The Kerri Edelman Show focuses on in-depth interviews with national level entertainers and professionals including musicians, artists, writers, comedians, film makers, illustrators and other creatives. The concept of the show is to promote the interviewees and focus on their unique life stories. No interview is ever the same! With her exceptional research, interpersonal and interviewing skills, Edelman takes the audience on a journey with an authentic curiosity in her guests. When you hear an interview with Edelman, it is like having a conversation over coffee with a close friend. Typically, her guests walk away expressing to Edelman how they feel like they’ve known her forever.
Edelman has conducted over 250 interviews. She has interviewed Screenwriter, Novelist & Comedian Peter Mehlman (Head Writer & Co-Executive Producer of Seinfeld); Grammy Award-Winning Pianist & Composer Jeffrey Biegel; TV Producer & MAD IN THE KITCHEN Chef Madeleine Smithberg (formerly of David Letterman & Co-Creator of The Daily Show); TV Writer/Producer & Humor Illustrator John Matta (Creator of Matta Napkin); Award-Winning New Yorker Cartoonist, Illustrator & Writer Bob Eckstein; Mad Magazine Illustrator Ed Steckley; Best-Selling Author & Award-Winning Journalist Mike Sager; New York Times Best-Selling Author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong; Emmy-Nominated Comedian, Writer & Impersonator John Di Domenico; World Renowned Mastering Engineer Maor Appelbaum and CEO of Pavement Entertainment Mark Nawara. National level bands and musicians who have been featured on her show include Lacey Sturm, Starset, Tremonti, Trivium, Any Given Sin, From Ashes To New, DED, the Violent (formerly Red Son Rising), Nonpoint and Silent Season, to name a few.
The opinions reflected on this show by the interviewees do not necessarily reflect the views of The Kerri Edelman Show.
Show Illustration by John Matta (mattanapkin.com)
The Kerri Edelman Show Present Award-Winning Composer & Pianist Jeffrey Biegel
The life of Jeffrey Biegel takes its roots from age three, when Mr. Biegel could neither hear nor speak, until corrected by surgery. The 'reverse Beethoven' phenomenon explains his life's commitment to music, having heard only vibrations in his formative years. The year of 2020 focused on composition and commissioning projects: original "Waltzes of Hope", "Sonatina", and "Three Reflections: JFK, RBG and MLK" for solo piano, and for piano and orchestra, orchestrations by Harrison Sheckler. Autumn 2021 sees the world premieres of his "Reflection of Justice: An Ode to Ruth Bader Ginsburg" with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's "Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg" for mezzo-soprano, piano and orchestra in tribute to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves. Considered the most prolific artist of his generation, Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters upon Mr. Biegel in 2015, for his achievements in performance, recordings, chamber music, champion of new music, composer, arranger and educator. In 2019, Kenneth Fuchs's "Piano Concerto: 'Spiritualist'" with the London Symphony Orchestra led by JoAnn Falletta received a Grammy Award for Best Classical Compendium, featuring Mr. Biegel as its soloist. In 2022, he will premiere Jim Stephenson's piano concerto, Daniel Perttu's 'A Planets Odyssey' for piano and orchestra, Farhad Poupel's "The Legend of Bijan and Manije" for piano, orchestra and chorus, and Peter Boyer's "Rhapsody in Red, White & Blue" in 2023. Mr. Biegel also created the first largest consortium of orchestras in 1998 for Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's 'Millennium Fantasy' premiered with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2000! For more information, visit jeffreybiegel.com
The Kerri Edelman Show Present MAD IN THE KITCHEN Chef Madeleine Smithberg
As American went into coronavirus lockdown, Madeleine seized the stuck-at-home opportunity and cooked up the idea for a hilariously delicious YouTube cooking show, MAD IN THE KITCHEN – which instantly became must-watch TV for the quarantined cook! Foodies and friends, old and new, fell in love with Madeleine’s offbeat, silly approach to cooking. So much so, she is now a regular guest on several morning television shows, including The TODAY SHOW with Hoda and Jenna. Madeleine’s cooking aspirations are no flash in the pan. It’s the result of a good long simmer of Madeleine’s natural talent for creating stick-to-your-tickled-ribs savory television. Before The Daily Show, she spent six years at Late Night with David Letterman producing cooking segments with famous kitchen eccentrics Julia Child, Wolfgang Puck, and everyday eccentrics like the lovable oddball baker from Boise, Bev Tanner, who Madeleine plucked from obscurity. As a former TV producer, Madeleine knows how to make good TV. As MAD IN THE KITCHEN keeps growing and expanding, her videos continue to impress, not only on YouTube, but also on Instagram (Reels) as well as quick hits on TikTok and Stories (her secret stuffing recipe became a viral hit!). Madeleine has also begun offering virtual cooking classes and events specializing in corporate team building, and is launching a bi-weekly instructional (and entertaining) Saturday night live-stream to engage with budding cooks in real time. The most important ingredient to the success of MAD IN THE KITCHEN is Madeleine herself, serving heaping portions of warm laughter and super silly enthusiasm for truly delectable and wholly original dishes. Madeleine Smithberg is now self-producing the most lovable oddball eccentric chef yet – herself! For more information, visit madinthekitchen.com and youtube.com/madinthekitchen
The Kerri Edelman Show Present Comedian, Writer & Actor Adam Mamawala
Adam Mamawala is a stand-up comedian, actor and podcaster based out of New York City. He has appeared on Comedy Central, MTV, BET, and SiriusXM, and his debut album ‘One of the Good Ones' debuted at #1 on the iTunes Comedy Charts. Adam has been a freelance contributor to Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update and Someecards. He currently co-hosts podcasts ‘Away Games’ and ‘HORSE,’ as recently featured in the New York Times! For more information, visit www.adammamawala.com
The Kerri Edelman Show Present TV Writer/Producer & Humor Illustrator John Matta
John Matta is a TV writer best known for his work on The Martin Short Show, Steve Harvey’s Big Time, Kid President: Declaration of Awesome, The Epic Adventures of Captain Underpants and the creator of Matta Napkin. It all started when his wife Rose Abdoo was going through cancer treatment, and drawing a comic on a napkin was a silly way to make her laugh every day. It both delighted and exhausted her. Finally, she told him to please share them with other people. So he uploaded them to the web and Matta Napkin was born. For more information, visit mattanapkin.com
The Kerri Edelman Show Present Mad Magazine Illustrator Ed Steckley
Wisconsin native Ed Steckley is a humorous illustrator living in New York City. Beginning as a theme park caricature artist at multiple parks around the Midwest and the country, he’s navigated an illustration career ranging from comic books and magazine illustration, newspaper and advertising, and children's book illustration. Currently he’s the illustrator of two different series of Rube Goldberg books, published by Abrams: two kids’ picture books to date as well as the upcoming three book series of Rube Goldberg ‘Middle Reader’ books, written by Brandon T. Snider, the first of which will be published later this year. Artwork from the picture book series is currently traveling the country to various children’s and science museums as part of a long running Rube Goldberg exhibit. Other clients include Mad Magazine, lots of smaller magazines, Spin Master Toys, and more ad agencies than he’d care to shake a stick at. He's had and has artwork in art galleries and museums all over the country. In addition to his illustration career, Ed has spent the last number of years traveling around the globe with the USO to military bases with a small group of National Cartoonists Society (NCS) members, meeting and drawing for military service members and their families. Locations of these trips include Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Qatar, Germany and Turkey. He currently serves as the liaison between the NCS and the USO. He’s the Vice President of the National Cartoonists Society and runs the Manhattan chapter of that organization. He’s the recipient of two ‘Silver Reuben’ awards from the National Cartoonists Society, for ‘Best in Advertising Illustration’, as well as two different ‘Nosey’ awards for 'Caricaturist of the Year' from the International Society of Caricature Artists. For more information, visit: www.edsteckley.com
The Kerri Edelman Show Present Cartoonist, Illustrator & Writer Bob Eckstein
Bob Eckstein is an award-winning illustrator, cartoonist, writer and snowman expert. He creates cartoons for places like the New York Times, MAD magazine and The New Yorker. Eckstein wrote The History of the Snowman (Simon & Schuster, 2007) and Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores (Penguin Random House, 2016) which became a NY Times bestseller. His work has been exhibited in: The Cartoon Art Museum of San Francisco, Smithsonian Institute, The Cartoon Museum of London and in 2018 and The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University. He’s been nominated Gag Cartoonist of the Year (twice) by the National Cartoonists Society. Eckstein has written columns, Op-Eds and features for: New Yorker, New York Times, New York Daily News, NY Newsday, Reader's Digest, SPY, Playboy, Details, GQ, MAXIM, National Lampoon, Village Voice, and McSweeney's. I am a Contributing Editor at Writer's Digest. He also speaks publicly against online shopping to raise awareness for independent bookstores and teach writing at NYU. His two new books include taught at Pratt Institute and School of Visual Arts for a dozen years. His new book is All’s Fair in Love & War: The Ultimate Cartoon Book by the World’s Greatest Cartoonists and The Elements of Stress and the Pursuit of Happy-ish in this Curren Sh*tstorm. He can also be heard with New Yorker Cartoonist Michael Shaw on their new podcast ‘The Cartoon Pad.’ For more information, visit bobeckstein.com