'Jake's Take with Jacob Elyachar' is an extension of Mr. Elyachar's website: 'Jake's Take.' He specializes in covering music, movies, television, comic books, and lifestyle.
Episode #75: 'Cowboy Ninja' Lance Pekus TALKS 'American Ninja Warrior'
It is the seventy-fifth episode of The Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast! Thank you to everyone who has been on this journey with me so far. I appreciate all of my listeners and the people who have watched my video podcasts.
For this milestone episode, I am thrilled to welcome back to Jake’s Take one of my all-time favorite American Ninja Warrior athletes: Lance “Cowboy Ninja” Pekus. I first met Lance when the NBC reality TV competition visited Kansas City during the show’s ninth season. He was the first Ninja athlete that left me starstruck.
By the time I met Lance Pekus, the Salmon, Idaho resident was on his sixth season of American Ninja Warrior. If you count Season Nine, Lance made it to Mount Midoriyama, the show’s legendary Las Vegas final round, five different times. In addition to his activity with American Ninja Warrior, he competed on both seasons of Spartan’s Ultimate Team Challenge and all three seasons of Team Ninja Warrior. Outside of American Ninja Warrior, Lance Pekus works as a rancher on his father-in-law’s ranch and is a research tech assistant.
In this edition of The Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast, Lance Pekus talked about his run on the twelfth season of American Ninja Warrior. He also spoke about his partnership with the National Beef Council.
Episode #74: Actor-Producer Noah Baron VISITS
It is a pleasure to welcome actor and producer Noah Baron to The Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast.
In 2010, the Cambridge, Massachusetts native moved to Los Angeles after graduating from American University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in theatre and broadcast journalism to pursue an acting career. He trained in improv with the Upright Citizens Brigade and in the Actors Studio’s scene study program. However, he found a home with the Anthony Gilardi Acting Studio, where he worked up the ranks and became its COO earlier this year.
Since he arrived in Los Angeles, he received co-starring roles on several television productions, including The Flip Side, Legion, The Middle, and To Tell The Truth. He also starred in several films such as the Lauren Campi-directed Head Games, Chelsea Javier-directed Smile or Hug, and the Coen Brothers-directed Hail, Caesar!
Noah Baron got social media talking with some of his fantastic content that included skits and parodies of Guess Who and Stranger Things. However, he went viral when he was part of a fan-made Captain Planet movie trailer that accumulated over 14 million YouTube views. Noah’s content has been viewed 21 million times on YouTube and over 100 million times on Facebook. Recently, he also made a six-episode mini-series called Life After Power Rangers, which showcased Tommy Oliver (Noah Baron) adjusting to life when the missions are over.
In this edition of The Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast, Noah talked about sharing a scene with Josh Brolin and Scarlet Johansson during Hail, Caesar! Plus, he also revealed how he got Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers actors David Yost and Walter Jones to participate in the filming of the online mini-series.
Episode #73: Sandy Zimmerman TALKS American NInja Warrior
It is a pleasure to welcome American Ninja Warrior rising star and physical education teacher Sandy Zimmerman to The Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast.
Sandy Zimmerman made her American Ninja Warrior debut during Season Eight. While she competed in Season Nine, injuries sidelined her during the show’s tenth anniversary season, but her husband, Charlie, ran in her honor. Sandy returned more robust than ever during Season 11. She became the first mom in show history to successfully get up the Warped Wall and hit the buzzer during the Tacoma/Seattle City Qualifiers.
Thanks to her appearances on American Ninja Warrior, Sandy Zimmerman caught the attention of various media platforms. She made an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show and was profiled on CNN Entertainment, E! News, The Huffington Post, and Women’s Health. Sandy also appeared on various podcasts, including Ninja Babes, Ordinary Champions with Austin Andrews, and The Socks & Soul Podcast with Kelly Ditto.
Outside of American Ninja Warrior, Sandy Zimmerman has taught physical education for over 20 years. She also established the Ninja Fortress community in her backyard, where students of all ages can train for 40 different obstacles.
In this edition of The Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast, Sandy Zimmerman discussed competing on American Ninja Warrior’s game-changing Season 12, which included getting onto the Warped Wall for the second season in the row. She also spoke about the expanding Ninja Fortress community.
Episode #72: Najee Richardson TALKS 'American Ninja Warrior'
It is a pleasure to welcome one of my all-time favorite American Ninja Warrior athletes, Najee Richardson, to The Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast.
Philadelphia native Najee Richardson made his debut on American Ninja Warrior’s seventh season in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Despite falling off Snake Crossing in qualifying, Najee returned for the next season and began building a legacy on the show. He made it to Mount Midoriyama four seasons in a row (American Ninja Warrior: Seasons Eight through 11), and the closest that he made it to the end was in Season Nine, where Najee fell on Stage Three’s Ultimate Cliffhanger. He also competed on Season Two of Team Ninja Warrior and American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja. Najee Richardson also served as a mentor for two seasons of American Ninja Warrior Jr. In addition to his work on American Ninja Warrior, Najee is also an ambassador for the American Lung Association.
In this edition of The Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast, Najee Richardson talked about his American Ninja Warrior: Season 12 journey and the Ninja for Black Lives initiative.
Episode #71: Actor Miguel Chavez TALKS 'A.P. Bio'
By: Jacob Elyachar, jakes-take.com
It is a pleasure to welcome actor Miguel Chavez to The Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast.
Born and raised in Southern California, Miguel Chavez first discovered the performing arts, especially acting very young. In addition to school plays and playing saxophone in the band, he participated in community theatre. After high school, Miguel attended Woodbury University in Burbank, California, where he majored in filmmaking. Once he got his Bachelor’s Degree, Miguel Chavez enrolled at the Stunts in Motion school. He trained under fight choreographer Jack Huang.
Recently, Miguel Chavez joined the cast of the hit Peacock comedy series: A.P. Bio. He portrays Eduardo, a shy, introverted student who is best friends with nerdy Victor Kozlowski (Jacob Houston). In this edition of The Jake’s Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast, Miguel Chavez talked about his experience on A.P. Bio and how the show’s fans gave it new life on Peacock.
You can watch A.P. Bio on Peacock!
To connect with Miguel Chavez on social media, visit his Instagram & Twitter channels.
Episode #70: Singer-Songwriter Eric Dash VISITS!
It is a pleasure to welcome singer-songwriter Eric Dash to The Jake's Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast.
Cherry Hill, New Jersey native Eric Dash (born Eric Friedman), grew up writing and recording extended plays in Philadelphia and New Jersey while performing at various gigs across the Tri-State area. In 2012, producer Jack Joseph Puig (Black Crowes, John Mayer, and Weezer) discovered him, and the duo worked together for five years. One of the team's songs, "One More Love Song," reached the Nielsen Top 40 Radio Chart.
Eric has also produced and wrote for up-and-coming artists and orchestrated stream charity events for MusiCares COVID Relief. He also performed across various venues in North America, including Los Angeles's The Wiltern, a Spring Break stage in South Padre Island, Texas, and the Fillmore Theatres in Philadelphia and San Francisco.
In this edition of The Jake's Take with Jacob Elyachar Podcast, Eric Dash spoke about the challenges that he faced as a Do-It-Yourself recording artist and his latest single; "I Just Need to Get Away." He also revealed his dream collaborators and favorite social media platforms.
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