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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

    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
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    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/

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    • 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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    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/

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    • 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
    Ritch Shydner On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    Ritch Shydner On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    Regardless of the innumerable technical challenges, this was one of my favorite shows in 4 yrs. Comedian, @RitchShydner is affable, warm, hysterically funny, evolved, intelligent & downright entertaining as f**k. #GameChangersWithVickiAbelson Replay:
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    Grateful! Regardless of the innumerable technical challenges with the new Zoom interface, presenting to Only Me on the Facebook, thrice, despite being posted Public, the absence of notifications, the ridiculous beginning when we did finally just go for it anyway, this was one of my favorite shows in 4 yrs. Comedian, Ritch Shydner is affable, warm, hysterically funny, evolved, intelligent, and downright entertaining as (I'll take Seinfeld's advice and not go blue) all get out (ugh). Ritch exceeded all expectations, and, knowing him, mine were high. BAM! He took the stresses of the day and washed them the f**k away. Ooops.

    We talked love and marriage, third time's the charm, addiction alcoholism, sugar blues, using the funny to cope, sitting down to law school, standing up, for the life he loves. Art Carney, Red Skelton. Robert Klein, George Carlin,.Richard Pryor, Carson, Leno, beforementioned Seinfeld, came up a deserving lot, Larry David Larry Miller. Bill Maher, Carol Liefer, Kathleen Wilhoite, Paul Reiser, Jeff Foxworthy, Roseanne, Don Rickles, Rodney Dangerfield, Sam Kinison, Bob Nelson, The Ramones, Married With Children, The Idolmaker, I Killed, Kicking the Ashes (or Holes if you’re a lame host), and Artemus Ward, the first standup comic, and his wife, the first American sex symbol. Fun, all!

    I can think of no better cure for the pandemic blues… hours later I’m still high, and I’m sober. Ritch is happy sauce, no sugar, no guilt, no booze.

    All of my thumbs WAY up.

    Ritch Shydner on Game Changers with Vicki Abelson
    Wed, 4/21/21, 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

    • 2 hr 5 min
    Kenny Aronoff Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    Kenny Aronoff Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    Forgetaboutit! I thought I was going to be sitting down with one of the most prolific drummers to ever pick up sticks... yeah, there's that, there's also wisdom out the wazoo. I'm talking mind, body. spirit, health. Kenny Aronoff shared strategies for living, working, solutions, tools, suggestions. Wow. This here is packed with passionate guidance. We did get to his career. The players, the stories! Wow, x 2. The kicker, he's easy, entertaining, and fun! I want Kenny to be my life coach. Under his tutelage and example, I can imagine what would be doable. Guessing I'd lose the weight, get buff, publish a few books, finish my screenplay, sell it, get on a legit platform, and make some coin. Oh, Kenny... this guy's on fire, 18 hours a day, seven days a week. I want his focus.

    We got Kenny's 8 Steps to Healthy Living, his 3 Cs, his 3 As to stay relevant... and then we got to the music. Where he started, why and how, John Cougar, John Fogerty, McCartney, Ringo, Jagger, The Stones, Sting, Joe Walsh, Elton John, BB King, Steve Lukather, Don Was, Tom Hanks, Don Henley, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Kennedy Center Honors... one story better than the next.

    Kenny managed to bring his skill to the mix without a stick or a kit. Thrilling.

    This is rich, deep, and somehow, after two-plus hours, left me wanting more. He'll be back!

    Kenny Aronoff on Game Changers with Vicki Abelson
    Wed, 4/14/21, 5 pm PT/8 pm ET
    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

    • 2 hr 29 min
    Mike Rowe On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    Mike Rowe On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson

    comedian, Mike Rowe on the show.

    We have two degrees all over the place and yet our lives had barely intersected. I wanted to know everything about this funny, successful man who's worked steadily and passionately doing what he loves throughout his life to the present. Mike's got two shows currently running on Netflix, The Trailer Park Boys, where he was nominated for two Gemini Awards, and Paradise PD, which is in its 3rd season. Futurama's available on Hulu. How many writers/producers have all that going on at once when there isn't a pandemic.

    We talked early discovery of the funny, the comedians who influenced him... gigging at NASA and almost choosing that, doing sometimes a dozen standup sets in a night up and down New York's Upper West Side back in the heyday, hysterical young Larry David stuff, he did a great Dangerfield, with a surprise ending, a heart-warming Henny Youngman story, shifting gears to sitcom writing, a funny early George Clooney incident, a crappy Kenny G tale, happy days on Coach, not so much on Becker and 2 Broke Girls, segueing into animated TV, Matt Groening making him the cool dad, Futurama making everything possible, digging in and digging it all up for his wonderfully written, heartfelt, exceedingly entertaining memoir, A Funny Thing: How The Professional; Comedy Business Made Me Fat and Bald. https://amzn.to/3fS5Guz I'm loving it! Two well-drawn thumbs up for it and for Mike Rowe.

    Mike Rowe on Game Changers with Vicki Abelson
    Wed, 4/7/21, 5 pm PT/8 pm ET
    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 51 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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