps growing and growing. Thanks, Jeff.

MarshaW ,

A great interview!

Jeff is a wonderful interviewer! I listened to some of his previous interviews and knew I would be in good hands with him talking with me about my career.

I was absolutely right — it was so much fun to talk with him and he was really informed about my history - it was really joyful for me to spend time chatting with Jeff and I hope everyone else has a good time listening!

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This podcast is a true gem!

Finding this podcast was a true gift!
It validated that I was not alone in loving classic movies, television, music and honestly any form of entertainment that dates back to the hey day of great writing and appointment TV watching… also siting in a real movie theatre with a good ole bucket of popcorn and red vine licorice!
Jeff is a master at bringing out the best in each guest and is a walking encyclopedia of pop culture history.
The latest episode with Ann Moses of Tiger Beat will bring you right back to the days when David, Donny and Bobby ruled (no last names needed for these guys) and each of us “girls” envisioned marrying them all!
Keep up the great work Jeff!

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