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Celebrity Maps to Success... people living their dream... the paths they took to get there

Game Changers With Vicki Abelson Vicki Abelson

    • Comedy
    • 4.9 • 11 Ratings

Celebrity Maps to Success... people living their dream... the paths they took to get there

    Steve Postell Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    Steve Postell Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    It's been a long ride with singer/songwriter/producer, Steve Postell. We go back to Bleecker Street in the heady daze of the New York club scene. I was booking the Rock 'N Roll Café and Steve was fresh outta Pure Prairie League. I was RockStar struck. I booked him that day and have continued to for the past 30 + years wherever I went and whatever I did. When I had my book launch at The Federal it was Steve I went to. He put together the most kick-ass jam band, as he always does. Steve has the distinction of being the one musician who's played every single venue I've booked. How lucky am I?

    We talked about Steve's early days as a kid being mesmerized by his mother's record collection and a guitarist in the park, knowing that was what he wanted to do. From lessons with his early mentor, Richard Nieves, who trained him on guitar, reading music, and singing simultaneously, to Mannes School of Music... playing Broadway, sessions, Pure Prairie League, his own record deal, Little Blue, producing with Steve Ferrone, and John Jones, Night Train Music Club, where he assembled the best of the best, to The Immediate Family, the culmination of his life's work, and dream come true.

    There are great stories about Dylan, who inspired him, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, David Crosby... meeting Lee Sklar, then Russ Kunkel, Danny Kortchmar, and Waddy Wachtel... and how lightning struck.

    This angelic voiced angel sang for us, played for us, including some slide guitar, and took us through the non-stop career of a successful working artist.

    Real-time comments from past bandmate, Dan Hickey and current, Leland Sklar, made the whole deal that much more fun.

    My heart is full. I loved every minute.

    Steve Postell Live On Game Changers with Vicki Abelson
    Wed, 6/16/21, 5 pm PT, 8 pm ET
    Streamed Live on my Facebook
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    (This is Steve smiling)

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    Nicole Venables of Ruby Begonia Hair Studio Beauty and Products for tresses like the stars she coifs, and regular people, like me. I love my hair, and I love Nicole. http://www.rubybegoniahairstudio.com/

    • 1 hr 57 min
    Donna Pescow Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    Donna Pescow Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    SCORE! Pure joy! #DonnaPescow is, even more of a dream than I'd hoped. The woman is hysterical! #SaturdayNightFever #Angie #EvenStevens #OutOfThisWorld #GreatStories #Travolta #FUN #GameChangersWithVickiAbelson Replay here:
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    It's such a joy when those I've adore and admire exceed expectations. Ka-ching! Donna Pescow is, even more, a dream than I'd hoped. The woman is hysterical! I loved the non-stop laughs, coupled with great showbiz stories, and thoughtful reflection of the work, and the people.

    From Miss Sing at Sheepshead Bay HS to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, to a Best Supporting Actress Award by the New York Film Critics Circle, tearing up the dance floor and the silver screen alongside John Travolta in the iconic, Saturday Night Fever, to starring in Angie, garnering a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress and a People's Choice Award nomination; starring in Out of this World, being the first lesbian character portrayed on a soap opera with All My Children’s Dr. Carson in the 80s, to co-starring on Even Stevens, where she earned three Emmy nominations. There were loads of other roles on stage and screen, we talked The Love Boat, and Gavin, Trapper John, and Gregory Harrison, I forgot to ask about The Sopranos, m***e! But we did dive deep into Saturday Night Fever, director John Badham, Travolta, acting alongside him, dancing with him, then and now, the car, the bridge, the obsession, the boobs, Karen Lynn Gorney, Joe Cali, Paul Pape, The Bee Gees, Andy Gibb… great stories about Garry Marshall, Robert Hayes, Garry Marshall, Burt Reynolds, Robert Hayes, finally playing Rizzo in Grease with Barry Williams, Belinda Carlisle, and Casey Kasem, her longtime husband, Arnold, dieting, COVID, working again, dining again, and being downright adorable!

    Loved every moment, and hope this is the beginning of more, more Donna onscreen, and in life. What a joy! She was worth the years wait, and then some!

    Donna Pescow Live On Game Changers with Vicki Abelson
    Wed, 6/9/21, 5 pm PT, 8 pm ET
    Streamed Live on my Facebook
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    Nicole Venables,of Ruby Begonia Hair Studio Beauty and Products, for tresses like the stars she coifs, and regular people, like me. I love my hair, and I love Nicole. http://www.rubybegoniahairstudio.com/

    Blue Microphones and Kevin Walt

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Robert Wuhl Live Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    Robert Wuhl Live Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    Fantastically fabulous time with two-time Emmy Award Winner (for those amazing Billy Crystal Academy Award shows which he talks about), Robert Wuhl, actor, writer, producer, director, perhaps best known as the creator and star of HBO's long-running series, Arli$$, talked about the creative freedom the show afforded him to delve into topics which intrigued him, way before their time, why he cast Sandra Oh, how he came to sing Volare as Newbomb Turkin The Hollywood Knights, starting out in stand up, coming up with Seinfeld, Larry David, Paul Reiser, selling jokes to Dangerfield right outta the gate, Madonna, Flashdance, and what a difference one line can make, Good Morning Vietnam, Robin Williams, Bull Durham, Kevin Costner, great stories about how Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, not first choices got their parts, how his iconic line at the mound was borne, Tim Burton's Batman, Michael Keaton, Nicholson, more great stories, Paul Newman, Blaze, Paul's favorite joke, working with DeNiro, opening for Estelle Reiner... stories, stories stories, one better than the next. It was an absolute delight, as it always is in Robert's good company. From dogs, Paris, to food in the pandemic... I loved every moment, so enjoyed the laughs. I needed the eggs.

    Robert Wuhl Live Game Changers with Vicki Abelson
    Wed, 6/1/21, 5 pm PT, 8 pm ET
    Streamed Live on my Facebook
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    Nicole Venables,of Ruby Begonia Hair Studio Beauty and Products, for tresses like the stars she coifs, and regular people, like me. I love my hair, and I love Nicole. http://www.rubybegoniahairstudio.com/

    Blue Microphones and Kevin Walt

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Leland Sklar Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson,

    Leland Sklar Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson,

    Unmasked! Post-apocalyptic pandemic blues in Eb may have started and ended the show (with Tristan Cappel), but it was joy, joy, joy, with bass boy, Leland Sklar, my first face-to-face guest since a year ago February. What a great segue back to a semblance of normalcy. It felt so right, so dyn-o-mite. Sorry.

    We jumped into the book, Everybody Loves Me, an idea without a plan a mere 15 months ago, now seen pretty much 'round the world, in spite of the shutdowns. My copy now adorns my coffee table, almost in its entirety. It's a massive collection of Lee's signature, people flipping him off––celebrities, musicians, sports heroes, and regular folk like me. Lee showed and told a passel of fab stories surrounding some of the pics, from The Highwaymen (Willie, Merle - another great story on him, and Kris), to Steven Tyler, Sean Penn, Art Garfunkel, Jay Leno, Allee Willis ❤️, his parents, a nun, three winos, Kevin Bacon, on and on, oh yeah, Stephen Bishop... to one pic which didn't make the cut, but there's another great story there.

    We talked career... from start to present, from small clubs as a kid to James Taylor, before he was a thing, who coined the name, The Section, of Lee, Kootch, and Kunkel, Carole King, from band keyboardist to superstar, Linda Ronstadt, Phil Collins, Bernie Williams, Lyle Lovette, The Tonight Show more times than he can count, Jim Nabors, Lawrence Welk, Paul Williams, Peter Asher, Leave it to Beaver, The Wrecking Crew, and The immediate Family... how it began, where it is and where it's going. Danny Tenesco's upcoming doc, a new video about to drop, the album in the fall, new music being recorded at Jackson Browne's Studio, tours being planned west and east... and baby steps back to living.

    This live in the living room was momentous for many reasons, prime among them, eyeball to eyeball, hugs aplenty, Tristan got to jam with the master, I got a special delivery on my book (you can get yours here: LelandSklarsBeard.com), I got to hear live music being played… Live, and, I got to hang with a beloved friend and share it with Samantha and her beau. Still in the afterglow. And, what a show!

    Leland Sklar Live on Game Changers with Vicki Abelson,
    Wed, May 12th, 5 pm PT, 8 pm ET
    Streamed Live on The Facebook
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    Thanks to Rick Rick Smolke of Quik Impressions, the best printers, printing, the best people people-ing. quikimpressions.com

    Nicole Venables of Ruby Begonia Hair Studio Beauty and Products​, for tresses like the stars she coifs, and regular peoples, like me. I love my hair, and I love Nicole. http://www.rubybegoniahairstudio.com/

    Blue Microphones and Kevin Walt

    • 1 hr 57 min
    Ricky Byrd Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    Ricky Byrd Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    I like the comedy with my Rock 'n Roll. Hall of Fame'r Ricky Byrd, delivers brilliantly on both counts. Great stories of his heroes in both worlds. Watching them as a kid on Ed Sullivan, to sharing jokes and cokes at The Pines Hotel coffee shop with Freddie Roman, Dick Capri, and Mal Z Lawrence, to sharing a stage with Stevie Wonder, Joe Walsh, Billie Joe Armstrong, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr, all at the same time. Full circle.

    I met Ricky Byrd back in the daze… when we were both in a daze… I was booking the Rock’ N Roll Café on Bleecker Street. Ricky was already a rockstar, center stage lead guitarist with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, playing those iconic riffs in the great MTV Music Video Days. Ricky has recorded, toured, and/or has performed with Roger Daltrey, Ian Hunter, Southside Johnny, Mavis Staples, Brian Wilson, Alice Cooper, Paul Shaffer, Smokey Robinson, and so many others, but we got stories about the above mentioned. As we did about Don Rickles, Frank Gorshen, Ron Wood, Keith Richards, Peter O'Toole, My Favorite Year, Hurricane Sandy, Robert Plant, getting sober, recovery, recovery music groups, recovery coaching, and counseling, creating and making music which supports the cause, and, rocks like hell. Following his solo albums, Lifer and Clean Getaway, his Sobering Times just dropped wide and has already garnered two hits on Little Steven's Underground Garage and one Coolest Song in The World. To get a signed copy of the CD and some Byrd swag and for all things Ricky
    https://www.rickybyrd.com/

    In 2017, he received the Drug-Free Heroes Award, the Faces, and Voices 2019 Voice of Recovery Award, and the 2019 Italian American of Distinction Award, presented by Governor Cuomo. So very proud of this rockin' pal.

    Basically an old Borscht Belt Jew at heart, this RockBoy is all about making music, helping people get sober, reading Dorothy Parker, laughing at Phil Rosenthal, and Entenmann's chocolate anything.

    As a sober woman in recovery, Ricky’s plight, his passion, his stories, and his hair, are close to my heart. We now party like it’s 1869. My kinda fun.

    Ricky Byrd on Game Changers with Vicki Abelson
    Wed, 5/5/21, 5 pm PT, 8 pm ET
    Streamed Live on my Facebook
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    Thanks to Rick Smolke of Quik Impressions, the best printers, printing, the best people people-ing. quikimpressions.com

    Nicole Venables,of Ruby Begonia Hair Studio Beauty and Products, for tresses like the stars she coifs, and regular people, like me. I love my hair, and I love Nicole. http://www.rubybegoniahairstudio.com/

    Blue Microphones and Kevin Walt

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Candy Clark Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    Candy Clark Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    Candy Clark, part deux, looking fab as always, adding some much appreciated Hollywood glamour for the pandemic weary. 

    We got Candy's take on Sunday's Academy Awards, and her three trips down the red carpet, her first an unknown in the nosebleeds with binoculars, then with her beau, Jeff Bridges (see what I did there), when he was nominated for The Last Picture Show, and then he with her when she was nominated for American Graffiti.

    We got the naked skinny on Bowie, as The Man Who Fell to Earth, Candy and he over and under the covers, and his later sweet surprise, Jeff Beck shaking and fanning to meet her, and their subsequent friendship, he likes her, he really likes her. We talked George Lucas, and Candy's tenacity to land that role, her Oscar campaign, and getting the uncut Bowie classic restored and out there. The woman determined gumption. We got some David Lynch, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marjoe Gortner, Angelina Jolie, and George Clooney. All great reminders of what once was and will be again. 

    A burger outdoors at the Smokehouse awaits... can't wait till it's screenings and soirees with our fab friend.

    Candy Clark on Game Changers with Vicki Abelson
    Wed, 4./28/21, 5 pm PT, 8 pm ET
    Streamed Live on my Facebook
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    Nicole Venables,of Ruby Begonia Hair Studio Beauty and Products, for tresses like the stars she coifs, and regular people, like me. I love my hair, and I love Nicole. http://www.rubybegoniahairstudio.com/

    Blue Microphones and Kevin Walt

    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

LouisePalanker ,

I Love This

This show is infectiously informative. And I don’t just say that as the co-host. I just happen to have the best seat. Listen. Enjoy!

pea bear ,

Vicki always delivers!

Sometimes when you listen to a show, you can just feel the passion coming from the host. This is Vicki Abelson. She is an inspiration...oh, and also really really funny. Keep it up!

@tinyhuman ,

Vicki is Binge-Worthy!

I am such a huge fan of the long form interview and Vicki Abelson's conversations are some of the best I've heard. I binge-listened at work and was so impressed with the variety of guests. Michael Nesmith? Phil Rosenthal? Illeana Douglas? Vicki's show is a Who's Who of movie stars, celebrity chefs, musical stars and many more. I really enoy hearing each person describe their journey- their Road Taken- and each interview has many life lessons told with humor, love and humility. I look forward to many more episodes. Well done, Vicki!

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