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Entertaining Insights is the podcast that highlights life lessons, laughs, and great entertainment. Join host, clinical psychologist, comic and author Dr. Nancy Berk and special celebrity and expert guests as they discuss their fascinating journeys and insights. Packed with powerful advice, simple suggestions, and a dose of humor, Entertaining Insights will help you create your most positive, fun, and productive to-do lists.

Entertaining Insights with Dr. Nancy Berk Dr. Nancy Berk

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    • 4.7 • 23 Ratings

Entertaining Insights is the podcast that highlights life lessons, laughs, and great entertainment. Join host, clinical psychologist, comic and author Dr. Nancy Berk and special celebrity and expert guests as they discuss their fascinating journeys and insights. Packed with powerful advice, simple suggestions, and a dose of humor, Entertaining Insights will help you create your most positive, fun, and productive to-do lists.

    Terry Fator Talks Vegas, Fans, Touring, and Ventriloquism Popularity, Plus Steve Axtell on Creating Animatronics, Puppets, and Entertainment Opportunities

    Terry Fator Talks Vegas, Fans, Touring, and Ventriloquism Popularity, Plus Steve Axtell on Creating Animatronics, Puppets, and Entertainment Opportunities

    Headliner and America’s Got Talent winner Terry Fator joins Nancy to talk about his Vegas residency at New York-New York, his show Terry Fator: Who’s The Dummy Now? and why he loves touring and shining the spotlight on ventriloquism. Plus, Terry discusses his creative process, why he always travels with puppets, and how he continues to build new routines and fan bases (1:12).
    In the second segment, Axtell Expressions founder and creative visionary Steve Axtell discusses puppet design and creation, animatronics and AI with Nancy and reviews the impact of celebrity ventriloquists on the industry. And Steve shares details about his new education and expert-driven project aimed at helping entertainers build skillsets and sharpen existing ones (33:07).
    Check out Terry Fator's YouTube channel.
    Find out more about Terry Fator and his cast of characters.
    Find out more about Vent Haven International Ventriloquism Convention.
    Check out Axtell Expressions on YouTube.
    See the animatronic singing chickens at Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe.
    Visit Nancy’s website.
    Learn about segment sponsor Humoroutcasts.com (1:03, 33:00).

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Judy Gold Talks Stand-Up, Comedy History, Sexism, Free Speech, and Cancel Culture, Plus Donna Cavanagh on Writing a Children’s Beach Read

    Judy Gold Talks Stand-Up, Comedy History, Sexism, Free Speech, and Cancel Culture, Plus Donna Cavanagh on Writing a Children’s Beach Read

    Comedian and actor Judy Gold joins Nancy to talk about her comedy career and influences, her book Yes I Can Say That: When They Come For The Comedians, We Are All In Trouble, and freedom of speech and what cancel culture means for comedians and the future of comedy. Plus, Nancy and Judy discuss women and sexism in the industry, growing up tall, and standing up to the bullies in life (1:01).
    Read an excerpt from Yes I Can Say That.
    Listen to the podcast Kill Me Now with Judy Gold.
    More Judy Gold books and albums.
    Visit Nancy’s website.
    Learn about segment sponsor Humoroutcasts.com.

    • 55 min
    Firerose Talks Music, Collaboration, and Recording with Billy Ray Cyrus, Plus Donna Cavanagh on Writing a Children’s Beach Read

    Firerose Talks Music, Collaboration, and Recording with Billy Ray Cyrus, Plus Donna Cavanagh on Writing a Children’s Beach Read

    Firerose joins Nancy to talk about her music journey, the power of collaboration, working with Billy Ray Cyrus, and the inspiration behind her new single “All Figured Out.” Plus, Firerose discusses her songwriting process, performing at the Grand Ole Opry, and pursuing your dreams (1:00).
    In the second segment, Nancy discusses writing, crossing genres, family and beach influences, and the new children’s book Ramo to the Rescue with author and publisher Donna Cavanagh (30:01).
    Watch the official music video for “All Figured Out.”
    Check out Firerose’s YouTube channel.
    Listen to Firerose on Spotify.
    Find out more about Donna Cavanagh and Ramo to the Rescue.
    Visit Nancy’s website.
    Learn about segment sponsor Humoroutcasts.com (:49, 29:55).

    • 50 min
    Todd Hoffman and Hunter Hoffman Talk Family, Mining, and Hoffman Family Gold, Plus Neal Hitch on Capturing The History of Woodstock

    Todd Hoffman and Hunter Hoffman Talk Family, Mining, and Hoffman Family Gold, Plus Neal Hitch on Capturing The History of Woodstock

    Discovery Channel Gold Rush stars Todd Hoffman and Hunter Hoffman join Nancy to talk about their new show Hoffman Family Gold, the family mission that drove their journey, Jack Hoffman, legacies and family friction, the Alaska fox, determination, and making dreams come true. Plus, Todd and Hunter share some of their projects beyond gold mining including music and fashion (1:26).
    In the second segment, Nancy discusses the power of Woodstock and storytelling with Neal Hitch, Senior Curator for the Museum at Bethel Woods. Located on the site of the iconic music festival, the museum highlights the music, history, and voices of the historic event. Neal discusses the museum’s latest focus and how visitors can enjoy a day discovering Woodstock (28:02).
    Watch Hoffman Family Gold on Discovery and Discovery+.
    Watch Gold Rush.
    Watch Todd Hoffman’s “I Can Only Imagine” video on YouTube.
    Listen to music by Todd Hoffman and Sandy Mule.
    Check out Todd Hoffman’s clothing brand Seven Cowboys.
    Find out more about the Museum at Bethel Woods.
    Plan your Bethel Woods Visit.
    Share your Woodstock story via the Woodstock Alumni Registry.
    Visit Nancy’s website.
    Learn about segment sponsor Humoroutcasts.com (1:17, 27:56).

    • 56 min
    Tom Papa Talks Stand-Up, Writing, Headlining Vegas, and Comedy Multitasking, Plus Nancy’s Latest Humor Column

    Tom Papa Talks Stand-Up, Writing, Headlining Vegas, and Comedy Multitasking, Plus Nancy’s Latest Humor Column

    Tom Papa joins Nancy to talk about his creative process, stand-up life, and writing and creating your own material and opportunities. Plus, Tom discusses comedy today, the power of practice, working on his next Netflix special, headlining Wynn Las Vegas, the grounding effects of writing, and his next book (:57).
    So—do you have a kitchen junk drawer? In the second segment, Nancy shares her latest magazine humor column and discusses why she can’t trust people who don’t have one (30:54).
    Check out Tom Papa’s Netflix Specials.
    Listen to Tom on Netflix Is A Joke Radio on SiriusXM.
    Listen to Breaking Bread with Tom Papa.
    Read an excerpt from Tom’s book You’re Doing Great!
    Visit Nancy’s website.
    Learn about segment sponsor Humoroutcasts.com (:49, 30:46).

    • 36 min
    Kent LaVoie Talks Lobo, Songwriting, and Me and You and A Dog Named Boo, Plus Lian Dolan on Novels and Lost and Found in Paris

    Kent LaVoie Talks Lobo, Songwriting, and Me and You and A Dog Named Boo, Plus Lian Dolan on Novels and Lost and Found in Paris

    Kent LaVoie, best known as singer/songwriter Lobo, joins Nancy to talk about his music career, writing love songs, his hit songs including “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo,” and the importance of believability in songs. Plus, Kent discusses finding love, his love of privacy, new albums, and the real story behind that dog named Boo (1:07).
    In the second segment, Nancy discusses writing, deadlines, discipline, book deals, and the novel Lost and Found in Paris with the author—novelist and podcaster Lian Dolan (34:24).
    Listen to Lobo’s new digital albums released by Time Life.
    Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
    Faithful
    If I Could Do It Over: The Acoustic Hits
    Timeless: The Very Best
    Check out Lobo’s YouTube Channel.
    Read an excerpt from Lost and Found in Paris. 
    Check out all of Lian Dolan’s books.
    Listen to the Satellite Sisters podcast.
    Visit Nancy’s website.
    Learn about segment sponsor Humoroutcasts.com (:59, 34:17).

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

My Odd Sock ,

Inspiring podcast!

Listening to Dr. Nancy Berk, you will ALWAYS come away with a gem to improve your creativity, writing, life!

Juls from Ohio ,

550 Mary Lou Quilan

Enjoyed Mary Lou Quinlan! Bouncing back after 2020. I appreciate her positive energy and outlook on life. Love her God Box book. Nancy you always bring out the best in people! By Julie- your Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop photographer. ;)

beeroken ,

Creativity church

As a creative, writer, musician and entertainer- Dr. Nancy’s podcast are like church/school/therapy and a chat with my closest friends all rolled up in one. Her ability to create a safe space to talk to real people about the creative process and/or the process of being and becoming a thoughtful human being cuts across all genres, classes, and generations. Whether she is talking to an icon and household name like Dolly Parton or someone just starting out - it’s the same relaxed, thoughtful discussion about BEING in the entertainment industry.

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