The Stoned Pelican himself Mike August joins Adam for this week’s episode of Take a Knee. After taking Adam on a trip through his childhood as the son of a college football coach, Mike turns to his own high school and college football career, telling Adam how he believes that discipline in sports relates to success in all aspects of life. Mike talks about his incredible reading comprehension skills and how they helped him in getting his law degree before moving out to California to see what a Law degree is worth, and eventually finding the industry itself to be unsatisfying. After leaving law for the entertainment industry, August talks about starting over once again in New York this time working for Jon Stewart. Before they wrap, Adam talks about how people tend to bullshit themselves.
Tony Little sits down with Adam for this week's Take A Knee. Tony opens the show talking about growing up without a father and getting into some trouble as a youth before moving to Florida in his teenage years. Then Tony talks about getting into body building at 18 after suffering a bad knee injury from a future pro football player. Next, Adam talks about finding the thing you have a passion for and figuring out a way to get paid from it. Tony also discusses working as a cleaner so he could afford air time for his first exercise show, as well as the difficulty he faced trying to find a studio to air his later shows. Before they wrap, Tony talks about the feeling of getting his first big paycheck
Academy Award-nominated film and television producer Todd Lieberman joins Adam this week to take him through his story of growing up in Ohio to eventually making his way as a successful player in Hollywood. Along the way they talk about Todd’s original intentions to become an actor, his experience with using a life coach, and the unique experience of having years of your work all brought to a head on one specific day when your project is released to the public.
Adam is joined by Mario Lopez to talk about his journey from humble upbringings on the U.S. Mexico border to a successful acting, and eventually TV hosting career.
Spike Senior Vice President of Original Programing and longtime friend Sharon Levy joins Adam on today's episode of Take a Knee. The pair discuss their history together working first at Comedy Central during the Man Show days all the way up to their present day interactions with Spike's 'Catch A Contractor'. They also discuss the upcoming Spike miniseries 'Tut' coming in July.
Author Stephen Dubner joins Adam to talk about his new book ‘When To Rob A Bank’ and his wildly popular series of Freakonomics books. Adam and Stephen delve into some of the topics touched upon in the book, including prostitution and political compensation, and examine the ins and outs of how the human elements at play can have significant impact. As the show wraps up Adam inquires as to weather Stephen has trouble going about his day as an extremely pragmatic guy who can so clearly see the flaws in the world that others may miss.
Dollar Shave Club co-founder Michael Dubin joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Michael starts the show off explaining how Dollar Shave Club came to be out of pure frustration. Then, Michael and Adam discuss the importance of experiencing things, even things you dread, simply for the sake of experience. This leads into a conversation on the value of unpaid internships. Adam asks Michael about his previous work history as a production assistant for MSNBC. Then the guys talk about effectiveness of motivating people through success vs failure. Michael shares a story about getting kicked out of Keith Olbermann's office for pitching too many ideas. Before they wrap, Adam and Michael talk about planning your life vs trusting your instincts.
Superfan Giovanni joins us for this special edition of Take A Knee that opens with a quick message from Adam before diving into a long epsiode of Giovanni interviewing Adam back in 2012
Actor R. Lee "Gunny" Ermey joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Adam and Gunny opens the show talking about the value of hard work, especially when working towards a goal. Then Gunny talks about his troubled youth and eventual enlistment into the U.S. Army by order of a judge. That leads into Gunny's experience fighting in Vietnam during the late 60's and Gunny’s thoughts on the middle east & the crisis unfolding in that part of the world. Gunny also gets into his time living in Okinawa and opening a few bars and restaurants before coming back to the U.S. to act and advise filmmakers. Before they wrap, Adam & Gunny discuss the importance of getting successful before starting a family, as well as the importance of climbing ladder in one’s career.
NBA legend Jamaal Wilkes joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Jamaal opens the show talking about his time playing basketball at UCLA, as well as his inspirational coach John Wooden. After that, Jamaal talks about how the lessons he learned from Wooden were implemented into his future business ventures. Adam asks Jamaal how he was able to maintain focus while playing for the Lakers Dynasty. Then Jamaal talks about growing up in Santa Monica and Ventura, and about the depression that comes along with having to reorient himself after the NBA. Before they wrap, Jamaal talks about the businesses he started after retiring from the NBA.
Dexter Holland, lead singer of The Offspring joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Adam and Dexter start of the show talking about the business of business, and what it takes to crate and run a successful business of your own. Then, Dexter talks about starting his band at 17 years old, and finally getting their big break ten years later in 1994. After that, Dexter talks about his piloting endeavors, including flying around the world in 10 days, as well as getting his doctoral degree in microbiology. Before they wrap, Dexter talks about how the music business has drastically changed over the years, and how he had give away his music for free before his band made it big.
Joe Mantegna joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Adam starts off the show talking to Joe about his charitable endeavors in fighting autism, as well as his personal ties with helping his daughter battle the disorder. Then Joe talks about his early life growing up in a lower-middle class family in Chicago. Joe talks about gravitating towards the arts after seeing West Side Story for the first time. Adam and Joe get into a discussion on having talent vs a long resume or connections when going out for a job in the entertainment industry. Then the two talk about the importance of having a side talent you can use to pay the bills while also working on your main career and passion. Before they wrap, the two talk about doing whatever you want to do and not making any excuses as to why you can't.
Larry Miller joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Adam and Larry open the show discussing people who force themselves into careers they don't even want to be in. This leads to a conversation about finding your passion, building your career based on that as opposed to making a career and then trying to focus on your passion later. Then Adam and Larry talk about what it takes to be a successful comedy writer, and the amount of work and dedication it requires. After that, Larry talks about his journey from growing up in Long Island to eventually making his way out to LA to become a writer, actor & comedian. Before they wrap, Larry and Adam talk about how vital it is to put in the time and work if you really want to be successful in whatever you do.
Nate Adams, producer of Road Hard and Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman, joins Adam for this episode of Take a Knee. Adam starts the show talking about Nate growing up in Montana and being on the wrestling team. Nate talks about the tragedy of losing two of his brothers at a young age, and how the fallout from those events led him into becoming a troubled youth. Then he gets into his college days, and how afraid people were of him in theater class, which eventually led him to take a more inward look at himself and turn his life around. After that, Nate found out he was much better at writing than he was at acting, which eventually led to his decision to move out to LA to pursue a career in the entertainment business. After explaining some of his initial jobs and projects, Nate gets into what it takes to build a project from scratch. Before they wrap, Nate and Adam talk about their Paul Newman documentary.
Writer, Director, Producer, and Actor Paul Feig joins Adam for this episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show with a bit of Paul's background growing up in Michigan to a religious family. Paul talks about his first creative project making a commercial for his father's Army surplus store. Then Paul looks back on his early days doing stand-up comedy and honing his craft. Adam and Paul then riff on comedy in general and what it takes to improvise on set while making a film or TV show. Before they wrap, Paul explains how he got from doing stand-up to creating & directing some of the most successful TV shows and comedy films in Hollywood today.